Today, I, the author, am interviewing Relinquished’s main character, Teagan Parsons. Welcome, Teagan!
Q: How do you pronounce your name?
A: It’s easy! Tea (like the beverage) plus gun.
Q: Do you like your name, Teagan?
A: When I was a child, I didn’t like it because I could never find my name on all the fun stuff that has your name printed on it. But as I got older, I liked it because it is a little different.
Q: How do you like living with your grandmother? And why?
A: My granny had a few health issues but hated the idea of moving into some assisted living facility. She wanted to stay in her own home. I knew I would need help with an unplanned pregnancy, so when my grandmother invited me to live with her, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been living in her house for ten years, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. My granny has been my rock and my mentor.
Q: How is it to work at a luxury resort? What do you do?
A: It’s fun working in a beautiful environment such as the Princessa del Mar Resort. I am a sales and catering rep, which means I work with clients who are putting on a special event like a conference, meeting, or wedding. I am the client’s liaison between the various departments and set up their requests (catering, technology, setting up the rooms, floor plans, lighting, etc.) I like the job most of the time, but occasionally I get a demanding client or nervous conference coordinator who can drain you.
Q: When did you become a Christian?
A: I accepted the Lord when I was a child. I have a great family who mentored me and, even better, modeled true Christian behavior.
Q: What happened to your faith in college?
A: Nothing really happened to it. I still wholeheartedly believed. But we all find ourselves in situations where we haven’t fully prepared for how to react. I let my guard down and gave into temptation. Later, of course, I was riddled with guilt, but when I confessed my sin, I knew He had forgiven me. It just took a long time to forgive myself.
Q: Without giving away any spoilers, what did the experience with the investigation teach you?
A: Oh, boy, I learned so much about myself. I am too headstrong and impulsive. But all through the ordeal, I knew I could trust in my Lord to be with me, whatever the outcome. I also learned to trust those who have more expertise than I do. (I just should have learned it earlier!) No matter how much I wanted to change the past and the future, it was in God’s hands all along.
Thank you for chatting with our readers today, Teagan.