Monday, October 28, 2019

J. Grace Pennington on October


Grace, Welcome back to Homeschooled Authors! Tell us what has been keeping you busy of late?
Thank you for having me back! I have been mostly busy making small humans the past couple of years -- I have a fifteen-month-old daughter and another baby on the way! So that keeps me from being as productive in other ways as I used to be, but I am releasing another book this month -- the next book in my Firmament series! Writing while being a mom is its own adventure for sure!

You’re here today to talk about your book October (which is appropriate because it is the month of October). What inspired you to write this book?
I was ironing clothes one day, when I suddenly got an image in my mind of a girl with beautiful red hair spending time with her two younger friends, enjoying a beautiful summer day, but with something darker underneath that they didn’t know about. I was intrigued by it, and I knew where it had come from -- each of the major characters in the book is based on either myself or close friends of mine, and I wanted to explore some of my experiences with them -- of knowing someone but not knowing all the pain that’s underneath. At least, not at first.

What was the biggest challenge in writing this story?
The hardest part by far was just how vulnerable it was writing about such personal things. As I said, while the book is thoroughly fictional, almost everything in it is directly inspired by something real, someone I know, something that I’ve experienced, or something I’ve closely observed. That was difficult to share, but even just the writing was more emotionally draining than I expected.

What was the easiest?
In a sense, the easiest thing was the same as the hardest -- the fact that it’s all based on reality. While that was emotionally difficult, it made it easy for me to visualize the story, to understand the emotions and motivations, and to draw settings and details from what I knew best.

What do you think sets October apart from many books written for the same age group?
I hope it’s more honest than many books for young adults. Many that I’ve read either ignore darker realities of mental illness and the struggles of life, or they dramatize and glamorize them. In this book, I try very hard to do neither -- to face the hard things without trying to make them pretty or easy or simple.

What has your favorite response been to your book?
So many people have commented on its beauty, which means a lot to me. It is a dark book, and parts of it are very sad, but my goal was in the midst of it all to show the beauty of everyday life and the hope peering through the midst of the pain. People seem to have recognized that, which has been amazing.

Where can people buy the book?
On Amazon! Both the ebook and paperback are available there.

What is next for you as a writer?
As I mentioned earlier, I am currently getting my next book out! It is the sixth book in the Firmament series, my sci-fi series for young adults. It has been almost two years since October came out, so I am very excited to finally have another release!





Monday, October 14, 2019

Darcy Fornier on The Crown and the Axe


Darcy, welcome to Homeschool Authors! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Thanks so much for having me! I’m one-half Victorian, three-fourths Middle Ages enthusiast, one-third daughter of the South, one-fifth 21st-century girl, and 100% Jesus-follower. ;) I love ice cream, good stories, and deep questions. I’m the oldest of three sisters, and my goal is to be an adult without being a grown-up.

Everyone’s homeschooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
My mom used a variety of curricula for my sisters and me, and I think that helped each of us develop our individual strengths. We also read tons of books, both aloud and on our own. There was definitely an emphasis on critical thinking in our education.

How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
English was one of my favorite subjects, along with history, and being homeschooled allowed me to devote extra time to my interests. Not to mention that devouring the historical fiction I loved also counted as school. :)

What caused you to start writing?
I’ve always been a story-spinner, but I’m not good at telling stories verbally. I make much better sense when I can write things down and edit them to say exactly what I want. Plus, with all the books I read growing up, it wasn’t a long step to wanting to write stories.

What inspired The Crown and the Axe?
The Sleeping Beauty fairy tale! I got to thinking, “What if Sleeping Beauty had no magic?” I actually wrote that story first. Then I loved the characters so much I wanted to see what Phillip and Aurora’s life would be like after they wed. And thus I met Dierk, eldest son of Phillip and Zorena of Sunland (I changed the princess’s name). Dierk became the hero of the book.

Would you give us a synopsis?
From the book’s back cover:
Seventeen-year-old Dierk Lichtensitz, Crown Prince of Sunland, excels in both his physical and educational training. Not that his father is impressed, but Dierk quit trying to please him years ago.
King Phillip Lichtensitz holds high standards for his children—with good reason. So when selfish neglect on Dierk’s part leaves another squire injured, Phillip delivers strict punishment. Dierk must travel the country as a woodcutter’s son.
Resentful of his father’s decision, Dierk resolves to endure his punishment unmoved—until the tales of a long-dead witch’s power force him to reckon with himself and his God.
As the journey leads him into more danger than his father could have ever foreseen, how much will Dierk have to surrender to become the man he needs—and desperately wants—to be?

