Can you tell us a little about the process of getting this book published? How did you come up with the idea and how did you start? 

I experienced so many miracles in my life and then God told me to write a book. Father God wants us to look at him as being our Father and look at ourselves as being His children. I want other people to know they can to talk to God like any person and He desires to help us in life doing the things He created us to do.

What surprised you most about getting your book published? 

That I did what God said to do and it DID get published! I am amazed that this tree-climbing country girl actually wrote a book that was published! Which means, hopefully, other people liked it, also!

Tell us a little about what you do when you aren’t writing.

I am 86, so I just live my life. I’m still observing nature, talking to Father God, keeping up with world events, and praying. Prayer is SO important! And, listening for God’s voice and answers is an amazing experience!

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

The moment I put paper in front of me and a pen in my hand and told myself: “Okay, Shirley – do it!”  I always thought if other people can get what they wrote published, I certainly can – mainly because I knew God inspired me to write!

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

From the Holy Spirit and my own life events. When I am looking at nature and talking to Father God, He is always giving me ideas or funny things to say. I am so thankful for my strong Christian background.

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

I don’t recall any criticism.

What has been your best accomplishment as a writer?

I wrote a poem named “The Search.” God dictated it to me while I was house cleaning. 

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have lots of “just writings” and poetry – but no other books.