ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michelle Sutton has lived in Arizona and since 1991 and has two sons and a husband of 18 years. She began writing fiction in August 2003 when God inspired her to write a novel with realistic characters that would glorify Him. In 2004 she joined ACFW - American Christian Fiction Writers. In 2006 Michelle ran for Volunteer Officer on the ACFW Operating board and ACFW members elected her to serve a two year term. She sold her first manuscript Then Sings My Soul (now re-titled It's Not About Me) to Sheaf House and her debut novel was released in Sept. 2008. The second book in the Second Glances series - It's Not About Him - will be released the following fall (Sept. 2009.)
Last, Michelle is Editor in Chief of the new Christian Fiction Online Magazine. The debut issue released in July 2008. The magazine is sponsored by the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Annie has it all. She's attractive, graduated with honors, was accepted at the college of her choice, has supportive parents, good friends, and a steady boyfriend who loves her. One night an unexpected visitor appears and Annie's safe world is destroyed by a brutal attack. As she tries to pick up the pieces of her broken life, she is torn between two brothers, both of whom claim to love her. She is attracted to both, but which one does she love? How can she choose when her decision may cause a permanent rift between them? And more important, will she give her heart to the One who will sustain her even when human love fails.
"...the exquisitely written spiritual content shows the reader that redemption is available, no matter what the circumstances."
- 4 Stars, Romantic Times!
Instead of dealing with timely issues like alcoholism, premarital sex and pornography in a preachy, oh-so-tired fashion, Michelle Sutton's It's Not About Me gets to the heart of the matter with a shocking dose of realism and poignant storytelling. From the first paragraph, Sutton weaves together a thoroughly entertaining story that'll keep readers intrigued for the long haul as they get to know Annie, Dan, Tony and Susie—young adults that probably don't look and sound all that different from themselves. Now that's a seriously refreshing turn for Christian fiction."
~Christa Ann Banister~, author of Around the World in 80 Dates, (NavPress 2007) and Blessed are the Meddlers (NavPress 2008)
It's Not About Me is a wonderfully entertaining and deliciously suspenseful read that will keep you turning the pages. Sutton doesn't back away from the drama and with all of the twists and turns, It's Not About Me is hard to put down. I cannot wait for the sequel! Bravo!"
~Victoria Christopher Murray~, Essence best-selling author of multiple titles including The Ex Files and the upcoming YA series The Divine Divas
“Annie captured my heart on the first page and kept me enthralled to the very end. This edgy, yet surprisingly poignant story travels the inroads of intimate relationships – man to woman, brother to brother, parent to child, friend to friend. But especially satisfying is the author’s delicate handling of the relationship between a searching soul and the loving Savior who alone possesses the power to work all things out for the good. A terrific debut for Michelle Sutton. I can’t wait to read more from this talented author!”
~Virginia Smith~, author of Just As I Am and Sincerely, Mayla
"Michelle Sutton's gritty writing style will very likely go straight to the hearts of teens, addressing what they deal with every day in what is all too often grim reality for our youth. Sutton is no doubt a refreshing and much needed voice in today's YA fiction."
~Tina Ann Forkner~, Author of Ruby Among Us
Waterbrook Press/Random House
If you would like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of It's Not About Me, go HERE
It may seem trite and unoriginal, but it bears repeating: Michelle Sutton most certainly lives up to her tag of "Edgy Inspirational Author." Her book is both.
The "edgy" parts of the book sometimes made me cringe, but often made me think, especially about Christian fiction in general. I think there's a place and a market for clean and smooth stories; at the same time, I think the more real and edgy books have their place in Christian fiction as well.
Inspirational, yes. The characters run the gamut of experiences and emotions, and Michelle handles all of it with panache. I felt good about the story and the characters and where they were headed once the back cover of the book was closed.
I emailed Michelle to let her know my thoughts about the novel, and she was kind enough to let me share some of her insights with you.
I loved what she said about the novel: "I just write about real issues without padding them with 'fake' Christianity. My characters are all real." Indeed, this is true. Teens and young adults, unless they live in a plastic bubble, deal with drugs, alcohol, sex, parental relationships, and sometimes all of that and church too.
She also noted, "The teen reviewers so far have said that teens can learn a lot from the story and that it makes them want to wait for marriage even more and to be careful to avoid alcohol altogether. :) So at least they are leaning in the right direction. They are hearing the message and it's 'don't let people influence you or it will just hurt you in the end.'"
If teens are influenced by a story such as this, then I say BRAVA to Michelle Sutton, and keep on writing that edgy inspirational fiction!
I'll be giving away a copy of this book, so if you live in the USA and want to be eligible, please leave a comment and I'll choose over the weekend. Thanks :)