Special to Inside the Pew
Just for the record: I’m still getting used to the title, author. I never expected to write anything beyond an annual Christmas letter. When I started Fruit of My Spirit, I thought I was going to be sharing a single story with my sons about how I met their father. Instead many stories emerged about how the fruit of God’s Spirit has been with me through the joyous, sad, cringe-worthy, heartwarming, forgettable, memorable moments in life. In Book 2: Sign in Life, you’ll learn about driving disasters. Again—my antics have been able to connect with Bigger (yes, capital B), more important lessons of God’s love and faithfulness.
Favorite Books Growing Up?
Nancy Drew! Carolyn Keene gave me my first “can’t put it down” experience in reading.
Ann Lamott. Bird by Bird still inspires me to write and to keep writing. I attended a writing workshop with her in May. I WAS SO EXCITED!
What advice do you have for other writers?
Write. Write. Write. And then write some more. Find someone you trust to offer advice and counsel. I’d like to think that a great story will just happen, but it takes work. It’s like exercise. Some days I’m stiff and tired. Some days I feel unstoppable. Every day I try to do a little more, a little better.
How have your reflections helped you to grow?
My two books are memoirs of stories. Looking back I was able to see that a loving, merciful God was with me at all times in every way. The reflections have given me confidence. I just don’t fret about the stumbles that may come.
What Bible verses inspire you?
Different verses speak to me at different times. My inspiration for Book 2 is from Psalm 25: “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Amen.
Coffee or Tea?
Grande iced mocha first thing in the morning. I shower, brush my teeth, add a dab of mascara, and head out with wet hair to my local coffee shop.
Dreyer’s Slow Churned Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream. They now make mini sizes. They’re the perfect evening treat.
Guilty Pleasure #2?
Downton Abbey. Beautiful people in beautiful clothes, upstairs/downstairs intrigue, English accents in the English countryside. What could be better?
Guilty Pleasure #3?
People Magazine. I was only slightly embarrassed when I won the prize at recent bridal shower. We were given a list of celebrities and asked to name their significant other. Where are my priorities?
I knit. I play violin. The first should not remain hidden, the second one should.
Most Annoying Habit?
I insist on telling people what to do and how to do it, whether I know or just think I know (see Book 2). Most of the time, it’s the latter. My husband has the patience of Job (who really wasn’t that patient).
Most Endearing Habit?
I tend to over tip. I was a waitress for four months after college. I will be forever grateful for the service of others. Trust me, I was not an endearing part of the restaurant’s wait staff.