So ladies, take just a moment to share a bit about yourself and what you write.
Caryl: Hey, everyone. Green's my favorite color :) I'm a Texas Grami who loves giving God glory more than any other thing in my life. I'm married (47 years in June) to my high-school sweetheart, the most Christ-like man I know. (I am SO blessed!) I started writing in the mid-80s, but only discovered Christian fiction as a genre in 2012 and I'll never write any other kind of novel again. I'm working on three series right now. Historical Texas Romance (Book one from Howard Books, Simon & Schuster, 2 & 3 I Indie published), contemporary Red River Romance, and a Biblical fiction one, The Generations. My 'line' is "Praying my story gives God glory." If I can achieve that, then I accomplish my service to His Kingdom. Well...I may need to do some singing, too. He gives me new songs as well :) ♥✞ ♪God is Good! ♥✞♫♪ ALL the time!!♫♥ *♪ He put a song of praise ♥✞ ♪♥ in this heart of mine! ♥✞♪♫♪ God is Good ♥✞ ♫✫♥ All the time ♥✞ ♫♪ In your darkest hour ♥✞♪♫ His light will shine!!♥✞ ♪ God is good! ♫✫God is GOOD! ♥✞♥♪*•♫♪ All the time!!♫♥✞ ♪♫
Shirley Raye: I am new to inspirational writing for women. Previously, I have written nearly two dozen books for children. My Lewis & Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Random House) was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection and Pigeon Hero! (the true story of the real G.I. Joe during World War II) was published by Simon & Schuster and won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award.
Why did you decide to join Stitches Thru Time?
Shirley Raye: I have enjoyed reading the blog posts the last several months and wanted to be a part of "the family."
Linda: I love the concept. The different topics addressed on this blog appeal to me, though my stitching project is over now. Currently, I'm working on a latch-hook rug. Haven't decided what I'm going to do with it yet--it'll either be a Christmas gift for someone in the family, or a giveaway to one of my lucky newsletter readers!
Caryl: I've been wanting to get involved on a group blog. Meeting Jennifer on the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) loop planted the seed, then it grew, and now it's put forth a bud which will bloom on February 12th - if I get that date :) Very glad to be here!
Linda: Getting in the zone. This wonderful event doesn't happen in all my writing sessions. Sometimes I have to struggle for each word that lands on the page. Oh, but when I'm in the zone, writing seems so easy, all the right words flow from my fingers to the keyboard and onto the screen. God's grace on this writer.
Shirley Raye: My favorite thing about writing is watching where God leads me in this ongoing adventure. So often I get an idea I want to pursue but then the Lord leads the story line down an entirely different path. For instance, my historical novel AMANDA'S BEAU was going to be a "dog and boy" story like WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS, for kids, but it was transformed into a love story between a heartsick spinster and a Godly man, who considers teaching a calling, not just a job.
Caryl: Shirley, I love it when that happens. When we start thinking one thing and God just changes it.... Those are the best stories! Oh, but I hate picking one, because I have two favorite things about writing. Starting a new book or Chapter One, and writing The End after the last Chapter. If I must choose only one, I pick THE END, because that's when everyone gets to read it!
Apart from writing, what is your most favorite creative outlet?
Caryl: Laaaaaa, singing! My favorite thing to do in this world is to praise and worship the Lord! He started giving me new songs back in the mid-80s and still gives me the tune and lyrics all at the same time. I'd love to sing one for y'all. Here's a recent song He gave me to go along with a mid-grade dystopian trilogy--a twelve year old girl is singing to an agnostic friend-boy on the journey to her grandparents for saftey: ♥✞ ♪•✫Angels Unaware, ♥✞♫♪ You may never know that ♫♥ ♪ they are there ♥✞ ♫♥ but they come to help you ♥✞ ♪♫♪ on the path ♥✞ ♪♥ that you should go ♥✞ ♪♫•✫and I know ♥♪♫God sends His angels unaware!♥♪♫♪ He can count the stars!♥✞♪♫ He hung Jupiter and Mars!!♥✞ ♪♥He made every bird and butterfly ♥✞ ♪♫as different ♥✞♥♪ as you and I!!♫♪♥✞ ♪♫
Linda: I enjoy needle crafts and painting, but my love is in the kitchen. Love to cook, love food preservation like canning, pickling, and jelly making. I kinda stink at making desserts, but love everything else culinary.
Shirley Raye: I like baking and doing cross stitch. I make the world's best baklava. Really!
What is one fun thing about yourself that you can share with our readers?
Caryl: Yuh-ummm, on that Baklava, Shirley Raye! Is there a secret you discovered? Something fun? I still love riding my American Quarter Horse mare. She and I have the same birthday. On May 3rd, I'll be sixty-five, and she'll be fourteen. I've had her since she was six months old, inherited her (and 11 others in her herd) from my husband's dad in 2001.
Shirley Raye: I love bird watching. I even went to Iceland with my sister a few years ago so I could see Atlantic puffins up close. They are the cutest birds on God's green earth--little clowns of the sea!
Linda: My mother taught me how to shoot and how to fish, but not how to be a girly girl. I have virtually no sense of style--if things weren't color-coordinated on the store's racks, I'd be totally lost. One of my biggest desires in life, next to having a home decorator work on my place for free, is to have the ear and understanding of a talented fashionista.
If you could ask our readers one thing, what would it be?
Linda: What aspect of your Christian faith is most important to you?
Shirley Raye: I would like to know what readers find the most inspirational about an inspirational novel.
Caryl: How do you feel about an author you enjoy starting two additional genres? I wrote historical romance, now have added contemporary romance and Biblical fiction. Are you game for trying the new or do you only want the historicals?