Twisted Faith - Victoria Schwimley
If you're looking for a lighthearted read where you're never concerned about the main character or their future, this is not the book for you.
That being said, this is an extremely well written book that shows just how far some families can take misinterpreted faith. Heartstrings will be tugged. Tears may be shed. And you will feel angry by the time it's all said and done.
I love how Schwimley begins near the end of the actual story's timeline, when Abby finally reaches out for help. And even though Pastor David is really more of a side character as he's listening to Abby's story, so much of his personality shines through the conversation. We learn so much about him just by the few words he's able to say.
This book gave me a lot of anxiety, and to me that says a lot about the quality of the work. It spoke to me as I've met some families throughout my life who could quite possibly have been Abby's parents, and this book frightened me on their children's behalf.
I recommend this book if you're looking for a new perspective. It has wonderful developed characters who you will love and hate with a passion. But, if you're an overly anxious reader like me, you might find yourself having to skip several parts. They were too difficult for me to read, despite my attachment to the plot.
Some Bio Information
I was part of a large family. Five natural children born to my parents and three adopted ones (my father’s siblings whose mother could not care for them). It is a supportive family where all of us children encourage each other. Interestingly, we all have some sort of creative talent that is different from each other. I grew up a reader. The little girl in the Matilda movies pulling the wagon with all the books in it was a perfect description of how I was as a child. The library was my favorite place to go…still is one of my favorites. I used to tell stories to the other kids and make believe I was different people. If something happened in my life I didn’t want, I’d change the ending in my imagination. When I became a mother, I told my children more made-up stories than I read them storybooks. Now I tell my grandchildren many of those same stories. I live in Northern California surround by my family. I love to sew with my one granddaughter, write stories with my other granddaughter, play video games with my grandsons and I always write.
1. Who is your favorite author?
Good question, but such a hard one; I have so many favorites. I think it depends on my mood. I write multi-genre and I read multi-genre. Therefore, if I have to choose one I think I will have to go with James Patterson, who also writes multi-genre.
2. What would you like readers to take away from your work?
I want my readers to go away feeling as if there is always hope. Although you will find tragedy in my stories, they seem to work out in the end. One of life’s lessons I learned through personal experience is that there is no clear path. There are obstacles we trip over along any journey. How well we learn from them is what matters.
3. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
Ideas flow through my mind all the time. When an idea strikes me, I sit down and write out the first chapter. Then I get a concept of where I want the story to end. I write down everything I can about my characters: their personality, hair color, eye color, likes, dislikes…. Then I start on the second chapter. My story unfolds as I write. When I finish the rough draft, I take a little break and think about whether I am happy with the story. If not, I do a major re-write. If I am okay with it, I do a first edit. Then my daughter reads it (she is my toughest critic). Then I pass out chapter one to several beta readers and consider suggestions they might have. When I get my feedback, I do a second edit. Then I listen to each chapter in a text to speech program. This gives me a feeling for how my reader will interpret the story. From then on, it is checking for errors: punctuation, grammar, spelling…
4. What does your writing say about you?
I hope it says I am a compassionate person. People say they can see me in the protagonist of my first book (Coveting Love). I do not see it, but I guess we often do not see ourselves from the outside in.
5. Describe your favorite place.
The ocean or the mountains, with a soft breeze blowing— not too hot, but not cold, I would either be hiking or relaxing. I love being outdoors and both these places allow me to commune with nature and God in peace.
6. What’s your least favorite part of the writing process?
Of the writing process, final editing (error checking) and then of course there is marketing the finished product. I just want to write.
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
I want to write that great book that takes ones breath away. I want it to be the type of book that my reader will finish and say, “Wow! That was great.”