Posted by: nancyisanders | February 16, 2009

Author Interview: Renee Gray-Wilburn

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Meet Author Renee Gray-Wilburn!
E-mail: waywords@earthlink.net
(Photo of Renee and her son Chandler)

Bio:
I realized God was calling me to write for children when I started getting bombarded with mail from the Institute of Children’s Literature. I kept throwing away everything they sent, but they just sent me more! One day I decided perhaps God was trying to tell me something. I completed their correspondence course as well as the Christian Writer’s Guild course, and since 2005 have been writing for publication. I now have over 100 published pieces, including children’s work in Focus on the Family’s various magazines, children’s curriculum, and KidZone. I enjoy writing for preschoolers and early elementary ages in the areas of science, history, Christianity, and health and fitness.

Interview:
Q: Describe a personal highlight of your writing career.
A: When I first started writing, I was subscribing to Clubhouse (Focus on the Family’s tween magazine) for my son. (Still do, actually!) I remember thinking, It would be so great to be published in here! Within a year, I had an article accepted by the Clubhouse editor, who later told me I was one of his best writers. I had to pick myself up off the floor!

Q: As a child, what were your favorite books to read?
A: As an beginner reader, I loved all things Seuss, then as I got older, I remember really enjoying Charlotte’s Web and the Ramona series.

Q: How do you hope to influence today’s young readers?
A: I have a passion to help kids know–really know–that no matter what they do in life they are unconditionally loved and accepted by God. I want them to understand that they are not here by accident and that God has a very specific and amazing purpose for their lives.

Q: Share one tip you would like to give to a writer trying to break into the Christian market.
A: Publishers don’t like it when we preach! It’s essential to find creative and subtle ways to weave your Christian message into your story–whether it’s for kids or adults.


Responses

  1. Great Interview,
    Great Author,
    Great Daughter.

    Love, Dad


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