Welcome Tracy Wainwright as she shares about her wonderful novella,
Her Whole Self.
Tracy tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a wife and homeschooling mom of four. I never thought I’d be called to stay at home during my 7 years of college. However, I feel so blessed to be able to be home with my children. It also allows me the flexibility to write, something else I never thought I’d do. In addition to my family and writing, I’m also passionate about women, leading them to and helping them grow in Jesus and serving others. I’ve been honored to direct the Abundant Life Conference for Women (held each fall in Williamsburg, VA) for the last 6 years and to be a Stonecroft approved speaker for the last 4. In my free time (which I carve out, because it would never just happen!) I enjoy reading, spending time with my family on the river, and vegging out with Netflix.
Tell the readers about your novella.
Her Whole Self is the first novel that I published. It started out being published in installments in a local women’s magazine. It’s a story most women can relate to – when life seems to be falling apart. It follows Jen as she loses everything important in her life and in desperation turns to a former college classmate, who opens her eyes to faith in God.
What inspired you to write Her Whole Self?
This book is really not one I ever expected to write. I had a friend start a women’s magazine and asked me to do a fiction column for it. That’s how Her Whole Self got started. At 600 words a month for over 2 years, this story developed. When a book takes that long (including the time to do the heavy editing need to turn it into a book) it develops along with other things that come up in life. Some of the story is from my own experiences, although while similar, they have a different timeframe and setting. Other aspects of the story come from the lessons God has taught me.
What is the main thing you hope readers remember from this story?
The main thing I’d like readers to remember is that God is always present, always forgiving, and always working in our lives. That we can never get to far from Him that we can’t enter into a faith relationship with Him.
Secondary is the idea that becoming a Christian doesn’t make everything go the way we want. That God often uses difficulties for our good and His glory.
Tracy, you’re so right. God is always there for us and He helps us get though those difficult times. What is your favorite scene?
If I told my absolute favorite part, it would spoil it for the readers. J My second favorite parts are the discussions the main character, Jen, has with her new friends about God and discussing logically the possibility of His existence and who He is.
That does sound like wonderful conversation. Where can readers find you and your novels?
All of my books (with the exception of a praise journal I wrote) can be found on Amazon. I have two novels, two children’s books, and three Bible studies.
They are also on the Books page of my website – www.tracywainwright.com.
I also have a Facebook Page – Tracy Wainwright Author Page (https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTracyWainwright), am on Twitter - @TracyWrites4Him (https://twitter.com/TracyWrites4Him) , Instagram – TracyLWainwright (https://instagram.com/tracylwainwright/) , and have a few blogs (that I’m not very good at keeping up on) – momsforgod.blogspot.com, surrenderedliving.blogspot.com, themommyanswer.blogspot.com, and beyond316.blogspot.com.
Abandoned by the two most important people in her life – her fiancé and best friend - Jen flounders as she picks up the pieces of her life. Desperation prompts her to reach out to an old classmate, who regrettably is a Christian. Is a night of free entertainment worth the cost of spending it with a group of hypocrites? The answer to that question surprises her almost as the next several upheavals in her life.
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