Happy 2013, friends! I'm answering 8 questions today, along with several other Wordserve Literary clients. (Thanks to Jordyn Redwood for the excellent idea!) We're each sharing a bit about our upcoming book projects.
1. What is the working title of your book? Wounded Women of the Bible, with my co-author and dear friend, Tina Kinsey Samples. It will release in late summer or early fall of this year (we don't have a specific date yet).
2. Where did the idea come from for the book? God woke Tina up in the middle of the night with the idea. (Really!)
3. What genre does your book fall under? Women's non-fiction.
4. What's the synopsis for your book? What do biblical women such as Hagar, Abigail, Martha, Bathsheba (among others) have in common with women today? They've all been wounded--by relationships, losses, or their own mistakes. In Wounded Women of the Bible, authors Dena Dyer and Tina Samples share fresh spiritual insights gleaned from ancient women who faced the same emotions and questions as contemporary women. The authors also tell their own stories of healing, as well as those experienced by their friends and family members. Find hope and strength for your own journey as you view biblical women's wounds through the lens of God's grace.
5. Will you book be self-published or represented by an agency? Greg Johnson of Wordserve is our agent, and he negotiated a contract for us with Kregel Publishers.
6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Several months. But the proposal took several months, and so did the edits. It was a long, prayerful and difficult process, because we opened up our own lives and shared wounds that God was still healing us from.
7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Bad Girls of the Bible, Have a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Twelve Extraordinary Women
8. What else about your book might pique a reader's interest? We know that there are countless women who carry wounds from their past. Many of those women feel isolated in their pain, believing that no one could possibly understand how they feel.
It is our fervent prayer that Wounded Women of the Bible would touch the hearts of those who cry with desperation to find freedom. We long for its healing message to reach the women who feel completely, utterly alone.
As they read the book, those women will find a much-needed connection with biblical women, as well as with us and other contemporary women who share their journeys in the manuscript. In addition, it’s our goal that those who read the book would come away changed from the inside out—believing that God is powerful and loves them personally, and that He longs to heal them, no matter the size or shape of their scars.