INTERVIEW | Vertie Reid

Vertie, describe yourself for our visitors?

I’m 59 years old, and lately, besides reading and writing I’ve been playing games on the computer. I’ve also been practicing my skills, creating a blog, and a web site. My favorite types of music are any songs about worship. I’m very involved in ministering to my foster children and the seniors at the nursing home, every 4th Sunday, which is at Genesis Eldercare-Network in Plainfield N.J. I’m also the “Church Mother ” at my local church, Agape Worship Center of the Fields-Plainfield, N.J.

How do you find time to connect with God?

Psalms:34:1 is my favorite scripture, therefore, I practice praising God continuously. So, I always find time to connect with Him. I also have a prayer partner who is a 86 year old senior and she calls quite often for prayer. I pray quite a bit for one of the children under my care; she is one of the medically fragile children that I’m still caring for.

Tell us about your current book?

Smile Bandages Cover a Multitude of Pain is a book about a woman who cared for children who were challenged physically, mentally or emotionally. Throughout her experiences, she faced the challenges which caused her to depend totally upon her God.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

The idea for this book came into existence because of the pain I’d experienced, due to the history and loss of my family. The smiles I kept on my face to conceal my hurt, brought much joy to the children God called me to minister to.

Describe your journey to publication.

I ministered unto our Church congregation one Sunday morning; one of my daughters, said that I should minister more often and tell the Mothers in our Church how to raise their children. I decided instead of speaking to a few women over the pulpit, that I write about my experiences in a book. Three months later, I’d completed my novel. Publication of this book came about through asking God for directions as who to submit my manuscript to. I said to the Lord that I will send it out to three different publishers and the first one who contact me with a contract is the one whom I’ll sign with.

What’s next for you?
I’m currently writing my second book, which I also was inspired to write it after I ministered to our congregation at our church.