Good morning, dearest reader. I’m glad you’ve stopped by for a visit. Today, I am excited to welcome Wendy L. Macdonald to Women of Faith and Fiction. Wendy is a writer, aspiring novelist, and radio host. She is also an amazing photographer. The pictures in the post are her very own. Let’s get started, shall we?
Good morning, Wendy! Thank you for taking the time to visit with us. I’m sure our readers are anxious to hear more about you. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hi everyone, you may have noticed I included my middle initial; it’s so my name will stand out better. It’s tempting to switch back to my maiden name, but it’s too tricky to spell or pronounce (Later, I’ll share what it is—don’t you love a good hook?).
By the way, dear Gail, thank you for inviting me here.
I happen to enjoy blogging, and I’m a contributor to several blogs besides my own. Last year, I also began producing an inspirational podcast called “Walking with Hope” for HopeStreamRadio.com: https://hopestreamradio.com/program/walking-with-hope/. It’s been an incredible opportunity to practice meeting my writing deadlines, polishing my public speaking skills, and learning to depend on God for strength and ideas to write about. I’ve confessed to my listeners that my many flops and fumbles in life keep me well-stocked with writing prompts. Isn’t God’s grace great?
My nature photography, poetry, and prose are featured on all of my social media sites. Years of homeschooling my three—now-grown—children gave me a deeper appreciation for creation as we studied the earth together on our former acreage in the woods.
Deadlines do keep us busy! And your photos are inspiring. Wendy, this month’s theme is Joy. Please share your thoughts with our readers.
Joy is one of my favorite words because I’ve learned through experience it’s possible to feast on it in the midst of a plateful of sorrows. God uses our sadness to draw us to Himself, so our soul finds spiritual nourishment in the God of more-than-enough.
Happiness is a fleeting feeling that’s dependent on good circumstances. Joy transcends our sorrows and lifts our spirits to find satisfaction in the One who can create goodness in the midst of badness.
Life is a continual journey of learning, applying, and transforming. Have you ever experienced a season when you found it difficult to have joy? How did you overcome?
The first season that comes to mind is the winter of 1998 when my dad, W.C. Yarmoshuk, died suddenly and unexpectedly. He was only 62 years-old. Sadly, I allowed grief to isolate me from fellowship. God used a video series, based on the book of Matthew, to draw me back into the Word and back to church. Since then, I’ve become faithful again in spending time in Scripture each morning. This spiritual discipline has produced the fruit of genuine joy in the midst of trials I’ve walked through during the last two decades.
In what genre do you write and how does your faith influence your writing?
I’m aspiring to be published in inspirational-mystery-romance and/or memoir. I’ve completed several manuscripts and am revising and editing them with the help of amazing critique partners. Writing fiction first has helped me write my recovery memoir with a novel-like structure too. I highly recommend that order.
I’m excited to have a short memoir and fiction article of mine published later this year in a Canadian anthology of Christmas stories. Some of my nature photography has recently been published in a Canadian nonfiction anthology about grief. Good Grief People is available on Amazon or through Angel Hope Publishing: http://www.glynisbelec.com/BOOKSTORE.html .
I’ve enjoying reading the book because I have some ongoing family issues that require me to get a grip on good grieving. Grief doesn’t have shortcuts; it’s best to give it time and attention, or it will flip the floorboards of our peace out from under us.
Faith not only influences my writing, but it also infuses it. I remember thinking I wanted to write for the general market. Soon after beginning my first manuscript, I changed my mind about my target audience. God’s love and grace color every line I write. He is my Hope, my Help, and my Hero. I was rescued from the deep of eating disorders and depression when I came to fully trust the Lord in 1983. My writing revolves around recovery in Christ. He longs for us to be close to Him; when we’re not, we’re closed off from joy.
My goal in each manuscript is to allow the Holy Spirit to woo each reader to Himself through the words I’ve written. Writing this way pulls me tighter into His arms too.
Thank you again, Gail, for having me as a guest. I en”Joy”ed the interview.
Did you notice I slipped my maiden name into one of the sentences?
I did notice, Wendy! Thank you for sharing your heart with us, today.
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22 thoughts on “Women of Faith and Fiction ~ Wendy L. Macdonald”
Thank you for the interview, Wendy. I’m an aspiring writer as well. I also considered writing for the general market but I don’t think I’d fit in well with a “cleaner” book. I am planning on going to my first writer’s conference this summer and eager to see how it goes. Happy writing!
How exciting, Stephanie! Hope your trip is a success!
Wendy, you are a joy! :). I have gone through some times when I felt joyless. Thank you for encouraging us and showing us how to keep our joy!
Debbie, thank you for visiting. So glad to meet you.
Debbie, you are always an angel of joy and encouragement. ❤ Blessings on your weekend, dear friend.
…it’s possible to feast on it (joy) in the midst of a plateful of sorrows. I love this quote, Wendy! I’m thinking of a time in the recent past when I struggled to live my life in joy, but your words are a beautiful reminder that it is possible in Christ. Thanks!
Thank you, dear Tammy, for noting the quote. I’m grateful for a God who starts the good work in us and never, never, never gives up on anyone.
Blessings as you “live…life in joy” ~ Wendy
Thank you for visiting, Tammy! Nice to meet you. Blessings.
I love seeing photographs of nature. God gives us such wonderful beauty to enjoy. Thanks for sharing about Wendy. 🙂
Thank you, dear Melissa. Nature is a gift we get to unwrap every day when we step outside. God is good.
Blessings ~ Wendy
I agree, Melissa. Thank you for visiting!
Thank you, dear Gail, for having me here today. You’ve made me feel both welcome and encouraged in my walk with God as a fellow writer and sister in Christ. ❤
Blessings ~ Wendy
Enjoyed the interview. Beautiful photography!
Thank you, Carole. I love Wendy’s pictures.
Thank you, dear Carole. It’s nice to meet you.
Blessings ~ Wendy
Great interview, ladies! Your photography is beautiful, Wendy. One of my favorite quotes is, Happiness is fleeting, but Joy is eternal. It’s very comforting to meditate on this.
Thanks, Jill. I’m with you. I love that quote!
That’s a lovely quote, dear Jill. I collect quotes as passionately as I enjoy photography.
Thank you and blessings ~ Wendy
I collect quotes too, Wendy. 🙂
Good morning, Wendy and Gail! Thanks for sharing your struggles, Wendy. It helps to know we’re not alone in our journey. I so enjoy your poetry and nature photos!
Thanks, Tori! I think we forget we are in this together. It’s good to share our journeys with others so that we understand we aren’t alone.
Thank you, dear Tori. I agree it helps to know we’re not alone. I’m forever grateful to God for bringing sisters-in-the-Lord into my life. We need each other along this pilgrim way. 🙂
Blessings ~ Wendy
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