Interview with Dr. Cecilia B. Dennery

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Caribbean, on the gorgeous island of St. Thomas (American Virgin Islands). Growing up in such a picturesque place was marvelous. The beauty of the island, the relaxing atmosphere allowed me the space and time to hone my writing and teaching skills. For me both teaching and writing are inextricably intertwined because my writing is geared toward teaching. It is important for me to communicate clearly and accurately because of the subject matter I write about - the Word of God!
When did you first start writing?
That is a difficult question to answer. When I look back over my life I have always enjoyed writing although I did not refer to myself as a writer, and certainly did not think about writing books. However, it was a gorgeous, picture perfect day in St. Thomas in 1998 when I "heard" a voice tell me I am supposed to write. Now, it was NOT an audible voice, but it was absolutely clear and undeniable. In my heart of hearts I knew what I was destined to do. From that moment on, I knew I HAD to write, not one or two, but many books. At that time, however, I did not know WHAT topic(s) I would write on, but now it is crystal clear. My focus is biblical instruction, and there is no stopping me now!!!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is this eBook, Revealing the Centerpiece of Revelation: Christ. It is actually the first book in the series - Revealing Revelation: The Series. My reason for writing this series is straightforward. Many people are scared to read the book of Revelation because of the terrible events that are prophesied to occur. Others are confused because of the large amount of symbolic language. My goal is to unmask the mystery of Revelation so that the reader is not only willing to read it, but excited to discover all that Christ has revealed about Himself and how He will bring this world as we know it to a conclusion, and then usher in a new order - eternity!
What motivated you to become an indie (self-published) author?
I am an indie author for one reason - freedom and control. Writing is my passion. My goal is to make my living through writing. That will give me freedom to do even more writing. Self-publishing provides control over my destiny. If it is to be, then its up to me. However, gratefully I am not alone in this endeavor. Smashwords is able to distribute my work so that others can have access to it. My sincere hope is that all will enjoy reading my books as much as I have enjoyed writing them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first eBook. After careful research I selected Smashwords because of all the benefits they provide to authors and their sincere desire to help authors become successful. I am confident that they will be invaluable in helping me to achieve my goals as a self-published author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is the anticipation of the joy that the reader will experience. I work diligently, with extreme care to write in a simple manner to make it easy for them to understand the Word of God while providing significant content.
What are you working on next?
I will be working on the other books in the Revealing Revelation series. The titles are as follows:
Revealing the Centerpiece of Revelation: Christ (available September 2014)
Revealing the Foundation of Revelation: Covenant (available Fall 2014)
Revealing the Mystery of Revelation: The Symbols (available Fall 2014)
Revealing the Beast of Revelation: The Antichrist Exposed (available Winter 2015)
Revealing the Message and the Mark of the Beast (available Winter 2015)
Revealing the Counterfeit God in Revelation: The Unholy Trinity (available Winter 2015)
Revealing the Rapture and Resurrections of Revelation (available Spring 2015)
Revealing the Judge and His Judgments: The Scroll Opened (available Spring 2015)
Revealing the Final Conflict: The Battle of Armageddon (available Spring 2015)
Revealing the Timeline of Revelation: The 70th Week of Daniel (available Spring 2015)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My love for life and knowing that through my writing and teaching, I can positively impact many lives inspires me on a daily basis.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Besides writing, the other absolute joy of my life is teaching. I started a Bible school called DOCTRINE 101 WITH DR DENNERY SCHOOL OF MINISTRY. In that capacity I teach the Word of God to eager students who delight in learning the deep truths embedded within the Bible. Consequently, my writing and teaching are inextricably combined because the textbooks used in the Bible school are the books that I have written.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first sermon I ever wrote. It was 30 years ago at a church camp in Antigua. That Sunday I was to deliver the mini-message that I wrote. I was never so scared in my life. How could I possibly do this? As I stepped to the pulpit I uttered a silent prayer. "Lord, please help me." When I looked at the congregation, I saw eager faces waiting to hear a Word from God. I swallowed hard and began. The title was, THE DECISION, taken from Joshua 24. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." After service was over, I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people that came to me and said how much they enjoyed the message. WOW! That was it. Since then, I have been privileged to preach and teach the Word of God.
Published 2014-07-18.
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Books by This Author

Revealing the Centerpiece of Revelation: Christ
Series: Revealing Revelation, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,280. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Prophecy, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Theology / Eschatology
For many the book of Revelation is off limits because it is just too scary. But that's only because the focus of Revelation is misplaced. The main emphasis is not the horrific future events, but the person, power and preeminence of Christ. This eBook shifts the focus to the centerpiece of Revelation, Christ, and gives the reader the ability to comprehend and enjoy this awe-inspiring book.