Monday, May 12, 2014

Author Interview and Giveaway: The Short Life of Moths by Sharon Bernash Smith

Welcome to Christian Book Review Blog, Sharon! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Thanks so much for having me. 

 I’m a mother of two grown sons and the proud Grandmother of four precocious granddaughters.  I’m active in my church as a Bible study leader and have worked in the past at several Pregnancy Resource Centers in the community. I stay fit by walking and enjoy watercolor painting when I can. I am a cowgirl at heart.

When did you first discover that you loved writing? 

I’ve always had a very active imagination and studied journalism. During the 25 years I spent with the Pregnancy Centers, I worked on the newsletters, rediscovering my love for writing.

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

I call what I write “Reality Fiction,” because I’m committed to addressing the obstacles we all face in life with passion and truth. More than anything, I want my readers to know that God desires  to be intimately involved in their everyday lives as they face those obstacles. We are never alone because of His unending love..

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

I’m a very social person by nature, but it’s impossible to write while interacting with others. So, since writing is a solitary calling, making time to write became my greatest obstacle. However, I found as I prioritized my time, it became easier, although. I still struggle. Since God has called me to this ministry, I find He gives me the strength I need.

Has writing changed your life in any way?

Oh, yes. I am much more aware of people’s “stories,” now.  I call myself a “noticer,” and often warn people if they see me taking notes, they just might end up in one of my books. Also, I’ve written with two co-authors who are now my sister’s in Christ. What a blessing.  It’s all good!

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?

“Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.” Zechariah 4:6  This is my life scripture, because ultimately it’s God’s Spirit that gives us strength and power for all of life through the shed blood of Jesus. God is in control, and this scripture is a perfect reminder.

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

Oh wow, there have been so many.  All of Corrie Ten Boom’s books made me a better Christian and furthered my interest in the Holocaust. I’m convinced that every book I’ve ever read has influenced me in some way, but none, of course like, the Bible.  Recently, One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, has had a profound impact on my daily faith walk. Her words fall on me like lullabies. 

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

Without going into a lot of detail…dressing up in a gorilla suit…twice.  ‘Nuff said.

Please tell us about the featured book.
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The Short Life of Moths is the book I never wanted to write because it’s inspired by true events surrounding domestic violence. I was sitting in a courtroom, listening to my beautiful niece testify against the man who had violently attacked and humiliated her, when I knew God wanted me to tell the story.

All though the reality of domestic violence is ugly, this book is one of hope and healing.  I deliberately made my protagonist younger because I wanted to reach girls earlier in their lives in order to prevent them from ever entering into an unhealthy relationship in the first place.

My main character is a Christian, and desires to share her faith with a boy several years older, since she believes in second chances.  Because of her good intentions, she’s completely blindsided by his true motives, and they are evil.  

I’m now involved in speaking to young women about what true love looks like according to the Bible and 1Corinthians 13.  I call my presentation, “Love Never Hurts.”

Can you please give us the first page?

Superior Court, Clark County, WA

“Ladies and gentlemen, what you are about to hear is a story surrounding a lovely, caring friendship…”  The prosecuting attorney took two steps closer towards the jury box, while each person in the courtroom sat up straighter. “…a lovely, caring friendship that went terribly, terribly wrong. What began as two young people entering a relationship with hope and expectation, ended with one of them being physically and emotionally broken, shamed and humiliated as the result of deliberate and horrifying violence…”

Where can readers learn more information about you?

I love to connect with people on Facebook. Also on sharonbernashsmith.blogspot.com, and www.oaktara.com  and www.amazon.com

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  Sharon has generously offered to giveaway a print copy of The Short Life of Moths! Print giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends on Saturday May 31, 2014 at midnight (Eastern time). Thanks for coming by to enter!

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2 comments:

  1. I love books that are based on true life. One of the most moving books I read last year was Gina Holmes' Wings of Glass, also about domestic abuse.

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    1. Faith, I'm going to look for this. Sharon

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