Lesley Sears, author of the book The Foolish Sinners Guide to...Living in God's Wisdom, stopped by for an interview.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I am the daughter of amazing parents, a wife of a terrific husband, a friend to incredible people, and a Christ Follower who has been touched by God in an incredible and inspiring way. I am an animal lover so my house is filled with critters and I love the outdoor so my yard is filled with flowers.
What do you do when you're not writing?
I have several projects going right now so it seems like I spend a lot of my time writing, which I love so it has never felt like work. Well…almost never.
When I do find myself without anything on my TO DO list, or when I hide my To Do at the bottom of my working pile and decide to ignore it for a little while.
I enjoy reading. I love going to estate auctions to collect vintage purses, jewelry, and hats. I enjoy antique and craft show hopping with my mother. I am a Part Time business consultant for a staffing agency.
When did you first start writing?
Like so many children I used to write and illustrate my own story books when I was very young, but my true fascination with the power of the written word began when I was taking journalism classes in college. It was there that I learned that writing was truly an art and not just a bunch of words lumped together. From that point forward the art of writing has fascinated me, the ability to draw emotion from people with the words of my pen has been an ongoing quest.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
WOW, that's a tough question. There are so many, from so many different genres. I read incessantly when I was young, less so now because I tend to be pretty busy, but I would say that the classics have been a great inspiration to me: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.
What inspired you to write this particular book?
This entire book was written because of a teaching journey I had with God. God gave me these basic principles when He told me I needed to live in my relationship with Him daily and I asked Him “HOW?”. Miraculously He answered me.
So my inspiration came from obeying God’s instruction to share these messages He blessed me with, it came from sharing these principles with others, it came from helping other’s live the life God wants them to live, and ultimately it came from a passion to see God’s Kingdom here on earth.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The entire experience of writing this book has been filled with amazing times, frustrating times, and frightening times. Each principle was a journey toward the Truth. Seeing this Truth was a gift because it gave me the blueprint for living each day of my life for God. The blueprint wasn’t a difficult one but it was one that I would never have found if God had not shown me step-by-step.
Now that the book is complete it seems so organized and orderly but for much of the writing the concepts and teachings would come at me one at a time. God would show me a principle, He would display the principle in my life, He would reinforce my accurate understanding of the principle and He would correct me when I was mistaken. During the early times of God’s teachings I felt so inadequate and awkward. But somehow God managed to take each of these concepts and use me, a completely inadequate vessel, and bring them all into alignment.
All I wanted to know was more, more, more and God had to reign me back to learn the principle He had in front of me at that moment. Letting God conduct the teachings His way, having the patience required, was one of the hardest but ultimately most rewarding aspects of writing this book.
What is best writing advice you can give?
The best writing advice I can give is WRITE!!
As you write, you struggle to accomplish things with words that require skill to achieve. As you strive to build this skill you begin to pay attention to things you haven’t noticed before. You begin to hear sounds differently, then attempt to attribute a word to that sound, using the letters that form the sound you hear. You begin to see actions, then attempt to bring them to life in your writing. You begin to feel emotions, then dig into those emotions and write them in such a way that those reading can feel them too. Being a great writer is a lifestyle, it takes over and drags you along for the ride.
Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?
I would like readers to know just how profoundly the principles God gave me have changed my life. If you’re seeking to know God more deeply, to understand the Holy Spirit, to build your faith daily, to discover God’s purpose and assignment for you then these principles will change your life too.
About the book:
About the author:
|Lesley Sears is a former journalist. She had always considered herself a Fiction writer until God changed her plan and assigned her to write the Non-fiction Foolish Sinners Guide series. She is about to release Churchies a Christian fiction dramatic book serial and weekly podcast, that pulls back the curtain on the trials and tribulations of a fictional church in Northern Ohio; and a new edition in the Foolish Sinners Guide series that studies what will happen to God’s animals during the Rapture. You can find her at www.foolishsinnersguide.com or www.316publishinggroup.com.|