Friday, June 14, 2013

Fabulous Friday Feature-Daniel Patterson





Today I welcome an author who discovered his gift for writing after an a crisis. His journey is one we can identify with: Daniel Patterson. 

Enter to win an autograph copy of Daniel Patterson's book,
One Chance 








My Situation Made it Difficult to Surrender


As I sat in that conference room chair, I couldn't help but look around the room at my colleague's faces. Were they feeling as shocked as I was? The news shouldn't have been a surprise since there had been much discussion about the company being sold, but when I heard the actual words, it was as if I none of the previous information had registered. After eight years at the company, in a few short weeks I would be out of a job. 

For the past fifteen years, my world was computers. I went from being a web designer, to a creative director, and then to managing an entire IT Department, which also included the engineering and web development teams. I loved my career and thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of my fellow co-workers. But then the news hit, and just like that, I was faced with a new world where I had no job and feeling very apprehensive about what the future held. 

During that time of uncertainty, I prayed all the time. I knew in my heart that God had other plans for me, but the day-to-day reality of my situation made it difficult for me to surrender and let things unfold the way they were supposed to. 

I grew up knowing the Bible, but I never had the relationship with God that I wanted. It was time to trust in God's plan and I made a commitment to renew my faith. I began by reading the Bible my father gave me, and as time progressed, the scriptures seemed to come alive for me in a way that they never did before. One verse in particular stood out, Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Suddenly I was experiencing God's power as never before. 

As my faith blossomed, so did my life. I decided to take a break from the technology world and focus on my creative side. While I've always enjoyed telling stories, I had trouble with the writing. Instead of giving up, I pushed myself to try new techniques. I began by noting down characters and outlines for fictional stories, and then filled in the missing pieces. But it wasn't until I had a heart-to-heart with an author friend, that I ever considered writing Christian fiction. When he suggested that genre, it all made perfect sense. This was what I was supposed to do. 

In 2012, I put my writing in front of a major audience and published One Chance. This book is a Christian story about family, friendship, love, honor and courage. It's a fictional tale that is one part mystery and one part romance. I am humbled by the amount of people who have purchased my book and for those who have given me such amazing feedback. 

The combination of God and my wonderful readers led me to continue writing. With my next book, I did something a little different. Instead of just writing and publishing, I used a formula that I was familiar with when I was designing and creating websites. 

First, a website is in its "alpha" phase where the site functions, but it still looks a little rough. For the book, this was the time that I was writing a rough draft of the story. 

Second, a website goes into "beta" mode. This is the time period where others will use and critique the site.  After I finished my first draft, I sent it out to many of my readers on Facebook and they in turn provided me with fantastic suggestions and ways to improve upon the story. 

Finally, once all the improvements and edits have been made, the website will goes "live." This collaboration has come to fruition with my second book, The Devil's Game, which goes "live" Fathers Day weekend on Amazon for the Kindle and through Barnes & Noble for the Nook. It's a Christian suspense thriller about a young Pastor and how his work takes an unexpected turn when a man shows up claiming to be the devil himself.

I am grateful for my life and give thanks to God for where I am today. I may not know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow. This gives me great peace, especially during the harder days. 

I am constantly reminded that everything we need will be added into our lives and that no matter how dire a situation, to just remember that Jesus is by our side.


Here is how to contact Daniel Patterson:

You can also go to Amazon and search his name.


To enter the contest for a copy of Daniel's book: "One Chance":
leave a comment (and email address)
and become a follower of this site if you aren't already.
U.S. residents only
Winner announced on my facebook page.

Thank you, Daniel, for Joining us This Weekend!


Wow! I feel blessed just having read this story, Daniel. Reader, how about you? Have you or a friend struggle with a huge change in your life, one that stretched your coping skills? Have you seen God's hand in helping you walk through the shadows of the trial?


16 comments:

  1. I am so happy to have found this site and learn of many worthwhile reads. I look forward to finding and reading your book. As I told Mary Vee, I admire those of you who can put thoughts down on paper in an organized form. I attend a small senior writing group and struggle with that concept. Everyone has a story to tell but putting it in reading form is a gift.
    Keep at it. I love mysteries...CIA, FBI...

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    1. So nice to see you here, today, Carolyn.
      You are very welcome here.
      I enjoy CIA, FBI stories as well.
      As I learn the craft of writing, I am finding your words very true, it is a gift to write a book. Some can write and publish right away, others must learn the slow way.

      Thanks for joining our discussion, Carolyn. Hope to see you again.

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    2. Keep writing Carolyn! You're taking the right approach. Writing is still difficult for me (and lonely at times), but having a group of fellow writers I can bounce ideas off of, go to for support, and learn from makes a word of difference.

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  2. Thank you,Daniel! I've been going through a big change and challenge in my life and it feels good to read you're not alone. Your book sounds great! Thank you, Mary for sharing wonderful authors with us.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I forgot to mention in my comment that I'm a follower. Thanks!!

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    2. Oh, yes. I remember, Barb. And am happy to see you here today. :)

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    3. Sorry you have had a big change/challenge. Books like Daniel's help us to see God's love and helping hand. So glad you could see his writing ministry today. Blessings on you.

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    4. Thank you Barbara! I hope you're able to get through this challenging part of your life quickly. You're not alone!

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  3. Thanks mary for hosting Daniel. This was neat to read of his new connection with GOD. It is easy to say you know HE is in control, but not always to just give him the problem and leave it with HIm. I would love to win his book and read it. I am a follower of this site already. Thanks for this give-away. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hi Maxie,
      So nice to see you again.
      I agree, it is easy to say one thing, but to give your all to God is yet another. What a great testimony Daniel has shared.
      Yes, you are entered for the book drawing :)

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  4. I have struggled with loss of income in the past and had to rely on God's provision. He helped me be resourceful and allowed me to continue to homeschool. God is good, especially during the hard times.

    Thank you for offering your book in this week's drawing. It would be a blessing to win it and read it. It was very interesting to hear about the thoughts on development of the book. I can see a beta team would be a major help.

    Blessings,
    Janice

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    1. Janice,
      So sorry to hear of your situation in the past. I'm so glad God showed you a way to be resourceful to be able to continue homeschooling.

      I am also so glad to see you each time you visit. Blessings on you.

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  5. What an inspiring story! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Veronica!
      So nice to see you here today. Yes, I agree, Daniel has an inspiring story.

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  6. A new follower also had this comment sent through Facebook:

    Joyce Endres Dodd: Sounds great, look forward to reading one of his books.

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    1. Joyce,
      So nice to have you visit us today and thank you for becoming a follower. Yes, his book does sound great. You are definitely entered for the book drawing.

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