Ever have people in your life who you just look at and think, “No way can they really be that sweet.”
Well, that’s how I feel about friend and fellow author Sunni Jeffers, and I’m excited she’s with us today. So let’s get started!
A quick heads up: She’s giving away a copy of her brand new book, Heaven’s Strain, on the blog today, so be sure and enter to win. Details below.
But first, a quick chat…
What’s the new book about?
Heaven’s Strain is a “What if…” book—a story that will take you on a fascinating ride with characters who will grab hold of your heart and insist you come along. Heaven’s Strain is suspense with angels, genetic engineering, and a love story with impossible odds.
How on earth did you think of such a cool concept?
I find story ideas in many ways and places, but in this case, it came from a Bible verse that has fascinated me for a long time. I had to explore the possibilities. It took me into the amazing realm of genetics, and kept opening more and more questions. Then I began meeting the cast of characters that inhabit this story world, and they insisted I tell their story.
Here’s the verse: “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.…There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Genesis 6:1-4, KJV
What if those sons of God were fallen angels, as legend claims and as some people believe? How would it effect the gene pool? And with today’s advances in the realm of genetics, what possibilities and problems could exist.
What about the characters? What are they like?
A story has to be about someone. When I asked “What if” about the Bible verses, Phanuel, a Prince of Guardian angels, and Amaliah, a beautiful Hebrew girl, introduced themselves to me and immediately won my sympathy. I wanted to know their story, but they wouldn’t tell me. I had to meet the lovely geneticist, Dr. Ellen Larson to find out more. Then Rafe Zacharias, a burned-out LA policeman, burst onto the scene, demanding his role in the story, and Homer Wilton, a very sick old man, claimed a place in my heart.
Have a favorite character in this book?
I adore Ellen and Homer, but Rafe is my favorite. He’s so human and struggles deeply with honor and justice, yet feels unworthy of either.
What’s brewing on the back burner?
A sequel. I fell in love with the characters and can’t say goodbye, so I’m starting work on another book. This summer, my amazing brainstorming friends helped me plot the bones of two more books to follow this one.
Spiritual forces are at work to destroy mankind…
Dr Ellen Larson has heard myths of fallen angels, but she has no idea they exist—or that they’re after her. She has enough on her mind—her research and her own strange DNA, which she’s kept secret since she discovered a mutation in medical school that’s never been seen before.
Then the impossible happens. Two patients admitted to the University Medical Center—Rafe Zacharias and Homer Wilton—have the same genetic mutation! Without transfusions, the men will die. Ellen can’t withhold what may be their only hope: her blood. She has no choice…
Her secret must come out.
Unseen, a battle rages around them. A battle to bring an ancient curse to life. Ellen, Rafe and Homer are pawns in a war mankind can’t afford to lose…
Sunni is giving a book to a lucky reader who leaves a comment on this blog today. Just tell us:
If you have a favorite genre OR if you’re an “all over the map” reader? And what’s your all-time favorite novel…of all time? 🙂
Only US and Canada mailing addresses are eligible for a print book. If outside North America, it’ll be an e-book.
Sunni Jeffers is the award-winning author of 15 books. Her life has taken many turns, from Navy wife and mother, to security business owner and office manager, to cattle rancher—all of this in partnership with her wonderful husband of 48 years. She began writing after her kids left home, during the transition from business owner to rancher. Now she writes as she and her husband travel the country most of the year, living in their home-on-wheels.