Katy Eeten is the wife of a youth pastor and mother of two school-age boys. She works full time in the business world, but her true passion is writing. Contemporary Christian Romance Blast From Her Past , published by Anaiah Press, is her first published book. Her novella Christmas in Meadow Creek is due to release later this month, and has another Christian romance coming out next spring. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found taking walks, baking goodies, dining out, playing the piano, or spending time with her family.
Beverley: What’s your name?
Sydney: Sydney Hampson
Beverley: Where did you grow up?
Sydney: Apricot Grove—a suburb of Bismarck, ND
Beverley: During what time period does your story take place?
Sydney: The present, with several flashbacks to high school about fourteen years ago.
Beverley: What’s your story/back story? Why would someone come up with a story about you?
Sydney: I grew up loving God and my small but tightknit group of friends. We weren’t very popular, but we loved life. Then, when my dad left, my mom died, and my fiancé cheated on me with my best friend, I became a different person. Very closed off. I focused all my attention on my career and left my faith in the past—after all, God was obviously not on my side anymore. And to add insult to injury, a former high school bully, Grant Williams, got hired by my company.
Beverley: What’s your goal in this story?
Sydney: My goal is to not let Grant get past the walls I’ve built up. I just want to succeed in my career and continue my pursuit of emotional isolation. I don’t need to let anyone in to be happy.
Beverley: What conflicts are you facing?
Sydney: Realizing just how lost I really am without God or godly relationships in my life. And People. People are always my conflict. As much as I don’t want to admit it, Grant’s changed since high school. He has this contagious enthusiasm, innocence, joy. It’s like he took on the faith from my teenage years while I somehow grew cold and bitter. And it doesn’t help that my co-worker Wendy has it in for me, trying to sabotage my every move.
Beverley: Do you have a plan for resolving them?
Sydney: Yes—avoid them both at all costs. The thing is, Grant is relentless. And my boss is sending us on a business trip in the company car together. During a snowstorm. Kind of hard to avoid someone when you’re trapped together! Hard not to let a caring soul chip away at your tough exterior…
Beverley: Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?
Sydney: I have a wonderful younger sister, Kate. She’s happily married with two little kids—everything I ever wanted—and gives great advice. I’m also a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies, a fact Grant uses to his advantage.
Blurb for Blast From Her Past:
After a disastrous failed engagement, Sydney Hampson is leaving her past—and her faith—behind to focus on her career instead. However, following through with her new, albeit misguided, resolution proves easier said than done when former classmate, and reformed bully, Grant Williams signs on with her company, and they must work closely together.
Grant Williams gave up his teenage antics years ago, and now he’s looking forward to a future that includes a strong relationship with God. When he realizes he’ll be working with none other than Sydney Hampson—the girl he had a secret crush on throughout high school—he couldn’t be more thrilled. Until he discovers she’s not the same caring, compassionate woman she used to be.
When a business trip gone awry leaves the pair stranded in the middle of a snowstorm, Grant sees his chance to make things right and put their past wrongs behind them…if only Sydney can get over her distrust of men. And with a conniving co-worker working to destroy Sydney’s happiness, no matter the cost, can she put her faith back in God and learn to trust in Grant before she loses her chance at happiness?
Excerpt for Blast From Her Past:
Sydney swallowed hard, her face growing red. She had no idea how to respond to this news. Sure, it had been fourteen years ago, but was Grant basically admitting that he’d had a crush on her? “But what… I mean… why?”
It was Grant’s turn to look embarrassed. “I really admired you.”
“You did not,” Sydney said, brushing off his compliment. “You’re just saying that now because we’re about to freeze to death.”
Grant laughed at her exaggeration. “No, I’m serious. I really did. I thought you had it all together, and I liked how you didn’t seem to care what people said about you. You were really nice and really smart. What was there not to like?”
Sydney let his comments soak in. “You liked me so much so that you never told me, huh?” she asked, her tone a mixture of sarcasm and melancholy.
“I know, Sydney. I was a coward back then. I cared more about my friends than about most things. Definitely more than your feelings or even my own desires. … I know it’s stupid, but, I told you, I’m a different person now.”
She glanced at him with an almost regretful expression. “Yeah, so am I.”
“I bet you could still channel your inner high school self,” Grant said teasingly.
His tone was all congeniality, but Sydney could hear the truth there too. She stared off into the distance, a twinge of sadness in her eyes. “Maybe.”
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