Allison Pittman is the author of Stealing Home and of the recent novel, The Bridegrooms; she has also written the Crossroads of Grace Series and has a nonfiction book out called Saturdays with Stella, about her oh- so cute dog. A former high school teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. Here are her words about The Bridegrooms, Christian women in fiction and real life, plus more!
E. Smith: First of all, I love how you have Stella on your blog site, that is such a cute dog! And thanks again for taking out some moments to answer a few questions.
Allison Pittman: Thank you! She thinks so, too…
E.Smith: The Allenhouse sisters in Bridegrooms seem like ‘real people’. Are they based on real people’s personalities that you know?(You don’t have to mention their names).
Allison Pittman:They’re not directly based on anybody–but they each have a little bit of me in them. I tend to be sarcastic (like Lisette), I’ve been known to be a quivering ball of insecurity (like Hazel), and I too often rely try to rely on my own strength rather than seeking God’s wisdom (like Vada). Unfortunately, the only thing I share with Althea is a tendency to write mediocre poetry.
E.Smith: On page 179, there was a meeting of the Terrington Heights Women’s Suffrage and Ms. Thomas, the widow was leading it. What are your thoughts on Christian women’s role in the home today?
AP: Wow. That is a great question! I think it’s the same as it was in the Garden of Eden–not so much in the “help-meet” aspect, but to be first and foremost a companion to our husband. God said it was not good for man to be alone, but I think women allow their men to have an awful lot of time alone. I know I’ll get caught up in taking care of the kids, or doing church work, or meeting a friend for coffee–you know, someone who just really needs to talk. We need to make our husband the number one priority in our hearts–after God, of course. Notice none of that has to do with where or whether we work. It’s a state of mind and heart(Pittman interview continued)