Getting to Know Lacey Littleton
Steve: Hi Lacey, I have to say that I am really excited to talk to you today.
Lacey: Thank you. I’m actually a little bit nervous.
Steve: Don’t be. You know what its like. Being a newspaper reporter, you interview people all the time. No big deal, right.
Lacey: But I am on the other side of the interview there. It’s totally different.
Steve: Well you do have a fascinating story to tell that I think many people need to hear about. In fact, one person who recently read your story said, that they truly loved your story and was amazed at the path your life took and how incredible your heart was to follow God.
Lacey: I’m glad my story could help encourage someone. It would be terrible to have gone through so much guilt and pain without being able to help others find and see God’s love and forgiveness.
Steve: God’s love and forgiveness is a real part of your story isn’t it?
Lacey: That is my story. Had I not found God’s love and forgiveness, I would not be where I am today. I mean I might still have this same job, but I would be living in misery.
Steve: You do seem truly happy now.
Lacey: Oh I am. I have never been happier. I still sometimes shake my head and can’t believe how wonderful my life has turned out to be. And to think I almost missed out on this happiness.
Steve: Well I don’t want to spoil your story for those who haven’t read it yet. But I will say that it is really good to see you happy.
Steve: So tell us a little bit about yourself. How old are you?
Lacey: I am 26. But at the time of the story, I was 24, two years out of college.
Steve: After college, you returned to your hometown of Miller to work at the local newspaper. What prompted you to return to Miller?
Lacey: Honestly, I never wanted to return to Miller. When I left to go to college, I honestly believed that I would never return to that town. And I mean NEVER. Not even for holidays. I was so done with Miller.
Steve: Not even for holidays? That is pretty drastic. I know this might be painful, but could you tell us why you swore you would never come back to Miller and then what made you change your mind?
Lacey: I left home in not so good circumstances. My parents did not want me to go off to college and I took it that their old fashioned ways were going to hinder me from pursuing my dream of being a writer and reporter. I didn’t listen to them, totally rebelled against their wishes, and even had some of their friends in the church I grew up in suggest that maybe I had an evil spirit of rebellion in me, or something like that. So when I left, I had every intention of cutting off all ties with my family. And that meant never returning to Miller.
Steve: But you came back anyway. Why?
Lacey: I guess after four years of being away from home, I softened a bit. But more than that, I blamed myself for the my father’s death and I guess partially out of guilt and partially in to some small way make up for the bad I had done, I moved back to Miller to help my mother get everything in order. She really had no idea how to handle anything after my father died.
Steve: So your relationship with your mom was better?
Lacey: (laughing) Not at first. It took a lot of time and a lot of God working on both our hearts. But you will have to read my story Desires of the Heart to see how our relationship began to mend.
Steve: Speaking of desires of our heart. You had always had the desire to be a newspaper reporter.
Lacey: Yeah, ever since I was probably about 8 I wanted to write. I am grateful that Edgar Reese, the Editor and owner of our small town newspaper gave me a job when I moved back home so that I could at least do what I had dreamed of doing. Had he not given me that job, I probably would not have stayed so long in Miller and would have moved away after seeing my mom get back on her feet. And had he not given me that job, I would have never met Eric.
Steve: That is a really interesting story of how you and Eric’s relationship developed, crumbled, then grew back again. Tell us about that.
Lacey: Read the book. It takes you through our journey much better than I can in a few minutes we have here together. But I will say this. Besides being a story of love and forgiveness, my story also shows how sometimes God wants us to let go of something we really want and being strong enough in our faith to be able to do that. But then if we truly have a heart to follow God, no matter what, He will give you the desires of your heart.
Steve: You are talking about Eric aren’t you?
Lacey: (smiling) Yes, among other things.
Steve: I know. You have to read the book.
Steve: Your story is the first in a series of books that take place in Miller, Texas. What can you tell me about Miller? What makes it a place that so many stories, all romances too, will be told?