Who will enjoy The Crown and the Axe?
Readers of historical fiction, ages thirteen and up. (Some of the topics are a little heavy, so parents might want to have a peek at it before handing it to younger readers.) It’s geared toward boys, but I think girls will enjoy it too. And while it’s written for young adults, the goal was to have something that would interest multiple generations. Still waiting to see whether that succeeded or not. :)

Where can people buy your book?
And on all the other major digital platforms: https://books2read.com/thecrownandtheaxe

Do you plan to write more books?
For sure! Dierk’s story is the first in a series (well, technically a “novel sequence”) all set in the same fictitious medieval country. Here's hoping the next ones don't take years to reach publication. :)

Where can people connect with you online?
Website (where you can sign up for my newsletter and download a free story): http://darcyfornier.com

Do you have any final thoughts?
Publishing this book is a dream come true for me. A dream nine years in the fulfilling. God doesn’t grant all our wishes, but sometimes He does plant dreams in our hearts, and it is such a wondrous thing when they finally come true. So keep praying, and keep dreaming, and watch to see what the Lord does!




Monday, October 7, 2019

Verity A. Buchanan on The Journey


Verity, welcome to Homeschool Authors! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm an extrovert who wants to be pretty much everybody's friend. I love tea but hate coffee. I also love The Silmarillion, my piano, and babies, and I have a secret preference for British spelling.

Everyone’s homeschooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
I know my homeschooling experience was a lot more unstructured than many homeschoolers'. We didn't have formal grading or testing, except on math. We weren't involved in any co-ops and didn't participate in typical extracurricular activities, like sports. Despite this, I never lacked for social interaction, as my church provided a loving, close-knit community. I considered everyone there my friend and learned how to interact comfortably with older people as well as my peers. As a church, we exchanged gifts and talents to help one another out. I hung out with dairy-owning friends and learned how a farm operates; I studied Latin under a fellow homeschooling mom; I learned piano from my Sunday School teacher and singing in our (tiny) youth choir. There was never a lack of opportunity.

How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
I would say homeschooling gave me the time and freedom to pursue the career of writing from an early age. I also read a wide variety of literature for school, generally 30-40 books a year, in varied genres and styles. This ingrained the principles of fiction writing in me, so that I learned to write by instinct rather than rote.

What caused you to start writing?
I'm honestly unsure. I always loved reading, being read to, and creating stories in my head. It's hard to say what specifically impelled me to pick up a pen and start documenting those stories. I just know that I've been writing since I was about six.

What inspired The Journey?
The Journey was inspired by a parody of Lord of the Rings that my sister and I created, in which the characters of the Fellowship were all siblings in the same family.

Would you give us a synopsis?
Absolutely! Here is the official blurb for The Journey, Ceristen Series #1:

Fred Thorne must shoulder the full care and protection of his sisters after a fire leaves them homeless and friendless. He sets out to follow the last advice given to him by his great-aunt: Take the girls to Menevace, to the refuge home.
But the road to Menevace is fraught with bandits, famine, and unknown dangers.
The Journey follows the three Thorne siblings through rejection, captivity, and an increasing downward spiral of guilt as Fred fails time and time again to protect his family from the dangers of a hostile world.
Can the Thornes find a place of rest and safety? Will their journey ever end?
Dangerous cities, breathtaking creatures, and an incredible adventure awaits in this debut novel by Verity A. Buchanan.

Who will enjoy The Journey?
The Journey is appropriate for a family audience. If you enjoy classics or classically-influenced literature, I'd say you're in for a treat with it, as most reviewers have compared it directly to the classics. You may also enjoy it if you like a not-so-typical fantasy that focuses on ordinary, lower-class people instead of epic battles. Or do you like themes of sibling relationships and good coming out of evil? Because this might just be your book.

Where can people buy your book?
It's on Amazon in paperback and ebook format. Christianbook.com carries it in paperback. You can pre-order it online from Barnes&Noble or Kobo in ebook format only.

Do you plan to write more books?
I have written three more books, with a fourth underway. I'm doing some touch-ups on #2 in the Ceristen Series before I get it on the road to bookstores as well.

