Monday, 14 November 2011

Character Spotlight ~ Erin Healy's Audrey Bofinger

Erin Healy has forged a writing career for herself, following on from a successful editing career.  Her latest novel, The Baker's Wife, is now available from Thomas Nelson.


If what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, why is Audrey getting weaker by the day? It's been a rough year for Audrey's family. Her husband Geoff, a pastor, lost his job after a scandal rocked their congregation. Audrey's never lost faith. She's held her family together. Their attempt to resurrect a failing bakery is an effort to heal the family wounds and restore their place in the community.

Late to the bakery one dim, foggy morning, Audrey strikes a vehicle that she can't see even after the collision settles. Emerging from her car into the fog, she discovers that she's hit a motor scooter. There's no rider in sight. There's blood though, so much so that she slips in it and injures her wrists.

The absence of the scooter driver is a mystery, especially to Sergeant Jack Mansfield, the detective and church member who drove Geoff from his pulpit. The scooter belongs to Jack's wife, Julie, a teacher at the local high school. She has vanished like morning fog.

Enjoy meeting Audrey Bofinger!

Brief physical description

Audrey is a healthy woman in her early forties with a refreshing lack of self-consciousness. She has short, wind-tossed blond hair and wrinkles that testify to her easy ability to laugh and her love for the California sun. Her natural beauty is largely a reflection of her husband’s adoration.

Actor/famous person

Here’s the picture of Audrey and her husband Geoff that I used while writing:

It’s a stock photo—no idea who these handsome people really are. I’d be tempted to cast Meg Ryan (with short hair) as Audrey.

Strengths and weaknesses 

Audrey has a huge capacity to care for other people, even when she is in pain. She is generous and thoughtful and never short of strength to be compassionate. She doesn’t always know how far to go when her kindness is rejected, and she sometimes lacks the courage to enter uncomfortable situations—which leads to a painful situation for her family.

Quirk (if any) 

Audrey’s empathy for other people is a kind of supernatural hyper-empathy. She feels the pain of certain other people in a visceral, tangible way—she manifests their symptoms and hurts the way they hurt. A terrifying “gift” to possess, in my opinion.

Your inspiration for the character 

Credit: stock.xchng
My own weakness. I am so often buried in my own issues that I selfishly neglect the needs of others, loved ones as well as people I don’t necessarily like. I wrote Audrey to challenge myself to something greater than my usual way of walking through life, and to examine what I might be risking if I don’t aspire to something better.

Background to the story

The Baker’s Wife was originally titled Fog Lights. I started with fog as a metaphor for life’s troubles and lights as a symbol for the people who pull us through it. I picked the setting, California’s Great Central Valley, because it’s one of the foggiest locations in the United States, with a particularly deadly type of blinding fog. And then there was an image of a bakery in the predawn hours, its warm lights bright on a dark and foggy street, welcoming lost and cold souls. Also at work in my mind was a passage from the Bible: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). All these factors came together: characters living in a dim place, each of them suffering their own unique brand of pain, each of them choosing a different path through the fog.

Thanks for sharing, Erin :)

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Laura Frantz said...

This is one stunning cover, Rel. I'm a fan and need to get the book. Thanks so much for a peek!

Jenny said...

This one's on my wish list...the story sounds quite intriguing...and love that cover as well.

Thanks for sharing, ladies. =)

Erin Healy said...

Thanks for having me, Rel! I sure appreciate your support of the book, and your creative idea to introduce readers to Audrey.

Beth K. Vogt said...

Oh, so much to like about this book ... the topic, the issues that Erin delves into, the author (I've heard Erin speak at a local ACFW workshop and liked her "spirit").

Rel said...

Laura ~ you like some supernatural thrills in your reading?!

Jenny ~ it always makes me smile when you visit! To think we 'met' all those years ago on Tyndale's message board! Hugs xo

Thanks for dropping by, Erin :) Appreciate your kind words.

Beth - it must have been great to hear Erin speak. Thanks for sharing :)

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