Fans of classic religious fiction such as the world-famous Left Behind series will enjoy this interview with an author determined to use her gift of writing to win souls for God’s Kingdom. Sit back, relax and prepare to be spiritually challenged!
What’s your name or pen name?
My pen name is M. Ann Ricks, but you can just call me Melissa. 🙂
What are your genres?
Christian Fiction and Non Fiction
What have you written?
I have written: Awesome Wonder: The Gift of Remembrance,The Son,THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME and THE SHIFT.
When did you begin your writing career?
Not until the pregnancy of my eldest son (almost eighteen years ago) did I feel a need to unearth my hidden love and write. I began to simply write about the way I felt about the child growing inside of me and the love that I felt for my husband. When I resolved to reconnect with the Master and sought to draw nigh to Him, the desire to write became stronger and strangely, to my surprise, an urgent need. My yearning to please Him with the stories that I created increased. It was then that I realized that writing would be my way of bringing souls into the Kingdom of God.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?
I write full-time but am not a full-time writer. 🙂 My day is chock full of meetings and sometimes exercise classes as I am a Group Insurance Benefits Specialist and a part-time Group Exercise Instructor. I find time when the house is quiet and the Holy Spirit leads me to my office. Crazily enough, God always, makes it easy for me to steal away to fellowship with Him as He downloads a premise, new idea, plot twist or even a biblical lesson that should be incorporated.
What’s your writing process?
I haven’t a routine or even a specific process. I try however to sensitive to the Holy Spirit. When I hear him, I set aside time to sit and hear from God prior to starting. I begin by simply worshipping and that allows the floodgates to open! I sit, listen and allow Him to download His message. After all, it’s His book. I’m simply the vessel. There are people who need to read what only He can dictate and that’s what makes what I do so important and even emergent. Lives are at stake. I simply allow God to use me, whenever…
What’s your inspiration?
The All-encompassing love of Jesus! Christ’s mind-blowing sacrifice that has ransomed our lives and the confidence that He answers our prayers with a YES and AMEN!
What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?
God’s love is more powerful than anything one may face in life. He is the author of our existence and has already written our story. By trusting Him and leaning not to our own understanding we can be VICTORIOUS because He is VICTORIOUS!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I would certainly say that they need to really believe in their gift and talent. Rejection may be a bitter pill that they may have to swallow but if God has called you to do it, He will see you through it! Trust GOD and Trust His process not man’s. Stand on God’s promises as He is obligated to finish what He has started in you!
What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?
Always Grace-Tim LaHaye, Waterwalker-Ted Dekker, The Warmth of Other Suns-Isabel Wilkerson and I, Saul,-Jerry B. Jenkins.
There is a sense of urgency in the atmosphere as God is transitioning what the world has deemed impossible and unbelievable into the possible and the believable. Pastor Douglass and his family have been chosen for such a supernatural transition but because of the dense fog of deception that seems to surround them, some in the Douglass family have created their own beliefs, fabricating their own sense of self; negating the truth, God’s truth, even when truth is staring them in the face. They, like many, are living lives devoid of the knowledge of who they really are and robbing themselves and those they love of their true identity and freedom. Deeply embedded lies from enemy have blinded eyes, impaired hearing and hardened hearts and Angels from the army of God have been deployed. Dreams, supernatural revelation and actual attacks from man’s ultimate foe will expose all and confirm God’s plan for Xion, Veronica, Zeborah, Bo and Pastor Douglas. Can they handle the truth and surrender? The lives of the Douglass family will never be the same and neither will you, because of THE SHIFT!”
Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?
There isn’t a main character in THE SHIFT because each character is considered vitally important to the story as a whole. However, my favorite character, Bo Pillar, would be played by Will Smith. 🙂
How can we purchase your work?
My novels may be purchased at any literary proprietor on line or otherwise. Amazon.com, B&N.com and the like.
My Facebook Author’s page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/M-Ann-Ricks-Literary-Creations-Author-Melissa-Ann-Ricks/33259926513
On Twitter: @Hisblessings4me
For literary or speaking engagements, I may be contacted using the email address: Godsauthor@mannricks.net
My website address is: www.mannricks.net
Faith Simone says:
It’s obvious that Melissa is a woman with a passion for God and writing! There’s a strong sense of mystery and supernatural occurrences surrounding The Shift. For some reason, I also think that fans of traditional fantasy might also enjoy this book. Let me know your impressions in the comments below.