Jackie, describe yourself for our visitors.
I’m a single mother of two boys from Detroit. I have been writing for more than ten years. Christian Fiction and Romance are my first loves. Over the years, I have completed and published other Christian-related articles, stories, and novellas. I didn’t discover a love for writing until a very good friend who knew I loved talking about God, asked me to write a few devotionals for her. Not only did I discover I rather enjoyed that daunting task, I was good at it.
How do you find time to connect with God?
People often are under the misconception that connecting with God has to be formal or ceremonial. Not true. I talk to him all the time and that’s when the connection begins. Prayer is simply a conversation with God. If you were having a conversation with a person, it can happen anywhere. That’s how I approach my relationship with God. With the rather hectic life that I lead, I take every opportunity that I can to have a conversation with Him. It could be in the car on my way to work, at night when I am laying in bed, or even just sitting at my desk at work. My devotionals are actually an extension of our conversations. I find that many of the devotionals that I write are reflective of something I may be going through. I talk to him about the situation and he gives me and more often than not, others the answers to our questions.
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13. And my favorite quote is; Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth. My reasons for both of these are that so often we fail because we fear. The word of God has already said that we can do ALL, not some but ALL things through Christ Jesus. Our problem is that so often we set ourselves up for failure for fear of failing or because we fear what others may say or think about us. It took me a very big part of my life to learn that nothing beats a failure but a try. We will never know what we can truly do if we are hindered by fear and how can we fail when God has already given us the victory through Christ Jesus.
Tell us about your current book.
What happens when a prominent and successful Chicago Judge falls in love with her driver? Angela Jenkins decided as a child that she would become a lawyer. Fighting injustices perpetrated against those who could not or would not fight for themselves ran like passion through her veins. Growing up, Angela was taught that putting God first in her life, respecting the rights and choices of others, and working hard, were the most important things a person should strive for. While in pursuit of her law degree, Angela meets Rhonda, Theresa, and Darlene who are there reaching for the same goals. Over the next two decades, an unbreakable bond forms and friends become sisters.
Angela finds the more successful she becomes, the more she begins to lose her connection with God and starts conforming more to the world, than to the word of God. When love enters her heart, she must decide if having a relationship is more important than what others, including her friends, have to say. Angela is forced to look at what’s important in her life and has to choose between allowing others to shape who she is or conforming to what God wants her to be.
What influenced you to write this book?
It was inspired by a question that a friend asked. He was a business owner who dressed like his blue collar workers. He asked, "Why is it that professional women won’t even give me the time of day?" So often we judge people by how they dress, what type of car they drive and a lot of other materialistic standards as apposed to getting to know the person.
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your book?
Actually there are a lot of lessons to be learned. Discovering what’s important, judging others and that everyone will mistakes but that it’s never too late to recover from them.
What’s next for you?
I am actually working on two new manuscripts for “Peace in the Storm Publishing.” “Destiny” and “Caught in the Middle” Additionally, I am preparing for my book launch party that will be held here in Detroit on April 24, 2009 in the Wayne County Building Atrium starting at 6:00 pm. I will be out promoting my book as much as possible. I would really love to connect with readers and book clubs who would like to connect with me.
Where can visitors find you online?
My website is http://www.jacquelinedmoore.com and I am also on Twitter.com, facebook.com, myspace.com, blogger.com, iseecolor.com, linkedin.com and I go by the name of mamajacq. My email address is email@example.com and you can also find me at http://www.peaceinthestormpublishing.com.