Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Interview with Christian fiction author Melissa Ann Ricks

Today's guest is Christian fiction author M. Ann Ricks. She's touring her newest novel, The Shift. 

Here's her schedule while she's touring with Write Now Literary Book Tour.

M. Ann Ricks, (Melissa Ann), is a Christian fiction novelist. She is a graduate of Rider University and formerly a national accounts insurance representative. Using Jesus Christ as her example as He shared many parables, M. Ann creates stories with fictional characters that contend with real life issues and inserts the Word of God to communicate the genuine and unfailing love of God while making it abundantly clear that Jesus is the ONLY answer.

M. Ann is honored to be used by God to spread His message with the stories she creates with the leading of the Holy Spirit, knowing that He will provide her with stories and the insight as well as the words that will lift up the name of Jesus as He promised that if He is lifted up, He will draw all men to Him.

M. Ann is also what one may consider a motivational/inspirational speaker but she prefers the term, “Godspirational” as one may only be truly inspired, transformed and receive true revelation when hearing the uncompromised word of God! M. Ann is the author of Awesome Wonder: The Gift of Remembrance, The Son, The Blood Done Signed My Name, and now, The Shift.

Welcome, M. Ann. Please tell us about your current release, The Shift.
There is a sense of urgency in the atmosphere as God is transitioning what the world has deemed impossible and unbelievable into the possible and the believable. Pastor Douglass and his family have been chosen for such a supernatural transition but because of the dense fog of deception that seems to surround them, some in the Douglass family have created their own beliefs, fabricating their own sense of self; negating the truth, God’s truth, even when truth is staring them in the face. They, like many, are living lives devoid of the knowledge of who they really are and robbing themselves and those they love of their true identity and freedom. Deeply embedded lies from enemy have blinded eyes, impaired hearing and hardened hearts and Angels from the army of God have been deployed. Dreams, supernatural revelation and actual attacks from man's ultimate foe will expose all and confirm God’s plan for Xion, Veronica, Zeborah, Bo and Pastor Douglas. Can they handle the truth and surrender? The lives of the Douglass family will never be the same and neither will you, because of The Shift!"

What inspired you to write this book?
It’s time for the eyes and hearts of the hurt and confused to be opened so that they can truly experience the freedom and power that being a true and unapologetic follower of Christ affords. So many are believing the lie of the enemy. Although stating that they are Christians, many are still in bondage. They have yet to be delivered from fear, shame, guilt and even rebellion. No one is getting to the root of the matter and saying what God says. We are tiptoeing. We have shut our mouths because many are afraid to consult their creator. We must consult the word of God. So many need to find out who they are instead of letting the world or man define them. The truth is, only GOD can define who we are and only then can we be who God has purposed us to be.

What exciting story are you working on next?
My fifth novel is titled, Not Even Death!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer when my first novel, Awesome Wonder; The Gift of Remembrance was published in 2007. I felt I’d finally earned the moniker.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I write full time but am not a full time writer. My day is chock full of meetings and sometimes exercise classes as I am a Group Insurance Benefits Specialist and a part time Group Exercise Instructor. I find time when the house is quiet and the Holy Spirit leads me to my office. Crazily enough, He always, makes it easy for me to steal away to fellowship with Him as He downloads a new idea or premise.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I love the use of “elite” English. The form of English used during the 17th and latter 18th centuries in Europe and parts of Northern America. The way they used vocabulary was so intriguingly intellectual. Reading and hearing the prose is elevating! Words are a joy!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a newscaster….

Anything additional you want to share with the readers? I so appreciate the readers taking the time to read this interview! I feel incredibly BLESSED! Thanks to you all! I consider it an honor to write for Jesus the Christ as each kind word, e-mail and communication describing how lives have been changed is confirmation that He had YOU on His mind when He breathed the words of each novel into my spirit! Continue to pray for me as I pray for you!

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Thanks, M. Ann!

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