Friday, July 28, 2023

Write Now Literary Presents: This Too Shall Pass Virtual Book Tour & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway July 17th-28th 2023

Write Now Literary is pleased to organize a two-week book tour and Amazon gift card giveaway for This Too Shall Pass by David Yuen. The book tour will run from July 17-28th, 2023.  

 ISBN: 979-8218186210

 Genre: Christian. Poems, Prose & Essays

 Meet The Author...

Born and raised in NJ as a second-generation Chinese American, David Yuen received a B.A. from Rutgers University and has been writing poetry along with other writing styles for over twenty years. His works have appeared in other publications including Poetry East and Romantics Quarterly.  

About The Book


Life is a gift. A fleeting, complicated, painful gift. Life holds death, it holds struggle with God, and it holds precious relationships we easily take for granted. And with every event that threatens life as we know it, our perspective on it changes, whether it’s a pandemic, a shift in politics, the tragedy of war, or personal loss. This Too Shall Pass is an exploration of life—sorrowful, mysterious, funny, and beautiful—through a collection of poems, prose, memoir, and commentary written from a mostly Christian perspective. Life is no small thing. Life is no easy thing. Life is uncertain. But one thing is certain about life: it’s miraculous.












Five Ways to Find Inspiration

1.   1.  Reflect on your own life and how you feel about it. Some say life imitates art, while others say that art imitates life. Both are simultaneously true to some level, but, at the end of the day, life—namely your own life—is one the biggest well-springs of inspiration. Ask yourselves the hard questions. Ask yourselves the funny ones. Ask yourselves the things that you would ask if you treated yourself as another person from the outside looking in. At times, you’ll be surprised by what you find.

2.     2.Force yourself to write even when you have nothing. Most times, writing needs to be a discipline rather than random trips into the emotional field with a metal pole hoping that lightning strikes you (metaphorically speaking). Not everything you write will be gold and you need to accept that and take that pressure of perfection off of you. When you have a blank canvas in your mind and it’s been almost a half an hour of you staring at a blank screen that might be the time to start typing words. Just type and see what happens. When you get yourself into the discipline of writing regardless of how you feel, you will produce something. Maybe nothing groundbreaking, but something that might get that spark going and keep you going to something greater than you expect.

3.     3.Take a break from writing to do other things. Going off the last point, just as much as you need to discipline yourself into a writing routine even when you don’t feel inspired, give yourself a much-needed break and do something unrelated from time to time. Sometimes even going outside is enough to relax your mind so it can run into something worthwhile. Discipline is good. Giving yourself grace when grace is needed is great. Balance is the key. 

4.     4.Engage your life. I’ve heard horror stories of aspiring writers who would sacrifice so many things for their craft, whether it be relationships with their friends and family or even their own mental wellness. Just because you want to be a devoted writer doesn’t mean that life should stop for you. Have a life outside of your writing with your friends and family. Attend BBQs, birthdays and movie night get togethers. Be part of the lives of others. By engaging in the lives of those you love and who love you in return, inspiration will find a way.

5.    5. Devote yourself to something beyond your writing. Devoting yourself too much to your writing is sometimes like trying to tickle yourself. The more you focus on it the less you’ll achieve it. When you focus your life on something greater than yourself and away from what you expect from yourself the more you ironically accomplish the thing that you set aside. With myself, the thing I focus on is God and the kingdom of heaven—on loving the Lord God with all my being and loving others more than myself (writing related or not). Writing is something that I just do and is tool that I can at times use to serve that end. And when I put that into perspective, ironically, I believe that my writing becomes more effective than if I saw writing as a be all and end all of my life. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023



Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a two-week book tour and Amazon gift card giveaway for Far From Crazy - Success In Sanity: My Unashamed Truth by Jessica Johnson Glover. The book tour will run April 8-19th, 2023. 

ISBN: 978-1737531081 

Book Title: Far From Crazy - Success In Sanity: My Unashamed Truth

Genre: Mental Health 


Jessica Johnson Glover is an author, speaker, mental health advocate, and Realtor. She earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Clark Atlanta University.

After almost twenty years of living successfully with a mental illness, Jessica realized she possessed the skills and knowledge to help people silently suffering from mental illnesses. So, purposely, Jessica established and founded The Success In Sanity Society (SISS), an accountability tribe for unashamed and ready to successfully maintain their sanity. In this community, Jessica conducts monthly virtual meetings that help individuals successfully manage mental illness and live the lives of their dreams. With the assistance of the SISS network professionals, Jessica, and her team offer the expertise, resources, and skills needed to be successful and maintain mental wellness. 

