Interview with G.P. Ching, author of Hope’s Promise
13 Mar 2018
What can you tell us about your new release, Hope’s Promise?
Born the Daughter of Angels, Hope Laudner has never loved the idea of being God’s tool. After all, she’s grown up with expectations far beyond what any teenager deserves to bear. But she’s finally accepted her fate, and after being partially responsible for raising Lucifer from Hell, she’s committed to using all of her power to correct her mistake and send him back where he belongs.
Lucifer has other ideas. He knows of a dagger, forged in Hell, that can kill Hope permanently, and in doing so, also break God’s curse over him. The only problem is, the last fallen angel, Damien, has it and he’s not keen to give it up.
Between battling the day to day challenges of being a teenager and slaying demons, Hope and the Soulkeeper team strive to find the dagger before Lucifer does. Hope finds much more than she bargained for. Sinister plots, unlikely allies, and irresistible temptations plague the Soulkeepers. Hope will need to become the leader she was destined to be if the team is to survive.
Hope’s Promise is the second book in the Soulkeepers Reborn trilogy, following Wager’s Price.
What’s the last book you read?
Fredrik Backman’s Britt-Marie was here.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
The first book I ever finished and the one that launched my career was The Soulkeepers. I wrote it while I was in my last year of nursing school, dealing with the extremes of life on a day-to-day basis. More patients in the hospital want to talk about spirituality than in everyday life and so their stories and questions inspired me to start writing about teen characters who have a spiritual life. I write fantasy, but all my books have themes that revolve around the soul or connections with a great power.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
I’d love to hear from one of Madeleine L’Engle’s surviving children on her legacy and how they feel she would receive the A Wrinkle in Time film adaptation. The book was a favorite of mine as a child and I am praying that the film does it justice.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I’ve always had this rich, vibrant internal world inside my brain. Now I get to show it to people.
BAM. You’re a superhero. What’s your superpower?
Healing. I would love to be able to cure people of illness and suffering.
What scene in Hope’s Promise was your favorite to write?
I love all of the scenes in this book for different reasons, but there is one that comes to mind immediately. At the beginning of the book, Finn and Mike talk about how they met and became friends. An act of compassion that happened when both the boys were small is at the root of their friendship. While they both grew up and went their separate ways, that act is a connection that can never be undone. I think this scene speaks to me because it touches on the lasting power of kindness and how the bonds we form as children stick with us.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
Just when the caterpillar thinks the world is over, it becomes a butterfly. – Chuang Tzu
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