Today’s guest is Ada Brownell. Ada has written several books and many articles. She retired as a newspaper reporter and has been writing professionally since she was very young. Her writing career began at sixteen when she started writing for a Christian publication. Ada, you’ve had success from early in life and have done a lot over your career!
Do you have any advice for writers?
A beginning writer needs to study what makes writing powerful, and Christian writers know a large part of that is a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. After that study, think, watch, listen, read, write ideas and unique thoughts down, and then plan. Sit at the computer, write and rewrite. Finally, send the manuscript out using a marketing strategy that includes more than Plan A. Forget that work and start another article or book.
You write both non-fiction and fiction books. Can you tell me a little bit about your latest novel?
I’m currently marketing an inspirational historical romance, The Belle of Peach County. A 17-year-old elocutionist and singer runs away from her abusive uncle, but she is caught in a perilous web. Could the peddler who constantly appears be a venomous spider in her life?
The story emerged from a few things I know about my grandparents. It’s completely fiction, but my grandmother was an elocutionist and some relatives say she had to run from the abusive uncle, a judge, with whom she lived after her parents died. My grandfather traveled about the county showing one of the first Passion of the Christ picture shows created. His father, in the meantime, a widower at age 60, married a woman in her 20s so he would have a cook—and was beaten to death by her lover. My grandfather wanted the man who killed his pa brought to justice.
I also am marketing a teen mystery, Terror Blasters.
Tell us about your non-fiction books
My book, Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, will be released by Amazon in November 2011. Do you know you are more than a physical body? I spent seven years on the medical beat, and created the book after the death of our daughter to determine whether I believed what I thought I did about eternal life. I discovered there is evidence we are more than flesh. I looked at why we have hope for living forever, not only from a Christian point of view, but because of physical evidence. The book is for support groups, religion classes, people with chronic or terminal illness, individuals who fear death or are curious about it, the grieving and those who give them counsel.
The next non-fiction project I’m working on is making Confessions of a Pentecostal, published by the Assemblies of God but now out of print, into an e-book. Used copies have been sold online for years so I decided I might as well sell it myself.
Tell us about articles you have been writing
My latest sale is “The Value of Long-Term Marriages,” to Lifeway’s Mature Living, which will be published in February 2012. This year I’ve written a few op-ed opinion newspaper pieces for The Pueblo Chieftain where I used to work in Colorado, and had several other articles in Christian publications.
Tell us something about yourself our readers would find interesting or amusing.
I could share about my high-heeled shoe sticking on the volume pedal when I was playing quiet background music on the organ at church and I nearly blasted the people off the pews. Instead, writers might be surprised to learn I completed The Belle of Peach County during the American Christian Fiction Writers Novel Track in January 2011. I had about 14,000 words to start with and by the first week of February I had 82,000 and the last chapter. I’ve edited the book four times, and some chapters many more times than that.
What accomplishment makes you most proud?
Probably my newspaper career, but also an article I wrote, “How can I get control of my anger?” The article is a chapter in the book, 50 Tough Questions published by Gospel Publishing House and the article, first published in The Pentecostal Evangel, has been reprinted numerous times, including a Spanish language publication for youth and a Malawi Christian newspaper.
I have chapters in four other books: What I Learned from God While Cooking, (edited by Cristine Bolley) Barbour Publishing, 2006 ; Cup of Comfort for Cat Lovers and Cup of Comfort for Christians (Adams Media 2008 and 2006); and Restored (Women’s Aglow Fellowship, 1978).
Where can we find you?