May 26th, 2014

My friend and marketing partner, Bill Burt with the John 3:16 Authors' Network, has nominated me to take part in a "World Blog Tour." It is an honor to be considered for this blog tour, which I hope will expose readers everywhere to authors and bloggers they have probably not heard of or met.  Hopefully, through this tour, readers will also discover some great books they’ll find refreshing and encouraging!  

First, I'd like you to learn a little about Bill Burt.

“Having spent most pf his teenage years vicariously adventuring in Middle Earth, the author is an avid fantasy fan.  His first allegorical fantasy title, The King of the Trees, came out in 1998 (WinePress).  Bowing to reader demand, he has expanded the series to include a total of seven titles to date, with more to follow.  As an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Department at Western Oregon University, he served as a successful grant-writer and program coordinator.  

Burt holds a B.S. in English from Lewis and Clark College and an M.S. from Western Oregon University in Deaf Education. In addition to writing books, he works as an RID-certified American Sign Language interpreter with over thirty years' experience. His interests include reading, foreign languages and mycology. He is married with two grown children."
Please visit his website at: (http://www.greencloaks.com)


 In case you don't know me, my name is Pearl, and I am retired Registered Nurse. I hold a diploma in Nursing and a BS in management from National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois.  I am originally from Ghana in West Africa.  I have lived in Maryland, in the United States of America for forty years.  I have three adult children, a son in-law, and four grandchildren. I love to write poetry and short articles based on Scripture.  I have authored two books: Get On Board and Stay On Board and The Last Train at Sunset,and working on a third one.  These books contain salvation messages, and messages about the Christian walk.  They are suitable for devotionals and also have helpful ideas for witnessing.  
I am also a Volunteer Counselor at a local Crisis Pregnancy Clinic. 

Both books are available on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and also on my website: pearlkumi.weebly.com

As part of the blog tour, I have been asked to respond to four questions about my writing career. Those questions—and my answers—appear below.

1) What am I currently working on?  

I am currently working on putting together a third book.  Like my first two books, it will contain poems and articles that express the need for salvation through Jesus, the urgency of getting saved, and walking with Jesus.  In my writings, I try to respond to people’s attitude towards God, the Bible, and the Church, through illustrations.   For instance, I have an article that compares man’s response to God’s invitation for salvation to an RSVP to an event.  The Bible clearly teaches that to get into heaven, one has make that decision, and make it known to God by believing in Jesus.  It is only by faith in Jesus does one get into heaven, nothing more, and nothing less.  I also support these arguments with quotes from the Bible.  This is an effort to bring the gospel message to the level that people can relate to, and understand.        

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?   

My books contain articles that are short and simple to read, and to understand.  They answer a lot of the basic questions people are thinking of asking, but have really not asked yet, and if they have, they have not yet found answers that give them the clarity and satisfaction they need.  I use illustrations from everyday life.  The articles can serve as devotionals, provide ideas for witnessing, and also help strengthen one’s walk with God through Christ.

3) Why do I write what I do?  

That is a good question.  I ask myself that question from time to time, because I argue that the market is saturated with books.  The basic answer though is: You write when inspired to write!  There are different styles of writing, and different readers prefer one style over another, and so the way I write might be just what someone needs to understand the gospel.  If my style of writing challenges even one person to put their faith in Jesus, or have a closer walk with Him, it will be all worth it.   

4) How does my writing process work?  

As I read my Bible certain things stand out that I like to investigate further for me, and also to share with others.  Other times, things I know, see, or hear about in society inspire me to write something.  For example, I based an article on this idea, if a posted speed limit is 45 MPH, and you drive in that neighborhood at 50 MPH, and another motorist drives at 55 MPH, you have both broken the law.  So it is with God, the wages of sin is death, no matter which kind of sin, or how severe.  In other words people should not think they are okay with God, because they are not as evil as someone else.   

Below are the websites/blogs and some biographical information on our next two gifted bloggers and authors. Please check them out!  Thank you.  

Elizabeth Paige

Elizabeth is a Christian and children's author, illustrator, and speaker.  She is a minister, co-founder of “In His Hands International Ministries”, and president of Moldable Clay Publishing.  She has a powerful testimony of God's grace in her life, including: divorce, domestic violence, adultery, abortion, adoption, redemption, and restoration. 
She and her husband answered the call to adopt two children from Russia who had spent 8 and 11 years in abuse, neglect, and hopelessness as orphans. She also has two biological children, homeschools, and lives an extreme faith life in beautiful Colorado, USA.  

She is the author of the following books, 

"He's Looking for a Bride" - a deep Christian inspirational book

Christian children's books:

"The Narrow Road"

 "Misfits or Mighty Messengers? God's Unlikely Heroes" 

"Porky, the Prickly Porcupine";  

"The Cat is Fat" 

 "Sue, the Boo-Hoo Moo Cow."  

All of her books are available at www.amazon.com or at www.moldableclay.com.
 

Carol Brown   

Carol is a Christian author.  Her background is in education, with a specialty in English as a Second Language. She has taught all ages from first graders to the university and adult levels before joining the Elijah House staff in the U.S. in 1989 where she laid the foundation of the Educational Ministry Dept. and internship program.  Elijah House, Inc. is an inner healing/pastoral counselling ministry based upon Scripture.  She often joined her pastor husband, David, in counselling and teaching. Carol’s years of working with foreign students both as instructor and as advisor bring a uniqueness and richness to her teaching.  While in Canada to train Canadians to do inner healing she was diagnosed with M.S. She began to write to save her sanity during recovery and since that time has concentrated her ministry efforts in writing. The children's stories came as a reprieve from doing the books for adults! She began story telling when she had enough brothers to make an audience! It was a form of crowd control.  

Here are two of the books she has authored: 

The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity: was written to give voice and vocabulary to how highly sensitive people experience life.

Highly Sensitive: This book will help one build the inner structures needed to live a joy-filled life.

Purchase from her website for an autographed copy www.fromgodsheart.com. Or from Amazon.com here:http://www.ittybittyurl.com/gqv