My first book is Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. I wrote it to help women sail calmly on life’s troubled seas. This nonfiction book is small enough to carry with you to the doctor’s office or wherever. This book contains 135 pages and 14 chapters. Each chapter has an introduction, an example from modern life, examples from the Bible of Women Who Shipwrecked, and Women Who Navigated Well, sections The Captain Calls, Challenges Today’s Women Face, and it ends with Give the Helm to Jesus. For the section, Challenges Today’s Women Face, I interviewed several women for ideas. This brings it down to where we live today.
Tell us something about yourself.
My husband and I served as missionaries to the Navajo Indian about 10 years. We left to raise enough to become fulltime missionaries, but received not one penny of additional support. We moved to Dallas, Texas as Leon had to support his family. (Our daughter now lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, and works toward a law degree.) In 1987 we planned to return to the Navajo.
The Lord had different plans. Leon died on June 27, 1987 and went to Heaven, leaving me with a fourteen year-old daughter to finish raising. Shortly afterwards, the Lord called me to write. Many of my articles (some for women, others for children) sailed to editors who published them. Rejected manuscripts that could paper my walls taught me patience. Accent Bible Curriculum published 2 of my curriculum packages. One early reader, nonfiction, Do Kangaroos Carry Platypuses? (manuscript and my paintings), found acceptance with Compradore as an e-book. However, they went out of business before this book went online. It was written for children.
Presently, I live in Montrose, Colorado, my hometown. Next to my God, I love my church, Canyon View Baptist Church. On Wednesday evenings, I play the piano.
How did you choose the title?
After a little research in 2 sources, I found that the words in the King James Bible, “wise counsels”, come from a Hebrew words that refers to the rope that steered a ship. From this came my title, Our Lifeship. The chapter titles come from topics discussed in the book of Proverbs.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
After my husband’s homegoing, I asked, “Lord, what will I do now? I thought it would take a long time before I knew the answer. In about a week I visited the church Leon’s brother attended. That evening Pastor Bill preached on writing. He described my shanty though he had never seen it. I knew the Lord was speaking to me.
His wife wanted to write, but found no time for it with small children at home. She handed me several magazines on writing. He loaned me a book. Christian Writers Guild was listed in the magazine. When I saw the ad, I signed up for this 3-year course. Several of the articles I wrote for this course with revision found publication. I have spent time writing nearly every weekday since then.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Never give up. (In the early 1900’s Fanny Crosby wrote a song by this title.)
Pay attention to editors and learn what you can from rejection slips. If the editor writes anything, I call it an encouraging rejection. Some have told me exactly what they wanted. By revisions, I turned some rejections into acceptances.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
They can look at my website: www.writingfrommyheart.com. I also blog on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and Faithwriters.