Alicia: Thank you! It is great to be back.
HA: What inspired From the Dark to the Dawn?
Alicia: From the Dark to the Dawn: A Tale of Ancient Rome was inspired by several things. My fascination for ancient Rome played a big part of it. However, I really wanted to portray Rome a little differently than most authors. "Guts and glory" is the premise for most Roman books; yet, I felt like God wanted me to weave a tale of adventure that would portray redemption and faith even in the midst of one of the most morally wicked eras ever. The dawn of faith and God's goodness is always present, even when men like Nero reign.
HA: What is the most encouraging review you have received so far on this book?
Alicia: Probably Josiah Jost's endorsement. He was super sweet, wasn't he?
"Alicia Willis sketches a stirring tale that delivers a powerful message of friendship, forgiveness, and God's grace. An authentic period piece, it leaves you with a greater awareness that God's ways are higher than our ways and we are on this earth for His purposes. Anyone with a bend for historical-fiction will thoroughly enjoy this book. Definitely a moving, worthwhile, and edifying read!" -Josiah Jost, actor/writer with Jostie Flicks.
HA: When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Alicia: I am a Sunday School teacher, church pianist, choir member, and music teacher. I love volleyball, drinking my French Press coffee, reading, and card making. Lately, I've been so swamped with church activities and writing that I haven't much time for anything else though.
HA: What do you plan to read this summer?
Alicia: I've already read A Home For My Heart and Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer, Vision, Faith, Adventure by Dean Lang, and several other books by homeschool authors. Next on my list is Playing by Heart, again by Mateer.
HA: What are some of your favorite books of all time?
Alicia: Prisoners of the Sea, Sir Knight of the Splendid Way, Pearl Maiden, Simple Secrets to a Beautiful Home, and Hinds Feet on High Places.
HA: Can you give us a sneak peek into your work-in-progress?
Alicia: My WIP is Rising to the Challenge (The Comrades of Honor Series #3). I hope everyone is ready to continue following the adventures of Sir Kenneth Dale! What secret is his rebellious squire Brion hiding? And will Sir Kenneth always be separated from his lady-love, Clarissa? There is a mystery about - does it involve his sworn enemy Sir Darryl or are there more sinister foes about?
HA: What should readers expect when they read (book you want featured)?
Alicia: According to my endorsers and other readers, you should expect a gritty, adventurous tale about a British slave and a Roman master. From the battlegrounds of the Iceni to the bathhouses of Rome, you will experience peril, faith, redemption, and the realities of persecution in early Christianity. Oh, and you should expect to both laugh and cry. :)
HA: Do you have any final thoughts?
Alicia: Thanks for having me here today!
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