Interview with Lenita Reeves

Who are your favorite authors?
Frank Hammond, Archbishop N. Duncan-Williams, Myles Munroe, Mike Murdock and Derek Prince are among the authors I trust. It's hard for me to say I have a favorite author as I tend to read based off a prompting of the Holy Spirit to dig deeper into a subject or as a response to information I need.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The potential for God to reveal something new in prayer, my kids and a nagging desire to finish the next book inspire me to get get out of bed each day. Most days, one of these things gets in the way of accomplishing the other. Alas, the joys of motherhood abound.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
"Mommy, are you going to take us a bath?" my 3-year old asks at 6:34 am. He's the person who usually wakes up with the most energy in the house. When I'm not writing, I'm desperately trying to finish his potty training, teach him the letter of the day or get him to cooperate with his older brother.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for a subject I'm researching or for answers to a question that may have come to mind.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first story I ever wrote; but I do remember the first book I attempted to write. At the time, I entitled it Proverbs 31: The Possible Dream and I dedicated it to a teenage girl in our youth group I was mentoring named Colongi. I have yet to finish that book; but it's on my list!
What is your writing process?
Research then write. Research again and write again. Write some more. Step away. Write again. Edit. I admit that I don't do well at free writing. I'm usually trying to edit and re-read as I write, which slows me down.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but I remember the first book that really impacted me. As a young girl, "Are you there God? It's me Margaret" by Judy Blume gave me comfort that I wasn't the only person in the world who felt like an outsider and that I could have my own connection to God.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own covers and enjoy doing it. Some may not think I'm the best at it but I'm getting better. I pray for inspiration and then, just start trying out what comes to mind. I always ask for feedback and consider color.
Describe your desk
Now that's a good question! My desk is...well--sad. There's not enough space on the surface because of the row of books across the back wall. I can't pull my chair far enough under the desk because of the stacked vertical rows of books underneath it. What can I say, I love books and my desk has suffered because of it. "Why don't I just use bookcases?" you ask. I do! The desk is just overflow!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the South. Because I mainly write non-fiction, I imagine it influences my writing by influencing what I question. For example, in the South racism serves as a mechanism for the persistence of rejection. So I guess, in some way, growing up African-American in the South influenced my writing of the book, The Spirit of Rejection.

There are also very beautiful things about the South like the common courtesy of smiling at someone you encounter or simply saying hello. I did start writing a memoir that was full of my experiences in the south and the history therein; but, as you probably guessed, I have yet to finish it.
Published 2015-11-18.
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Books by This Author

Fervent Fire: Understanding the Pattern of the Priesthood for Prevailing Intercessory Prayer
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 27,000. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Warfare
Do you understand the connection between the Old and New Testament priesthoods and your prayer life? Do you want your intercessory prayer to yield results like never before? A scriptural understanding of the pattern of the priesthood is necessary to maximize your prayer effectiveness and change your family, community and nation in the process. Fervent Fire examines this pattern, providing strategy
The Spirit of Rejection: Heal its Wounds, Restore your Self-Esteem and Move on to Promotion
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 18,790. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Counseling & Recovery, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Left untreated, rejection wounds self-esteem and cripples self-concept. This book reveals scriptural truths to help readers deal with the spirit of rejection, uproot its detrimental effects and understand how rejection is both an indictment against the rejecter and a stepping stone to promotion. Each chapter includes reflection questions for individual journaling or group discussion.