Tell us about your heroine --- the female lead in your book.
She is the girl next door; she is out going and well mannered. She is liked by all; she excels at most things she takes on. She gets along very well with her parents and talks to them about everything except the relationship she has with Gary and her being pregnant. She knows that she has crossed the line.
What's her name?
Her name is Rachel, which means beautiful, innocence and gentility of a rose or lovely.
Why did you pick that name?
I felt it's the perfect name for her.
Give us a brief description of how she looks.
She has eyes of blue with mahogany colored long hair. She has cheeks that glow a natural blush color with a smile of confidence and beauty. She is tall and slender but with an athletic build.
Is there anything unusual about her appearance?
No; not really just the glow that she has about her.
Who does she love?
She falls for Gary.
He is a mystery to her; he is from a rival school and is very athletic good looking and smiles when he sees her. She feels that he is the one and wants to get to know him.
Does this person love her?
Oh yes; Gary fell for her as well, I guess you can call it love at first sight during one of the games they were at they both got a good look at each other from a distance and made eye contact for the first time. That got the mystery going as she was a mystery to him too. Then finally they spoke to each other for the first time at Down Towns pizza place on the first night of summer their love story began with a secret.
Tell us about her family.
She is an only child of two loving and caring parents. They have a solid relationship of trust, honor and respect for each other. They have conversations about most things, attend church weekly and are very involved with Rachel's life and friends. However when Rachel turned 16 they gave her room to explore her boundaries, believing they had instilled the right values in her and with the understanding of trust that she can talk to them about anything. But the most important conversation did not take place; the one that put her in the toughest situation and life changing struggle she has ever faced. Relationships and teen sex.
Where is she from?
She is from a small town somewhere in New York.
Does her hometown affect her behavior, thoughts and attitude?
Yes, it would have a pure and innocent affect on her and most kids from there too. It is a quiet, peaceful town with a strong culture and tradition. But the choices she makes take over her traditional and family values that really were never explained or given importance for her to have a better understanding of them.
What does she want out of life?
This she is not sure of. She is in the process of searching for her outlook on life and what it can become.
What's her biggest secret?
Rachel makes several choices that she did not clearly think through and one of them was to get involved with a nice boy her age from another school and not tell anyone about him. Then together they chose to have a relationship that left Rachel pregnant and Gary leaving for school. Rachel then chooses not to tell any one that she is pregnant and is on the run trying to figure out how to deal with it alone.
Did you write more than one story about her?
No; but I may in the future.
How would she describe you?
Loving, caring, thoughtful, talkative, a father that explains, informs, tells what he means and why. Listens
Is there anything else about your heroine that we need to know? Feel free to share.
Rachel wants teens and parents to learn what she has without having to live the roller coaster of a life that she has lived by being a pregnant teen and having to make excruciating choices because she made other choices without thinking them through carefully. She wants to help you have a better understand of choices and how to prevent choices that could cause life changing events.
Please provide your website link.
What is the link to buy your book?
You may link at www.heritagevalues.com, click on the book cover and it will take you to amazon.com or you may go to www.xulonpress.com
It was wonderful to meet her. Thank you for bringing her to meet us.
You are so welcome. She and I enjoyed the tour with your readers. We both hope all readers will gain wisdom from her story; Choices, My Secrets.
Thomas Wade Bounds
Choices, My Secrets, tells the compelling story of Rachel, a teenager faced with confusing choices leading up to and during a summer romance that leaves her pregnant. Searching for hope, things spin out of control. Does a chance encounter help her think clearly? Does she find her true self and gain the faith, hope, and courage to consider the best choices to guide her through her incredible journey?
Learn Rachel’s experience without having to live it yourself.
A great book for teens, parents and churches, Choices, My Secrets brings back the art of conversation; an easy way to talk about teen choices together and help set expectations, family values and godly goals.
Author’s Bio: Thomas Wade Bounds is a businessman and the founder of Heritage Values. He lives with his wife Elsa and their two children, in Charlotte, North Carolina.