3 Questions Wednesday with Liz Galvano

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Liz.

Liz Galvano (Harshberger) has been writing since she was a little girl. Her stories combine old style adventure and romance with a dash of humor. She loves family, food, animals, and all things Italian. Liz lives with her husband Jeff, two rambunctious dogs, two entitled cats, and a horse who thinks she’s a princess.

According to her website, Liz grew up in a loving Italian family with four brothers and a sister. They spent long hours in the kitchen and filled their home with lots of love, laughter, fights, and makeups. She’s been a golf professional, a radio personality, a youth pastor (with her husband), and a counselor. What an interesting background. So let’s see how she answered our 3 questions.

What inspires you?

Liz:  I get the best inspiration from three things:

  1. Nature – often great ideas come while I’m on horseback, out in the middle of nowhere. There’s just something about the sun on my face and the smell of earth. A horse is a great companion for discovery and inner-reflection.
  2. Cooking/baking. I’m Italian American so I grew up basically in the kitchen. I love to draw from my experiences as a child, familiar smells and sounds and recipes do that for me.
  3. Music. If you find me in the kitchen, I’ll be playing my music. Andrea Bocelli, Ill Volo, and stuff from my growing up days, such as Perry Como, Dean Martin and Al Martino. “When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie….” Music most definitely gets my creative juices going.

Sounds amazing, especially the Italian cookery. Suddenly I’m hungry for marinara sauce. Second question–

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Liz: Sunshine State Yellow! I love the sunshine and I LOVE Florida. Bright sunny days with a balmy breeze in contrast to a turquoise sea…. What more could you want?

Yellow is the color of happiness–which definitely reminds me of sunny days. I love the picture you created there.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Liz: A story teller! I love to make up a tale. My favorite story teller is C.S. Lewis.

I was a storyteller when I was a kid, but it wasn’t a good thing. 🙂 Looks like you had a great start in life. C.S. Lewis is one of the best.

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Her books– Messina, Book 1, The Casa Bella Chronicles. Book 2, Anna Lucia, will be out this month.

You can find out more about them and purchase the books from Liz, or at Amazon.com.

Here’s more information about the book:

Messina by Liz Galvano

Ominous words from the stone-faced physician at the temporary hospital greet her: “Welcome to hell, Miss James.” No description could be more accurate. Earthquake, tsunami, and fire have razed Messina, Sicily. In a single night in 1909, one hundred thousand people never wake up. Physician Lucille James is determined to help despite horrendous conditions, almost non-existent medical supplies, and the opposition of the medical community she worked so hard to join. Giovanni Castello, the man facing her now, stands as her biggest opponent. Surrounded by blood and death and pushed to the edge of exhaustion, Lucille relies on God as her only option. When God gives a gift, after all, a person must use it. Will she have the strength, courage, and faith to do so?

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3 Questions Wednesday with Melissa Henderson

Melissa Henderson and her husband Alan live in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Friends and family call her “Mimi”.

Stories are constantly flowing through her mind. She can laugh at herself, and there are plenty of experiences in life that bring laughter and joy. That is why their family motto is “It’s Always A Story with the Henderson’s”.

Melissa schedules a time to write each day and is writing her first Christian inspirational fiction story.  She spiritually prepares for writing stories by praying first and asking God to give the words that He wants her to share with others.

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Melissa! Let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Melissa:  I am inspired by my faith. I am a child of God. His love and His mercies are new each day.  My family also inspires me. Our family is known for funny experiences. We are blessed with the ability to laugh at ourselves. I pray we all will draw closer to God each day.

I love that, Melissa. It’s evident that your faith in God is number one in your life–and humor is its own inspiration, isn’t it? It’s a survival tactic for me!

Next question–

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Melissa:  I would be “Playful Pink”. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, people started giving me items that were the color pink. Pink hats, scarves, socks, pencils, notepads, etc.  I have an upbeat playful personality and my favorite color is pink. Therefore, “Playful Pink” would be my crayon color and it would be bright pink.

Ooo, I like that! Goes right along with your earlier statement about humor. Now, last question–

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Melissa:  As a child, I wanted to be a teacher and a writer. My parents and teachers gave me a great love for reading and writing. Today, I am writing my first Christian fiction novel.

What a wonderful testimony of how God brings us full circle and grants the desires of our hearts.

Melissa, thanks for joining us today, and sharing so much of your heart and soul through your answers to our 3 Questions. I look forward to hearing from you in the future. May God bless your writing!

Coffee-loving readers–Melissa is giving away a $10 Starbucks card! Leave a comment below for a chance to win. Ask her a question, or just tell Melissa how much you love coffee! Wish I could enter. 🙂

Please visit Melissa’s blog at www.melissaghenderson.com


Join us next week as we welcome Susan Simpson Holt to 3 Questions Wednesday!

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3 Questions Wednesday with Jerusha Agen

Jerusha AgenWelcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, Jerusha Agen.

