Thursday, September 13, 2012

Welcome to Christian Author, Ada Brownell

Ada, thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to interview with us. I’m sure our readers are looking forward to learning more about you and your writing.
Let me begin by asking if there is a story behind Swallowed by LIFE: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal?

After God goes with us through trials, we often receive priceless knowledge we must share. The amazing thing, though, is that our Heavenly Father also uses and enlarges what we already know, but often it is so marvelous we need time for our brain to catalog it.

That’s the way it was with me when we lost our beautiful and talented daughter to cancer. In my grief and searching, I became aware of amazing truths about life, who we are, how we got here, where we’re going, and the evidence we are more than a body.

I spent a number of years as a medical journalist and because of my research the book that resulted is not so much focused on our loss or God being there in our grieving, but a story about why we can be assured of the truth when Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25).

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your book is sure to be a blessing for others who are seeking the comfort of that Scripture. What started you on your writing journey?

 I was a youth leader in our small church during my teens, and my ideas for youth services were published in a national magazine. After I got married, we moved to a town with 100 people in the Utah desert. I still had lots of things burning in me and nothing to do with them, so I began writing. After my first big success, I sold my accordion, bought an electric typewriter, and enrolled in a correspondence course on writing for Christian publications. I’ve been selling free lance articles since, even the years when the five children were home and the 17 years I spent as a reporter. My first book, Confessions of a Pentecostal, was published in 1978 by the Assemblies of God. It’s out of print, but now available for Kindle. As a side note, after God did a greater work in me, I started a Sunday school in that little town.

 How wonderful! God does work in our lives in many different ways. On a light note, what makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

I love humor, but I usually make fun of myself. In Confessions of a Pentecostal, I start the chapter, “Marked with Red” like this: “I’ve always said God put red hair on some people for the same reason He put a red spot on a Black Widow Spider. I means danger!” The chapter deals with anger and I’m a redhead.

I also have a true story I often share when I talk about marriage. Before my husband and I were married, I knew a man who had an affair and his wife didn’t have a clue. My husband, a railroader, worked shifts and was coming and going at midnight. I decided the wise thing to do was be unpredictable. So sometimes I stayed up until he got home. Others, I was in bed asleep. After we had a couple of kids, I still practiced that and one night I stayed up, took a bath, put on a pretty nightie and started waiting for him. Midnight passed, then 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. At first I thought, Well, buddy, I caught you. Didn’t think I’d be up did you? I was standing in front of the mirror brushing my hair and my eyes would narrow as I thought about how smart it was to be unpredictable. Then panic crawled up my nightie-clad back. We had two kids. I had no job. Where would I go?

I didn’t call my mother or a friend, we had no phone and I was stuck. We had only one car.

As soon as I thought of the car, I gasped. I had the car and I was supposed to pick him up!

That is so funny! I bet both of you laugh about it now, but at the time you must have really scrambled to get dressed and hustle to pick him up. Let me stop laughing before I ask the next question. (Deep breath.) What is your next book about and when can readers expect to see it?

My next book is a teen novel, Joe the Dreamer and the Secret of Sir Henry’s Castle. I received the cover proofs today. Hopefully the book will be out in mid-November. In this teen mystery a 14-year-old youth becomes the target of the radical group that enslaves his parents, and his fate could be worse than death. The book has missing persons, computer chips for the brain, mind control, a mental institution, robots, catapults and Bible characters who wander about in the night.

Wow. I’ll have to watch for this one. There are some teens in my family this would appeal to. So which character in this book most interested you while you wrote?

In Joe the Dreamer I have a number of characters that gripped me. Critiquers immediately detest the aunt and uncle that Joe and his little sis are forced to live with. I like Gertrude, the crippled old lady that Joe does odd jobs for because she is a spiritual mentor, and loves Joe like a grandson. Dr. Zogg, the psychiatrist, is evil—but interesting. Centipede the head of the Gutsy Guardians is a unique character. Sandy Zogg may be in beauty pageants, but she’s ugly to the bone marrow. Then we have George the guard who failed college English but put two robot kits together and made a super robot, Sir Knight, mistakenly programmed to be a guardian, not a guard.

Thank you for being here today! Join us tomorrow for an excerpt and more on Swallowed by Life.

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 Ada Brownell is giving away a copy of Swallowed by LIFE: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
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Anonymous said...

I would love to be able to win the book, "Swallowed by Life". I cannot relate to losing a daughter to cancer but I can relate to losing my mother to Alzheimer's.
This book would be very helpful to my siblings and I as we go through the grief process but in a very different sort of way.

Anonymous said...

A new author for me, and a meaningful book. Please enter me in this contest. GOD bless you.
Maxie ( )

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