Lyn Interviews Author Kellie Coates Gilbert

Kellie Gilbert

I am interviewing author Kellie Coates Gilbert today. She is a new author to me and maybe to you too. She is offering a book giveaway (US only)  so be sure to leave a comment to enter the drawing. Here’s Kellie.

Where Rivers Part

What is the premise of your new novel, Where Rivers Part?

This is the second release in the Texas Gold Collection from Baker/Revell. Each of these books is set in a metropolitan city of Texas. WHERE RIVERS PART takes place in San Antonio and tells the story of Dr. Juliet Ryan who has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions—and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and places lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust—not least of all her own father.

What sparked your idea for this story?

Years back, I worked on a legal case involving an outbreak of foodborne illness resulting from undercooked hamburger. The outbreak sickened many and nearly toppled a multi-million dollar corporation.

During a key deposition of the executive who was in charge of quality control, the plaintiff’s attorney posed questions meant to vilify him and suggest his lack of oversight caused the death of four children. As you might expect, several hours of this took its toll. But, none of us in that room that day anticipated the moment the man buried his head in his hands and fell to tears.

I knew there was a story behind those tears and I wanted to tell it . . . even if only in my imagination.

Please tell us a little about your main character, Dr. Juliet Ryan.

Dr. Ryan is a driven and very accomplished food scientist, yet inside she’s still the little girl hurt by her father’s marital indiscretions and the pain it caused her mother. Like many of us, she tries to fill her emotional emptiness with the façade of professional success. But in an instant, her life is ripped apart and she discovers no amount of achievement is enough to weather the storm.

Literal water is at the center of this plot. How is water also an appropriate theme of the book?

While forming the plot of this book, a favorite scripture kept finding its way into my mind.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

And through the rivers, they will not overflow you . . . 

For I am the Lord your God,

The Holy One of Israel, your Savior”   Isaiah 43:2-3

I think readers will enjoy seeing all the references to water and how the truth of this scripture plays out in the story (especially key scenes set at the famed Riverwalk in San Antonio) While this beautiful city is located in an arid environment, underneath is the Edwards Aquifer, a unique groundwater system and one of the most prolific artesian aquifers in the world, serving the diverse agricultural, industrial, recreational, and domestic needs of almost two million users in south central Texas—such an amazing picture of Jesus, who is often referred to in the Bible as our Living Water, the one who quenches our arid places.”–Kellie

Where Rivers Part

To purchase, click here. Where Rivers Part: A Texas Gold Novel (Texas Gold Collection)

What a fascinating story, Kellie. You’ve piqued my interest. I have fond memories of San Antonio. My dh and I visited there when I was doing my research for my Texas Star of Destiny series.

Now for the QUESTION: I’ve lived around different bodies of water all my life. What bodies of water do you live near or enjoy visiting and why? Leave a comment to enter the drawing (US only.)

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PS: The winner of Olivia Davenport’s Amish romance is Maryann! Congrats!



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17 Responses to Lyn Interviews Author Kellie Coates Gilbert

  1. KayM says:

    I haven’t started reading this series, yet, but I thought Mother of Pearl was a very thought-provoking book. I’m so glad I read it. I live in east Tennessee near both the Watauga River and the Holston River. They are part of the TVA dam system.

  2. Melanie Backus says:

    Thank you for the great interview, Lyn. Kellie is a remarkable writer and I can’t wait to read Where Rivers Part set in San Antonio. My husband and I will be going to San Antonio in a few weeks for the boys high school state basketball finals. I will certainly think of Kellie and her book as I stroll up and down the Riverwalk. As far as water goes, my husband and I have a number of acres and the first thing with did with our land was have a lake built. Now we enjoy the beauty of the lake as well as the great fishing!

    melback at cebridge dot net

  3. Thank you for reading the interview, and for commenting everyone! I hope you’ll all consider signing up for Kellie’s Readers Club over on my website to catch future book news. While you’re there, make sure you enter the big RELEASE CONTEST my publishing house is offering…..nearly $500 worth of prizes. Here’s the link >

    Good luck, everyone! And thank you, Lyn, for hosting me on your wonderful blog!

  4. Loraine N. says:

    I grew up in Michigan so we always went to the Great Lakes. As an adult I love visiting the lighthouses on their coasts. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  5. Sonja says:

    Beautiful cover and I am sure the book is just great. And it was nice to meet Kellie as she is a new author for me as well!

  6. Susan Floyd Fletcher says:

    Yes, this is a new author for me, so I’d be interested in reading this book. The cover looks interesting.

    • Susan – I think my publisher did a lovely cover as well. They did a photo shoot with a model and ordered dresses from Nordstroms. I love the process and learning how the covers are created. Thanks for commenting.

  7. Brittany McEuen says:

    I love San Antonio and the River Walk and have visited many times. I live in TX, however I am many, many hours away from San Antonio. Kellie’s book sounds very interesting. Thanks for offering a copy for giveaway.

    We currently live near a small lake. When we moved back to Texas from Arizona, we knew that we were going to miss the mountains and Saguaro cactus that are so beautiful in Tucson. So, we decided we wanted to at least live near something pretty and chose a house that wasn’t too far from a lake.

    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen at yahoo dot com

    • Brittany – So, you’re a Texas transplant girl too! We moved here from the Pacific Northwest. And we keep our motorhome on a leased spot on a nearby lake where my husband and adult sons LOVE to bass fish! (makes a great writing retreat as well!) Thanks for commenting.

  8. Lori P says:

    Thank you for the interview. We live near the delta in central valley CA and grew up fishing and boating in it, but my favorite is the beach in Monterey, CA. We are only about 2 hours away from Monterey so we like to visit several times a year.
    jlipayer (at) charter (dot) net

    • Lori – I LOVE Monterey! My husband is from Napa Valley and we travel back often to see family. I always try to talk him into a side trip to Monterey. The aquarium is fantastic….but the scenery is what takes my breath away.

  9. Katrina Epperson says:

    Lyn, at present I live in western Kentucky and I love going to Land Between The Lakes which is a narrow peninsula located between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. Absolutely beautiful. A wonderful interview. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Elizabeth Dent says:

    Hey Lyn , thanks for the interview . I live near
    the Tennessee river . I would love to win Kellie’s new book . Thanks

    • Hi Elizabeth – I’ve never been to Kentucky…one of the few states I’ve not travelled to. As soon as I can talk my hubby into retiring, we’re loading up the motorhome and going on book tour and I guarantee Kentucky will be on the schedule! Thanks for commenting.