​​Jessica is married to her soulmate, Gerald L. Glover, a mortgage professional. They reside in sunny Jacksonville, Florida. Her moments of purposeful self-care include: spending time with her family and friends, listening to gospel music, getting pampered, and binge-watching some of her favorite television shows with her husband.


The first time Jessica Johnson Glover snapped, she walked outside naked with her Gucci bag and African cane. Her sanity left temporarily. However, after spending time in mental health hospitals, Jessica came to terms with her mental illness and accepted the help and support she needed to win and rise to the top. 

However, taking control of her mental health wasn't without determination, a proper diagnosis/treatment, and unyielding faith in God. Today, Jessica is insanely successful - personally and professionally, and she is a champion for those with mental illness.

Jessica believes that by taking the correct medication-as prescribed- and practicing a balanced lifestyle, those battling mental illness can experience true freedom and live a life that's far from crazy.



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"No one wants to be called crazy! It's insulting, condescending, and cruel. Before the age of 25, I hadn't questioned my mental health. I never thought my sanity would be something I had to fight for! 

 However, my father was admitted into a mental health facility when I was 15.

 The topic itself is touchy, and I still don't fully understand what happened to my father at the onset of his illness.

In the winter of 1993, my mom left a note on the kitchen counter stating that my dad was going to the hospital. He was at a psychiatric hospital for a few weeks. Family members came down and visited him.

 Daddy was heavily medicated, and the experience was very confusing. My mom held up the best she could and encouraged my sisters and me to see him. She'd gently remind us to tell him we loved him. But, I could tell mom struggled to articulate and accept dad's mental breakdown."


Title:  Far From Crazy...Success In Sanity...My Unashed Truth
Author:  Jessica Johnson Glover
Publisher:  MTE Publishing
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  Five
"Far From Crazy...Success In Sanity...My Unashed Truth" by Jessica Johnson Glover

My Sentiments:  
"Far From Crazy...Success in Sanity: My Unashamed Truth" was a good read for anyone suffering from a mental illness. This author,
Jessica Johnson Glover takes us through her story, which starts with her father having this illness, and her mother was there to help care for him. However, no one knew the daughter was suffering from this disease also. When it seemed like everything was going right...things started happening that caused her to lose her first boyfriend. It was definite that Jessica needed some help, but would she be willing to want it? Definitely some kind of therapy was required. She married a wonderful guy, and things looked up until they tried for pregnancy, which was against her medication. In other words, she had to stop her medication, which threw her back into a mental illness situation of being hospitalized several times and finding the proper medication. Jessica didn't want to be around her husband at this time, so she stayed with her parents for a while. And for some strange reason, she didn't want to take her medication. But one Sunday, Jessica wanted to attend church with her husband.
It wasn't until God came through for her giving her a particular verse as she was finally preparing to attend church with her husband Glover, from John 10:10...'The thief cometh not, but they may steal, and kill, and destroy, I came that they may have life and may have it abundantly.'  Reading this very verse snapped her mind in the right direction for the time and gave her sanity. No, she wasn't crazy... just needed help from God and the correct medication and therapy. As the title said...'Far From Crazy...Success in Sanity...My Unashamed Truth' says it all about this beautiful story. I don't want to tell too much of it because I want you to pick up this story and see how God will bring one through it all after all is said and done.

"Jessica believes that by taking the correct medication as prescribed and practicing a balanced lifestyle, those battling mental illness can experience true freedom and live a life that's far from crazy," as it has done for her.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a two-week book tour and $25.00 Amazon Gift Card for The Birthday Gift: Book 1 by Betty Collier

Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a two-week book tour and a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card for The Birthday Gift: Book 1 by Betty Collier. The book tour will run from August 15-26, 2022. 

ISBN: 978-1638718451 

Genre: Inspirational Christian fiction


Betty Collier describes herself as a nurse by profession, author by passion, and storyteller by the grace of God. She is a 5x bestselling, 4x award-winning inspirational Christian author. She writes with a purpose: to bring honor and glory to God. 

Her first book, "Living Inside the Testimony," is a collection of inspirational nonfiction stories. Betty showcases her gift of storytelling by engulfing her readers from the beginning and captivating their attention throughout the emotional journeys. 

