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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Giveaway and Author Interview: Nightshade
Welcome to Writing for Christ, Ronie! Thank you for being with us today.
Tell us a little about yourself!
I grew up with a mother who immigrated from Dublin, Ireland, when she was 18. My father was born in Montreal, Canada, to a father who was born in Vermont but was raised in Montreal. My father was in the army, so we moved around a lot. Our family settled at Ft Hood, TX, where my father retired as a civilian contractor. I got married at nineteen (two months shy of my 20th birthday) and June 1, 2010 marks our 20th anniversary. My incredible husband and I homeschool our four children, who range in ages from 16 to 10. In addition to two-legged children, we also have two, four-legged furry children: a Golden Retriever named Daisy, and Helo, the Maltese Menace.
1: How long did you write before you were published?
As a newlywed in 1990, I savored it when my husband got me my first word processor. It was cutting edge, but now, I groan thinking about writing stories on that tiny, three-inch screen. Finally, sometime around 2000, my husband urged me to try to get published. I received my first rejection in 2002.
2: When you held that first book in your hands, what was your first thought?
SURREAL! It was mind-blowing to think that all the words between the covers were written by me. Then…those feelings gave way to terror, realizing others would read the book. What if I’d made mistakes? What if they didn’t “get” it? Sure enough, there were mistakes and some didn’t get it. But…I did it! I hung in there, grit through the brutal times when I wanted to give up, and saw it through to publication.
3: What are you working on now?
4: Where can readers find out more about your books?
Discarded Heroes website: http://www.discardedheroes.com/
5: What message(s) do you want to be clear to your readers?
There is *always* hope, and they are not alone.
6: What are two things that people wouldn't normally know about you as a writer and or person?
As a person, most people probably don’t know that I collect Audrey Hepburn movie posters, and as a writer…perhaps that I am an avid historical reader. Next to suspense/thrillers, it’s my favorite genre.
Thank you for being with us today. Any final words for readers?
God does not create useless vessels—every person has a unique purpose that cannot be completed by anyone else. Sometimes, it’s hard to believe we matter at all, but know that you are a treasure in God’s eyes, and He is so very proud of you (regardless of whatever failures you may have or believe you may have).
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