June: Lynette, my story is probably different than anyone else's. I never wrote as a youth and still had no desire to do so even after I retired. I wrote academically when I got my BA and MA and that was all. After I retired from teaching, I noticed a story lurking in my head. I even knew what the characters looked like and what they were doing but never thought much of it. After about 5 years, I happened to tell my daughter the story, and she asked me why I didn't write it. That was the spark I needed. I got a Toshiba laptop, as many "how to" books as I could, and started pounding the keys. Now I've got so many stories in my head, I don't know if I'll live long enough to tell them all. (smile)
Lynette: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
June: For my very first story, the one I told my daughter, I believe it had to be God who put it in my heart. Since then, I try to think of issues that Christians deal with, and many times we want to sweep under the carpet. In my stories, my hero and heroine find victory from their addictions, negative traits, and the sin that holds them captive.
Lynette: Who had the most positive influence on your life and how?
June: That's easy. It was the Lord. Like Jess Colton in Give Us This Day, I was raised in a dysfunctional family and looked to "things" to bring me comfort. After I gave my life to the Lord, my world was turned upside down. The things that mattered so much to me, no longer did, and I try to rely on God for my comfort.
Lynette: What is your favorite movie and why?
June: One you've probably never heard of because it came out in the 40's. Well, I'm not quite that old, but I saw it on a classic movie channel once. Because I grew up in a marginal Christian home, I wasn't even sure there was a God. One New Year's Eve, I stayed up late and watched And The Next Voice You Hear. It was about the people in a little town who believed God was going to speak on a radio broadcast. They gathered in a church for the program. For some reason, God used this, I have no idea how, but afterward, I knew that God was real. From there, I went on to learn about His Son, Jesus.
Lynette: If you had a time machine and could take one trip to any time in history, where would we find you?
June: Certainly it would be to the time of Christ to witness the all the events of the New Testament.
Lynette: What are your hobbies?
June: Now, writing is my sole hobby. And really it's more than a hobby. Before I started writing, I scrapbooked and made cards. I enjoyed traveling with my husband in our RV and read.
Lynette: Tell us about your other occupations/jobs, besides writing.
June: I am a retired teacher with 34 years experience. I taught in the lower grades, but my last couple of years of teaching, I taught ESL in Seattle. It was so interesting as I taught English to children from 10 different language groups – among them Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian.
About Give Us This Day:
When Jess Colton walks away from his past, he leaves alcohol behind but replaces it with a food addiction, yet nothing Holly Harrison does will allow her to escape from her mistakes. Can their romance survive the obstacles from their former lives?
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