|Author Leigh T. Moore|
|Author Theresa Talbert|
Theresa’s latest release is THE KISSES OF HIS MOUTH, A REVELATION OF THE SONG OF SOLOMON. Leigh is currently at work on her next young adult romance novel, SHADOW CREEK, and blogs at That’s Write.
Since both mother and daughter enjoy writing, I thought it would be interesting to have them answer a few questions about their work.
Mason: Theresa, what inspired you to write your book?
Theresa: I was invited to speak at an Aglow Women’s Conference in Gulfport, Miss. I was asked to speak on “Intimacy with the Lord." I prayed and the Lord led me to the Song Of Solomon. He began to speak to me about the crucified life in Galatians 2:20 as I studied the scriptures in the SOS. The teaching was the most requested after the conference had ended. I knew by the Spirit that the Lord had more plans with this revelation and from that the book was birthed.
Mason: Which one (mother or daughter) started writing first?
Theresa: Leigh started writing when she was around 8 years old, so I would say she started first. Her favorite book in the Bible was the book of Esther. She read this book several times and wrote a paper about it. She also read “Little Women” during this time period and wrote a 12-page paper on that book. She loved to read and I think she might have read every book in our small library at the Christian school she attended.
Leigh: It's true that I've been writing since I was little, but Mom's been teaching ladies Bible studies since *before* I was 8 years-old. In my opinion, it makes sense that she eventually started writing down her thoughts and turning out books.
Mason: Do you write together?
Theresa: No, we have not had this experience as of yet. I think this could be something in the future for us. We have always been very close and we share a lot of the same likes.
Leigh: It's an interesting idea, but for now we pretty much write different things. Mom's book is strictly Bible study, her insights on particular religious ideas and in this case, a specific book in the Bible. My writing is strictly young adult fiction. So for now, we're working in different genres.
Mason: Do you edit each others writing?
Theresa: Leigh edited my book for me and was a great help in setting it up. I have read her books, but I have not edited any of them; I have given her some feedback on what she has given me to read. I think she has a very good style and her books keep you interested.
Leigh: I used to work as an editor, so I provided the initial edit of Mom's book several years ago, right after she'd written it. She wanted to have something to give the ladies who came to her meetings and requested books. Mom's always had a following. (grin) But that's been the extent of our collaboration so far.
Mason: Have you or do you plan to write a book together?
Theresa: This too is something we have not talked about. It could possibly be in our future. We both love children’s books, and that is a great place to market new material. I think children need books that have a moral tone to them today.
Leigh: Well, not yet. Mom has a real gift for examining the Bible and getting insight on religious issues and ideas, and that's where her writing interest flows. At the moment, I'm more into creative writing and exploring fiction writing--creating and telling new stories. So that's more where I see my path going. But paths have a way of twisting and turning, so you just never can tell.
Mason: What are each of you working on now?
Theresa: I am pondering a lot of new things the Lord has been showing me. One thought could possibly become a new book.
Leigh: I currently have a book I'm shopping that's a commercial YA romance. I'm also working on a historical YA novel set in a cabaret in New Orleans before the turn of the 20th century. It's a bit darker, and I actually see the possibility of writing a sequel to it. Another work in progress I have could be a companion to the first commercial YA romance I'm shopping. My ideas tend to run the YA gamut.
Theresa and Leigh, thanks so much for guest blogging here today. It’s interesting to learn how writing runs in your family.
Now a bit of background on Theresa and Leigh. Theresa is an anointed author, teacher and worship leader who has ministered now for nearly forty years. She has spoken at women’s retreats, workshops, women’s conferences and at many churches. Theresa has a marked prophetic gift and an anointing to teach the Word. She is also a serious intercessor for the Body of Christ and has written a Prayer and Intercession Manual as a tool to help establish churches and individuals in their prayer ministries. She considers prayer to be our greatest weapon. Theresa and her husband Glenn are licensed by the well known and respected Bethany World Prayer Center in Baker, Louisiana. They now make their home in Liberty, Mississippi. For more on her book, visit http://www.thepublishedword.com/page/theresa_talbert.
Leigh lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband, Richard, and two young daughters. An avid writer, she spends her days freelancing for various news publications, and is contributing editor for Baldwin County Living magazine. She also maintains her blog “That’s Write” at leightmoore.blogspot.com.