Thursday, May 3, 2012

How about your dream house, Stephenia? Some more intimate questions!

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
In a lodge in the mountains. One of those houses that has an entire wall of windows looking out over the hills. My dream home would have several wood-burning fire places and lots of brick and stone. I’m not much on cold weather, though, so it would probably need to be somewhere like Tennessee or northern Georgia where there’s not snow for half the year!

Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
I would be one of those one-stop-shop kind of places! I love so many things! There would certainly be lots of paint, brushes, canvas and smooth wood because I am also an artist. My store would be filled with horse items and children’s craft projects, things I need for being the Chairman at Spirit Horse Ministries. There would be lots of food, too. The good kind. Fancy ingredients and fresh produce to fill your basket for a night of gourmet cooking! Then, of course, my store, much like my house, would most likely be overrun with matchbox cars and Thomas the Train, evidence of the little feet that patter about.
What question would you love to answer that I didn't ask?
I’d love to share a little about Spirit Horse Ministries. We are still trying to start-up, but now that we have official 501(C)3 status and are a Mississippi non-profit organization, we are starting to get things rolling. SHM is designed to create a “hometown” for foster children, especially those that are older and are looking at leaving the system and entering a world where they are alone. We want to create a type of “Mayberry” for them. A place to come home too. We will also have afterschool and summer programs that focus on not only foster but handicap, at risk and underprivileged children as well. They will work with therapeutic horses, go fishing and learn important life skills like cooking and how to balance a checkbook. It’s a big dream. We are opening a country store to help raise funds by selling homemade and donated country items, and should have some day programs running this summer. We’ve been super busy, so our website is a little out of date, but if you want to know more you can go to for more info. A portion of all my book sales goes to help the ministry.

What do you hope readers take away with them after reading your work?
I hope the reader will finish the last line and put the book away feeling that no matter how deeply they’ve been hurt, there is always hope. There is always a chance for healing. I hope they share a feeling of triumph for the healing and strength that the characters find along the way.

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1 comment:

  1. Love the idea of a "Mayberry" hometown for orphans and others who need the support. Thanks for sharing.
    Janis Lane