SS: Thank you so much for being here.
EB: Thanks for having me, Sylvia! It’s a pleasure being on your blog again.
SS: What can you tell us about your latest book?
EB: My latest book, Delivered by Angels, will be released at the end of May (if all goes well and we stay on schedule). It’s the second full book in the Entertaining Angels series. It will focus on some of our favorite characters: Mads and Chase, but it will focus on some new ones as well. There’s a new angel who has to help the character who is the main focus.
SS: How is it different from the first one? How is it the same?
EB: It’s different because it deals with a much darker topic. I deal with difficult topics such as abuse, self-harm and suicide in book two. It’s the same because we see how much God loves us, how He sends angels to help those who can’t seem to find their way out of the darkness. It’s still a spiritual fight, and although our favorites from book one are there, they’re a bit older and dealing with different problems.
SS: What was the inspiration behind it?
EB: God mostly. He wanted this story written, but I also wanted to bring the darkness of suicide, depression, and self-harm to light. I want people to be aware of how awful it is for those who deal with any of these. We should be aware of the darkness and let those who suffer from any of these know that God loves them, we love them, and we want to help in any way that we can.
SS: What can you share about the new characters and are the characters from your first book of Entertaining Angels in this book?
EB: Lexi Johnson is a self-harmer. She’s the main focus on the story. God has brought together a team to save her. We also have a new angel, Roxanne or Roxy for short. She’s a little more “human” than Zach. Her emotions tend to get the better of her. DJ is our new guy, our love interest for Lexi. He’s also been abused, but he doesn’t like for everyone to know that. Mads, Chase and Zach are back. Madison is a counselor now, and Chase is working as a youth pastor. Zach is back, guiding Roxy and the others as they help save Lexi from herself.
SS: What is the main theme of this book?
EB: The main theme of this book is pretty much the same as Entertaining Angels. We’re focusing on loving yourself but also, letting people know that they aren’t alone in their struggles. They have God and others who care about them and want to help them.
SS: What is your writing process?
EB: My writing process is kind of spastic. I don’t have a set way to write. I just write when I have the time, edit, find some beta readers, edit again, and then I send it off to my editor where we edit again.
SS:; Did writing this new book take you through different emotions?
EB: It did. It was much sadder than I had anticipated. I knew it wouldn’t be easy to write, but I wasn’t prepared for how difficult of a subject this was to broach. I found myself crying, laughing, and happy throughout different parts of the story.
SS; What can you share about the main protagonist in your story?
EB: Lexi is tortured. She’s been abused and forgotten. She can’t deal with her own pain, so she cuts to feel something, to control something. She’s hurting, and she doesn’t think anyone can ever help her.
SS: What message would you like your readers to take away from this book?
EB: That they aren’t alone. I don’t want them to feel like they have to deal with this all by themselves. There is always someone out there willing to help them. And God loves them. He will help them, too.
SS: What is something we would be surprised to know about you?
EB: I’m currently taking a break from reading. *ducks* l know it’s weird, but I’m kind of burnt out on reading for a while.
Thank you again for being here.
EB: Thanks for having me! It’s been fun!
Bio: Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews. She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.
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Inspirational Blog: http://emeraldbarnes.blogspot.com