Interview with SQ Eads

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love showing my readers that Jesus is the answer to all of life's situations. It fills me with joy when a reader expresses excitement over an entertaining event, a truth they learned or a character they loved.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the third and final book of The Family Trilogy. After that is out, I am considering a mystery or another historical novel.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My first search criteria is "christian", then mystery, romance, thriller, etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Years after writing "Sunset's Lady" and filing it away, I pulled it out and rewrote it to publish it under the title "Arizona Aussie."
What is your writing process?
I'd like to say how organized I am in plotting, character development, etc. However, each book has come together in a different manner than the last. Usually, the Lord places a scene, a character or a spiritual teaching on my heart. Then after pondering that idea for days, weeks or months, the story and characters begin to fall into place. I once wrote a mystery that upon completion I realized I had no "bad guy." Thus began the challenge of developing Bad Guy and weaving him throughout the story to be caught in the end. I don't recommend that method to any would-be writers out there.
There are several elements I always like to include in my books...laughter, a tug at the heart, a tear to the eye and a thread of romantic love.
How do you approach cover design?
I love doing cover design. By the time I've lived with my characters for a while, I usually have a picture in mind of a potential cover. I then pass that information over to my husband who moves the project from my mind to the physical product. We have used family pictures, a very talented photographer friend's work, and my husband's talents at Gimp.
What do you read for pleasure?
I adore reading Christian and medical thrillers, suspense, romance, historical, just about any genre if it is clean and well written.
What advice would you give your readers?
Keep reading. In my opinion, everyone should read. Books have it all. They are a great way to travel to other places, to experience various careers, to meet interesting characters and to walk through troubles and find answers. Fiction can do more than simply entertain.
Fiction is often criticized because "every character is good looking and perfect." The strong, drop-dead handsome hero who always knows exactly how to capture the heart of the heroine is fiction. The beautiful super-woman that every man desires, but only the perfect man can win is fiction. These totally perfect individuals whose mistakes even take on wonderful attributes, don't exist -- they are fiction. Don't look for these characters outside the covers of a book. Good fiction is for your entertainment and is not meant to be used as a criteria for finding your perfect mate. God designed romantic love between man and woman as a beautiful thing, but men and women are imperfect beings. Seeking God's guidance in finding your life's partner is the only way to true romance.
I hope you love my characters, but don't look for them in real life.
Published 2015-12-01.
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Books by This Author

The Thre3 Pack
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 190,790. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Adventure » General
A "boxed set" of three of SQ Eads Novels in one package. Hundreds of pages of clean, inspirational fiction by popular, award-winning Christian author, SQ Eads. This collection includes Arizona Redemption, Unlikely Partners and When Love is wRight.
Unlikely Partners
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,960. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Texas 1880: When Texas Ranger Colt McCutcheon picks up his final assignment he's forced to ride on the wrong side of the law with Dru Ramsey, a beautiful, gun-toting female bent on revenge. His unwanted partner soon proves the pearl handled revolvers strapped on her hips aren’t decorations -- a renegade lawman and a fast gun. When the dust settles will Colt’s faith have stood the test?
Murder by the Book
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,130. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Mystery & detective, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Anne Marshall has it all. She owns a successful business in her home town doing work she loves. Then Reid Derringer comes to town. He's handsome, athletic and intelligent, and a staunch atheist. He's a stranger with more secrets than the CIA. Murder by the Book is a novel full of laughter, fun and romance. It is sprinkled with a little bit of mystery that will keep you reading to the very end.
Arizona Redemption
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,410. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Big city woman meets small town man. He's tough, she's tougher. She has a heart of stone, his is filled with love. He's open to everyone, she is suspicious of everyone. She hates cops, his best friend is Chief of Police. His faith is in Jesus, hers is in herself. Between the two, common ground is scarce. Can they find a place to stand – together? It could happen in Bisbeee, Arizona.
Arizona Aussie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,990. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Scott Harrison has had it with women. Determination hardens in him like concrete…he’ll remain a bachelor forever. Then fun-loving Randee Lambert pops up in the pen with his prize bull. The beautiful, Australian veterinarian adds a whole new dimension to the definition of trouble. Arizona Aussie is a fun-filled contemporary romance with lots of twists.
Angels In Cowboy Boots
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,980. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Angels in Cowboy Boots, a novella, is an award winning story. Two years ago Sarah Bentley lost everything except her faith and it teeters in sync with her hesitant steps. Now a chance encounter with four-year-old Matt and his uncle, Dave McKeever, brings hope for the future with a job, a wonderful new place to live, and…dare she dream?…love.
When Love is wRight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,920. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Christine Travers wants no man. So what is she doing on her knees, proposing to a stranger? A stranger who accepts with a heart-stopping smile, while unbeknownst to her, harbors vengeance in his mind. Her plans -- avoid him at all costs. His plans -- pursue her to the ends of the earth. God's plans will win out -- He will say When Love Is wRight.