Where can people connect with you online?
I encourage people to check out my website and sign up for my email list under the Contact page. This is where you get top-priority updates about what's going on with The Journey and future books, not to mention sneak peeks, giveaways, and free short stories: https://www.verityabuchanan.com/contact/#subscription-form

If you want to keep pace with my blog and further interviews, like my Facebook page, where I share relevant links, fun facts, and interactive questions: https://www.facebook.com/VBuchananWrites/

If you're an Instagram person, I do have an Instagram, although Instagram doesn't like me. I try to share Journey quotes, life tidbits, and Q&A on there, as well as tip my followers off whenever I blog a book review: https://www.instagram.com/verityb.writes/

Do you have any final thoughts?

Thanks for hosting me! I love sharing about my book, and I'm glad to make this connection to other homeschooling families.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Amanda Tero on Wedding Score


Amanda, welcome back to Homeschooled Authors! What have you been up to lately?
Thanks! Well, I just started my sophomore year of college as a music major (and a “non-traditional student”—aka, “old” ;)), so that has pretty much consumed my life. At the same time, I am trying not to neglect my writing. The balance is tricky, but so far, God has helped it work.

Your latest book, Wedding Score, seems to be special to you. Tell us why that is.
Yes! So, I got the idea for “Wedding Score” in 2016. However, it sat by as a vague idea only. I wanted to write it several times, but it was just never the right time. From 2016 to 2019, I watched four of my siblings and several cousins get married. The whole transition of relationships with all of them had its rough patches, but when God finally allowed me to write “Wedding Score,” He so beautifully wove pieces of all the lessons I’d been learning into Steph’s story. I guess that’s why it’s so special to me. It really is a part of me.

Tell us about your main character. What frustrated you the most about her? What did you find most endearing?
Ah, Stephanie. She’s spunky and chooses to see life through glasses of humor—or, at least, she tries. There really wasn’t anything about her that frustrated me. She was pretty easy to work with. If I was going to be frustrated with anyone in the story, it was Livvy. As for what I found most endearing about Steph, it would be the way she tried so hard to be cheerful and laugh at things instead of mope and become depressed.

There is a musical aspect to the story which is inspired from your own love of music. How did you enjoying bringing that aspect into the story?
I absolutely loved bringing music into my story! Like… really more than I can say. There was a phrase or two that a beta reader mentioned as possibly being “unnecessary” to the plot, but I’ll admit, for once, I balked at it just because I wanted the musical flavor in the story.

Since we’re on the topic, why don’t you share a little bit about your music.
Music has always been a part of my life. Mom would sit us down and give me and my siblings “choir lessons.” I’ve played piano since age seven, violin since age eight, and cello since last year. I began teaching at age sixteen and absolutely love it. I often refer to my students as my “kids”—I’m sure I confuse some people. With a Joyful Noise is my music business where I have several of my piano and violin arrangements for sale. You can also find some of my recordings on Amazon, iTunes, or Spotify (albums “Reflections of the Cross,” “Christmas is,” and “The Solid Rock”).

What is your favorite quote from the story?
Ooh, this is a hard one… I’ll share two. A humorous one and serious one.




How has the response been so far?
Wow. I have been completely overwhelmed and humbled by the response. I know I’m not the only single girl out there who has moments struggling to be content with where God has me—but to hear so many girls respond with how much it has encouraged them that they’re not the only ones and that Steph’s response and perspective encouraged them to work on their outlook… that has blessed me beyond words.

Where can people get the story?
On October 28, Lord willing, “Wedding Score” will be available on Amazon in eBook and paperback format.

Finally, what’s your current favorite thing to play on the piano?
My favorite is usually what I happen to be working on at the time. So, right now it’s Debussy’s “Jardins sous la Pluie.” At the same time, I also love breaking out into whatever hymn is on my heart (very much like Steph and “’Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus”).

Thanks so much for having me back at Homeschooled Authors!



Monday, September 23, 2019

Kelsey Bryant on The Road to Bremen


Kelsey, welcome back to Homeschooled Authors! Tell us what you have been up to lately.
Thank you for having me again! Lately I’ve been doing a lot of editing, which is my primary job. Earning income from my love of reading and writing is a real blessing and a dream come true. Unfortunately, it does slice away at the time I have to create my own works, but between editing projects I was able to write, revise, and, in February 2019, publish The Road to Bremen.

