March 12, 2009

Interview with Joyce Schneider & 4 Book Giveaways!


Today I have the priveledge and joy to share an interview with Joyce Schneider. I met Joyce on a social networking blog and we hit it right off. Joyce is passionate about Jesus and has a message and testimony that is very powerful and very real. I think you will enjoy her books that encourage and inspire living in the midst of God's goodness.


Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I am a wife to Bobby. We've been married 14 years in October. A mother to Carson, 12 and Chase, 10. I Live in Naples, Florida, moving here 28 years ago, from Southeastern Ohio. I love dogs and coffee and Jesus. I'm not into religion, but relationship, learning how to walk out my faith in real life. I grew up on a farm and have a degree in Livestock Production, which I do not use now, but have a dream of raising pygmy goats sometime in the near future ... maybe. I love serving people, thus my job as chief coffee chick at church. (I brew the coffee ... it's really not so glamorous!)

How did you start your writing career? Did you always know you wanted to write?

I was going through a difficult period of my life and I started emailing my thoughts to a friend. Those emails turned into chapters and the chapters eventually became my first book, Chili and Chocolate Cake. I had thoughts of writing as a child, but I had put those dreams up on the shelf years ago. But God didn't forget. He brought them back down, dusted them off and started me dreaming again.

Can you tell us about each of your books?

Chili and Chocolate Cake
My Recipe for Staying Anchored in the Storms of Life
Chili and Chocolate Cake is not your average inspirational book; and is as unique as the title. The author shares her message of forgiveness, restoration, and hope for hurting women-- especially those who have experienced the loss of a child through abortion, miscarriage, or stillborn birth. This book is a shining testimony to the power of God to heal the broken heart. Author Joyce Schneider's dramatic life and the miraculous change from a tortured young women to a great woman of God will encourage every reader. God even used the stablilty gained from preparing chili and chocolate cake to weave the thread of His grace throughout her troubled life. Get ready for an outpouring--from the barren days of the past, to springs of living waters; rivers that will refresh long after you close the pages of this book.

LIFE IS ... More Than $100 Bills
Letting Go of the Past and Living the Abundant Life
Popular author Joyce Schneider's newest book, Life Is More Than $100 Bills, will hit you where you live. This inspirational book full of life lessons will touch your heart, make you smile, and challenge you to grow in Christ. It is an inspirational book of life-lessons geared towards those who want to strengthen their walk of faith. Joyce Schneider offers this personal collection of lessons and true-life stories. In her warm, vulnerable style, this gifted story teller takes the reader along as she faces everyday challenges that test her patience and commitment. Life is more than wasted days, more than empty pursuits, more than misplaced priorities -- Life Is More Than $100 Bills!

LIFE IS... Not About Perfect
A Daily Dose of Encouragement
In her third work, Life Is Not About Perfect; Joyce Schneider gives us a glimpse into how to enjoy living amidst the trials and tribulations of everyday life. This unique devotional proclaims a message of hope and encouragement through family antics, inspiring us to see life situations for what they truly are—opportunities to live out our faith.

Grass Stains and Giggles
Experiencing God in the Midst of Motherhood
Grass Stains and Giggles by Joyce Schneider invites you to look again in the daily grind of life. Through heartwarming and colloquial tales about her life adventures of parenting, Joyce offers a glimpse of how to live out your faith in real time, every single day. Allow God to nourish your spirit and bring hope through the journey not in spite of, but in the midst of the frenzy of day-to-day affairs. Grass Stains and Giggles reminds us that God is ever present in caring for His children if we are willing to listen, even when we don’t expect Him to speak.

Who would you say is your target audience?

I think my target audience is actually anyone. My first two books are focused more on a woman's point of view, but sometimes men need to know how women think and I've had many men read my books, who've appreciated this viewpoint. My last two books are stories on how to live out our faith in day to day life ... stories that anyone can relate to.

What inspires your writing? Where do you get your ideas?

That's easy ...my family, my life. God gives me the inspiration and the ideas and I use day to day life situations and turn them into real life lessons on how to walk out my faith.

You are a busy lady. How do you balance life with writing?

I try to write a little every day. I write either first thing in the morning or last thing at night. When I'm involved in editing of a book, or the actual publishing process, I have to spend more time on them. I've found that when I tithe my time to God, he makes sure I have plenty for the other areas of my life.

If you could spend a day with any one person, past or present, who would it be?

YIKES ... that's a hard question, there are so many. Honestly, I don't want to sound corny or religous, but I love Joseph, from the Old Testament. I would love to spend a day with him, hearing his stories. It's so easy to be faithful when life is treating us well, but Joseph went through so many trials, yet he stayed faithful to the end and God blessed that faithfulness.

