Sunday, November 27, 2011

with Laura Davis

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Laura!
Is there a story behind this book?

There is and it is a long one, so I will try to condense it. I had a singing ministry for over 25 years. Singing was my career and a huge part of my life. Almost 12 years ago I required emergency surgery for a previous operation that went horribly wrong. I was intubated and for some reason, known only to God, I lost my singing voice. During a very long period of mourning for my voice and begging God to restore it, I began to sense God pulling me toward writing about Jesus' life. Writing was not something new to me as I’d been doing it all my life and had even had a few songs published. But writing instead of singing full-time was the furthest thing from my mind and so I argued with God.

I felt that if I did set my mind to writing full-time it would mean the end of my music ministry and I didn’t want it to end. Do you know what happens when you don’t do what God asks you to do? Well, sometimes He has to get your attention and if you’re stubborn like me, He has to get it in a BIG way. After about seven months of saying no to God, I fell down a flight of stairs and injured myself so badly that I was stuck in bed with nothing to do but write and think.

I thought about how Mary surrendered her will to God at such a young age and knew that if she could trust God with something as momentous as giving birth to the Saviour of the world, I could trust Him with the next phase of my life. So, I surrendered to God and said, “Lord, if you want to use me in a new way then here I am, take my hands and use them as you did my voice.” The story poured out of me and I didn’t stop writing until it was completed. It wasn’t until I finished and I read it all the way through that I realized the central theme was on surrendering to God. God was definitely trying to get His point across with me!

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I love historical fiction. I particularly liked The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund and The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz. Hmm…I just noticed how similar those titles were.

I've read both of those and they are really good. I loved them. If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Neat question! I’m guessing pop music.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I accidentally broke into a church once. It wasn’t my fault! Someone left the back door of the church open and the alarms went off, the cops came and well…there is more to the story but you’ll have to invite me to speak at your church to find out what it is. LOL!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Yes! Housework and editing. Interestingly they both have to do with cleaning things up!

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I have a recipe that is both delicious and easy to make when company comes and you need something in a hurry. All you need are chicken breasts, Stouffer’s stove-top stuffing (chicken or turkey flavor it doesn’t matter) and cream of chicken soup. You can cut the chicken into chunks if you like or leave the breasts whole. I take my favorite baking dish, put the (thawed) chicken in first and smother it with cream of chicken soup. Usually one can is enough for a family of four. I cook the stuffing according to the directions on the box, and then it goes over the chicken. Next, stick it in the oven at 400 F for 30 minutes, make a salad or veggies to go with it and you have a nice quick meal!

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Jeremiah 29:11 “'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord. 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” I clung to that verse after I lost my voice and I sensed God leading me in a new direction for my life.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have just finished a bible study to go along with Come to Me. It is a study on the life of Christ. I hope to have that out sometime in the spring of 2012. I’m also working on a book tentatively called, Finding Claire. It’s set in 1969 and centers around two young girls who discover a secret in a journal from WWII that threatens to tear their lives apart. I’m still in the first draft stage, so it might be another year until it comes out.

You can purchase Come to Me from Amazon.

Laura is giving away a copy of Come to Me. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Linda said...

I love Biblical historicals. Mary's story would be quite interesting. Please enter me.

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marybelle said...

If I am ever fortunate enough to hear you speak, I will be expecting the rest of the 'break -in' story. You poor thing.


Yvonne Blake said...

Your book and testimony are so interesting! I'd love to read more.

ann said...

Sounds like a wonderful book I would enjoy reading.

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Marianne said...

i love the novels that make the biblical characters come alive for me. i just finished reading The Stones - about David's life. Thanks for the post and giveaway, Esther and Laura. i'd love to win


lgm52 said...

Love historical fiction. Can't wait to read this one.

Anonymous said...

Good interview!
I'd really like to win this book.


Amanda Stephan said...

You know, I just couldn't imagine being in front of people to sing. It takes a special person that is able to do something like that. I liked what you said about giving God liberty to use you thru this 'next phase' of your life. Great way to look at it, and encouraging to me! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

Teela said...

I had a friend tht lost his singing voice for a couple of years and I know it must have been devastating, but glad to know you are writing and hope to win your book! Regards,

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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