Sunday, November 7, 2010


Today we're welcoming Krista Yates, the heroine of Hidden in Shadows by Hope White, a November release from Love Inspired Suspense.

Wow, you've just had quite an adventure.

1.Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense.

I returned home to Wentworth, Michigan after my mission trip to find my house trashed. I thought it was the cat at first (she wasn’t happy being left alone. You know how they can be.) But when my lights wouldn’t work I went to check the fuse box and found a stranger digging around in my garage. Feeling threatened I ran, he chased me and I tripped. That’s when DEA agent Luke McIntyre showed up to chase off the stranger.

2. So, during the book you met DEA agent Luke McIntyre. Tell us a bit about him. What was your first impression? When did you know it was love?

Luke’s a hard-edged, bossy guy, which totally bugs me because I’m very independent. Then I realized he uses his gruffness to keep people at a distance, especially someone like me, who he must protect, yet he cares deeply about. It’s hard to say when I knew it was love because truthfully I’d never been in love before. I guess it was when he fell off the roof of the teashop when he was putting up my Christmas lights and my first thought was: “I can’t lose this man!” 

3. What strengths/skills do you have? What is your greatest weakness?

My compassion and determination are my greatest strengths. I believe with God’s guidance I can achieve anything I set my mind to. I guess my weakness would be that sometimes that determination gets me into trouble. I’m determined to break through Luke’s rough exterior because I believe he’s wounded and I can help heal his emotional scars. That’s risky considering he needs to keep his perspective to protect me and, in the end, he could reject me and break my heart. After all, why would a federal agent with an exciting career give that up to settle down in a small town with me?

4. What scares you?

Never falling in love. Never marrying and raising a family. Owning Grace’s Teashop takes up most of my time so I haven’t had much opportunity to date. Although, there is a man in Wentworth who is pursuing me, but he’s not “the one.” That’s my other fear: settling for anything other than true love.
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d probably find more balance in my life and not throw myself into work to the point where I have no social life. But in truth, I do that for a reason: I’m very independent because of an overprotective mother and grandmother. Only the right man will understand how my tragic background caused their behavior and how it drives my need for independence.
6. Where are you in your faith at the start of your story?
I’m strong in my faith, and I’m able to share that with Luke to help him heal from emotional scars.

7. Where are you in your faith at the end of the story?
I am renewed in my faith because I see the changes in Luke after he embraces God and learns to trust again. It’s remarkable.

8. You've got a scripture at the beginning of the story. Tell us why this scripture is significant.
“Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.” – Psalms 27:3

This passage is significant because it reminds me that I draw strength and confidence from God’s love. You have to stay focused on your goal, no matter how insurmountable it seems. My goal is to NOT be intimidated by this hidden threat.

9. If you could be a dessert what would you be and why?

I would be a Scandinavian Chocolate Torte! It’s all about the chocolate, right? At least it is for me. You can find the most amazing recipe for this delicious dessert on my friend’s website: Yum!

Thank you Hope for sharing Krista with us. What an exciting story!


Lynette said...

Hope, this sounds like an awesome story. I just LOVE Christmas stories and the ones with suspense are the best IMHO. LOL. Can't wait to read it.

Hope White said...

Thanks, Lynette! Suspense is my favorite type of story to write. There's always so much at stake!

Lisa Mondello said...

The story sounds wonderful, Hope! I'm partial to Christmas stories so I look forward to reading this one!

Liz Johnson said...

What a great interview! This sounds like a thrilling ride! Can't wait to check it out. Luke sounds like my kind of hero. :)