The photograph I have posted was made after I published my first novel. I think the date was in 2009 or 2010. I spoke to a group of over 200 ladies at the First Baptist Church in Salisbury. I was able to share my faith and my testimony and how I started this journey of writing.
Please note that I had to have a microphone, because my voice was very weak. I contracted whooping cough at 60 years of age, and to this day, my voice has not returned to normal due to permanent damage from persistent coughing which characterizes pertussis (whooping cough). My right vocal chord just doesn’t work properly. To put it bluntly…my entire life changed in “a moment in time.” After spending many months confined to bed, I was able to make this book signing event. As a result of the childhood disease, I now suffer from many things, including the right vocal chord injury. Before all of that happened, I was a soprano soloist, but God closed that door and graciously opened the window of writing. After that first manuscript was completed, my dear husband wanted to see that it was published; so, we chose the path of self publishing. I must admit Hope Returns was not perfect, but it was born out of suffering and drawing closer to God. That first publication was in 2008. I chose to republish it in 2015 with a few corrections. I worked for a group of educators, and I hated to see it out there with mistakes. I know that the second publication also bears the scars of what I was dealing with, but I don’t plan to make any additional changes. One will have to accept it as it is “warts and all.”
Today, I’m 72 years old and so thankful for God’s healing grace. It’s been twelve years since pertussis, and I still deal with many issues…especially a weak, raspy voice. But at least I’m able to write about true-to-life characters who need Jesus as their Savior. I cover many relevant issues that we as people deal with on a daily basis. I’ve always loved a good mystery, and of course I have to include those in my stories. They always have a touch of romance, and I usually have a pastor in the storyline (could that be because I’m a preacher’s kid?). My main goal in writing is not to get rich but to proclaim the Gospel in my own feeble way. My five novels have far surpassed what I thought they would, and my singing would never have reached as many people for Christ as my little books have. My writings are now being sold around the world…thanks to Amazon. God has blessed me in so many ways, and I can never thank Him enough. Last week I heard from a lady in Canada who has purchased my books and will be donating them to the public library in her town there. So you see…God’s not finished with me yet. He’s still on His throne, and I can never praise Him enough.
First and Second Publications of Hope Returns
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift…2 Corinthians 9:15