Lolita, describe yourself for our visitors.
I’m a pretty laid back person whose love for God is not only evident in my writing but my everyday life as well. I’m single, saved & loving it! That may come as a surprise to some of your visitors because I know every little girls dream is to find her prince charming, right? However I’m learning more & more each day to be my true authentic self no matter how quirky that may be. I think life just works best that way. If the shoe doesn’t fit don’t force it. In addition, I’m an extremely passionate person & very loyal as described by many. But I just learned the other day from one of my mentors that I’m also a woman who leaves a lasting impression, Wow! But I’d have to say whether I’m playing the role of Christian writer or simply being a friend to know me is to love me because I’m always just being me.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I connect with God on many levels. Of course there are the traditional ways like attending church, devotion time, reading my bible or other Christian books etc. I currently attend Hyde Park Vineyard Church, Chicago. But my home-foundation church is Christ the Lutheran Church this is where I first fell in love with God. But as I’ve grown older the dynamics of my relationship with God have sort of evolved, but in real simple ways. I now connect with him as I watch the seasons change; I recognize his presence as I listen to the birds chirping early in the morning; I feel connected with him as I look out my window at a rainbow in the sky after a major thunderstorm. That’s what I love about God he just meets us where we are. Whether we’re in the sanctuary getting our praise on or out shopping at the mall he’s right there with us. To me that’s what makes it so easy to connect with him.
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
It’s so funny that you should ask this question. I think I’m going to go outside of the box on this one and instead of giving a traditional bible verse or standardized quote I’m actually going to use my own quote that I posted on Facebook the other day. This just came to me early one morning not quite sure why? But I thought it was something really nice to share so I’d like to include it here.
“Sometimes I feel like a counterfeit Christian
When I hold my life up to light I become more aware of my flaws & imperfections
Yet God still chooses to use me. It is in this moment of humility that I become most fond of him.”
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
To be honest I wouldn’t necessarily say that I have a favorite author or book. I mainly read books for content so I’m not super biased when it comes to a particular author. That is, providing that it’s good reading material. But I will say that I was quite impressed with the last book I read by David Platt titled Radical. It was an awesome read! It completely changed my perspective on Christian culture in America. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking to do something drastic for the kingdom.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
I’d have to say journey is probably an understatement it’s been more like a roller coaster ride if anything. But even with all the twists & turns it’s been amazing to see God work. And although I’m not where I should be, I’m clearly not where I used to be. My journey to publication actually began in the year 2000. I had been taking some courses at Moody Bible Institute and for some reason I just felt led to start writing again. It had been something I had done early on in my childhood off & on, but it was nothing serious. So I’d have to say the vision for my first book titled Starting from Scratch which was published in 2003 just sort of evolved. It wasn’t something that I set out to do but as I started writing more & more the idea to take it to the next level became more evident. Then I took sort of took a break, or should I say life happened. I went through a lot of personal ordeals and thought it would be best that I just focus on freelance writing and learn as much as I could about my craft while in hiatus. And then in 2008, voila the idea for my current book titled Did You Get the Memo was revealed to me. And here I am today sharing it with the world.
Tell us about your current book.
My current book Did You Get the Memo is a very compelling story that chronicles scripture filled memos sent to a group of former business executives while working for a prominent Fortune 500 company named J.C. Enterprise. Although the executives always knew there was something angelic about the experience it’s not until years later that they get the surprise of a life time confirming it.
Without giving away the story let’s just say their lives are forever changed, period. They end up learning that they can’t put God in a box limiting him to religious tradition. God clearly has various ways of getting our attention which leads to the key question that the book poses. Are we simply not getting God’s messages?
In addition, one of the book’s other unique qualities is that it invites the reader to open up their heart and mind to experience God’s amazing love in an everyday work environment. Ultimately beyond profit margins & bottom lines the former business executives discover that their most valuable asset in life isn’t what they accomplish or achieve but is something far greater.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
The vision for the book was birthed out of my own personal experience in Corporate America. I witnessed on many levels a lack of love and compassion that exists in the corporate sector mainly because everyone is so caught up in bottom-lines & profit margins. It seems as a society we’ve somehow lost touch with humanity in our attempt to secure the “almighty dollar”. I wanted to use an everyday work environment as the back drop for this book because I thought this was a clever way of introducing God to an audience that might not otherwise recognize him. And that’s sort of the point of the book, that God is always speaking to us but so many of us don’t realize it because we’ve put God in a box limiting him to religious tradition.
What influenced you to write this book?
Overall much like all of my writing this book was influenced by my desire to please God. But this story in particular I think was probably mainly influenced by my experiences in Corporate America as I mentioned previously. But also, I think the fact that I too sometimes miss the mark when it comes to recognizing God’s voice in my own life is what really gives this story credibility. As the writer I can relate to my readers in that respect and I think because of that it brings a certain level of authenticity to the book. I never want my readers to feel as though their journey to God is one that they take alone. This also, is what influences me to write because on some level were all divinely connected and that’s what I hope that my work reflects.
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
My style of writing is very different from most authors in the sense that it really isn’t character or plot driven. I’m more concerned with using the story-line to convey an underlined message (lesson). But if I had to pick a character that I’m most in awe of it would have to be J.C. and that’s all I’m saying otherwise I’ll be giving away a key component of the book. But I will say I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! That’s all I can give you, you’ll just have to read the book to see what I’m referring to.
What’s Next For You?
I have a couple of projects that I’m currently working on. Of course there’s a third book and I’m also putting together a poetry CD right now as we speak. However, both projects are still in the preliminary stage so I don’t have much more to offer other than that. But who knows what else God has up his sleeves for me?
I’d presume with God in the picture the sky’s the limit!
Where can visitors find you online?
I can be found at any of the following spots online. Please stop by I can’t wait to meet all of you! www.lolitabuck.com or my blog “Divas-Dreams-Devils” www.lolitabuck.blogspot.com I’m also a social butterfly so feel free to connect with me on Facebook (Lolita Buck) or Twitter www.twitter.com/lolitawrites