Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.
You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.
Author Interview with Toni Shiloh
What do you like to read?
Everything under the Christian Fiction umbrella and clean romances as well. I’ll read romantic suspense, historical romance, dystopian, young adults…really anything that is clean or written with a Christian worldview and doused with romance. 😉
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I didn’t have to do a lot of research to write this because it’s contemporary. However, Micah Campbell, the hero in this book, has an African grey parrot. For that, I looked up YouTube videos featuring Einstein, one of the smartest African greys.
How do you select the names of your characters?
Belle’s name was easy. She’s always been known for her beauty so I picked a name that showcased that. J
Can you give us the first page?
There comes a point in every woman’s life where she must decide what to believe: the truth of the past or the circumstances of the present. Belle Peterson chose the path of the present. It was an easy choice, considering her lingering scars. Not just physically, but the emotional ones she refused to show. Hopefully, her facial expressions wouldn’t show the emotional ones now that she’d decided to forgo makeup and facial creams. Now a swipe of nude lip gloss from the local grocery was all that remained. Instead of dangling earrings, her earlobes remained bare. Her name-brand clothing had been traded in for a pair of scrubs and a cardigan, in case she got cold at work.
Belle bit the inside of her lip. She wasn’t exactly sure how she felt about it. Never in her thirty years had she worked for the sole purpose of earning a living. However, her past actions had altered her future plans. Making a living as a nurse at Maple Run’s Family Practice was a step on the right path. A godly path.
Father, please be with me. I’m scared. Nervous. Worried I’ll make a fool of myself. Please help me do my job to the best of my abilities and to the satisfaction of Dr. Kerrington. “Amen,” she whispered.
She headed for her small hatchback—a black Ford Focus. She hoped it made her seem unpretentious and conservative, a far cry from the convertible she’d trade din. Belle had shed no tears over the changes she’d implemented. It was for the best and a reminder that she’d willingly left her old life behind. No matter what others may think.
More about Enduring Love:
“There comes a point in every woman’s life where she must decide what to believe: the truth of the past or the circumstances of the present.”
Belle Peterson is hiding a secret. Seeking sanctuary in the small town of Maple Run, she’s intent on starting her life over—one she hopes honors Christ. The plan was going great until an undeniable attraction to Micah has her wondering if she’s changed at all.
Micah Campbell can’t understand why Belle is so uptight and wants nothing to do with her until the gentle whispers of God tell him to befriend her. He didn’t count on the feeling of protectiveness to rise up or that spark of attraction.
When Belle’s past is revealed, Micah prays that his love can endure it.
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