All my life I’ve wanted just a little more sleep to do the right thing. To earn God’s love. Crazy I know but there it is. I tell people I’m a recovering oldest daughter. Must do it right.
Now it’s about pleasing God and not “doing it right.”
Why I Write
My writing all started on a Friday night at home with http://bored.com. A few weeks before that night I felt God telling me He wanted to write my life on the Internet. This was before Blogs were everywhere and any where. I had a couple of websites and tried a new one with a few posts but quickly dropped it. Too many problems, too public.
That Friday night I sat typing in URLS. What comes up if I type in allwhite.com (rubber roofs?!) or junkfoodjunky.com or bored.com? Hit the jackpot with bored.com. There was a link to an online diary site. I signed up and started writing. Soon I had a book. Or three.
The In His Footsteps Books
The books fit into the self-help memoir category similar to The Happiness Project or Eat, Pray, Love, but with an inspirational Christian view. Now that people are used to reading in short post formats, the books have found a niche audience. People who like to read tell me they keep going from one entry to the next and stay up late reading it, while people who like the book but don’t like reading are happy they can get a funny or inspiring story in just a few minutes and then set it aside until later. Those people tell me they keep it on the bedside stand but I have my suspicions it might be a bathroom reader.
All the books are titled In His Footsteps which is also my website – http://inhisfootsteps.com with a different focus for each. The first is In His Footsteps: How I Gave My ToDo List To God and Got More Done, More Sleep and Less Stress. It’s for women like me who have more to do than day to do it in.
The one I think of as second is on marriage – God as marriage counselor. It’s still in process, just like our marriage. My editor and I are letting it rest – another word for ignoring it in hopes it will write itself.
The one that just came out is In His Footstep: The Mission Years – How We Sold All We Had to Follow God as He Created Amazing Miracles, New Hearts and a Thinner Me. It’s about senior missionary service. You know those wonderful people who go around helping and inspiring and serving in their retirement years? So do we, and we’re not them. Fortunately, God took over. We were stunned as we watched one miracle after another take place in spite of ourselves. He is amazing!
What People Say
People tell me my books make them laugh, give them hope and motivate them to listen even more closely to God and His spirit. That keeps me charged up to keep going.
We publish my books ourselves because my husband Parker has a background in the print industry so we figured I could spend a few years finding an agent and a publisher or we could just do it ourselves and spend the same few years marketing the books.
Where I am now
Parker and I live on 38.5 forested acres in wild, wonderful West Virginia with chickens, deer, coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, frogs and a large garden.
Between the two of us we have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren (Parker’s side!)
Parker loves being outside even on rainy days. He puts on a wide-brimmed hat and walks around in the rain looking like a walking waterfall. I, on the other hand, like curling up in a comfy chair looking out the window at the results of Parker’s work.
I write from a small office over a stone cellar filled with the fruits and vegetables of Parker’s Garden. I can see mountains, ponds and trees from my office window and NO people. I like that being basically a hermit. Although the neighbor girls are darling. And I love the social side of the Internet.
How To Get The Books
In His Footsteps: How I Gave My Todo List to God and Got More Done, More Sleep and Less Stress is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/In-His-Footsteps-Situation-Purpose/dp/0976732742/ in both print and Kindle versions and any book store (by request!). The same for In His Footsteps: The Mission Years – How We Sold All We Had to Follow God as He Created Amazing Miracles, New Hearts and a Thinner Me