4) What, in your opinion, is our culture's most urgent need? Our culture's moral compass is off-kilter. God's word is being ignored and sinful acts are now considered socially acceptable, and in some cases, legal. Our culture needs leaders who refuse to be intimidated or influenced by a misguided minority that focuses on earthly treasures instead of God's.
5) If you could start over again as a writer, what would you do differently? What would you do the same? If I could start over again I would summon up the courage to pursue being published earlier than the age of 60. I would also immediately follow the advice of my friend and fellow author, Susan J. Reinhardt: Have others read and critique your work before submitting. As far as what I would do the same? Well, I think the best thing I ever did was venture into a variety of genres.
6) What is your greatest accomplishment as a writer? My greatest accomplishment is providing encouragement through my devotionals on forgiveness, caregiving, and healing spiritually from abortion, depression and addiction.
7) Who has most influenced your writing? God is my biggest influence but at the earthly level, I would say Father Donald Calloway, MIC and James Patterson.
8) Where do you see the publishing industry headed in the next five years? I see smaller and indie publishers making great strides in competing with established publishing houses.
9) What is the role of the writer who follows Christ? To use the God-given talents to enlighten, inspire, instruct and entertain and stay true to his/her faith in the process.
10) What do you love most about the writing life? The support and encouragement received not only from my publisher, but fellow writers. It’s a competitive world, which makes having so many talented and experienced writers offering guidance a great blessing!
Now, here are my nominees followed by my questions for them:
3) Anne Baxter Campbell, http://pewperspective.blogspot.com/
4) Joy Ross Davis, http://joyrossdavis.com/
5) Ruth L. Snyder, https://ruthlsnyder.wordpress.com/
6) Tracy Krauss, http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com/
7) Sheila Lagrand, http://sheilalagrand.com
8) Kathi Macias, http://kathimacias.com/category/easy-writer/
9) Amber Schamel, http://amberschamel.blogspot.com/
10) Jen Cudmore, http://www.jencudmore.com/
1. How old were you when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
2. What was the very first story you wrote and what was it about?
3. Who has provided you the most encouragement in your writing career?
4. Many readers avoid reading works from unfamiliar or indie publishers, as well as self- published authors. What can we do to pull them into that undiscovered treasure?
5. What do you think are the drawbacks of electronic readers?
6. Which author has inspired you the most?
7. What is the one thing you would stress when speaking to a group of young, up and coming writers?
8. Do you think Christian fiction is becoming more mainstream?
9. What can we, as Christian writers, do to increase readership in Christian fiction, especially for young adults?
10. What do you love most about writing?