Interview with Teena Canady

Describe your desk
My desk seems to be wherever I'm at when the Lord says write. Right now it is 3 am & I'm sitting at my kitchen table. Sometimes I'm even sitting up in bed in the middle of the night with my laptop, just tapping away. All the while, praying that I don't wake my husband (Ed) with my typing. When my first book, "Because He Loves Me", was written I actually thought I was receiving one of Ed's messages from God. You see Ed reads all the time and I literally hate to read. So, I couldn't figure out why God wanted me to write a book. But He woke me up in the middle of the night and set on the foot of my bed and literally told me the scriptures he wanted me to write about. That book is no longer being printed and not in circulation. But I'm thinking about a revision and putting it together as an ebook.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the same farm I'm living on now in southern middle Tennessee. I was the tomboy of the family and helped daddy with the farming. I did everything from slopping the hogs to breaking horses. Daddy was my hero, best friend and mentor. He always taught me that I could do anything I wanted to do as long as it was in God's will.
When did you first start writing?
As I said earlier, I hate to read. Although I do read my Bible daily. But God had me put the pen to paper in 2003 shortly after Ed got ran over and we lost everything we owned. Our business, vehicle, and our home that was built specially for my breathing problems. We only owed 6 months paying it off. At that point we live in an old concrete garage with no windows. My breathing got worse on a daily basis and I was simply having a pity party and crying myself to sleep every night. I guess God finally got tired of my complaining and had me write a book to get our of the depression I was in. It worked!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I'm working on now is how God helps us get the joy of our salvation back. Let's face it folks, we all get down from time to time and the people in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible were no different. So I'm searching the scriptures and listening to God for answers to that age old question. How can I get closer to God.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My motivation in writing is simply the trials and tribulations that we all go through from time to time in our lives. I only write as God directs me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My prayer is that when you read my books, you will find what you're looking for in life and death. That gives me the greatest joy of all.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Even if I didn't make a thing from selling these books, if I lead one person to Christ or one person back on the right track for the Lord, it's all worth the work.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Stanley and Max Lucado.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing. I always have to keep my hands busy. I love making jewelry. I'm now making survival bracelets from paracord. I like the play on words. I'm a survivor through Christ and the survival bracelets seem to fit together. I make all colors. From camo to pink for breast cancer survivors.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I order most of my ebooks from Amazon, but when I found Smashwords I may have to change my distributor.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was my first year in college. Our English teacher asked us to write a short story about something we were familiar with. So I wrote about "Pulliing Hen's Teeth". It was about playing ignorant to get my husband to fix a broken kitchen drawer I had asked him to fix weeks before. I got an A+.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is kind of complex to most people. I treat it like a study situation. First I pick up the old Webster's Dictionary and get the secular meaning of the word or words I'm going to be writing about, then I go through the Bible searching and running references on the same subject. Sometimes it takes me weeks and sometimes months. But, before I start writing anything, I always ask God for His guidance.
Published 2016-02-16.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.