Describe yourself for our visitors.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, a military spouse, a teacher, an entrepreneur and a young African American woman.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I use my weekends to read my bible, I listen to gospel music and pray on my drive to work. I drive an hour to and from work each day so it a great time to connect with God and really spend some personal time with Him.
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
One of my favorite bible verses is Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
I love this verse because it is so simple and yet so powerful. It teaches us who we should be and how we should act as followers of Jesus Christ. I taught my kids a lesson on the fruit of the spirit the other day and they understood it so well. They told me that “if we, Christians have the spirit of God on the inside of us than we should have all of this fruit just like a grape vine grows grapes.” Can you image the joy that I felt just to know that my kids understood that because of who we are this is how we should behave? That was the most amazing definition and it is so true. God is good.
Who are your favorite authors?
T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyers, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Kendra Norman Bellamy, Terri McMillan, and so many others
Anything by Kim Roby and Kendra Norman Bellamy, they are such great writers.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
My journey to publication with this book was very different but very rewarding. This was the first book that I released with my own publishing company. I really enjoyed seeing all of my hard work come to fruition. My husband and I had worked so hard to get all of the contractual agreements in place for the publishing company and hire all of the necessary people to make everything work and Jesus blessed our every move. Jesus sent us everything that we needed: editors, graphic artist, book distributors, printers and book stores. Having my own publishing company was very different from the process of just self publishing and it took a lot of work but I loved every minute of it and I am looking forward to all of the other books that we will publish. HortonJones, Inc is new to the publishing world but we are here to stay. We already have distribution in five different countries.
Tell us about your current book.
Nothing Is Too Hard For God, is a stand-alone novel to my first novella, I Still Do. These books are about the friendship and lives of three ladies. Nothing Is Too Hard For God, specifically deals with a lot of the issues that the ladies have on a more personal level instead of everything being handled within the friendship the way things were done in, I Still Do. I wrote the book this way because truly when we have to handle the different issues that we have within ourselves we have to handle them on our own, no one else can do that for us. It’s funny, dramatic, encouraging, laugh-out-loud-funny and a testament to what God can do in our lives if we would only surrender “it” all to Him.
What influenced you to write this book?
Well I decided to write this book because at the end of the first book, I Still Do, I felt like there was more to say but that I should create a series. However I became certain about it as I toured and talked to the readers and they wanted to know more about these characters and their lives. I am also experiencing this again so after, He Left Me, my book that will be released in November, I am going to come back to these characters with another book. I will keep writing about them as long as the readers love them.
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
In the first book, I Still Do, Deborah was my favorite character because she is an attorney, something I have always dreamed of being but now Karen is my favorite. She is my new favorite character because she really stands up for herself in, Nothing Is Too Hard For God
What’s next for you?
I am completing my third book which is also a novel, He Left Me, and it’s about a family from Ghana West Africa that faces woes as they try to leave Africa and make a new life for themselves in the United States. The main character is beautiful women named Tete, she and her husband have been married since the age of 12. Kenu her husband comes to America and is now tired of “the married life”. His decisions as well as hers begin to affect their six children and bring back some awful things from the previous generations in both of their families. There is a preview of this story in the back of; Nothing Is Too Hard For God. He Left Me, will be released November 2010.
I am also helping my children put together their first children’s book as well as continuing to build my publishing company, HortonJones, Inc. and traveling to speak at different events and teach writing seminars.
Where can visitors find you online?
I am on facebook and I have a website. I can be contacted on either one, unless I am on tour or traveling with my family I check them daily.