Author Interview with Ada Brownell
In this week's blog, I introduce you to Author Ada Brownell who writes both Christian fiction and non-fiction. She tells us more about her self and her latest non-fiction release, What Prayer Can Do, in the Author Interview below. Be sure and encourage her with your comments, site visits and reviews. Thank you in your support of Christian authors. May you be blessed by their testimony.
Tell us about your book. What is it about?
What Prayer Can Do answers the questions: Does God still heal bodies, work miracles and answer prayer?
What Prayer Can Do contains amazing testimonies of how God intervened in people’s lives when they prayed. Read about a blind man instantly healed. A child with hydrocephalus healed after prayer. A forest fire turned away. Sinful rebellious people changed in a moment. Marriages saved, and many other miracles.
Fifty-five chapters and wonderful testimonies written by Ada Brownell and originally published in The Pentecostal Evangel.
Why don’t some miracles come? The book begins with an introduction from the author, “Why I Still Believe God Heals, “that explains why she knows God still does miracles even though she lost a daughter to cancer. The article was first published in the online version of Enrichment Journal, a magazine published by the Assemblies of God for Spirit-filled ministers.
What surprised you when writing this book?
I was surprised when Greg Surratt who pastors a megachurch with 14 campuses in South Carolina, decided to feature my book and his grandfather’s testimony in a service recently. His grandfather, Ennis, a bootlegger, had shot and nearly killed a man who stole from him. He was miraculously saved, delivered from sin and became a fiery preacher. Two women evangelists had come to town and were having a tent revival. They asked “Who is the meanest man in town? “ They thought if he’d get saved they’d have a great revival. They prayed, people joined them and God struck Ennis upside the head about like he did the Apostle Paul, and he surrendered his life to Jesus. He preached all over the nation many years with miracles, signs and wonders. His son, Hubert, was one of our pastors, and his other children went into the ministry, as well as his grandsons.
Greg Surratt, his father Hubert, and two grandsons who are ministers shared their lives and testimonies that morning. I was blessed!
What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
I learned “these signs still follow those that believe” (Mark 16: 17). It started with an article I wrote in the 1960s after I was asked to speak to the youth group about prayer. I thought, What can tell youth about prayer they don’t already know?
So I went around the church and asked people, “What is the most amazing answer to prayer you’ve ever had?” I was astonished at the amazing testimonies I heard. Instead of me speaking, they gave their testimonies in the youth service. Then I wrote those testimonies in an article for The Pentecostal Evangel, “What Prayer Can Do.” It’s the first chapter in the book.
How long have you been writing?
Since I was 15. I was the youth president at my church and sold ideas for youth services to a leadership magazine.
How has your writing changed since you began?
I grew up and got better, as most writers should. I earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. In order to make money to augment my husband’s salary so we could send our five children to Christian colleges, I got a “real job.” I became a newspaper reporter and loved it. I worked mostly for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado.
Tell us something interesting about yourself unrelated to writing.
I’m a redhead, the baby of a large family of workaholics, and Christian achievers.
Do you have an “author verse” – a truth that you cling to while writing?
Isaiah 50: 4 KJ—“The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” He gave me that verse when I didn’t have the education to do what I was doing. Although I’d worked for the newspaper in the 1960s and written for Christian publications for years, I didn’t earn the degree until I was 43.
Have you thought about writing in a different genre? Which one?
I’ve written eight books, four nonfiction and four novels. One novel, Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult is written for middle grade through adult. I have two romantic historical suspense books, The Lady Fugitive and Peach Blossom Rancher. and the third is nearly ready to go to the publisher—Love’s Delicate Blossom.
Would you like to mention your agent and editor/publisher?
Gospel Publishing House did my first book. My historical novels are done by Elk Lake Publishing, and I have several Indie books.
Can you share with readers how they can help you as an author?
I would love to have more people on my mailing list. They can sign up by visiting my webpage, Ink From an Earthen Vessel
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Angle and light make all the difference in Ada Brownell’s writing. A different angle and light will illuminate important facts for a newspaper story, create interesting characters for a novel, or important truths for a non-fiction inspirational article or book. The author’s perspective, discovered by years of praying for wisdom, hearing the Word and studying Scripture, is best described by her brand, “Stick-to-Your-Soul Encouragement.”
When Ada Brownell sat down to write The Peach Blossom Rancher, the sequel to The Lady Fugitive and book two in The Peaches and Dreams series, she drew from her experiences growing up in Colorado’s Peach Country near Grand Junction, picking peaches and working in a packing shed.
In addition, she uses some of what she learned as a journalist on her beat covering a mental hospital, a former asylum, for The Pueblo Chieftain.
Now retired, Ada Brownell is the author of seven other books, hundreds of stories and articles in Christian publications, plus occasional op-ed pieces in newspapers. She now lives in Missouri, a beautiful state except for tornadoes and chiggers.
Peach Blossom Rancher is available here on Amazon
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