Author Interview, Giveaway

Out of the Dark: Shining a Light on Human Trafficking

Human trafficking.

Two terrifying, ugly, unthinkable, heartbreaking, confusing words. Hearing those words evokes many different kinds of emotions. Fear. Anger. Disgust. Discouragement. And for some of us…determination to END IT.

There are so many young people in our generation who are absolutely determined to see Trafficking end in our generation.

Human trafficking is a massive, deeply rooted, deeply complicated, ridiculously overwhelming problem…BUT, God is bigger than the darkness. And together, one action, one word, one prayer at a time….this generation CAN end this honorific evil.

Today you’re going to meet a young woman who is using her words to make a dent in the darkness. She’s just released a brand new book Out of the Dark, which is a sequel to Not Abandoned, part of a series about modern-day abolitionists (and captives struggling for freedom). Meet, MacKenzie Morganthal!

Livy: Let’s talk about your book, Not Abandoned. Since Out of The Dark is a sequel to this incredible tale, tell us about Book #1! What inspired you to write it, and what is Not Abandoned about?
MacKenzie: “Not Abandoned” is a story that follows four girls whose lives are each affected by human trafficking.  Avery is being groomed for trafficking from her home. DesiRae is being abducted. It hits close to home for Haley Hampton because her sisters are being abused, and as a cop in training, she decides to take matters into her own hands. This story also shares the gospel as each of these girls look to God for help in an impossible situation. Publishing “Not Abandoned” had been a bit of a surprise for me, because I’d been prepping another book for publication at the time. But I heard a radio interview with a survivor of human trafficking, and that’s when everything changed for me.
I decided that I wanted to do something to fight this terrible evil. And that’s when “Not Abandoned” was born. The goal of this book has always been to raise an awareness about this subject and to educate young girls and make them aware of the dangers of trafficking, so that they can keep themselves and others safe.
Livy: Human trafficking is obviously a huge (heartbreaking) issue in today’s society and we all want to do what we can to make a dent in that evil! What kinds of things can we do to get involved and #EndIt?
MacKenzie: Great question! So many people think that they have to do something huge in order to make a dent in such a large atrocity. And that overwhelms them and can sadly keep them from getting involved at all. That’s where I was at when I first decided to do something. But there’s a quote in “Not Abandoned” that says, “I wont just stand by and do nothing as long as I have the ability to do something“.
And the truth is, we all have the ability to do something. Whether that be big or small. For me, it was using the gift God has given me for writing, to help make a difference. So get creative, look at the gifts and abilities God has given you and ways that you can use them uniquely to help make a difference. Maybe you’re athletic. You could organize a sports event to raise money and awareness of the cause!Or if you’re a musician, host a benefit concert! In the back of my book, I also list some great organizations you can get involved with.  
Livy: Okay, book two! Let’s talk details! How long did it take you to write Out of The Dark? What happens in this story?
MacKenzie: Well, “Out of the Dark” was definitely more challenging for me than “Not Abandoned” was. “Not Abandoned” was finished within a couple months, but “Out of the Dark” has taken me two years. (And many, many rewrites later!) I struggled the past two years with a severe dry season of writing and “Out of the Dark” didn’t come easy. I faced many attacks from the enemy. I also believe that God was trying to get my attention and remind me that He is my writing partner, and if I try to go at it alone without Him, I’m going to fail.
So after clinging to God and pushing through so many challenges, seeing this book finally released is so sweet for me. This is my “comeback” book, and I hope everyone will love it as much as I do. 🙂
So what to expect in this book: “Out of the Dark” has many deep, emotional scenes that may have you reaching for a box of tissues! We see a lot of familiar characters from “Not Abandoned”, and as well as some new faces. The survivors of human trafficking in this book are dealing heavily with the aftermath, and so there are several gut-wrenchingly emotional conversations and scenes that take place. It’s also filled with lots of suspense and drama, as Avery is receiving death threats and Haley takes it upon herself to try and solve the case.
Livy: Which character do you relate most to in your books?
MacKenzie: Hmm, that’s a tough one because I love all of my characters! But I’d say I relate most to Haley Hampton, the young cop. She’s very passionate about stopping human trafficking and puts her whole heart into her work. She also has a habit of sometimes jumping without thinking things through the whole way 😉 
Livy: What do you hope that readers get out of these stories?
MacKenzie: My hope is that readers won’t just see these stories as simple entertainment, but that they will be inspired and challenged to stand up and do something to get involved in the fight against trafficking! I pray that God will touch hearts through these stories and that young girls will be educated and aware of these dangers, so that their lives can be saved and they can go out and save lives too.
Livy: Why should we rush over to your site and get a paperback copy of Not Abandoned RIGHT now? 🙂
MacKenzie: If you’re looking for more than just a story, more than just an entertainment novel; if you’re looking for a challenge, something to inspire you, something to put a fire in your heart, then you should go order a copy of “Not Abandoned” and “Out of the Dark”! Since they are book one and two in a three book Mission for Freedom series, I suggest reading them in order so that you can see the whole background and follow along as the story continues in book two. So if you haven’t read “Not Abandoned” yet, now would be the prefect time to order it so that you’re ready to read “Out of the Dark”! 🙂

