Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Women of Vallye View: Callie--Character inverviews and contest

Meet the Main Characters

The five main Character's from Callie's story have agreed to introduce themselves, share some facts about their lives, and answer a couple of questions each.
Callie Susanne Stillman is 54 years old. She was born in Torrance California on Feb. 18th.
She married.Benton Wayne Stillman on Aug. 23rd. They are about to celebrate their 35th year together. They have one living child, a daughter, Sophie Marie, and three grandchildren, Randy, April,and Trent
Callie is employed as the office manager in the OB/GYN office of Dr. Norman Rayburn.
Callie's hobbies include cooking and reading. She teaches the sixth grade Sunday school class at Valley View Church where she has been a member since her parents moved to Garfield Oklahoma in her freshman year of high school.

Callie, you don't look much like the cover of your book. Can you explain that for my readers?

It was necessary to protect my privacy. I had an important story to share, but I  never wanted to be in the lime light.

About that "important story". Why did you chose a novice to tell it?

God opened that door. When Sharon made the decision to explore her calling, I just got lucky enough to shove through first and be the loudest, I guess. There are a lot of stories waiting to be told in our little community. I'm afraid I drove her pretty hard to make mine the first one.


Benton Wayne Stillman, age 60. Benton was born in Oklahoma City on March 30th. He operates a successful remodeling business. A long time attendee of Valley View church, he gave his heart to the Lord three years ago. Benton's hobbies are fishing, perfecting his secret chili recipe, and watching obscure shows on the History channel.

Benton, you bio tells us that you enjoy watching obscure shows on the history Channel. What's the most interesting thing you've learned from those shows?

No, no, no. Callie dictated that to Sharon and she got it all wrong. My favorite is reality TV. I especially love shows about Big foot, aliens, junk dealers, and fishing. 

What can you tell us about your secret chili recipe?

The secret is in the meat. It's a blend of beef and venison. That's about all I can say about it with out having to kill you later.

Steve Dillon Evans, age 39. Steve was born and raised in Illinois. He has a degree in Journalism form the Springfield University. While in Springfield, he met and Married Lee Anne Tucker. Despite his history of drug addiction, he is now a successful writer looking for the family he deserted ten years ago.

Steve, tell us about the stories you write.

I write about redemption. God has done a marvelous work in my life and, other than finding my daughters, my goal in life is sharing the hope God gave me with others lost in the darkness bred by addictions.

Other than your books, how do you share your ministry?


 I speak at homeless missions and shelters when I travel. It's difficult, sometimes, to never see the fruit of your labor, but God tells us that if we plant a seed, He'll send someone along to water it.

Samantha Renee Evans, age 17. Samantha (Sam) was born in Springfield IL. At the tender age of 16 she took on the job of raising her young sister on her own. She is independent and determined to do what she has to do to keep her family together.

Sam, tell us a little about a normal day for you.
Gee, where to start. I go to school, I come home for a few precious hours with my sweet baby girl while I do homework and clean the apartment, then I go to work. I get home around midnight and fall into bed so I can get up the next day and do it all over again. It's tough, but I'm hoping things will be a little easier once I graduate.

How do you handle that sort of schedule? 
Like I said, it's tough. I couldn't do it without Iris. She's the best little sister in the whole wide world.

Iris Lee Anne Evans, age 11. Born in Springfield IL. Iris is eleven-years-old going on thirty. She is a sixth grader longing to live the life of the other tweens around her. The burden of the secrets she keeps weighs heavy on her heart.

Iris, give us a look at how you spend a normal day.

I get up and go to school, then I come home and either cook dinner for Sam and me, or, if Sam cooked, I do laundry and homework. Sam has to leave for work by 5, then I have to take care of Bobbie. I like to read, and since there's a library between school and home, I run in there a lot of afternoon to bring home fresh books. I'm lucky. Library books don't cost anything. 

What's your favorite thing to read?

