3 Questions Wednesday with Allison Wells

Allison-Wells-3Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Allison Wells to the Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Allison.

Who is your favorite author?

I would have to say that my favorite author is Liz Curtis Higgs. I first read her novel Thorn in my Heart years ago and was fascinated with how she told a story. I was so enthralled with how she worked a Biblical story (that of Jacob, Leah & Rachel, in this case) into a work of fiction set in 18th century Scotland. I’ve read all of her novels and all of her Bad Girls of the Bible books, and have been fortunate enough to have emailed back and forth with her a bit as well.

Ms. Higgs is a true inspiration for any first time author and I would call myself extremely blessed to have one fourth the success and reach she has.

She is one of my picks also 🙂  Next…

If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

I have been fascinated with the story of Esther from the Bible for over fifteen years. I have read numerous books, both fiction and non, about her life. I would love to write book after book about her life, each with a different angle. Did she ever fall in love with Xerxes? How did she feel about being chosen? Was her stomach in her throat as she approached her husband? There are so many angles, one could get lost in them for a lifetime.hand-3248672__340

The story of Esther is such a wonderful read.  Love this idea! Last question…. 

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I would love to spend the day with Grace Walker. She’s the mother of my main character, Abby. Grace was born at the turn of the twentieth century, married young, and has birthed seven children. Maybe her life seems a little mundane, but she’s seen a lot in her lifetime.
Grace’s character isn’t explored too deeply in War-Torn Heart, but she’s a wonderful woman I’d like to get to know better while sitting on her front porch with a glass of sweetened iced tea. I think we would just tell stories back and forth all day while watching our little world float by.

Sounds like an a great day.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Click to tweet:   An interview with author Allison Wells at the Inspired Prompt blog.   #amreading #War-TornHeart #AllisonWells

Readers, Allison will give away a kindle copy of  a War-Torn Heart.  Please leave a comment to be entered.

Abigail Walker, a young woman from rural South Carolina, is on the cusp of womanhood, aching to be able to run wild as the younger children do, yet yearning for things she has yet to understand.

Awkward and unsure of herself, Abby is flustered when she meets Harvey Nicholas, the nephew of a family at her church and a cadet from Clemson College. As summer begins, Abby finds herself constantly in the company of Harvey and falling quickly in love with him.

As rumors of war begin to reach the States, Abby begins to fear what may come for her older brother and Harvey. Once Pearl Harbor is bombed, the boys are eager to protect their home and the women they love. But will Abby and Harvey’s love be able to withstand distance, rumors, loss, and hurt? Or will the war be what tears apart Abby’s heart?

War-Torn Heart is a Kleenex-box book with a story of hope, of love, and of perseverance through World War II, which will make readers cry, scream, and long for more.


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Allison Wells
Allison is a graduate of Clemson University and she has lived in the Upstate for twenty years. She is married and has four amazing children. Allison is a freelance writer for a number of Upstate publications, but is usually found taking her children from one activity to another. War-Torn Heart is her first book.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Michelle Medlock Adams

Good morning! It is our pleasure to welcome  award-winning journalist and best-selling author Michelle Medlock Adams  to the Inspired Prompt.  Michelle has written over 80 books with close to 4 million books sold.

Wow.

Good morning, Michelle.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Michelle:  Energetic. Driven. Loyal.  (and if we added a fourth, a little crazy, lol! But, in a good way! I love to have fun and I’m a risk taker so that makes me a little crazy.)

Aren’t we all a little unique? 🙂

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Michelle:  I’d LOVE to go to Ireland because I learned through my Ancestry DNA that I am about half Irish. I’d love to see “my homeland” so to speak. Plus, I hear it’s simply gorgeous. 😊 And, I am pretty sure with that lush land and gorgeous scenery, I would be able to hole up in some castle and write amazing stories.

It would be a beautiful place to visit. Last question…

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song? 

Michelle:   “You’re an Overcomer” by Mandisa.  I taught Zumba to that song, and I love it! It speaks of staying in the fight ‘til the final round. And about not going under because God is holding you right now! That’s pretty much the story of my personal and professional life as a writer.

I’m a cancer survivor. I have been caregiver to my parents who are both in heaven now. I’ve stood by my youngest daughter as she fought through anorexia. I could pretty much wallpaper my entire office with past rejection letters but I just kept pressing on because I knew I was called…more than 80 books and thousands of articles later, I can say to others, “Stay the course! Stand your ground! Keep trying. If God has called you, He will equip you!” God has been faithful, and my greatest tests are my greatest testimonies. Yep, let’s go with “You’re An Overcomer.”

Great choice. And you are certainly an encourager. Thanks so much, Michelle, for dropping by!

