Today we're welcoming Jenna Murphy, the heroine of Night Prey, by Sharon Dunn, set to be released in early December. 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 run the rapture rescue center here in Hope Creek Montana. We’ve had some birds come in with unusual injuries that makes me think someone is targeting these birds of prey.
2. So, during the book you met Keith Roland. Tell us a bit about him. What was your first impression? When did you know it was love? Keith and I grew up together. He lived in another town, but he spent summers at his grandparents’ ranch. We did everything together from building tree houses to learning to rock climb. He left when he was seventeen. The last I had heard he had joined the military. I was surprised to see him back at the King Ranch after all these years. We were just kids when he left. I had no idea I feel this strong attraction to him all these years later.
3. What strengths/skills do you have? What is your greatest weakness? I think I am really good at caring for the birds of prey. When I was a kid growing up my father rescued songbirds and kept some birds as well, but I was always attracted to big wild birds. My heart beats faster when I see an eagle or a hawk flying. I admire their strength. They truly are one of God’s most beautiful creatures.
My greatest weakness? I can be a little bit stubborn. Keith says I get an idea in my head and I am like a pit bull,I won’t let go.
4. What scares you? Because of my relationship with my father which has always been tumultuous, I think I am afraid to trust men. Don’t get me wrong. I love my father. He raised me as a single father. He is the librarian here in Hope Creek, an intelligent gentle man. I got my love of reading from him. It is just that, for a number of reasons,the relationship is strained.
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Right before Keith left when he was seventeen, he really needed me as a friend and I think I let him down because of my own fears. I wish I could go back in time and be a stronger person in that moment, less afraid.
6. Where are you in your faith at the start of your story? I became Christian in high school and really have only had minor doubts since then. Something about being out in nature and being around these birds, I get to see God’s handiwork everyday, it feeds my faith.
7. Where are you in your faith at the end of the story? I think that by the end of the story I learn to trust people as much as I trust God. God never intended us to be Lone Ranger Christians. We were meant to be dependent on each other. Trusting means taking chances and risking being hurt, but it is so worth it.
8. You've got a scripture at the beginning of the story. Tell us why this scripture is significant. The scripture is from Psalm 91 where God is compared to a bird. I like to think maybe the bird was an eagle. God covers me with his feathers and I find refuge under his wings. Having watched a mother eagle with her baby, I know that that is a picture of safety and protection.
9. If you could be a dessert what would you be and why? I love chocolate and dark chocolate with almonds is my favorite.
Thank you Sharon for sharing Jenna with us today.