Welcome back, Donna. Tell us about your salvation experience.
I was raised in a Christian home in that my mom was a believer and we went to church, said our prayers, and said grace before meals, but I never really was taught how to live as a Christian. I came to Christ when I was attending a denominational school when I was 13, but although I had Christian friends, they never really told me I was supposed to “be” different, so I backslid about as far as a person could go. Drugs, alcohol, you name it, I probably did it. My mom died when I was 26, and I was so angry at God. When I was 32, I worked with a woman who was a believer, and I saw something different in her. We carpooled to work in my car, and one day she asked if I wanted to go to a Christian concert with her. I didn’t even know there was such a thing! I went. I loved the music and the message. She lent me more tapes, and I finally found a local book and Bible store and bought some of my own. The first one was a Promise Keepers tape. I listened to that one several times, then truly gave my life over to Christ. I’d love to say the change was instant, and the sun shone brighter and the birds sang sweeter, but that didn’t happen. I started going to church, and got baptized a year later. That was 20 years ago.
You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Not fair! I need more space than that! Just expanded the number of rooms available, because my husband (okay, we’ll share a room), my critique group and my agent have to be there, because without them, I’d have given up long ago. So that would make a total of six plus me.
Works for me. Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I don’t have a speaking ministry per se, but I have spoken in a number of venues. I’ve taught at writer’s groups, and would love to expand that ministry. My husband and I are part of a large international ministry, and I’ve spoken many times as part of that.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
Most embarrassing? Well, that would have to be the time I carried a basset hound through the halls of my school to put him outside, and his leg was caught in the hem of my uniform so I showed off my backside to the students who were wondering what all the commotion was about. Took me a long time to live that one down. Thank heavens it was before camera phones J
I’m sure glad I grew up before camera phones. I had a number of those kind of evernts. People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
I tell them I believe everybody has at least one book in them, and the only way that book gets written is either hire me to write it for them, or else sit and write. That’s it. That’s the secret to writing a book. Sit. Write. Repeat.
Tell us about the featured book.
Donna Schlachter, Canadian by birth, American by choice, weaves a compelling and engaging story based partly in truth, partly in her imagination. Her father’s family hails from
the setting of this story of longing, lies, and a love which surely covers a
multitude of sin. Carbonear, Newfoundland
Growing up in
has never been easy, and all the more difficult for a motherless girl. Laura
looks for love in all the wrong places and finds little but disappointment.
Richard is a happy child, secure in the love of his parents, but always sensing that something is missing.
When Laura and Richard’s stories collide, will they both find what they’re looking for?
Please give us the first page of the book.
March 29th, 1934
“You are unredeemable.”
My father’s words—spoken the previous night in a tone much more frightening than anger—echo in my head as my train speeds as fast as a branch line of the Newfie bullet can speed, toward St. John’s, carrying me away from the two biggest mistakes of my life.
I had just given up my firstborn child.
And I hadn’t stayed to prove my father wrong.
Perhaps he was correct.
Perhaps I am unredeemable.
I am eager to read the rest of the story. How can readers find you on the Internet?
You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter, and online at: www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com and www.HiStoryThruTheAges.com. Her most recent release is The Physics of Love. All books are available at Amazon.com in digital and print.
Thank you, Donna, for sharing this book with us.
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