Photo credit: John Hoopingarner
I’m on a starlit highway, driving along with Silent Night. The noise of my wonderings drowns out the message that was placed above the newborn King thousands of years ago.
For every star in the sky, I have a task to be done and haven’t the foggiest idea how I will get a single one complete.
If I give my kids three-quarters of the day, I can clean on Mondays; work my day job part time and work on my career when they sleep.
Of course, I’ll have to give up one ministry to focus on another, and that will draw some criticism…
The flashing lights of an airplane interrupt the dark heavens above and I wonder how Mary felt when she cradled her King in the most humble of places.
I think of my children and what kind of star they will follow…
Will they be supermoms and superdads; volunteering here, and organizing there, until the weeds grow over their own doorsteps?
Or will they find focus on the things placed right front of them?
How did the shepherds feel when the most important announcement of all time was first brought to them?
Not to the leaders.
Not to the Pharisees.
Not to the highly educated or those dressed in fine clothing…
but to those who devoted their lives to keeping their own from getting lost.
We Americans have fooled ourselves into thinking having it all means doing it all. What is placed on our hearts by our King of Kings is our roadmap. Anything more will distract us from our purpose.
Speaking of purpose, while my little ones sleep, I take to the computer to write out the ideas that our Good King has given me. I received an invitation from Author, Mukkove Johnson to talk about my current project. She has done the same – for her blog, click here. (and I highly recommend her books – I read them to my own children). After I answer interview questions from The Next Great Thing blog hop, check out a great new author mentioned below!
What is the working title of your book?
Being in the very early stages, I don’t really have one working title. At times, I call it “Roots” and other times I just say “my novel” since this is a different genre for me.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
America. We are facing a different culture of hardships, fear and questioning about where we have gone wrong. The idea started as a single, visual image and was originally going to become a short story. After telling my husband about it, he said there were too many elements for it to be a successful short story. “This may the novel you have wanted to write.”
And he was right. I didn’t plan on doing a novel length this soon, but God has His way of making us see His plan if front of our own.
What genre does your book fall under?
Specular Christian fiction. That genre makes many scratch their heads and wonder if I’ve gone off the deep end of some science fiction kick. Nope. Think real life, highlighting the extraordinary. Sometimes we forget that really exists. This culture is so busy being supermoms and dads that we often fail to absorb the fact that seemingly impossible things happen. God created the heavens and the earth. Jonah was inside the belly of a whale for three days and survived. When Stephan was brought before the Sanhedrin (Acts 6) his face SHONE like that of an angel. This is real life; extraordinary, miraculous, God-given life.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I can’t say that I have pictured certain actors for my characters. I picture a few people that I know/have known for a few of them – an unknown face in a magazine might be what I imagine for one or two characters.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A young woman travels across America with her family in search of the country they once loved.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I don’t know yet. I have done both and there are benefits to both. The publishing world is rapidly changing. I guess I’ll know when I get there.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m not finished with the first draft. I am a Mom full-time so my time to write is limited. I hope to complete it within 2013.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I am in the beginning stages of this book; the story at times takes on a life of its own, so it’s a little early to compare it to any one work. I would say it’s much like the modern books in this genre in that it has a fine balance between life on the surface and the spiritual truths that often go unrecognized.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The change of economy, status and beliefs held common in our country. The place where hope waits for us to find it again.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Although this book is fiction, some of the events are true. I have been doing research on the lives of Americans who have lost homes, jobs, faith, etc. There are so many unusual stories and lifestyles that most would be amazed to learn. America has roots embedded in the extraordinary; all of the broken pieces can be mended.
The Next Great Thing Blog Hop
OK, I was supposed to bring in about 5 authors, but this season has my schedule packed full of gingerbread houses and kids on sugar-highs.
I am excited to have met a new children’s book author that has written a great new book. Introducing Dani Miller!
Visit her blog here.
See the book on amazon here.
When Paxton and Mali decide they need a new fishing boat, they have a wild ride in store for them. Paxton and Mali come across the craziest boat shop they can imagine, with the brightest, shiniest, most colorful boats they’ve ever seen. Come along as Paxton and Mali Find Their Boat, and see how children’s imaginations can unlock endless possibilities in the hobbies they love.
Love to you all! See you in the new year!