BOOK GIVE-AWAY: Win a Copy of Kathi Macias’ Novel About Human Trafficking

by Joan C Webb on March 28, 2012

I met prolific writer Kathi Macias a few years ago as we passed one another in the hallway at a Christian Book Expo. She graciously autographed and handed me one of her new books. I read and enjoyed it, so I connected with her on Facebook. Today on my blog I have the privilege of interviewing Kathi. She’s been busy writing! :-)  

JOAN: Special Delivery is book two in the Freedom (human trafficking) series. For anyone who may not have read book one, Deliver Me From Evil, can you fill us in on the focus of the series in general, and Special Delivery in particular?
 
KATHI: The Freedom series is a three-book fiction series built around the horrifying topic of human trafficking. People often ask me why I decided to write about such a dark topic. First, I explain that I’m not writing about a dark topic; I’m writing about the Light that shines in that darkness. And second, I believe the Church should be at the forefront of the modern-day abolition movement to set the captives (modern-day slaves) free. The three books in this series specifically follows the life of a young woman named Mara, who was sold into sexual slavery by her own parents in Mexico, and then smuggled across the border into San Diego by her uncle who then served as her pimp. A strong sub-plot throughout the series tells of two sisters in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, Chanthra and Lawan, who are also trapped in a brothel. Finally, a teenage girl named Francesca, kidnapped in Juarez, Mexico, and forced into prostitution, is introduced in book two. Special Delivery picks up two years after book one, Deliver Me From Evil, ends, and continues with the stories of Mara and Lawan, as well as others carried over from book one. Mara hopes she is finally free to pursue her own life because she was rescued from the brothel and her testimony helped lock up her uncle for life. But the man has underground connections and is driven by revenge to reach out from behind bars and deliver the ultimate punishment to his niece.

JOAN: This isn’t the first fiction series you’ve written on nationwide and even worldwide social issues, the one previous to this being the persecuted Church. What draws you to these difficult topics?

KATHI: As a Christian, I believe I am compelled to use my God-given gifts to honor God in all I do—and that includes exposing the deeds of darkness, calling sinners to repentance, and taking a stand for righteousness by doing all I can to help rescue those who are suffering. I dare not turn my back on “the least of these.” I also believe that God placed this sort of burden on my heart even before I became a Christian at the age of 26. I’ve always been a champion of the underdog, a “soap-box” preacher, if you will. When I met Jesus, I simply redirected that passion toward His people, realizing I couldn’t effect real change in my own strength anyway.

JOAN: With your obvious passion to right social and moral wrongs through the power of the Gospel, how did writing and speaking enter into that?

KATHI: I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I was a child—never wanted to do anything else. When I was a teenager I told my then boyfriend (now husband) that I was going to be a writer one day. What a blessing that God allowed me to fulfill that dream! After becoming a believer and growing in my faith, it was natural to take my passion to fight for others and incorporate it into my writing. Speaking, on the other hand, was an entirely different story. I was terrified of public speaking when I was young, and the day I received Christ I made a “bargain” with God, promising to do anything He asked of me—so long as it didn’t include public speaking. (Does God have a sense of humor or what???) Now, when I stand in front of audiences where I believe God has called me to speak (and actually find myself enjoying it!), I tell my listeners that if God has called them to do something and they feel it’s impossible, they can consider me their “visual aid” that NOTHING is impossible with God IF we will simply take that first step of obedience and let Him fulfill His purpose in and through us.

JOAN: With the topics of the worldwide persecuted Church and human trafficking under your belt, what other issues are you dealing with in your writing?

KATHI: My Christmas 2011 book, A Christmas Journey Home, dealt with the immigration/border problem, and my Christmas 2012 novel,Unexpected Christmas Hero, will be about homelessness in America. The next issues-related fiction series I have on tap—which I am just starting to write, by the way—is called the “Patches of Courage” series and will begin releasing in late January 2013. Book one is The Moses Quilt, based on the life of Harriet Tubman, and will be followed by The Christmas Quilt and The Impossible Quilt. This series of books will highlight historical American women whose Christian faith enabled them to walk in great courage and make a difference in the lives of countless people.

