Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Ada Brownell!

Welcome, Ada. Is there a story behind JOE THE DREAMER: THE CASTLE AND THE CATAPULT?
Yes. I started the book as part of the curriculum in an after-school and summers program for middle-grade youth shortly after I retired. Mornings we had classes of intense Bible memorization and biblical teaching, and in the afternoon students needed a break. Something enjoyable, but also profitable. So I started the novel and read a chapter every day about Joe the Dreamer, whose parents disappeared and he is trying to build his faith to believe God would bring them back. While living with an unbelieving uncle, Joe reads the Bible and in his sleep slips into the skin of Bible characters. I not only wanted to interest the teens in the story, but to whet their appetites for God’s Word.

What’s the last thing you wrote?

I wrote a non-fiction piece for a chapter book on faith: “Can We Have Faith After Tragedy?”

What’s the first thing you wrote that you still have?
The first complete article was "On Death's Row," published by the Pentecostal Evangel. The piece was reprinted as a gospel tract.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?

Old Norton, one of the Christians being imprisoned at the castle, might be. He’s a retired professor but he loves to antagonize the guard the prisons call “Gorilla.” He caught mice and released them next to the guard while he was snoozing and the mice have great fun tormenting the huge guy. In the last scene Norton releases a bull snake where it creates havoc. I especially like characters that make people laugh and several teens do that in Joe the Dreamer. I have a funny little kid in my Christian historical, The Lady Fugitive, that I like. That book should be out in a few months.

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?
I thought it might be Joe’s Uncle Faulkner, who treats Joe like scum, but it has to be Dr. Zogg, a psychiatrist who leads the radicals who want to obliterate Christianity from America. Zogg is trying force Joe’s Dad who is being held prisoner at a castle, to change his epilepsy program into a chip that will cause seizures in influential Christians. Zogg will also use his prisoners to build and detonate bombs to kill Christians. Joe has no idea where his parents are, and the psychiatrist convinces Joe’s uncle that Joe is mentally ill and a danger to himself because in his dreams he slips into the skin of Bible characters and cries out in the night.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve written
I feel privileged to have written the books Swallowed by Life and Joe the Dreamer. I wrote numerous newspaper articles and have more than 300 articles published in Christian magazines, and I achieved a certain amount of satisfaction with many of those, I imagine my favorite article is “How Can I Get Control of My Anger?” a piece first published in The Pentecostal Evangel and reprinted several times, including as a chapter in the book, 50 Tough Questions, published by Gospel Publishing House.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?
I’ve been doing blog tours and that keeps me busy, especially when I do interviews and devotions. But I also still write for Christian publications and soon my teen self-help book, Imagine the Future You, will be out, and my historical romance, The Lady Fugitive.

How do you find the time to write?

I do my work hard and fast and always have. In the days I was younger I’d schedule my chores. I wrote quite a bit when I had five children at home, but I did most of it then on the kitchen table after the kids were in bed and didn’t write every day. My husband, a railroader, often was coming or going at midnight. One time, though, when my youngest son had the colic I had an idea and asked one of the older children to bring me a pencil and paper. I wrote an article for non-Christians on the arm of the rocking chair, typed it the next morning, mailed it, and in six weeks it was on the back page of The Pentecostal Evangel. The editors told me they needed that type of article for that edition.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I hope to have my teen self-help book, Imagine the Future You out by April 1 as a companion to Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult. I especially want it available for my four teen grandchildren.

The book is based on the theme “Grasp your future and hold on!” We can achieve our dreams. I show how to do it, effective illustrations, plus examples of people who failed despite being immensely talented, but also the triumph of those who reached their goals even though they faced great obstacles.

What is the most important takeaway from Joe the Dreamer?
I would hope the story is a great read for youth, but also that the book would have spiritual impact helping teens understand God is there, He loves them, and He still answers prayer.

Thanks so much, Ada, for joining us!


To buy her book, go here:
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A.B. Brownell has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter. She has a BS degree in Mass Communications and worked most of her career at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo., where she spent the last seven years as a medical writer. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to free lance for Christian publications and write non-fiction and fiction books.

To connect with Ada, go here:
Swallowed by LIFE:
Confessions of a Pentecostal:

Twitter: @adellerella

Ada is giving away a copy of Joe the Dreamer. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. 


Anonymous said...

Hello girls!And, hello to guest, Ada. I would love to have a chance to read this book of yours. This sounds like a good book to share with my great-grands. Please put me in for the drawing.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Teela said...

Please enter me in this giveaway for Joe the Dreamer. thanks,

squiresj said...

Please enter me. I would love to get to know you and read your books and review it. jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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