A Personal Drama of Shattered Dreams and Second Chances
A talented runner fully committed to Olympic dreams, Sabrina Rice’s future was shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she has new goals and dreams that have nothing to do with running–something that’s become far too painful to think on.
Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the community college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world-class speed, and it’s all the more painful that it belongs to a teenage graffiti artist. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina becomes Brandy’s best hope for staying out of juvenile hall. Soon, Sabrina begins to feel an uncomfortable nudge that her new life is just about to be toppled…that God may be calling her to minister to this talented but troubled girl.
uthor Kathryn “Katie” Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy.
She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women’s Fiction.
She is also the co-author of Angel Song with Sheila Walsh.
Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Hot or Cold? Cold
Black or White? Black
Print or Ebook? Print
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Regular or Diet? Diet
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Horror or Romance? Neither
Action or Drama? Both
Pizza or Pasta? Pasta
Skittles or M&Ms? M&Ms
Sweet or Salty? Salty
Summer or Winter? Fall
City or Country? Country
Harry Potter or Twilight? Twilight
Gum or Breath Mints? Mints
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? Planning ahead
PC or Mac? Mac
Beach or Pool? Beach
Shoes or Sandals? Sandals
Cats or Dog? Both
Apples or Oranges? Apples
Cause or Effect? Effect
Heads or Tails? Tails
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Truth or Dare? Truth
Text or Talk? Text
Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert
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How I came to write Chasing Hope
“Mom, my knees are killing me.”
My daughter was fourteen when this comment marked the beginning of what would become a lifetime battle with rheumatoid arthritis. And months missed from school due to life threatening infections brought on by the strong immune suppressants she took for her arthritis. And rude comments made by people who, in no pain themselves, couldn’t understand why she didn’t run the mile, or sit on her knees, or put her foot into a stirrup without the assistance of a step.
I knew someday that I would incorporate some of her experiences into a novel. I waited until enough time had passed from the really hard parts before I began to seriously consider it, and I waited even longer until she gave me the okay to “sort of” tell a story like hers.
In Chasing Hope, Sabrina Rice was a dedicated runner, dreaming of Olympic glory and then life as a missionary. She worked hard—harder than anyone else—and did all the right things. And then an insidious disease took her dreams from her.
Brandy Philip, on the other hand, is a troublemaking teenager, doing everything the wrong way. No one ever used Brandy’s name and the terms hard worker or good kid in the same sentence. But she was fast. Really fast.
Because of family connections, Sabrina becomes Brandy’s best hope of staying out of Juvenile Hall, by agreeing to train her three days a week. But Sabrina can no longer bear to even watch running, much less does she want to help this ungrateful, graffiti-artist punk. And who could blame her? This is completely unfair. Then again, who knows what secret pain someone else is carrying?
This story is their journey as they work through their issues with each other, God, and the unfairness of life. It’s about learning to put one foot in front of the other when you’re not sure you can do that anymore.
On a personal note—I’ve never enjoyed running, but decided I should sign up for the local summer 5k series as part of my research. I trained and ran, and ran and trained, and never got much faster than sluggish. When I sent in my first draft, my editor said, “I think you’ve done a good job showing the pain of running. I need you to show a bit more of the joy of running and maybe runner’s high.”
My answer was, “I haven’t gotten that far in my research yet.” And quite frankly, I never did. Thankfully, I know several runners, and they were most helpful with their feedback.
One of my reviewers said, “This story will speak to anyone who has ever struggled to find their feet after the death of a dream, anyone who has ever tried to keep going when everyone else has given up on them…” And that is my prayer for this novel, that it will be an encouragement to someone else like my daughter.
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