Genre: Christian Living
Format: hard cover, eBook
Buy: Called To Suffer: Making Sense of Abandonment, The Neglect and The Abuse That God Has Allowed
Patricia’s story of abandonment and neglect has turned into a story of wholeness, joy and a blessed life!
She tells her story of being raised by Christian grandparents and having to leave the safety and security of their home where she was exposed to abuse. “Where is God”, she wonders and “Why doesn’t he help me”?
Patricia shares her childhood, her difficulty in trusting a God she couldn’t see and the challenges and hardships that followed her decision to put her faith and trust in God.
Why would God allow an innocent child to be born into a situation without the love and nurturing of a mother and father? Why would God allow a child to suffer abandonment, abuse and rejection?
Patricia’s story will encourage you and give you a window into how God uses suffering to draw you into an intimate relationship with him.
1. Thanks for joining us today, Patricia. Can you tell us where you are from?
I was born and raised in New York City, West Harlem to be exact. During my childhood, I’ve had to move a few places due to circumstances. West Harlem was a warm, vibrant and active community. People got along with one another. A lot of well-known talent came out of West Harlem. I was privileged to have grown up there while living with Christian grandparents.
2. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Why certainly. I am a Christian who happens to be a mother of two adult children (son and daughter). I am married to a wonderful man who is an Educator. I also am a Singer/Songwriter who writes songs that are inspired by my experiences with the Lord, as well as life experiences.
I presently reside in Mount Vernon, New York. When I am not writing or singing, I enjoy knitting simple, quick projects that I can complete before a big commitment rolls around. I also cross-stitch and make hand-made scrap baskets. I can also be found, quite often, with an interesting book in my hand. I am enjoying having an empty nest, and I have 3 grandchildren whom I enjoy very much!
3. When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as soon as I knew how to write. Writing, as a child, provided an escape for me. I use to ask my elementary school, art teacher, to give me construction paper so that I could make my own books to write in. Today, they call them journals. As time went on, I bought notebooks to keep as a diary to record the events of my life. I started taking my writing seriously when I was 28 years of age. I received the opportunity to submit poems to a small children’s magazine. My writing took off after that!
4. Do you have a specific writing style?
You know, I really don’t. I guess you can say that my style of writing is exactly the style in which I would verbally communicate with someone. I keep it real and straight to the point. I’m more interested with sharing my heart with readers. I want them to go on that journey with me and feel what I felt as much as possible. I want my readers to walk away feeling as if they have gotten to know me and God as well. I usually don’t focus much on planning my words or expressions. I just let things flow freely.
5. How many books have you written and what is your favorite?
My very first book, Called To Suffer was published on December 4th, 2012. Since it is the true story of my childhood and journey with God, it is my favorite. This book will be the spring board from which all others, God willing, will flow. I am presently working on an outline for a second book. I’m thinking more on the lines of a book addressing women and the reasons why their relationships with other women fail.
I’d like to also add that I am an Indie author. It’s a joy to have the freedom and liberty to write as you please, however, being an ‘Indie’ does have its challenges. You have to market your own book in order to get it into the hands of people. I love having my independence! Independent authors are putting out some wonderful stuff these days!
My advice to anyone who loves to write; write and write some more, get it published! Find the right publishing package that fits you!
There are so many ways to market ‘You’. At singing engagements, my CD table also houses my books. I invite people to host private readings and book discussions in their home or library or church. I use my home for book discussions and readings as well. There is also social media. My genre seems to work best in small group settings.
The only criticism I have received, so far, was that the book was too short. Outside of that, everyone said that they were moved, inspired and encouraged by my story. The cover art was done by a Christian friend and artist. I wanted the cover to leave an impression as well as tell a story. Over all, I was satisfied with the finish product of the book and I was satisfied with the publisher I had chosen.
6. How did you come up with the title for Called To Suffer?
Good question! Unfortunately, since most of my youth was wrought with pain and suffering, I figured that-that should be the title of my first book. In order for people to understand my passion they should know what my plight had been in life. Pain and suffering has been the very thing that God has used to launch me into ministry today! I wanted people to read how God could take such a life and turn it into something wonderful!
7. Is anything in your book based on realistic experiences?
Yes! Every word of it! There are some things I chose to leave out of the book, after all, I wasn’t aiming for a ‘Tell All’ book. I do address some of the questions people might have when I do book readings or signings. There is nothing like writing from personal experience. Since I’m an avid reader, the books that have impacted me the most have been books written from personal experience. One book that I will never forget reading is Left To Tell by a South African Woman.
Immaculee llibagiza tells a riveting story of her experience amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. My favorite chapter in my book is the fifth chapter where I speak about the influences others have had on my life.
8. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
No doubt, the hardest part in writing Called To Suffer was re-visiting old and painful childhood memories as well as some adult memories that were horrific. I allowed myself moments to shed tears and to feel what I needed to feel. It actually helped me to capture the emotion I needed to back the words that I was writing. It was very therapeutic as well. As I wrote my story, I was encouraged all over again to see the mighty hand of God upon my life!
9. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Most definitely! I want readers to know that God works with all types of situations and that there is nothing beyond His ability to fix! I also want readers to be helped to trust God. Many of us are born into situations beyond our ability to control or fix and my story is just one of many out there. I want to give ‘Hope’ to the reader and leave them feeling empowered!
10. Do you have anything you’d like to say to your readers?
Readers and potential readers, I want to say ‘Thank You’! I want you to know that for those of you who have read my book and have given ‘Reviews’; I am greatly encouraged! It makes me feel as if my life counts for something! To leave a part of myself with each of you, knowing that God’s word won’t return void, is truly a blessing to me! I want you to know that God has a plan tailor made just for you!
Karen, thank you so much for having me on your blog!!
Patricia Stuart is an author who shares her heart in an intimate way with readers. Her specialty is to encourage and inspire others right into the arms of the Lord. Patricia is also a Singer/Songwriter whose music shares pieces of her life as she reminds you of God’s word. A mother of two and a grandmother of three, her wealth of experiences in trials and triumphs fuels her passion for writing.
Patricia would love to hear from you. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Visit Patricia’s website at: http://patriciastuartnspires.com, on Facebook under ‘Called To Suffer’.