Sunday, January 9, 2011
Today we're welcoming Lacey Gibson, the heroine of MISSING by Lynette Eason, released January 2011.
Wow, you've just had quite an adventure.
Indeed I have. It’s amazing how you can plan everything so carefully and then life throws you a curveball like you never imagined.
1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense. I’m Lacey Gibson, a mom first and graphic designer second. My fifteen year old daughter, Bethany, and I just moved back here to Spartanburg, SC. I was a teenage mother. My father was a strict, hardnosed man with a congregation that wouldn’t understand the pastor’s daughter turning up pregnant. So, they sent me off to a home for unwed mothers. Yes, they still have those. I had my baby and carved a life for us, barely scraping by, but we made it. With God’s help and the help of the people He put in our paths. Before long, I knew I needed to move home and take care of things from the past. One of those things was to make amends with my parents. Unfortunately, just as we started doing that, Bethany disappeared.
2. So, during the book you met MASON STONE. Tell us a bit about him. What was your first impression? When did you know it was love? Mason was my first love back in high school. In fact, you know those things from the past I moved home to take care of? Well, Mason was one of them. He’s Bethany’s father only he doesn’t know it. Somehow, I’ve got to find the courage to tell him about her. And beg his forgiveness for waiting so long to do so.
3. What strengths/skills do you have? What is your greatest weakness? Strengths? I’m a bulldog. I get my mind set on something and you might as well not bother trying to get me to change it. Which can also be a drawback, a weakness. Stubbornness gets me in trouble a lot.
4. What scares you? Life sometimes. I get overwhelmed, wondering if I’m doing enough, if I’m a good enough mother. It’s hard raising a teen alone and I’m scared I’m going to mess her up permanently.
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would learn how to ask for help. It’s so hard for me to do that because I’ve been on my own for so long.
6. Where are you in your faith at the start of your story? I’m a relatively new Christian who wants to do what God wants even when I don’t understand why He’s telling me to do something.
7. Where are you in your faith at the end of the story? Still a new Christian, but definitely a stronger one. One who’d faith was tested—and came out true. I learned God is exactly who He says He is.
8. You've got a scripture at the beginning of the story. Tell us why this scripture is significant. “My Son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” – Luke 15:31-32. I’ve always loved the parable of the prodigal son. The child who took his inheritance, squandered it, and then returned home willing to be a slave in his father’s house if only he could live there once again. Instead, his father welcomed him home and threw a party for him. In MISSING, Bethany was making a lot of bad choices. One of those choices put her in a bad position and even played a role in her best friend’s death to a small degree. However, while she wasn’t necessarily a prodigal, she was a lost child trying to find her way home again. When she finally did, she found out how truly special she really was in the sight of her parents and her Lord and how much they loved her.
9. If you could be a dessert what would you be and why? Anything chocolate because everyone LOVES chocolate.
Thank you Lynette for sharing Lacey with us today. This sounds like an exciting story!