Tell us a little bit about the original story The Road to Bremen is based on.
“The Bremen Town Musicians” is a fairy tale in the Grimm brothers’ collection. Four German farm animals—a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster—outlive their usefulness to their respective owners, so rather than be killed, they escape their farms and head to the city of Bremen to seek their fortune as musicians.

What made you want to retell this story?
This has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, ever since I was little. I’d never seen it expanded into anything longer than a picture book. Wanting to try a fairy-tale retelling, I decided to pick this one since it’s fairly well known yet not overdone. I have a soft spot for animals and animal stories, and this tale tugged at my heart because the animal characters are old and considered useless by their owners. I wanted to show them thriving and succeeding despite the odds. Like the original fairy tale, I wanted to demonstrate that creatures (human or animal) we think are weak or useless are, instead, worthy of our care and consideration and also can be heroes themselves.

What did you enjoy most about this story?
The animals and their personalities! I had so much fun getting to know them: Etzel, the friendly donkey who learns leadership; Jäger, the timid dog who learns courage; Katarina, the feisty cat who learns teamwork; and Rüdiger, the intelligent rooster who learns humility. Writing their interactions and watching their friendship develop was definitely my favorite part of the process.

The illustrations are so amazing! Tell us about the process of getting this story illustrated.
Thank you! I’m thrilled with them, too. E. Kaiser Writes is a gifted illustrator, especially of animals. When I set out to write this novella, I had her in mind to illustrate it, and I’m grateful she agreed. First, I decided on the number of illustrations: one per chapter, plus the full-color cover. I chose the scenes to depict, trying for a variety of important characters, settings, and details from the story. E. Kaiser and I both researched reference photos to get the necessary German look and shared a Pinterest board. Then E. Kaiser did even more research, drew those amazing illustrations, and sent them to me as she finished each one. Let me tell you, I was practically jumping up and down as they came in. I plugged them into the formatted book (which actually wasn’t as easy for me as it sounds) and voila! My longtime desire for an illustrated children’s book was a reality.

Where can people buy the book?
The paperback and eBook can be purchased from Amazon HERE.

What’s up for you next as a writer?
I’m exploring ideas for a couple different stories, but I’m not sure which one will win out and be published next: a novel set in Victorian England or another fairy-tale retelling.

Any final thoughts?
Although I directed The Road to Bremen toward younger audiences, many of my readers have been adults who told me how much they enjoyed it. That really warms my heart. I want to encourage all you authors out there who have gotten burned out and aren’t producing books as regularly as you desire—if you write when you can toward a goal and just keep going, you will get there. The results may be even better than you expected. Our time is in God’s hands, and He is an ever-present help when we are overwhelmed!

Their lives are saved by a dream. But only friendship can make that dream a reality.

Once upon a time...

Etzel the donkey is getting old, but he works hard on his farm—until the day Herr Hoffman decides he is no longer worth keeping. With no choice but to escape, Etzel sets off on the road to Bremen to seek his fortune as a musician. On the way, he rescues three other animals—a dog, a cat, and a rooster—who are also old and destined for death.

Will these four new friends find their success and worth as musicians in Bremen? Or does the road hold something better?



Kelsey is giving away a paperback of The Road to Bremen

Monday, September 16, 2019

Jessica Glasner on The Seabirds Trilogy


Jessica, welcome to Homeschool Authors! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hello! I am a writer living in the beautiful space between the Colorado Rockies and the Plains. As a homeschool graduate, I grew up hungry for books that were historically accurate, entertaining, and creative. Finding literature that was enjoyable and entertaining was difficult and over the last few years I determined to fill the gap.

Everyone’s homeschooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
My parents gave me room and time to explore my creative skills, applauding my successes and offering much needed feedback and criticism when my work needed improvement. If not for their constant encouragement, I would never have been able to pursue a creative career.

How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
I am a firm believer that reading good books is the key to good writing. My experience homeschooling opened up the world of literature. I read everything growing up: the Inklings, Dante, classic British Lit, and a lot of historical fiction. Inspired by these authors and mentored by my father (a lawyer) and several amazing writing coaches, I learned the importance of flexibility and having a teachable spirit.