In her second book series, "The Birthday Gift," Betty displays her creative storytelling in a surprisingly extraordinary way with her fictional work. She continues to inspire while lifting the words right off the pages to bring her characters to life. Readers will find themselves hoping for the best and dreaming about the characters as if they were members of their own families. 

Betty also co-authored 2 anthologies with the visionary author Paulette Harper. Amazon's #1 bestsellers, "For Such a Time as This" and "The Breaking Point." They feature incredible and inspirational stories from 20 different men and women across America. 

Betty's fictional work in The Birthday Gift Book Series is included in the John 3:16 Global Placement Mission as commissioned by founder Terry Gurley. She uses her talent to introduce readers to the greatest gift ever given to mankind. While taking them on intriguing tales of heartbreak and hope, Betty intricately weaves together stories leaving readers in suspense until the end. What they have in common is they all beautifully deliver the gospel message found in John 3:16. 

On a personal note, Betty has been married since 1986 to William Collier, the absolute love of her life, after meeting him in middle school. They are the proud parents of two sons and a daughter-in-love, all of whom reside in Shelby County, TN.


An unexpected knock on the door derails a birthday celebration as Mrs. Williams recalls the mysterious events that prevented her beloved husband from flying back home with their daughter's priceless, life-changing gift he discovered at a flea market in the Middle East. In the opening scene, she learns dramatically that the absolute love of her life was murdered while en route to Los Angeles. Her faith and fortitude are unimaginably tested, but Mrs. Williams ultimately realizes that she possesses the greatest gift inside of her. 

This Book Excellence Award-Winning Book is an exceptionally thought-provoking and intriguing tale that takes the reader on an emotional journey of profound heartbreak to surprising hope for the future. Although a catastrophic loss occurs, one comes away with a great sense of hopefulness in this increasingly violent world. The author intricately weaves this story, leaving readers in suspense until the end. Be uplifted and inspired as you discover your own faith while experiencing the gift of a lifetime so cleverly embedded within the pages of this book.


The next thing I remember hearing is "Code Blue." It was now pitch-black outside my ICU window at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. I don't know what happened on that beautiful sunny morning after I opened my front door for the police officer. He was standing there in the last ray of sunshine I would see for quite some time. I could look at the police report or medical records, but what's the point? I don't want to be reminded of the single most horrific day in my life. What happened? Why was the police officer talking in slow motion? 

Bill had been in Israel for thirty-three days. Finally, finally, it was time for him to come back home. I had been expecting a phone call from him during his layover at Heathrow. But, instead of Bill's much-anticipated call, I got that abominable knock at my front door! 

Then I heard it again. "Code Blue." 

Everything went black. As I reflect on that fateful day, everything was already black. My world had gone dark and void. 

From what I've been told, I woke up the following morning without recollecting the previous day. Apparently, those words my ears had refused to allow my mind to process were no less valid just because I refused to hear them, let alone accept them. 

My heart was broken. I was broken. Life as I once knew it no longer existed. There was no reason to go to the airport. Bill never boarded his connecting flight in London. The only thing at the airport now was his luggage, and there certainly wasn't any reason for me to go claim that. Well, no reason that I knew of at the time. 


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                              Tell the reader 10 fun things about yourself.

1.       I fell in love in 9th grade at 14. We just celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary.

2.      I became a writer overnight after I dreamed about the front cover of my first book, Living Inside The Testimony. I had never wanted to be a writer, but I woke up the following day after that dream and started writing.

3.      It only took one month to write my first book.

4.     I have more pet peeves than I care to mention, but I do a marvelous job suppressing them.

5.      I suffer from the instant-gratification syndrome, but I suppress that too.

6.      Holding both of my newborn babies was one of the greatest joys I have ever experienced.

7.      Being a football mom and baseball mom was even more exciting than when I participated in sports myself.

8.      I like dressing in color-coordinated outfits with my husband.

9.      I wish I could sing, but realistically it's best if I only do so in my head.

10.   I need more sleep.

My Book Review:  The Birthday Gift Book 1

 Title:  The Birthday Gift

Author:  Betty Collier

Publisher:  Independently Published (December 2, 2021)

Series:  Book 1

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five


"The Birthday Gift" by Betty Collier

My Assessment: 'An exceptionally thought-provoking and intriguing story of heartbreak and hope.'

