My Beauty For Your Ashes Character Interview – Traci Wooden-Carlisle

When you enter a new world created by many of the talented authors such as Traci Wooden-Carlisle we truly fall in love with the characters. Everyone has that favorite character that they just crave to know more about and fortunately with character interviews we get a peek inside them. The character interview below is for Elder Paige Morganson from My Beauty For Your Ashes. This is the first book in her Promises To Zion Series and is FREE with KU so grab your copy today!

When we first come upon you in My Beauty For Your Ashes you are standing outside of a church. Why do you think Traci chose to start at that point?
Well, without giving too much away, I believe she chose that moment because for me it was the closing of a door of sorts in my life. I was seeking peace and strength to put the key in the lock, metaphorically speaking. I was about to eulogize my cousin’s funeral and I was really just asking God to help me give the message He and my cousin wanted me to give without putting too much of me in it.

You said in the book that doing the eulogy for your cousin was part of closing the door on your past. Did it work?
Yes, and no. Ha ha. I got the reassurance that I could deliver a message without my bias due to my experiences with the person, getting in the way. I truly felt as though I’d forgiven him and been relieved of the anger and despair I felt when I thought about him.
The reason it didn’t serve as a closed door, was because the rape resulted in a pregnancy of twins and even though I thought one died at birth and the other was taken by my sister I knew it was time to acknowledge my child as my own and reunite with her.

Name something about you many people don’t know.  
I am a living organ donor.

Name a fear you may have about your life?
Wow. Um..I would say my greatest fear is getting to the end of my life and have more regrets than things I’m proud of.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?
(Paige seems to consider this for a moment) I see myself equipped with one great story of love, pain, renewal and triumph over the things that have weighed me down for too many years.

During conferences you give motivational speeches to young women, but you have your sister caring for your own child?
(Paige takes a deep breath) When I had my daughter, I wasn’t in a good place emotionally to raise her, so my sister took her. I think I was blessed to be able to have the option to come into her life later as her mother. I know our relationship will never be as it should be, but I think I would have done her serious damage if I raised her with the anger I had for her father.

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