Please welcome author Denise M. Walker to the blog today.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a wife, mother, middle school educator, and business owner. I am the owner of Armor of Hope Writing & Publishing Services, LLC. Through my business, I publish my writing, edit and coach other Christian and children’s book writers. I am also the founder of Hope-in-Christ Ministries, Inc. Through the ministry, I host a Christian book club, host two Christian blogs, own a devotional blog and assist in promoting Christian literature.
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I am not writing, I am teaching, coaching or spending time with my husband and son. I also love to read.
Do you have a day job as well?
Yes, I am a middle school teacher. I teach English language arts.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I have been writing since I was in college or even younger. I love to write devotionals. I have many journals. I finished my first book, Re-Presenting God, in December of 2015.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I chose Christian fiction and youth fiction and non-fiction because I want to help others know the truth about Christ and I love Christian literature. I have hundreds of books.
Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas are divinely inspired by God. He has also gifted me to create workbooks to build literacy. I use my English language arts training to design them.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
I do experience writer’s block. I just walk away from the project for a bit and do something else.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
Most of the time, I just write. However, with my current project, I find myself sketching and outlining scenes more.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
There are many books that I influenced me. The book that has been the greatest influence is the Bible. I am also inspired by some of my favorites: Jacquelin Thomas, Kim Cash Tate, Sharon Draper (Youth Author), and Francine Rivers.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
My challenges in getting the first book published were trying to understand all that was needed to self-publish.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
I would not change a thing.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I use social media, word of mouth, events, and Amazon marketing tools to market. I find that attending events and sharing the vision of my writing ministry, Instagram and Amazon’s Ad Campaigns work well for me.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
No, I have not.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
My upcoming book is a women’s inspirational novel. The title is Hannah’s Barren Womb. In this novel, Hannah is now an adult and trying to overcome even more tragedy in her life. The themes are physical and spiritual barrenness, Understanding Endometriosis in women, and spiritual healing.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Both of my novels are based on my real life experiences.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favorite part to write in the upcoming novel was the healing that takes place in Hannah. I enjoyed this because I related it to God healing me.
How did you come up with the title?
This title was also divinely inspired.
What project are you working on now?
I am still working to complete Hannah’s Barren Womb. I am also working of a Bible study workbook that helps build literacy.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
Yes, Hannah’s Barren Womb will be released later in the year.