Hero Interview from The Widower’s Second Chance by Jessica Keller

» Posted on Aug 19, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Hero Interview from The Widower’s Second Chance by Jessica Keller

This week I’m hosting Jessica Keller with The Widower’s Second Chance (US only), Davalynn Spencer with Romancing the Widow (US and Canada only) and Bonnie Leon with Where Eagles Soar. If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on your post with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Aug. 24th) evening.

The Widower's Second Chance1. Caleb Beck, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

Me? Interesting? I think you might’ve pegged the wrong guy for this interview. Let me think. Well, I teach high school science and believe that science is one of the easiest ways to prove the existence of God—does that qualify as interesting? I guess I’m not too good at this talking about myself thing.

2. What do you do for fun?

I like to stay active because if I don’t, I start to think too much…dwell on things…. Anyway, I jog on the sand dunes and beaches that line the tourist town of Goose Harbor where I’ve lived my whole life. Sometimes I head over to the high school to the outdoor basketball court because, more often than not, some of the students are in the middle of a pick-up game that I can join in. I live with my sister Shelby and when she’s not being sassy we spend time together. Okay, even when she’s being sassy I enjoy spending time with her. And read. I like to read.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Making decisions about Sarah’s Home—the non-profit organization my late wife founded. Closing it feels an awful lot like letting go of…everything. I don’t like being there anymore. Honestly, I never did. But that’s what caused all my problems—not being there. So I go. For now I’ll deal with any decisions that need to be made some other day.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

You don’t take it easy on a guy, do you? Do I have to answer? Okay. Loosing people and people I care about getting hurt. I should be able to stop that sort of thing from happening. I should be able to protect them, shouldn’t I? What if another situation comes up where I can’t though? It can’t happen. That’s all there is to it. I have to take care of them. I’ve lost too much already.

5. What do you want out of life?

A guarantee of security. But that doesn’t happen. You can pray all you want and there’s no assurance that God will keep those you love safe. Don’t ask me why. Look at the Bible, God let ten of His disciples be put to death because they followed Him. If He didn’t protect them from the worst, He sure isn’t going to protect the people I care about either.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

Having the people I care about nearby. If I could keep them all in Goose Harbor forever, I would. I sound like a broken record, don’t I? As long as I know that my sister Shelby and my sister-in-law Maggie and my students are okay—all is well.

7. Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?

I have a room with floor to ceiling book shelves (that are packed to the gills with books) in my home. If that answers your question. Right now I’m rereading some of the classics (White Fang to be exact) as well as popular young adult books that my students read. I like to be able to relate to them on current culture when I can.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My sister Shelby says I need to loosen up. Big time (her words, not mine). So let’s go with that.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

No pets. Pets love you and are faithful and die too soon or you have to choose to put them down. Why put yourself through that?

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I think you know this one. But you’re forcing me to say it, aren’t you? I’d go back to the night my wife died. I’d go with her to Sarah’s Home instead of arguing and staying home. I’d rip the gun out of the hands of those thugs that killed her. Or take the bullet myself. I’ve gone back to that night in my mind every night since it happened. Every night. I wish I could stop reliving it. But I can’t.