Author Interview!

HAPPY NOVEMBER!

October has been an amazing month, for so many reasons. First, it was my birthday and I celebrated all month by visiting as many local castles as I could with friends. I’m a castle-geek so this was heavenly. 😀

Second, I have written and am ABOUT TO LAUNCH MY BOOK!!!! (If you’d like to be on the email list of people who find out when it’s FREE, then click here). It’s coming soon and I’m so excited.

Third, I’ve been watching God orchestrate miracle after miracle for some people in my life, sometimes using my very own family. It’s been a month of sitting back in awe and joy, and sometimes panic, experiencing the plot-twists of life.

AND NOW, November is off to an incredible start.

It’s PiBoIdMo. Hello! I love Tara and this community of writers.

AND, I’ve been invited to an author interview for my part in the book, Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Hope and Faith.

This is my first author interview and I’m so excited.

AND, I’m inviting YOU!

You’re Invited!

Saturday, November 7, 2015
11:00am ET / 10:00am CT / 8:00am PT
Online Interview via Webinar
Please join me for this exciting online event, where Kristen Clark will explore with contributing authors to the book (like ME!), Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Hope & Faith, our thoughts on:
  • Writing for publication
  • Self-worth and Self-esteem
  • How this book series got started
  • How you can participate in future books

I promise this interview will be inspirational and insightful.

Click the here for more information and to register

I’m so honored and thrilled to be a part of this interview.

And… I hope to see you Saturday!

Getting Ready for Book Launch!

As some of you know, I joined Self Publishing School to play around with publishing some of my own work.

I’ve been working for the traditional book publishing industry (professionally) for eight years now. I’ve been discouraged by how subjective the process is… how many times and editor or agent couldn’t find anything “wrong” with my work, but just didn’t fall in love… So it stays in my file, unread by children everywhere.

I revisited my WHY for writing. Was it the prestige of a publishing house choosing my work? Was it for the money? (HA!)

I write for two reasons.

  1. I write for me. It’s life-giving. It helps me to process and understand my world. My favorite quote sums it up:
  2. IWriteBecauseI write because I want to encourage others. If anything I’ve experienced can offer comfort, wisdom, hope for others… then I want to share it.

So why am I waiting for ONE person in the world to fall in love with my book? When really, I just want it in the hands of readers. I’ve written articles in books and gotten reader feedback that made it SO worth it. Even though I didn’t really make money on the article, the fact that someone’s life was changed, moment was changed, anything for the better… is worth it.

And that is why I joined Self Publishing School. I want to play. I want to learn. I want to get my writing into the hands of people who need to know they aren’t alone. Who need to hear they are normal. Who need a friend to hug them (through a book).

That’s why I’ve chosen to write on a topic very close to my heart… adoption and foster care. There are so, so many challenges that catch us off guard. We’re left feeling ashamed, guilty, resentful, confused, hopeless and helpless.

But when I find another person who gets it, who lives their own version of my story, my burden is lifted a little. Having walked through these ten major challenges ourselves, I want to demystify the experience for those interested, help friends and family know how to best support us (and orphans in general) and provide a sense of camaraderie to everyone in the trenches with us.

It’s not an easy road… but it’s a beautiful road. Beautifully messy and painful. It makes us people who’ve met our deepest parts, the ugly and the lovely.

This is my first project. I hope you’ll join me in launching the book when it comes. We’ll be having a BIG ‘ol party! And I’d love your help spreading the word.

And if you’d like to join my book-supporter team, sign up here.

(By the way, I am LOVING Self Publishing School! Feel free to ask me more about my experience… but I’m a lifer with them and really wouldn’t be doing this without them…)

FMF- Freedom

free-600x600 Freedom.

We live for it.

We die for it.

We fight for it.

We marry for it.

Then divorce for it.

We abort children for it.

We march in parades and wave flags for it.

We sign petitions, email representatives, and call for it.

Sometimes we catch freedom in the eye of a stranger. We shape our lives after theirs… maybe then we’ll have the equation for freedom.

Can you buy freedom?

Can it be wooed or persuaded or pinned down?

Does it come at the end of a gun or the planting of a flag?

In some ways, under some definitions, yes.

But there have been a few jailed men who knew more freedom than most “free” men. There has been freedom among the oppressed, the enslaved, the humiliated, and the beggar.

At the very heart of the Christian gospel is the strange truth that real freedom is found only in giving up everything secular culture touts as freedom.

There is a power… a Love, that is way bigger than this world and what it offers. And that Love extends freedom from His throne to our hearts. It’s free… and it’s not.

It costs everything you think freedom is.

The idea that freedom is synonymous with your happiness. That freedom means you have a right to say and do whatever you please. That freedom is for the unchained, un-imprisoned.

That is the freedom of toddlers (okay, and of teens) when it’s lived out.

We have an opportunity to grasp freedom at a greater depth… the freedom that calls to restraint, thoughtfulness, selflessness, joy in suffering, and eternal rewards that this world can’t touch.

This is what it means to be free… to know that our chains (self-imposed or otherwise), our marriages, our children, our disease or illness, our social status, our bank account are not the defining narrative around our freedom.

1 Corinthians 6:12 “Everything is permissible for me”–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”–but I will not be mastered by anything.

I choose to be free.