What caused you to start writing?
What started out as a summer job in my teens proofreading for a local publisher grew into a fulltime passion to tell stories that are faith-building, historically accurate, and entertaining. From proofreading, to editing, to ghostwriting, to screenwriting, to coaching, it feels like I’ve had my hand in just about every writing pot possible. However, it was only recently that I had the courage to branch out and publish my own work. It is not what I planned to be ‘when I grew up,’ but I wouldn’t change it for the world. God sometimes leads you down surprising paths to get you where He wants you.

What inspired The Seabirds Trilogy
It all began as a simple picture in my head of a lighthouse and a tall, middle aged red-headed spinster-novelist who paints birds obsessively and hasn’t finished a book in two decades. What started as a simple summer story set in 1939 grew beyond my wildest dreams. The series is now an epic saga inspired by true historical events as well as my own family’s story.

Would you give us a synopsis?
The Seabirds Trilogy tells of how a young American girl on the verge of womanhood and her three Jewish cousins navigate their radically changing world over the course of WWII.

In Book One, Voyage of the Sandpiper, Piper and an unlikely group of friends set out on an adventure against time and across continents during the summer of 1939. When all hope seems lost, Piper discovers that the God of hope still performs miracles, and in the process, grow up.

In Book Two, Flight of the Seahawks, wounded and battle weary, Peter and Piper return to Maine, expecting a quiet winter. With the arrival of Grace and Edie’s new manuscript, they discover their journey has only just begun and God's plan, though mysterious, is always good.

In Book Three, Song of the Storm Petrel, Piper and the Adleman girls set out on a new adventure in the South Pacific. As the war draws to a close, each must choose faith over fear when it appears their story might not end the way they imagined.

Who will enjoy The Seabirds Trilogy?
While geared towards young women aged 12-16, the series has been enjoyed by young and old alike.

Where can people buy your books? 
My books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Do you plan to write more books?
Absolutely! The next book in the series, Saving Grace, will be available in the Spring of 2020!

Where can people connect with you online?
You can see what I’m up to on Instagram @jesskateglasner.
You can read what I’m up to at Glasnerhouse.co.
You can hear what I’m up to on the Glasnerhouse Podcast on Spotify or itunes.
And… you can check out The Seabirds Trilogy Pinterest Page

Do you have any final thoughts?
In the words of Piper from Song of the Storm Petrel:

“Look, Peter!” I pointed out the windshield. “A rainbow!”

Like a curtain between the acts of a play, it fell across the sky, separating the past from the present, and the present from the future. Like Noah, I felt God’s promise that our future would be good and filled with joy rest on my heart like a seal. The war was over. We were stepping into his plan, his good and perfect plan that had not changed from the beginning of time.

And as I got out of the car, I felt my feet touch solid earth for the first time since I had first set foot on the Grey Goose six years before. The old season was over.

The scene was finished, to be sure. The story, however, was far from done.

Yes, the play had only just begun. And the next act promised to be much better than the first because that is the way it works when God is the writer.

Jessica has put the first book of this series, Voyage of the Sandpiper, on for free on Kindle!
Pick up a copy HERE


Monday, September 9, 2019

Hosanna Emily on The Torch Keepers


Hosanna, welcome to Homeschool Authors! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hello, and thank you so much for this opportunity!  My name is Hosanna Emily, and I’m an ordinary girl following an extraordinary God.  I seek to share the Lord’s beauty through my writing from poetry, blog posts, novels, and more, and I believe young people can change the world if they’re fully surrendered to Christ.

Everyone’s homeshooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
Good question! I think the biggest difference in my homeschooling experience was that my parents were diligent to seek out my giftings and talents and cultivate them specifically.  For instance, I was able to start earning college credit at age 13, and I graduated with a BA in English through Thomas Edison State University a year after graduating from High School.  Being homeschooled helped me pursue the degree quicker, cheaper, and I learned about topics I wanted to pursue in English.
Also, as my parents and I realized that I had a gift for writing, we were able to focus on that.  They selected curriculum that highlighted areas of writing that were not only educational but also exactly what I needed in my writing journey.
Overall, being homeschooled gave me a big boost in my writing, and it helped me to see that teenagers and young adults don’t have to wait to do big things in life!

