About the Book
Book: Facing the Dawn
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Release date: March 2, 2021
Mara Jacobs has been struggling. While her humanitarian husband is digging wells in Africa and caring for widows and orphans, Mara has been battling the home front—working a demanding yet unrewarding job, trying to manage three detention-prone kids, and suffering from exhaustion and depression. Even her own marriage is deteriorating after a three-year separation.
Then Liam’s absence turns into something more, changing everything and plunging her into a sunless grief. As Mara leans on those around her to find her way to healing and renewed faith, she discovers that even when hope is tenuous and the future is unknown, we can be sure we are not forgotten . . . or unloved.
Facing the Dawn is an emotionally evocative novel that will resonate with readers’ lives and their life challenges. Hemmed in hope, this tender story will be one readers will not soon forget.
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About the Author
Cynthia Ruchti is the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the novels Afraid of the Light, Miles from Where We Started, As Waters Gone By, Song of Silence, A Fragile Hope, and They Almost Always Come Home. Her books have been honored with more than 40 readers’, reviewers’, and retailers’ awards, including Romantic Times’s Inspirational Novel of the Year, four Selah Awards, and five Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, and has been a finalist for many others, including the Carol and the Christy. Former president of and current professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Cynthia lives in Wisconsin and can be found online at http://www.cynthiaruchti.com.
More from Cynthia
When I sit down to write a novel, I sometimes have little more than a title or a single scene in my head. For Facing the Dawn, I had a mental picture of a woman who felt like circumstances had drained all the “color” out of her life, as if she were a piece of fabric that had been left out in the sun too long. Faded. Threadbare. Bleached out.
Where was I supposed to go from there? What would have made her feel like that? (Oh, I could imagine, but I needed to know THIS character’s story.) I visualized her called in the principal’s office at her kids’ school, not knowing which of the three was in trouble this time. But it was her. The ridiculousness of it all was almost enough to push her over the edge. Ever been there?
For Mara in the story, a long string of disappointments clogged her life like a backed-up sink (which she also had). Then true tragedy struck. And again. But I couldn’t leave her in that place.
When I wrote the last few words of the story, my heart was full. Tears fell on the pages—or the keyboard. And I reflected back on all the symbolism in the story that actually revealed bits of hope embedded in its fabric.
I’m excited to see how readers respond when they discover those little bits—a cardinal in a stand of birch trees, an oil painting with unusual brushstrokes, a papered wall, a cup of soup, a long-forgotten song, an envelope of ashes…
A story comes to life when readers dive in. I’m looking forward to hearing what they find when they do.
Interview with Cynthia
- Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Part of the idea for Facing the Dawn came from two completely unrelated, random things…or so I thought. I envisioned a scene of a harried mom called to the principal’s office at her children’s school, and that she had a snarky subtext running through her mind during the conversation with the emotionless principal. (My extraordinary dad was once an interim principal and a lifelong educator, so I have nothing against principals in principle. J But the concept of being called to the principal’s office puts us on edge no matter our age, doesn’t it?) The imaginary scene became the opening scene for Facing the Dawn.
The other random piece of inspiration came from reuniting by Zoom with a friend I’ve known since grade school. Our paths have rarely—oh, so rarely—crossed over the years. But we always sign notes or cards to each other “Your forever friend.” When we reconnected in a virtual call, all the miles and years melted away. We had so many stories to tell each other and so much in common that we didn’t realize we shared. That conversation so affected me that I knew someday I’d want to include the forever friend concept in a novel. I just didn’t know at the time it would be the novel I was already working on. But the deep value of forever friends became a core element of the book.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I’m a big fan of cooking shows (especially British cooking shows), well-done movies that help me learn history through the eyes (and drama) of the humans who lived through it rather than through dates and places, and music. I sing and occasionally play keys for our church worship team and love the impromptu sing-fests with my large, loving extended family whenever we get together.
- What do you think makes a good story?
For me, a good story I enjoy reading or writing is rooted in the emotional connection with characters and their journeys. If I can read it and stay distanced from what they’re experiencing, what they’re feeling, who they are, then the story isn’t likely to hold my attention long or stay with me after the final page. I long to be moved by what moves them, even if their circumstances are far different from my own. As I wrote Facing the Dawn, I felt hollowed and lost when the main character did. I shed tears over her grief. That kept me writing, and keeps me connected to those characters even now.
- As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I hadn’t thought about it for a long time, but long ago, I fancied myself an archeologist one day. Discovery magnificent finds in ancient dig sites. In my dreams, somehow, that job didn’t involve getting dirty, or years and years between discoveries. I also thought for a while that I would run an orphanage in Mexico (but didn’t learn as much in Spanish 4 as I thought I had), or maybe become a florist. As you can see, I had a lot of varied interests. Now, I can create characters who live those lives and be deliriously content with the one that is mine.
- What project are you working on now and how do we find your books?
I have another novel in the very early stages of brainstorming, but I can so envision the scenes that it’s itching to be written. In addition to this recent release of Facing the Dawn, a nonfiction book co-authored with my friend Becky Melby releases this fall. It’s a humorous/practical look at how to navigate living in the same space with a spouse 24/7. More on that book and others I’ve written is available on my website: cynthiaruchti.com or alternately on hemmedinhope.com. Readers can also find me on most social media platforms and connect with me there.
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To celebrate her tour, Cynthia is giving away the grand prize package of a DrinkCo Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated BPA-free beverage container (keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours/hot up to 12 hours), two Sunprint Notecards (Cynanotype art by Anna Atkins), an autographed copy of the novel Facing the Dawn, two Hemmed in Hope magnets/notecard inserts to encourage you or a friend, a Hemmed in Hope flash drive, and Facing the Dawn bookmarks (not shown in picture above)!!
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