Theresa Harvard Johnson has published more than 14 books specifically about the ministry of the prophetic scribe and prophetic writing. She is the founder of the Voices of Christ Apostolic-Prophetic School of the Scribe and The Scribal Conservatory Arts & Worship Center. For 15 years she mentored and equipped prophetic scribes and artisans through Voices of Christ Literary Ministries International. Theresa desires to see Christian writers and artisans come to know and embrace God's intent for their giftings and callings.
What is your writing process?
I generally write by inspiration. As a charismatic believer of Christ, it is my desire to write by the guidance of Holy Spirit... always having God's love in my heart. I often awake from my sleep writing or find myself receiving streams of information throughout the day that I record or jot down. Then, when time permits I pull that information together. So, I guess it's safe to say that I do not have a consistent writing process in that sense. I have, over the years, developed a strong discipline in which I write every single day - either by way of journaling or developing an aspect of a writing project even if it is only for 15 minutes or so. At this point in my life this practice is normal. I have found that rainy days really stimulate my writing process. I quickly try to find somewhere quiet so I can listen for the words as they pour into me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Actually, I was inspired by my 1st grade teacher. She would read poetry to us in homeroom before class started. She would read the poetry of Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar and other famous Black authors. I was captivated. I began reading their work independently at her encouragement. By the time I was in third grade, I was writing poetry of my own. She told me that I naturally picked up and drew from the writing styles of the poets whom I'm read. Some people threw away a box of books at a church where my father was a janitor. He brought those books home because he knew I loved to read. Turns out they were Nancy Drew Mystery novels dating back to the 1950s! I read every single one of them. They placed an aspiration in me to become a print news journalist -- which I did some years later. I made history in my family and in my local community in that area. These poets, along with Nancy Drew helped mold the course of my life. I went on to earn some significant awards for my writing and the craft still drives me today.
In this book, The Sin of Spiritual Plagiarism, the author takes us on a journey through Father's heart to expose the agenda of the adversary in which some believers have fallen prey by stealing the ideas, visions and words of others and claiming them as their own.