Through a mutual Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/WMW16/, Women ministering to Women, I met Tiffany and knew I wanted to share her story with you. She is friendly and warm and easy to talk to. I hope to meet her in person one day. She is just one of those people you can like instantly. I hope in some way this blog interview helps her book gain attention. Women should help other women, not compete against one another.
Below you will find an interview we had recently. Enjoy!
What is your favorite childhood book?
Nancy Drew, anything about her. Good old fashioned detective work!
How did you decide to begin writing?
Since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Back then, I thought I was going to be the creator of the next Nancy Drew! But for the last few years I’ve had notebooks and pens laying around my house, readily available for note taking when the inspiration hit. Two years ago that grew into my blog.
Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
Oh absolutely! I write notes, prayers, reminders, verses, and so much more to myself all the time! It’s so encouraging just to myself to look back at the prayers I wrote down and be able to jot down when and how God answered them. Our prayers are laid up in Heaven, but our words can be recorded here on Earth.
Tell me about your blog.
My blog is my personal spiritual outlet. It’s called Day in the Life of 5.
(Website: https://dayinthelifeof5.wordpress.com/ )
God asked me to start it and I was terrified, but I followed. Since then I’ve learned how many people I can help and encourage and that gives me a new purpose.
Do you have many blog followers?
I have a Facebook page for blog updates and I have about 200 followers there.
Nice! What made you decide to publish your blog posts in a book form?
In one word: God.
About 5 weeks before publishing, I knew He was nudging me toward making it a book. It was a dream that started growing in my heart and He was cultivated it. I got confirmation when a friend started throwing publishing companies at me and said, Go for it!
Where can people find your book to buy?
It is currently available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. (Hoping to have it in ebook form soon!)
I hope readers go get your book! Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Probably a little of both! When I begin to form a new blog or writing in my head and heart, I simply cannot rest until it’s out. Once that ball starts rolling if I don’t write it, I feel like it’s hanging over my head! But once it’s out there, I feel the burden lift and usually I just sit back and take a huge sigh of relief! Overall, writing gives me a joy and comfort that nothing else quite does. When I write, I know I’m doing what I was called to do.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Feeling like you can’t, like you’re inadequate. If you feel the burden or the calling to write, don’t look around at others and compare. There is no comparison amongst us, especially in the Lord’s work. Pursue what God is calling you to do, don’t hesitate, just trust Him and let Him lead. He won’t fail you.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Probably the most prevalent in my mind is the first blog I wrote and shared. I realized then that the words that God had given me could pull someone out of the darkest of places. Words can make or break people. I began to understand then that my words needed to uplift, and that as uplifting as they could be, they could be equally deadly if not handled with grace.
I have published a fiction book titled Pushing Back the Darkness. Do you believe in writer’s block?
As I’m not a fiction writer, I may understand it from that perspective, but I do believe in a Satan block! Many times I knew I had a subject that needed to be written on and the devil did everything he could to get in my way and stop me. Some days it felt like by the time I got those words written, I felt as if I had no more strength to fight!
I get that! I understand. Does your family support your career as a writer?
Absolutely! My husband is a quiet, steady man of few words, ironically! Poor man married a loud mouth jabber box! Ha! But he has been my biggest supporter in this pursuit. With three kids and a household to run, he never doubted me. I have the best support group in my friends and family, they’ve even given me a push here and there when I needed it!
Where can people find and follow you online?
I’m on Facebook and InstaGram!
What is your favorite bible story/verse? This is an easy one! Proverbs 3:5-6
Why? I love those verses as well. Many people do-
They’ve always been my favorite. They’re a gentle, but exact reminder of how God is always there and ready to lead us, if we will just trust Him. We can never know or understand all of His ways or plans, but if we trust, no matter how blind it feels, He will always guide us with His mighty hand.
Lastly, do you have plans to write a second book?
Yes!! I have plans for two more, Lord willing. Another devotional, broken down into short segments for each day of the year. The other will be a book telling a bit of my struggles in trusting God and taking that leap of faith,and encouraging other women to follow God’s calling for their lives.
Thank you so much!