I had the privilege of meeting Jerusha this past August, at the ACFW Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. I was happy to find her a beautiful and intelligent young woman, well-grounded in her faith. I have to say, I’m a big fan of The Sisters Redeemed Series. Yes, I’ve read all three of them. I just wish they’d had more sisters…

So let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Jerusha:  Tough question! So many things inspire me: giant, fluffy snowflakes falling onto a pillow of sparkling beauty; a terrific movie; tight dialogue or silent action loaded with subtext; brilliant prose; clever wit; demonstrations of love, sacrifice, or mercy; friends who remind me of scriptural truths; the Words of the Bible…I could go on forever!

I can almost hear the snowflakes falling. Nothing beats tight dialogue in a story, or a rich undercurrent of action. Your words inspire me!

Next question is a bit of fun–

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Jerusha:  Black! Because it’s my favorite color. 🙂

I love that. The color black denotes dignity. Now, last question–

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Jerusha:  As a very young child, I announced to everyone who asked that I wanted to be a doctor. Specifically, a family practitioner. I was pretty young for such big words, which explains the laughter I received from many adults when explaining my career aspirations. By the time I was thirteen, though, I’d found my true dream—to be a writer.

Ha ha! It would’ve been easier if you’d known to say “writer” at that young age, but not as funny, of course. Jerusha, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our 3 Questions.

Readers, Jerusha is offering a copy of her book, This Redeemer, to one blessed reader. Just leave a comment in the comments section below to be entered to win a print or Kindle version (reader’s choice).

Here’s more information about the book:


THIS REDEEMER

Not all prisons have bars.

This_Redeemer_FRONT_COVER resized (655x1024)Charlotte Davis should know—she’s lived in one for years. She can handle getting slapped around by her boyfriend, Tommy, and even being forced to do things she would never choose, but when Tommy turns on her 10-year-old daughter, Charlotte must try to escape. With nowhere else to turn, Charlotte runs to the stranger her dying mother believed would help her.

Looking only for shelter or cash, Charlotte finds a family she longs to call her own and a gentle man she could learn to love. But if Tommy catches up with Charlotte, these strangers could discover the truth about her. Will they send her back to Tommy? Or can a Father’s love set her free?

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Jerusha Agen

Jerusha Agen

Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner, but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes romantic suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. With a B.A. in English and a background in screenwriting, Jerusha is the author of The Sisters Redeemed Series and The Heart Seekers Series novella collection. Jerusha writes about fighting against fear in our everyday lives at The Fear Warrior Blog. Visit Jerusha at www.JerushaAgen.com and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

3 Questions Wednesday with Ralene Burke

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Ralene Burke

It’s my great pleasure to introduce fellow Kentucky writer, Ralene Burke, to 3 Questions Wednesday. Ralene is well-known in the Kentuckiana area, for her work with local and regional ACFW groups. And she has recently added a new role to her many accomplishments–published author.

Welcome, Ralene–here’s our first question:

What books have fortified you as a writer? How?

Ralene:  Quite recently I went through a period of doubt, struggling with whether or not I was supposed to be a writer, if I really needed to fight for balance, etc. Then I attended Allen Arnold’s workshop at ACFW this year. The workshop was based on his book The Story of WITH. The workshop blew me away. Seriously, life changing. After I got home, I bought the book. And that blew me away even more. Both the workshop and the book were living and creating WITH God–inviting Him to be part of the process, to lead the process.

Through the workshop and the book, I found a new love for writing and a new love for the creating process. I found that working with God freed up so much doubt and fear. It helped me get to that next step in my life and my writing journey.

I also attended Allen Arnold’s workshop and I totally agree with the blown away statement. Now, looking inward…

What secret talents do you have?

Ralene:  I don’t really think I have any secret talents. I homeschool, which many have told me is a talent in and of itself. Ha! I’ve also been told I’m a great encourager, which I totally think the world needs more of.

Absolutely agree. An encouraging word is just another way to show love. I like that. Now, last question, and for some, the most important one–

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Ralene:  Well, I’m not much of a cook, though the crockpot is quickly becoming a familiar friend. However, I’d make you my favorite dish: Bacon, Sweet Potato, and Apple Hash. It’s a family fave and is typically a hit with guests (as long as they like sweet potatoes). In fact, here’s the recipe!sweet-potato-apple-and-bacon-hash

Wonderful! This goes right along with our November theme of The Art of Cooking. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your so busy schedule to talk with us. And I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and many sales to you!


Bellanok

A haven for myths and legends . . . until evil discovers a way in.

bellanokanovelWith evil darkening the mountains to the north, the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm of Bellanok to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life.

Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He’s tired and frustrated–a failure. No sooner does he make a decision that jeopardizes his career than an unusual blonde woman shows up and tries to convince him he is some kind of savior.

Fauna must open Brian’s eyes to a different reality, and Brian needs to embrace the haven’s secrets. If neither of them succeeds, Bellanok will succumb to evil and the world will lose all trace of innocence.

[Readers, if you’re interested in more information, here’s an interview with Fauna, the fairy queen: Fauna’s Interview.]


ralene-lr-4Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE! She has worked for a variety of groups, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients. Her first novel, Bellanok, is available on Amazon!

When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . .

You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website.

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