Click to tweet:   An interview with best-selling author Michelle Medlock Adams at the Inspired Prompt blog.  Michelle has earned top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association. #amreading #devotional

Readers, Michelle will give away a print copy of Fabulous and Focused: 365 Daily Devotions for Working Women. Please leave a comment to be entered.

Fabulous and Focused: 365 Daily Devotions for Working Women

Even though every woman is different and every work situation is unique, some challenges and opportunities are universal. God’s grace and goodness equip you to handle whatever comes your way in the workplace.

Addressing the issues that business women encounter every day, including communications, relationships, opportunities, integrity, professionalism, and achievement, this devotional is a helpful companion and an inspiring start to every day. Written with humor and insight, the authors share hard learned lessons and provide guidance for the many challenges and opportunities that women face in their career.


 Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association.

Author of over 80 books with close to 4 million books sold, Michelle’s latest children’s book, My First Da of School (Worthy Kids) won the Selah Award for Best Children’s Book in 2018, her fourth Selah for Best Children’s Book since 2012. In fact, in 2014 Michelle’s board book God Knows You not only won the Selah for Best Children’s Book but also won the esteemed Book of the Year honor over all other Selah winners.

In addition, her children’s book, I Will Not Be Afraid (Concordia Publishing House) earned “The Gold” Enduring Light medal for best children’s book in the 2018 Illumination Awards.

Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than 1,500 articles for newspapers, magazines and websites; acted as a stringer for the Associated Press; written for a worldwide ministry; helped pen a New York Times Bestseller; hosted “Joy In Our Town” for the Trinity Broadcasting Network; and served as a blogger for Guideposts. Today, she is President of Platinum Literary Services—a premier full-service literary firm—and she serves as Chairman of the Serious Writer Board of Directors.

When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites books for celebrities, politicians, and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers. Michelle is also a much sought-after teacher at writers’ conferences and universities around the nation. In fact, she has served as an adjunct professor three different years at Taylor University, teaching “Writing for Children.”

Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two daughters, Abby and Allyson, two sons-in-law, one grandson and another grandbaby on the way. She and Jeff share their home in Southern Indiana with a miniature dachshund, a rescue Shepherd/Collie mix, and two cats. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys bass fishing and cheering on the Indiana University Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies, and the LA Kings.

3 Questions Wednesday with Barbara M. Britton

Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Barbara M. Britton to the Inspired Prompt.  Barbara brings little known Bible characters to light in her Tribes of Israel series.

Good morning, Barbara.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Barbara:  Down-to-earth (I’m counting that as one). Compassionate. Committed (to projects and goals). And I’m all these things while enjoying semi-sweet chocolate.

Great choices. Especially the semi-sweet chocolate 🙂

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

BarbaraThis question is easy. Israel. My books bring little-known Bible stories to life. I’d love to visit the places where my stories took place. I am working on a story surrounding the fall of Jericho and I keep reading about the tells that have been discovered by archaeologists. How cool would it be to visit the actual site of my story locations?

Sounds like an awesome research trip. Next…

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song? 

Barbara:  I’m going to choose “God’s Great Dance Floor” by Passion, featuring Chris Tomlin. The title contains two things I love: God and dancing. I love the lines, “I feel alive, I come alive, I am alive on God’s great dance floor.” I realize how fragile life can be after losing half my blood supply during a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and many years later battling breast cancer. God is with me during difficult times and he keeps me dancing. I’ve also lived all over the dance floor of the United States.

I love that song! And your testimony…

Click to tweet:   An interview with author Barbara M. Britton at the Inspired Prompt blog.  Barbara brings little known Bible characters to light in her Tribes of Israel series.  #Israel #amreading

One extra question today: So, tell us a little about the book you’re giving away to one of our readers—why you wrote it, and what you hope readers will take away from the story.

Barbara: I am giving away a copy of Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey. The theme of the story is ‘be strong and courageous and do God’s work.’ I had taught the story of Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem’s crumbled wall for many years until I noticed in Nehemiah 3:12 that the daughters of Shallum were among the builders. Women working alongside men in Bible times? This was rare and bold, and we don’t talk about the daughters. I gave Shallum two daughters, Adah and Judith. I hope readers see that God uses all kinds of people to accomplish His work. There’s plenty of action, adventure, and romance built into this story, too.

Readers, Barbara will give away reader’s choice (print, e-book, or audio book) of Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey. Please leave a comment to be entered.

Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey

When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.

 Nehemiah challenges the men of Jerusalem to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Should her father who rules a half-district of Jerusalem be forgotten forever?

Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside of the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same rocks they hope to raise.