JOAN: Where can people find out about you and your books/speaking/appearances?

KATHI: They can go directly to my website (www.kathimacias.com or www.boldfiction.com) or my Easy Writer blog: http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and various other social sites. Would love to hear from all of you!

JOAN: Where can people find out about free book giveaways on this blog tour? 

KATHI: The blog tour host is giving away a set of two books from the Freedom Series -  Book 1 (Deliver Me From Evil) and Book 2 (Special Delivery). Also, readers can follow @ChristianSpkrs on Twitter or follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CSSVBT.TheFreedomSeries for more book giveaway locations on the tour.

JOAN: Thank you for sharing with us, Kathi. Check out the Special Delivery video on You-Tube. 

GIVE-AWAY! I was given a complimentary copy of Special Delivery in exchange for posting Kathi’s interview on my blog. And I want to give it to one of YOU. Just comment on this blog and I’ll put your name in the hat. On Sunday, April 1 (yes, that’s Palm Sunday) I’ll draw the winner’s name. It could be YOU! So comment away, Friends!

This blog tour is managed by Christian Speakers Services (http://ChristianSpeakersServices.com).

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Lee Ann B. March 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Hi Joan,
Thank You for sharing this interview on your blog! This topic is such an important one for all of us to be more educated on and how this unfortunate exploitation of young girls impacts lives. Kathi obviously has a compassionate heart to serve God through her writing in exposing these hard to swallow topics, yet shed light for all to see how God can and does use every life for the fulfillment of His kingdom.
~Blessings!
LeeAnn
KY

Kathi Macias March 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Thank you so much for posting this interview to help spread the word about this horrific crime of human trafficking. Together we CAN make a difference. Abolition!

pam badger March 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm

i AM WITH EXODUS CRY

Judi Reid March 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Thank you Kathi for your courage to continue to expose and create awareness of this horrific defilement of women! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the culture would see us as priceless and precious in the eyes and heart of God?

Lynne Hartke March 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Thanks for posting this interview, Joan. It definitely sounds like a series that would interest me.

Joan C. Webb March 29, 2012 at 12:53 am

Hi Lynne, Judi, Pam & Lee Ann! Thanks for your comments. You’re all entered into the drawing!

Hi Kathi! Thank you for sharing your writing gifts with so many of us.

Britt T. March 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Sounds interesting. Count me in please!

brtucker89(at)gmail(dot)com

Joan C. Webb March 31, 2012 at 12:09 am

Hi Britt! Thx for stopping by. You’re entered, too!

Cathy Horning March 31, 2012 at 12:55 am

Wow, what a gift to be able to write about this horrific problem. Thank you for sharing Kathi’s books & this interview. Praying God will use this to bring help, healing & change!

Dawnita March 31, 2012 at 1:57 am

Thank you, Joan & Kathi for using your gifts to raise awareness of this issue. We can be a voice for the voiceless and make a difference in the lives of these girls!

Kathy Bruins March 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

Very informative interview.

Ellen Wycuff March 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Would love to win one of your books! I am always looking for new books from people I havent read before. I will have to check out the Kindle books and also the library to see if they have your books. Have a great week!

Dr. Linda B. Greer March 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I would love to read your next book and give you an interview on my blog. Hope I win!! I love your writing, Kathi!

Joan C. Webb March 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Hi Ellen, Dr. Linda, Kathy, Dawnita and Cathy! Thanks for stopping and reading about Kathi’s new book. You’re all entered into tomorrow’s drawing. Wish I could give a copy to each of you. :-)
I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. And if you’re the one, I’ll email you!

Joan C. Webb April 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Congratulations, Lee Ann! I just drew your name out of the hat! You won a copy of Kathi Macias’s new book, Special Delivery. I’ll email you to get your address so I can mail it to you. Thanks for participating!

Have a blessed week.
Joan

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