Get “Out of the Dark” in Paperback, from Amazon!

Book Giveaway! Enter for the chance to win a free digital copy of Out of the Dark! (And if you haven’t read Book #1 yet, we’ll throw that in as well! :D)

How To Enter:

  1. Follow @mackenziemorganthal on Instagram, connect on Twitter, or like her on Facebook! (If you don’t have an active Social Media account, then be sure to visit her website!)

  2. Make sure you’re following yours truly (that would be me, Livy! :D) on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, if you’re not already!

  3. Subscribe to my free email updates, if you haven’t yet!

  4. Comment below with the title of your favorite book by a self-published or Indie author, and I’ll know you’ve completed all the steps above!

    And bibbity, bobbity, boo, you’re officially entered! Giveaway ends on Friday, November 3rd. Winner will be announced here on the blog. International readers are welcome to enter!

21 thoughts on “Out of the Dark: Shining a Light on Human Trafficking

  1. This was such an inspiring post. Thank you ladies so much x
    My joint favourite indie authors are Kellyn Roth and her book The Dressmaker’s Secret, and Livy Jarmusch with her book The Corination

  2. *checks off list of things to do to enter* Done!
    These books sound wonderful. Human trafficking is such a horrible, vile thing that is a dark stain on our world. I’ve been working against it with a dance team for several years, and I’ve been so blessed by that.

    The two favorite indie books that come to mind are “Andora’s Folly” by Abigayle Claire and “The Reluctant Godfather” by Allison Tebo, but I’m currently in the middle of your “The Coronation” and I’m loving it!

    ~ Abby {}

    1. Hi Abby! Thanks for stopping by the Blog! I’m so excited to hear that you’re enjoying The Coronation! 🙂 <3 I still haven't read The Reluctant Godfather but I've heard nothing but lovely things about it! I'm looking forward to reading it.

  3. Wonderful post!! Very hard topic though. Strong Foundation Films recently released a move called Run. They are also trying to bring light to human trafficking. Thanks Kenzie for writing about this topic. Very inspiring!

    1. Hi Lydia! Thanks for stopping by the blog. 🙂 Ugh, I know, trafficking is so heartbreaking. I think it’s easy to see the horror of it, and become overwhelmed, then not do anything about it…but that’s why I LOVE seeing God’s people rise up and take a stand! I’ve never heard of that movie, but I’ll have to check it out. There’s definitely a movement of movies and documentaries happening right now to raise awareness of this topic, so praise God for that! I pray that we WILL be the generation to end it.

  4. This was a wonderful post, I really enjoyed reading this! Thanks so much for posting in Kenzie’s blog tour, fellow Livy – haha! I go by Livy too. 😉 I’m not entering the giveaway because I’m about to purchase a copy, but I hope whoever wins enjoys it! 😀

  5. Great Interveiw! Mackenzie what a great reminder about using our talents to fight back while also remebering that without God our stories will go flat! Very inspiring!

  6. So great to see Kenzie using her God given talents to do something to make a difference in the world and to help others. In her books she shows others about Gods amazing love He has for us, and how He is with us always…. no matter what happens in our lives. Kenzie, great job! Keep shining for Jesus, and keep writing ! You are a blessing to so many people!

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