How long did it take you to publish your first book?
My first book, A Heart of Devotion, was released by Moody Publishers on January 1, 2005. It was just two months after I was married and I remember thinking how that particular new year was ushering in two milestone moves in my life. I played around with my manuscript for about three years before I truly became committed and disciplined myself to finish. Part of the reason was that I joined a writing and critique group. From that point, I finished writing, editing, and submitting my manuscript in a period of about nine months.
How many books have you published to date?
I’ve written 8 novels, 1 novella, 1 non-fiction (a 30-day devotion) and contributed to 4 anthologies. Additionally, I created For My Daughter: A Journal of Mom’s Life, Love & Wisdom and a project for writers titled, Think It. Ink It. A Planner for Non-Fiction.
What projects are you currently working on?
Can I insert a laugh here? LOL! Let’s just say that I have several works in progress on my laptop, but I haven’t committed fully to any of them. Once I do, I hope to get the ball rolling at least by the end of the year. In my mind, we should still be in March 2017. It just goes to show that time waits for no-one. I’ll be finished with a project soon. Real soon. I want my readers to bug me and hold me to that.
Who is your favorite author?
I can’t choose one person. I read across a variety of genres, both male and female depending on what I’m feeling at the time. Reading makes authors better writers.
What is the most challenging part about writing?
Two things can be challenging for me personally: finding the uninterrupted time to write and making sure a story doesn’t lag in the middle. Storytelling is an art and can be more challenging than people realize. My goal with every book is for a reader to stay pulled into the story from the first page to the last.
What tips do you have for new and aspiring authors?
Stick with it. Writing can sometimes seem like a long marathon as opposed to a fast sprint. You may get tired. You may feel like you’re about to stall in the middle. You may think that you never should’ve started this “race” in the first place. But with perseverance, skill, discipline, and grit you can not only write a book, but successfully market it.
What is your favorite scripture?
Luke 1:45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Everything! My family (husband and 3 children) keeps me busy and there’s never a time when I’m not juggling several balls and schedules. But when I have time away from wife and mommy duties I love binge watching Netflix and the shows I recorded on DVR, and catching dinner and great conversations with my girlfriends.
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer ever since I was a youngin’. I remember being selected to go to an author fair at Hampton University when I was 10 years old because my short novel had won 2nd place.
2. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Due to our hectic schedules, my husband and I have assigned “work days”. During each “work day”, I attempt to write 2-4 hours when I am working on a publishing project.
2. How many books have you written? Which genre? Which is your favorite?
I have written one book and am working on another to be released in the fall. I am also writing a workbook that goes along with my Financial Education Workshops which is also due to release in the fall. In my pending file, I have 4 books in differing phases of completion.
4. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I knew I wanted to help people in diverse areas of their life and to open my open business. Currently, I am the founder of Wealth Management Ministries, Inc. where I am able to help the underserved community through teaching financial education and offering Christian Counseling. Through my non-profit, we also own a publishing company (Habakkuk Books), an online radio station (We Inspire Network Radio) and a Boutique Travel Agency (Dream Vacation Depot).
5. Did you ever intend to become an author? Explain.
Yes. Even as a child, I felt that I had a lot to say that could help people. Although most of my books (published and pending) are non-fiction, I even have a fictitious book that I am working on.
6. What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
My ‘go to’ authors are Watchman Nee, T.D. Jakes, and Joyce Meyers. Shortly after I gave my life to Christ in 1999, Pastor Jakes book, “Woman Thou Art Loosed” resonated in my spirit about the need for my own healing from past wounds from childhood sexual abuse. I believe my true healing journey began there.
7. Are you currently working on a book? Describe.
Yes. It is entitled “Thriveology: The Art of Boom!” Most people did not have the luxury of being born or live in a perfect situation. Most of us had to navigate through some hard places. This book discusses the beautiful art form of surviving and thriving, ultimately Booming, through adversities and hardships.
8. What are some of your other talents?
I am gifted in helping people manifest their vision and sustain it through developmental consultation, especially non-profit and for-profit businesses. In addition, I sing, preach, and speak motivationally and inspirationally. Lastly, I can plan a ‘mean vacation’ too! (LOL)
9. How do you spend your free time?
My favorite pastime is gaining enrichment through world travel and fellowshipping over delicious food. I am a travel addict and a foodie!!
10. If you could give aspiring authors some advice, what would it be?
Write the vision…your first step towards completing your book is to begin writing or audio-recording it, even if is just an outline or the first word or the first sentence. Your next step will only be made available when you take your first.one.
1. What does your writing process look like?
The writing process for me is pretty simple. I write daily in my journal and if I'm out and feeling inspired, I'll write in my memo pad on my telephone. Before I sit down to write a blog post, I seek God and if I get stuck, I take a break from it and come back to it the next day. When writing my book, I utilized “power hours” which consisted of me writing as much as I could for an hour of set aside time that I planned using my calendar.
