Today my blog is part of something bigger than usual. Last week, Sheryl Griffin, invited me to be part of a blog hop called The Next Big Thing.
I wasn’t familiar with doing a blog hop, but I decided to try it as this seems like an opportunity for me to bless other authors.
The purpose is to help readers discover the next great book or author; i.e., the one they will be compelled to read or the author whose work they simply can’t put down.
Check out Sheryl’s latest book A Scarlet Cord of Hope and her blog: www.SherylGriffin.com
As part of this blog hop, we were asked to answer the following questions. I hope you take a moment to read my answers about my book: That You Would Prosper As Your Soul Prospers: Affirmations of God’s Blessings For Christian Women Entrepreneurs
Ten Questions With An Author: Beth Jones
What is the title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
God has been speaking the word prosperity to me over the last several months and as my “word” for 2013. I’ve watched the 6- and 7-figure-a-year “gurus” online and wondered why it was that they are succeeding, while so many Christian women online entrepreneurs doing what they love struggle financially and to succeed. I read books on the subject and interviewed different Christian women entrepreneurs who are successful to address the topic of why Christian women who have their own online business aren’t prospering financially.
What genre does your book fall under?
Spiritual/Christian Life/Personal Growth/Finance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
My first picks would be my favorite actresses Meryl Streep (no need for an intro!), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), or Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice). But Hillary Swank (P.S. I love you) would be far more suitable for the movie rendition given her own story. She was a high school dropout, who grew up in a trailer park in Washington and has said she was shunned by classmates for being poor. Swank’s father abandoned the family early on, leaving her mother to fend for the family. When she was 15 years old, her mother lost her job, and the two moved to California, sleeping in their car or at the homes of friends. Swank supposedly earned just $75 a day for her role in Boys Don’t Cry, but she’s now worth $40 million.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
God wants you as a Christian woman entrepreneur to PROSPER – to be so blessed financially that you become a blessing to others.
Is your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It is self-published December 2012 through Refreshing Waters.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Six months, but the project took a year to complete due to my travels to the Bahamas and Canada, two laptop failures, life’s “interruptions” in general, and waiting on quotes (Christian women entrepreneurs stay productively busy!).
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Inspired Women Succeed by Diane Cunningham and Jo Ann Fore and The Woman’s Advantage: 20 Women Entrepreneurs Show You What It Takes to Grow Your Businesss by Mary Cantando.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Sandy Krakowski, Diane Cunningham, Cheryl Pullins, Zig Ziglar, Dani Johnson, Mary Kay Ash, Donald Trump, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerman, Abraham and Sarah, King David, Solomon, Queen of Sheba, Queen Esther, the women disciples of Jesus who gave of their wealth, and many other wealthy people and Christian women entrereneurs who inspire me daily.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
If you are a Christian woman entrepreneur and would like to learn the secrets to success for your online business, That You Would Prosper As Your Soul Prospers: Affirmations of God’s Blessings For Christian Women Entrepreneurs is the perfect book for you. God doesn’t want His people miserable, unhealthy, and flat broke, but to prosper in all areas of their lives and to be so blessed that they become a blessing to others. Jesus came to give you the abundant life and that includes financial prosperity.
Next week take the opportunity to hop on over to the blogs of the following authors. These authors have been a blessing to me and I am sure you will enjoy them as well.
Sheryl Griffin, www.SherylGriffin.com
Sheryl’s book: A Scarlet Cord of Hope
Author Dana Arcuri, www.writing4theheart-n-soul.blogspot.com
Dana’s book: Harvest of Hope: Living Victoriously Through Adversity