Finalist Spotlight

Chalon Linton

Chalon Linton is an air force spouse, a mother of four, and a fan of all things romance. Jane Austen has long been a favorite, because who can resist handsome men in tailcoats? Manners, wit, and true love, combined with a faith in God, guide her stories to a happily ever after. She has met friends from around the globe and is grateful for each experience that adds to her own faith in the goodness of people. Chalon currently lives with her handsome husband in Southern California.

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Chalon Linton on her Whitney Awards Finalist novel,

Flying in Love

What was the inspiration for your Whitney Awards finalist novel?

My life as a military spouse and the unique opportunities that come when defending freedom.

What was the tipping point that turned this novel from “just an idea” to a project you HAD to complete?

I wanted to write a contemporary romance and while there are many military themed novels, I knew many didn’t capture the reality of serving as a spouse or military member. The trials and blessings extend into every day decisions that I wanted to shed light on.

How did this book evolve into the final story? Did it end up the way you thought it would, or did the plot or characters change along the way?

The book was not originally Christian Fiction, but I realized that my faith was my main anchor to get me through the trials of deployments, separations, and sending my spouse to a combat zone. For me military service and faith go hand in hand and in the end, mingling the two was the perfect fit.

Who is your favorite secondary character, and why?

I love both Mandy and Oliver. Many because she was a true friend to Paige, supporting her when she needed a hug, but unafraid to tell her when she was wrong. And Oliver only had a tiny role, but he was just a good guy.

If your book was made into a movie, which scene would you want to be a background extra in?

Hmmm- probably I’d like to be a teacher in the background at the job fair.