Barbara M. Britton lives in Wisconsin and writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb brings little known Bible characters to light in her Tribes of Israel series. You can find out about Barb’s books on her website, www.barbarambritton.com, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Genesis – Back to the Beginning

By Tammy Trail

Our family was never big on going to church. We did attend a local Lutheran church down the street  for an occasional Sunday School class, or Vacation Bible School during the summer breaks. I learned about Jesus through this sporadic exposure to the Bible.

In 1994, when I worked as a paraprofessional at a local grade school, I was invited by a small group of teachers to join their Bible study group. Just like all things that are meant to happen for a reason, it changed my life and set me on my path of true healing.

Our first study was a survey of the Old Testament. My love of history and genealogy made the book of Genesis my favorite Old Testament book. Granted there are parts of this narrative that have always made me scratch my head, but what great stories of  God’s promises to his  people.

Examples of incredible faith are found in the pages of this book. Of course, Creation is the main story everyone remembers from the book of Genesis, but you’ll also find plenty of heroes and heroines. This is the beginning history of God’s chosen people, the Hebrew nation.

The story of Abraham and Sarah is a great testament of faith, and obedience. What an adventure God sent them on, and all the while he blessed them with wealth, knowledge, protection, and wisdom. Noah is a favorite of my grandsons now. I asked my four-year-old grandson, Kayden why he thought it was good to remember Noah. He didn’t know, so I told him that Noah listened to God and did what God told him. That is why we remember Noah. Kayden told me he wants to listen to God too. Yep, I’m starting them young!

Who could forget the story of Jacob? His story reminds me of the soap operas on daytime television not so long ago, the exception being that God was involved with Jacob’s life. Jacob’s youngest son, Joseph, had an equally amazing story to tell. God’s fingerprints were all over this young man from the very beginning. He had set a plan in motion from the time Joseph was born. I especially like Josephs’ story.

Everyone usually associates Joseph with his coat of many colors gifted to him by his father, Jacob. Like Joseph, my life growing up was not all roses and sunshine, and having excuses to hold grudges or unforgiveness was understandable. God had other plans for me, just like he did for Joseph. Forgiveness can be a learned experience, and blessings may come out of following God’s plan for it.

 I have continued to learn from studying my Bible. I confess I don’t do it as much as I should these days, but I will always be grateful for the invitation to attend that first small group Bible study. It set me on a good path.

Click to tweet: A small group Bible study changed my life and set me on my path of true healing. #Bible #smallgroups

Writing Prompt: Fanny Mae wanted to stay home on this rainy, chilly day. Her only reason to go out was she didn’t want to get behind in the Bible study of …………

Has Anyone Seen God?

For what God is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? Deuteronomy 3:24

In Exodus, God begins an epic tale of deliverance. Most of us are familiar with the story told in the movie The Ten Commandments. How God freed the Hebrew nation from the clutches of Egypt. Then long after they were physically delivered, He continued to work through Moses to deliver them mentally and spiritually from Egypt.

They would leave aside their worship of other gods and learn to accept the guidance of the One True God, their Deliverer. It should be easy, after all He did to free them of the pharaoh’s control. But, they had been taught to bow their knee to visible likenesses of earthly gods. When Moses stayed away too long, they formed a likeness of what they knew––a bull––and worshiped it.

So why did God not reveal himself to them? Why did He warn them away from His Holy Mountain? Would this not solve everything? Prove Himself to them? No. He knew them, as He knows us, right where we are. Right now. Today.

God hid His form from the Israelites (man) so they would never be able to create an image of Him then worship the image instead of Him (our God is a jealous God). Even when He finally did respond to Moses’ request, He only allowed Moses to look upon His back as He passed by. No man sees God and lives.

Moses never told any more about what he saw. He never carved a statue to illustrate or commemorate the event. Many times throughout our history, man would again resort to statues and idols. But those who believe without seeing are more blessed than those who have seen (John 20:29).

In Pentateuch, the Hebrews struggled to gain the promised land in the name of “I Am,” the unseen God, the One True God. Many great battles ensued, and when they trusted and obeyed Him, they would win their battles. When they disobeyed, even in a small way, they would lose battles and lose lives.

Do you believe? Study the scripture. When you research your WIP, don’t forget the Bible. You never want to overpower your story with scripture, but you can weave precious nuggets of truth throughout. Why? To change hearts, to make deposits of hope in hurting lives. To inspire and heal the brokenhearted. Shine your light through your work.

There are many fine examples of this in contemporary literature. And don’t overlook the classics. God is present in many of our favorites, like Jane Eyre and Little Women––some of the most popular books of all time. With this in mind, I challenge you to finish today’s prompt, interjecting faith to overcome anxiety or physical trauma:

Prompt: Warmth flooded the room where Maxine sat. She glanced up to find the sun spilling through the open door. The long night had ended.
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