Interview: Ada Brownell

Ada Brownell’s  prolific writing career began with youth publications when she was the youth leader at her church and she  worked with that age group most of her life. She’s taught upper elementary, middle school, high school, college and career, young marrieds, and more.

She’s also written a wonderful post over at Putting on the New called “A Big Christmas Doll.

Enjoy this interview.

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During her 17 years as a journalist, she interviewed young achievers in music, sports, academics, beauty, careers, and other pursuits.

Ada wrote about the latest fashions and how to present yourself for success. Interviewed teen moms and those who work with them and reported on teens affected by substance abuse. She reviewed statistics annually and talked to health experts about Sexually Transmitted Diseases; interviewed judges who sentence juvenile offenders; and wrote about the tragedy of mental illness and suicide among teens. She studied, taught and wrote about how youth can discover faith, even when society tries to keep them from believing, and how God helps anyone find joy in Him and an abundant, successful life here and for eternity.

Enjoy this interview.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I’m a native Coloradan and my husband and I lived all over the mountains in Western Colorado after we married. He was a railroader telegrapher and kept getting “bumped” by someone with more seniority. We moved 12 times the first three years we were married. Yet, we had a great time making new friends and sampling the wonders of different communities. I started writing ideas for youth services as a teenager and soon went on to articles and stories and ended up a newspaper reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado.

adaTell us about your latest book.

Here’s a summary of Imagine the Future You, a motivational Bible study.

Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares? You don’t need a fortune teller to reveal your future. You are the person who determines who you will be, what your life will be like, and how your hopes and dreams will be fulfilled. Today is the  time to IMAGINE and to create an action plan for your future. This book will show how to make the right connections, how to grow you talents, and how to begin believing in yourself and things greater than yourself—for a wonderful Future You!

What do you hope readers take away from it?

A determination to be their best, do their best, and to follow the Lord’s leading. Beyond that, I hope readers build a stronger foundation of faith in God. I pray they’ll know how to put their future in the Lord’s hands so they’ll have an abundant life on earth with joy and peace, as well as live forever with Him. Some young people say the church is no longer relevant, but Jesus is the only way they’ll get off this earth with hope.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

A. I have an historical novel, The Lady Fugitive, written and almost ready. When I get it to an editor, I’ll begin working on the sequel to Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult. I continue to write op-ed articles for newspapers and articles for Christian publications.

Any type of writing ritual you have?

I get up earlier than my husband and begin with devotions. Then I write. I devote myself to the lead of a story, article, or chapter. If I can get the opening paragraph, even if I only have a few minutes, when I come back later, it’s easy to pick up where I left off. Sometimes I write two or three leads at a time if I have a lot of things to accomplish.

What is one of the things you’re most thankful for as a writer?

I wouldn’t be a writer without salvation and the need to share the gospel. But I’m also thankful when I’m paid for writing, and I also enjoy the process of writing, the people I meet and interview.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

If their words are read, and the reader understands.

Where can we learn more about you?<

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/AdaBrownellWritingMinistries

Twitter: @adellerella

Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement

Amazon Ada Brownell author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06

Anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks for inviting me to be your guest.

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