Can you tell us about your ministry? I have been in ministry for many years, but started speaking professionally in 1996. At that time I was told that I needed to get published, so in addition to speaking at women's retreats and conferences, I began to write - as well as co-pastoring a church in Red River, NM, with my husband. I still speak, but since my husband and I retired two years ago, the bulk of my ministry is the writing.
You can read more about our ministry at www.goldenkeyesparsons.com.
How has your life changed once you started writing about your ancestor's story?
I don't know that I would use the word "changed," but I certainly have gained a deeper appreciation of the price that was paid for the privilege of freedom of religion. And my family was in the heat of terrible persecution to gain that freedom.
What has most surprised you about the writing journey?
It really has been much more difficult than I ever dreamed. The writing of story is relatively easy for me, but the marketing and publicity part of it has really been hard for me. I'm rather reserved, so to jump through all the hoops to gain recognition of my books goes against my grain, so to speak.
(CFP: I heard that from almost every author, Golden! J)
How do you manage your time and keep up with your readers?
I really struggle with that. I like to write in the mornings, and work on the business side in the afternoons. The administrative work load is really getting heavy, i.e. the mailing of books, computer upkeep, letters and emails. The ministry is at the point where I need an assistant, and we have been praying diligently for the Lord to send someone.
(CFP: I will put that on my prayer list, also.)
What advice would you give to a new author?
Perfect your craft and never quit. If God has called you to write, he will bring it about in his time.
Of all your characters, which one seems the most real to you?
Definitely Madeleine Clavell. There's an awful lot of me in her.
Thanks Golden! Here are a list of her books. Watch for an upcoming review of In the Shadow of the Sun King and of Where Hearts Are Free, and a contest on this blog!
Prisoner of Versailles, Finalist Daphne Inspirational Romantic Suspense/Mystery RWA
Where Hearts Are Free, September 2010, Thomas Nelson Publishing
His Steadfast Love, September 2011,Thomas Nelson Publishing