Good morning, how are you today? Today I have the pleasure of having author Danyelle Scroggins on my channel. Please welcome Danyelle.
- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am the pastor of New Vessels Ministries in Louisiana, a wife, mother, and an avid reader.
- What do you do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing, you can definitely find me curled up on my lounger with a book or two.
- Do you have a day job as well?
I am a full-time pastor but also a full time writer. I study a lot for both and if you listen to my messages, my books are definitely birth through my messages.
- When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
My high school friends would say I started writing in junior high when I would send them eight and nine page letters. My first book came out nineteen years ago when I married my second husband who vowed to take care of the family financially as long as I wrote.
- How did you choose the genre you write in?
I am a pastor first so anything that I wrote would definitely have to coincide with what God purposed me to do. I love romance but I write romance with the purpose of encouraging those who know Christ to do things His way.
- Where do you get your ideas?
Like I stated earlier, my books are birth from messages or series I’m preaching and the E Love Series came from the new grand baby Emiya’rai Grace.
- Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Fortunately, I’m always full of ideas when I’m finishing a series at church.
- Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I do both. It just depends on what I’m led to do.
- Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I’m influenced by a lot of authors and if I start naming it would take over this interview. I’ve learned that you can always learn something from anyone if you open your heart to learning. Some, I love their commitment to the craft, others their devotion to their readers, and some they writing style. You take a little from each and you see if it enhances who you are as an author.
- Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Oh my! I heard so many ‘NOs.’ Either my book was too preachy, to scriptures based, or I didn’t have a platform large enough to support that type of book. But thanks be unto God who has shown the saints that He is the one who opens doors and not man.
- Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?
For sure I would have to accredit the authors of old for influencing my writing. I’m always amazed at how Biblical writers wrote based upon what they saw. I love how their writings influenced my heart to write.
- What impact have they had on your writing?
It has shown me that when I’m long gone from the earth, my writings have the potential to still reach hearts of those who may be struggling with their decision to trust God or to even believe.
- What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
Writing and Reading will last forever—for I am always saying to those around me—smart people read.
- Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
My writing process begins a lot with prayer and studying. I first have to figure out what God is speaking in this season and exactly how the message will transcend my heart and impress upon me the will to help those who read my material.
- What is your role in the writing community?
I pray that I’m becoming a leader or one who will willingly help those coming after me find their voice and their way.
- How does your book relates to your spiritual practice or other life path?
My books are definitely a part of every spiritual practice or belief that I have.
- What is your testimony?
That my story is revealed that others may be healed.
- How has your environment & upbringing colored your writing?
There was always love in my environment and my writings share how the love of God and family has greatly contributed to my life of writing.
- What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
My best accomplishment hands down is becoming the mother or Raiyawna, Dobrielle, and Dwight.
- What projects are you working on at the present?
I’m writing a couple of holiday books and working on my third series.
- What do your plans for future projects include?
2020 is going to definitely be huge for me! If the Lord is willing, I’m going to be on track to do another Writeathon this upcoming Summer. Two book release for Valentine’s for sure will start me off.