'The Birthday Gift' was an enjoyable, uplifting, inspirational story; although it had sadness, this novel offered 'love, faith, belief, emotions, hope, and forgiveness.'

Be ready for a 'thought-provoking and intriguing story' where one will see the hope for the future in this increasingly violent world.' I do not want to give any of this read away, but I like the reader to pick up this excellent read and see how well this author brings it out to the reader.  

My favorite from this read was Chapter 8, Restoration:

Psalms 23 [my favorite SCRIPTURES]: where every verse is explained very well, and at the time of reviewing this novel...I needed this! Here is the quoted message...

"God says to you, "I will restore your soul. I will reach into the deepest part of your soul, to the place that nothing else can touch, and I will restore your soul. I will heal your heart. I will refresh your spirit." You need that, don't you? The Birthday Gift Book 1 28 When you are weary and burdened, you need your soul restored. When you are overwhelmed and undone, you need your soul restored. When you feel guilt and shame, you need your soul restored. When you are assailed by fear and worry, you need your soul restored. When you feel wounded and hurt, you need your soul restored. When you feel alone and rejected, you need your soul restored. When you feel angry and rejected, you need your soul restored. At all of these times and more, you need God to do for you what you cannot do for yourself: heal your soul. Nothing else can do it. Not entertainment. Not a weekend off. Not sports. Not exercise. Not television. Not a vacation. Not shopping. Not your hobby. Nothing else can restore your soul. But the God who created the universe, the God who breathed life into Adam—he can do it. He can breathe life into your soul. He can make you alive again. It happens when you meet with God. When you connect with God. When you draw close to God. When you are alone with God. When you gather with God's people and worship. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, says to you even now, "Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you
rest." Christ can restore your soul."  

This novel will keep you reading and turning the pages until the end. And seeing 'The Birthday Gift' is book a series... the readers will be left looking forward to reading book 2 'Dear John.' 

The story was pick it up and see how this author gives up a well-written script that will leave one wanting more.



Friday, July 29, 2022

PAULETTE'S Virtual Book Tour & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway July 5-July 29, 2022...The IN Word The Two Letters That will Change Your Life By: Cynthia Robinson

 Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a one-month book tour and a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card for The In Word: The Two Letters That Will Change Your Life by Cynthia Robinson. The book tour will run July 5-29, 2022. 

ISBN: 978-0578952932 

Genre: Nonfiction, Christianity, Inspiration


Cynthia Robinson is a 6-time published author, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Pastor. She believes every woman has a purpose, whether to be the best mother and wife or a CEO of a Fortune 500 company; they deserve respect in their positions in life.  

As an author has written several books to empower and inspire the women of God to reach for their best life amid dire circumstances. As a coach, she believes in building up a woman to move forward in their journey and learning to enjoy the process. She is a motivational speaker that ignites the people to go for theirs. Pastor Cynthia is a loving, compassionate soul who knows to rebel against God only brings you to him humble.  

She speaks to the hearts of men and women alike through her daily motivational messages on her social media pages and her blog entitled “My Crazy is Real” on her website She works to change the mindset of women worldwide to walk in the royalty they have been called to by God.



As Christians, it is somehow implied that once we are saved, we have all the skills for living a kingdom life on earth. Somehow, a switch flips on, and we are downloaded with faith to make it through all the storms. We will instantly trust God with our lives even though we were taught to not trust anybody. We are somehow just going to love God unconditionally when most of us are unloved and don’t know how to receive love without conditions. We must learn the new life and way of living IN God. When we come to Jesus Christ as born-again servants of the Lord, we are not told that we need more than a service mindset with God to make it into heaven. Our relationship with God can be broken down into three parts, just like the old Tabernacle. Either you are having a relationship (outer court), or you are with God (The Holy), or you are in a relationship with God (The Holy of Holiness). Now all are good to experience, but faith, trust, and love can only be when we are IN a relationship with God. 

Cynthia Robinson takes you through the 3 stages of growth in God: Have, With, and IN. She explains the how’s, what’s, when’s, and who’s with familiar biblical characters and principles. In addition, Cynthia has included her experiences waking in complete darkness in the church.” I never know faith, love, and trust in God would be like this, but when you open yourself to his grace and mercy, the True God can show up for you.” 


The “IN” word is a simple yet complex book on being “IN” and a relationship with God. We cannot just be Christian or religious people. At the point of adoption into the family of God, everything in our lives changes. We are no longer on the outside looking in. No more just being Gentiles or Jews. Not sinners doomed to hell for eternity. The confession of your mouth that Jesus Christ came to die for your sins and His resurrection confirmed eternal life with the Godhead; we are now heirs with Christ. 

