Welcome Author Denise Cook Godfrey to my blog today.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am currently a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a wife, mother, grandmother, author, play-writer and liturgical dance instructor. I am deeply passionate about all that God has placed in my heart to do for His Kingdom. I am also a banker and have worked in this profession for over 30 years.
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I am not writing I am usually working on some other ministry assignments as well as going to ball games, dance and other extracurricular events that my granddaughter is involved in.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing when I was eight or nine years old. I spent several years allowing the gift to sit dormant due to dysfunctions in my life. Thankfully, I completed my first book in 2011 and published it in 2013.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
The first genre that I started with was chosen from my desire to encourage people through the Word of God. Recently, I chose Christian fiction with the same goal and motive, however, I desperately wanted to not only entertain through fiction but to change lives and bring hope to hurting souls.
Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas for plots came from raw life experiences of my own and others.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes, at times I do experience writer’s block.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I mainly just write but have tried the outline approach once or twice.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
The book that has had the greatest influence on my adult life is the Holy Bible.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Before publishing my first book, the greatest challenges was the knowledge of what was available, knowledge of marketing, and a lack of mentorship and financial resources.
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 change how I self-published the first 3 inspirational nonfiction books. I would put more time and finances into the editing and book cover.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I market on social media and by word of mouth. I believe that using visuals such as trailers are very effective. I have also used a commercial voice over.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I am in the process of trying to finish a sequel to my first novel. Time restraints have gotten in the way, but I have not given up! The sequel deals with issues of past dysfunctions, family secrets, consequences, and more!
What was your favorite chapter (or part to write and why?
My favorite part in my first novel was the first sexual encounter that a troubled teen had. I enjoyed writing this part because I truly wanted the reader to understand the Pandora’s box filled with emotional baggage that sex too soon causes. It is not all fuzzy wuzzy and sweet as described in the romance movies. There are real consequences to follow and young people need to understand this.
How did you come up with the title?
The title of my first novella comes from a passage in the Bible that teaches that temptation and sin may feel good, but it is fleeting… It is only a temporary fix that is soon gone. This is especially true of relationships and soul ties that are unhealthy.
What project are you working on now?
I am mainly working on dance choreography for the ministry. I do plan to hide out in my writing laboratory when I take some time off work in November and December if this year!
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
I sure do hope to complete the sequel by March or April of 2019.