What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I am a Christian Romance/Thriller Author. Although I said romance, I don’t base books solely about boy-meets girl and fall in love. What I write are more dramatic stories that eventually end in a romance. So you will find a lot of tragedies and setbacks as we have in life and also how we overcome them, but all through the principles of Christ. I like to unwind with a good romance movie or a book when I am not writing. I have been growing more in creating covers and like to explore my creative side. I try to work on ads that reflect bits of my books to draw readers in.
What inspires you to write? I get inspiration from the Holy-Spirit. He gives me either just an image or a dream and from that I have to pray and trust the Lord to bring that story to life. I guess in doing so I am reminded that the story isn’t just about me even though he allows a lot of my own experiences to create the characters and story.
Tell me about your journey as a writer. I didn’t think of being a writer while growing up. I loved reading for as long as I can remember, but never thought about writing until 2003 when I went to Italy and came back with an idea for a romantic story. When I started it the Lord took over that story and turned it into something else. I wrote my first book-Predestined Love then and kept on my computer because I had no idea what to do next and left it in God’s hands to open the door for it to get published when the time was right. In a way I wasn’t sure of myself as a writer and thought this was a way to prove if it was God’s will for me to be a writer.
When did you start and how do you keep the creative juices flowing? It was until 2015 when my younger brother took sick and I went with him to the hospital, that I met an author-Claudette Brady-Beckford who shared a brochure of her books with me and we started talking, which got me introduced to self-publishing, amazon and all the works. I honestly can’t say how I keep my creative juices flowing. As I have said earlier, all the ideas come from the Holy Spirit. He gives me what I need to work on for a period and I work with it. Since I have been learning as I go I have five books overall written during these first two years. I haven’t published three yet. God is teaching me everything at His pace, and by teaching me I mean everything from writing the books, creating the website, promoting, to working on the book covers. But I know other books will be ready as soon as these five are all published and available for sale.
Give us the elevator pitch for your book. At present I am working on marketing The Path of the Chosen Warriors and this is the pitch I like most. “Who will triumph? Will the evil forces of Abaddon defeat the Christians? Will Ruth and Joshua escape from Sodom Shadows and return to their home in Shiloh City?”
Do you have a favourite character in your story? Well I like Hannah. She helps to build my faith when I find sometimes I want to let the things around weary me.
Who is most like you? Ruth is more like me in a lot of ways.
Who would you like to see play your characters in a movie? I never thought about whom, I only wanted persons who would best reflect the characters and what they represent.
Do you have a routine? Not really, I try to get everything else done first so I can work without having to think about what else I need to go do.
What do you do to market your book? That’s still a working process and still learning, but at present I use all the social media and my website to promote books. I use picture ads to help draw in reader and get their attention. I can’t say which is working the greatest for me so far but Facebook has been the place where I have interacted most with readers who have subscribed to my website and read and reviewed my books.
Who are your three top author crushes? I have always loved classic literature. My favourite authors are Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo and Emily Bronte. I liked Barbara Cartland too.
Who would you most like to meet? All my favourites are dead but I read a few romance books based on highlanders and liked Karen Marie Moning Highlander series. I would like to meet her.
What are your future plans for writing? To keep writing books as the Lord instructs me shining light in the lives of readers.
What words of wisdom would you share with aspiring authors? Perseverance, endurance and don’t let negative or critical comment cause you to want to quit, but use them to improve where you are criticised most. God has a way to use other to help us become better.
Thanks so much for joining me this morning, Marshalee!
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