Lacey: Are there going to be many romance stories from Miller being told? That is awesome. I know I can’t wait to read Janice Mason and Matt Spencer’s story. You think mine and Eric’s story was good. Wait until you read theirs. Wow, you will really see how God heals hearts and how He answers prayers. I can’t wait for that one to be finished so I can read it.
Steve: I know. I think there are a lot of people who will be touched by their story and how God captured hearts. But we aren’t here talking about their story. We are here to talk about your story and the story of Miller, Texas.
Lacey: Oh sorry, I got carried away. Yes, Miller. Wow, where do I start? Miller used to be I guess like a more modern day version of Mayberry. Do you know about Mayberry?
Steve: Are you referring to the old TV show with Andy Griffith and when Ron Howard was just a little boy?
Lacey: Yes, you know that perfect little community where everyone knew everybody. People were neighborly and though it was a small town, there were always a lot of things going on. We had a couple of parades a year, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the courthouse, a fall festival, and don’t get me started on how much they had always loved their high school sports. And then the churches were strong and very active. It didn’t really matter what church you went to, it was always full. It seemed that everyone went to church somewhere.
Steve: You keep talking about Miller in past tense. Is it not all those things anymore?
Lacey: Oh some things never changed. Take high school sports. They never stopped loving their high school sports. But for over a decade, until Eric Rightman came along and took over the really poor basketball program, no team was a winner. But most things changed. The community stopped doing all those things that had made it so special. Over the course of a decade or so, one by one the town traditions fell by the wayside. Even the churches had lost their luster. Some churches completely faded away and others, though still having decent attendance, had nothing really special going on. It seemed that people just went out of a sense of obligation.
Steve: What happened?
Lacey: Oil happened. Oh, I am not really blaming it on oil. But when the oil companies came in flashing big offers to land owners to lease out there land for up to ten thousand a month, Miller began to change. The great Puritan work ethic that had described our town’s people begin to vanish because so many people no longer had to work their farmland. They could essentially retire early. I believe we lost so much of what had made us special because now so many people didn’t have to work.
Steve: Now in your story, we see that you are determined to start the process of remaking Miller back into what it used to be.
Lacey: I guess you can say that. I know it will never be exactly what it used to be. And I am okay with that. But I do want to see some of the great traditions we used to have return. And I can say that has started happening. And I want to see people excited to be alive and excited to be part of Miller again. And most of all, I want to see how God’s churches can once again take a stand and help make Miller and its people into something great again that has nothing to do with producing oil.
Steve: And I think that might be part of the draw that stories of Miller have. I have to say, I have been there, and there is something special and even romantic about the community.
Lacey: Romantic? Really? Tell that to the single people who can’t even find a date for Friday night.
Steve: You managed.
Lacey: It took a special situation for it to happen to me. And besides, if you read the story, you will know that Eric and my dating life was not your normal kind. He is a coach, for crying out loud. Coaches don’t have time to date.
Steve: I hear you there. I did really love hearing how your relationship with Eric grew without either of you really trying to or even wanting to have a relationship.
Lacey: (sighing) Yeah, it really was something special. It still is.
Steve: So tell us, where can people find your story?
Lacey: There are a number of ways to find my story. But remember, it is not just my story. It’s Eric’s story too. And more importantly it is God’s story of how He works to bring two people together. It’s quite amazing really. I couldn’t have orchestrated it any better had I tried. So anyway, here are the places you can find my story, Desires of the Heart:
If you click on this link, it will take you to a page where you can first view the video book trailer for the story. You will also find links to get the book for your Kindle, Nook, and even in paperback.
Steve: And I understand that it is now available for ibooks and Kobo as well.
Lacey: Really? That’s great. So, yes, click on this link to find ALL the options.
Steve: Lacey, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us today. And good luck with you know what.
Lacey: Shh, that is a surprise for the second book in the Making of Miller series. Even though it really revolves around Janice and Matt’s romance, Eric and I have a part in their story.