Walk of Faith Journal by Virginia Martin

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Walk of Faith Journal

Review:

The Walk of Faith journal is second in the “Journals to Remember Series” and starts each page off with a positive bible verse.  It is meant to encourage you to write about your personal walk of faith.  There are also some positive quotes within the journal that may inspire you to write about them or write your own.  The end of the Journal contains reflective questions and extra journaling pages to write down your answers.  Some reflective questions include, “What are you thankful for?”, “What prayers has God answered?”, and “What bible questions do you need answered?”.

Romance is in the air with Virginia Martin

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BIO:

Virginia Martin has been passionate about writing since the age of 11 and loves to express herself through the written word. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is currently seeking her Master’s in Business with a concentration in Human Resources.  A Human Resources professional for the past 20 years, she loves helping people in any way she can.  She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and Florida Romance Writers and is an avid reader of romance novels. Apart from reading, writing, and basking in the South Florida sun, Virginia enjoys photography, listening to Christian music and playing Scrabble.

To contact Virginia Martin, or to be placed on a mailing list to receive updates about new releases, click the “Contact Me” page on her author blog: www.virginiamartinauthor.net or send her an email at virginiamartinauthor@gmail.com.


AUTHOR Q&A:

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? VM: I have been writing since the age of 10, and I don’t even think I realized I was a writer at that time. My first type of writing was lyrics to made up songs. The first song I wrote was titled: Roses For My Love. I remember just a few words from it: “Roses for my love, without you I don’t know who I am”. Then I started writing poetry, I liked rhyming words. Writing became an emotional outlet in times of loneliness, sadness, love, happy moments, and loss.
2. How long does it take to write your book(s)? VM: The length of time it takes to write a book, depends on the type of book it is. My debut book, Faith Without Borders Devotional (the first book in the Without Borders Inspirational Series) took me a year to write. I wrote things throughout the year and then put it together for the book. This book is very personal to me because it is my personal testimony in receiving God’s grace during some very dark times in my life.  On the other hand, the journals in my Journals To Remember Series took one to two months to write, the same for my inspirational quotes book, In My Thoughts.
3. What is your work schedule like when writing a book? VM: My work schedule when writing a book is a bit sporadic. I start writing non-stop, then I take a break, sometimes a week or two, then I pick up writing again. I put everything on paper first, then type it. I do most of my typing in the morning to early afternoon. I am not much use after 4 pm. Since I work, I do most of the writing on the weekend.
4. Where do you get your ideas or information for your book? VM: I am a Christian author, so most of my books are faith based, and I feel they are inspired by God. I read a lot of devotional type books and have read the Bible three times. I also draw from my own experience and reading romance books. I love journal writing, so I decided to start the Journals To Remember Series based on that. Most of my poems are faith, life and love related.
5. When did you write your first book? VM: The first book I wrote, and which I am very proud of, is the Faith Without Borders Devotional. I self-published it in November 2015. It has personal accounts of my spiritual journey, with points for reflection and biblical references. For someone starting on their walk of faith, this book is a good place to start.
6. What do you do when you’re not writing? VM: When I am not writing I am reading, teaching myself the keyboard, and learning how to do hand lettering. I also enjoy listening to Christian music and playing Scrabble.
7. What does your family think of your writing? VM: My family, which are my two daughters, are very proud of my writing. I give them a copy of each book I write. I encourage them to write as well.  One of them, my favorite author, Cristina Isabel, is a writer in her own right.
8. What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books? VM: The most surprising thing I learned in creating my books is how much fun it can be to them, from start to finish. It is a lot of work, of course, but you are a part of the whole process, and it feels good to see the finished product. I enjoy doing the book cover first, I am a visual person, and to me, having the book cover first, makes the book come alive.
9. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? VM: I have written six books so far: 1 devotional, 1 poetry book, 1 quotes book, and three journals. My favorite is the poetry book because I love writing poems. They express a lot of what is in my thoughts, and the way I feel about things.
10. Any tips/suggestions on getting started? VM: My tip on getting started is to just write. I believe anyone can write, it is just putting the time and effort to do so. We all have a story to tell, so I encourage everyone to write theirs and share it with the world.
11. What do you think makes a good story? VM: A good story must be genuine, heart-felt, and relatable, in order to connect with the reader. I believe writing stories with a theme, interesting characters, and plot is the best way to engage the reader and keep them coming back for more.
12. As a child, What did you want to do when you grew up? VM: As a child, I wanted to be a ballet dancer and a singer. Perhaps in another life I can still do it. For now, my calling is in writing to touch hearts.


LINKS:

author blog: www.virginiamartinauthor.net

Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/virginiamartin

facebook page: www.facebook.com/mywritingself

twitter: @mywritingself

instagram: www.instragram.com/mywritingself

pinterest: www.pinterest.com/virginiamartinauthor

goodreads: www.goodreads.com/mywritingself

 

PUBLISHED WORKS:

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Love without Borders by Virginia Martin

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Love without Borders

Review:

Poetry is always special because there’s no limitation to the words written.  It’s hard sometimes to really describe to people what you’re feeling at the moment and with poetry, the words flow easier.  It’s easier to hold a conversation through poetry when it comes to speaking, at least for me.  In this collection, Virginia Martin, shares her fears, her desires and her creativity within each poem.  You really feel the intensity of pain when she’s been wronged, but you also feel that joy when she has felt that love.  Some poems make you self-reflect like the poems, What is poetry?, What makes you come alive? and Silent Plea.  The collection is very insightful and moving to the reader and can have you digging deep for the emotions being read.  My additional favorites are: I can’t close my eyes, The sweetest man, In your eyes, Keep in the light, I want someone to find me, My inspiration, I know why I love, Your life and last, but not least, Love without borders.

In My Thoughts by Virginia Martin

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In My Thoughts

Review:

It’s a simple, yet powerful, quotes book filled with inspirational words that fill the pages.  They serve as little reminders of how we can see ourselves and others in a more positive light.  Some quotes inspire us to be more adapting to our environment.  Other quotes ask us to seek strength from within (and from God) to face life challenges.  There are even quotes that encourage us to see the good in a bad day.  Some might make you laugh, while others might make you cry.  This quote book is perfect if you are looking for a little “pick me up” or “inspiration” and can’t seem to find it from within.  Here are some of my favorites:

“It is in the quality of moments

Not quantity

That memories are made”


“Love looks at me

I look at love

And we laugh”


“Trying to ride out the storm alone

Leaves hope on neutral and

Faith playing hide and go seek”


“Love bursts

Like a rapid succession of fireworks

Not easily extinguished”


“Your kiss is enough to tell me

Everything I want to know”


“Fall in love with the man

That always makes

The effort to put a smile

On your face”

Faith Without Borders: A Devotional to Inspire You to Step Out in Faith. by Virginia Martin

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Faith Without Borders

Review:

A Devotional that was well crafted for encouraging and uplifting. Each chapter spoke to me and there were others that hit home for me as well. Faith Without Borders not only inspires you to reflect on yourself and others through God, but gives you powerful tips on just how to start, whether you know God, are just getting to know him or barely know him. There is a lot of knowledge that can be gained from just being open and taking that leap of Faith.