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Main Character Monday 11 Plus Giveaway

Main ChaGuilt by Association FB sizeracter Monday is a little different than my regular blog posts, but interviewing the characters of the books I review is a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy them too!

If you stopped by yesterday and read the Guilt By Association book review, you’ll be happy to hear today’s guest is none other than Tess Spencer  from  Guilt by Association by Heather Day Gilbert. And in addition to a great interview, Tess (and her author, Heather) are giving away an e-book copy of Guilt By Association to one lucky reader. All you have to do to enter is comment below. 

Thank you for joining me, Tess.

 

 

Is there a person from the Bible that you most relate to?

I’d probably have to say Ruth, because I live right next to my mother-in-law, and I hope I never move away from her. Nikki Jo Spencer is one of a kind, and she’s been more of a mother to me than my own mom. Bad mother-in-law jokes actually make me cringe.

That sounds like a great mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship and a great blessing for you. Thinking back what has been the most difficult lesson God has taught you?

I think one lesson God has to keep teaching me is to consult Him before I charge into things alone. I’ve always been the one to take care of myself in life (until I got married), and it’s my tendency to rush to people’s rescue, whether I’m fully prepared to do it or not. I know God gave me this protective personality, but I won’t help anyone unless I have the power of the Lord on my side before I’m face to face with evil.

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Is there one of these characteristics you find easier to show than the others?

I don’t know—that feels kind of like bragging, and I don’t like braggarts. 🙂 But I am very faithful to those I love, I will say that.

Okay, let’s look at it from the other direction. Which one is the most challenging for you?

I’m sure my beloved husband, Thomas, would say it’s self-control. When we first married, I had more of a temper (ask him about the red velvet cupcake incident), and I’ve had to work on that. But I still have trouble reining myself in when mysterious things start happening to my friends or when people act like bullies.

I definitely need to find out more about that cupcake incident sometime. However, we are getting close to wrapping things up. If you could give one message to those reading this interview, what would you tell them?

Don’t be afraid to stand up for the weak and for what’s right. Things might not work out the way you’d hoped, but we know “The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:33)

Just for Fun:

Dark or Milk Chocolate? Milk, because added sugar is always fun.

Beach or Mountains? Mountains, because I live in the mountains and they comfort me.

Sweet Tea or Lemonade? Sweet tea, although Nikki Jo’s lemonade is amazing.

How would you describe Heather Day Gilbert in three words?

What a funny question! I kind of know that gal…let’s see. How about protective, genuine, and relentless? She doesn’t strike me as the kind of person who would back down…kind of like me in that way, I suppose.

Thank you Tess for joining me tonight. I’m sure readers will want to find out more about you and your mystery solving adventures. All three books in the A Murder in the Mountains series can be purchased from Amazon. HeatherDayGilbert smaller

HEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes contemporary mystery/suspense and Viking historicals. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Find out more at heatherdaygilbert.com.

13 Comments

  1. Heather Day Gilbert (@heatherdgilbert)

    Thanks for having Tess visit today, Heather! And for some reason, my ears are burning…like someone was talking about me…

    • bythebook724

      They may have been, but it’s all good. No need to worry!

  2. Shannon Wells

    I like Tess. need blog post 🙂

    • bythebook724

      I like Tess too. She’s a very interesting lady.

  3. Peggy Hoy

    Tess sounds like a friend I would love to have! Reading Heather Day Gilbert’s books is one of my favorite past times!

    • bythebook724

      I’d love to be her friend until she put me in the middle of a murder scene!

    • bythebook724

      You are the winner of the e-book drawing! I just need to confirm your email. Please send the email address you want to use to receive your book to bythebook724@gmail.com

  4. MJSH

    Hi areas! Thanks for the interview! My MIL lives with us and she’s an angel. I hope and pray I can be such a mother-in-law someday.

    • MJSH

      Sorry, I meant to say “Hi Tess!” Auto-correct is a strange little beast.

    • bythebook724

      It’s great to have a good MIL example to follow.

  5. Brenda Gates

    Tess sounds like quite the character, but…how can anyone NOT be a beach person?

    • bythebook724

      Maybe it’s not so much that she doesn’t like the beach as it is that the mountains provide that sense of security or home.

  6. bythebook724

    Our e-book winner was drawn randomly from names of those who commented. Congratulations goes to Peggy Hoy for winning the e-book. We know you’re going to enjoy it!

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