Rosalind, describe yourself for our visitors.
How would I describe myself? I am fun-loving, yet serious. I am analytical and discerning. I enjoy meaningful conversations and seek to learn new things at every level. I marvel at the world around me and at my place in it. I think it is amazing that we are all here at this given time. Concepts like purpose intrigue me. I strive for my highest level in life, knowing that the ultimate goal is contentment. I despise deceit, dishonesty, and manipulation. In my spare time I enjoy watching tennis, Court TV, and raising my son. I get great joy out of seeing the world through new eyes. My favorite ministry is life. There are so many opportunities to minister to other by our daily decision making. Trying to adhere to, and understand the mysteries of God is my constant companion as I seek a higher level in all things.
How do you find time to connect with God?
God is like a best friend. I talk to Him constantly and ask Him about the things that I dont understand. I take great comfort in the fact that He is always available to me, and He is faithful. I ponder His Word, and try to be a doer of His Word, not just a hearer. I understand the things He takes me through are for my good. I trust Him completely, because of this I have been able to acquire peace during my tribulations. My desire is that others would see Him as I see Him, it makes for a much easier life.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
I love everything Bernice McFadden writes. I am in total awe of her talent. Her ability to make words come alive is otherworldly. I cannot imagine being so blessed. I like Michelle McGriff, because she writes out of the norm. Her plots are humorous, yet pack a profound punch. She keeps me enthralled. Natalie Darden is another favorite. Her style is so effortless and true. And, Patti Flinn, complex plots, fast paced, and suspense. What they all have in common is the honesty in which they write. My favorite books are Sugar, Loving Donovan, Camillas Roses, For Loves Sake, All About Me, and The List.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
It didnt go the traditional way. I left my job to start a retreat and within a month realized that wasnt my true passion. I realized my greatest desire was to write a book, but the fear was too great. I asked God for strength to overcome my fear and my life turned upside down. I was directed to an old, forgotten manuscript on my computer that became HEALING THE BREACH. Writing this book brought together the two things I loved the most, teaching and writing. My purpose in life is to write books based on Gods Word, and the application of His principles.
Tell us about your current book?
I just finished IN THE WRONG HANDS, which is a story about a saved, older woman with a hidden past. Now, an upright, respected, elder of the church, her life is turned upside down when her personal journals fall into the wrong hands. While Mother Jacks church life is stellar, her home life with her estranged husband and wayward daughter leaves a lot to be desired. Worried about exposing the towns secrets, Mother Jack finds herself in a bigger pickle when her own life is laid bare, and it is she, not the town she needs to be worrying about. Its full of twists and turns about what would happen if our innermost secrets were revealed for the world to see.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
From looking around at people who profess God, but dont use Him in their decision-making, or in their personal lives. I find that fascinating, that those who profess Christianity the loudest, usually lean to their own understanding and leave God totally out of the equation. There was plenty of fodder for Mother Jacks life!
Whats next for you?
I am working on the sequel to IN THE WRONG HANDS, tentatively entitled, CHASING BABEL, where sometimes the things we want, arent necessarily the things we need. But, once in situations we have to learn how to apply the Word of God to understand, how we got there, and what we need to do whilst we are in the battlefields.
Where can visitors find you online?
I can be found at http://www.heavenlybound.org, and on http://myspace.com/rosalindbstormer.