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Meet the Author: Lois Loofbourrow

 

Lois Loofbourrow is a single mom with a heart for children. She has been a member of Trinity Life Center in Sacramento for over twenty years. Lois’s love for children motivated her into action that led to an intense study of God’s Word.

“As a Sunday school teacher, I’ve observed that children, as well as teenagers, struggle to find their way through the scriptures. God placed a burden on my heart—to teach children how to effectively use their Bibles; hence, the idea for my soon-to-be-published project, The No Study Bible Study, was born.”

The results of her Sunday school curriculum that has taken years in the making are that children are motivated, parents are excited, and youth pastors are thrilled.

She is currently working on an adult version for the young-in-the Lord, which will be a great blessing to those who’ve just accepted Christ.

Lois’s Background

After studying at San Jose State University, Lois continued her education at Epic Bible College, where she completed a degree in  Christian Ministries. She is actively involved in Celebrate Recovery as part of their media team, which helps teach lessons and encourages newcomers in the hope of Jesus Christ. Lois lives in Antelope, California, and is thankful for her job as a Health Care Coordinator.

Time for Hobbies?

But with a full-time job and the writing of such massive projects on the side, does this busy gal have any time for herself? “I love playing a rowdy game of Cribbage with my two grown sons, as well as working on home projects with my brother, who lives in Oregon. I also enjoy early morning bike rides, photography, and the fellowship of many good friends.”

Her Latest Project

Lois is now writing another book, Silent Obedience, a nonfiction journal based on the life of a woman the Lord brought across her path in a most unusual way.

Lois met Mai (Her full name is Do Huynh Mai – last name is first in Vietnamese) at the Grand Oaks Salon in Citrus Heights, California in 2009.  As Lois’s manicurist, Mai quietly shared bits and pieces of her traumatic childhood in Vietnam. Lois felt honored when Mai gave permission to write her story, which should be finished in six to eight months. Now Mai is no longer silent and wants to share with the world what it was like in war-torn Vietnam before she was fortunate enough to come to this free land.       

 Visit Lois at http://www.thenostudybiblestudy.com

The No Study Bible Study
(Available soon)

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Meet the Author: Sharon K. Souza

 

Sharon K. Souza loves to read and write fiction, most specifically women’s fiction. Her first novel, Every Good & Perfect Gift, was published in 2008 followed by Lying on Sunday later that same year.

Serious Fiction with a Dose of Humor

Concerning her writing experience, Sharon tells me, “I’ve experimented with different genres over the years and had fun doing it, but I truly found my niche when I began to write contemporary women’s fiction. I write novels about weighty subjects such as infertility, infidelity, catastrophic illness, extreme loss, but I always temper them with a good dose of humor. I often hear from readers that they were crying one minute and laughing the next. That’s exactly my goal as I write my novels. I do want to explore the difficult situations we face in life, particularly as women, but I honestly believe there’s nothing we go through that can’t benefit from a little comic relief.”

As a Christian, Sharon wants to address serious issues from a Christian—and realistic—point of view. We’ve all asked ourselves, “Where is God when bad things happen? Why doesn’t he act as defensive tackle on our behalf in every single play of our life?”

“Okay,” Sharon adds, “I just dropped a penalty flag on that last sentence, because I gave you the false impression that I’m a football fan. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m not even a little bit interested in football. No, instead, I’m a baseball fan. A fanatical baseball fan. Worse than that, I’m a Los Angeles Dodgers fan living in San Francisco Giants country. And as we speak, I’m in the unenviable position of having to root for the Giants to win the World Series (they lead 2 games to 0 as of today) or root for the American League for the first time ever. All I have to say is, Go Tigers.”   (Marsha says, “It looks like the Giants came through for you, Sharon!”)

Sharon also loves to pass some of her leisure time fishing. Believe it or not, she’d rather fish than shop. But she and her hubby have an agreement: He doesn’t iron his own shirts, and she doesn’t bait her own hooks.

 But Back to Her Writing

 “The first job of fiction is to entertain,” she says. “There’s enough we have to trudge through in life without having to trudge through the novels we read for pleasure. I realize the word “pleasure” is open to interpretation when it comes to reading. You might find pleasure in Stephen-King-scare-the-socks-off-you fiction, while I love spending time with Elizabeth Berg. But I also believe good fiction can shine a light on the big issues of life and help us navigate our way through them.”

 Sharon’s Latest Work

 

Sharon’s latest novel, Unraveled, is the story of Aria Winters, a young woman who is bored with her very privileged life, so she goes to Moldova to teach English to a select group of kids. Aria is ill-equipped for the world in which she finds herself but is trying to make the most of it. The couple with whom she’s staying is in the process of building Hope House, which will be a place where young women who are rescued out of trafficking can find help. Aria is really drawn to that ministry and wants to help. But when something happens to one of her students, Aria very nearly loses her way. (View the YouTube book trailer here.)

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Thanks, Sharon, for visiting us today here at my blog. Best of God’s blessing on your writing ventures!

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 To order Unraveled, go to Amazon, where the book is in print and Kindle versions.

 Sharon is also the author of A Heavenly Christmas in Hometown, a novella the whole family will enjoy.

Visit Sharon at her website, where you can read the first chapter of her novels: www.sharonksouza.com and check out the blog she co-writes with five of her favorite authors: www.novelmatters.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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