Welcome to Main Character Monday. It’s a little different than my regular blog posts, a little more lighthearted. But stick with it, and you just might find some characters you’d like to read more about. And even though it isn’t my usual devotional style, you may still come away with an encouraging word from the Word. I hope you enjoy Main Character Monday!
Today’s Guest is Andrea “Andy” Warren from DEAD BROKE by Linda Fulkerson. Thank you for joining me.
A life verse is a scripture that has spoken to you deeply, impacted the way you live your life, or become like a theme verse for your life. What would you say is your life verse?
Life verse? You know I’m mad at God, right? I mean, he let my dad get killed. I kind of quit speaking to Him after that.
Is that a pouty face? Seriously?
Oh, all right. I’ll answer your question.
I was stuck at my brother Tommy’s cottage – that’s a long story – anyway, I saw Dad’s Bible sitting on the kitchen counter, and I picked it up. Don’t over think that. I didn’t pick it up because it was a Bible – I picked it up because it was my dad’s, okay?
The book was worn from use. I flipped through the yellowed, dog-eared pages, noticing notes scrawled in many of the margins. Then I remembered this verse my dad used to quote to me when I was a kid. “So, we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6). I always thought that was kind of cool. I mean, I know God’s not exactly a super hero, but He’s got a lot on mere mortals.
I had a lot of people after me at the time, so the thought of them being “mere mortals” and realizing that God was on my side was pretty comforting. I mean, at least I was hoping He was on my side. I sure needed some help.
What person from scripture do you most relate to?
Oh, probably Peter. He’s always putting his foot in his mouth. I’m right there with him. Good thing I have a big mouth, because I have BIG feet!
The New Testament says that all the law and prophets can be summed up in two commands: love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind and to love your neighbor as yourself. Which of these two commands do you feel you have the most trouble following?
Well, it’s not exactly that I don’t love God, but I sure do get irritated at Him sometimes. Okay, a lot of times. I’m sure the feeling is mutual. I have no problem loving my neighbor. But my mother – now that’s a different story! That woman . . . oh, never mind!
Solomon asked God for wisdom. If God gave you the same opportunity, what would you ask Him for?
Ha! Wisdom! I could sure use some of that. But no way am I gonna ask for it.
Seriously, though, if I got some sort of genie lamp from God where I could get anything I wanted, there’s no doubt what I’d ask for – I’d ask for my dad back.
If you could give one message to those reading this interview, what would you tell them?
Hang in there. God’s not so scary as you might think. When I got locked up in the county jail, I actually prayed. Don’t look so surprised. It even felt good.
Preacher Paul helped me a lot. He was kind of like that Clarence guy, who hung out with Jimmy Stewart’s character in that movie – what’s it called? Oh, yeah – “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Anyway, I got tired of Preacher Paul at times, but he helped me get out of more than one tight spot.
Just for Fun:
Dark or Milk Chocolate? Milk Chocolate. Why? Because my mother likes dark.
Autumn or Spring? Autumn – it matches my hair. Well, sort of.
Coffee or Hot Cocoa? What kind of question is that? Coffee. Duh! And I prefer White Chocolate Mocha, but there isn’t a barista within 30 miles of this podunk town I’m stuck in. Unless someone opens up a nice coffee shop in the next book, I guess I’ll keep drinking mine black. *heavy sigh*
If you could describe Linda Fulkerson in three words, what would those words be? SLOW TO WRITE.
Come on, Linda. Book One came out over a year ago, and I’ve been hanging out, stuck in Crooner’s Corner, waiting to find out what you’ve got planned for the rest of my life. Start typing, girl!
Thank you Linda Fulkerson for introducing us to Andy Warren. If you’ve enjoyed getting to know Andy be sure to head over to Amazon to get your copy of Dead Broke and find out more about her story.