Book: Sunny Beam (The Holy Lion) by L.A. Ramsey
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L.A. Ramseyabout this book: Sunny Beam is about an ordinary 22 year old girl who discovers quite by accident she possess a unique gift of God. The gift causes her to lose her job and propels her into the limelight. Faced with a decision to continue on the path to fame and fortune a dark stranger appears in her life offering a different path to using her gift. She follows her heart and discovers her gift may also lead her to unexpected love.
The inspiration behind the book came from my insatiable imagination and my constant "what if" questions. The book is geared toward anyone who enjoys a good clean romance with a definite Christian leaning. The main character is in her early 20's at a time in her life when she is discovering who she really is and what her heart really wants.
I began writing this book in November 2011 during the annual NANOWRIMO challenge. It was my first year in the challenge and within that month, I wrote over 60,000 words. I finished the book the next month, and then took over a year to edit and polish the manuscript.
Sunny Beam is the name of the main character. I love using a play on words and thought the title and name fit her. Her parents thought it cute since their last name was Beam. Sunny, though, lives up to her name, bringing light to all she meets.
The hardest part of writing the book was the polishing. Writing it was a piece of cake; since I had gone over the story in my head about four times before I ever sat down to write the first word. Writing it was like recalling a movie I had watched. The story simply flowed.
I created the cover myself (I am a cover designer as well). I wanted to show the beauty of the Himalayas in the background and then, of course, Sunny and the dark stranger who plays a big role in the novel. I did research some on India and the Himalayas, since I have never had the pleasure of visiting there. I wanted some real elements in the story, such as the timeline of the flights and the drive times to some the locations.
I actually did learn from the story on being a better Christian. Sunny held a misconceived idea about God and discovered in the process of the manifestation of the gift that God uses all of us for help and edification. It was a light bulb moment for me too, because I realized I held the same preconceived ideas myself. In reality, there are parts of myself in Sunny, but Sunny has way more courage than I ever did. I had a lot of fun "living vicariously" through her.
This novel is for entertainment, but I also wanted to show that God uses us, gives us gifts, and can take us on a path we may not conceive possible. Romance is at the very heart of the novel, and true love, or the possibility of it, is the driving force behind the storyline.
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