Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life is a devotional I wrote with my father, Deacon Steven Lumbert. We share 14 stories from our faith lives (him, as a convert; me, as a cradle Catholic learning to discover her faith). Our stories show how God works through and for us in the details of everyday life—from making a pot of rice to worrying about the birth of a child. We also include simple exercises and things to consider, Scripture verses and sections from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We’ve gotten a lot of wonderful reviews from Catholic and non-Catholic sources alike.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m originally from Colorado, but since I’m married to an Air Force Officer, we like to say we’re from “Air Force.” We’ve lived in two foreign countries and seven states to date, and have a few more years to go before Rob retires. With four kids (ages 10-17), I have my hands and heart full. However writing is a passion, and I usually write at least a book a year, plus stories, Catholic school planners, newsletters, blogs and articles. I’m an active member and officer of the Catholic Writers’ Guild, which I helped found. It’s a terrific group for Catholic writers of all genres: www.catholicwritersguild.com. I also participate in several online conferences and help organize the Catholic Writers Conference Online, which takes place in March: www.catholicwritersconference.com
I’m not nearly as interesting as my characters: a dragon detective, spacefaring nuns, a zombie exterminator, a mentally disturbed psychic who ends up saving two alien worlds. They’re much more fun to read about, and you can at www.fabianspace.com.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
Writing—making myself sit down and do it. After that, it’s pretty easy, though visual descriptions are challenging to me. The hardest part about becoming a *published* writer, however, is waiting. Waiting on critiques, waiting on replies from editors, waiting for the book to come out in print. I don’t like waiting much. God has a sense of humor suiting me to a job like this.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?
In Why God Matters, I learned quite a bit about my Dad. Many of the stories he shares I’d only known about in general terms. It was a lot of fun to discover more about his past. I also learned more about the Catechism of the Catholic Church; specifically, how much it really does apply to everyday living. It looks like a huge theological reference, but it’s really very practical.
What are you reading now?
A Handbook for Catholic Moms by Lisa Hendey. She’s a friend of mine and a lovely, down-to-earth writer. I have way too many other books on my list, but I plan on reading some fiction next. I have a sci-fi and a thriller to review. I don’t review very often. In fact, I don’t read nearly as much as I’d like to. I find if I read, I don’t write, and visa-versa, so I have to make a choice with my time.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
My next book is a science fiction story in my Rescue Sister’s Universe. Sisters Rita, Ann and Thomas are part of an expedition to explore the first discovered alien ship in our solar system. They’ll find more than tech and dead aliens, however. The aliens have a device that lets you see into your own soul, and when the crew of the *Edwina Thomas* stumbles upon it, they will have to learn to cope with their deepest needs, fears, and sins—before they destroy themselves.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Learn the business.
Learn to tell a good story.
Learn to accept rejection—it’s business, not personal.
What are you doing to promote your latest book?
I finished an online book tour, and in a week, I’m going to the Catholic Writers Conference Live, where I’ll be teaching writing, having a book signing and doing an interview on Ave Maria Radio.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
www.fabianspace.com is where folks can learn about me and all my books. If any authors are interested in learning more about how they can market their books, they can check out the Kickstart Marketing section for tips and programs.
www.whygodmatters.com has information specifically on Why God Matters, including chapter summaries and a section where folks can share their own stories.