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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Week Seven: Carolyn Scheidies

Organizing God’s Way

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9 (KJV)

Early in my life I felt God’s call on my life to become a writer for Him. I wrote poems and stories for friends and family, and had my own ideas of how I would serve God. Until I got sick. Until I ended up in a wheelchair and didn’t walk again for ten years.

During that time, I didn’t realize as I poured out my heart in writing, my writing was being tempered and honed as was my faith. During those long years, I began to realize my plans weren’t necessarily God’s plans, and I began a journey of faith.

In high school this led me to a published writer who took me under her wings and taught me the basics of writing. I ended up going into journalism, but still non-fiction writing is different from fiction writing (or should be).

I had, and still have, much to learn about writing novels, but one thing I know, I need to continually work at my craft, learn about my craft and not give up. I learned that God has to be an integral part of my writing and writing plans. Writing begins now with prayer and planning.

Carolyn R Scheidies is a wife, proud mother of two, and grandmother of three wonderful grandchildren she loves to spoil. Though her writing career is important, it is not more important than her family or her faith. She is a member of the Hope EFC missions church in Kearney where she serves as a deaconess, secretary of the church board and as a Sunday School teacher.

A graduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) with a degree in journalism, Carolyns' published credits include over two-dozen books, several of which have garnered awards. Her children's picture book was an EPPIE Finalist in 2006. Which was a nice surprise! She's written for a variety of publications, has a regular newspaper column, worked as an editor, speaker/teacher and book reviewer and, early 2013, signed a three-book contract with Harlequin Heartsong Presents. One of her Kearney Hub columns also won her an Amy Writing Award earlier this year.  

Scheidies speaks to different groups, leads workshops, lectured at UNK for several years and has taught adult enrichment writing classes at Central Community College. She has been interviewed on NTV, KHAS and AFR radio as well as in numerous print and online publications and had a monthly book review segment on NTV when she was a regular book reviewer..

Whatever she does, Carolyn’s goal is to share hope, and that hope is found in Jesus Christ. 

The Lady's Hero--coming Dec. 1st.

1 comment:

Patricia Johns said...

You write Heartsong books! I've been tempted to submit to them, but haven't yet.

You have an interesting story, but I love how your writing has stayed central to your life. God certainly created you a writer!