Who knew, ten years ago, that I would still be writing? I’ll tell you who knew – God knew, according to Jeremiah 29:11.
So, it’s with great honor that I share my 20th title with you all – “A Shoulda Woulda Christmas.”
The inspiration: Like the main character, Chaka Stringer/Jones/Lewis/Riddley (you’ll have to read to book to figure that one out), I have often wondered how my life would be different if I had made different choices. Don’t get me wrong–I love my life! But the question has popped into my mind a time or two.
The method: This is my first Christmas novella, and it was such fun to write! I got the idea on Nov. 22nd. It was finished on December 1. The editor was able to hop on it right away and get it back to me in a few days (it’s a short book, mind you). I say that not to brag on myself, but to say that in this case, our Father planted the idea and the words flew very quickly thereafter. He is amazing! If Stephen King could write Cujo in 2 weeks under the influence of alcohol (he said so in his memoir), surely one could write a novella under the power of the Holy Spirit in 10 days! It was a tough tend days, mind you (my husband washed dishes for me), but it was a blessing.
The message: A recurring verse in many of my books is Romans 8:28. Chaka could have made different choices–we ALL could have made different choices. But regardless, God’s plan is always to conform us to the image of His son. So, He uses all things to work for our good because we love Him. I sit in awe of His ability to recalculate at any moment in our lives. He is wonderful!
I hope you’ll enjoy this book immensely and that God will speak to you through the pages!