Tell us a little about your book. What is it about?
Conversations of a Watchman is designed to:
Draw you into a deeper conversation with
Strengthen and renew your prayer
Mend your brokenness, and enlighten your
Arrange your life according to the
divine order of God.
In short, Conversations of A Watchman is a resource that teaches one how to declare the Word of God and to release the creative power of God for authentic transformation.
What genre is this current book do you write in any other genres?
Conversations of a Watchman is Non-Fiction –Christian The only other genre I currently write is poetry. I also write songs.
When did you first decide you wanted to be writer, at what age?
As far as I can remember, I have always loved to write. As a young child I
wrote fiction stories all the time. The Spiral Staircase was the first narrative I remember writing as a child. In my teenage years, I wrote poetry and by the time I was in college I started writing songs. So, writing, in some form, has always been a part of my life. However, I did have a defining moment in college when one of my teachers told me I had a gift to write. I never forgot that.
Do you have a day job or do you write exclusively?
I am a 4th grade teacher by day and a writer by night!
When did you start writing your first book?
I started writing my book years before I knew it was a book. But, I began compiling
Conversations of a Watchman in March 2011 while I was on vacation.
How long does it take to write a book?
It took me two weeks of uninterrupted time to write the intro and compile the prayers for this book. But, it has taken over 1 ½ years to complete the entire process. Writing a book from beginning to end requires that you dedicate time to the process. Now that
I am more familiar with the process, I am projecting a 6 month time line for my next book.
Do you have
an outline when you write or do you just write and see where it goes?
I hope none of my students see this reply! I do not use an outline. I write by inspiration, so I tend to flow and organize after.However, when I was in graduate school I did use outlines as a part of my writing process.
What is your writing process like; do you have any weird quirks when writing?
When I was in college working on my first degree, we had to work in groups. The first time we met I was writing everything down on paper. A girl in my group told me it was
double work to write on the paper and then type everything into the computer. From that time on, I never did any work on paper. So, I find that my thoughts flow better when I am typing as opposed to writing on paper.
What kind of research went into this book, tell me a little bit about that process.
When you are writing about principles pertaining to the Bible, there is always
extensive research and study involved because you want to make sure your teaching is accurate. When I do biblical research, there are a number of tools that I use such
as: a Strong’s concordance that allows you to look up scriptures in the original languages of Greek and Hebrew. When I do biblical research, it is important to have both a
Bible dictionary and a regular dictionary. The Bible dictionary provides historical facts
along with the definitions. I also use prophetic and biblical symbols dictionaries as a part of my research arsenal. Along with these tools, it was necessary for me to read what current authorities have to say on the subject of prayer.
What is the most interesting thing you learned while writing your book?
The entire progression for Conversations of a Watchman has been an unbelievable ride. As an Indie Author and Publisher every aspect of this process has been an incredible journey that has equipped me to now become a resource for others.
What motivated you to write this book?
Is was by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit I wrote this book.
How have you marketed this book?
Through social media ,Virtual tours,Word of Mouth
Do you have any other work out?
Conversations of a Watchman is the first book of many!
What project are you working on now?
I am currently working on two projects. The first one is the second volume to Conversations of a Watchman. I won’t give away the subtitle, though. The second project is top-secret.
What has been your toughest criticism? What has been your best compliment?
My toughest criticism came actually during the editing phase. I was challenged on making sure I was communicating clearly. It was tough to read through the comments,
but it helped me produce a better work. The best compliments have come from those who have written endorsements for me. If you would like to see what they have written, I have included them at the beginning of the book.
What do you do when you are not writing?
My life is simple and I love it that way. When I am not writing, I pray, study, read,
spend time with my family and friends, exercise, watch the food network, eat popcorn, and go to the movies.
What do your friends and family think of your writing? Have they been supportive?
From the youngest to the oldest my family and friends are excited! I have overworked and underpaid them! I could not have done this without them!!
Do you hear from your reader much? And what has the feed back been like?
There has been an overwhelming response from people all over the United States.
What was your favorite book growing up and why?
I really don’t have a favorite book growing up. I do however have books that were memorable. As a young child I used to love reading Curious George Books. In high school the two most memorable books for me were Thomas Moore’s Utopia and Maya
Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Tea, coffee, or hot chocolate?
I enjoy tea, coffee, and hot chocolate, but I drink tea almost everyday.
Cat or Dog?
Growing up we always had dogs, so I prefer them over cats
Print book or e-reader which medium do you prefer?
I have a huge library of print books and I am currently building my e- book library. I have found e-books to be quite convenient.
A world without popcorn! Truly I don’t live in a world of fears; however I could never
imagine my life without Jesus Christ.
To see Jesus Christ
Glass half empty or half full
The glass is always half full for me. I am Pollyanna!
Purple — the color of royalty is my favorite color.
In the presence of God is my solace and I love the beach
Light or Dark
Most embarrassing moment
My most embarrassing moment had to be falling in the middle of a crowed mall.
We want to thank you for taking the time to answer our questions today we wish you much success in the future.
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