Following Destiny is the last book in the Destiny trilogy published by Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., and continues Lexie Logan’s story. Readers met Lexie in Dodging Destiny, the first book in the series, as she runs from God. She is sent back in time to learn some truths before God returns her to the twenty-first century. Book two, In Search of Destiny, follows the people Lexie leaves in the nineteenth century as they make life-changing decisions based on information she shared with them, and Following Destiny shows how Lexie’s time-travel experience impacts her future. She must face the fears that provoked her to rebel. Though she made promises, readers wonder if Lexie will keep them, or if she will allow fear to control her actions and rule her destiny.
When I wrote Dodging Destiny and asked my beta-readers for comments, all of them said something along the lines of “You can’t stop with this book. I want to know what happens to the people Lexie left behind. What happens to her when she returns to the twenty-first century? How did Lexie’s experience change her?” I wanted to know the same things, so In Search of Destiny and Following Destiny were born.
Following Destiny challenged my thinking and writing abilities. For most of my writing career, I thought of myself as a historical writer, so to face the task of writing a compelling story set in contemporary times made me nervous. The novel required as much research as the Oregon Trail and Civil War sections of In Search of Destiny, but I didn’t mind that part. I like researching. The difference between the two books, though, is if I didn’t get all of the 1857-1866 information exactly right, no one except history buffs fascinated with that era would know. However, if I messed up with current events, many people would know, and I’d be sure to hear of the mistakes in reviews. To ensure my information was as accurate as I could make it, I interviewed native-born Costa Ricans and Guatemalans. I spent several hours with missionaries who had recently returned from years spent in Bolivia, and I picked the brains of a law enforcement officer, as well as a man who sold jet fuel. I breathed easier when my editor said “Wow,” instead of “Ow.” The icing on the top of the Following Destiny cake for me is Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. allowed me to design the cover.
Derinda Babcock was an English Language Learners teacher for almost twenty-five years in Southwestern Colorado. During this time, she worked with students of all ages and many different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The richness of this experience lends flavor to her novels. She crafts entertaining stories written from the Christian world view. When she is not writing, Derinda teaches and furthers her own education.