To celebrate the release of her latest book, Renee has graciously offered to give away a set of books: an autographed hard copy of "Second Chance Father" AND an autographed copy of her devotional book, "Mondays with Jesus 2017." (US ONLY). To enter, see the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of this post. (Contest ends January 27, 2017.) If you are the randomly chosen winner, I'll contact you and pass on your information. Good luck!
Q & A with Renee...
Q: What message do you hope your readers take away from the story?
A: That even though we all face storms in life, God is there, ready to see you through. Jack, Elise, and Cody were all broken by life’s circumstances, but no one is too broken for God’s love.
Q: I love that! How did you start writing, and what would you be doing if you were not an author?
A: I actually told my first grade teacher that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I wanted to write stories and often wrote my own “books” as a child. However, I didn’t start out writing fiction. I actually began my career writing computer manuals. (Writing fiction, specifically Christian fiction, is much more fun!)
Q: I imagine that it must be much more fun to write fiction :) Do you have any specific writing routines or quirks?
A: I write early in the morning until mid-day. Anything I write later in the day is typically trashed and re-written the next morning. I know my limitations. I can’t write when my brain is spent ;)
Q: How do you choose the names for your characters?
A: Sometimes I use real people, such as Jolaine Bowers, my mom. That feisty grandmother in my Claremont series is totally based on her, and she loves it. At other times, the name is simply “there” when I start to write. Cody was always “Cody,” because that’s what he had to be. Jack Simon was “Jack Simon” from the first line. I really didn’t have much of a say in the matter. The characters, whether based on a real person or not, are very real in my mind, and they typically have a name from the get-go.
Q: What can you tell me about your next project?
A: My next project is about a woman, Lindy Burnett, who was wrongfully incarcerated and, while in prison accused of murdering her husband, lost custody of her son. She has been released and wants her son back, but the man who is adopting Jerry, Ethan Green, isn’t ready to give up the boy he loves. That book comes out in July, and I’m anxious to learn how readers feel about their story.
Q: Sounds good! What is something about you that would surprise your readers?
A: In May of 2010, I met a young man who needed a kidney. No one in his family matched, but God put it on my heart that I would, and I was indeed a “perfect match.” Six out of six antigens, closer than a sibling. We had our transplant on November 11 of that same year. I also competed on the American Bible Challenge television show with my husband and oldest son to raise awareness for the need for living donors – we were team Hello Kidney ;)
Q: Wow. That's truly awesome. I'm glad you were able to do that, as well as raise awareness. What is your favorite non-literary activity?
A: Playing with my grandchildren, of course J
Q: What advice do you have for new authors?
A: First of all, pray for guidance. I often get stumped on a plot point, or stuck completely, feeling as though I’ve worked myself into a corner with no way out. This morning, while praying with my husband, I asked God to be with me as I write today, to guide the words that I write so that they will convey his glory and touch readers’ hearts. He is the guide through each story, and as long as I remember that, the kinks are worked out.
(I gave it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars - TOP PICK!)
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About Renee ...
Renee Andrews spends a lot of time in the gym. No, she isn't working out. Her husband, a former All-American gymnast, co-owns ACE Cheer Company, an all-star cheerleading company. She is thankful the talented kids at the gym don't have a problem when she brings her laptop and writes while they sweat. When she isn't writing, she's typically traveling with her husband, bragging about their two sons and daughters-in-law, or spoiling their grandchildren.
Renee is a kidney donor and actively supports organ donation. In 2013, Renee, her husband J.R., and their oldest son Rene competed as team Hello Kidney on the American Bible Challenge to raise money for living donors and to raise awareness for the need for living donors. If you are considering becoming a living donor, ask her about how you can also save a life by sharing your spare! Or check out the "living donor" section of her website!
She welcomes prayer requests and loves to hear from readers! Write to her at Renee@ReneeAndrews.com or visit her Web site at www.reneeandrews.com.
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