Today, we’re celebrating one of the authors who helped us make the Frasier Contest possible! Richard Mabry’s recent book, Rancher Under Fire, is a contemporary suspense.
Q: Anne, can you tell us a little bit about your next book?
Q: How did God change you through the course of writing your novel?
All four of my novels have explored in different ways the general theme of Proverbs 16:9: The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his path. Through the writing of Playing by Heart the Lord reminded me yet again that when there seems to be a huge wrench thrown into my plans my life is never out of His control. It might not be the situation I hoped for or dreamed of, but I’m coming to the place where I can trust God to change my expectations. We tend to hold our expectations tightly, feeling their fulfillment is owed to us in some way, and yet Jesus asks us to give everything to Him, even our most dearly loved aspirations. Lula and Chet reminded me that the Lord is faithful to see me through whatever unexpected change occurs in my life, and that He can also bring unexpected blessing in the course of those changes. I love when writing a book renews and bolsters my own faith in the Lord, for then I have hopes that it might do the same for a reader. .
Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and author of “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have been a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel, finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award, and winner of the Selah Award. His latest, Critical Condition, is his seventh published novel, and will be followed this coming spring by Fatal Trauma. You can follow Richard on his blog, on Twitter, and his Facebook fan page.