2. Just as books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Two authors are a major source of inspiration for me: the incomparable Maya Angelou and Iyanla Vanzant. I love their writing styles and peaceful spirits.
3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I plan to have relocated from my hometown of Chicago and be a successful entrepreneur, teaching and empowering others around the world through my books and speaking engagements.
4. When did you decide to become a writer? When did you decide to tell your story?
I've been writing all of my life. I actually went to school for journalism, but had to drop out while pregnant. Poems within my book were written by me between the ages of 17-18 years old. I became more serious about writing my novel in 2015. God started showing me visions of my future and laid it on my heart to share my story in a different capacity and that was through writing.
5. Any tips on what to do and what not to do as a writer?
The best tips I'd give any writer is to write daily. Use power hours to stay committed to your writing goals. Set a goal of completion to hold yourself accountable. Never give up. Don't be afraid to do what God has called you to do. If He told you to do it, then He'll supply every need.
6. What is your favorite motivational phrase or scripture?
My book is based on the scripture John 5:30 which starts with, “I can do nothing on my own.” With God, I can do anything. Without Him, I can do nothing. Hence the title “Not By My Own.” This scripture keeps me focused on the vision and purpose God gave me.
7. What are your current projects?
I currently have a Christian Fiction Novel out, entitled “Not By My Own.” I am also a contributing author on the newest release, “Unraveling the Layers: Memoirs of a Wounded Soul.” Both are available on my website whitdevereaux.com.
8. Do you do speaking engagements centered around your current book?
I have done some speaking engagements related to my book including an award show and radio show. I look forward to doing more in the future as the Lord leads.
9. How did you overcome the difficulty when deciding to share your story?
I overcame the difficulties in sharing my story through prayer and fasting and with the help of my publishing consultant who encouraged me not to operate in fear, but to do as God led me. I realize that my life is not my own and everything I went through is to help someone else. Keeping that at the forefront of my mind really helped me to keep pressing on towards the goal.
10. What was the hardest part of the writing process for you? Why?
The hardest part of writing for me was worrying that I may hurt others with my story. Once I got past the spirit of procrastination, worrying seemed to halt my progress momentarily. My book is a fiction novel based on some facts of my life. I turned facts into fiction to protect others while making sure to educate people on the facts of Domestic Violence Awareness.
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About The Book
40 Days Of Healing takes the reader through 40 days of fasting in hopes of being delivered from the "IT" that has caused separation between them and God, and gives them the opportunity to journal their most personal prayers, thoughts, and intentions.
40 Days Of Healing is also a complete guide to 40 days of fasting and spiritual renewal. It is an opportunity for mind renewal in your mind, body, and spirit. It is saturated with wonderful scriptures to help usher you into your healing.
About The Author
Pastor/ Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from Liberty University. Pastor Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins Sr., the mother of three by birth and two additional children by marriage.
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About The Author
In 1992 Nikola Dimitrov experienced a miraculous conversion, receiving Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Since 1995 he has been a full time minister of the Gospel, serving as pastor, Bible teacher, preacher, and Christian educator. He started his first church in 1994, which is still standing today, and in 1998 he began his traveling ministry. Nikola is currently pastoring several church groups in Bourgas, Bulgaria and is frequently sought out as a speaker around the country. He also serves as a Bible teacher at the Apostolic Kingdom Institute in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
As editor-in-chief of Vetil Media Ministry, Nikola has translated and published more than thirty books into Bulgarian, as well as writing some himself. He is passionate for a glorious Church, without spot, wrinkle or any such thing. Nikola’s dynamic preaching pointedly encourages believers to be everything the Lord created them to be. He then encourages his congregations to take responsibility in word and deed toward that end.
As a translator, Nikola has also produced and distributed around the nation nearly 1000 Bulgarian versions of audio and video teachings by famous foreign preachers and teachers.
As part of a charity in Bulgaria, along with other volunteers, Nikola takes care of needy people from the minorities, distributing clothes, food, medicine, and school materials to children.
Nikola is married to Helen, and they have two lovely young-adult daughters, Annie (which means grace) and Mikaela (which means who is like God?). Both are part of Nikola and Helen’s ministry, serving in the area of music.
