Return to Children of the Light - Using a Book Series to Reveal the Nine Fruit of the Spirit

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Mary Schmal (Author) 2019-10-25 9:14:15pm
Lexi, thanks for writing to us!

Writing a series is indeed work. But you know what people say--work you love doing doesn't feel like work at all. When I think of the hours and hours of researching, pondering, writing, revising, revising, and revising--my head about explodes. But never have I said, "I'm done with this." Why not? Because this is truly a labor of love. And to share this project with my talented illustrator, Leanne Ross, is truly a gift from God. (Our husbands are very involved in the marketing, so I will include the four of us. My two daughters are incredibly supportive and helpful as well.)

Leanne pretty well tells above how we are marketing the series. I can't get over the fact that when we are in the general public, such as the craft fairs in Door County, people are loving the idea of not only Door County historical fiction but the Christian tie in. At times when we explain how the nine kids each represent one of the nine fruit of the Spirit, the look on people's faces is that of a question. They do not understand. Sometimes I will ask if they know of these spiritual gifts. Sometimes people say no but more often they say yes. What I like the best is when I see a whole new expression on people's faces after I explain the mystery/adventure/intrigue aspect of the plot and then get into the Christian thread that weaves through the stories. Many, many times people simply light up at the mention of "love, joy, peace, patience, etc." Oftentimes, that is when they truly become interested in the books. And that is remarkable because I don't know these people but the look on their faces tell me that they are in God's Word and they themselves are blessed by it. Sometimes I think, "Hmmmm, we will likely never met again." But it quickly changes to, "Ah, but then again perhaps we will--in Heaven!"
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