by Michelle Sutton
Published by Sheaf House on September 1,2008
Annie has it all. She’s attractive, graduated with honors, was accepted at the college of her choice, has supportive parents, good friends, and a steady boyfriend who loves her. One night an unexpected visitor appears and Annie’s safe world is destroyed by a brutal attack. As she tries to pick up the pieces of her broken life, she is torn between two brothers, both of whom claim to love her. She is attracted to both, but which one does she love? How can she choose when her decision may cause a permanent rift between them? And more important, will she give her heart to the One who will sustain her even when human love fails.
“…the exquisitely written spiritual content shows the reader that redemption is available, no matter what the circumstances.”
– 4 Stars, Romantic Times!
"Instead of dealing with timely issues like alcoholism, premarital sex and pornography in a preachy, oh-so-tired fashion, Michelle Sutton’s It’s Not About Me gets to the heart of the matter with a shocking dose of realism and poignant storytelling. From the first paragraph, Sutton weaves together a thoroughly entertaining story that’ll keep readers intrigued for the long haul as they get to know Annie, Dan, Tony and Susie - young adults that probably don’t look and sound all that different from themselves. Now that’s a seriously refreshing turn for Christian fiction.”
~Christa Ann Banister~, author of Around the World in 80 Dates, (NavPress 2007) and Blessed are the Meddlers (NavPress 2008)
"It’s Not About Me is a wonderfully entertaining and deliciously suspenseful read that will keep you turning the pages. Sutton doesn’t back away from the drama and with all of the twists and turns, It’s Not About Me is hard to put down. I cannot wait for the sequel! Bravo!”
~Victoria Christopher Murray~, Essence best-selling author of multiple titles including The Ex Files and the upcoming YA series The Divine Divas
"Annie captured my heart on the first page and kept me enthralled to the very end. This edgy, yet surprisingly poignant story travels the inroads of intimate relationships - man to woman, brother to brother, parent to child, friend to friend. But especially satisfying is the author's delicate handling of the relationship between a searching soul and the loving Savior who alone possesses the power to work all things out for the good. A terrific debut for Michelle Sutton. I can't wait to read more from this talented author!"
~Virginia Smith~, author of Just As I Am and Sincerely, Mayla
“Michelle Sutton’s gritty writing style will very likely go straight to the hearts of teens, addressing what they deal with every day in what is all too often grim reality for our youth. Sutton is no doubt a refreshing and much needed voice in today’s YA fiction.”
~Tina Ann Forkner~, Author of Ruby Among Us
Waterbrook Press/Random House
Readers do I have a treat. Michelle kindly responded to my request for an interview at the last moment so here you’ve got a glimpse into her life and some more background regarding the books.
Now on to the interview:
Um, how about meeting Jesus face to face? I can’t think of anyone on earth.
2. What’s your favorite comfort food?
chocolate of course!
Can’t fault another chocolate lover as long as they’ll share with me.
3. What would be your dream vacation?
Hanging out on an exotic beach for a month and reading my favorite books.
4. Is there anyone who has influenced / encouraged you to write other than God who ultimately gives us any talents including creativity? Who and how / why?
Many, many authors have encouraged me. If you read my book you’ll see I have three full pages of thank yous listed.
Yes I read through the acknowledgements in the book (an odd habit of mine). Michelle isn’t kidding people the list there is impressive.
5. Can you give a brief synopsis of your journey to publication with your first book?
Can an author be brief about anything? LOL! I started writing in August 2003, signed on with my agent in March 2005, and sold my first book in Sept 2007. How is that for brief?
That’s brief alright although I’m sure readers would love to hear more if you have the time to share in the comments or so I can paste it in here later. I have the same problem. Still end up writing mini novels on Twitter and page long book reviews LOL.
6. What else have you written / are you currently writing (including unpublished works)?
Tons of books, many of which are either circulating or are due to be sent out in response to conference. I write mostly Women’s fiction, but the YA series has two more books, both already written, and due to be released in 2009 and 2010
7. What first gave you the idea for the Second Glances Novels?
A real life attack that happened to a friend of mine while she was alone at the church office and didn’t lock the door.
8. What else would you like to share with readers about yourself or It’s Not About Me?
If you read my story you will get some insight into who I am not only as an author, but as a person. I really believe that stories have the power to change lives, and since I feel called to write stories that will do just that, I put my whole heart into each project.
9. Share with us one of the craziest things you’ve done or that’s happened to you?
Every day is a bit nuts. Can’t think of anything unique, actually. If I do I’ll let you know.
10.What five books would you take with you to a desert island?
How about five truckloads of books? Five libraries full? I can’t limit myself to only five actual books.
LOL If you could figure out how to manage that one I’d like the low down on doing the same myself. I already need more shelf space and can’t imagine trying to pare just the shelves down to five must have books. But if I could escape with all of them to a desert island and still get mail and internet there without needing money for food, electricity and all that stuff or having to deal with all the daily life interruptions I’d be in paradise.
11. What concept or scripture is God revealing more deeply to you in this season of your life? And how is that revelation influencing your life?
That it’s all about Him and not about me. How is that for playing with the title and doing so in context?
Love your “word play” and the ultimate Truth it reveals as well. If it were all about us humans we’d really be in a mess.
12. Why did you start writing and when?
I felt led by the Lord to start writing stories with spiritual themes. It just happened in August 2003.
13. How do you choose names and get to know your characters?
Their names come to mind as I write.
14. What’s your favorite character / scene from the Second Glances Novels (so far)?
From the first book my favorite character is Dan and the scene is his first kiss. Wow.
15. Do you have any teasers you can share for It’s Not About Him?
Yeah, poor Susie from It’s Not About Me is still dealing with the pregnancy issue and the next story is about her journey through the whole adoption process after she places her infant with an infertile couple from church. The thing is, she keeps seeing men who look irritatingly familiar and who were at the party the night she’d passed out and was violated. She can’t help wondering which man is the father. Meanwhile Jeff desperately wants to marry her so she will keep her child, but can’t seem to persuade her to give him a chance. It’s loaded with tension. 🙂
Sounds like another winner coming up. Can’t wait to read it. I hope Susie stands firm on her decision not to have her baby raised in an Alcoholic home.
16. Are there any closing remarks you’d like to share?
Thanks for interviewing me. Hope you enjoy the story!
Thank you for taking the time to share with my readers.