Love is on the bookshelves in
Christian bookstores; however, there is one author you may miss in
LifeWay, Parable, or your local Family bookstore: best-selling
Christian fiction author Rhonda McKnight. She writes for Urban
Christian, an imprint of Urban Books, one of a growing number of
Christian imprints owned by secular publishers.
Rhonda stopped by Christian
Fiction Online Magazine to talk about her upcoming women’s
fiction/romance hybrid What Kind of Fool and why
love is sometimes hard to bloom.
Rhonda McKnight owns Legacy
Editing, a freelance editing service for
fiction writers, and Urban Christian Fiction Today
(www.urbanchristianfictiontoday.com ), a popular Internet site that
highlights African-American Christian fiction. She’s also the vice
president of the Faith Based Fiction Writers of Atlanta. Originally
from a small coastal town in New Jersey, her home has been Atlanta,
Georgia, for almost twelve years.
What Kind of Fool in less than fourteen words.
Love, betrayal, heartache, and
tough decisions complicate the intricately tied relationships of two
Why did you
decide to write a sequel to An
An Inconvenient Friend
ended with a Christian couple’s
marriage torn asunder by what I describe as a human tornado. I didn’t
want it to end that way for the characters and I also felt God’s call
to tell a story about a couple dealing with the aftermath of
infidelity. In today’s culture, infidelity is often considered a deal
breaker for the marriage, even between Christian couples. I don’t
believe there should be any deal breakers in God. I’m not saying every
couple can survive it, but if it happens, the couple should try.
What Kind of Fool a great novel to read around Valentine’s
It has lots of romance. The book
cover is telling.
What is the
spiritual takeaway from the novel?
Love covers a multitude of
Why is Greg
and Angelina’s story so compelling?
Angelina and Greg have endured
the worse kind of heartache, the
loss of their child. They have some serious problems, but we want them
to work it out. Readers love Angelina. They want the marriage restored
because Angelina deserves her happy ending. We’ll see if she gets it.
that you’ve published your third novel, what do you know now that you
wished you knew when you wrote your first novel?
Most writers have an answer for
this question, but I really don’t. I’ve been apart of a very large
circle of published authors for years. I also have an amazing mentor
who told me it all: the good, the bad and the ugly, so I was prepared.
I’ve had no surprises.
Why do you
think your fans care about Samaria Jacobs? Why should we care?
Fans love to hate Samaria.
Readers recognize that she had a tough childhood, so they make
allowances for that. They want to see her overcome her past and become
a good person. I think people should care about her, because don’t we
all want the lost sheep and coin to be found? Samaria is finding
herself, one chapter at a time.
Why do readers
relate to Angelina?
She’s a good Christian. One of
her gifts is that she’s able to love people, even her enemies, the way
Christ wants us to love. I admire that. I think we all do because,
although we know God instructs us to love those who spitefully use us,
it’s not easy. Angelina sets a good example.
Is this the
last we will see of Greg, Angelina, and Samaria?
Angelina and Greg are done, but
I’m not sure about Samaria, so I’ve been pecking away at a sequel. I
don’t think it’ll be my next book, but if the character continues to
talk to me, she’ll get her story told.
I’m working on an exciting new
project that highlights a woman’s issue that is near and dear to my
heart. It’s too early to talk about. I haven’t even submitted the
proposal to my editor for approval, so I’ll keep it under wraps for now