JU: Sharon and I are new friends and I am excited about her recent book. So, please tell our readers about yourself and family.
SD: My name is Sharon Lynn Davy and I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Bill, for the past 44 years. We have three grown children: Tracey, Matthew and Mark and eight grandchildren. I’ve been working for Goodwill for the past 10 ½ years. I enjoy camping, gardening, singing and writing. I have been singing for 12 years with the Distaff’s Choral Group. This is an interest group that is part of the Ball State University Alumni Women’s Club. We perform at area nursing homes in the spring and at Christmas. I also am “Mrs. Claus” while my husband is “Santa” at the Christmas season. We have been Santa and Mrs. Claus for nine years. In this role, we greet many children, but also visit nursing homes. I attend and am active in the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene.
JU: I know you are one busy and one giving lady, Sharon! Trace your writing journey and tell us what makes you write or how this exciting journey started.
SD: I am not a college graduate nor do I have formal training in writing. In 1979, my family and I moved from Lambertville, N.J. to Yorktown, Indiana. It was not easy to leave our families back East, but I kept up communication through letters. I was excited about our new home and all the things that were different in the Midwest. My letters home became novels, so to speak. I write like I speak, in detail. I’ve journaled for many years. For three years, I attended Bible Study Fellowship and God’s Word became real to me. I could see where I was living the Word. When I’d go through the storms of life, I could see God’s intervention. After the storms calmed, I would sit down and write and share how God was always there. For the past twelve years, I’ve written what I call “God Stories” and put them away in a folder.
JU: Bible Study Fellowship certainly does take one on a grand journey of learning. I was with them for eight years, but that folder of yours became a book. Right? Tell us about this.
SD: During the twelve years I was writing what I called God Stories, (stories of God’s intervention in my life) I would have people read some of them and ask, “When are you going to write the book?” I knew that all things were possible with God, but I just didn’t think I would actually become an author. I can remember our pastor sharing that we should ask God to use us in a mighty way. And you know, I did pray to be used.
In January of 2012, I went to the Christian Book Store and ran into
a someone I’d not seen in probably five years. Her first words to
me were, “Have you written the book yet?” I said, “No not yet.”
A couple days later, I was back at the book store and happened to
see a big poster on the wall with a book on it opened wide with the
message “ARE YOU READY TO PUBLISH YOUR BOOK
NOW?” Needless to say that really spoke to me. I went home and
prayed, “Lord, if it’s your time for me to write a book, please bring
someone to me with publishing knowledge.” The very next day a
construction worker came to our house to put in a new shower in
our bathroom and he had just had a book published. We sat down
and talked and he shared with me how to go about getting a book
The next day, I was on the phone with Xlibris Publishing and by the
time I got off the phone, I had a contract and was officially on the
way to becoming an author.
JU: What is a take away message from God’s Stories?
SD: My take away message from God Stories would be that if we will be still, we will see God’s hand daily as we walk through this life. We will see His abundant love and faithfulness for His children.
JU: Is there any writer, past or present, which you admire and enjoy reading?
SD: I spend most of my time reading my Bible. I have a “New King James Student Bible” that has really helped me to understand the scriptures. When I’m not reading my Bible, I really like Pastor Charles Stanley’s “In Touch” devotional. I really like nonfiction books because I want to read truth.
JU: Understandable. Have you other books brewing?
SD: For years I had many people asking me when I was going to write a book. Now I’ve written God Stories and my readers want another book. Every day I can see God working in my life and so I’ve still been journaling. I recently had a reader say, “you need to include your reader’s responses to God Stories in your next book.” This was interesting in that this thought had been coming to me in recent weeks. Ever since God Stories was published, I’ve been keeping a notebook of the responses. All I can say is that I will be waiting on God’s perfect timing and if it be His will, yes, there will be another book.
JU: A wonderful way to look at it. How can readers find you and your book, Sharon?
God Stories (Seeing the hand of God) can be purchased through:
Sharon Lynn Davy, 8213 W. Weller St., Yorktown, IN. 47396
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnes and Noble. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gods-stories-sharon-lynn-davy/1112471006?ean=9781477152232
The publisher: Xlibris http://bookstore.xlibris.com/AdvancedSearch/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=God's+Stories+by+Sharon+Lavy 1-888-795-4274 Ext. 7879
JU: Sharon, I have so enjoyed talking with you and wish you many sales and satisfaction from this book. Any parting words for readers?
SD: It is my hope that the God stories I have shared in this book will reach out and touch the hearts of many. God is our everything and He is always there for us.
JU: This book ministered to me in a refreshing way and I enjoyed doing the review for you on Amazon.
SD: Thanks for having me!