How long have you known that you were a writer? Did you receive a clear “call?” or have you just loved writing all your life?
Good question. God called me to be a writer when I was in elementary school. Later, in high school, I won a poetry writing contest in a literary magazine which prompted me to major in Creative Writing in university. The Lord kept nudging me forward in this pathway. I’ve just never looked back.
What genre do you write in? (Would you explain what it is?)
I’ve written fiction, non-fiction, devotionals, screenplays and poetry. Right now I’m focused on poetry and fiction. I also like blogging on my “Fresh Air” blog that offers help and encouragement.
Can you describe your writing process for a poem?
Sure; It usually starts with a spiritual insight, inspiration or phrase. I pray for wisdom and direction, asking God to anoint my words and make His truth fresh and understandable. I want readers to experience His love so they’ll choose to further trust Him.
Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a book?
Always longer than I’d like. I’m embarrassed to tell you how many hours I worked on each poem for “A Friend in the Storm.” I kept reworking them because I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I also wanted each poem to fit with its corresponding quote and Scripture so everything would flow together.
I spent many months hunting for memorable quotes and Scriptures. I started the book in 2005 and I didn’t stop editing until it went to press, if that gives you a hint.
Do you ever feel like giving up? Most people don’t understand the stress, the work, and the joy of being a writer. How tenuous becoming a writer is. Do you care to share how it feels, what discouraging/encouraging times you’ve gone through? Who has inspired you the most?
I couldn’t quit because I don’t know what else I would do. Writing’s what I love.
Writing and sharing my faith.
Yeah, it’s discouraging at times. Not everybody gives you a rave review; and if you’re sensitive like me, that can cut. Bestselling author, Gary Thomas, who endorsed my book, recently reminded me of something that helps me keep things in perspective. I’m writing for an audience of One: Christ. That truth tames my discouragement.
Who inspires me most? Billy Graham. He’s not into what others think or say about Him. He’s out to please the King of kings. That’s the kind of evangelist I want to be.
Would you explain how you “chose” (or were chosen by) a publisher? Do you just go “inny, minny, miny, moe?” Grin.
Zondervan was always my top choice, so I’m super blessed to work with them.
I tried several smaller publishers first, but the doors wouldn’t budge. Oh well…
Would you mind telling us some of your likes and dislikes? Hobbies, interests? Where would you like to travel if you could?
When I’m not writing and marketing, I like listening to sermons, watercolor painting and reading Christian books. I also like spending time with my family, biking, swimming, and, of course, eating out!
Where would I like to travel? Paris France. I’m originally from Canada so I speak a little French. I think I’d like to practice in the Eiffel Tower and a few romantic places! I’d bring my husband of course!
Tell us about A Friend in the Storm. What prompted you to write it?
I started writing poetry for a friend dying of cancer. When she asked me to visit her, I didn’t know what I’d say until God reminded me that I could write her a poem. It just took off from there. She wanted more!
After fulfilling her wish of reading them at her funeral, several people encouraged me to turn my poetry into a gift book.
I researched grief and gift books and I realized I wanted not only to speak to the heart (through poetry), but I also wanted to speak to the mind and the spirit ~ so I included quotes and Scripture.
I wanted to address the difficult question: “Why would a loving God let this terrible thing happen?” To do this best, I wrote most of my poetry from Christ’s perspective. He’s the only One who can truly say, “I’ve been there. I understand.” A Friend in the Storm isn’t just a unique conversation; it’s an innovative way to share God’s comfort and help people find lasting hope.
How and where can readers buy your book?
They can purchase them on my website, at most Christian bookstores, Amazon, CBD, Zondervan’s website, and various Barnes and Noble and Borders stores.
Would you give us your blog or webpage so people can check it out? Anything else you’d like to share? Promotional information?