Monday, July 09, 2012

FRUIT OF MY SPIRIT - Deanna Nowadnick - One Free Book

Welcome, Deanna. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I didn’t plan to be a writer. Even though I majored in English in college, I never enjoyed writing assignments. I actually think it had more to do with being told what to write, rather than the writing itself.

My “day job” is with The Planner’s Edge, a financial advisory firm in Washington State. The boss and I have been together for 22 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of his practice and working with his clients. And since I telecommute, I have even more time to write!

Tell us about your family.
My husband Kurt and I met in college 39 years ago. We’ve been married almost 31 years. We are the proud parents of two adult sons, Kyle and Kevin. As I write, Kurt and I are enjoying the sun in Palm Springs. We delight in our time away and chance to reconnect poolside. And once again, I have even more time to write!

Have you written other nonfiction books?
No, this is my first book.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
Yes, I’m working on Book 2. Signs in Life: Meeting God at the Corner of Grace and Mercy tells of those times when God has come alongside and guided, directed and turned me. The book is another collection of short stories, this time recounting when God has met me at life’s crossroads, when I’ve been “on point” with God, not because of anything I’ve done, but because a loving, gracious, merciful God has been there time after time, again and again.

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
When not working or writing, I enjoy knitting and reading, girls’ lunches and chick flicks. I love Downton Abbey and Mad Men, quite a combination, I know. I relax with a crossword puzzle and Sudoku. I’ll grab lunch with a son whenever possible.

Why did you write the featured book?
I did not intend to write a book. I just wanted Kyle and Kevin to know how I met their father. The chapter on Love went straight into the chapter on Self-Discipline. And by the time I was done with those two chapters, there was no stopping me. While writing I had no idea where the book would go and where it would end up. I did know that by the time I got to Patience, a theme had developed.

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
God made us exactly as we were meant to be. It’s easy to focus on all our shortcomings and failings, but those shortcomings and failings are the very tools God can use for His work. God has chosen us to be a witness to the life that possible in Him and through Him. Whether we’re standing in the line at the grocery store (for some of us, like me, not likely) or getting a facial (for some of us, like me, more likely), we get to be His representative at that exact moment. To do that, we get to be our own loving, imperfect, dynamic, challenging, passionate, impatient selves, just the people God needs us to be.

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
Twitter: @Deanna Nowadnick

Thank you, Deanna, for sharing your life with us.

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Fruit of My Spirit - paperback
Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God's Grace - Kindle

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Deanna Nowadnick said...

Thanks, Lena, for allowing me to connect with your followers. It's been a wonderful adventure!

rubynreba said...

Enjoyed the interview. Thanks!
Beth from Iowa

Amy C said...

Great interview. Book looks interesting. Amy Campbell
Southwest VA

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Judy said...

I would love a chance to win this book -
Judy Grivas
New Jersey

Sharon said...

Thank you Lena and Deanna for the interview. Sounds like Deanna's first book will be a good read, something we all need to be reminded of on a daily basis.
Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.
Sharon from Eagan MN

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Deanna Nowadnick said...

Wow! There is nothing that warms an author's heart more than "great" comments. Thank you to everyone for your kind words!

Dee-Dee's Grandma said...

Great interview , would love to win this book. Dee-Dee's Grandma/Illiois

Diana Gardner said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Portsmouth, VA