Thank you, Carol Heilman for the opportunity to go on this blog tour. Carol’s book, Just Go! spotlights an island, Haiti. Carol and a friend took a short-term mission trip to this land, still held captive by voodoo. The need for missionaries to Haiti resounded in this book. I couldn’t help but think … if only I was younger. I am eagerly waiting for October of 2014, the release date of Carol’s new book, working title: Agnes Hopper’s Bridge to Retirement.
What am I working on?
Mainly, I’m trying to understand the way the social media works. I hold my hands to the sides of my head to keep it from flying away because there’s so much I don’t know about this unknown-to-me side of life. To escape, I go to the computer and pour out words on the blank pages. Sometimes my thoughts present themselves on this blog: View From the Hilltop.
Most of the time, I write devotionals with an occasional inspirational article in-between. I have just sent off seven devotionals for a magazine with hopes they will be accepted. I am waiting to hear from several other small publications about submissions. This past January, Clubhouse, Jr. published my story about a great-granddaughter’s gift of her hair to “Locks of Love,” an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients. And Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas promised the appearance of a follow up book to Dare to Live, Devotions for Those Over the Hill, But Not Under It, coming in 2015. Name of the new book: Laugh. I Dare You. This is not a joke book, but rather, a “dare to laugh” in spite of the sadness, pain and sorrow in our lives because we know God is in it with us.
Why do I write what I do?
Many years ago I discovered I loved to write. In 1961 I sent a child’s story—written without margins, single spaced and crammed onto one page — to Child Life magazine. Amazingly, they accepted it. At once, I took off down the writing trail. Before long, God poked me and I realized I wanted to write for Him, to touch others, to bring His love to them. And so, I began writing inspirational articles, devotions, poems and stories for children’s Sunday School papers.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
How often I said, “Write a book? Never!” But, a few years ago I wanted a book of devotions for the “almost” elderly — my age. Chuck Swindoll’s Seasons of Life I already had. Other devotionals were not specifically aimed at those of us who need our problems, big or small, addressed.
Devotional books in book stores or book catalogs carry individual titles for mothers, fathers, career women, golfers, teens, families, children…. Seemingly none for those of us who have watched many years roll by.
I took a proposal to the Write His Answer conference at Estes Park and presented it to Eddie Jones with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Result: publication of Devotions for Those Over the Hill, But Not Under It — a book I never intended to write. A big help for those of us who need glasses, the book is written in large print.
Why do I write what I do?
Just because we are “over the hill,” does not mean we know it all or are free from pain. Our friends are leaving us behind…. We hurt…. We are misunderstood…. We are patronized…. And, our children have now become our parents.
Through it all, I hope to point to someone who understands. Who is always with us. God.
How does my writing process work?
So many times throughout the day, something will just strike me and I must write it down and build on it. The same thing happens when a verse from scripture says, “This is important. Use it.”
Next stop on the World Blog Book Tour?
Let me introduce three authors who will post their blog next Monday, July 21.
Laura Ann Miller happens to be my granddaughter. She is a writer and photographer in Florida. She used her talent to produce four board books for children: I See the Creatures God Made, I See the Colors God Made, I See the Me God Made, and I See the World God Made. She and her husband are hoping to
present the books in digital form soon.
Debbie Hardy is one of those energetic people whose book, Stepping Through Cancer: A Guide for the Journey, is a helpful book for anyone who faces terminal cancer of a loved one. Chapter by chapter, she takes you through the questions you face as you travel with the one who is ill.