I like mysteries, but lately I've been reading a Bible. Ms. Callie makes the stories sound so interesting.

I hope you enjoyed a look into the character's of Callie's story. I'm giving 5 books away on Nov 16th. Leave me a comment, along with your e-mail address for your chance to win. Be sure to mention If you follow the blog, I'll enter you twice. Limited to US addresses.


***Don’t read and run. Please take a few minutes to visit the page tabs to your right. Terri has an interview with Dianne Neal Matthews, featuring her new book of devotions, Designed for Devotion. Leave a comment on the page to be registered to win a copy of your very own. Karla welcomes JoAnn Durgin to her page for a sneak peak at Joann's Christmas story Meet Me Under the Mistletoe. Callie has a special devotion prepared for us by Anne Campbell. Pam just posted the most awesome brownie recipe you will EVER put in your mouth. Fudgy Pretzel Brownies.And don't forget to check out our new COTT (Clash of the titles) page.***

27 comments:

  1. I loved getting to know the characters of Callie and can't wait to find out about the secrets they have. Thank you for sharing.

    clSwalwell@gmail.com

    In Him,

    Cheri :)

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  2. Cheri, thanks for stopping by!!

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  3. Absolutely wonderfully clever, Sharon. I too am eager to get to know these folks better.

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    1. Tanya, I hope you fall in love with them as I have!

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  4. I'm not entering the contest. I just wanted to make a comment. I am reading Callie right now and oh my is it ever good. I am almost to the end. I just know I will need lots and lots of tissues. I should finish this book tonight or tomorrow. It has been a hectic week and I haven't been able to read much or I would have already finished it. If anyone reads this comment, you must get this book! You will not be disappointed!

    Blessings!
    Judy

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    1. Judy, thanks for the kind words. I'd love it it you would consider leaving a review on Amazon for me when you finish.
      Thanks again!!

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  5. Wow, Sharon, what a pleasure it is to actually "see" Ben and Callie, and Sam and Iris, but darn, where's the picture of the baby? I hear Bobbie is really cute! She's certainly sweet in the story! Loved it!

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    1. Donna, Sam didn't want a picture of the baby spread all over the internet. Sorry, I'll talk to her for you.

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  6. Sharon,
    I love this...as much as I did the book!
    Pat

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    1. Pat, thanks for stopping by. I had a lot of fun putting this together.

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  7. I would love to win,Enter me!!
    Sarah Richmond
    sarahrichmond.12@gmail.com
    I follow your blog!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!

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    1. Sarah, thanks for dropping by. Good luck in the drawing.

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  8. Please enter me; would love to read your book!
    It sounds fantastic.
    I do follow your blog.
    Jackie Smith

    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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    1. Jackie, Good to see you back. I've entered you in the drawing.

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  9. I would love a copy of the print book. I do not have an eReader. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

    P.S. I missed who Bobbie is? Thanks.

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  10. I am a follower of your Oklahoma blog! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Kathleen, Bobbie is Samantha's baby daughter. Thanks for visiting. I've entered you in the drawing.

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  11. I would love to win this book!!!! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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    1. Megan, thanks for taking the time to comment. I've entered you in the drawing.

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  12. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book.
    Katie J. (johnsonk133@yahoo.com)

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    1. Katie, I hope you enjoy the book once you've read it. Your entered.

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  13. Love to win a copy please .I do follow Thank you ,Dana Spille

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    1. Dana, I've entered your name in the drawing, thanks!

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  14. what a great blog page.. thank you so much for the great give away.. would love to read and review this one.. sounds fantastic

    jblippo@hotmail.com

    julie lippo

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    1. Julie, thanks for visiting. Unfortunately you weren't one of my winners, but I do hope you'll purchase the book.

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  15. What a novel and interesting idea!
    may_dayzeeATyahooDOTcom

    I am a follower of Women of Valley View.

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  16. This book looks great! I'm a follower through email. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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