Hi, Carol... welcome to my book club, and congratulations on this very special day for SASSY PANTS MAKES AMENDS. What a lovely story it was, I really enjoyed it.
Thank you, Lilly, it's great to be here.
First of all, this is a very unique storyline, and I'd love to know how you came up with the idea for SASSY PANTS MAKES AMENDS.
Well, it is a sequel to SASSY PANTS, a story about a little pig who made a real mess of things. My husband insisted that I write a sequel and give her an opportunity to redeem herself. I didn’t have any more story in me. So, I asked the Lord what He thought about hubby’s insistence and within just a few minutes He downloaded the story line! In this story Sassy Pants models how to make a clean apology, ask for forgiveness and then make amends. Amends is a way to fix a friendship when you are the one who broke it. It goes waaaay beyond sorry and gives a person reason to trust you again. It’s simple but not easy.
That's the truth. For adults as well as children, if you ask me. The setting was delightfully vivid… have you ever been on a farm, yourself?
I was raised on the farm on which this story takes place.
I had a feeling that might be the case. You described everything so well, I felt like I was right there, myself. You're very good at teaching vital truths with a whole new perspective. Do you like teaching?
I always knew I would be a teacher, first in elementary and then after I completed my master’s work as an instructor for a community college, then a four year college and finally as a university instructor for an “Intensive Language Program” where I taught English as a Second Language. After being struck with MS in 1995 I struggled with who I had become and wondered if there was a place for me. God graciously assured me that my new position was a promotion. The world is my classroom now! Big step up!
I should say. Books have a way of reaching many more people than we could ever physically do all by ourselves. What a blessing to have God expand the reach of your ministry rather than cutting back on it. Very exciting! Will there be any more stories about Sassy Pants we can look forward to?
Definitely! I was riding in the car with my husband, who was pestering me to write this sequel. Well, I asked God what He thought about it, because I didn’t have one at the time. Then, boom! He downloaded the titles to the three remaining books in the series AND the story lines. So when we came home I got right busy writing up these stories.
And I'm so glad you did, because they are marvelous. Will you come back and visit with me, again, when the next two come out?
I'd be happy to, Lilly.
In the meantime, I'll let you get back to the "birthday party" so you can hand out all those special gifts people have been waiting for. Oh, yes, and here's a link to the landing page for any of our readers who would like to take a peek at those...