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Monday, September 21, 2009

CSFF Blog Tour Day 1: Meet Donita K. Paul and Find the Vanishing Sculptor...if you dare!

Meet the Author: 

Today we begin this month's Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour for Donita K. Paul's new novel, The Vanishing Sculptor. If you're willing to take my word for it, don't wait for the Blog tour to end, get The Vanishing Sculptor now. Just click the link at right in my sidebar. And now, a little bit about the author.

Donita K. Paul retired early from teaching school, but soon got bored! The result: a determination to start a new career. Now she is an award-winning novelist writing Christian Romance and Fantasy. She says, “I feel blessed to be doing what I like best.”  

She mentors all ages, teaching teenagers and weekly adult writing workshops. God must have imprinted 'teacher' on me clear down to the bone. I taught in public school, then home schooled my children, and worked in private schools. Now my writing week isn’t very productive unless I include some time with kids.” Her two grown children make her proud, and her two grandsons make her laugh.




Donita has a testimony that might resonate with you. Check out what Donita says:


I thought I was a Christian. I’m definitely not Jewish. Not Muslim or Hindu. I’m an American. I was raised in the church. I started teaching Sunday school when I was thirteen. That’s right. Thirteen So when I reached twenty-five, and someone asked me if I was aChristian, I said, “Of course.” By the way, as far as I can remember, that was the very first time anyone had asked me. I must have looked as much like a Christian to those around me as I looked like a Christian to myself.

But it irked me that he had asked. So I decided to show him. I left my Bible open so he would see it in my living room. See? I had a Bible. That means I’m a Christian, right? Then I took to turning the pages so he could see I was actually reading it. I wasn’t, but that didn’t make any difference to me. Uh-oh! You and I (the "I" referring to me as a Christian now) know that’s a surefire sign I wasn’t a Christian.

He didn’t seem to be noticing the open Bible and turned pages, so I read enough in the New Testament to formulate an intelligent question to discuss. I did try the Old Testament, but it was too confusing. (Couldn’t even come up with a decent thought generated from that reading.) So we discussed. I read. We discussed some more. I read some more. BINGO! Sometime during my attempts to convince this guy I was a Christian, the message sunk in, and I became one. 

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)




I've known Donita for a couple of years now, mostly online correspondence, but also from the West Coast Tour. She's one of a kind. At times, a grandmother, at times a mysterious sage, and sometimes, as cantankerous as the dragons she writes about! But one anecdote I'd like to share about Donita that will give you a good idea what she's really all about.


During the Fantasy Fiction West Coast Tour, Donita and Christopher were scheduled to do a great TV interview on Fresno's Good Morning Show. When Donita discovered that the interview was going to cut into our time at the children's hospital. Donita chose to give up her interview spot. I was the fortunate one to take her place. I asked her why. She said it was simple: "Interview versus talking with sick children. No contest." Need you know anything more?


Please check out Donita's righteous Fantasy Stories:

Donita's Dragonkeeper Series!

Tune in tomorrow for my review of Donita's newest novel, The Vanishing Sculptor!

9 comments:

Seth said...

I've heard of her books, they look really good. Once I'm done with the Oracles of Fire, and your new book, I'll make sure to read hers, the look really good. Plus, I've never read something by a woman before, not that I think men are better, just for some reason I never have, so that'll be fun.

WayneThomasBatson said...

They're worth it, Seth. DKP has a way with worldbuilding that will WHOOSH, take you right there. And some unforgettable characters too--Granny Noon in the Dragon Keepers series is my fave.

Seth said...

Hey, Mr Batson, I posted this in the comments on your last post, but you likely didn't see it. I remember you talking about foreshadowing before, and I need help with it, but I can't find the place where I saw you talk about it before, can you link it or something please?

WayneThomasBatson said...

Here it is, Seth! Hope it helps.

http://enterthedoorwithin.blogspot.com/2007/02/suspense-technique-5.html

Seth said...

Ah, thank you very much, it will be very helpful.

Emma D. said...

I started reading the first book in the dragonkeeper series. It is really good so far. She is an awesome author just like you, WTB. I will see if I have enough money to by The Vanishing Sculptor and The Curse Of The Spider King. If I do, I will definatly by the book using the link you put on the side bar of course. When I was reading her books, I thought that I was right there in the books going on the adventure too. She just has a way with words.
OH! And Seth, they really are worth it.
From,
Emma D.

Rachel Starr Thomson said...

What a marvelous anecdote :). Thanks for sharing it!

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Wow, I hadn't heard that story or read Donita's testimony before. Both are great. Thanks for posting the most important information about her, Wayne.

Becky

Cloe said...

Oh, I love the Dragon Keppers series! I'm waitig to get the 3 one. I got one of my other friends reading them with me. She loves them too.