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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, 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: 
Also, here's a YouTube Video where I share a little bit about Hungry for God: 
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.


  1. Patti,
    Thank you so much for sharing my little corner of the writing world with your readers. Blessings to you!

    1. The pleasure was all mine Lori! I loved your answers (especially the one on writer's block!) Blessings to you as well!


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