MTL Newsletter | November 1, 2021
How would you describe your writing in general to someone who hasn’t read any of your books?
My books are characterized by wisdom and wit. My passion is to enliven important concepts from the Word of God with humor and insight.
What inspired you to write Shattered, Stirred and Shaken?
What inspired me to write Shattered, Stirred and Shaken? Honestly, writing this book was not on my radar. It was suggested to me that writing my journey would benefit others. I sensed this assignment was a directive from the Lord, so I obeyed His leading. My book is a relaxed, humorous, non-threatening look at a subject many people have no grid for: the Holy Spirit.
What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
A renewed vigor and hunger for God and a desire to experience everything Christ made available to us as believers. And hopefully a few laughs.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
My intended audience includes the one who is hungry for more of God. Shattered, Stirred and Shaken will walk beside the man or woman worn out or disillusioned by his or her Christian life. This book serves as a guide to those looking for an understanding of the Holy Spirit and the gifts available to all believers.
How much of your own life goes into your books?
I would say all of my life goes into my books. I have learned and practiced everything I am writing about, both in my children’s books and my personal story.
Where do your ideas come from?
Honestly, my ideas come from the Lord. He awakens me with book titles; or during my quiet time, He will give me a blog assignment. I seek Him in everything I do.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?
My work schedule when I am writing is all over the place. With our family close by and six grandchildren to spoil, I tend to write when I am inspired. I don’t keep an hourly schedule, but I am adamant about keeping deadlines.
How has technology changed your writing?
My story is quite hilarious. I never used the computer much, and I knew nothing about the ins and outs of writing for publication. If I wrote, I wrote longhand. Blogs, websites, Facebook and Twitter were foreign to me. But God. He called me to write. I clearly had some learning to attend to. One of the first things I noticed was becoming comfortable typing a first draft on the computer, rather than handwriting my first attempt on a scrap piece of paper! The little things begin to add up. LOL!
What’s your next project?
I will be publishing follow ups to Aunt Ida Clare—Aunt Ima Mazing and Aunt Iva Story—both out in 2022. I affectionately call the children’s trio Three Aunts on the Rock!
What (person or thing) has been most beneficial to your writing career?
First, my husband supports me wholeheartedly. He is my first “editor” on my projects. My only stipulation to him was, “No red pens allowed!” Second, my writing coach Deb DeArmond, her guidance, suggestions and humor kept me on the right track. Third, my Tribe, Living Write Texas, a group of ladies who offer support, critiques, suggestions and lots of laughter.
What’s one thing your readers should know about you?
Writing for publication was never on my bucket list. God has a sneaky way of steering us to our calling when we pursue Him. I am just an ordinary wife, mom and Gigi (of six adorable grandchildren) serving an extraordinary God. Having lived the lessons I am writing and teaching keeps my message honest and transparent.
Writing children’s books was absolutely never a blip on my radar. Yet as Shattered, Stirred and Shaken was forming, God began giving me children’s book title ideas. It took some time for the stories to form, but the books are coming to life. My children’s books weave wisdom and wit throughout as well.
What’s one unusual fact about you?
As a child, when I went to play at my friends’ houses, I always helped them clean and organize their rooms before I went home. (Yes, I was always invited back. Ha!)
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A mom, a secretary or a teacher.
What’s your passion in life?
My first passion in life is my family and seeing them grow in their walk and faith. I was lucky enough to be able to stay at home with my children. I enjoyed volunteering at their school and participating in each of their activities.
My second passion is conveying the love of Christ and the full gospel. It is such a thrill to see people’s faces light up as understanding dawns on them of how much God loves them, knows them and stands for them. Reminding my readers that God is not the author of hurt and destruction, but that He came to give abundant life is the core message in all of my books, adult or children’s.
Close thirds are organizing, digital scrapbooking and travel.
If money was no issue, what would you be doing right now? Where would you be?
I would be traveling all over the USA and the world getting my books into as many hands as possible. I love to travel and l love to talk about Jesus. Placing my books into the hands of others would be an added bonus.
What’s your dream project?
My dream project would be making my book into a Bible study and getting the study into the hands of denominational churches everywhere.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell my younger self not to be afraid to have a voice and use my voice. I would worry less about pleasing man and only live to please God.
Do you have a favorite verse? If so, what is it?
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” (Eph 3:20-21)
Wow. How can we top these words? Believing His words encourages me as I continue down the writing path. Realizing God’s power works within me is astounding, exciting, humbling and deserving of my full attention. For since the power works in me, I am responsible to move forward and to believe that God can and will shower over me abundantly more than I can ask or think. There is such power in this promise from God.
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Did You Know?
The origin of ice cream dates back to the fifth century B.C. when ancient Greeks enjoyed a similar dessert. Ice cream was introduced to America as a delicacy enjoyed by the wealthy in the 1700s. U.S. Presidents also had a penchant for ice cream, including George Washington, who reportedly purchased $200 worth of ice cream in a single year.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. Here are some other fun ice cream facts:
- On average, Americans consume about 23 gallons of ice cream each year.
- Chocolate and vanilla are the most popular ice cream flavors among Americans.
- An equal number of people order ice cream in a cup vs. cone.
- 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
- California produces the most ice cream in America.
I grew up having ice cream as a nightly treat after dinner; and to this day, my dad has carried on that tradition. His favorite flavor? Tin roof sundae. Have you tried it? It’s delicious!
–Sherry Kyle, Forever Yours This Christmas
Why I LOVE My Local Christian Bookstore
“I love shopping in Christian bookstores, because when you go there often, the people who work there really get to know you and what you like.”
–Lena Nelson Dooley, 8 Weddings and a Miracle