Monday, October 22, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: Fruit of My Spirit by Deanna Nowadnick


Welcome to the CBRB, Deanna! Thank you for being here! When did you first discover that you loved writing?

Great first question! I graduated from college with a major in English, but never really enjoyed writing. I think it had more to do with being told what to write, rather than the writing itself. Working on my first book, I finally admitted my love for writing. I recognized the gift I’d been given and the wonderful opportunity God was giving me to share my stories.

Why do you write the type of books that you do?

Both my featured book and second book are both memoirs of short stories. I am privileged to share messages of hope and inspiration. I have been blessed as a child of God, someone who has known great joy and the frustration of life’s challenges, major and minor. The books are a joyful celebration of mercy and grace.

What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?

More a challenge than an obstacle was my awareness that my books are about God and His love and faithfulness, not Deanna and her mastery over the elements. It’s easy to think that life is all about me, but we all know differently. Trusting God to give me the stories and the words is a walk of faith, especially for someone who prides herself on her ability to micromanage any- and everything!

Has writing changed your life in any way?

Ten years ago (or two years ago, for that matter), if you had told me I would one day be responding to an Author Interview, I would have rolled my eyes and then laughed you out of the room. May I just affirm the saying, “God’s not finished with me yet.” He never is, is he?

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?

Psalm 51: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” Notice I use the King James Version. I love the beauty of the words and their message. Oh, to have a heart like David!

Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?

There are many books that have been truly spectacular for different reasons. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird gave me the courage to write and to keep writing. Jane Austen warms my heart. Beth Moore feeds my soul and nurtures my faith. Steig Larsson wow’s me. And honorable mention has to go to Carolyn Keene who gave a young girl her first real love of reading. In third grade I really just wanted to grow up and be Nancy Drew.

What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?

I’m a study in contrasts. The competent, Type-A part of me assists in the management of a very successful investment advisory firm, cares for all things financial at church, and leads where and when she can. The ditzy, quirky part of me has been known to talk so much to my latte lady that I’ve left without paying. More than once I’ve gotten back to my desk and then turned around with a red face and the dollars owing.

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Please tell us about the featured book.

Fruit of My Spirit is part Bible study, part memoir, part confessional. What started as one story for my sons about how I met their father quickly became a much larger story about God’s love and faithfulness. As you’ll read, God has encircled me during joyous, sad, cringe-worthy, heartwarming, forgettable, memorable moments in life. The book is for anyone who’s ever questioned God’s ability to love and forgive, who’s ever wondered about their place in God’s family or God’s place in theirs.  

Can you please give us the first page?

            I’m a mess.  The highlights in my hair hide a pre-gray drab.  One hip and one knee have been replaced and another knee should be.  I’m overweight and under the illusion that I’m going to wake up one morning to a younger, skinnier self.  On good days I whine and complain.  On bad days I whine and complain more.  I’m impatient whenever life has the audacity to thwart my plans.  I get frustrated whenever life presents a detour or a hurdle.  At one point I planned to live to 125.  When I remembered that the Bible says Moses only lived to 120, I decided on 119.  I can’t imagine God needing me around longer than Moses!
            Life has its challenges.  Life is a challenge.  I know my existence is about more than this body.  I know it’s not about gray hair, failing body parts and excess pounds.  I know the important stuff’s on the inside, but honestly, I’m not so sure that the inside stuff’s any prettier.  Perhaps I’ve been expecting God to act as my own fairy godmother, ready to pop into the scene any moment now.  With a twinkle in His eye and a wand in His hand, I’ve been waiting to be tapped ever so gently on the forehead and magically transformed into a loving, joyous, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled delight in His life, adorned in a nice white ensemble, cute shoes, and fresh nail polish.  In thinking that, I’ve not only trivialized God’s love and forgiveness, but I’ve missed the magnitude of His mercy that’s been shared with me over and over again.  I’ve overlooked the fruit of His Holy Spirit that’s already a part of my own spirit in all that I do and all that I am.
            So now what?  Filled with His Holy Spirit, do I step back from life as I’ve known it?  Do I need to tiptoe around the messiness of each day, avoiding the dirt and grime of my daily existence?  If not wearing a white ensemble, something off-white?  With His fruit, will I have this new aura about me that parts the seas and calms the storm within?

Where can readers learn more information about you?

I love connecting with readers!
·         Website: www.deannanowadnick.com (note: my website is being redone, so check back September 1st!)
·         Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FruitofMySpirit
·         Twitter: @deannanowadnick
·         Books: Barnes & Noble and Amazon

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GIVEAWAY!
Deanna has kindly offered to giveaway a print copy of Fruit of My Spirit! Just leave a comment with your email address to be entered in the giveaway. Giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. Be sure to check the sidebar (under Winner Announcement) after the giveaway is over to see if you've won. The winner must contact me by going to my "Contact Me" page and sending me an email. 

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Giveaway ends on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at midnight (Eastern time). Winner will be chosen through Random.org,

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for letting me be a part of CBRB! I look forward to sharing a book with one of your followers!

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  2. I enjoyed reading the interview! "More than once I’ve gotten back to my desk and then turned around with a red face and the dollars owing." LOL! Thanks for sharing the first page. Fruit of my Spirit sounds good!

    Jes
    jswaks at gmail dot com

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  3. I subscribe via email.

    jswaks at gmail dot com

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  4. I subscribe via email.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    jswaks at gmail dot com

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  5. Great interview! I can relate to the messiness of life. I seem to get one area straightened out only to let another area slide. I need to learn to be a better juggler. Yet if I can keep looking joyful as I drop the balls and try to keep pace in picking them back up then that means God is making some progress with me. I think your book would be very encouraging.

    I am a follower. Blessings, Janice jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. I am also a subsciber by e-mail. I hope I win!

    Janice

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