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My husband, Keith and I live in North Carolina where I enjoy working on my books, singing and song writing, and spending time with family and our grandsons. I have a new book coming out soon, click here for more info. Written especially for survivors of traumatic events, and the discouraged out there who are at the point of giving up, “CPR For Your Faith From Beyond Death’s Door”, will have my testimony of my Near Death Experience in a car accident in November of 1985. In the book, I share the wisdom I have gained through the life-changing power of Christ on my long road to healing, and how it can help you too. As for my fiction works, I write powerful, emotionally moving stories that take the reader on a journey, and leave you inspired to dream and believe in the impossible. To me, writing is like “painting a picture” on the canvas of the reader’s mind.
Up until now, I have mainly worked on fiction, and, until recently, like many other authors, I had aspirations of making that “New York Times Bestselling Author” list. That is, until God began to continually lead me to Philippians, chapter 2, verses 3-4, which says: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”-NKJV. The more that began to sink in, the more I have come to realize, through the intense spiritual awakening that has followed, that it is no longer important for me to make that “list”, at least not like it once was. Not that there is anything wrong with that in itself: I just don’t place more importance on that than God’s calling on my life, whether as an author, or in other areas. I no longer subscribe to the covetous, selfish ambitions of worldly fame and recognition, or even the desire to maybe see my books made into movies, more than His calling for me and what He wants to do through me. Coveting all those things more than the work God wants to do through my writing, and the people He wants to reach through my work falls under something the word of God explicitly warns us against: Idolatry.
God has really begun to drive this important truth home to me more than ever before. He recently spoke to me and said, “ANYTHING you put before Me becomes an idol!” For too long, we have put on the “masks” of tolerance, political correctness, etc, and chosen to “blend in” with society, rather than stand out for Christ. I will no longer blend in, but I choose to stand out for Him, and help people see that what He has done for me, He will do for them. I choose to believe He is faithful and is a “rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (see Hebrews 11:6), and my work from this point onward will reflect that. That said, one author who has inspired me more along these lines is Terri Blackstock, who mainly writes Christian Suspense, and is the author of a series I just finished, her “If I Run” series. I read it mainly to learn from her as a writer myself, which is mainly why most of us authors read, that is, when we get the time, ha ha (procrastinating writers, click here, lol). There is a second post on that one, here it is. A New York Times Bestselling Author with over twenty-five years of success, you can also read more about her on her Amazon Author page. I may or may not make it to that level of success, but I know through putting God first in my work, it is certainly possible! (See Romans 8:28, John 10:10, Matthew 6:25-33, and Galatians 6:9). Sure, I do believe God wants us to succeed, but His definition of success is very different from the world’s definition.
Oh sure, it would be easy to tailor my stories around “what the world wants to see”, what the big name publishers want, and what will guarantee me a spot on that coveted list, but when I think of the price tag that is attached to that deceptive “selfish ambition”, no thank you! What my Lord and Savior did for me on Calvary is deserving of no less than my all for Him, and the complete surrender of those things I once considered important, for His will for me instead, and the lives He wants to touch through me. In Philippians 3:7-8. Paul says, “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
His will, what He wants to do through it all, and my testimony reaching more readers through my work for Him is much more important now than the selfish ambition I held on to in the past. Mark 8:36 says, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Indeed, the lure of worldly fame and recognition is the greatest illusion ever perpetrated on humanity by the deceiver we all know as the devil. Even my fiction work is now undergoing a huge “face lift”, as I re-evaluate my projects and seriously seek His guidance to write works that line up with the message He wants me to project to my readers. Even though there may be “pre-Christian” characters in my stories, you will also see how their lives are transformed by what happens in the story, and so, it is my goal that as a result, readers will see how their own lives can be transformed if they are willing to surrender their lives to Christ. It is mainly for this reason that a couple of my current fiction works in progress have been delayed, but they are coming soon, promise!
I am now a mother of three great adult children, the youngest having recently earned her B.A. in Psychology and now working on her master’s and internship, as well as three more through marriage, and we are proud of all they are working to become! I am also a grandmother of three awesome grandsons. I also have an Associate’s Degree in Office Systems Technology, and although I have mainly worked in customer service/retail, my skills have contributed greatly to my writing as well as in other areas of my life. I have two fiction books out now, with more to come in the very near future!
One of my favorite bible verses is Philippians 4:13, which my mother made us recite every time she caught us saying, “I can’t”. I am a firm believer that what God has done for me, He will do for you! Be sure to bookmark my page, and check back in the near future for more on my upcoming books! Even better, share it via the buttons on my posts. If you are interested in my new book coming soon, be sure to subscribe so when it comes out, you will be one of the first to know! Thanks for stopping by, and may God richly bless you, as He has me!