Good morning friends!
Today I have a special treat for you! I have the privilege of interviewing author and writing mentor, Aleigha C. Israel!
She is one of the sweetest, most encouraging people around. Last year, I even got to meet her!
ALEIGHA C. ISRAEL writer of inspirational fiction and poetry is an author of multiple books and enjoys sharing God’s love through the powerful art of storytelling.
Her novels are distributed by Grace and Truth Books.
Aleigha loves being a Community Assistant at the Young Writers Workshop and teaching writing classes to her talented students.
When she’s not daydreaming about a new story idea or playing with her sidekick “Marley” (a Pomeranian mix) she can usually be seen playing and singing in her family’s gospel bluegrass band or making personalized author swag for her business Literary Treasures.
She doesn’t have to search very hard for inspiration.
Living in the Israel household, it’s guaranteed there’s an adventure waiting around every corner!
And without further ado, the interview! *drumroll*
When did you decide to be a writer? i.e. When did you think, “I can actually do this!”?
For me, there was never a time of doubt about “becoming a writer.” Because I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing! Strangely, there was never a moment that I decided I “wanted to become” a writer. I’ve been writing since I was nine!
However, as a writer I have to constantly keep myself motivated and remind myself that I really can do this!
As writers, we so often get hung up in the small things. The desire to write the “perfect book.” So much so that sometimes we’re afraid to love our own flawed work. Because as the famous artist analogy, we writers see all the imperfections. But it’s important for us all to keep in mind that it’s okay to love our work. Blemishes and all. Because we aren’t perfect, and our Creator still loves us. <3
Your books are full of Christian themes and messages. How does you faith affect your writing?
My faith plays such an enormous role in my writing. I’ve always told my readers, that if I ever write a story that doesn’t have God on every page, then they have my permission to lock me in a cold, dark, dungeon!
My faith doesn’t just “affect,” my writing. It’s the reason I write!
I write to share the gospel of Christ to a thirsty and dying world. I write so that others might know that redemption and peace and love and forgiveness, are always options, no matter who you are or what you’ve done. I write so that my readers will never feel alone in their struggles. And my faith affects all of this.
I strive to make it a great part of the writing process as well. I constantly give my writing to the Lord when I start to feel burdened because I’ve taken too much of the process on by myself. I’ve found that my greatest writing has come when I’ve handed God the pen and asked Him to write it for me. That His words would flow through my fingers. And that every single word I write would only bring nothing but glory to His name.
Where did you first get the idea for A Light for Christ Trilogy?
I’ve always loved allegories! And I’ve always wanted to write one. A Higher Ransom started out as an allegory, and I had plans to end the story a little differently! (Trying not to spoil it for my readers out there!) The story started out as a picture of Jesus and how He gave His life and took our place. But, it definitely strayed from the allegorical sense in too many directions to count!! But that basic idea was what sprouted the wings for this story, and a few aspects are still entwined within the message!
Can you tell us about your next project?
Hmmmm, good question. 😉
I’m currently writing a contemporary inspirational fiction story about the heart of forgiveness. But it’s all a pretty tight secret right now! I hope to share some more exciting updates in the future though!
Thank you so much, Aleigha! It was a pleasure having you here!
And now, the promised giveaway!
We have a signed copy of A Higher Ransom, the first book of A Light for Christ Trilogy by Aleigha C. Israel!
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