27 November 2016

Interview with Lucette "Lucy" Nel

Author Lucette "Lucy" Nel

CFP: Please welcome Lucette "Lucy" Nel!  Lucy is a fellow Pelican Book Group author (White Rose imprint) who lives in South Africa. She has a Christmas release, The Widow's Captive, with Pelican's Christmas Extravaganza, which has become an annual event with brand new Christmas romances in ebook form. We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. 

Thanks so much to Overcoming with God for asking me aboard!

Would you tell us about the one of the most difficult things in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help?
I’m an introvert. In all honesty, doing this interview has me all jittery. It’s like that meme I saw on Pinterest: 

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“What is the worst sentence in the history for an introvert?

 -- Tell me a little about yourself.” 

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LOL.
But because I want to be a writer, that’s something I need to work ‘against’. 

As a writer, I need people, and I need to connect with people. That is one of my biggest struggles, and if not for God, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. For me, it IS an endless battle, a constant reminder that I need the Lord.  And coffee!

What passages in the Bible have been most helpful to you in those times?
Philippians 4:13 For I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (NLT)

How has prayer helped you to overcome?
It is a million little things. Knowing that God understands my babble, my flawed prayers, and even the ones I can’t utter aloud, make it easier to face people, even when it’s only on social media.

What helped you get through or helped you cope with this difficulty?
I don’t know if it’s something I will get through. I don’t think it’s like you wake up one morning and decide you’re not an introvert anymore. So I cope with it by sharing what’s going on in my head and heart with the Lord and to those people closest to me.

Disability friendliness: Is this release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio?  Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print? 
The Christmas Extravaganza series are only available as an eBook. ☺


In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?  
My hero and heroine struggles with guilt and shame. My hero, Jonah Hale wrestles with the need to prove himself worthy to the town’s residents. He put his own life in danger in order to gain other peoples approval.



MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR WRITING!!!
Thanks, Carrie!



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Bio: Lucette "Lucy" Nel is a coffee addicted work-in-progress daughter of the Lord Almighty. She's a mommy to a rambunctious toddler and wife to her best friend and real-life hero. Along with three spoiled Pugs, they make their home in Gauteng, the smallest of nine provinces in South Africa.

During the day, she's a bookkeeper. At night when the world sleeps, she delves into her passion, creating interesting characters in historical settings.

She's a member of American Christian Fiction and her dream came true when she recently signed a contract with Pelican Book Group for her Christmas themed novella, The Widow's Captive.

One of her favorite quotes about writing is by C.S. Lewis: You can make anything by writing.


Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Giveaway: We're giving away an ebook copy to one of our readers! Answer this Question to enter:
As a newbie author I’d like to know what persuades you as a reader to pick up a story by a new and unknown author.

27 comments:

  1. Welcome to OWG, LUCETTE! Thanks for agreeing to do an interview with Carrie. Actually there is hope for an introvert. I was one my entire life and now I'll talk to a lamp-post if it will talk back. Lol The more you make yourself reach out to others, the less introverted you become, I think. But there are times the introvert still comes out -- depending on who I'm around and how I happen to feel at that moment. Love that pretty cover on THE WIDOW'S CAPTIVE BTW!

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    1. Lol. I think a conversation with a lamppost could be pretty awesome!
      Thanks, Diana, the folks at Pelican Book Group did such an amazing job with the cover!

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  2. Can't wait for The Widow's Captive to show up on my Kindle!
    Such a great interview, Lucy!

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    1. De's here!!!! Thanks my friend.
      You've been such a blessing to me <3

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  3. LUCETTE, it's so great to have you with us on OWG today! Thank you so much for the wonderful interview. I understand your struggle with being an introvert, as I have also struggled with it in my life. Being born to an outgoing Mom, who pushed me in front of the Church to sing and play the piano as a kid helped me overcome most of it. Then marrying a very outgoing Worship Leader who needed a pianist, almost made me into an extrovert! The LORD certainly has a great sense of humor! lol There are days since I lost my sweet husband last year, that I find myself drifting back somewhat to being that introvert.

    I can't wait to grab a copy of THE WIDOW'S CAPTIVE, the cover is beautiful, but the title is what grabbed my attention.

    Thanks again for sharing with us!! :-)

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    1. Teresa, I was so honored to be invited. *Passes the cookies*

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    2. I got distracted with the cookies. I'm sorry to hear about your husband. <3
      I agree. God does have quite the sense of humor. He gave me a son that I suspect is going to be quite an extrovert.

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  4. Welcome! Always great meeting new-to-me authors. That's a very pretty cover.

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    1. Sigh... thanks Debbie. I have to admit, I'm proud of the cover!

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  5. Thanks for sharing. :) That is a great scripture.

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  6. A good story line.
    JoanEC128[at]AOL[dot]com

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  7. The cover always makes my decision to buy a new author's book or not.
    MarionMPC[at]AOL[dot]com

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  8. i would have to say a combination of cover and story line.
    MarilynDKC[at]AOL[dot]com

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    1. The cover is the first thing that draws my attention as well!

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  9. Hey Lucy, I just have to say how much I LOVE the cover of your book! It fits the title perfectly. I would buy your book because it has a fabulous cover, the story line sounds interesting to me and it's from a Christian publisher. :-)

    I'm so glad my sweet friends here at OWG have introduced you to us! I wish you all the best with this Christmas story!

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    1. Thank you so much, Anne! It sure was lovely stopping by. :)

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  10. Hi, Lucy! I'm so glad my friends here introduced you to us! I loved getting to know you. That verse is also one of my life verses, it has brought me through as a single mom (I'm now married), through health issues, and other life issues. Congratulations on your new contract with Pelican!!

    Your cover is beautiful! And your book sounds your really good. Which leads to the question of what draws me to a new author...the cover would have to draw me in, the description, and if my friends recommend it.

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    1. I'm so honored to have been invited to OWG. It's always lovely to 'meet' new friends!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Thanks for visiting with us Lucy! And how cool is that -- we're your first interview!!! Neato!!! I've pinned this post to my Pinterest board for Authors I have Interviewed -- and your post is right up there with Tamera Alexander and all the other wonderful authors OWG had been privileged to have visit over the years!!!

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    1. Thanks for having me, Carrie! I dozed off...*Blush*

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  12. Thank you Lucette and Carrie for this great interview! Looking forward to reading the Widow's Captive! (Must agree with some of the other commenters and say that's a beautiful cover!) I would say what interests me in a new book is the cover,the setting,and the story synopsis. lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. Hi Lucette, congratulations on your book! The book cover is lovely and the story sounds very interesting.
    One of the first thing I notice about a book is the cover (and author)...whether it is a new-to-me author or a favorite one...the story line and recommendations from other readers and/or authors.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Tina!
      I did a draw the old fashioned way, and your name was the one I drew from the hat! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy The Widow's Captive. :)

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  14. LUCETTE, it was a pleasure "meeting" you! Congratulations on your book. I am usually drawn to a book by it's cover and author. Recommendations from other readers and/or authors encourage me to try a new-to-me author.

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    1. I was simply thrilled when Carrie invited me. Thanks so much for the kind words, Caryl.

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