Today, I’d like to introduce you to the remarkable woman in this photograph. Victoria Pitts Caine is a Christian author whom I admire. When I first joined Prism Book Group, Victoria went out of her way to make me feel welcome. During the time we’ve known each other, she has been a true friend and a wonderful encouragement. Not only is she a terrific person, she’s also a terrific author. Her short story, Like a Lily, is one of my favorites–it’s full of symbolism, and I really love that!
Danele: Victoria, it’s so nice to have you on my blog! Welcome!
Victoria: Thanks, Danele, I’m excited to be here and become further acquainted with you and your readers.
Danele: We’re all very glad to have you! Well, let’s jump right into things. My illness taught me the importance of trusting God. Have you experienced a difficult situation when you needed to totally rely on God?
Victoria: I’ve been a Christian since I was nine years old. Like all humans, I have issues, and one of my biggest ones is patience. Due to a childhood illness, I was not able to have children. Of course we went through the grueling fertility treatments, and adoption became the avenue we pursued. Doors closed at each possibility along the way until I learned of a Christian adoption agency in Oregon. God certainly had a hand in teaching me patience through the seven year waiting process. Once we decided to adopt overseas, that part took a little over two years. We spent our ninth wedding anniversary in Korea and brought home an amazing gift, our oldest daughter. She was followed three years later by a sister.
Danele: That’s so amazing! I love how God manages to give us solutions to our most difficult problems. Has there been another time when you’ve dramatically felt the presence of God?
Victoria: I had a problem getting medical care for my youngest (who is developmentally disabled) and channeling her through the right organizations to get help. I had taken off work, and I was driving across town in the pouring rain with my stomach in knots going to one more appointment with someone who might make a decision that wouldn’t be for her benefit. I felt God’s presence, and He told me everything would be fine. I felt so much peace, and a calmness washed over me. And, as God promised, all went well.
Danele: I’ve felt that calming presence before, and it’s so comforting! I love how God never lets us face trouble alone. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
Victoria: Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” I truly believe this. Many things have happened in my life where God caused all things to come together for good.
Danele: That’s so true! When I was ill, I thought a lot about the seasons and how nothing remains the same forever. Illness, sadness, trouble–they all will pass away. Spring always comes again. And, even when it doesn’t seem like it, everything really does work out for our good.
Victoria: I agree. The above verses and the seven that follow are a running theme in my novel, Alvarado Gold.
Danele: I’m so glad you mentioned your writing. I’d like my readers to have more information about your books. Is there anything you’d like to say about them?
Victoria: My three novels Alvarado Gold, Cairo, and The Tempering Agent are all Christian based. The Tempering Agent is the third in the series and it delves into antiquities trafficking in Egypt. The heroine has abandoned her relationship with God and is dealing with an issue of trust. The hero is an agent assigned to protect the nation’s treasures from theft. While working together, she finds herself in danger from a trafficker. She must learn to trust the agent and God. This novel also involves the Breast Plate of the High Priest and the stones which are displayed on it – combining another one of my passions – gemstone collecting. Danele, I know one of your favorite books is my novella, Like a Lily. This short story is about a flower shop, a new minister, and finding the perfect lily for Easter. Here are the links to my books:
Alvarado Gold http://tinyurl.com/opcqagx
The Tempering Agent https://tinyurl.com/mbormku
Like a Lily (novella) http://tinyurl.com/ph3dbrh
Danele: I’m glad to have the links! And I really loved Like a Lily! It was a total blast to read! Now, here’s one final question for you, and it’s a fun one–what’s the first thing you want to do when you get to heaven?
Victoria: Catch up with my dad. He’s been gone a long time now, and I’d like to discuss a little fishing and a little baseball.
Danele: That sounds terrific! I can’t wait to talk to my loved ones too! I’ve enjoyed talking with you so much, Victoria! Thanks for being with us!
Victoria: Thank you. This has been fun. I appreciate the chance to be on your blog today.
Danele: You’re so welcome!
Friends, Victoria really is a wonderful person. If you’d like to learn more about her, or if you’d like to contact her, she can be reached by following these links:
Victoria’s Website: http://vcaine.homestead.com
Victoria’s Blog: http://victoriapitts-caine.blogspot.com
Victoria’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorVictoriaPittsCaine
I hope you all have a terrific day today!