For this year’s final post, I’m pleased to welcome my friend and fellow ACFW WISE board member (for 4 more days) Becky Melby. She’s sharing what inspired her to write her latest release, Do You Know What I Know?
Here’s a little bit about the book:
When a phone call from the obstetrician’s office goes to the wrong person . . .
Elizabeth Schmidt can’t figure out why her husband doesn’t seem excited about the news she’s sure he heard. Is he unhappy? Or is James cheating on her?
Pastor Jay Davidson is in shock. Bethany Schmidt, the woman he’s in love with, is pregnant. Should he walk away, or is God asking him to play the part of Joseph in real life and not just in the church Christmas program?
Bethany can’t figure out why Jay is acting so weird. Has he figured out one of the two secrets she’s keeping until after Christmas?
Can a ponytailed itinerant carpenter with a pet chicken help unravel the confusion?
What an interesting premise. What led you to write the book, Becky?
Back in the day when a woman went to her doctor to find out if she was pregnant, my husband Bill and I received some wonderful news. It was all good until the clinic sent the bill—to Bill’s aunt and uncle who had a daughter who shared my name. And this Becky Melby was only fifteen years old!
Thankfully, the mix-up only resulted in a lot of laughter and a story that keeps being repeated in our family. Fast forward to this past year when I was pondering ideas for a Christmas novella. My husband recalled this comical event and said, “Anything you can do with that?”
Definitely! We started playing with “What ifs.” What if the results of a pregnancy test went to the wrong person? What if the woman who was pregnant asked someone else to give her husband the news? When he doesn’t mention it, she might assume he wasn’t happy about it—or, with her hormones in flux, she might think something far worse.
What if the man who receives the news thinks the girl he’s only dated twice is pregnant? Should he give up the idea of a future with her? Or is God asking him to stand by her? What if God is asking him to play the part of Joseph in real life and not just in the church Christmas program?
The final result of all these “What ifs” is a novella called Do You Know What I Know? I loved the idea of taking a line from a familiar Christmas carol and giving it a double meaning. It’s a light read, but deals with some serious issues like adoption and infertility. My prayer is that it will remind readers to focus on the real meaning of Christmas . . . even after Christmas!
Burlington, Wisconsin author Becky Melby writes Contemporary Christian Fiction and Romance. Do You Know What I Know? is her sixteenth book. Married for 44 years, mother of four, grandmother to fifteen, Becky thrives on writing, reading, camping, rides on the back of a silver Gold Wing, and time with family.
Print version also available at Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/do-you-know-what-i-know-becky-melby/1125041098?ean=9781539536666
Becky is giving away a copy of the book – autographed copy to U.S. readers, Kindle version to international readers. Scroll down and follow the simple instructions to enter.
Thanks for joining us, Becky!