Monday, March 2, 2015

Welcome Christine Gilliam Hornback to "An Author Speaks"!

 

Christine Gilliam Hornback is a wife of thirty three years and a mother of two young boys, ages fourteen and ten.  She homeschools her children and is an Author, Artist and an Inspirational speaker.  Christine has lived in Douglasville, Georgia for twenty seven years. She was the Director over the Women’s Ministry in her local church for many years, until the Lord began to open doors through her writings, Inspirational speaking, and art.  She has encouraged and taught others as she has spoken at annual ministry conferences, homeschool groups, local libraries, and community centers. Christine is originally from a little rural town seated in the foothills of Kentucky on the Ohio River, where she grew up in a very loving family which included both her parents and five sisters.  Her childhood holds a wealthy bank of memories that Christine withdraws from as she writes.  She is an author of four published books.  She is also a weekly blogger and is a contributor to Lakeview Times Online Magazine and Newspaper.  
 
What five words describe you?

Dedicated, Loving, Caring, Hardworking, Faithful

What are you working on at the minute? What is it about? 

An Inspirational Romance entitled "Southern Choice!" Southern Choice is about a young couple, Olivia and Justin who grew up together on neighboring Horse Farms in Kentucky.  They are best friends and have Romantic feelings for one another but because they both have different dreams they really try to keep them hidden.  When their affections are finally brought out into the open, Olivia has a choice to make as to whether she will stay in Kentucky with Justin who will be a Veterinarian in their little rural town or go off to follow her dreams of being a Journalist and Reporter in the big city of  New York, New York!   

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from
your most recent book?
 
Although my choice may not be an Actress as of yet, I would choose Sadie Robertson from Duck Dynasty  to play the role of Olivia.  She is a young Southern Lady with wholesome values.  I honestly have not thought of a leading man, maybe Josh Hutcherson.  

If you could have been the original author of any book,
what would it have been and why?

My first thought of course, would be the Bible.  I mean no disrespect by saying that, but I would love to be able to write a book that pointed people to the right answers to all of their questions! But since I am not God nor will I ever be, my practical answer is Carolyn Haywood!  Carolyn wrote Betsy and Billy books.  As a young child her books were the first chapter books that I read all the way through.  I loved the character Betsy so much that when I would begin reading a Betsy book I usually never put it down until I had finished reading it.  I have actually searched for her books and have bought them for my own children.  They loved them so much that they quickly became bedtime favorites.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

I believe that for me the hardest thing about writing is pushing through the voices in my head that tell me that what I have to say would not be important to anyone but me! I once heard that "to be a writer was both an arrogant and a humbling thing": Arrogant because you are conceded enough to think someone may actually be interested in the message that you're trying to convey, and humbling for the same reason, what if someone might honestly be interested in the message that you're trying to convey!  Words carry power! I want what I write to mean something to somebody.  The hardest thing for me is pressing pass the self-doubt that what I say through my writings is powerful enough to affect my readers!

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

 I usually work on something altogether different for a brief time.  It seems to help me to come back to what I was working on previously with new eyes, or a fresh approach!

Where would your dream location be for writing?

I love coffee shops! I would love to sit at a Serendipity coffee house in New York City and just take in the atmosphere! I am convinced that my mind would just reel with some amazing ideas for stories or at least some very interesting characters!

When creating characters, are they based on people in your life?

Although I usually write fiction, I suppose that I almost always base my characters upon some of characteristics of real people that I've known or would like to meet! 
 
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 do read my reviews!  I feel they are very important not only to me, but to other potential readers of my work.  I also try to respond to my reviews.  I honestly have not received any bad reviews, I did receive 3 stars one time by a buyer that thought my book was about something other than what I described....In the end she said it was still a good read, so I feel she was happy so I did not respond to her.  As far as giving advice on dealing with bad reviews, I would say to listen to your readers!  Even if they never liked your writings, I feel as though you should rejoice because regardless if they liked it or not, you still provoked some kind of emotion, which in my opinion is a sign of a good writer!

 If you couldn't be a writer, what would you be?

Because I am already an artist and an Inspirational speaker, I feel that If I couldn't write, that I would either speak it out or do my best to paint what I want to say on canvas. 

 What would you tell your younger self that would have
helped you in your writing career?

I would tell my younger self to realize that you have God given talents and to use them to the best of your ability!  Make your life count and help others to do the same! Strike while the iron is hot!
 

Where can we buy your books?

My books can be purchased in several places which include the following: 
 


 
 
  
  How can we keep up with you? Blog, Facebook, etc......
 
I would love connect with you through the following:




 
 
 

Friday, February 27, 2015

WITNESS TO HEALING


Starting tonight, I will be co-leading a Rachel’s Hope After-Abortion healing retreat with three incredible sisters in Christ.  We will welcome a small group of courageous women suffering from the devastating effects of abortion.

The retreat is held at a former convent house with each woman having her own bedroom and pampered with home cooked meals, lovingly prepared by a volunteer. The overnight retreat provides them an opportunity to focus on themselves without distraction and be among other post-abortive women that bear the same scars (including the leaders). Through music, sharing, exercises and prayer, they are guided towards healing, concluding with a touching dedication ceremony for their babies.


As I prepare for this journey, my heart is filled with joyful anticipation.  Broken women will walk into the house tonight and on Sunday, walk out freed from the chains of emotional and spiritual pain having experienced the healing touch of God’s love, forgiveness and mercy.
 
 
"Rachel is weeping for her children.  She refuses to be comforted for her children are no more.  Thus says the Lord:  Wipe the tears from your eyes.  The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward."
(Jeremiah 31:15-17)
 
 
 
RETREAT HOUSE