Psalms is the Key of my Life
I've read some of Carol's Psalms; they are beautiful and put into modern language that brings it into the present day. A truly remarkable collection and beautiful to read and meditate on. Thanks Carol for your beautiful work.
I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. I was raised by a mother who loved the Lord and raised us in the church. My father didn’t attend church, but was just as fervent in his beliefs. My Christian background made me the person I am and is always present in my writing, whether it be fiction or inspirational.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote tons of poetry in high school. When my children were elementary school age, I taught a creative writing course in the summers that reignited my writing flame. I continued to infuse creative writing into courses I taught throughout my career as a public school teacher. After retiring last year, I finally had time to spend on my own writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, “Unfailing Love”, is the second volume in the “Psalms in the Key of my Life” series. My goal is to personalize the psalms and make them relevant to modern readers. The first volume, “Psalms in the Key of my Life” covers Psalms 1-50. “Unfailing Love”, covers Psalms 51-100. I am in the beginning stages of Volume III. It will be called, “Praise the Lord”.
For those of you who are familiar with the psalms, the middle section is not easy reading, and except for a few of them, is not very inspirational. There is much about sin, hiding from enemies, Israeli-Arab conflicts, Jewish history, etc., I struggled to find inspiration and relevance. There were points I wanted to give up. Each time, God gave me exactly what I needed. It was an amazing experience.
Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
Yes, it’s contained in the title. No matter what you are going through, God is there with his unfailing love. Just trust him to pull you through.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My daughter is a writer. I watched her get rejection letter after rejection letter. I paid attention to the indie movement. I’ve got professional software and the training to use it. I have a fairly good command of the English language. I learn quickly. Why should I give someone else the power and the money to do what I can do myself? I will admit, self-publishing is very hard work. There are times I would like to just hand my book to someone else, but being the control freak I am, I know I must do it myself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having readers tell me that were inspired by my writing, that the psalms came alive in a new way for them.
What writing advice to you have for other aspiring writers?
Don’t let the opinions of others discourage you. Listen to advice, but stay true to your calling and your inner voice.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are like fuel for me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Christian authors: Max Lucado, Anne Lamott,
Secular: Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, Faye Kellerman, John Grisham, Carol Wyer
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I’m working on a few short stories. Often my characters get me up. I’m excited to continue their stories.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have way more hobbies than I have time for; I am an amateur nature photographer, and an amateur musician. I also love to grow flowers. I also enjoy spending time with teenagers as a tutor, mentor or however else I am needed.
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/carolmoye
Psalms in the Key of my Life (Vol. I-Psalms 1-50):
Barnes and Noble (paperback and Nook) : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/psalms-in-the-key-of-my-life-carol-moye/1115292041?ean=9781304006219
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Unfailing Love: (Psalms in the Key of my Life Vol. II-Psalms 51-100)
Barnes and Noble (paperback only): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unfailing-love-carol-shelton-moye/1119403914?ean=9781494870201