Denise spoke to our group Monday July 26th. It was a really stormy night. I was hoping the ladies would still come out to listen to Denise speak This is Denise’s second time to speak to the Finding Hope Book Club. Last time we discussed her book Will of Wisteria, everyone loved the story.
This month we read Hurricanes in Paradise. Everyone thought this was Denise’s best book so far. In talking to the group she mentioned that if she could re-title the book it would be Paradise in Hurricanes. Because hurricanes will come our way in life but we don’t have to have them throw us around. The Paradise inside of us is stronger than any hurricane trying to make a direct hit.
Finding Hope’s book club meeting usually starts at 7p.m and ends at 9p.m. because that’s when the book store closes. We discuss that month’s book club selection from 7-7:30pm. And then if we have an author speaking to us live we have them speak to the group at 7:30p.m.
Denise surprised us all and came early. She asked if it was alright to sit down amongst us and listen to us talk about the book. Ok, this about undid me. I was used to talking about the book with my gals but with the author listening? But Denise sat there with big eyes taking it all in. My gals didn’t even skip a beat. I had a hard time breathing while my ladies kept right on pointing out passages in the book that spoke to their hearts, discussing what characters they enjoyed best and what parts were hilarious. After about 25 minutes or so, I asked Denise if she could speak to us about Hurricanes in Paradise..
Denise sat down on a stool in front of everyone and began to thank us for the opportunity to listen to us talk about her book. It was humbling she said and stopped talking. Tears filled her eyes as she tried to gain composure to continue her expression of gratitude. She then managed to say “It’s amazing to hear how this book and its characters touched your lives. I’m humbled at the fact that the Lord allowed me to write the words that both pierced and comforted your hearts.”
Several ladies heard Denise speak before but for many this was the first time meeting this author. She shared her journey to publication. It’s not something she signed up for. I’ve discovered that authors have such different tales to tell. Denise started out in Nashville wanting to be a singer. That career went nowhere, so her day job was working was working in the advertising department of a heating and air-conditioning company. While there she was asked to write an article for a church magazine for the church she attended. The article was about a place called Mercy Ministries of America. The Founder of Mercy read the article and was in the middle of writing the autobiography of the ministry. A ghost-writer had already been hired, but when Nancy Alcorn read Denise's article she knew this was how she wanted her book to read and hired Denise to finish her book. That began.............................
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