Today my guest is Penelope Powell, author of The Glen Oak Series. She is here to talk about the third book in her series, Together for Good.
Penelope, I’ve read the first two books in your series, and I’ve found your characters to be very authentic in their struggles. I’m looking forward to learning more about the third book and the inspiration behind it.
Let’s start by telling us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Tennessee, but moved away as a young adult, and I lived in different states and countries. I count that opportunity as a great experience. I was a closet writer until about a decade ago when I opened a partially written book on my computer and finished it. The title of that book was A Furrow So Deep.
What is your book about?
Together for Good is about God bringing good out of difficult events and trials. From the time tragedy touched Laney Spence’s life as a girl, she’s harbored a crush on her big brother’s best friend, Matthew. Years later, they come together under similar circumstances, but is it enough to keep them together for good?
What is the inspiration behind your story?
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 8:28. I think one of the hardest prayers and testing of trust comes when we are in the midst of difficult circumstances and we must choose to cling to the promise that God will work through it for our good.
What book do you wish you would have written?
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers based on the book of Hosea. It was inspiring from the standpoint of showing unconditional love. I would love to write a similar book that portrays the love God has for Israel though the people often fell into sin.
Were there any surprises that came up as you wrote your story?
One disconcerting surprise was how long it took to finish this story. I just couldn’t seem to pull it together. I spent more time self-editing what I’d already written rather than writing new chapters.
Who was your favorite character to create?
So far my favorite has been Dean Anderson in A Furrow so Deep. He feels real in that his flaws are the most common. I know people like Dean. In many ways, I am Dean: emotional, sometimes selfish, and insecure. What I love most about his character is the pivotal moment with God, and surrendering to Him. I still cry when I read it.
Are you part of a writing group?
I haven’t done this yet, but I know I need to, because I know I would learn a lot from others. It’s absolutely on my list.
Who was the first person you allowed to read your completed book?
For Together for Good, a good friend read the first draft. She’s the only one outside of Anaiah Press to read it. The first draft of the first manuscript I completed was read by my mother. She is the one who encouraged me to seek out a publisher.
Share your favorite excerpt from Together for Good:
This is one of my favorite parts. It’s taken from Laney and Matthew’s first conversation after many years:
“That’s it!” Matthew snapped his fingers then pointed at her. “That’s what’s different. You’ve cut off all your hair.”
“I didn’t cut it all off.” Laney touched the back of it and frowned, as if he’d insulted her. “It’s just short.”
Actually thinking the style was complimentary, he tugged on the strands she’d been trying to tuck away. “Very short.”
Laughing, she knocked his hand away. “Stop.”
Scanning down to her heeled feet again, he shook his head. “You look…so different.”
A small tuck formed between her brows. “Thanks?”
He averted his gaze to the people coming and going around them. “I meant it as a compliment,” he admitted, swinging his attention back to her. “I think you’ve forgotten your nickname.” He leaned forward. “Button.” Matthew was smart enough to not mention the knobby knees and skinny arms he remembered.
“That’s because of what your mom said.”
“I remember my mom shaking her head, saying you were cute as a button because of something you’d say or do.” He also remembered she was funny and energetic, and the main reason Matthew had high-jacked his mom’s observation into a nickname. “The nickname suited you.”
Laney cocked a brow, giving him a saucy smirk. “So, you thought I was cute?”
Finding her response mildly fascinating, he laughed. “Out of everything I said, that’s the only thing you heard?”
Where can readers find you online?
My website is www.penelopepowell.com Anyone can follow me on Facebook, and Twitter, and I have profile pages on Amazon, Bookbub, goodreads, and Pinterest.
Together for Good will be released on November 10, 2020.
You can find the first two books in the series, as well as Penelope’s Christmas novella, on Amazon.