Today, I am pleased to welcome author Penelope Powell to I & R.
Penelope grew up in Tennessee, but has lived in various states and a few countries outside the United States. She holds a BS in Business/Political Science and an MS in Multinational Commerce from Boston University. After working in the field of banking and finance, she left to invest her time with her children. Now that they are grown, she is pursing the life of a writer. As an avid reader of fiction and a student of Biblical truth, she combines what she learns into stories of redemption. A Powerful Voice and A Furrow So Deep are full length romances published through Anaiah Press, LLC, as well as, her Christmas novella, My Christmas Hope.
Today, Penelope is talking to us about her latest release Together for Good.
Penelope, welcome to Interviews & Reviews!
What is the hardest thing about writing for you?
Consistency. Advice most prolific authors give is having the discipline to sit down and write every day. I just haven’t been able to establish that habit.
Do you travel to the places you write about?
Yes and no…lol. I have traveled, and I’ve lived in several places, so I usually write about places I’ve been. I have, however, revisited places I plan to use for book settings.
What is the central theme of Together for Good?
The theme is inspired by Romans 8:28, which in my own words is that God has His fingers in every aspect of my life. Believing that promise gives me great comfort and peace.
Do you talk to your characters?
Yes, but they never respond, which is probably payback for all the times my husband says something, but I don’t let him know I heard him.
Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
My hope is that every reader gets the Romans 8:28 message, that no matter the circumstances; good, bad, happenstance or self-inflicted, He can bring something good from it.
Do you have any other books in the works?
I have a couple of books in the works, all of which are in different stages of completion. If I sat down and wrote every day they’d all be further along.
How were you saved?
At age 9, I really understood the salvation message, so I walked the aisle during an altar call and gave Jesus my heart, asking Jesus to forgive me. I was an adult before I realized I needed to make Him Lord over my decisions, and emotions. You might say I starting responding more to the Holy Spirit with my sanctification process.
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you. Thank you for reading Christian Fiction, which gives people like me an opportunity to publish, and most especially thank you to anyone who has personally given me a chance. I hope it’s been a blessing.
And thank you, Penelope for sharing with us today!
If you want to follow Penelope you can do so on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@penpowell89 and you can visit her website at www.penelopepowell.com
Having lost her mother in a tragic drunk driving accident, Laney Spence is no stranger to grief and loss. Despite this tragedy touching her life at such a young age, Laney has maintained her belief that God brings good out of even the most difficult circumstances. For her, that good came in the form of her older brother’s best friend, Matthew Jordan. Kind and compassionate, Matthew helped her grieve—and she’s been harboring a crush on him ever since.
Years later, when tragedy shatters Matthew’s life, Laney is there for him the same way he’d been there for her all those years ago. But they’re not kids anymore. She’s a teacher with little life experience, and he’s a jaded divorce lawyer with a past he’d rather keep secret. Neither of them can ignore the attraction that blooms, though, leaving them both wondering—is attraction, history, and a shared faith in God enough to keep them together for good, or will circumstances beyond their control drive them apart?