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Kathryn J. Bain and “Beautiful Imperfection”

An Inspirational Nude Scene?

 Can an inspirational book really have a nude scene and still be a Christian book? I believe the answer to that question is yes. If it is done tastefully, and there is nothing sexual about the scene.

For those not familiar with my writing, I am an inspirational author. Most of my books have a Christian theme to them. Even in my secular books, I mention God. He’s such an important part of my life, it’s hard not to put Him in a book.

However, in my latest release Beautiful Imperfection, there was a need for a scene where my heroine Teddy Federline takes off her shirt and looks at herself in the mirror. You see, she is dealing with the aftermath of breast cancer and feels deformed. I had to let the reader see what she was seeing in order for them to know why she feels that way.

In the scene, Teddy is alone. There is no sexual stimulation. Instead I tried to make it emotional. My Christian publisher seems to think I accomplished that.

In fact, I tried to make her breast cancer more about emotion than the scar on her chest. Because that’s really what the disease is. It’s about not feeling like a woman. Fear that your husband will no longer want to have sex with you. Fear you could still die. These are all thoughts survivors of breast cancer live with.

BeautifulImperfection_w11186_680The scene where Teddy is partially nude shows how fragile she’s become. Teddy is determined to beat the killer after her. Yet at that moment, she almost wishes he would catch her and finish her off.

There are times in our own lives where we feel like we can’t go on. All the junk thrown at us makes us want to quit. We just need to hold tight. It’s amazing how things change in a twenty-four hour period.

I’m not sure how this scene will play out with Christians. Some can be pretty staunch when it comes to things like this. I’m not too worried about the criticism I know I’ll receive. I’m actually prepared for it

The most important thing I want is for women who have dealt with breast cancer to feel good about themselves. Too see that the scar across their chest isn’t a scar, but “a badge of courage.” If only one woman comes away feeling better about herself, I think I’ve done the job God asked me to as an author.

P.S.: A portion of the sales from the book in 2013 will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For more information on the organizations, visit: http://www.bcrfcure.org/

About Beautiful Imperfection

197597_1007733841260_1462365699_13278_7836_n[1]When witnesses to a mass murder start dying, breast cancer survivor Teddy Federline must push aside her anger and trust an ex-boyfriend to ensure she lives long enough to testify against the killer.

Detective Sloan Michaels still has deep feelings for Teddy but realizes that after the way he left her years ago, he has a lot of making up to do. Now, he must keep his focus on the case and off the woman he loves. If Sloan doesn’t keep Teddy safe, he’ll never get a second chance.

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Champion Bates: A Tortured Hero Born To Win by Piper Huguley

Today my guest is Piper Huguley, who was one of my team members in the NANO (National Novel Writing Month) Smackdown sponsored by Savvy Authors last November. Our team finished the challenge respectably in 9th position out of 27. Even better, we all gained valuable writing friends!

Welcome to Susana’s Morning Room, Piper!

Hello!  I appreciate the opportunity to talk about my hero, Champion Bates.

1935 Pittsburgh: Aptly-named Champion Bates is an up and coming Negro contender who harbors a secret—he could lose his eyesight if he keeps boxing. He’s tormented by a love lost–at the moment of their elopement; he abandoned his childhood sweetheart, Cordelia “Delie” Bledsoe for his career. Ten years later, Delie needs financial help to sustain her orphans home, so to prove his love, he will fight one more time for her love and prove he has A Champion’s Heart.

jack1Champion was named and modeled after two African American boxers. By fighting with their fists, Jack Johnson and Joe Louis made contributions to society and helped to establish the humanity of African Americans:

Jack Johnson: He was the swaggering, boasting, in-your-face African American boxer who became the world champion in 1908 and held the title until 1915. My hero, born in 1909, came from a long line of boxers who would fight for the slave master’s entertainment. Thus, my hero’s enterprising mother named him Champion Jack Bates in honor of Jack Johnson. Naming children in this “Born to win” way was a regular naming practice among African Americans—think Prince, Earl, Duke, Queen and the like. It forced people to pay respect to a child who might not get respect otherwise.

joe_louisJoe Louis: Although the movie 42 is raking in big box office right now, Joe Louis, as a boxer, was an important precursor to Jackie Robinson’s integration of major league baseball in 1947. In 1937, Americans of all races came together to cheer Joe Louis to victory as a heavyweight champion. He was the first African American to regain the heavyweight boxing title after Jack Johnson’s defeat in1915. In those twenty or so years, boxing was a segregated sport. In 1935, Champion is looking for the chance that Joe Louis ultimately got to fight in a major title fight with a white fighter. Champ’s problems with his eyesight stood in the way of that goal. Joe Louis appears as a character toward the end of A Champion’s Heart.

Before I even did the research necessary to write about Champion as a boxer, I knew that Negro boxers in the segregated era (post Jack Johnson and pre Joe Louis) had a difficult time. The boxers on the segregated circuit were mostly “ham and eggers.” They would fight for practically the next meal because fighting in the ring brought more dignity to their lives than the menial tasks that African American males were forced to endure in regular society. This repeated fighting, multiple times during the week, took a heavy toll on their bodies and minds. Some fighters, like Dixie Brown ended up going blind, so I constructed my story to allow Champ to gradually lose his sight after a doctor’s warning, which raises the stakes for him.

I was also inspired by the romances in two boxing movies, Cinderella Man and Rocky. Cinderella Man is based on a real life boxer and Rocky is fictitious, but I have always loved how completely these guys loved their women!

Boxing has lost a lot of interest these days due to the dangerous nature of the sport, but historically, they were rough and ready men who risked a lot, lived hard and built up great physiques at the same time.

Are women attracted to men who lead risky lives and who are “born to win”? What do you think?

IMG_0840About the Author

Piper Huguley is an aspiring author pursuing publication for her inspirational historical romance fiction. She is a 2013 Golden Heart finalist for her novel, A Champion’s Heart—the fourth book in The Bledsoe Sisters series.

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