Fellow author Traci Carlisle-Wooden is one of eight authors participating in Cycle 2 of the Chandler County multi-author Romantic Suspense Series. Traci's new book entitled, Missing Us, will be released December 7th 2017 and is her second book in the CC series. Her first, a must read, is entitled, Missing Destiny.
I can't wait for you to meet Ms. Reina Fellows-Nathan, a newcomer to Chandlerville. She's as special as her name!
Staff Writer, Anderson Matthews, aka Andy, nodded his head in response to his boss', Editor Rachel Blakely's, warning, "Watch it Andy. I mean it. Mind your manners. If you can't handle it, I'll interview Ms. Fellows-Nathan. No funny stuff." Andy arrives two minutes ahead of his scheduled interview. Ms. Fellows-Nathan greets him at the door. Let's listen in!
AM: Hello Ms. Fellows-Nathan. How are you? I’m Anderson Matthews, staff writer for the Chandler County Chronicles. Thank you for agreeing to interview with me. Is this a good time for you? (Andy hesitates and then continues). We can do this another time, if you prefer.
RFN: It’s nice to finally meet you, Andy. I’ve heard quite a bit about you from my soon-to-be son-in-law, Zach, and others around town. You are really making name for yourself. This is a very good time. I have a couple of hours before my daughter, Shauna, is off work.
AM: You’re new to the area, correct? I hope you don't mind but what brings you to Chandler County?
RFN: Yes, Andy I am new to this beautiful area. I would like to say that it was my idea to visit, but circumstances beyond my control brought me here. I believe you know some of what went on with my daughter, Shauna. She was hiding out at the Murphy Equestrian Therapy Center while her father found the person stalking her. I initially came to offer comfort. Now I am back to help my daughter plan her wedding.
AM: So, I understand you love to ride horses and have even competed in some exhibitions. Can you share some of your experience? As you know, people in Chandler County love horses, too. We’ve got Murphy’s Equestrian Center, some really large horse ranches around here and of course, everyone gets excited in April-May, Derby time. So, on the personal side, tell me something about yourself...Where you're from, what do you do, relationship stuff --as little or as much as you want.
RFN: I’ve been riding since I could walk. My father was Blackfoot Indian. He and most of my aunts and uncles were accomplished horsemen. When I was nine I went with him to a competition and saw a dressage riding competition. It was love at first glance. I begged my dad relentlessly for lessons and participated in my first competition when I was 14 and was hooked. I love The Murphy Equestrian Therapy Center. It is a wonderful establishment and their programs are much needed.
AM: Wow! Now that's interesting. I want to quote you on that. I'm sure our readers will appreciate your heritage. Please tell me what do you like about Chandlerville? I know you may only be here for the short term, so off the record, you can also feel free to let me know what you don’t like about living in Chandlerville. I’ve lived here for only a few years and on some days, feel as though I should hike it back to New Jersey. Andy laughs.
RFN: Reina chuckles with him. I must admit I wondered just where my ex had my daughter carted off to. Chandlerville is a hidden slice of heaven. No one would know this charming and welcoming county was here. I guess that is how it keeps most of its charm. It isn’t bombarded with droves of tourists. I love the people. They are so down to earth and without airs. It’s refreshing.
AM: On another note, tell me Ms. Fellows-Nathan, what’s your favorite part about being a character in this book? By the way, do you plan to attend any of the Annual Birthday Celebration events?
RFN: I’m the adventurous type. I think being one of this other-worldly county’s characters will make for a great story to tell my grandchildren. If I’m still in town, I’d love to attend everything. I love a good party.
AM: This question can be off the record, if you wish, Ma’am. (Andy clears his throat.) Umm, do you get along with the other characters in the book? Is there anyone you really dislike?
RFN: So, between you and me, I am going to have to say Ona and I don’t necessarily get along. I’m not sure if she’s intimidated by me. I just thought I would share a piece of information with her about the horse she was training and I have gotten the cold shoulder ever since. Outside of her there is no one. (Laughs) Except my ex, but he is more of a puzzle than anything else lately. She stares off into space for a moment.
AM: Ms. Fellows-Nathan. Do you have a favourite motto or expression? If so, what makes it so special to you?
