Thank you for giving us time for an interview today. I am looking forward to learning a little more about you and your writing. Can you tell us what genre you write and a little of your writing journey?
Thank you for inviting me to participate. I’ve always enjoyed expressing myself through the written word. In college I wrote “Dear John” letters for my friends!
I was invited to attend a Word Weavers meeting (critique group) in 2009 and met a group of writers interested in developing their writing skills, leading to publication. I attribute the group with much of the success I’ve had in getting published.
I write non-fiction, specifically devotionals. My book, Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90, is a 90-day devotional for families loving an addict. The book shares snippets of our family’s journey with our son’s addiction. The 90 in 90 reflects the 12 Step philosophy for a newly recovering addict to attend 90 meetings in 90 days. While your loved one attends meetings, as a family member you read a devotional and scripture each day to lend spiritual support to your addict as well as meeting your own spiritual needs.
My devotions appear in several compilations.
Can you give us a short summary or back copy blurb about the book you are featuring today?
The overall message of 90 in 90 conveys hope to families caught in the cycles of addiction. The various stages of the disease: abuse, recovery, and relapse, take their toll on families. Hopelessness grabs a family’s heart and wrings it out with each slip of clean time or sobriety. The verses in Jeremiah 30 and 31, the foundation of the book, offer promises of restoration and hope.
That is a great synopsis. What a wonderful help for families of addicts!
What do you do when you sit down to write? Do you listen to a certain type of music or eat chocolate or exercise? Anything special?
I go to my office early each morning, usually 5:30 to 6:00 a.m., read my Bible, and start writing. I normally don’t have music playing, particularly if it has lyrics, because I sing along and lose my concentration. And, believe me, it doesn’t take much to distract me!
If I write at home, I’m usually in our family room with my husband who’s watching TV. It’s funny, I can’t write with music playing, but I can with the TV. I have problems when it’s a foreign film and my husband has the subtitle function on. I can’t concentrate trying to read the screen and type.
What is something unique or amusing about yourself or your life that we would like to know?
I attended a speaker’s conference last year, and the registration packet included a nine-page questionnaire. We were to start with our earliest childhood memories and write down a pleasant experience, not-so-pleasant experience, lessons learned, etc., all the way through the major developmental stages though the current date. At first I thought it was a stupid idea and decided I wouldn’t complete it. Then I thought better of that decision and knew I should cooperate with the planners. I’m so glad I did.
As I reviewed the nine pages, it dawned on me that my life was missing joy and excitement. So much of the last twenty years had been consumed by our son’s addiction there was little room, or energy, left for anything else. A friend had been posting pictures of her vacation in northern New York. She and her husband had bought a motor home and were traveling the U.S. Out of the blue I decided, “I’m buying a travel trailer.”
I called my husband and told him of my decision. “Why? You don’t like camping.” He suggested that we rent a camper before making the purchase. We did and after three trips, we bought our very own travel trailer.
Our children thought I’d lost my mind when I called to tell them. Camping is way out of my comfort zone, but I love the experiences we’ve had so far.
Give us a short biography about yourself and tell us how we can contact you (fb, twitter, website).
I’m southern through and through, hailing from Alabama, but now living in Florida. You’ll hear me say “Roll Tide Roll” often during football season. My husband is an Auburn fan. Dan and I recently celebrated forty-two years of marriage. We have three children and six fabulous grandchildren. I love sharing hope and encouragement with women’s groups and welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.
*GIVEAWAY!* One free book (either paperback or ebook) of this same title will be given to the winner of a drawing. Anyone who makes a comment on this post on my blog (http://lindarodante.com) or on my author facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=linda%20k%20rodante) under this article will be put in for a drawing. On Monday, following this blog, a winner will be drawn and their name will be given to the author who will contact them and arrange for the book to be sent.