Interview with Tammy Craft

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have always had a desire to impart information to people. My main goal is to give them ideas, insights or practical advice that will help them be more successful in life. I want others to avoid hassles and adversity that I have experienced, and I desire for them to find joy in their journey.
What do your fans mean to you?
I so appreciate all those who support, respect and encourage me. It is gratifying to know that someone sees something in your life that is enduring.
What are you working on next?
Writing a book was a daunting task. I am amazed that I was able to accomplish it with all my other activities. It was truly a miracle. I have no plans to write again, but I believe that God has other plans. I do write letters and blogs and such. I have always loved to write and convey my thoughts, so that won't stop.
Who are your favorite authors?
Currently, my favorite author is John Eldridge. He is so honest and eloquent in his writing. He writes from the heart. I also enjoy Francis Frangipane. He's a very good writer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The Lord's mercy and love.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work part-time as an administrative assistant. I lead a team in ministry where we help people to overcome life dominating issues, and I teach seminars. I also do my best to love my husband, children and grandchildren. I love to serve so my husband and I care for single moms, widows and other friends in need.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Unfortunately, I don't have much time for reading. I just recently bought a Kindle so I have just begun my adventure with ebooks. Most of the eBooks I've purchased have been referred to me by advertising emails on subjects I have interest in.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have never written stories much. I tend to write non-fiction, instructional material.
I do have an essay that I wrote in 3rd or 4th grade. In the essay, entitled, "What I Will Do When I Grow Up", I stated that I wanted to stay at home with my kids, be a teacher, have twins and have 4 children. My mom saved that essay and gave it to me many years later.
I did have twin boys. I stayed at home with my boys, and did not work outside the home. I home schooled and taught in private schools for 11 years. At age 50, I was divorced, and I married a wonderful man with a son and a daughter. Everything in my essay has come true. I believe it was prophetic.
What is your writing process?
I like to do a broad outline at first if it seems right. Then, I just let myself write. After that comes lots and lots of editing. I look for how things feel, and I try to put myself in the place of the reader.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do actually remember when I learned to read. It was exhilarating. I was in a classroom at school, and the teacher was working with us in small groups. I think they had those giant books (3 feet tall) that we could look at. Anyway, I took off like a racehorse out of the gate. As a child, I would read for hours and hours every day. I didn't get much exercise, but I enjoyed reading so much. I read a lot of Nancy Drew mysteries and fairy tales back then.
How do you approach cover design?
I like photos, so I chose an image that depicted a footpath into a high, spiritual place.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
John Eldridge - Waking the Dead - because he speaks to the center of our being
Rick Joyner - The Final Quest series - because he presents mesmerizing visions of spiritual journey and where we are headed
Paul Billheimer - Destined for the Throne - because he gave me a vision of my destiny that changed my life
Dr. Larry Hutton - Internal Affairs - because he taught me that I did not have to experience negative emotions for long periods of time
Francis Frangipane - The Three Battlegrounds - because he unflinchingly tells us the truth about what we are really dealing with
What do you read for pleasure?
Every day, I try to read God's Word. It is full of life. I also read up on news and events in order to pray.
I appreciate some movies and TV, so sometimes I look up the bios of actors and actresses I admire.
I enjoy praying for them.
I read magazines about home decorating and cooking occasionally.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, & I like it very much, although I am surprised at the high cost of eBooks.
What's the story behind your latest book?
For many years, I have tried to find a simple, thorough book for new believers in Jesus. I wanted a book that would help a new believer to understand some of the new feelings and situations they would face, make Christian culture a little easier to understand, and the Bible less overwhelming. Later on in life, I wanted a new believer to discover the truths that I found out many years after my salvation experience. I could never find that book, so I wrote one.
Published 2014-04-26.
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Books by This Author

The Journey into His Kingdom, A Guide for Believers in Jesus
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,630. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Discipleship
Knowing God is the most important issue of life. This book will help you remove barriers that hinder your relationship with God. Journey was primarily written for new believers, but others can benefit as well. It contains steps to wholeness and basic Christian teaching. If you will follow through with the exercises in this book, you will experience a life beyond anything you can imagine.