The heroine in my debut novel, Callum’s Compass, is Kat Williams. She is a wildlife biologist tasked with documenting spring salamanders in select water sources of Anderson and Morgan counties here in East Tennessee, where I live.
I chose this career path for her for a number of reasons. Having her out in the forests was pivotal to my main plot lines associated with the treasure hunt and discovering what “the bad guys” are up to. But it’s also a career I personally find fascinating.
I graduated from the University of Tennessee with my Bachelor’s in Animal Science. It’s kind of funny, because my Junior year I realized I wanted to change my major to Wildlife Sciences, but I didn’t want to go back and have to redo classes and take longer to graduate.
So I shoved the thoughts aside and continued on the current path. But in my daydreaming I often imagined what it would be like to be a wildlife biologist. I pictured myself out west somewhere hiking through the Rockies looking for lizards or wolves or elk.
In a way, the story of Kat is my way of learning about and seeing life through the eyes of a wildlife biologist. I may never actually become a wildlife biologist in real life, but I can live vicariously through my characters in my novels. And I’ve discovered that is great fun! Not to mention since I’ve started a full-time writing career, the passion I’ve always felt for books and writing has reawakened, and I’ve come to realize writing is my true dream job.
Callum’s Compass is the first book in the three-book Love, Hope, and Faith Series, and I hope I’ve given each of my heroines unique careers. Something a little different than what readers are used to. Starting with a wildlife biologist in book one, I move to a camp director in book two, Camp Hope, and a small animal veterinarian and wildlife survivalist in book three, Rarity Mountain.
What are some unique career choices you’ve seen in Christian fiction?
Sara L. Foust writes inspirational romantic suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. Her debut novel Callum’s Compass won second place in Deep River Books’ 2017 Writer’s Contest. She also has a story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. To learn more about her, please visit www.saralfoust.com.
About Collum’s Compass:
Kat Williams’ brother died in a gruesome accident in the mountains of East Tennessee. She blames herself.
With the death of her brother, Kat believes she is unworthy of love from anyone—even God. When a good friend elicits a promise that she will stop living in the past and then leaves her clues to a real-life treasure hunt, Kat embarks on an adventure chock-full of danger. To find the treasure, Kat will have to survive wild animals—and even wilder men. Can she rely on Ryan, the handsome wildlife officer assigned to protect her . . . without falling in love?