The greatest joy in writing for me is being able to express myself. It's like being able to sit down with a cup of coffee and share an interesting story with another person. Knowing that there is someone out there in a different part of the world who has read my story and shared my thoughts. That is a really exciting thought!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My relationship with God inspires me to get out of bed each day! I love those first couple minutes after I wake up. I say good morning and ask Him if He has anything to share with me today. Sometimes I get some pointers on what I should do with my day or sometimes it's a solution to a problem I have been struggling with. God is just so good!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was struggling so much at a job I wasn't cut out for that I began sitting down and journaling with God. I took verses out of the Bible about how much God loves His people and meditated on them. I wrote what I thought about each verse, then I asked God what He wanted to say about it and wrote some more. After a while, I began to believe that what I was writing was not just something that was therapeutic for me, but something that could help others.
Who are your favorite authors?
My first favorite writer was C.S. Lewis. I still read the Chronicles of Narnia once in a while. I also grew up loving P.G. Wodehouse, Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, and William Goldman. I read a lot of non fiction books to develop my Christian faith, but when I read fiction, I read for pleasure.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to read! I have a stack of books that I am reading and another stack of titles that I can't wait to start. I am also taking online courses through Central Christian College to get my Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember when I was about 8 I began reading the Bible. I was so moved by Peter denying Christ before the crowing of the cock that I wrote a short story about it. I think I still have it somewhere. . .
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