Aiken Brown graduated summa cum laude from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. She is the author of In a Brother’s Eyes: The Brant McLachlan Story, For Such a Time as This, and Son of a Soldier. Ms. Brown's book are available at all major booksellers and in Kindle, Nook and other ebook formats!
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Could you please tell us a bit about your book?The story?The characters?
Son of a Soldier is the powerful story of how God used one unlikely, country girl to change the course of history. It seemed impossible to believe that an 18-year-old girl from the middle-of-nowhere, Tennessee would have any real significance in the history of our nation… that is until God chose her to make a Godly man out of a flawed, military hero’s stubborn son.
Hailey was a small town, farm girl who had never left her home state of Tennessee. She was a naïve tomboy who possessed an unassuming charm, the power of which she could not comprehend.
Grant was a rebellious Army brat who had seen the world. Glib, sarcastic and self-destructive, he was a loner lost in a world he had never felt he fit into.
They seemingly had little in common, but when two hearts collided, two worlds became one; while Hailey embarks on a beautiful journey of self-discovery in this unique coming-of-age story, Grant travels a winding, dirt road that helps him rediscover a lost innocence and discover a renewed purpose.
How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?
The title Son of a Soldier was actually inspired by the title of a song. I love the depth of storytelling I can read into lyrics such as, “the only one who could ever reach me was the son of a preacher man…the only boy who could ever teach me was the son of a preacher man.” Music often inspires my work. For example, in my first novel In a Brother’s Eyes, the main character, Brant, is a huge Garth Brooks fan, so, since the story is narrated by Brant’s older brother, I decided that a play on the title of Garth’s hit “In Another’s Eyes” was perfect for my title.
I have designed all of my book covers. For Son of a Soldier, I had a distinct vision of an Army green cover with the protagonist, Grant, depicted as a child, standing in his father’s boots. I think it offers a telling visual to represent the coming-of-age story in the novel.