Kathi Macias is a speaker and writer, having penned more than thirty books, as well as ghostwriting several others. A deep inspiration to many, especially those who have had the pleasure of being touched by her words and wisdom, Kathi continues to spread her beliefs, values and extraordinary talent through her novels, non-fiction books and by speaking at women's clubs and retreats, churches and writer's conferences. Kathi Macias also recently had the honor of winning the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Residing in Homeland, CA with her husband, Al, the two of them enjoy experiencing life on their Harley. What could be better than that?!
First of all, could you tell us a bit about Hector Rodriguez from your novel More than Conquerors? Also, what is the story about, who are the other characters, etc.
Hector is my main character, though the story shifts around to several others in various subplots that all dovetail together. Hector is the pastor of a small church in Tijuana, Mexico. He is married with three children, and when he can afford it, he makes the trip into Southern Mexico—Chiapas state—where the Mayan influence is still very strong. He brings Bibles and ministers to the poorest of the poor, though Hector himself is far from wealthy. On one such trip he takes his mother along, and she falls in love with the people and opts to stay behind, using the Bible as a primer to teach reading to those who are willing to come to the tiny home where she lives with one of the few true Christian families in the area. The village where she settles is heavily superstitious and ruled by curanderas, women shamans who hold heavy sway over the people. No one is hated more there than “Evangelicos,” and Hector’s mother quickly rises to the top of that list. When she pays a heavy price for her unwelcome presence, Hector must decide if he will continue his ministry to these people despite what it could mean to the rest of his family.
What do you want readers to take away from reading More than Conquerors?
I long to see those of us who are blessed to live where we are free to worship catch the fire to fulfill the Great Commission and “go into all the world” with the gospel and make disciples — regardless of the cost. I pray too the book (as well as the other three books in the series) will show how God is at work behind the scenes, working all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. I want to see believers willing to sacrifice everything to follow in the footsteps of the One who modeled a you-first life in a me-first world!
What was the most fun about writing More than Conquerors?
I enjoyed every bit of it, as I dearly love what I do. The research, though, is always fun, as I explore another culture and language and try to put myself into someone else’s skin, and think and talk and behave like someone with whom I have nearly nothing in common — except for a passion for Jesus. That’s what unites us all, regardless of geography or culture or customs. And that’s what I remember when working to bring my characters to life.
What was the hardest part about writing More than Conquerors?
Learning enough about the Mayan culture of today to make my settings and characters believable, even though I’ve never been to that area of Mexico! Each of the four books in this Extreme Devotion series is set in a foreign country — South Africa, Mexico, China, Saudi Arabia — and the only one I’ve been to is Mexico, though never as far south as Mayan country. But between the Internet and working with people who actually live in those countries, God enabled me to “go there” without leaving home.
What kind of research did you do for More than Conquerors?
Primarily Internet research to start the outlines/first drafts for all four books, but then it was all about personal research and interaction with people who knew the countries and the culture. They’re the ones who helped me breathe life into these novels!