Teens

WELCOME AUTHOR STEPHANIE McCALL
11/4/2014 12:00:01 AM by: Patti Shene

Title of Book: Promise of a Future

Author: Stephanie McCall

Publisher: Hope Springs Books, an imprint of Chalfont House

Genre: Young adult

Standalone or series: Standalone

Target Age: 18 and up

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO GIVE A WARM WELCOME TO AUTHOR STEPHANIE McCALL. STEPHANIE INTRODUCES US TO ONE OF HER CHARACTERS FROM HER NEW BOOK, PROMISE OF A FUTURE.

 

A Character Interview with Protagonist Kate McCune

 

STEPHANIE MCCALL:  Hi, Kate. Thanks for having me back – it was an honor to write your book.

KATE MCCUNE:  You’re welcome. You really surprised me. I thought having somebody write my story would be a lot scarier, but I loved how it turned out.

 

SM:  So did I. Now it’s time to get more readers interested. So tell me, Kate – why should people read about you?

KM:  (fiddles with Celtic cross necklace) Let’s see. I’m creative. I love to read, and I write my own stories and poetry. I love to think up new ways to do things, even if I’m not always brave enough to try them. I’m a Christian, but not a perfect goody-goody. I’ve messed up, you know? I’m guessing a lot of readers have too and need to know God loves them anyway. Oh, and I have this huge, interesting family. Talk about characters!

 

SM:  Yes, I enjoyed creating all of them. Okay, so you’re smart, a Christian, and creative. But why should people root for you? What do you fight against or have to make peace with every day?

KM:  Oh, that’s easy – cerebral palsy.

 

SM:  For those who aren’t familiar with it, what is that?

KM:  It’s a disability. It can be physical and mental, but with me, it’s just physical. It’s where you have brain damage as you’re being born, or shortly after birth. The affects depend on what part of your brain was damaged. So like, I can use my five senses just fine. My speech is fine, and I get all A’s. But I have to wear leg braces. I can’t use my hands so well for some things; I type because I can’t use a pencil, for one. And my vision is affected.

 

SM:  Ah. So, you have to make peace with CP because…

KM:  Because it keeps me from doing what I want to do. I just started college, right? Well, I couldn’t move away like my classmates because I can’t drive. The smallest stuff can trip me up – I can hold a deep spiritual conversation, but get lost between the mystery, romance, and self-help sections in Barnes & Noble. Plus, my family overprotects me like you wouldn’t believe. It’s a real pain.

 

SM:  I can imagine. Yet, you don’t sound like a victim.

KM:  Oh, no way. I’ve met plenty of people with disabilities who make excuses and expect everyone to do everything for them. (laughs) I don’t know how they stand it. Of course, sometimes I think… (fiddles with cross) Sometimes I think my family would like it better if I didn’t fight so hard for independence. But I’m afraid of what could happen if I don’t.

 

SM:  Such as?

KM:  Well, we’ve got group homes in our town, and I’m afraid my parents would send me to one. I mean, money’s tight; what if someday they couldn’t afford to have me at home? What if I can’t get work after college and help out?

 

SM:  Hmmm. That does sound frightening. Have you told anyone about this?

KM:  No. I have three wonderful friends; we call ourselves the Clover Leaves because we’re all of Irish descent. But if I told them, they might think I was stupid, and I’ve had way too much experience with people thinking that. And I have Aunt Elinor. (lowers voice) She’s my favorite aunt, but I have several others, so don’t tell.

 

SM:  Oh, don’t worry. Tell me about Aunt Elinor.

KM:  People will meet her in the book, too. She married my mom’s brother Rob when I was little, and we’ve been close ever since. We share a lot of common interests, like being bookworms. And lately – whew. She’s been my hero. See, things got kind of out of control at my university because of the way people perceived my disability. Aunt Elinor stepped up to help. She’s a saint, although she can’t fix all my problems.

 

SM:  What about God? Couldn’t He do that?

KM:  In theory, yes. I love Him, and I try to trust Him with everything, but it’s hard. I guess I’ve gotta work on that.

 

SM:  As do all our readers, so I’m sure they’ll root for you. I know I did. Thanks for the interview – and readers, if you’re looking for a book with a unique protagonist, look no further than Promise of a Future, available now.

 

Stephanie McCall is a novelist and freelance writer living with her family in North Carolina. She is an avid reader and Bible study participant. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, theater, and learning languages. One of her goals is to become trilingual, speaking English, Spanish, and French. Her favorite Scripture is Jeremiah 29:11. Find her book at Amazon and barnesandnoble.

 

 


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