That said, to be “IN” means we have something we must do. We are to be “IN” relationship with God. Now, I know some of you are saying, “I’m already in a relationship with God. I pray daily, read my bible, and attend church. I sing in the choir, minister to the young/the elderly, and do other ministry work. I give to the poor and do missions work out of the country. I pay tithes and offerings.” “My relationship with God is fine. Is it, really?” Everything mentioned works for the Kingdom. It’s good, but what about the “IN” God part? Merriam-Webster defines the word “IN” as used in a function to indicate inclusion, location, or position within limits. 

After reading this definition, what relationship do you have with the Godhead? Are you “Having” a connection or “With” God “IN” an association, or are you “In” a relationship with God?

Let’s see… 


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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Virtual Book Tour & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: The Breaking Point Anthology: Chapter: Discovering My Strength By Co-Author Carolyn Coleman June 20-July 1, 2022


Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a two-week book tour and a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card for The Breaking Point with co-author Carolyn Coleman. The book tour will run from June 20-July 1, 2022. 

ISBN: 978-1737093145 

Published by: Thy Word Publishing (April 14, 2022) 

Genre: Nonfiction, Inspirational, Book Collaboration, Anthology   


Carolyn Pickens Coleman is a daughter, wife, mother, sister, cousin, friend, and co-worker from Bessemer, Alabama. She has a B.S. in Nursing from Samford University and an M.A. in Health Service Administration from Strayer University. Carolyn is a member of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association, Inc., serving as the Chairperson of the Outreach committee, and is the current President of the Bessemer Public Library Trustee Board. She has a big heart and volunteers in her community. 

Carolyn has more than 36 years of experience as a critical care nurse and spent five years as a nurse case manager. She worked with hospital administrators to establish plans regarding complex patient cases, concentrating on outcome management, utilizing best practices, and advocating for patients. She is also an adjunct instructor. 

Carolyn is the author of four books a series about Gentry who faces her life choices, as we all do, Happiness Hurt Healing, The Re-Entry of Gentry, Gentry's Journey, and Gentry's Circle of Friends. For Carolyn, writing is cathartic. In addition, she enjoys reading and staying active by line dancing, walking, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Carolyn joins a group of esteemed authors in The Breaking Point and hopes her chapter will give you the insight to find your passion and purpose for a meaningful life. 

A Day in the life of Carolyn Coleman

I usually wake up around 6 in the morning, either by alarm or out of habit. I do my morning devotional. I start with a prayer, read a daily word and a chapter from the Bible, read and post a daily scripture and listen to a song of praise. Then, I shower, get dressed, prepare breakfast or run out and purchase breakfast. I like my kitchen clean, so I get it together and start working on my nursing job. I have the pleasure of working from home. I have worked remotely for several years. Many people think it is less stressful to work from home. Some days yes, some days, no. You have deadlines, meetings, and surprise meetings, and then you must complete your assignments.

While speaking to my members and teaching them about their health, I sometimes get ideas for my fiction. Either by using a part of their name or their backstories. Patients will tell you things they will not say to their doctors or families. In that, you have to be an open listener and offer support. Once I get on a roll of assessing and obtaining updates, I have a late lunch. By the end of my work day, I need to clear my head, so I either go for a walk, work out in the garage to some YouTube videos, dance, or do both. I enjoy pound fitness, line dancing, and aqua aerobics; I am no stranger to the local gym, so if my mornings permit it, there I go.

Dinner is either leftovers or what I have prepared between tasks. If there are no zoom meeting or library meetings, or Metaverse meeting, I am just thankful to be free to watch my favorite television shows, which comes under the genre of police procedural/legal drama and thriller mystery; such as Chicago PD, Law and order SVU, and NCIS, CSI Miami. If time permits, I will try to write at least a paragraph if I am working on a chapter or a book.

I end my day with prayer time. 

The Breaking Point is Endorsed by Les Brown

Have you ever arrived at a place in life where you knew you were created for more, and you were hungry for more?
You knew you possessed greatness, but the life you'd been living didn't mirror the life you desired or even deserved?
These authors, who share their stories in The Breaking Point, wanted more in life. Yes, they were broken, afraid, and flawed, but they decided to believe in themselves.

