Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Fruit of My Spirit by Deanna Nowadnick

Welcome to Author Deanna Nowadnick

When Deanna Nowadnick is not writing, she serves as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge.She’s active in her church, playing the violin and editing the newsletter. She loves to knit, adores chocolate, and most important, enjoys a blessed marriage to Kurt. Deanna lives in Monroe, WA.

What is your favorite flavor or ice cream?

Jamoca Almond Fudge. Notice that the first question answered had to do with food, specifically chocolate!

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Fruit of My Spirit is for anyone who’s ever questioned God’s ability to love and forgive or who’s ever wondered about their place in God’s family or God’s place in theirs.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
Yes, I’m working on Book 2. Signs in Life: Meeting God at the Corner of Grace and Mercy tells of those times when God has come alongside and guided, directed and turned me. The book is another collection of short stories, this time recounting when God has met me at life’s crossroads, when I’ve been “on point” with God, not because of anything I’ve done, but because a loving, gracious, merciful God has been there time after time, again and again.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I didn’t plan to be a writer. Even though I majored in English in college, I never enjoyed writing assignments. I actually think it had more to do with being told what to write, rather than the writing itself. Fruit of My Spirit is my first book. I really didn’t intend to write a book. I just wanted my sons Kyle and Kevin to know how I met their father, but one chapter became two chapters and then two chapter became three… Finally I said to anyone who would listen, “I think I wrote a book!”

Before she died, my mom had asked me to write a book. At the time my boys were very small, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. I couldn’t get a grocery list put together! Before my father died, he reminded me that mom had wanted me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. Last year I wrote a book. My boys were now adults and I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I have been most inspired by others who have said, “I have a story to tell.” I’ve had both older and younger readers come to me with their own stories. If my antics can encourage others to write, I will be both humbled and delighted.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
I grew up reading Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew mysteries. I devoured them. As a fourth grader, I wanted to grow up and be Nancy Drew. It was the first time that I can remember when I slipped away with a book and didn’t come up for air until reaching the last page.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
I think of Anne Lamott’s book, Bird by Bird in which she tells of the encouragement given to her brother as a writing assignment loomed. Her father’s words were, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” I’ve often heard people say, “I could never write a book.” Not long ago I would have replied the same. Fruit of My Spirit began as a single story. That story led to the next story. We all have stories to tell. Just take it story by story, friends.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Cinque Terre, Italy. Is there a more beautiful place to live and write?

What is your favorite Quote?
On my desk is a rock. The words “Choose joy!” are etched it in. It’s not exactly a quote, but it’s my inspiration for each day.

Hidden talent?
How about a talent that should remain hidden? After a thirty-year break, I began playing violin again. I absolutely delight in the music, but I have to admit that I have moments of sheer inspiration and others that are truly cringe-worthy.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I had an Appreciation Dinner with those acknowledged in the book. It was a delightful time with family and friends at a local restaurant. I realized early on in the evening that it was one of those rare occasions when we get to thank those dearest to us. I did so for three hours!
What is your guilty pleasure?
TV’s Mad Men and Downton Abbey

Favorite places to travel?
As I write I’m enjoying free time with my husband in Palm Springs. I live in the Pacific Northwest, so we always look forward to our annual trek to the desert. After months of gray skies and drizzle, we skip onto the airplane. We also enjoy San Jose del Cabo with our boys. Last Christmas we met my brother and his family for a great week of sun, surf and relaxation.

Print or Ebook?
Both. Some books work on my Kindle. Some books I’ve just got to hold.
Fruit of My Spirit

Fruit of My Spirit is a memoir of missteps and misdeeds in which Deanna Nowadnick writes of the hugeness of God’s love and faithfulness. Reframing life in God’s grace, she discovers an indescribable, indefinable, inexplicable love that has encircled her without fail throughout life. Fruit of My Spirit is for anyone who’s ever questioned God’s ability to love and forgive, who’s ever wondered about their place in God’s family or God’s place in theirs. Deanna offers hope for those who dare to question, who secretly wonder, and who fear to ask. Through stories of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, you will experience the enormity of God, too.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Fruit of My Spirit
Paperback open to US only, Ebook open Internationally
Ends 8/15/12

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