Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Author Interview

Ann White Knowles's photo.Today I am interviewing an author friend, Ann Knowles about her recently released book, The Extraordinary Presence of God.

Me: Hello Ann, and welcome. I’m thrilled to have you with me today. Let’s begin today with a little information about you; then we’ll talk about your book. Where do you call home?

Ann:  I’m a Carolina girl, but I’ve spent about half of my life living in other places—Berlin, Germany, San Antonio, TX, Columbia, SC.
What would you do with your life if you didn't write?

Ann: I’d clean my house. There is so little time for that these days. I’d like to own an RV and travel across the US with my husband. He’s a history buff and makes an excellent tour guide.

Me: Who inspired in you a love for books?

Ann: My mother used to read to me every day. When I was seven, she read Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott and A Magic Garden by Gene Stratton Porter to me, books far above my level, but she made them come to life. When she went shopping, my favorite treat was a book.

Me: How many books have you published? Do you also write other things—articles? short stories? Etc.

Ann: The Extraordinary Presence of God is my second published book—I’ve been publishing since 1986—I’ve published more than 60 articles and devotions in the past year.

Me: Publishing is an arduous process and often takes many rejections before we get published. How many rejections did you get before you published a book?
Ann: I attended the 2014 GPCWC and met with three reps from traditional publishers who asked me to send the first three stories of the book to them. I only sent it to Write Integrity Press and it was accepted. I have had articles rejected, but I mostly write by assignment.

'Read Claudia Russell's story about Scott in my new book. It will touch your heart.'Me: Tell us a little about your book.

Ann: The Extraordinary Presence of God is an inspirational book of true stories about ordinary people from all walks of life who have had extraordinary things happen in their lives. They believe those events were miracles from God. I’m especially happy about this book because I have dedicated all proceeds to Christ to the World Ministries. Learn about them here

Me: Would you share a favorite Scripture verse or a passage of Scripture that means a lot to you?

Ann: My compass verse has been Proverbs 3:5,6 since the day I gave my heart to Jesus. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

Me: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Ann: Thanks so much for having me, Harriet. I’ve enjoyed answering your questions and telling you about The Extraordinary Presence of God.Me: Thank you for sharing your new book with us, Ann. I hope when the next book comes out, you'll revisit. 

Question for blog readers: Have you or someone close to you ever experienced a miraculous event in your life? Tell about it in 2-3 sentences.

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