Today my guest is Katy Eeten, author of contemporary Christian romance.
Thank you for joining me today, Katy. I’ve taken time to read A Heart Held Captive. I found the struggle that your character faces to be very real. I’m excited to have you here today. Let’s start by telling us a little bit about yourself.
I’m from southeast Wisconsin where I live with my husband and two sons. I work full time in the business world, but I have always loved to write. I published my first book in 2018. I also love to read, bake, take walks, play games, and just chill with my family. Been doing a lot of that lately!
What is A Heart Held Captive about?
Cole Pearson, a physical therapist with a newfound faith, is drawn to ER nurse Emily Jenkins when she volunteers to pay for a foster child’s therapy. But Emily is a prisoner to her past mistakes and is reluctant to take things beyond their casual conversations at the clinic. When she finally allows herself to grow closer to Cole, her wounded heart begins to mend. But when tragedy strikes, she is sent into a tailspin. Can Cole help her grasp the freedom of God’s grace, or will she revert back to the captivity of her old ways and shut Cole out of her life for good?
What was the inspiration behind the story?
I had a dream once about a self-centered medical professional who was completely changed by witnessing the selfless act of a humble woman caring for a child she didn’t even know. That was what inspired the initial story, though the storyline developed and evolved quite a bit as I began typing away.
Do you have a day job? If so, how do you find time in your day to write?
Yes, I am the Team Lead of the Account Administration department for an asset management company. Now you can see why I usually just say that I “work in the business world” in my bio—ha! Along with raising two kids and a husband who works in ministry, that means I don’t have a ton of time to write, but I do try to fit it in on weekends, random days off work, or even on my lunch breaks. It’s not as much as I’d like, but I do what I can.
Do you consider yourself a night owl or morning person?
I feel like I’m neither. Ha! I really do like my sleep, but life dictates that I be more of a morning person, so I probably function better in the morning than at night.
Who was your favorite character to create?
I actually enjoyed creating Maria, one of the minor characters in A Heart Held Captive. She’s Cole’s sister-in-law and becomes friends with Emily. She’s super upbeat, friendly, down-to-earth, and someone who I think would be a good friend.
What does your family think of your writing?
They are very supportive. My husband isn’t much of a reader, but he has read all three of the books I’ve published so far (by choice!). My nine-year-old son even took it upon himself to read my Christmas novella, and he really enjoyed it! And my extended family has been supportive as well. I am blessed.
Would you share a favorite excerpt from A Heart Held Captive?
The below is when Emily has trouble sleeping one night, and Cole comes to her house to keep her company. They talk on the porch swing behind her house, and it ends up being a real turning point in their relationship.
Holding up half the blanket, she turned to face him. “Are you cold? We can share.”
Cole only pondered her question for a moment—he was warm blooded by nature, but he certainly didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to cuddle up next to Emily under a blanket on a porch swing on this beautiful night. Nodding, he scooted closer to allow for the blanket to rest on his lap and cover his legs. Their thighs now touched, and heat radiated through his body.
“Is there anything else I can do for you?” Cole noticed with mixed feelings that Emily’s eyes were starting to droop.
She yawned. “Oh, no thank you. You’re a really nice guy, you know that?”
He let his fingertips brush the top of her shoulder as his arm rested on the back of the swing. “Nah, just your average Joe.”
She shook her head, and her hair tickled his neck. “Well, I know I haven’t had much recent experience, but I still feel qualified to tell you that you are definitely not average.”
Cole closed his eyes, soaking up her words. “Well, Miss Emily. You are one to talk. I can honestly say I’ve never met anyone quite like you. And I mean that in the best possible way.”
Emily didn’t respond, but instead leaned her head against Cole’s chest. He dropped his arm from the back of the swing to cradle her shoulder. This felt right. More than right. And he hoped she had the same thoughts. But before he knew it, he heard her rhythmic breathing, and a quick glance told him her eyes were closed. Well, he had succeeded in his mission. She was asleep. Now all he had to do was figure out what on earth to do next.
Besides A Heart Held Captive, you’ve also published another Christian romance and a Christmas novella. What’s next for you as an author?
I have another Christmas novella coming out this holiday season called First Class Christmas. It’s another contemporary Christian romance, and I’m super excited to share it with the world!
Thank you again for joining me today. Where can our readers find you online?