Thank you for stopping by, Carol.
It's my pleasure to be here.
Finally one more fact- I was majoring in English in college when the head of the department wrote in red pen on my essays that he didn’t think I had what it took to be an English major.
How and when did you begin to write? I had my first essay published in 6th grade in our town newspaper in a column called, Youth Said It. I got the bug and started sending things out to women’s magazines with no success and soon quit. It wasn’t until my four children were almost out of the house that I decided to revisit my desire to write. My first honest to goodness article was published in a newspaper in Zionsville, Indiana and described my thoughts on 9/11. Since then I’ve written hundreds of articles and currently work as a reporter.
Can you give our readers a short description of Lake Surrender? My first novel is about a career editor who loses her marriage, house and job. As a single parent of a precocious pre-teen and an autistic son, she’s forced to find a more inexpensive place to live than the San Francisco Bay Area. She ends up in Northern Michigan working as a cook at a dilapidated Christian camp. She can’t cook and right-wing religious types really irritate her. But God woos her as she discovers her journey ends where her life begins. I really put this girl through the wringer!
What led you to write it? I have a degree in Recreation Therapy and love working with all kinds of disabled children. A few years ago I was a teacher’s aide in an autistic classroom and was able to get a glimpse into their world. I also observed the difficulties their parents face every day.
What are you working on now? I am planning a small novella called, Lake Surrender Christmas.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers? Writing is humbling. It took me 12 years to get my first book, a devotional, published, and I still have a novel with 33 rejections! But here’s what I learned along the way.
First, I had to realize that I’m not my best editor and my masterpiece hasn’t arrived after one or two drafts! I had to allow trusted, objective people give me feedback.
Second, I learned I needed to share my ideas in a blog or newsletter. Yes, give them away. All writing that points to truth is precious to God whether it be a best seller or an encouraging email to a friend. It’s exciting to have my novel out there but I’ve enjoyed the journey and the fellowship of other writers.
How can my readers find out more about you and your work?
• I have a blog on my website called, ChangingZipCodes.com. My claim to fame is that I’ve moved 22 times and lived to write about it. I’m also on once a week on 7Christians.blogspot.com.
• I have a devotional for movers: http://tinyurl.com/cuwrcokdefault
• And of course, Lake Surrender
• I’m on Facebook: Carol Grace Stratton (Author page), Carol Stratton, and Changing Zip Codes. Or Twitter: @Carolgstratton. I’d love to hear from any of you. We are only a short link in time but with Christ it can be a strong link.