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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Corin Hughs ~ Author of "Loving"

Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Corin!! Will you tell us a little about yourself? 
I married my high school sweetheart nearly 10 years ago and am blessed to be the mom of three young children. By day, I nurture skinned knees, read picture books, play restaurant and draw scary (unintentionally) versions of Disney princesses. As pillows hug little heads, and my home grows quiet, I nestle into my “spot” on the couch. With my laptop in place and coffee on the end table, I get lost in another world…and I write! Each tap on my keyboard is laced in prayer – prayer for the words I type, the stories they create and the people who read them. I pray my writing encourages and challenges my readers.

What is your novel, Loving, about?
Inspired by a true story, Loving takes readers on the journey of a young childless couple who seeks to adopt a prostitute’s unwanted baby. It is an emotional story that realistically addresses the raw, difficult pains of infertility, disease, prostitution, addiction, rejection and, of course, adoption. It’s a story about ordinary people – people just like you and me – living with extraordinary faith.

I wrote Loving to honor my friend, Hannah, who has pulmonary hypertension, similar to the character Hannah in the book. This book tackles the hard realities of life and faith in a way that, I hope, will both challenge and inspire.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
Third grade! I had hoped the desire would “go away.” It never did! I graduated from University of Central Florida with a degree in English/Creative Writing and then became a grant writer. I’ve written inspiration greeting cards for a Christian publisher and Loving is my first published novel.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? 
Sometimes I type prayers into my writing (they get deleted before anyone else reads them!). For me, writing is a way I worship God – while writing, I’m praying for wisdom in writing and for the people who read what I write. My writing is often the product of meditating on particular Scriptures, so I’m being drawn into a deeper trust in Christ through writing and I pray my readers would say the same.  

Where do you like to write? 
Anywhere! Currently, my most common writing spot is on the couch, left corner next to the end table. A coffee mug is always perched on the end table as nighttime fills the sky and my children sleep. Coffee, my imagination and God keep me awake.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 
Well, I don’t get nearly as much time to write as I like, so uninterrupted time to write is wonderful! As a grateful wife and mommy of three young children, my days are filled with wiping sticky fingers, kissing boo-boos, snuggling, reading stories, packing lunches and snacks, tackling laundry and searching for lost puzzle pieces. I also adore sipping coffee with girlfriends and dinner dates with my husband. If I can drag myself from bed early enough, I enjoy jogging on my treadmill.

What is your favorite genre to read and why?
Inspirational fiction or nonfiction. I seek to know God more with every day, in everything I do. I’m a stickler for living with purpose! I love that books can challenge and deepen my faith. It’s amazing the talented writers whose works we have available to read.

What is your least favorite genre to read?

Is there a place you'd like to visit, but haven’t yet? 
This list is all over the place, literally, but here goes…Sarasota, Gatlinburg, Greece, Ireland and Haiti.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 
The one that I seem to meditate on daily is Philippians 4:8. I try to evaluate every decision by this verse – what I say, do, watch, listen to, read, write, etc.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie? 
Any Matthew West song…his songs challenge me! My favorite movie is Father of the Bride.

What is your favorite holiday? 
Christmas! It was my mom’s favorite and she died of cancer in 2009. Every time I hear “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” I think of my mom and am filled with love and longing.

What is your favorite season and why is it your fav?
Summer! Sandy toes and crashing waves, salty air and coconut-scented sunblock. I love God’s playground!

Some this-or-that questions:
Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Snowstorms
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Tea or Coffee?  Coffee
Call or Text?  Text
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Early-bird or Night-owl? Early-bird
Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Mystery or Romance? Romance
Sneakers or Sandals? Sandals

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint? 
Loving is part of a three-book series. I’m working on the second novel in the series. This book delves into healing. It’s a new layer of our individual struggle to trust God. It also digs into the unique, difficult, volatile, yet precious mother-daughter relationship. My deepest hope is that it will inspire mothers and daughters to strengthen their bonds and restore relationships that desperately need healing and forgiveness.

Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?
I loving hearing from readers! Please visit my website www.corinhughs.com and drop me an email. Also, “Like” my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/corinhughsauthor and we can “talk” in real-time. I’m honored you had me, Melanie! Thank you!

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  1. I enjoyed reading your interview and I look forward to reading "Loving"

  2. What a great verse. I have not had the opportunity to read your work. Hoping to start with Loving. Mary Ann Dierdorf

  3. I like the fact that you pray as you write. It can't help but influence your writing. I love books that gently influence my thoughts and actions. My sister could not have kids. She went through a lot of pain and procedures that did not work. She died at the young age of 42.

  4. It sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  5. Great interview! I love knowing that an author is praying over the words she writes. The cover art is intriguing. :-)

  6. This sounds like a wonderful book - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  7. This sounds like an interesting book covering some difficult subjects. I would love to read it.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  8. I thoroughly loved reading about you and I love what you say about where you write. Thanks for the chance to win your book. God Bless.

  9. Sounds like a great book! I can empathize with women dealing with infertility because it was almost four years before my husband and I were able to conceive. I know for many women it's much worse than that...We were shocked--but excited--when we found out we were pregnant. Thanks for the giveaway! I enjoyed the interview, too. :)

  10. I don't buy books based on the cover, but I find this one to be compelling. Thanks for your giveaway.

  11. Corin, Wow! This book sounds incredible and just the kind of story I would enjoy reading. Phil 4:8 is also one of my all time favorite Bible verses along with Phil 1:21. I think the book of Philippians itself is one of my favorite books
    I really enjoy reading author interviews. It is so fun to "get-to-know" the author. I noticed you are an early bird. Yet you write at night. I am also an early bird but my brain seems to shut down at night LOL. how do you do it?

    Melanie, thanks for hosting Corin and her book! Enjoyed and would love to win.

  12. This book sound really amazing! I would love a chance to read it.

  13. Your favorite Bible verse is also my favorite Bible verse and posted as my "about me" on my Facebook profile! :)

  14. Corin, It was so nice learning of you and your writing. I have not had the pleasure of reading any of your books yet but loved the interview and intro to your book.
    Thank you

  15. It's so nice to learn about you. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I would love to win the book. It sounds really good.

  17. Corin - This sounds like a great book with a lot of meaning! I'll have to check it out ... or hopefully win a copy! :)

  18. Ooh, this looks like an interesting read! (: Thank you for the giveaway!

  19. It was so nice getting to know you. And I would absolutely love to read your new book. The cover is beautiful

  20. I like your Bible verse. It's a choice what we think and ponder over. These thoughts determine our attitudes and actions. God must be pleased when we consider his ways!

  21. Your book has a really different twist. It sounds very interesting.

  22. Hi Corin. I love your Philippians scripture. A wise instruction. This world would be a better place if all would do this. I would love to win your book. Thanks melanie for having Corin today. Thanks also for the give-away. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  23. I also enjoyed reading your interview. It gave some insight to you, the author. I look forward to reading your book whether I get a free copy or not.

  24. Hello Corin!
    I love Christmas too. I enjoyed reading your interview.

  25. I enjoyed your interview. Loving sounds sounds very inspiring for a person's walk in faith. I look forward to reading it.
    koho143 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  26. this book sounds so interesting. i was blessed with children so this story is very meaningful to me.


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