Ada Brownell’s prolific writing career began with youth publications when she was the youth leader at her church . In Christian education she’s taught upper elementary, middle school, high school, college and career, young marrieds. During her years as a reporter at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado, she interviewed young achievers in music, sports, academics, beauty, careers, and other pursuits. Ada wrote about the latest fashions and how to present yourself for success. Interviewed teen moms and those who work with them and reported on teens affected by substance abuse. She reviewed statistics annually and talked to health experts about teen pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases; interviewed judges who sentence juvenile offenders; and wrote about the tragedy of mental illness and suicide among teens. She studied, taught and wrote about how youth can discover faith, even when society tries to keep them from believing. She believes anyone can find joy in Jesus and an abundant, successful life here and for eternity.
Brownell has a B.S. Degree in mass communications and a certificate of ministry from Berean School of the Bible, now Global University.
She is the author of Imagine the Future You, a motivational Bible study for youth; Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, a suspense novel; and Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, a book and Bible study for the grieving, support groups, religion classes, those with a troubling diagnosis, those who fear death or are curious about it.
Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement
Amazon Ada Brownell author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06
We met Ada a while ago. Click here to read her first interview. Read below to see what she is up to now.
Tell us about your newest book.
Imagine the Future You, a motivational Bible study for youth released Nov. 10, 2013, and a book I’m excited to have available. Here’s the short summary:
Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares?
You don’t need a fortune teller to reveal your future. Through your attitudes, your sense of wonder, your hunger for knowledge and seeking out the things that matter, you are the person who determines who you will be, what your life will be like, and how your hopes and dreams will be fulfilled. This book will show how to make the right connections, how to grow your talents, and how to begin believing in yourself and things greater than yourself—for a wonderful Future You!
One reviewer said, “How I would have loved to sit at Mrs. Brownell’s knee when I was a teen. This wholesome book resounds with sage, Godly advice and could be picked up again and again as needs arise. Worthwhile for parents too. Much fodder for family discussion,”
This sounds like a much needed book Ada. I hope it gets into a lot of teens hands. They need this desperately.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Writing is what I’ve done nearly all my life. I started free lancing in my teens and worked a number of decades as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado. But we had five children, and they and our grandchildren have been my greatest satisfaction. I worked with youth many years, and even a couple of years after retirement taught in an after-school and summers program that was a biblical training program for upper elementary students. As a woman, my life is filled with cooking, cleaning, and enjoying get-togethers with family and friends. I am part of a wonderful Bible study and prayer.group. My husband and I exercise several times a week, but my body can’t enjoy the tennis and other active things of yesterday. Yet there is the Wii! I can even play baseball on that.
Where do you get your ideas?
From observation and deep thinking about God’s Word, our awesome world, our wonderfully created bodies, problems, needs or things I can share. Many ideas come in the night. Yet, some ideas come during prayer and even when I sit down at the computer, and those I am sure are from the Lord. Yet, I have to write them down, flesh them out, look at different and fresh approaches, do research, find illustrations, etc.
Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?
A reporter takes his notes and begins writing. You train your mind to pick out the most important angle of the story, try to crunch it into a short hook, and write. With novels, I do character sketches, and rough outlines for the plot that bring in complications, twists and turns.
Yet, I wrote most of my 100,000-word novel, The Lady Fugitive, in five weeks during American Christian Fiction Writers’ Novel Track in 2011. I put it aside for two other books, but I’ve been polishing it and expect to have it in the hands of an editor in a few weeks.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
In today’s world, if you believe in a book, you can publish it. My first book, Confessions of a Pentecostal, was published by the Assemblies of God, but Amazon’s CreateSpace opened the door for me to quickly get my last three books on the market. As a senior citizen, that’s important.
Are you like any of the characters in your book?
As a redhead, I probably have some of the spunk of Jennifer Louise Parks from The Lady Fugitive, but I haven’t experienced the ongoing spiritual doubts and hardships she has to overcome.
Anything you would like to add?
Thank you for inviting me to be your guest. It’s a privilege to share from my life, the love of the awesome God we serve, and the things the Lord has done.
You’re so welcome Ada. I pray God continues to bless your work.
Readers, Ada is giving away an e-book of her book Imagine the Future You. I hope you will take the opportunity to win it for that teen in your life who needs to be reminded of all God has for them.
Leave a comment by December 24th at 5:00 pm to be entered to win.