Even not knowing God, I knew He was raising her. Essentially, I dedicated her life to Him.
During this time, my brother had become a Christian. He opened my eyes to faith, and I decided to go to church because of my child. If I wanted to go to hell, that was my decision, but I couldn’t condemn my daughter to it. I needed to find out if Christianity was true.
Church attendance made life more difficult. My ex-husband liked every faith but Christianity. I quit going, but every time we passed our former church, my daughter would point and say, “There’s our church, Mommy.”
I’d slink down in the driver’s seat (of course, keeping my eyes on the road), and say nothing.
Eventually, my marriage ended (again because I couldn’t justify rearing a daughter in an environment that would wound her). I found a new place of worship. The people there befriended me and taught me, and the rest is history.
You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Lisa Wingate—I buy almost any book of hers I find without reading the first pages. I love her work. I use her style and development as teaching tools for my own writing. I, in no way, resemble her voice or style, but they influence me. Have I said I love her work?
Ane Mulligan—I believe, and BIG disclaimer, Ane more than likely doesn’t agree—we have a similar style, and our voice contains humor. I’d love to learn from her.
Barbara Delinski—not on the level of Wingate, but I love her style. I do read her cover blurbs and first pages because I don’t like all her books. I do enjoy her style and, like Wingate, read her novels to figure out how to make mine work.
Annie Dillard—I made my AP English Language class read Dillard (and when you read my most embarrassing moment answer a few questions down, you won’t believe I taught AP English). During that time period I devoured her work. Loved the spirituality it evoked. And seeing as it’s not an authoritative theology, I mostly loved the poetry of her prose. Evocative and beautiful. Every time I reread Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, I found new ideas and images.
Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I have a teaching ministry, not necessarily speaking. I have
taught a couple of online courses for ACFW. In addition to this, I will be
speaking for the
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it? How can we talk about the most embarrassing without humiliating ourselves again?
To say my eyes glazed over and my mind anesthetized itself is not a hyperbole.
The semester neared the end. We had to get our final project out. Layout (I forget the program name) was complicated. Hours and hours I spent on it and then I needed to proof final result.
I thought (Note the word thought) I proofed every article, so I sent the paper to the printer.
Done. Now, I could fly to the
When the paper returned, we bundled the copies for each homeroom for distribution.
My negligent reporter blanched. “Mrs. D’Avanzo (my erstwhile name), you printed the wrong article.”
I read. And indeed, every one of her uncorrected grammatical mistake—not to mention the unfounded, sophomoric rants about cafeteria food—was printed in the paper. (Writers, attention here, ALWAYS have someone else do a final read-through).
What to do? I had twenty diligent students whose work I had uploaded correctly. This was the last day of the semester. School was closing for the year.
Fortunately, or not, the article perfectly backed a filler photograph, so we cut it out.
Yikes. If only I had time, and money, to redo the mess.
Yep. We sent out the paper with a hole in it.
I’d hoped the world would forget, but here I am, sharing the embarrassing moment on one of the most popular blogs on the internet.
Thank you for the compliment. 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’m available to help. I’m willing to teach them, but first they have to write something—even if what they write is awful. Nora Roberts said, “I can fix a bad page. I can't fix a blank page.”
To this date, no one has taken me up on my offer to help. (Maybe they heard about my newspaper escapade?)
I had a similar event
when I was the managing editor for a regional Christian newspaper over 10 years
ago, and mine went to print, on the front page. I didn’t catch the fact that
the l was left out of Six Flags Over
Social worker Parker Snow struggles to overcome the breakup with his fiancée. Burdened by his inability to find stable homes for so many children who need love, he believes placing the abandoned girls with Meredith Jaynes is the right decision. Though his world doesn’t promise tomorrow, he hopes Meredith’s does.
But she knows she’s too broken.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Something crashed downstairs.
Meredith Jaynes bolted up in bed. John? Rosemary?
She shook sleep from her head and listened for another sound.
Just a dream.
Then porcelain shattered.
Not a dream.
She tossed off her covers. Out of habit, not onto John’s side. While her heart hammered, she slid open the bedside table to grab her Walther .22. Meredith strained to hear. She prayed for silence. She slipped in the cartridge then ratcheted a shell into the chamber and released the safety.
Once more, something clattered like a tipping chair or a marionette tap dancing on the hardwood floor.
She tiptoed into the hallway.
Below her, the distinct bleating of goats wafted up the stairwell.
She reengaged the safety on her .22 as she scurried down the stairwell.
In the kitchen, Oreo, her black and white Nubian who looked like her cookie namesake, eyeballed her with cocked head and slit pupils. With a bleat from her perch on the table, she dug into the loaf of bread Meredith had brought home from the farmers’ market.
Meredith leaned against the doorjamb and breathed again. The metal of the gun she held chilled her through John’s shirt—one she hadn’t washed …
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