Alana TerryHello Everyone,

In case you haven’t heard, my wonderful friend, Alana Terry, recently released the audio version of her award-winning Christian suspense, The Beloved Daughter. The Beloved Daughter is a story of persecution and triumph set in the oppressive North Korean regime. The audiobook version of Alana’s bestselling debut novel is narrated by Kathy Garver, a four-time Audie award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Motion Picture Council. (You might also recognize Kathy as Cissy from the TV show Family Affair.)

To celebrate the release of the audio-book, Alana graciously agreed to do an interview for my blog. *twinkly eyes* Since she is my real life best friend, I’m going to use the opportunity to pester her about the most controversial character in her book. Bwahahaha! 😀 Alana is also holding a rafflecopter drawing, throwing a Facebook party with lots of giveaways, and going on a grand, international blog tour. I’ll give you more details right after the interview.

Welcome to my blog, Alana! First, please tell us why you wrote The Beloved Daughter.

To get rich and famous and earn tons of money off book sales.

Wait… what? That’s not what you told me when-

Just kidding. Really, I just wanted to help people understand what’s going on in places like North Korea today.

You told me once that there is one character The Beloved Daughter, Moses, that all your beta-readers despised. Who is Moses?

Moses is a North Korean officer who leads a double life. He works in a prison as a higher up official, but he is also a secret Christian believer who uses his position of authority to help believers escape harsh sentences.

Wow! He sounds like a great guy to me. Why do you think your betas hated him?

I think a small portion of it is because of his position. Unfortunately he’s not able to save everybody. The bigger part of it is that, because of his position, Moses has to present himself as cunning and shrewd and merciless. In Moses’ case, these affectations do rub off onto his actual personality so he’s much harsher than you would imagine a typical Christian “hero”.

So even though he’s a big jerk, you kept him. Why is that?

I suppose I could have recreated him to be more gentile and what we think of as refined, but I didn’t feel like that would be true to the experience of real-life undercover believers in North Korea. In a nice, little, cutesy world the good guys would have the luxury to be totally good. In Moses’s case, he just has to make the best of his position with the cunning and finesse he has.

But you’re writing fiction. Why not give the betas what they want anyway?

He’s my character. I can do what I want with him.

Whoa, Girl! It’s just a question…

I’m just joking again.

In The Beloved Daughter, I tried to be as true to life as I could. I spent several months reading accounts of defectors and Christians. One of the stories that really stood out to me was of a police officer who used his position to warn Christians of impending arrests. But he wasn’t able to reveal his true self to any of them. He said one of the hardest parts of his life was knowing that his fellow believers thought of him as the enemy. His story just kind of stuck with me and formed the background for Moses’ character.

Oh, how awful! It’s not very nice to think about real people being in those situations. It definitely doesn’t fit into the usual “persecuted Christians are like spiritual super-heroes” stereotype. Does he have the chance to get free from the role he has taken on as an undercover Christian?

Unfortunately Moses has intertwined himself in Pyongyang’s inner workings to the point where he has come into possession of nationally incriminating evidence against his people. At least as he sees it, he has very little chance of ever being truly free in this life. If he tried to escape, they would hunt him down. If he revealed his true identity as a Christian worker, he would be potentially putting hundreds of others at risk.

So what happens to him?

The Beloved Daughter ends with Moses’s future very much up in the air.

What, you’re not going to reveal his story’s end?

Not right now.

Just one itty-bitty little spoiler? *puppy-eyes*

You’ll have to wait for a future book.

Oh, nuts.

Beloved Daughter

Alrighty. I promised you details on the free stuff, didn’t I? Here are the details straight from the, er… Well, here are the details.

Listen to a sample of Kathy reading from The Beloved Daughter.

Awesome Prizes!

You don’t want to miss out on the month-long Beloved Daughter audiobook launch party. JOIN NOW on Alana Terry’s facebook page to get started. Dozens of winners … Hundreds of $$$-worth in prizes!

ENTER THE DRAWING: In addition to the Facebook party, you can enter the grand prize drawing below for a chance to win a $100 gift card to either Target or Amazon (you choose!), or one of the awesome prizes from the prize gallery (think Christian T-shirts, jewelry, books, CDs, lotions, and more)!

Want more details about the book?
SEE THE AUDIOBOOK HERE

SEE THE PAPERBACK HERE

SEE THE EBOOK HERE

And last, but not least, enter the rafflecopter giveaway to win a $100 gift card from Amazon or Target!

You even get to choose which gift card. 🙂

ALANA’S RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!

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