How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
If I wasn’t homeschooled, I wouldn’t have discovered my passion for writing.  So that’s kinda big.  =)
I was a pre-teen when I wrote a short story that sparked an excitement for writing.  My mom proof-read it and came back with critiques.  But she also had huge encouragement for me.  From that day on, I realized the power of words—I could write stories that blessed people.
So I did.  As a young teenager, I threw aside grammar books and instead wrote a novella.  Because of being homeschooled, I was able to find curriculum that taught me how to write books instead of only sticking to strict grammar guides. The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser, a mystery story, came out of that time, and I learned so much more about grammar rules than I ever would have in years of bookwork!  Since then, my homeschooling schedule allowed me to both finish highschool, pursue college, and still have time to write the stories God put into my heart.

What caused you to start writing?
I started writing when I was young.  With a notebook paper, I wrote short stories with no dialogue (because the extra words wouldn’t fit on the paper).  When my little brother began to copy my stories, I got upset and tried not to read them to him anymore.  That being said, we’re best friends now.  =)
What really got me writing was a middle-school curriculum called Jump In.  It was the best. school. book. ever.  Through that book, I wrote my first “good short story” that sparked ideas for others.  And it taught me more—poetry, outlining, articles.  I dipped my feet in the water, and soon I began to lunge in.
Simply put, God kept giving me stories.  I had to continue writing them down.

What inspired The Torch Keepers?
Somewhere along the time of busyness of school and writing stories, I read an article online.
The news story had a picture of two beautiful girls.  But the words below them made me stare in shock.  The teenagers had decided to run away from home and join an Islamic terrorist group.
I remember reading those words, wondering how on earth two lovely, gifted girls could do something like that.  Yet eventually time passed, and I forgot.
Then, during a course in creative writing, I needed to write a short story.  Accidentally, I wrote those girls’ story.
I wrote a story about someone who made mistakes.  Someone who was beautiful and treasured and loved but chose the darkness instead of the light.  I wrote the story I wanted those two girls to read—to tell them that one is never too far gone.  There is always hope.  They are still loved.
But the short story ended, and I put it away.  Until God gently pulled it back out.  He woke me up with story ideas until I stopped arguing and began to write them down.  And in a two-month novel contest, I wrote Kadira’s story, The Torch Keepers.  In every single step of the way, God lead me and blew me away with His amazing love.
Because He never forgot the two girls in the article.  He cherished them, despite their decisions.
So He let me put them in a fantasy world and write their stories.

Would you give us a synopsis?
The King's blue flame quivers as a new fire arises, and Kadira must hold fast to his torch. It's destiny; she's a Torch Keeper. 

A fiery revolution sweeps across the kingdom of Érkeos, and each person must choose a side. Kadira, a girl set apart to serve the King, finds her city engulfed in the Liberation's emerald flames. Her blue eyes mark her as the enemy, and she flees from death. It stalks her anyway. When she meets Rekém, the Liberation warrior sent to kill her, she rebels against the King's ways. Two armies collide; indecision isn't an option. As hearts and lives hang in the balance, Kadira and Rekém could bring destruction or liberation to the entire kingdom.

Who will enjoy The Torch Keepers?
I wrote The Torch Keepers for young adult fantasy-lovers who want to experience a new world.  Through the allegorical story, I want readers of all backgrounds and beliefs to know that they’re never alone, and they can be redeemed and forgiven always.

Where can people buy your book?
My first novella, The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser, is available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback format.
The Torch Keepers, is to be released on the first of September, and it will also be available on Amazon as well as other possible sites to be announced!

Do you plan to write more books?
The question is, will God stop giving me stories?  =)
The Torch Keepers has a sequel coming soon (!) as well as possible other stories.  And the Lord hasn’t stopped giving me scenes and books and adventures.  So I don’t see an end date of writing books in sight.  I’m so thrilled to discover them!

Where can people connect with you online?
You can connect with me on my blog: Havingaheartlikehis.blogspot.com
Or to see a glimpse into my real life + book announcements + deeper thoughts, you can follow me on Instagram: @hosanna.emily

Do you have any final thoughts?
Thank you so much for allowing me to share my story and the ways God has moved in my life!  And friend, no matter what your story is, it’s beautiful.  God has an amazing plan for your life.  It might not be what you think or want or expect, but when we surrender to His will, give our all to Him, it’s good.
He is a good, good Father.  God writes the best life stories; and you’re always loved.