Interview with Linda Weaver

When did you first start writing?
I started writing in the 90's. I was hired to manage the newsletter for a very large church near Houston, Texas. I was also the Director of the Singles Department, and as such, was required to write an article for my department.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My life has been observed by others to be full of disappointments and loss. I use the word "observed" because I wasn't aware of how much people watch our lives and the way we live them. My life was what I describe as "perfect" until I graduated from high school. That sounds a little strange when I write it because I just always thought every child had a good life. Obviously, I learned that isn't the case.

I married right out of high school to an older "man" I had known most of my life. That's where my book and my life of failures, tragedies, and disappointments started. Within eighteen months of our marriage, our first baby was stillborn at 8 months, and my husband died of cancer. I was widowed at 20. From that point on my life took a series of "wrong turns."

All throughout my life I was told I should write a book. I never took it seriously, until I did!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Lack of funds!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To be able to share my experiences to others in order to help them, and encourage them is my greatest joy.

Writing didn't start out as a joy for me though. I began to teach Sunday School in my early forties. I had recently been divorced from my second husband and was completely devastated. I was approached by the Pastor at my church and asked to teach an adult Sunday School class as a substitute, and then to take a permanent spot as a Singles Sunday School teacher.

I began to study the Bible in depth. It was my source of strength and encouragement. That's when I began to experience the joy of sharing my thoughts and the insights I had learned to others who were interested. After that, I began to teach a great deal. My interest in writing began to take on new meaning. To me it was like teaching on paper, if you will.
What do your fans mean to you?
My book was first published only a year ago and I don't really have many, (if any), fans. The ones to whom I did encourage, words can't describe how much I was touched knowing I had helped in some way.
What are you working on next?
I have just started the second book in this series. It is called, "God Speaks, God Listens/We Speak, We Listen." The first book, "Living Hope," was the first in the series. It is my testimony. I wanted the world to know that God loves us so much that even when we make wrong decisions, bad mistakes and fail in every way possible God sticks by us. My testimony describes, in quite a bit of detail, how I managed to survive all the bad things that happened to me.
Who are your favorite authors?
All of the writers in the Bible.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love life. I am about to turn 70 and there are so many things I still want to do.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I own and operate an alterations and embroidery business and work from home. I'm very active in my church and serve as the Prayer Team Service Director.
What is your writing process?
If I have a process at all it is that when I am inspired - when something I hear or experience makes a strong impression on me, I want to tell everyone so that they, too can experience the joy and freedom of that same knowledge.
How do you approach cover design?
Covers are difficult, in my opinion. What I have done so far is to select something in nature, God's divine picture-book, to represent the message I want to convey. In my first book, "Living Hope" I found a beautiful image by Iren Petrova, on The photograph spoke to me because it portrays a really bad storm, with dark skies, clouds and a streak of lightening across the sky which represented to me the darkness that had been in my life. But, in the background the sun is shining through which represented new beginnings and hope to me. When I was a little girl I asked my Grandmother to write in my Autograph Book. She wrote, "In every cloud there is a silver lining." I didn't have a clue what that meant at the time. But, since then, I have seen that silver lining over and over and I now know what Grandma Weaver was saying to me so many years ago.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite book is the Bible because it holds all of life's answers for me. My second favorite book is my book, "Living Hope" because it represents my life and gives me great peace to know that it might help someone who is struggling. Of course, I loved "Gone With The Wind" - just because. I love my Mother's Bible because I can go back and see the Scriptures she wrote my name next to and I can read all the notes she wrote. My final favorite is the one I am about to write and publish, "God Speaks, God Listens/We Speak, We Listen." I want everyone to know that a relationship with God is the only one ever that will never let anyone down and He is always right beside us to walk us through every circumstance - even the ones we created - to bring us through and bring us out.
What do you read for pleasure?
Describe your desk
The desk I am sitting at right now is my leather recliner. It's my comfort spot.
Published 2016-08-23.
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Books by This Author

Living Hope
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 42,790. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional
The world around us seems to be falling apart. Is there really any hope for our future? The first book in this series is my testimony. From a very young age I began to suffer many hardships,one after the other for more than fifty years. I chose early in my life to seek God for guidance and He led me through every situation, not by removing all the hardships, but by guiding me step by step.