Meet Wanda B. Campbell

We are joining the Illusions Book Blog Tour with Wanda B. Campbell.  The author is visiting several blogs and social networks this month, introducing readers to her February book release from Urban Christian. Today, she’s going to talk about her book Illusions and how she came up with ideas for the story. Don’t forget to leave your comments so you can be entered into the weekly giveaways.

MEET WANDA B. CAMPBELL (Part 3)
Wanda, tell us about Illusions

In Illusions I use a pastor’s secret addiction to tell a story of love and redemption. Illusions is a good example of God’s unfailing love for us as we struggle. As readers turn the pages, they well see that is really is an illusion to believe we have to be perfect before God can use us.

Illusions demonstrates how hiding secrets is detrimental to families and the Christian walk. It also teaches a good lesson in affirming one’s identity in God and not in titles or position.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

Don’t laugh, but one day as I walked through the hospital, the characters jumped inside my head and told me to write a short story. I knew God was speaking, because I had vowed to friends that I would never write a story on this subject matter.

Who are your main character(s)?
The main characters are Pastor Bryce Hightower and First Lady Denise Hightower. They have been married for three years and shepherd what appears to be a healthy, growing congregation.  On the surface, Bryce is the ideal husband and pastor. He’s anointed and he loves God. However, he has a secret addiction that has grown out of control and could destroy his marriage and his position as pastor.

Denise, a deacon’s daughter, grew up in the church. Under the tutelage of her mother, she plays the role of the “perfect” first lady until she accidentally discovers her husband’s secret. As a result, she is torn between doing what’s best for the church or what’s best for her. Feeling pressure from Bryce and the revealing of a family secret by her mother, Denise agrees to keep the quiet and help Bryce work through his issues.

Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?

With out a doubt, Benny is my favorite character. Probably because he’s most like me. Benny is determined and will speak his mind.

Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this novel?

Actually, the research for Illusions was done years in advance. I didn’t know it at the time, but leading Couple’s Ministry for eleven years, was more than enough research for Bryce’s and Denise’s struggling marriage. As an ordained elder, I have first hand knowledge of what goes on in church leadership.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading Illusions?

It is my prayer that readers will not only be entertained, but also ministered to. Many Christians struggle with addictions in silence, afraid to seek deliverance. I hope that as readers turn the pages their trust in God’s love and restoration will increase.

ABOUT THE BOOK


Illusions

by Wanda B. Campbell

After three years of marriage, Denise Hightower discovers that her husband, Pastor Bryce Hightower, has a secret addiction that not only jeopardizes his marriage, but impairs his ability to effectively preach the gospel.

Yielding to pressure from her mother and her husband, Denise agrees to keep his addiction a secret, although her self-esteem plummets. Her life as the perfect First Lady is falling apart at the seams.

Self-centered and determined to uphold his pastoral image, Bryce is oblivious to his wife’s emotional state. He’s convinced that he can overcome his “little problem” on his own, so he rejects the spiritual help God sends him. But when his secret is discovered, will he be able to come clean with himself, God, and his congregation?

For more information about Wanda, visit her at wandabcampbell.net.

The Illusions Blog Tour Giveaway
We have some great prizes for visitors. Let us know you were here by leaving your response in the comment section below. Prizes will be drawn weekly.

  • Week 1 – An autographed copy of The Midnight Clear
  • Week 2 – Valentine’s Day (Celebrate Wanda’s birthday!) – A Box of Sees Candies.
  • Week 3 – An autographed copy of First Sunday in October
  • Week 4/GRAND PRIZE – An autographed copy of First Sunday in October, The Midnight Clear and Illusions.

The winner from each week will also receive a coupon for a FREE print design (choose a bookmark, postcard or business card) courtesy of Tywebbin Creations. Winner are responsible for printing. Check Wanda B. Campbell’s blog for the winners.

There are 7 comments for this article
  1. Wanda B. Campbell at 9:54 am

    Thanks Ty for organizing a great tour! You are the best.

  2. Rhonda McKnight at 10:02 am

    Wanda,

    So funny that you said you would never write on the topic. I told God I didn’t want to finish my novel, Secrets and Lies, and I put it down for a year, but he said “Go finish that book” and I did. It’s a real challenge for us as Christian writers, because it’s not just about being creative and doing what we want to do. God has called us to give HIS best to our readers. Glad you heard the call. I’m looking forward to reading the story.

  3. Ty at 2:34 pm

    Thanks Rhonda and Abi for following the tour!

    Wanda, I appreciate you and it’s been a pleasure to organize the tour. I can’t wait until we get into more discussion in the next few weeks.

    — Ty

  4. Marlive at 6:52 pm

    Okay, I’ve got to ask, why did you vow to friends that you would never write a story on this subject matter? And though you say that the idea for this story came to you as you walked through the hospital, what was it about your setting –the hospital — that triggered thoughts and ideas for this story? And one last question for the virtual road, are there any other subjects and topics that you have vowed to friends never to write about?

    Good! Good!

  5. Wanda B. Campbell at 9:30 pm

    Great, questions Marlive.

    I didn’t want to write about the subject matter because I like to write romances with happy endings. The addiction in Illusions is painful.

    There’s nothing special about the hospital, other than it being my place of employment. That’s where the voices decided to speak.

    The other subject I vowed never to write about is also now a novel. Right Package, Wrong Baggage is scheduled for release July 2010.