Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Phee Paradise. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Phee: What reader can answer that easily? Of course, it depends on the genre and my stage in life. But my all-time favorite since I was a child is Rudyard Kipling. He’s a master story teller and the way he uses words always delights me. The only one of his writings I didn’t like was The Light that Failed because it has a very disappointing ending. When I read it, I wanted to break up with him, but . . . his words delight me.
Wonderful author! I enjoy a good classic. Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?
Phee: Now that I have a taste of writing biography, I would love to write about my mother. She was the most influential person in my life, and I can honestly say no one knew me like she did. But that’s not enough to make an interesting story for someone else. She also had a fascinating life. She was raised in China as a missionary kid and lived most of her adult life in Guatemala as a missionary. Lots of drama, lots of love and lots of character. But I don’t know if I have enough material sources to do her life justice. Maybe a novel or a memoir . . .
She sounds like a wonderful and influential person. 🙂 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?
Phee: My book is a biography of my grandfather, whom I didn’t know very well. While reading his letters researching for the book, I fell in love with him. So I would spend a day with him in China, where he served as a missionary for 25 years. I’d ride a bike with him out to one of the villages where he had a church and let him tell me stories about China, the people he loved and the experiences he had. He had a great sense of humor and I think we would laugh a lot and maybe cry a bit too.
What a great way to spend a day. Thanks so much for dropping by!
Phee is offering a print copy of her book to one blessed reader. Please leave a comment to be entered…
You don’t know John Bickford. He’s one of the thousands of Christians you also don’t know, who gave their lives to missions in the twentieth century. The ones who learned new languages made friends of foreigners and raised their families in remote places so strangers could know the truth about their Savior. John took his pregnant wife to China in 1920 and came back to America for good in 1948, leaving a tiny grave in an obscure town in a Communist country. He oversaw five growing churches in little villages with pride in his Chinese colleagues while agonizing over his own shortcomings. His family often fled political unrest and civil war, but they always returned to the people he loved.
During the World War, he spent two years under Japanese confinement, patiently trusting God while he longed to be with his beloved wife and children who escaped to America. He cheerfully accepted his own physical suffering, but his heart broke over his son’s looming blindness. He was an ordinary missionary and this is his story, the story of God at work through a man with a sincere heart.
Phee Paradise was blessed to be a missionary kid and loves to share that experience in her writing. In Miracles at Midnight, I edited her father’s stories about his years on the mission field where he saw God change lives for the Kingdom. Her latest book, A Sincere Heart, is a biography of her grandfather who was a missionary in China. Phee has also contributed to several books, including A Ruby Christmas, A Dozen Apologies, Unlikely Merger and Trials and Triumphs. She prays that God will use her work to His glory.