Tromping through knee-deep snow in middle of winter in Maine on the old homestead of my ancestors. I explored the empty colonial house through the windows and the 18th century log garrison house imagining how they fortified themselves from Indian attacks. I felt like I was on hallowed ground. This trip, which included exploring of the region’s other historical places, was extremely valuable on many levels – for me personally, for general colonial research in one of Maine’s earliest settlements for current book projects, and for the novel I hope to write about my ancestors some day.
I’ve enjoyed doing these things for years, but to everything there is a season. Now that my writing has become a career I’ve had to be selective about what I choose to do. The first step was deciding to do activities that had some common ground so I didn’t feel like I was being pulled in so many directions. The genealogy hobby really got me interested in Colonial American history. I have a strong New England heritage of first settlers, and I love writing about this period. I taught courses on Online Genealogy and HTML for adult education and I worked for 4 years for an adult literacy organization. I no longer do that type of work in lieu of writing and now only occasionally take on website design projects that are author or writing related. I’m happy that I have the ability to create and manage my own presence on the web. I’ve served in ministry for many years leading women’s groups and planning women’s conferences. Interestingly the conferences have given me an opportunity to meet many Christian speakers and writers. Although I love serving that way, my current season of ministry is sharing through my writing and teaching/speaking opportunities of my own. They key to it all has been to yield to the steps that the Lord has set before me and not succumb to the temptation to say “yes” to everything.
Learning not to say “yes” to everything – that can be a tough lesson to conquer. Other than getting better at streamlining some things, what has been the most fun (or rewarding) thing about having a published novel, so far?
It has been an amazing journey. It thrills me to see how happy my friends and family are to see my dream of publication having come to fruition. A true blessing! I hope those who read the story will be blessed in turn.
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Raspberry. Definitely raspberry. There is a delicious scene in the story that illuminates why this is the favorite flavor of them both!