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Here is an excerpt of the book.
The sun was shining brightly as Kendra awakened to the delicious aroma of bacon, coming from the kitchen in her Grandma‛s house. She sat up in bed and looked all around.
Everything in her room was pink, from the sheets and pillowcases to the comforter, and rug. Even the paint on the walls was pink and adorned with big beautiful daises.
Pink was Kendra‛s favorite color and Grandma had out done herself with the decorations.
Kendra loved spending a few weeks of her summer vacation at Grandma‛s house. Grandma always made her feel special, and she especially loved Grandma‛s juicy kisses.
Kendra was sitting on the edge of her bed and playing with her long braided pigtails when she heard a light tap on the door. “Good morning, my angel. Did you sleep well?”
“Yes, Grandma I had a very good night.”
“Good,” Grandma said. “Now go wash your face and brush your teeth. Breakfast is almost ready.”
“Wait,” Kendra said, rubbing her pretty brown eyes.
Yes, dear, what is it?” “Grandma, can I ask you a question?”
“Kendra, you know you can ask me anything you want. Grandma will always try to give you the correct answer. So, what‛s on that pretty little mind of yours?”
“Grandma, how do you know God is real?”
Lorita Kelsey Childress
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Author, The Turning Point of Lila Louise and Grandma, how do you know God is real?
2012 AALA Nominee for Suspect; A Confessional Anthology.
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TheAuthor’s Couch Interview
I'd like to welcome everyone to this very special segment of The Author's Couch Interview. In honorof a very special author who's written an exceptional and inspirational book,I've coupled The Couch interview with my Sunday morning inspiration spot. ThisI do because of Ms. Lorita Kelsey Childress and the children's novel, Grandma,How do you know God is real?
Thank you so much forcoming back to The Couch Lorita. If I'm not mistaken, you were one of the firstauthors to appear on my blog weren't you? I believe you were promoting TheTurning Point of Lila Louise. Am I right?
Yes, you are correct;I was on The Couch a few years ago promoting my debut novel, The Turning Pointof Lila Louise. I was a nervous wreck because you were my first interview.
Now that’s surprising to hear. You handled itlike a pro!Lila was so real to the readers, it almost read like an auto-biography. That speaks volumes for your gift as a writer. Has anyone everquestioned you about how "real" Lila's story was to you?
Lol! Yes, I have been asked that question. I will say I have never been accused of or committed a murder or any crime.
Before we get too deep into Lila, we'd better stick to this new offering of yours. Grandma, How do youknow God is real? You know I have four little nieces who could have beenrunning around in your mind when you were writing this book. It's amazing howprofound a child can be. "How do you know God is real?" I won't say its a complicated question, because for most 'believers' the answer comes very easy. But when you really look at it from a child's perspective, it takes on anew meaning entirely doesn't it?
Yes, looking from a child’s perspective will give life a newmeaning. Children are so curious, joyful and impressionable. They are so carefree and look at life with wonder andexcitement. Sometimes, you have to find unique and fun ways to answer their questions in order for them to relate to your explanation without beingoverwhelmed but yet understand your point of view.
This is little bit of adiversion from where you were when you wrote Lila's story but yourinspirational message remains prevalent in both stories. Tell us about your experience and faith Lorita.
My faith is strong and the cornerstone of my life. God has given me this gift to uniquely evangelize to His people whetherit is an adult novel or children’s book. When you finish reading my books Iwant you to know He is real and that He can deliver you from whatever you aregoing through. I can write inspirational stories because I know what He hasdone in my life and continues to do for me. Just the fact that I am on TheCouch is a blessing.
No Ms. Childress you are the blessing. And I’m so glad we went ahead with the interview.You know you andI went back and forth a little when you approached me about promoting this title. I admit I had some concerns because I do promote some rather risque stuff here. However, I am not shy about proclaiming my beliefs spiritually. Theconcerns were basically, exposing some of your younger or even adult readersvisiting the site looking for your book, to other features. It's kinda like acatch 22 isn't it? Because at the same time, we would be exposing some readers looking for the more adult themed features to something as extraordinary as your new work. How do you look at the scenario?
I approached you about promoting the book because you were sogenerous with Lila Louise. I did contemplate the reaction your audience wouldhave as well as those young readers who might come to your sight because you dofeature more adult/risqué themed books. However, as I do with all of mydecisions I said a prayer and asked God, “What shall I do?” His response wassimply, “I am everywhere.” I also felt God gave me this book to remind adultswho might be reading it to the special child in their life just how real He is. As adults we are inundated withliving life, dealing with all its triumphs and tribulations and sometimes we forgetthat an old oak tree, green grass or the stars in the sky are all created byGod. I believe your audience like me reads all types of books for purelyentertainment purposes. What I read does not define my love or relationshipwith my Savior Jesus Christ nor will it take me away from Him because I don’t let it dwell in my spirit.
I loved that answer. You made me smile from the inside out.Tell me about the illustrator of your novel and how the project came from conceptualization to print.
I belong to a lot of online groups as well associal media sites. Most of the time Ijust don’t have time to read everything that crosses my path. This is thetruth, one day I was about to delete an email I received and I heard the HolyGhost tell me no! I really didn’t want to read it and the Holy Ghost got louder.So, I opened the email from Deborah Eve Alastra. She had joined the group andwas an illustrator. I clicked on her work and it was like the Angeles sang. Iloved her illustrations. Her work was what I was looking for. I sent her an email and she asked for text.She then requested my vision for the illustrations and she sent me her vision.I almost passed out as her vision was almost exactly like mine. Talk about divine intervention! I feel a Hallelujah right about now. Anyway, she told me her pricing which was so reasonable. I had researched the cost of illustratorsand it ranged from $100 -$2,500 or more per picture. I never thought I could afford an illustrator. The icing on thecake was Deborah loves The Lord too and she allowed me to pay ininstallments. To this day I have onlyspoken to Deborah via email. I am so grateful she gave life to my story. From there I started looking for a printer.Everything came together. You have to know when God gives you a vision he will provide provision.
Preach Lorita.Is this a self-published work and why?
There are a few reasons why I decided to self-publish. First, I knew this story wouldnot be received by “traditional” publishers and for me time was of the essencebecause I heard the Holy Ghost tell me to get it out now. Secondly, I had put my heart and soul into the project and did not want to receive a royalty.Lastly, after being published by a publisher I realized you have to do a lot of your own promotion and marketing. If I was going to spend the money I wanted toget it back sooner.
What kind of feedbackhave you gotten thus far?
The response has been amazing. Children andadults love it. I am so blessed, He chose me for this purpose.
Will you do morechildren's books of this nature? Have you found your niche here?
What about adult books like Turning Point? Yes, I have a seriesof Grandma and Kendra adventures in my head. I believe I found my niche.However, I will still continue to write adult books like Turning Point becauseGod is universal. He wants me to tell everyone through my writing about Hisgrace and mercy and if you say yes to His will, He will do the rest.
I want to thank you for coming by to talk to me about this incredible little book of yours Lorita.I want to say I’m proud of you for too many reasons to name here. But one reason stands out above all. I love your boldness when proclaiming your faithto this world. I find inspiration in you when you allow your belief outshine what you read, what you write, and what you may or may not do. Nothing changesthe love for God in your heart. I searched for the appropriate song to end thisinterview segment as I always do. I try to find a song that fits the guest asmuch as possible. You’ll hopefully be pleasantly surprised at what I chose foryou. So without any further adieu…There’s Something….