RFN. If you are given lemons, make lemonade. Sell the lemonade and buy something you really want. To me, this means don’t settle. Life is too short to settle.
AM: Hmmm...I like that. So, on a somewhat related note, who’s your hero (*shero)...fictional or non-fictional? What makes this person so special to you?
RFN: I’m going to have to say my daughter. She is the strongest woman I know. She has been through so much in her life, but she hasn’t let it stop her forward progress or taint her love for life or people. I am not so trusting, but she has taught me how to forgive.
AM: Our readers like to know the up close and personal things about our residents. Do you have a ‘prized possession’ something really, really important to you?
RFN: Oh Boy. I own an antique shop that buys from estate sales. I’d been in business for eight months when I came across a early 1900s French haute ecole dressage saddle in pristine condition. It let me know I’d made the right career move. Even more precious was the black glass blown horse that I gave Shauna. I recently found out that she uses it when she is on the verge of a panic attacK. She says it grounds her and reminds her of her happiest moments. Reina sniffs.
AM: Thanks for sharing that Ms. Fellows-Nathan. Maybe before I leave, I can get a shot of the saddle? Nothing like a little imagery, right? Hmmm, on a similar note, what’s your favorite childhood memory?
RFN: I'd love that Andy. Thanks so much. Wow. That’s a hard one. I have so many. She places her finger to her lips. Going to the lake with my grandfather and doing our version of fly fishing. We would go before dawn and come back close to noon. I could listen to his stories for hours. Those times were almost magical.
AM: Andy winks and adds. ‘Another off the record question for you’. Have you heard the scuttle but about our new so-called Pastor? Some people in town think his appointment needs to be rescinded. Have you heard that his wife is not with him? What do you think?
RFN: I think marriage is hard enough without outside interference. I haven’t been to a church service here yet but I do know that my daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law love the church and the pastor. She gasps. He’s supposed to officiate their wedding. I need to go see if I can’t find a backup.
AM: Thank you so much Ms. Fellows-Nathan. It's been a pleasure. Look for my article in the Chronicles under 'Meet Chandler County Residents'. Can I take those photos before I leave?
Can their second chance at love survive past secrets, lies and a concealed pact?
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About the Book
Dr. Atherton Nathan, Terry, never imagined that the pact he made four decades ago would cost him what he treasured most – his family. Though he survived the slow disintegration of his marriage, he held fast to the hope that he could win back the only woman he ever loved. His youngest daughter now has a life and love he has always wanted for her and their relationship has healed enough for her to allow him to give her away during her wedding. He hopes the weeks he will spend in Chandler County to ensure her transition from her life and career in Chicago to Chandlerville before the nuptials will be enough to convince his wife…ex-wife of his love for her and hers for him.
Reina Fellows Nathan can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Her youngest daughter’s life is out of danger and Shauna is carving out her own path towards happiness. All Reina has to do is get through the weeks it will take to help her daughter plan her wedding and avoid her ex-husband. He nearly destroyed her once and despite some of the changes he’s recently made she dare not trust her heart to him.Each day brings new challenges that work against her resolve to remain unaffected by her ex- husband’s attempts to court her again, but secrets, lies and a long-held pact that comes to light may make it impossible for a true reconciliation.
About the Author
Traci-Wooden-Carlisle began writing poetry and short stories as soon as she was able to form words on paper. She used that as a way to creating worlds, as well as, to communicate with God. A native of Los Angeles, California, she grew up attending United Methodist Church under the leadership of a pastor whose heart was for youth. Once she finished college at she found herself at a loss. She felt caught in the transition between childhood and adulthood. She surrounded herself with saints and volunteered her services as a graphic artist. Through the early-morning prayer, all night Friday prayer and 3-day shut-ins she started on her journey toward her most desired gift, an intimate relationship with God. Today, Mrs. Wooden-Carlisle lives in San Diego with her husband, David Carlisle. When she isn’t writing she teaches fitness classes and runs a jewelry and craft business.
Author web links:
http://www.amazon.com/Traci-Wooden-Carlisle/e/B00OIAS208/ https://www.goodreads.com/Author_TraciWCarlisle www.facebook.com/traciwoodencarlisle
KEY WORDS: Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance, Christian Fiction Romantic Suspense, Romantic Suspense, African-American Christian fiction, Weddings, Second Chance Love