Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Personal Q&A

What's your greatest fear?

Well, on the surface, it would seem that spiders are my greatest fear. Yes, I am very arachnophobic. I can still remember my sister chasing me around with Daddy Longlegs and screaming my head off.

If you look deeper, though, you’ll see my greatest fear is linked to my greatest desire—to make a difference. My fear is that I will not make a difference, that I will be ineffectual.

What was the most dangerous thing you ever did?

Most dangerous? Oh, I am so not a risk-taker like that. Sleeping on a dock with nothing to keep me from rolling into the water is the only thing that comes to mind. Well, that, and getting pregnant in spite of all my health issues.

What's your dream?

Besides becoming a published author and making a difference? My dream is to raise my wonderful children to be considerate, loving adults who trust in God the same way I do now.

How many manuscripts do you have under your belt?

Technically, I’ve written four novels. Two of which will probably never see the light of day if I have my way. One which I wrote, revised, and pitched—but then put on the back burner. My current WIP is completed and in the editing process.

Name the top 10 people you would most like to meet in the world, in order of preference?

Number one would be Alex Lidell. She is one of my favorite writing partners and although we’ve conversed for about three years online, we’ve never met. The rest are in no particular order:

2. Beth Moore—her Bible studies are the main “human” reason I am where I am in my relationship with my Savior.

3. John B. Olson—I loved his novel, Shade, and look forward to reading Powers. He writes in the same genre as I would like to.

4. Dawne Dominique—A lady who has been so supportive and encouraging as I explore this crazy world of writing and publishing.

5. Annie and Jay—Part of the East Coast Trio (including Alex Lidell), these two are great writers, fab reviewers, and well, just all-around good people to know.

6. Ren Black—Another critique partner, her and I both hope to be published by the same publisher one day. We also have a lot in common when it comes to our lifestyles—from writing to homeschooling.

7. The Ladies of The Writer’s Alley—One of my favorite blogs, each woman is so unique and fun, I’d just love a chance to meet them all one day.

8. Sandra Byrd—My mentor in the Christian Writers Guild Apprenticeship program, she has helped me grow so much over the last couple of years. I’d love to meet her one day and give her a great big hug!

9. Sara Horn—Founder of Wives of Faith, a ministry focused on supporting and encouraging military wives. I’ve always had a heart for women, but recently found God leading me to encourage those who are just like me, which is why I’ve been so blessed to be a blogger for Wives of Faith.

10. Oh, and I guess I want to meet Kurt Chambers too. He’s a rockin’ MG writer and a fantabulous friend.

Those are my answers to your questions. Now you know me just a little bit better. I’ll meander in a few times today, so if you think of anything else you want to know…leave a comment!


  1. Beth Moore. LOVE that lady. Can we take a cousin roadtrip and see her somewhere? I saw her last year at Passion and probably will again this year, but it wasn't on a person-to-person basis.... and I want to have coffee with that lady!

  2. This post made me smile! I'm so happy you've been blessed with your children, and I know you'll be blessed with that book contract you've been dreaming of.

  3. I want to meet you too! :) And you already made a difference in my life.

    Hey, you cheated! You named 11 people. Jay and I count for two. :P

  4. Ralene! You got my question wrong, you silly thing. I said do them in order of preference. I meant put the person you wanted to meet the most at number one. You got it the wrong way round and put me at ten hahaha!!!

  5. Jess--you're the one down there in TX! You arrange it and I'll be there!

    Jill--Thanks for stopping by and you know I love to make people smile!

    Annie--Aw...you're so sweet. Well, I figured I couldn't say you and Alex and leave Jay off. lol... It's killing three birds with one stone.

    Kurt--OOOhh...was that what I was supposed to do? Maybe I was just saving the best for last! :P

  6. Thanks for the fun post, Ralene! I must confess that I share your fear, "My fear is that I will not make a difference, that I will be ineffectual." And wow, Beth Moore Bible studies are my favorites. My desire is to share the truths of the Bible in much the same way as she does.

    Enjoy training those precious children. And God bless as you search for a 'home' for your WIP!


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