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Interview with Wanda Luthman, Author of The Cloak

Hello,

I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Wanda Luthman, author of The Cloak.

Please enjoy it!

Best,

-Vincent Lowry

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Interview Questions:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)? My author name is the same as my real name, Wanda Luthman, and I live in Florida

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? My newest book is called The Cloak and it is the first book I have published in the Christian fiction genre. Up until now, I have been writing and publishing children’s books. I have 11 of those.

3) What is the book about? The Cloak is about the soldier that won Jesus’ cloak at the foot of the cross when they were gambling for it. He doesn’t think anything about the man who wore it until later and then it brings up questions he must find the answers to, so he goes to look for someone who can help him. It’s a beautiful story of coming to know who the Messiah was and finding personal salvation.

4) Where did you come up with the idea? I do Christian meditation which is sitting quietly with God; sometimes “living into” a scripture which is what initiated the thoughts for this book; other times, I just sit quietly focusing on my breath in the presence of God.

5) How long did it take you to write it? Not long because as soon as I was able to write it down after I came out of my meditation time. But, it sat for years. I never intended it to be a book. I just wanted to get my thoughts down from the mediation because it was quite powerful. Later, I wanted to enter a short story contest and the thought came to me that I could use this story. After that, my Mom encouraged me to make it into a book. It’s very short, but I did make it into a pocket-sized book and published it.

6) Did you learn anything from the project? I learned that I enjoy writing inspirational spiritual books and that I want to write more stories like this to help spread the work about Jesus.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video? My blog is www.wandaluthman.wordpress.com. I don’t have a book video for this book yet.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?  My advice is to write whatever you feel inspired to write. You have a unique story inside of you that only you can tell in your voice. Don’t try to be like someone else. My illustrator for my children’s books is awesome. Her name is Mara Reitsma. She did the cover for this book as well as the pencil drawings inside.

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? Funny enough, I don’t read very much outside of the Bible. I just never feel like I have the time to just sit down and kick back and read. But, if I did, I love fantasy!

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? My favorite book of all time is certainly the Bible because you can read it and read it and every time get something else from it. It’s an amazing book! I love the stories in it from the Old Testament to the New. And I love that everything in it is all about Jesus. I never realized this until one day I actually read the genealogy list in Matthew and it struck me those were books in the Bible and that they were relatives of Jesus. Kinda cool!

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? I do! I have two Yorkies–Scruffy and Tessa. I love them to pieces! and I have about 15 feral cats that I feed outside. My neighbor and I had fed the first two females that showed up together both pregnant. And eventually we were able to get all of them caught and spayed and neutered. Some are very affectionate and others are quite stand offish still.

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? I have a Kindle Fire but it’s actually kind of old so I wind up only listening to music on it. Otherwise, I read ebooks on my phone. I prefer paperbacks to electronic reading devices to be honest.

Thank you, Vincent!

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Interview with Diego Ricardo Jourdan Pereira, Author of Bible Power Puzzles

Hello,

Today’s interview is with Diego Jourdan Pereira, author of Bible Power Puzzles.

Please enjoy!

Best,

Vincent Lowry

Interview:

1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?

My full name is Diego Ricardo Jourdan Pereira, and it’s seen many combinations over the years (Diego Jourdan, Diego Pereira, Diego J. Pereira, etc.), but editor Jason Schneider (1975-2019), suggested Diego Jourdan Pereira (three words make the best online searches), and it stuck. I was born in Uruguay, but have been living in Chile, since 1991.

2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?

That would be my BIBLE POWER PUZZLES volume (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/168… ), which also happens to be my first Christian book (not counting the 2016 anthology Revealed: A Storybook bible for Grown-Ups, to which I contributed four woodcut prints).

3) What is the book about?

It’s a mixed bag of 500 large-print puzzles, designed mainly for seniors, but suitable for adult Christians of every age group and denomination.

4) Where did you come up with the idea?

Author William Sunners (1904-1988) mentioned the Christian market to be the biggest niche market for puzzles in his 1981 How to Make and Sell Original Crosswords and Other Puzzles, and after doing my own little research I confirmed that is still the case.

5) How long did it take you to write it?

I made the puzzles, wrote texts and definitions, and designed the whole book (cover to cover!) in a record five months. Editor Jessica Burch’s eye for detail and revisions also played a key part in the final product.

6) Did you learn anything from the project?

The book itself is a big part of my return to the Christian fold, after losing my faith and walking away for too long a stretch in my life. My faith still amounts to less than a mustard’s seed, but with God’s help I put it to use in something worthwhile.

7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?

I have an online portfolio (http://diegojourdanpro.mystrikingly.com) and CV (http://diegojourdanprocv.mystrikingly…), and I’ve recently begun to blog a little at Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/diegojourda…). This week, in fact, I asked my brother Gonzalo, a skilled animator, to help me with a video or two, which I hope to post on Amazon soon.

8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?

Rather than seeking self-expression, try finding ways to service others through your books, and the rest will sort itself out.
On the editorial front, I previously mentioned Jessica Burch, who I really can’t praise enough. Coming from an illustration and graphic design background, I’m my own best cover artist/designer, but I would suggest looking at books from the past for layout and general design clues (I find most modern ones muddled and “artsy” in a bad way).

9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?

For one reason or another, I’ve left fiction behind and become a non-fiction reader through and through. I’d say History and Biography are my favorite subjects. Always open to discover new, solid nonfic prose, and reviewing it on Amazon when I find the time. That said, my own books are 500-600 page long on average, so I don’t find a lot of spare time these days.

10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?

Well, I don’t have a single favorite. Other than the Bible, my non-fiction shelf is topped by Pressfield’s The War of Art, Croc’s Grinding It Out, Mann’s 1491 (and 1493), and Carlson’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Atop my fiction list you’ll find Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not, Eliade’s Youth Without Youth, and Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Those books made and continue to make the biggest mark in my life.

11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?

Live with an indomitable tabby cat named Saura!

12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?

Used to own a Kindle and loved it, but sold it as my own writing workload increased and I began to seriously curate the reading material I choose to spend my time with, eventually falling back on cheapo, yellowing second-hand paperbacks.

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The Oil of Joy by Kerrian N. Adebanjo

If we truly go by what is happening around us, then we are likely to be unhappy most of the time. That is because happiness is tied to “happenings” or circumstances. It is not surprising that the Bible teaches us to walk by faith and not by sight.
Joy however is a spirit which one carries from deep within.
Joy does not look at “happenings.” It has not respect for despair, Joy shatters the barriers of despair and fuel hope within us.
It says, I can do all things.
It says, my life will be better despite what I see today.
It says, my God is more than able to do exceedingly and abundantly all I can ask and think.
Joy makes us think positively. It is a possibility seeker.
Opportunities are endless when you are joyful.

If you like Joyce Meyer’s 21 ways to Finding Peace and Happiness, and Joel Osteen’s Become a Better you along with the Force of Hope from Faith Oyedepo then you will love The Oil of Joy: Scriptural Principles to a Joyful life.

Readers of this book will:
Learn how to find joy in all circumstances
Start to appreciate what they are blessed with, instead of focusing on what they do not have.
Slow down, stop and be grateful.

 

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