Welcome, Dixie. We are excited to have you here. Can you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?
I have been a pastor’s wife for 32 years. My husband Paul and I have four grown children, one grandson, and another grandson to arrive in March 2010.
My husband and I are the promoters of a two-day, all-day southern gospel sing. Over 30 groups from various states come to our little town in Floyd, Iowa.
We have been honored to serve the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Floyd, Iowa, for 28 years and Lighthouse Academy for 21 years.
Our son John gave Paul a kidney on June 12, 2008. It was a defining moment in our lives. We realize more than ever before why today is called the “present.”
I love tea parties with my girlfriends and enjoy spending as much time as I can with my husband.
How long have you been writing?
I have loved to write since I was a little girl, but I began writing plays for the children of our church in 1984.
Are you a morning or an evening writer?
I usually write when inspiration strikes. Sometimes my creative juices are flowing in the morning and other times at night.
Who or what is your greatest source of inspiration?
My greatest source of inspiration are real people, who stare adversity in the face, raise their shield of faith, and help others find their way safely through the landmines of life.
I was fortunate to have two godly grandmothers pour into my life as a little girl. They helped shape my small soul. I find my grandmothers’ influence in every story I write.
Tell us about your latest book. What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
One Noble Journey is a story inspired from my own childhood experiences. My maternal grandmother lived in a poor neighborhood called Oak Park. Any of the property in this poverty-stricken location was considered of little value because the lowlands caused frequent flooding. Many, who lived on high ground, considered Oak Park to be a thorn in the side of their fair city, but this attitude didn’t faze Grandma. She had a heart oozing with God’s love and she was determined to help the neglected and forgotten children of Oak Park. Her home became a soup kitchen, barber shop, and homeless shelter. If anyone from her neighborhood had a problem, they knew they could count on Grandma to help them. She housed frighten children, battered wives, and after many years of listening to various problems over a hot cup of coffee and a slice of her homemade pie, Grandma became a seasoned counselor. Most people understood her mission, but there were some folks who were prejudice against her simply because of where she lived. In my children’s book One Noble Journey, the timeless truths I learned from my grandmother’s life are woven throughout the story.
Two cultures collide in the tiny village of Westbury, when an orphan girl from the lowlands, the daughter of a Count from the highlands, and a baby raccoon become friends. One Noble Journey is utterly compelling, highlighting the negative power of prejudice and the positive power of God’s love and acceptance.
Have you always written in this genre?
No, I have been a ghostwriter for several years and have enjoyed writing books on marriage, health, poetry, drama, and biographies.
What do you like about this genre?
I enjoy helping shape small souls for Jesus and transplanting smiles on the faces of children.
How long did it take you to bring this book from first draft to printed copy?
It was approximately one year from the time I drafted the story and held a printed copy of One Noble Journey in my hands.
Do you have an agent or are you seeking representation?
If you could be any character in your book, who would you be and why?
I would want to be Journey. I love her pure heart and hope I would extend forgiveness in the face of prejudice like she did. She never wavered in her loyalty to her friend Bella.
What is different about your book compared to other books out on the market?
We live in a great day. There are many wonderful children’s books available to families. I believe my books are written with more of an inspirational and ministry bent. Children have a great capacity for compassion and empathy. I believe my stories encourage empathetic behavior and are a resource parents can use to support important family discussions and help hone biblical character traits in their little ones.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more about you and your work?
What is up next for you?
I plan to continue writing stories that shape small souls for Jesus. I believe the seeds of influence from my books will live longer than I do and produce a harvest of wisdom and help ignite a vibrant faith in the heart of child, which will change a generation and time my eyes will never see.
Thank you for spending time with us today, Dixie. We wish you great success with your ministry.