They wanted to live their whole purpose and potential and did what was required to obtain it.

They made the necessary turns and adjustments with solid conviction and passion because they wanted more from life.
This book will inspire you to bet on yourself and push forward, despite what you face, knowing that you have what it takes to steer the course of your life in the direction you deserve.

Les Brown
Speaker, Author, Trainer

The Breaking Point is stories by men and women about how they came to that turning point and were able to overcome adversity and reach their own personal breakthroughs in life.
Each story will encompass their unique struggle of how they overcame the challenges to find that they had the courage, the power, and the resolve to build their life again.
This book will serve as a potent reminder that everyone has the power to choose which direction they want for their own lives.

These twenty women and men, some first-time authors, said yes to the transformation, the stretching, and going back to those dark places that brought them pain. Because they knew what they experienced wasn't just for them, but it was for others who would come behind them, needing those words to pull them up and help them move to a place of wholeness. These authors are writing from a place of victory, a place where they are no longer the victim.

        Guest Post: What inspired me to write my book?

The inspiration for my book came from a co-worker, Cassie is her name. She arrived to work one day saying she was now a   published author. I congratulated her and told her I have always wanted to write, and she said do it, write, Ms. Carolyn write. I have always enjoyed reading, and since I was a young adult, I desired to write a book, often telling co-workers and friends, "I am going to write a book about this, or no one will believe this happens in our line of work. As they say, 'truth is stranger than fiction.' We all know life gets in the way.

I accepted the call to run for a local political position. I needed an outlet to let off some stream, to redirect some energy from days of campaigning. Anyone who has ever campaigned knows it is not for the faint of heart; it is work, going door to door, shaking hands, asking for votes, presenting at events, and just doing everything it takes to get your name noticed by the citizens.

Writing became cathartic; after a day of being in the community or strategizing, I needed a health release. So I begin writing my long-awaited book. I started with a thought and then went into a paragraph; it flowed for me. No, my work of fiction was not about campaigning. It was about healing from a broken heart. I held back some; I left the ending open just in case I decided to take the main character in a different direction.

We know everyone is not going to clap with you or for you. I was not deterred or offended by avoidance; oddly, I was amused. Working as a nurse gives one an odd sense of humor. One can say a protective shield. I did receive some very positive responses from that book. I was approached by several women (it is a girl flick on paper) informing me that they could relate to the story and wanted to read more about the main character.

Co-Author Chapter: Discovering My Strength 

I was done with the party life that didn't satisfy me anymore. I had enough of being second to his friends and was done with feeling unappreciated. I had put everyone before my wants and desires, and dreams. Now, I was done with feeling like I was wasting my life and not accomplishing something I could be proud of. Enough of going through life unfulfilled and empty, catering to others. But what do I do? How will I survive? I have a child, no job, and my husband wants a divorce. Help me, Jesus. I don't know what to do?

Have you been there? Have you gone through something so devastating it forced you to dig deep within and pull on the strength you didn't even know you had? I did. It forced me to learn to focus, place blinders on, and move at my pace. Being stubborn can be an attribute; it can create resilience.

Carolyn Coleman 

Besides, when you came to know the Lord, what was the happiest day in your life?

When I became a mother, I cannot describe it. I was overjoyed; it changed my life and comes with a great deal of responsibility, but it is a lifestyle change. A good lifestyle change. A sense of purpose. 

How has being published changed your life?

Congratulations from family and friends; people are still asking for my book and being invited to interviews on various platforms. It has stretched me in directions and ways I never dreamed of. Being a best-selling author sounds good, and as a cousin told me, "keep up the stellar work and doing the family proud." 

What would be your dream vacation?

Aruba or Anguilla, I love the beach and all-inclusive stays.

How do you choose your settings for each book?

I have visited and truly enjoyed the sites, environment, and atmospheric vibe.

If you could spend an evening with one currently alive person, who would it be and why?

Oprah, she interviews so well; I love her story of perseverance

What three things about you would surprise readers?

I baked a good pound cake that I am a nurse and ran for a local political office.

What are your hobbies besides writing and reading?

Exercising, line dancing.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Keep writing, and never give up on your dream.

Is there one particular message or "moral of the story" you hope readers walk away with?

We all go through challenges, remember you are going through them; it is not a stopping point but a turning point; keep moving forward.

How do you see yourself in your character's story, if at all?

I envision myself laughing and/or getting angry at my character's antics in my fiction.

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