Genre: Young Adult Inspirational Suspense
Format: ebook, paperback
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Book 2 of Revelation Special Ops
Pharmacia: [from the ancient Greek word pharmakeia] A drug, charm or enchantment, sometimes translated as ‘magic arts.’
Those who traffic human beings use “magic arts” to control the people they enslave. Hadassah’s about to learn the tremendous cost of freeing these kids from modern slavery.
1. Where are you from?
I grew up in New England, but I’ve moved a number of times and have found that it gets harder and harder to define my earthly home. Right now I live in Texas.
2. What do you do when you are not writing?
I homeschool my five year old, which means I get to play a lot.
3. What is the title of your current book?
This is Book 2 of Revelation Special Ops.
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4. What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by the work of people who rescue kids from human trafficking in real life, and who provide safe homes and restore children from that nightmare of a past. People like Gary Haugen of IJM and Rob Morris of Love146, who work tirelessly to bring justice and restoration to kids who’ve been trafficked, they inspire me.
I wanted to write a book for Christian teens that would help them understand the plight of those who endure modern slavery, without dousing them with horrible images they can’t handle. Also, I long to inspire others who read YA fiction. It’s possible to make a difference, even if you’re not rescuing someone. There’s something each person can do, whether it’s pray consistently, give to organizations like Agape International Missions (http://agapewebsite.org/), volunteer to work with foster kids or adopt a vulnerable child.
5. How did you come up with the title?
One of the worst things that happens in modern slavery is the forced drug abuse. Many people aren’t aware that drug abuse was addressed in the New Testament. The word used in the Bible is pharmacia, and it’s sometimes translated as “magic arts”.
6. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The Revelation Special Ops series is about a group of Christians, some teens, some adults, who work to rescue kids from human trafficking and modern slavery. The statistics I talk about in the book are true, even if some of the circumstances I write are sci-fi. I want readers to prepare for a paradigm shift. We’re not called to simply float through this life until we get to heaven, but we’re called to be agents of God’s mercy and justice here on earth. His kingdom come, and His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
7. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here’s a small sampling of Pharmacia: Those Magic Arts:
Today was my first day of work. They woke me and the kid filled with sores at some hour of the early morning. I could tell it was early morning by the lack of traffic on the streets. So it had to be anywhere from an hour past ‘last call’ and sunrise.
Now I know it was around 3:00am, since I put in about four hours of work.
I gulped the air when I first stepped outside. First breath of fresh air in two weeks. After twenty-four hours with my new cell mates, I can’t tell you how sweet that air was.
We worked on some new high-rise hotel and I spent most of the four hours laying mosaic tiles of Babylon’s skyline—the one that looks like a woman in repose.
I saw no sign of Adam, Maleek or Justin, but I did work with Quinn. He cried almost as soon as he saw me. Apparently, of the eight of them who were captured in a raid, only six survived the first night of torture. Sounded like we had gotten off easy. The two who died told Quinn that they were asked to deny their faith. Both refused.
Quinn looked up at me, forlorn. “Why wasn’t I asked? Am I too weak? Do I give a poor example of Christ?” His tears fell into the mortar. I wonder how many tears are in the mortar of this city.
“God must have spared you for a reason, dude.” I felt stupid saying such a trite maxim, but I knew it was true for him. “You’ve been an encouragement to me already.”
He worked for a while before he spoke to me again. “Are you still with your friends?”
“I was until yesterday,” I told him. “Now they have three kids in my cell that I can’t even talk to.” I told him all about those kids, expecting his sympathy.
“Dude, you want to talk about God doing something for a reason?” He’d even stolen my manner of talking to rebuke me. “Those kids need the love and light of Christ. That’s a reason if there ever was one.”
I gulped. “I know. I just feel sick around all that disease.”
8. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
I really wish what I wrote about wasn’t happening in the world all around us. Human trafficking is as prevalent in America as it is in Southeast Asia, even if it isn’t as prominent. Some of the circumstances in Book 1 of Revelation Special Ops, and a few in Book 2, are from things I’ve witnessed firsthand. I had to process these things through fiction, and through the sales of the books, I support organizations that are fighting human trafficking.
9. As an indie author, what would you say to a potential reader who has never read anything from an indie author?
Prepare to be delightfully surprised! Some of the best books I’ve read lately are from indie authors. They write outside of the mold, and sometimes that can be incredibly refreshing.
10. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Actually, I do. I love encouraging new writers! I wrote a blog about this very subject yesterday. You can find that here:
Precarious Yates lives in Texas with husband, daughter, dogs, chickens, rabbit, lizard and by the time you read this some other exotic creature her husband or daughter has brought home. She had studied the plight of and worked toward the abolition of modern slavery for over a decade before sitting down to write Revelation Special Ops. She was further inspired by the work of her sister-in-law, who helped to found Love146, an organization that works to raise awareness about human trafficking and builds safe homes in vulnerable regions. Yates spent several years overseas as a missionary in Ireland, and also did missions work in India and the Philippines. Her passion for literature has become her means of further educating young adults of the realities of modern slavery, while producing hope through the power of Christ Jesus in us.