Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!
What inspires you?
Harriet: So many things inspire me—a good book, an encouraging speech, a great song, nature. But I think most of all, I am inspired by people who have overcome obstacles in their lives. I know many such people, some are even family members. Their stories of making it through tough times or overcoming tragedy, handicaps, hardships, trauma, or struggles both outward and inward and going on to become active, functioning people who contribute to society really uplifts me. It also makes me question what am I (who has overcome far less) contributing to the world around me?
Thought-provoking answer, Harriet. It’s as though you see past the surface into the hearts of those around you. Empathy like that is a true gift.
So, you’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Harriet: Yellow. As a child and through my teenage and early adult years I would have told you pink or rose because these are the colors I liked in clothes. These days even my clothing choices have changed, and I go for the brighter colors. But I never wear yellow. It looks awful on me, frankly. It makes my olive complexion turn a bit sallow. And yet, I have learned that it’s my favorite color. Yellow makes me feel sunny and warm. I use variations of it on my walls at home. It’s funny, I can walk into two rooms that are nearly the same color—a neutral off white—and tell immediately if it’s a gray-based white, which sort of calms me but also bothers me a little, almost making me feel sad, or if it’s a yellow-based white, which lifts my spirits and makes me feel happy.
Yellow is the color of happiness, wisdom, and imagination. What a great color for you, even if you can’t actually wear it. 🙂
Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Harriet: I wanted to be a teacher. I used to play school all the time. I sat my stuffed animals and dolls in rows and stood in front of them writing things on my imaginary chalk board. I did not become a teacher, though.
I come from a medical family—my dad’s a doctor, my mother and both sisters are nurses. I worked in the hospital as a nurses’ aid the summer after high school, because it was an easy job to get with my connections. I liked it and decided to major in nursing. I worked as a nurse for several years but stopped when my youngest was born over 20 years ago and stayed home with him. When he was in kindergarten, I wanted to work part-time again, and applied to substitute teach at his Christian school. I have been doing that ever since and I love it! When I started writing a little less than 10 years ago, I discovered what I really love! So, these days I work a couple days a week in the classroom and write the other days and I’m as happy as a clam. I have finally discovered what I really want to be!
Well, you eventually got back to what you wanted to be as a child, and you have time to devote to writing. Happiness in your vocation is priceless!
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Readers–If this book seems familiar, it’s because the co-author, Shirley Crowder, was interviewed here last Wednesday. Harriet and Shirley first met as children in Nigeria. Here’s more information about the book:
Glimpses of Prayer – a devotional
We have two primary means of communicating with God—the Bible and prayer. But what is prayer, really? This book of 50 devotions will help you look at many facets of prayer. Each devotion is centered around prayer and focuses on verses from the Old Testament and the New Testament that speak about prayer.
We pray the Holy Spirit would work through these devotions to help you gain a better understanding of prayer and to ignite or deepen your passion to know Him better, resulting in you experiencing a richer more powerful prayer life.
She holds a BS in nursing from West Virginia University but has discovered her passion for writing. Since her first published article in 2010, she now has over a hundred and fifty published articles and devotions. Her work has appeared in publications by Lifeway, Focus on the Family, David C. Cook Company, Bethany House, Standard Publishing Company, Judson Press, and more.
Harriet is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Louisville Christian Writers. She has authored two nonfiction books and is working on more—both nonfiction and fiction.
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