Hello everybody and welcome back to Share the Book.
A while ago, I stumbled upon a book by an author I’d never heard about. But the cover said Read me. Gotta love it when they do that! So I did. In a nutshell, it was a phenomenal book with a great story line, and the descriptions of places and characters were so amazing, I felt like I was there. The author’s name? Vanessa Miller. The book? A Promise of Forever Love.
People who know me know that when I like a book by any author, I’ll read more of his/her books. The next one I read was Long Time Coming. This one had me in tears from the beginning right through to the end. Some of these were happy tears, and some of them were sad ones. Sorry, no spoilers from me. You’ll have to take my word and read the books.
A couple of weeks ago, I contacted Vanessa and asked her to be my guest. I’m absolutely delighted to say she accepted. And here’s what she had to say to her readers.
1. Can you tell your readers a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio but now live in North Carolina. I have one daughter and two grandchildren. And I write full-time.
2. When did you start writing, and what prompted you?
I been writing since I was a kid and always knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life. My first novel came out in 2003 (Former Rain) and I have been writing ever since.
3. What’s been the best part of your writing journey?
Developing an audience and being able to connect with that audience in order to hear how they have been blessed or received a better understanding of God through reading a book that I wrote.
4. The worst?
The worst time in the journey was how long it took to grow my audience to the place it’s at today. I worked long hours for many years, even through the years when it seemed as if no one was reading the books I wrote. But God is faithful and if He has provided purpose for your life, He will also provide the provision.
5. What genre do you write, and why?
I write Christian fiction — the why is easy, because I’m a Christian and I most identify with the characters I write about. I also believe that Christian fiction serves a purpose in the kingdom and if we get in line with that purpose the people who write in this genre can help bring about deliverance to God’s people.
6. Are you working on a book now? If so, can you give us a glimpse of it?
I’m always working on another book. I have a few that I’m working on for my publishers, but I’m still working my way through the Praise Him Anyhow Series. Book 5 in that series just released (Escape to Love). The next one, will be a Christmas read, titled Praise for Christmas.
7. What’s the best advice you can give your readers who also like to write?
The best advice I can give to a writer is to never give up. I tell people that I would write even if no one was paying me to do it, because it’s in my blood. So, don’t look at the amount you’re earning in the beginning to determine if this is a worthwhile career. And then read as many books in the genre that you want to write as you possibly can. Study those books and take them apart. Figure out what made that particular book successful or unsuccessful and then begin to write your stories.
What follows is something Vanessa shared with me and I believe it’s well worth sharing with her readers.
Prayer, praise, reading the bible, going to church and loving one another as Christ loved the church are all important things for a believer. But if you have lost your ability to truly praise God then you probably don’t feel like doing any of the other things that are important to the believer either.
This is the reason I began the Praise Him Anyhow Series, I truly believe that if we learn to praise God through whatever situation we are faced with, God will begin to turn those situations around. How do I know… because I’ve been there.
I used to think of myself as a super-Christian. In 1994, God saved me and instantly changed me. Everything in my life became new and I felt invisible… I could do anything. I would pray for things and then see them materialize. But then the worse year of my life, 2010 rolled in and my mother was diagnosed with kidney cancer and then died from the disease on December 30, 2010. It’s a hard thing to lose someone who was both your mother and your friend.
I withdrew, became depressed and refused to praise God, because my heart had been broken and I just didn’t see anything praise worthy in that. And just like that, for the first time in my Christian walk I no longer felt as if I had a connection with my Lord and savior.
I would go to church and instead of lifting my hands in praise to God as I had always done, I would sit in my seat and cry my eyes out. When I realized what I had allowed to happen by way of not praising God, I set about changing my circumstances. Yes, my mother was gone from me forever, but there were still things in my life that were praise worthy and I was determined to find them.
And that’s what the Praise Him Anyhow series does for the believer who has lost his or her joy… these books help Christians find their praise again. I have never been more proud of any series I have written because I know that the message in these novellas brought me back to where I needed to be in God and they are doing the same thing for thousands of others who dare to give the Praise Him Anyhow Series a chance.
This series has romance, suspense, angels and most of all each novella deals with praise in unique ways. So if you need to get your praise back or just enjoy reading Christian fiction or books with romance in them, the Praise Him Anyhow Series is for you. Each book will be available in ebook, print and audio book formats.
Here are the titles that are currently available: Tears Fall at Night, Joy Comes in the Morning, A Forever Kind of Love, Ramsey’s Praise and Escape to Love. There is also a Praise Him Anyhow Journal that compliments the series, for those of us who need step by step instructions and journal time in order to get the praise back into our lives.
If you have further questions or would like to reach out to me, I can be reached at: www.vanessamiller.com or you can join me on other social media outlets:
Join my Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/77899021863/
Join me on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/vanessamiller01
Thank you so much, Vanessa, for being a guest on my blog. Your story touched me as much as your books did. I do look forward to reading more of your wonderful novels. I’m certain your readers will too.
Until next week, bless and be blessed. Renee-Ann <><