Two posts in two days is odd for me, I know, but this simply has to be shared as soon as possible! I hope you all share in my excitement of this interview with Terri Blackstock. I’m so thankful to her for taking time to answer a few questions for me.
While I love reading, there are few authors that I’ve found that keep me hounding for every book they release. One of those who I’ve followed for years is Terri Blackstock. And I’m honored that she took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for me revolving around the Intervention Series. This particular series is close to my heart because it centers on addictions and recovery. I hope you enjoy this insight into her reasons for writing the series as much as I did.
1) Out of all of your books, are there any in particular that are standouts or favorites for you?
I think my Intervention Series is very close to my heart, because it was inspired by my journey with my daughter’s drug addictions. I also really loved writing the Restoration Series, which is about a massive global power outage. I felt a real directive from God to write that series. But all of my books are like my babies. It’s hard to single any of them out.
2) While all of your books center on imperfect people being touched by a perfect and loving God, the Intervention Series delves into some very difficult subject matter for many people who either have been addicts or alcoholics or have loved ones who were or are still in the grips of addiction. What was it that prompted you to write the Intervention Series?
As I mentioned earlier, I wrote it because of my experiences dealing with my daughter who was on drugs. I suffered in secret for a long time, but finally came to the point where I knew that writing about it would help others. With my daughter’s permission, I wrote the first book and poured a lot of myself into the character of Barbara. I’ve now taken the series through three books–Vicious Cycle and Downfall (Downfall releases Feb. 28, next Tuesday!). I hope addicts will be encouraged by Emily’s character arc of going from drug abuse to recovery, and Barbara and Lance–her family members–who have also been through the ringer because of her addictions.
3) Many times the hardest things to read are the ones that hit closest to home. What was the hardest part of writing the series?
The hardest part was dragging up all those memories that I wanted to forget. Though I don’t think the books are depressing, it was depressing for me to write them. The journey with my daughter was the darkest time in my life, so living there through three books was very difficult.
4) Who in the series do you most identify with? Why?
Barbara, definitely. I poured my own thoughts, memories and feelings into her, so she definitely represents me in a lot of ways. Any mother of an addict will relate to her.
5) What do you hope your readers will take away from it?
I hope they’ll realize that there’s redemption, recovery, and hope in Christ, and that family members who are going through this right now will see that they’re not alone. Their story is told here. I also want those who aren’t involved with an addict to understand the whole situation better. And of course, I want all of my readers to be entertained for a few hours.
Vicious Cycle, the second in the Intervention Series, debuted on the New York Times best-seller list, as did Intervention, the first book in the series. Intervention was also a 2010 Carol Award Winner. The series deals with the subject of drug abuse and its impact on families. Other reader favorites include her books Predator and Double Minds, as well as the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.
Don’t forget to look for Terri Blackstock’s latest addition to the Intervention Series, Downfall, releasing February 28. Go here for more information on how to get the ebook for a reduced price for a limited time.