"If we look at life as a journey, we will see that along the path we encounter many crossroads. Depending on the side we decide to walk when we encounter those forks on the road will determine how our journey will continue.
Making the right decision at those times can be quite challenging. We may feel external or internal pressures to pursue either side of the path. We have to always remember that at the end of the day, it is us and only us who will either suffer the consequences or reap the benefits of our final decision.
I know that at the same time sometimes we sit at that fork, thinking that no decision is better than the wrong one. This cannot be further from the truth. Staying stagnant will always make us more miserable that any pain that we can encounter.
I once heard Joyce Meyer say, “You have to make the best decision with the information you have at the moment. Even if it’s the incorrect one God will give you Grace because he knew you were trying to do the best with what you knew.” Those words have stayed with me for a long time, and when I know that I need to make a decision that may constitute a risk, I remember these words. Obviously I research, seek counsel because I need that portion of the best information possible to assess the elements of my decision, but at the end of the day I have decisions to make to further my growth and to fulfill my purpose.
In my new book, A Brother’s Vow, Randall has made a promise that he never thought he would need to fulfill. Then he’s faced with having to make a life-changing decision in order to fulfill it. Join my journey and find out if he did and, if so, how it turned out."
Interview with Naty Matos
What inspired you to write this book?
I am always inspired by the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and that’s part of what inspired this story. There were times where decisions are clouded by condemnation or rebellion; so I decided to write a story from that standpoint.
How did you come up with the title?
To be honest, my first title was My Promise to Keep because the story centers around a promise that Randall, the main character, makes to his twin brother Brian and the events that follow him trying to fulfill that promise. I found that there were too many books with that title already, so I changed it to A Brother’s Vow, as it is a more fitting theme in the book.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That no matter how far gone or deep in trouble we think we are, God always welcomes us with open arms and there’s always the chance for new beginnings.
How much of the book is realistic?
Nothing, this is a pure work of fiction.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished “Waking up Married” by Mira Lynn Kelly a few weeks ago which I truly enjoyed. I’m about to start “Until Forever” by Darlene Shortridge
What are your current projects?
I have a powerful book on the subject of domestic violence titled, Breaking Free that is at the second draft revision and a Christmas romance novella, Lost Love on Christmas Day, which is also at the second draft revision level. I’m hoping to be able to release those next year.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up, and keep on writing. Be open to correction and feedback.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Open yourselves to the opportunity of supporting indie authors. You will find that some traditionally published books are great and some are not; the same is true for the indie books. I have recently been watching some indie movies and found some great ones. It is time to open our minds to the concept that quality doesn’t always come behind a corporate label. Happy reading!
What is the main story line of A Brother’s Vow?
Randall Benson didn't think life could be any better. His job with the family business allowed him to travel and meet new people. His relationship with his girlfriend, the model, gave his access to all the red carpet events and parties, yet there was no requirement for him to be faithful. Although his family doesn't approve of his careless lifestyle, they love him and do whatever they can to keep him from self-destructing. Yet Randall’s only concern is Randall.
Randall’s world begins to come undone after a series of unexpected events. As Randall tries to settle down and become more dependable , his twin brother Brian seems to be headed down a path that Randall finds way too familiar. Brian makes an unusual request that, nonchalantly, he agrees to keep. He never thought that he would have to keep his word, but he does. As Randall struggles to fulfill his promise to his brother, he is confronted with challenges from his past. Will he succumb to his past and risk losing everything he’s worked so hard to accomplish?
This e-book is being launched on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Print copies will be available within the next few weeks.
About Naty Matos
Naty Matos was born in the city of New York. She grew up in the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico and now lives in the city of Atlanta.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Mass Media Communications and a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Naty writes Christian fiction and non-fiction and maintains a blog on Christian Living Topics at www.therisingmuse.com.
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Mary Anne Benedetto
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