Monday, November 18, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Ada Brownell

Is there a story behind Imagine the Future You?

This book, a motivational Bible study for teens, began as curriculum for an after-school and summers program for upper elementary and junior high students in the Dunamis Academy at my church in Pueblo, Colo. I had retired a few months before from my job as a newspaper reporter and I had a burden for youth.
 In today’s world more and more young people are becoming atheists. Public schools and secular universities strip Christian faith from students and replace it with the doctrines of secularism. My purpose in writing the curriculum, and now this book, was to provide a basis for belief in God, and also to give them motivation to live for Jesus, include Him in their dreams, develop their talents, be their best, and discover real love, success, abundant and eternal life.
When I taught the course, Dynamite Decisions for Youth based on info in the book, I was thrilled when in addition to most of the students, my assistants who had not been born again, gave their hearts to the Lord that first summer.

What’s your favorite genre of writing?

 Besides the Bible, my favorite to read is inspirational historical fiction. I had great fun writing my historical novel, The Lady Fugitive, which will be released soon, but I also enjoyed creating the teen/adult novel, Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult.
 I also read and write Christian non-fiction. The Word has revealed so many things I believe are worth sharing, I can’t help but write. Just today a woman called from the Kansas City area and told me her Bible study group is enjoying my book, Swallowed by Life. Sometimes the truths in the book bless them so much they weep. That blesses me in return.

What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote?

 I wouldn’t want to reveal the twists that happen late in my novels, but I will tell you recently a blogger said something about the unusual twist in Joe the Dreamer where the parents are kidnapped instead of the kids.

Do you archive everything you write?

 I’ve kept most of the free lance articles I’ve written and books in which I have chapters, but I’ve been at it so long it’s getting almost overwhelming. I need to go through all those notebooks and organize. I used to keep them indexed by magazine or topic, but I’m so busy these days I just put them in a protector cover and stick them in. Most notebooks are so full I can barely get them inside.
There is no way I could save all the newspaper articles I’ve written. Most of the bylined stories can be accessed at the public library. I don’t think the newspaper’s morgue is open to the public anymore. I’ve had 125 or so articles published by The Pentecostal Evangel and although I’ve kept most of those, the magazine archives them and I can have their Pentecostal Heritage Center librarian access them for me. I wish I’d organized and saved all the articles I’ve written for other people’s blogs and I think I’ll do that—create a folder like I do for reviews, and there they’ll be! Often I can submit them to another blogger.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?

Good ideas are a large part of every writer’s assets. It doesn’t make any difference how well you write or plot, if you have a lousy idea, the whole thing falls apart. My desk is usually littered with ideas I write down on anything, anywhere, anytime. Occasionally, I organize them but often I use the idea before it makes it to a file. I’ve written stories from ideas that I’d had for years and never breathed life into, or started and didn’t complete. I plan to reclaim an idea I haven’t worked on for 40 years.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

I’m revving up for marketing Imagine the Future You. I always have blog posts and interviews to do. I have articles on faith and truth I hope to get to in the next few days. I will be connecting with an editor and a cover designer for publication of The Lady Fugitive in a few weeks.

What or who is the biggest influence on your writing?

From the beginning it was just the Lord and me. I had been published several years before I met another free lance writer. Well, I guess I did meet the woman who created my first writing course. But in my early years I had two editors who helped me immensely. If an article almost fit their magazine, they would tell me to change the word length, add another illustration, and that sort of thing, and I did it. But it was encouragement from the Word and the call I felt in my spirit that kept me going.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

Jenny runs away from her abusive uncle, a judge, but she is caught in a perilous web. Could the handsome peddler who constantly appears be a venomous spider in her life, or the one to help her untangle her problems?

The judge offers a reward for her return. Jenny knows if given the chance he will abuse her, and because he is a judge he will find her. But she meets William and there’s a hint of hope and romance.  

Back Cover Blurb

Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares?

You don’t need a fortune teller to reveal your future. You are the person who determines who you will be, what your life will be like, and how your hopes and dreams will be fulfilled.

            Today is the time to IMAGINE and to create an action plan for your future.

·                   How harnessing your will can make you a champion
·                   How to make valuable deposits into your mind, detoxify harmful information in the brain, and avoid brainwashing
·                   How to look and be your best
·                   How to connect with Someone who will make a difference in your life
·                   How who you marry changes everything
·                   How to avoid traps that jeopardize your future
·                   Where you want your name to appear
·                   Why you can believe God is there and interested in your tomorrows
·                   Examples of people who grabbed their future and held on

This book will show how to make the right connections, how to grow you talents, and how to begin believing in yourself and things greater than yourself—for a wonderful Future You!

To buy her book:

About Ada:
 Ada Brownell has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to free lance for Sunday school papers and Christian magazines. She is the author of three non-fiction books, one novel, and is critique group leader of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers.

Youth today often never develop their God-given talents or they lose their faith by a plan drawn years ago. Curriculum from the pits of hell teaches they have no past with a Heavenly Designer who saw them in the womb and had a plan for their lives— and insinuates they have no future that matters. This motivational Bible study pulls back the curtain to reveal the truth, the Savior who loves them, but also how to prepare for the abundant life Jesus promised here and for eternity.

Ada’s other books:
Confessions of a Pentecostal, published in 1978 by Gospel Publishing House, out of print but now available for Kindle Named by the Library Thing in 2011 and for a number of years among top Pentecostal books, and cited by reviewers as “giving a good look into another person’s faith.”

Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, a Bible study featured in the June 2 Reading for Spiritual Health edition of The Pentecostal Evangel

Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, a youth novel, Enter an area where people are missing and radicals want to obliterate Christianity from the earth.

To connect with Ada:
Twitter: @adellerella
 Blog: Stick to Your Soul Encouragement
 Amazon Ada Brownell author page:
 Imagine the Future You:

Ada Brownell is giving away a copy of Imagine the Future You. 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 may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Jackie McNutt said...

How blessed I feel with todays post and learning about Ada's books. I have been looking for books for teens as gift ideas and hers sounds like the one I would pick.
I am so grateful for Christian authors who minister to teens.
Thank You.

Patricia Bradley said...

I don't know how I missed Ada! Thanks for introducing her to me. pat at ptbradley dot com

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