In case you’re confused at all about the title for the blog tour.
13 Reasons Why is a Netflix TV series centered around a young girl’s suicide. There’s debate about whether it promotes suicide or simply raises awareness, but the undeniable fact is that this show has persuaded others to take their own lives. Each episode explains a reason for the girl’s suicide—13 episodes, 13 reasons. Since both Freedom and Beloved deal with the topic of suicide, we decided to name our blog tour the 13 Reasons Why tour—but each day, we are giving reasons to choose life. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, loved beyond measure by our Creator. And that makes every day worth living.
If you share about the blog tour or reasons to live on social media, we want to hear about it! Use the hashtags #13rwtour and/or #R2L (reason to live) so we can find you! Also, feel free to tag Faith (@faithpottsauthor) and (@katetheauthor) on Instagram! (Faith also has Facebook, but Kate doesn’t.)
I chose to do an interview, because I love interviews.
Read writing is Kate and Yellow is Faith and I am Bold. I chose the first color based on its pun and the second because when I looked up the color of Faith (sorry Faith, but….) Yellow often stands for hope and faith, which I thought was super cool.
What would you like your book to achieve?
It’s my hope and prayer that Freedom will bring light to the harsh realities of suicide and raise awareness of the heartbreaking statistics, nationwide. One person taking their own life is one too many.
I’m not gonna lie, if it gets a bunch of 5-star ratings, I’m going to be a happy camper! But I wrote this book to show readers God’s love, to tell them that they are precious in His sight. That suicide isn’t the answer. If it keeps just one person from taking extreme measures, I’ll be so glad.
What is the most encouraging verse in the Bible?
Oh goodness, that’s a tough one… I’m not sure I could choose only one verse, but here’s one that had a special impact on Freedom.
Galatians 5:1 KJV — Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Now, that’s just a matter of opinion, haha! But I love Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I think this is rather fitting for my book. 😉 Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Has any one close to you committed suicide?
No, I haven’t lost anyone close to me to suicide. I’ve only been personally impacted by suicide by friends of friends taking their own lives, and through a few friends who have struggled with suicidal thoughts and intentions.
No, actually. Suicide isn’t necessarily a topic that I have personal experience with, but it’s still an important subject to me.
What do you think is the saddest reason to commit suicide?
Any reason to commit suicide is the saddest reason. I’m not sure I can pick only one because they all equally matter. Whatever the reason, it’s the worst one to that person.
Any reason you have to kill yourself is heartbreaking. Whether a loved one dies, or something happens to make you feel worthless . . . any reason is a sad, horrid reason. I can’t just pick one out.
What is the most interesting story of why someone didn’t choose suicide that you have heard?
I don’t think I can pinpoint a “most interesting” or “best” story. Any story of someone stopping before going all the way and ending their own life is a story that will make me cry. Regardless of the specific reasoning, I’m thankful. And I’m so proud of them for choosing life.
This answer is going to be much like the last one—any reason to choose life is an important one, no matter how strange or unique. ❤
About the book:
Having just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. ‘Double amputee’ doesn’t seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out.
Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients’ recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.
When these two broken ones’ paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace?
About the author:
Saved by God’s grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.
About the book:
Life without love is hopeless. Foster teen Cara Richards is unloved. With nothing left and nowhere to go, she is determined to find peace, no matter the cost. But despite her intentions, she’s tossed into another foster family and this time, there’s no going back to who she used to be. To make matters worse, one of her five new foster brothers is a Jesus freak, and she refuses to believe that God actually cares.
Her world is thrown upside down in a way she never expects. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her mind is lost adrift among a sea of questions: Is death really the answer? Does God care about someone as unworthy as me? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what?
About the author:
Kaitlyn is a farmer’s daughter and a born-again believer in Christ with an obsession for books and music. It is these obsessions that led her to write her own stories. Psalm 46:10 gives her inspiration, her brothers make her laugh, and there’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening an unread book for the first time. Her passion is to share the steadfast love of her Savior through the writing that takes up much of her free time, whether actual writing takes place or writer’s block, in which case she’s probably browsing Pinterest.
There is a giveaway, check it out.
As I’ve yet to completely figure out the scheduled posting I don’t fully know when this will hit the internet, but I am going mostly off grid for the next ten days. There will be a few more scheduled posts, but mostly I won’t be here.