Unfulfilled with periodic and low-paying gigs, Candace yearns for an opportunity to touch more lives. Her prayers are answered—or so it seems—when she is offered a temporary job at Ontario Correctional Facility, performing for suicidal female inmates. A surge of self-harming behaviors has put the facility at risk for shut down, and Candace’s music might be the staff’s final hope of keeping their jobs. In addition to a substantial fee, Candace is given the assistance of the handsome Julius Barnes, one of the prison’s psychologists who believes her music can help reduce the lethal behaviors of the incarcerated population. However, Apollius, a fallen angel committed to destruction, has other ideas for the inmates and won’t give up his control over these women so easily.
A supernatural battle of epic proportions has ignited in Upstate New York, and the consequences could be fatal. Are Candace’s songs of faith powerful enough to save the lives of the inmates and keep the facility from closing down indefinitely? Or will her interference with Apollius’ plan make Candace his next target?
Readers will love to hate the detective, Investigator Jo Frost. As a state trooper, she is supposed to be a "good guy," but her need to win and control her cases often makes her an antagonist. I enjoyed writing her character because of her intensity; however, readers probably won't like her too much for the very same reason.
How do you think your protagonist and antagonist would describe you as a writer?
Inconsistent but determined. I started writing the first chapter of Suicide Watch in early 2014, but didn't finish the manuscript until the fall of 2015. It usually doesn't take me over a year to write a book, but there were so many distractions in my life that stood in the way of finishing the novel. In addition, it was a challenging story to write because of the topics: spiritual warfare, prison operations, and suicide. My characters had a long journey to see their outcomes, but I never gave up on them or the story.
What was your inspiration for writing Suicide Watch?
I wrote Suicide Watch because the number of suicides in our world seems to be increasing, and as a society, we just are not addressing this issue as much as we should. We've gotten to a point where we place the blame on a person's mental health and attempt to resolve the issue through medication, but we are not willing to consider depression and suicidal ideation as a result of our spiritual health. Just as we care for ourselves physically and mentally, we must also strengthen and care for ourselves spiritually, so that illogical and detrimental ideas like suicide cannot plant themselves in our minds and bloom. I chose to write about the topic using fiction so that readers can gain a greater understanding and appreciation of spiritual development and warfare in an entertaining manner. Often, examples are much easier to hold on to and comprehend when tackling tough subjects.
What is it that you'd like readers to walk away with after reading Suicide Watch?
I would like readers to be more conscious of the negative thoughts that run through their minds on any given day, and to start working towards "taking their thoughts captive" or basically shutting down any thought that is harmful or unhealthy. I would also like readers to feel empowered that they can control suicidal thoughts and feelings through spiritual growth and development.
What is a hidden talent or favorite pastime that you enjoy that may surprise others?
I have a handcrafted jewelry business that I recently started called Bling Bistro. I hand-make rings, earrings, and necklaces. I'm in the process of constructing my website for the business, but those interested will soon be able to purchase my jewelry from www.blingbistro.com
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