About the Book
The Four in One Gospel of JESUS is the Four Gospels compiled chronologically and contextually, this giving the fullness of each Bible story in the Gospels. This unique material is describing the life of Jesus in its fulness, without the repetitions. It stores all facts about Jesus and comprises a full biography of Jesus Christ. It's a chronological Bible project, but also a contextual one, featuring subjects such as: Jesus in the Old Testament, the story of the birth of Jesus, Jesus life, Jesus saves, Jesus Cross, Jesus crucifixion, Jesus death, Jesus blood, Jesus tomb, Jesus resurrection, Jesus in Heaven, Jesus works, Jesus miracles, Jesus baptism, Jesus crown, Jesus call, The Jesus teaching, the Passion of Jesus, etc. It shows us how we can be walking with Jesus - the Anointed One, and how we can be servants of Jesus. The book will show You that King Jesus loves You, and will trigger our falling in love with Jesus as well. It's a one of a kind material indeed, the result of thousands of hours of work in compiling, referencing, structuring and fitting all details in this easy to read, yet, fully referenced edition of the Four Gospels of the Bible.
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Every Place isn’t your typical book about entrepreneurship. It is Philonda’s beautiful and intimate testimony of how she overcame fear, developed a deeper relationship with God, uncovered her Master Purpose and transformed as a leader in her business. Every Place provides an exciting roadmap for Christian entrepreneurs who desire to design, build and launch their business God’s Way. Using the Biblical character Joshua’s legacy as a leader, readers will learn the essential tools and strategies required to experience breakthroughs and success in your Christ-centered business. Philonda pushes Christian entrepreneurs to be audacious and to S.L.A.Y. in their business: Seek God, Love God, Act for God and Yield Fruit for God. This book was written in honor of every brave entrepreneur that has struggled to find their Divine purpose and launch a business in alignment with their dreams. This book was written for you.
You made it---you finally made it! You are the guest of honor at the fabulous bash thrown to celebrate the audacious decision you’ve made to pursue a life of abundance, power and liberty. When it comes to getting what you want out of life, the single most important thing to know is that God has already blessed your path. Joshua 1:3 says, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.” (NLT) Now, with the realization of this beautiful promise, all you must do is choose. Choose to construct a masterpiece life built on a deep understanding of the God you serve and your Divine purpose. I love to call this your MasterPurpose. Clarity about your MasterPurpose will impact how you will show up in the world and leave your mark as an Entrepreneur. When you decide to step out of your own way and into beautiful alignment with your MasterPurpose, all things are possible. This is a brave c hoice and not for the scared, timid or weak leader. It is a declaration to the world that you believe your life, purpose, message and talents are worth fighting for. To reach our fullest potential, we must train ourselves to have an audacious mindset, which frames how we perceive and respond to situations especially adversity. An audacious mindset is the defining factor between experiencing a life of abundance or scarcity. Remaining connected to your MasterPurpose requires a shift in your thinking and actions. It requires a deep and intimate relationship with God.
I yearn to be close and in the presence of God. The battle wounds and scars of life have taught me one important lesson. As I have matured as a believer, I have learned that I am nothing without an intimate relationship with my creator. For in his presence, all things are made new. More specifically, in his presence all believers have access to God’s peace, love, mercy and wisdom. Our close relationship with God activates our MasterPurpose, the Divine plan for our life. He shows us the desires of His heart for us and is the source of our own ambition. He inspires us to dream big and desire radical success in every area and level of our lives. Your MasterPurpose could be a ministry, an entrepreneurial venture, a book, a family or even a school. Your MasterPurpose births your entrepreneurial venture. It could be a book, a clothing company, a law practice or even a school. It is the idea you believe God has commissioned you to lead to benefit His people. We all have been called to be leaders of faith entrusted with an assignment to fulfill while here on Earth.
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Philonda Johnson is the dynamic combination of successful entrepreneur and engaging speaker with valuable insight to share. Her mission is to help others fight for their MasterPurpose by empowering them to realize their Divine value and need for faith-fueled courage.
She is the Founder and CEO of The Leadership Playground, a development company that focuses on kick-starting the growth of a leader by focusing on the power of play, creativity and wholehearted living. She often draws from her background in Psychology and a decade of experience as an urban educator to inspire her coaching and leadership work. Philonda’s employment expertise is derived from serving 9 years as the Founding Principal of a successful charter school in Washington, DC. Philonda has a deep heart for and is dedicated to advancing women of color leaders, spirit-led entrepreneurs, and school administrators.
Philonda hosts her own motivational online radio show and podcast, The Audacity to Shine with Coach Philonda, and Every Place on her newly launched Network, the Brave Entrepreneur Radio Network. She is excited for the release her first major book, Every Place: When our intimacy with God transforms how we experience fear and launch our MasterPurpose Business. Philonda’s book was released March 31st, 2017.
She incorporates her professional expertise, personal trials and life triumphs into every presentation and conversation to have a transformational impact. She can connect with and inspire her audience. Philonda can weave her training goals into a beautiful story that makes key concepts sticky and actionable. Her energetic and audacious approach is refreshing, honest and leaves the audience ready to achieve their goals. Her mission is to help others fight for their MasterPurpose by empowering them to realize their Divine value and need for faith-fueled courage.