Welcome to Just Commonly, Marie! I've met Marie Wells Coutu at last year's Christian Fiction Readers Retreat. Marie writes modern day retelling of Biblical stories. Today, she's here to chat a little more about her books. Before we get to the interview, here's a little about Marie.
I became a fiction author a little later in life, when I was 55. I had been a writer all my life, even writing poetry and plays in elementary school. But I found fiction a little daunting, so I focused on nonfiction. I started my professional career as a newspaper reporter, then I taught mass communications, did public relations for state and local governments, and spent 15 years in communications at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. After realizing that I could learn to write fiction and developing a real passion for it, I retired in 2013 so I would have more time to write.
I grew up in Kentucky and have lived in seven states. My husband and I have been married 45 years and have 2 children and 4 delightful grandchildren. We divide our time between Iowa and Florida.
3. Amen to that! For someone who's not familiar with the Christian Fiction genre and is a new believer, which one of your books would you recommend?
4. How about someone who's read solely Christian Fiction, but needs a "pick me up", what would you recommend he/she pick up?
5. Both sounds really good. What can you tell us about your new book?
6. Modern day retelling of Biblical stories are definitely a new area I want to dive into this year. For this booknerd, I need to know your "go-to" books that you've re-read multiple times.
7. Redeeming Love is a popular one for sure!Thank you, before we leave, where can readers reach out to you if they have any questions? Any events this year?
Thanks for having me, Annie! It's been fun and I hope you'll invite me back.
After a whirlwind romance, beautiful Shawna Moore marries Hunter Wilson, the governor of Tennessee. Now, she wonders if the governor ever loved her or only hoped to avoid a scandal.
In this modern re-imagining of the biblical story of Bathsheba and King David, an investigative reporter is asking questions—the wedding took place only six weeks following the death of Shawna’s first husband in Iraq. If he discovers the truth about Shawna’s baby, Hunter’s chances for reelection, as well as Shawna’s reputation, will be ruined.
But keeping their secret is destroying their marriage.
Will Hunter’s choice mean the end of his political career or his family?