The Writer

Becoming The Writer

Signing first contract!

 

When did you start writing?

I started writing in junior high. I wrote my first stories in notebooks. (And no, I did not keep them.)

When did you first get published?

High school. The English department decided to publish a “book” of student writing. (I use quotes because the finished piece was mimeographed copies stapled together.) I submitted a couple of stories and one was accepted.

Where do you get your ideas?

The majority of my ideas come as book titles from listening to others – teachings, sermons, conferences. I’ll be taking notes, and suddenly I hear a word or a phrase or a question. I’ll think There’s a book in that. So I write it down and add it to my list of writing ideas.

How has your writing evolved?

I began writing as a way of escape.  To say the stories were melodramatic would be an understatement. In college I wrote poetry to my boyfriend – we won’t even go there!

When I taught, I wrote children’s stories as well as poetry. During this season of my life, I became passionate about writing; so much so my husband (the recipient of my college poems) feared I would quit teaching to write full-time. However, the day I sat at the kitchen table and made a commitment to follow the Lord, I lost all desire to write. (see Believer page)

About six months later, I was reading Psalm 45. The words from verse one jumped off the page:

My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. (NIV)

I realized God was telling me He wanted me to write. Eventually the desire returned, and I learned to write from the heart of God. But somehow writing always took a backseat to  . . . just about anything.

I finally realized if I wanted to be a published author, I had to get serious and see myself as an author. Recently, I made a list of my top ten passions. This led to measurable, achievable goals and resulted in a mini-revolution in my writing. Now I spend time on my writing daily, whether it’s working on my website, the newest work in process, or research on the computer.

Long story short – my writing is still “evolving” even as I am changing from glory to glory and strength to strength. (2Cor 3:18, Ps 84:7)

What do you like to write?

My favorite is children’s stories. They’re just fun, whether they have a faith element and/or just great characters – they make me smile.

I enjoy non-fiction because I love teaching. It makes my heart sing when I share the lessons, the understanding, the light bulb moments God gives me with others.

How does your faith impact your writing?

As a Christ follower, I live my life by faith in Him. Consequently, my faith influences everything I do. How I express it depends on what is in front of me on the computer and my target audience. Sometimes it’s very overt, other times more subtle.

What are you working on right now?

I just finished a children’s Christmas story about two mice and a cat. Pure fun!

I’m now focusing on my adult. I’m very, very excited to see how they will encourage and help so many people.

How did you come up with the name for your ministry?

I want every person who connects with or hears about the ministry to know that he/she has a Father who loves them. In pondering the various scriptures about fathers, I remembered Ps 27:10 which says:

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me. (NKJV)

And PS 2710 was born. Fathers and mothers can and do walk out on their children, but God, Abba Father, will never, never leave them. And He will always take care of His children. This is the truth I want everyone to remember when they hear PS 2710.

What are your goals?

My vision statement for the ministry lays out the goals, so I will refer you to that page. Having said that, I want to have other products available with the PS 2710 logo plastered all over them: hats, bags, t-shirts, cups, notebooks, etc. I want them to be conversation starters so eventually every time someone hears PS 2710, they will think of their Abba Daddy, their Father in heaven.

Eventually, I want to start a couple of foundations:

  • No More Hoops – to help single moms so they don’t have to keep jumping through hoops to have their needs met.
  • PS 2710 Festivals – an outreach to sons and daughters who don’t have parents in their lives.