Kellie Coates Gilbert’s
A Reason to Stay
As the host of her own television news show, Faith Marin works to expose the truth for her viewers. But in her personal life, she’s anchored her world with firm boundaries in order to hide a family history she’d like to forget. Her pro bass fisherman husband Geary’s life is an open book, and unfortunately his busybody family doesn’t know the meaning of boundaries.
Deception and crippling differences soon derail their tender relationship, leading Faith to believe her only option is to end the marriage. But while Faith considers whether divorce is the only answer to their issues, tragedy strikes and her heartrending decision is interrupted. With her life in the balance, Faith finds that the one she has been shutting out may be the very one she cannot bear to lose.
Brief physical description
I fell in love with Faith Marin in my story A Reason To Stay. Unlike some of my former protagonists who enter the stage so self-assured, Faith struggles with knowing her value in life and seeks to matter in her work and as a new wife. She’s a news anchor and so her physical image also defines her worth. Like many in front of the camera, Faith is extraordinarily attractive…blonde and petite with a easy smile. But what happens when everything is stripped away? Who is she if her marriage is floundering, her career is cruelly placed on hold, and her beauty has been marred by a shooter’s bullet?
I fashioned news anchor Faith Marin after singer Faith Hill. This photo is a great depiction of what was in my head as I wrote many of the scenes.
Strengths and weaknesses
Faith Marin is talented, has an insatiable appetite for knowledge and easily connects with people…..all assets that make her a great news reporter.
Unfortunately, Faith believes she must portray an inauthentic image to the public, one that requires her to hide her family secrets. This bisected “self” also hinders her ability to enjoy emotional intimacy with her husband and those who try to love her. Instead of working through relationship difficulties, she pushes away the very ones she needs most to weather the storms that come.
Quirk (if any)
Faith is a horrible cook! Even so, she tries to compete with her in-laws….often failing miserably and with much humor!
Your inspiration for the character and background to the story
Anyone who has read my earlier books knows my stories often pull ideas from courtroom cases I’ve worked on or stories in the news. A Reason To Stay is no different.
In early 2011, I watched with the rest of the country as news media reported on the terrible shooting that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life. Like so many, I followed her painful journey to healing and prayed for her recovery.
Ms. Giffords’ story hit very close to home.
While I was not a victim of a shooting, years back I suffered a stroke, the result of a brain bleed that required multiple cranial surgeries and a protracted hospital recovery. I personally knew some of what Gabby faced and my heart was broken for her.
A Reason to Stay is a very personal story. Not only does Faith Marin face a brain injury and the subsequent struggles to recover, but her real fight is in keeping her marriage intact.
This summer, my husband and celebrated thirty-five years of marriage, a landmark in a journey marked with opposition. Looking back, I know that we only made it by the grace of God.
Over the course of our years together, both of us had to make a decision.
I’m grateful we chose to stay.
Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal, and the author of A Woman of Fortune and Where Rivers Part. Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband.
Learn more at www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com.