Carolyn Dale Newell is a Christian wife, mom and passionate writer. After losing most of her vision, she began writing devotions about God’s grace and strength to give people hope as they go through life’s struggles.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13) became her life verse. She overcame the hardships of learning to live as a blind person through the power of Jesus Christ.
Carolyn writes for Encouragement Café Ministries, and she is a featured columnist for Garlands of Grace Ministries e-magazine. Carolyn leads Lydia’s Ladies, a women’s Bible study group at her home church.
Carolyn and her husband, Tim reside in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. They enjoy the beach, the mountains and southern gospel music. When she is not writing, she teaches visually impaired people about the accessible world of technology.
Her desire is to glorify God as she encourages others through writing and speaking.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I was 50 years old, God called me to begin writing Christian devotions. I was in the midst of a rehab program to learn the skills necessary to live as a blind person. Some of these skills, such as braille, were extremely difficult. At that point I wanted to encourage people as they go through their own challenging trials. I chose to self-publish because I had met Phyllis Campbell. She was born blind, and she was an indie author. She mentored me through the process.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been great. They distribute my books to many retailers, such as Apple and B&N.
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