As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been blessed to be part of the launch team for Putting on the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms, a wonderful devotional by Katie Hornor. The expected release date for the ebook is December 9. Katie has even made a companion workbook to go along with her devotional!
I thought you would enjoy
getting to know a little bit about the woman behind this devotional. It
has been such a pleasure working with and getting to know Katie. She
really cares about helping busy moms get into the Word of God. I tell
you the truth...I have never experienced a 10-minute devotional that has
fed my soul like Putting on the Spirit has. I'm looking forward to
sharing with you my review of Putting on the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms and the companion workbook in just a couple more weeks!
I'm excited to share with you now a recent interview with author Katie Hornor.
What inspired you to write your first book?
have always loved to write. I was one of those kids who had a gazillion
note pads and packs of stationery hoarded away growing up. I have
filled countless notebooks and diaries with my thoughts, poems, short
stories and writings. I even wrote a letter to President Reagan once
(but never mailed it). I always dreamed of becoming a published author,
but it wasn't until recently that the digital technology and self
publishing options have to made that dream a real possibility.
the beginning of 2013 I set several goals for myself including one
about a book: I wanted to do the research and preparation this year so
that I could publish an ebook in 2014. Well, on March 30th, I actually
published on Amazon "Loving You Long Distance", followed by "Divine
Design" on May 7th. I am very humbled and grateful that the Lord is
blessing me to accomplish this goal of an ebook early and with more than
"Loving You Long Distance" came
out right before Easter and is meant to be a help to those families like
my own who find holidays painful because of the distance separating us
from relatives. We try very hard to keep our family ties strong and we
wanted to share those ideas with others who may be wondering how to do
"Divine Design" is a short Bible
study that I wrote based on a couple of devotional talks I did for a
group of ladies last year. And "Putting on the Spirit" started out as a
couple of thoughts in a few blog posts that grew into a full fledged
month long Bible Study. I'm SO very excited that the Lord is also giving
us the opportunity to have these Bible studies translated into Spanish
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing a book?
far the most challenging thing is the Bible studies is to keep a
consistent voice and to keep it the same length for each days study.
Sometimes there is just SO much... I'm so thankful for those of you who
previewed "Putting on the Spirit" and gave such helpful feedback.
What books have influenced you most?
an adult my favorite devotional book of all time is "Streams in the
Desert" by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman. I hope to one day write a one-year
devotional as meaningful and timeless as hers.
that have influenced my personal life: Grace for the Good Girl by
Emilie P. Freeman and Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them
Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
that have influenced me as a wife: Created to be his helpmeet by Debi
Pearl (disclaimer: I don't recommend this for everyone, but God used it
greatly in our young marriage), Ribbing Him Rightly by Benneth Peters
Jones, and The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance by Heidi St. John.
that have impacted me as a mother: Don't Make me Count to Three by
Ginger Plowman, Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick, and Ish by Peter
Reynolds (if you haven't read this picture book, you NEED to!)
What did you learn from writing your latest book?
learning to be patient, that good things take time. I'm also learning
that often when God gives us things to share with others, it's because
we (I) need the lesson more than anyone else. Be assured that if you
write a book, you will be tested over your own content. :)
What other projects will you be working on in the near future?
Putting on the Spirit launches, I will be concentrating on getting it
and Divine Design published in Spanish. I am also working on a Biblical
discipleship reference book for parents in Spanish, and the second and
third grade levels of our Lemonhass homeschool curriculum for Spanish
speakers which is scheduled to release Summer 2014. And of course
Paradise Praises blog, and the Educando en el Hogar Spanish blog and
bi-weekly radio show are ongoing projects.
With all of the duties that you juggle, when do you fit in the time to write a book?
ideas usually come easily, it's fleshing them out that takes time. I am
blessed to have a very supportive husband who encourages my writing and
willingly critiques what I write. He is my biggest fan and my Hero.
Most of my writing is done between the kids' bedtime and midnight :) but
occasionally when a big project is needing some attention or
approaching a due date, we will arrange a way for me to have a few hours
of no-kid quiet or even a day to myself to concentrate on the project.
Friends, I hope you have enjoyed getting to know Katie a little better. Remember that Putting on the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms will be released on December 9 on Amazon.
Don't forget about the celebration GIVEAWAY of 13 books (including Putting on the Spirit: Ten Minute Devotions for Busy Moms) going on until December 8. You can enter to win here.
Until next time,