Today’s post is for D. Vansen’s A Fire that Heals. We will have info about the books and author. A great interview with D. As well as a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.
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Serena is devastated when her lifelong friend, Aminadab, is banned from Zarahemla for abandoning his faith and persecuting the saints. To add to her despair, she loses the rare ruby her father entrusted to her and she feels all is lost.
Unbeknownst to her, Aminadab finds the ruby, and takes it as his only reminder of Serena. As an outcast, Aminadab and his company of dissenters seek refuge among the Lamanites, who happen to be the very people who killed his parents. Not only is his anxiety high for being surrounded by these bloodthirsty people, but he quickly discovers he’s in the middle of a Gadianton plot to start a war between the Nephites and Lamanites.
Selling the ruby soon becomes the only option Aminadab has at escaping the volatile life he finds himself in. However, this act might forever banish him from ever being in Serena’s graces again.
In D Vansen’s Book of Mormon adventure, Aminadab must choose which side he’s on in a reflective journey of self-discovery, while Serena must stay faithful and hold onto the hope that a lost faith is never too far gone.
What inspired your book?
After serving an LDS mission, I had a new love for the Book of Mormon. I looked for characters briefly mentioned and happened upon the dissenter Aminadab. Aminadab’s less-than-ideal life challenged me to think about his struggles as his faith in God wavered. Serena watched him falter, so it allowed me to contemplate both sides of faith. Faith is a living, breathing principle that has to be nurtured no matter where you are long the path.
How do you spend your free time?
I read in my spare time, or go to the movies––I love getting lost in another time and place. I also love being around my family.
What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing?
And how do you defeat it?
The biggest thing I struggle with in writing is balancing the rest of my life. I can get swallowed up in the process of storytelling that the house chores don’t get done. I’m an extremist, so it’s all or nothing for me. My husband has to remind me that I have to take time off and do other things. Another daunting aspect in writing for me is the self-doubt that enters my mind. The other day I had this thought; we all are in a line of some sort––in my author line, there will always be someone head of me that is better, more experienced and more successful, but there is also those behind me who are just starting out on their venture into the craft. This thinking helps me remember that I must enjoy the journey and each stage that I’m at. I think all of us are blinded to the progress that we make. If we can all have the mindset that, “At least I’m in a line doing something, trying to go somewhere,” we’d be better for it.
When did you first realize you were an author?
That’s a good question, for me it took awhile to come to that the realization. I had written five books by the time I accepted that I’m an author. My drive to write and plot can’t be ignored. I’ve taken time off from the rigorous life of writing only to come back and accept that it is something I enjoy doing. Now that I have three books published, I can honestly say I’m an author. My interest in writing didn’t come until later in my life––which is probably good, my children needed to get a bit older before I became consumed in the writing life. At least now they can feed themselves.
If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main character roles?
Aminadab, my protagonist would be Henry Cavill from Man of Steel. Kinnor, my antagonist would be Josh Duhamel from the Transformers, and Serena would be Amy Adams from the Enchanted. This is a quick pick for the three main characters in my novel.
What kind of music do you listen to while you write?
Not country music. I generally just listen to the radio as I write. (I live in Cache Valley were we don’t have a big radio selection so you do with what you have) But I love playing music as I write. We have built-in speakers throughout the main floor so the radio is always on. Rock is what I normally listen to. (My husband likes to analyze lyrics. Not me, I listen to music as an escape from thinking.)
What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of writing is the magic that happens. I get to discover the story just like the reader does. Many times I’m like, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming.” There’s a certain buzz that comes from writing and getting to know the characters in a story. I also love the research part of writing. I’m like, at least I’m learning new things as I live in a fictional world.
D Vansen lives in Northern Utah with her family. After serving a LDS mission, she developed a love for the Book