Author Deborah McCarragher began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior in 1989. She enjoys using her spiritual gifts of encouragement and teaching. Deborah served on the board of a local intercessory prayer ministry, and has been active in her home church and various women’s bible studies for several years. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her book.
Deborah has been a small business owner for over 25 years and formed Alabaster Box Publishing several years ago as a vehicle for producing and promoting her Christian writing projects. She is a devotional contributor to the E-zine “Ruby for Women as well as for the print magazine “An Encouraging Word”. She and her husband have one married son serving in the U.S. military. They reside in northeast Florida.
You can visit her website at http://www.Alabasterboxpublishing.com . Deborah also has a Christian Blog for women at http://www.Godmissionpossible.blogspot.com .
How did you come up with the title of your book?
Mission Possible was written about 15 years ago when I was involved with a local intercessory prayer ministry. I believe God inspired me to write it during my private prayer time. I had a note pad near my prayer spot, and I quite literally wrote down the title and chapter names as He spoke them to my heart.
What is your writing environment like?
For the most part I write “on the fly” – meaning – wherever I am. I often carry a notepad with me while I’m driving. Sometimes I jump out of bed and run to write a thought or concept down for a blog post. I’ve even walked my dogs and grabbed my i-phone to record myself.
What is your favorite quote? Why?
My favorite Bible quote is Hebrews 10:23: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” That verse gives me great peace knowing that God’s promises never fail.
My favorite secular quote is from Euripides: “Human excellence means nothing unless it works with the consent of God.” That confirms God’s sovereignty over all – despite my efforts or including them.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
I’m not sure to what degree it has influenced my writing since I became a Christian at the age of 33 yrs. old. However, growing up in a military family has given me a broader perspective on a variety of things including travel, making new friends and family ties.
What inspires you to write?
The Lord Jesus speaks to my heart about what to write whether it is on my blog or penning a new page in my future book – Trees of the Bible – A Spiritual Journey.
I often get inspired by sermons I hear, or a conversation I’ve had with a friend, or something as simple as nature.
What do you consider the most challenging part about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
My greatest challenge as a blogger is fresh new content that is relevant to my book or my audience of those in a spiritually mismatched marriage. As far as writing a book – time is always an elusive thing.
Did you learn anything while writing this book? If so, what was it?
I learned that often what I perceive as a roadblock is often God’s way of “slowing down the process”. His timing is perfect. My book in its manuscript form sat on a “shelf” for almost 10 years before I saw it in print ready for resale.
What have you done to promote this book?
Starting my blog for women at http://www.Godmissionpossible.blogspot.com was one of the first things I did two years ago when I first published the book. I now know that I should have started it prior to the book’s release. I have also asked to be featured on other people’s blogs. I have shared at Bible studies and hope to address more women in the future in other congregations.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers?
Join Twitter and Facebook right away and start making friends on other social networks who share your values and vision for your ministry. There are also many author & critique groups on the web as well as professional associations that pertain to authors, publishers and their books.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
One thing that sets this book apart from others in its genre is its size. The book is only 80 pages long – but has much to say! I’ve had women tell me they appreciate the fact that it is short – but they can return to it over and over again for encouragement. The Bible study questions are a plus for many who want to go back and do them later when they have more time to devote to it.