Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?
I’m originally from a small swamp town in Louisiana, but since I moved to Texas when I was nine, I consider myself a Texan. I taught middle school language arts and loved writing with my students. When I became a librarian four years ago, I missed writing and attempted my first novel.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
I was young. My mom didn’t write down the date, but I was about five. One of my earliest memories is being on my knees at church, praying for my dad to get saved so he could go to heave with me, my mom, and my sister.
Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
In Worth the Wait, Ellie has to learn that God’s plan is always worth the wait—even if it’s not what she planned. Even when life was a mess, God was at work. I hope readers walk away looking at their own circumstances, even the hard ones, realizing that God is working in their lives and what He has in store is worth the wait.
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
My blog (http://authorlaurajackson.blogspot.com/) started as a book review blog for one of my graduate classes, and I kept doing reviews. I post randomly about life and books. My most regular day is Fridays where I link up with other blogs for Confessional Fridays, where I share a little bit about myself. It’s usually random things but sometimes I open up a little more.
Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?
I’m a school librarian, so I’m surrounded with fantastic books all day, and then I go home and read a lot. So, this question is almost impossible. Sold by Patricia McCormick is amazing—opened my eyes to human trafficking.
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
When my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his doctor told him it would either divide our family or bring us closer than ever. We’ve always been close, hanging out at least once or twice a week. But, it did change our relationship in that it became more intentional, more precious, and even stronger. Through his cancer, we all grew closer to each other and to Jesus, which was the only way we could walk that journey together.
Watching my parents, I learned what it means to love in sickness and in health. Watching him lose his health reminded me that each day is a gift from God to use for His glory, not my own. Being by my dad’s side when he took his last breath and the peace that filled my parents’ bedroom at that exact moment sealed my belief that at the second of death, we are with Jesus forever. What a day that will be!
I don’t want to share too many details that involve other people, but God used my dad’s cancer to bring back people to Him. Several people shared what an example he was to them, and one even came back to the Lord after years away through my dad’s testimony.
I miss my dad every day, but I’m thankful that God used even something as horrible as cancer for His glory.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
Philippians 4:11b is on my heart/mind the last year or so. In my words it says that in all things, be content. I have certain goals/desires/dreams that seem so far off. I want to be content with where He has me even if it’s not what I would pick for myself.
Where can we find you on the web?
Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?
Thanks for having me. Great questions!
Thank you, Laura, for spending some time with my readers, I know they appreciate it.
Readers, Laura is giving away a copy of her book, paperback for U.S. residents or ebook for readers outside the U.S. Leave a comment by April 29th at 5:00 pm to be entered.