I have been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of my life as a daily newspaper reporter. I have a B.S. degree in Mass Communications and worked most of my career at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo., where I spent the last seven years as a medical writer. After moving to Springfield, MO in retirement, I continue to free lance for Christian publications and write non-fiction and fiction books. I am critique group leader of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers.
How did you discover your calling to be a writer?
I was the youth leader in our church and had lots of ideas for unusual services so I sent them to the Assemblies of God’s youth leader’s magazine and they were published. Then we moved to the Utah desert to a town of 100 and no church. God did a work in me and I began writing, both for Christian publications and as a newspaper correspondent.
What books have influenced your life most?
The Bible (it still amazes and thrills me); The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond; Catherine Booth’s biography; Luther’s biography. Fiction: Nightmare Academy by Peretti; Desert Rose series by Catherine Palmer, and many other great writers.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
My first editors, Richard Champion and Robert C. Cunningham. By example and teaching, Janette Oke, Janice Thompson, Davis Bunn, and many others.
What is your favorite time in History?
Now—2013—because God is working powerfully throughout the world despite great wickedness and the Lord could return to catch away the church at any moment. For my reading, I love historical set in the 1850s to the turn of the 20th Century. I hope to write a novel someday set in the 1950s because I lived then and my husband was a railroad telegrapher.
What was the most outstanding thing you learned while researching for your book?
For Imagine the Future You, I enjoyed learning the history of amplification and the first bass guitar, a great illustration of how an ordinary person can create amazing things. Another was a true event that illustrated the seriousness of bad habits. Someone leaned a bicycle up against a young sapling tree and left it there for years. The tree grew around the bike and in order to remove it, the tree would have to be cut down. Of course they left it there as an oddity.
Please tell us about your book.
Imagine the Future You should be released in a few weeks. I just received a proof.
Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares? Today is the time to IMAGINE and to create an action plan for your future.
· How harnessing your will can make you a champion
· How to make valuable deposits into your mind, detoxify harmful substances in the brain, and avoid brain washing
· How to look and be your best
· How to connect with Someone who will make a difference in your life
· How who you marry changes everything
· How to avoid traps that jeopardize your future
· Where you want your name to appear
· Why you can believe God is there and interested in your future
· Examples of people who grabbed their future and held on
This book will show how to make the right connections, how to grow you talents, and how to begin believing in yourself and things greater than yourself—for a wonderful Future You!
What do you want readers to take away from your book?
Determination to do and be their best as they work toward the future with faith in God to take them to heaven for eternity.
Any fun tidbits about you you'd like to share with us?
I was the eighth child in our large financially destitute family. Yet because my parents and older siblings came to the Lord about the time I was born, I was rich in love and joy. Every one of us became achievers and a large percentage made a positive impact on a portion of the world and their commitment is extending into the next generation with doctors, attorneys, musicians, pastors, missionaries, church workers, business men and women, writers, high-level educators and much more. Our house vibrated with live music because we all sang and played instruments. One day as my friends and I washed dishes, just for fun we started a trio with each of us singing at the top of our lungs in a different key. I don’t know how my mom kept from running out the door with her ears plugged.
What is the next project you're working on?
My historical novel, The Lady Fugitive, is written and should be on the market in three months.
How can readers find you on the internet?
Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult http://buff.ly/XeqTvH
Swallowed by LIFE: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal: http://amzn.to/Jnc1rW
Confessions of a Pentecostal: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0088OP460
Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement
Amazon Ada Brownell author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06
Thank you so much for being here with us today, Ada!
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By A.B. Brownell
Enter an area where people are missing and radicals want to obliterate Christianity from the earth. After Joe Baker’s parents mysteriously disappear, he finds himself with a vicious man after him. Joe and an unusual gang team up to find his mom and dad. The gang is dedicated to preventing and solving crimes with ordinary harmless things such as noise, water, and a pet skunk instead of blades and bullets. Joe reads the Bible hoping to discover whether God will answer prayer and bring his parents home. In his dreams, Joe slips into the skin of Bible characters and what happened to them, happens to him—the peril and the victories. Yet, crying out in his sleep causes him to end up in a mental hospital’s juvenile unit. Will he escape or will he be harmed? Will he find his parents? Does God answer prayer?