INTERVIEW | Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress

Vivi, describe yourself for our visitors.

A simple yet complex woman who happens to be an author with a heart and passion to please God through the use of the talents He’s given me. Many describe me as “deep” and that often amuses me since I know me as “goofy” (LOL). Anyway, when I’m not writing, I’m assisting other authors in their literary projects through my contract publishing company, Queen V Publishing. My hobbies and interests outside of writing and publishing are few to none as of late … I’ve GOT to work on that!

How do you find time to connect with God?

Well, I try not to find time but to instead make time to connect with God—daily. Normally, I like to meet Him in my prayer closet first thing in the morning while the house is still quiet. However, that’s not always the case, especially if I’ve stayed up until 2 am writing. So, somewhere in the day, I stop and spend time with Him even if it’s only for a few minutes. He’s such a huge presence in everything I do that it’s hard NOT to connect at some point, on some level with Him.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

After many years of discontentment, I ditched Corporate America for my dream and God’s call on my life by devising a twenty-four month plan; I saved a portion of each paycheck and cut back on expenses. In doing so, I was able to make an exit and still support my children and myself comfortably for a year. Well, that was in 2003 and God has been faithful from that time until this, meeting our needs and allowing me to write and publish what He gave me. I established Little Light Productions, published my work under this imprint and the rest, as they say, is history. And in my case, Black History (smile).

Tell us about your current book?

My newest book is entitled Manna for Mamma: Wisdom for Women in the Wilderness and released May 2007. While pursuing my Doctorate in Ministry, my professor / mentor—aware that I was already a published author—encouraged me to write my dissertation project in book form. Manna is that dissertation, now a book and was a true blessing to pen. It explores the various and common seasons of wilderness in a woman’s life: beauty & aging, dating & marriage, self-esteem, parenting, the missing man, and so on. Interestingly enough, the segment on The Missing Man has a small part in the book but has largely inspired the bi-monthly Mission: MARRIAGE Prayer and Fast vigil hosted by the book’s Web site, (www.MannaForMamma.com), praying for the institution of marriage.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

Actually, the title for my recent book, Manna for Mamma, came to me several years ago while the concept and outline were just recently revealed to me. At one point in my personal study of the scriptures, I found myself so taken with the plight of the Israelites and as I pressed God for a deeper understanding, I began seeing their journey line up with my own as well as that of many other women—women who found themselves wandering and getting off track with God and His plan for their lives. Manna serves somewhat as a roadmap to guide and inspire women to move in the direction of His promises for her life, already fulfilled and awaiting her arrival.

List your three most recent books.

Manna for Mamma: Wisdom for Women in the Wilderness (2007), ISBN 13: 978-0-9748020-4-6

Blended Families An Anthology (2006), ISBN 13: 9780978606602—Contributing Writer

The Bankrupt Spirit: Principles for Turning Setbacks into Comebacks (2004), ISBN 10: 0-9748020-0-X

What’s next for you?

I’ve learned a long time ago that my literary steps, just as my other endeavors, are ordered by the Lord so I’m not exactly sure at this point. However, I am excited about a first novel I’m working on completing as part of a series dealing with sexuality and the church; its currently under review by a Christian imprint. Who knows, it may be on the shelves next year!

Where can visitors find you online?

  • www.DrViviMonroeCongress.com
  • www.MannaforMamma.com
  • www.AnointedAuthorsOnTour.com
  • www.AuthorShowcaseEvents.com
  • www.MySpace.com/DrVivi
  • www.ShoutLife.com/DrVivi