Monday, April 20, 2015

Welcome Lori Hatcher to "An Author Speaks"!


Lori Hatcher is a women's ministry speaker, author, blogger, minister's wife, and healthcare professional. She shares an empty nest in Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband David and their rescue dog, Winston. Lori is the editor of South Carolina's Reach Out, Columbia magazine. Her latest book, Hungry for God ... Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women released in December. A homeschool mom for 17 years, she's also the author of the devotional book Joy in the Journey - Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms. A frequent contributor to Crosswalk.com, her feature articles and devotions have been published by Proverbs 31 Ministries, Mardel, Evangel, The Mother's Heart, Inspired Women, and Columbia Metropolitan Magazine. She loves empowering and equipping women through women's ministry events. She believes connecting with God in the craziness of life is vital to women of all ages. Her hobbies include taking long walks with her dog and anyone else who can keep up with her long legs, reading, writing, traveling to historic (and warm) places, having lunch with friends, and visiting her daughters.

What five words describe you? 
 
Multi-tasking, High-energy, Hopeful, Encourager, Teacher 
 
What are you working on at the minute? What is it about? 
 
My second devotional book, Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women just launched in December, so I’m working hard to get the word out about it. I’m also finishing up my next devotional, Feeding Your Soul in a Drive-Thru World, also a five-minute devotional for busy women.  
 
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your 
most recent book? 
 
My children would be laughing at me right now, because I READ; I seldom watch movies. And when I do, I usually have a book in my hand at the same time. Since my devotional books target busy women, I’ll have to reach way back into the dim recesses of my memory and pull out Sandra Bullock, because I loved her in The Blind Side – she was a busy woman! 
 
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have 
been and why? 
 
Jesus Calling. My goal is to write a devotional that ministers to thousands of women. 
 
What is the hardest thing about writing? 
 
Finding quiet time to think. If I’m undistracted, ideas just fly out of my fingers. 
 
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block? 
 
Treat writing like work.  Clock in every day and write, whether you're inspired or not.  Once the fingers start moving, the ideas will too.  Don't wait for The Muse.  The Muse will let you down, but self-discipline won't.
 
Where would your dream location be for writing? 
 
Edisto Island, South Carolina. Endless beaches on which to walk and think, a porch swing, and an ocean breeze. And no internet. 
 
 Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad? 
 
I read every review.  If I can respond, I always thank the person for taking the time to comment.  I haven't had a negative review on my book yet, but I'm sure it's coming.  As a magazine editor, I have had negative letters to the editor.  If the reader has a valid concern, I always address it.  One reader objected to an editor's letter I wrote about family.  She scolded me for not mentioning adopted, foster, and IVF children.  She was absolutely right, so after a great exchange of letters between us I scheduled two articles for an upcoming issue, one on fostering and the other on embryo adoption.  By taking time to listen to her concerns and not just blow her off, we both gained new insight and brainstormed two fantastic articles.
 

Where can we buy your books?
 
Here’s the link on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1x39tq8 
Also, here's a YouTube Video where I share a little bit about Hungry for God:   http://youtu.be/ph9KBQcDTy4 
 
 
 
 
 
 
How can we keep up with you? Blog, Facebook, etc...... 
 
Please visit my blog, Hungry for God … Starving for Time for more 5-Minute devotions. You can also hang out with me on Facebook, Twitter (@lorihatcher2) and Pinterest.
 
 
 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Journey Begins

The original plan was to pull out at 4:00 a.m., on April 3rd but excitement won out and we left after Michael came home from work on the 2nd. We had to suffer through traffic gridlock in Los Angeles, which took forever to get through.  Having a tad bit of a “lead foot”, driving at 10 miles per hour was definitely frustrating which resulted in increased teeth grinding.  After an hour and a half, we finally reached cruising speed and made it to a little place called Buttonwillow before calling it a night.  The next morning we drove through farmlands of the San Joaquin Valley.  The blue skies against the peaceful green fields had an incredibly calming effect after driving through L.A. traffic!  We arrived in Willows, California early afternoon.  
 

Sunset in Buttonwillow
 
San Joaquin Valley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
We could have traveled further, but this was an opportunity for me to meet Anne Baxter Campbell, a fellow author at Helping Hands Press.  We became friends on Facebook through our publisher; however, we had never met in person.  Anne graciously arranged a book signing at a local eatery while we simultaneously appeared on the G-Zone blogtalk radio show (Click to listen).  Prior to the "event", we met for coffee at Starbucks (yes, Starbucks is everywhere!).  It amazed me as to how much we had in common and it felt like we'd known each other for years. We had a terrific time chatting it up on the radio and topped it off with a tasty dinner.  What a blessing it was to spend time with Anne.  She's an inspiration for a "rookie" author like me.

THE SIGN ON THE RESTAURANT DOOR:

Friends!!!