One last silly question. If you were granted 3 wishes to come true, what would they be?

For Carson and Chase to grow up to be Godly men.
To grow old with Bobby.
And for present day, I'd love to have a center for women to come for healing and hope. A place that offered counseling, bible studies, discussion groups, a coffee shop, and child care. A safe place where they would find the love of Jesus; healing from their past and hope for their future.



What a beautiful and giving heart you have Joyce. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me interview you!




Joyce has graciously offered up a copy of each of her books to any commenters on the blog. That means four different winners! I will draw from a hat (or rather a bowl) next week, Saturday, March 21st. Please leave a comment with you email (like this: sherrinda[at]gmail[dot]com) so that I can get a hold of you if you win. Good luck!

All the books are on Amazon ... Here are the links.


Chili and Chocolate Cake









Life Is More Than $100 Bills







Life Is Not About Perfect







Grass Stains and Giggles

17 comments:

  1. I am so honored. Thank you Sherrinda!!

    :o)

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  2. I enjoyed the interview and the books sound great!

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  3. Sherrinda,
    These books look fantastic! Thanks for sharing all about them. Your blog is terrific, too. I love the personal touch of your interviews with the authors (went back and read some history). Keep this going!!!
    Blessings,
    Sharon Meyer

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  4. It is so cool to get to see the person behind the books. They all look great!
    Elizabeth Denn
    elizabethdenn@prurep.com

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  5. This is one awesome, discerning woman. She's a fantastic writer and really knows how to build people up in Christ through her insights.

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  6. Awesome Interview! I've read Joyces first two books and what blessing they both have been to my heart. She has a special way of bringing healing through her sweet stories. She is a Fantastic Author :)

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  7. Hi Lila and Katrina! Thanks for stopping by! Joyce is amazing and I feel so blessed to have been able to get to know her. Her books are definitely a blessing!

    Elizabeth, I am sooo glad you liked the interview. It was fun thinking of questions, though it took me awhile!

    Sharon, thanks for stopping by my blog. It's been alot of fun and I have met some really great people. Stop by again!

    Kelle, I am so glad you joined in the fun. I knew you wouldn't be able to pass up the chance for a book!

    And Joyce, my friend. It has been a joy to interview you! You are awesome!

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  8. Hi Sherrinda. I am Kim King's sister in law. She emailed me about your blog. She knows that I blog and thought I would enjoy reading yours. She was also nice enough to tell me about the giveaway. These books sound great. I LOVE the title of Chili and Chocolate. Sounds like a winning combination, to me.

    I will be coming back, for another visit, soon.

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  9. Great interview! Thanks for giving us a glimpse at the woman behind the books. :-)

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  10. I believe Joyce has a true heart for Jesus and a passion for hurting women. I know with all the seeds she has planted, she will surely receive a great harvest. I have read the first book and looking forward to the other ones.
    pam
    lee1524@sbcglobal.net

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  11. Love your questions, Sherrinda. And Joyce, I love your three wishes. Beautiful!

    eileenastels[at]rogers[dot]com

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  12. Thanks Lynda for stopping by! Joyce is a sweetheart of a lady and I was so glad to get to share her with others.

    Eileen, this was my first interview and I had so much fun! Thanks for stopping by.

    Pam, you sound like you know Joyce personally. I am a bit jealous and I pray one day I can see her in person. I have so loved getting to know her through email!

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  13. Acutally, Lila is the only one I have met personally. She is a member of our church, and a part of my Sunday night ladies group.

    Katrina and Pam are members of an online discussion group that we've been a part of for a very long time.

    I think I've known Kat almost 4 years now.

    Pam, I met through the same social network that I met you, Sherrinda. We became friends and when she left Yuwie, I invited her to join our online group, so we could stay connected.

    Thanks everyone for the kind comments on my books/ interview. I was tickled to do it!

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  14. Hey Sherrinda,
    I'm going to come back and read this interview later 'cause I'm supposed to go somewhere today, but I just wanted to let you know how to change the post background real quick.
    Go to dashboard, then layout, then fonts & colors. The post background should be the very first on that list, and it'll probably be green. Just look to the right and you'll see a whole bunch of colors to choose from. Click on whatever you want and you can preview before you save. :-)
    Hope that helps!

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  15. Hi Sherrinda,

    Did you recently join HIS Writers Group? Your name is pretty unique and a Sherrinda recently introduced herself there. Just curious!

    Have a great weekend!

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  16. Cool titles. :-) Great interview.

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