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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Two New Daily Devos on the COCWA YouTube Channel

(c) Susan Elliott
I hope that you are full of food and have had as much daily bread as you need to fill full. I also hope you've had an opportunity to study God's word today and to teach others. Just as our physical food keeps us nourished, our spiritual food keeps our souls nourished. So, with that in mind, I wanted to let you know that there are two new devotionals on the Church of Christ Women Authors Blog YouTube Channel, and several more you may have not listened to.

I hope you take the time to check them out and share them with your friends. I really love making these little devos, and I hope you're getting something out of them. I also want to remind you that everything you do means a lot! I can't tell you how much it means to me that you are reading this blog, contacting me and adding your voice to this content. It has truly made my life better. I hope it has yours, too.

Thanks again!

-Susan

The Newest Church of Christ Women Authors Blog Daily Devos

Let Your Light Shine

Let it Go

Meet the Author Dorothy Drulman


By: Susan Elliott

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
It never occurred to me that I had a talent for writing. I taught mostly twelfth grade in the public schools,and it seemed I never had time to write because I was always marking essays. When I retired, I took a camping trip to Colorado with my first husband (deceased). I kept a journal for my elderly mother about our trips. Her remarks about my ability to describe made me think I might be able to write a story.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It took two years to write Wago because it was a new thing for me. It took about three months to write Norman. I knew the subject very well and the background for that story was my childhood playground. The Bankhead National Forest.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I write best when I am in woods, sitting on pine needles or a log, floating in a canoe, or just looking out the RV window. I am retired so my conflict is my social life. It really does get in the way sometimes.

Do you have an interesting writing quirk?
All I have to do to write is sit down, put the keypad in my lap, and the words roll all over the page. Sometimes I am surprised at what I have written when I read it. Sometimes that is good; other times a bit of editing is required.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I state my objective at the beginning and then the story just rolls. I have found the notebook thing to be very helpful. When I get to a snag, I just pull that little book out and look at the ideas I have jotted down on the way to Walmart or wherever and see what's going to propel the story forward.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like to travel, anywhere, but I am mostly interested in people. Third World Countries are a great source for gaining such insight. It makes me realize how very much alike we all are and how similar poor people anywhere are very much like the people I grew up around who were poor but didn't know it.

What would you tell other Christian woman who want to write?
Everybody has a story. Write on it everyday until you are finished. No excuses.

How may books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written three books: Wago, Norman, and Creagh. Norman is my favorite because it is more personal than the other two. I had different goals for each book. In Wago, I spend a little time teaching about nature. In Norman, I wanted to explore the adventure that can be had in a forest. In Creagh,I wanted to have a heroine that could equal the strength of a hero in character and resolve.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Everybody is different. My suggestion is similar to teaching one to learn. I always told my students that they had to search for how they learn best if they wanted to be an outstanding student. For, example, I learn best by repetition, chewing small bits of information over a long period of time. That bores some people to distraction. The same is true for writing, you have to for a self evaluation. If the drive is there, you will find it.

What do you like to read?
I like the older classics and biographies. I still go back to my favorites now and then and reread them. There is always something new to be discovered, similar to reading and rereading the Bible. I don't think there is a better odyssey than Rudyard Kipling's Kim.  I know the original The Odyssey and Mark Twain's trip down the The Odyssey are favored by the masses, but if you find such a love in a book, you have arrived!

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
There were few options when I grew up. The choices were being a nurse, a teacher, or a secretary. I was terrible at transcribing letters. I didn't like sticking needles in people, so I became a teacher.

Fun Fact.
I like to write journals about observations I make of situations. I like to keep photo albums of my nine grandchildren. I have made three for each so that makes 27. I try retire them when they are age 16. I like to take trips to places I haven't been before.