Mikasenoja, describe yourself for our visitors.
Mikasenoja is a woman who loves God, loves her family, her church and basically people in general. I am a cheerleader for Christ and I love encouraging and coaching people to see the brighter side of a negative situation. I love to go swimming with my children, singing, praise dancing, writing and reading.
I absolutely love gospel music. I come from a family of educators, preachers, counselors and musicians. And my husband is a organist and plays by ear. I have four children who are all gifted in the area of music. I have a nine year old son who proclaims that he will be the next Kirk Franklin and I think he may be. He can really SANG as we say in the South. I am very active with the Women Ministry and Praise and Worship Ministry of our church and supporting my husband’s ministry.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I find time to connect with God by reading my bible, praying, singing songs that seem to just lift my spirit and watching God work in my life, my friends’ life and in the body of our church. God is always working; we just have the find the time to connect to Him. My writing also connects me with God. He truly amazes me with what He delivers through me; nobody but God can do that. Sometimes, I look back at something I wrote and I can’t even remember writing it, then I know that God has spoken. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we allowed God to truly use us like that on a daily basis? WOW! Just think what a better place this world would be. I am a convinced and convicted believer that we are only vessels for HIM.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books? I
My favorite authors are Reshonda Tate Billingsley, Frank Peretti, Victoria Christopher Murray, Lolita Tademy and Tiffany Warren.
I love Christian fiction and historical fiction. My favorite books are This Present Darkness, Red River and Beloved.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
I self published in 2005 and was picked up by Urban Christian in 2007 for a 2 book deal. I was blessed that my first book that I ever wrote was picked up by a mainstream publisher.
Tell us about your current book?
My book, “Confessions of a Preacher’s Wife” seeks to uncover the many temptations and sacrifices that clergy families deal with on a daily basis. If you have ever been curious to know the realities of being a pastor’s wife and to know how to treat and love on your pastoral family this is the book for you. Of course, you will be able to find every crazy person in your church in this book as well. I read my book just to get a laugh for the morning because it still cracks me up.
Everyone has someone in their church like Sister Finley, who wants to control the church and tell everyone else what they can and cannot do in the church. I love to read the book for inspiration as well. The pastor’s wife in the story, Jacqueline Stevens, brings so much wisdom to the story and her prayers over her family are just awesome. So yes, this story encourages me to stay in the race and hold the banner for Christ.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
I became a senior pastor’s wife at the age of 25. It was one of the hardest adjustments of my life. I had just been married for 3 years, my father and my father in law had just passed within 6 months of each other. My husband was called to pastor at the age of 25, so we were the youngest couple in the church, leading the church and trying to set a biblical example and it was tough. I began to research clergy families and I was stunned at the research that I discovered.
Some of these clergy families and church leaders were suffering in silence and divorce among clergy was at an all time high due to the stresses of the job and yet I still found hope because the job is rewarding as well. Many recent popular books characterize clergy families as spoiled, materialistic and wayward. I wrote to bring some balance and honesty to the table when illustrating stories about church leaders and the Body of Christ.
In our society, we have a tendency to celebrate our villains and tolerate our heroes and this is what you began to see in some of our latest works of African-American fiction. I thought it was also necessary to start educating the church and empowering the leaders to not allow the devil any room to win; if you give the devil an inch he will try to become your ruler. I wanted to write a fictional story that would educate, empower and equip the Body of Christ, especially those who serve in a leadership capacity within the church, to know that the church belongs to God and to Him only. And that God gives us everything that we need to be successful.
What’s next for you?
I am converting my books to the stage and DVD through my company LBK Enterprise. The stage play based on my book and written for the stage by Gospel Literary Prince, Bryan-Keyth Wilson will debut in Houston in December 2008.
We will be introducing the LBK Entertainment Card in late Fall 2008. My next book, “Temporary Inconvenience” will be out October 2009. I am really pumped up to see God open doors that have historically been closed to faith based writers, producers and entrepreneurs.
Where can visitors find you online?