Francine A. Yates

Francine A. Yates

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
July 28, 2008

Q.    How did you come about the idea to write about a young lady marrying a minister with three sons?

A.   The idea came to me in a dream. You could say I was inspired by God to write this story.

Q.    How did you come about Courtney’s character?

A.   Courtney’s character was developed through prayer. When I write I find myself doing a lot of praying. I ask God to direct my thoughts and He does. As the story unfolded, her character seemed to just come alive!

Q.    How did you come about John’s character?

A.   John’s character wasn’t hard to develop. He was an average teen until the untimely death of his mother. Her death caused him to now become a rebellious teen.

Q.    How did you come about the title “Strength for the Journey?”

A.   I was going through some tough times in my life and found myself asking God to give me strength for the journey. As the storyline came together, I decided that would be an appropriate title.

Q.    How did you come about the situation surrounding John not liking Courtney?

A.   John was upset about his mother’s death and when his father married Courtney, John did not like her because he felt that she was trying to take his mother’s place.

Q.    How long did it take you to write STRENGHT FOR THE JOURNEY?

A.   It took me a little over a year to write this book. I didn’t have time to dedicate full- time to writing, so it took a long time to complete this book.

Q.    Are you currently working on another book?

A.   Yes, I hope to have another book completed this year.

Q.    What are your most memorable experience as an author?

A.   My most memorable experience was in Florida at a book signing. Two ladies with a drug habit came in. They listened to the book discussion. They shared tears, and gave their testimonies. We had prayer and the Holy Spirit visited that day. It went from a signing to a church environment.

Q.    What type of atmosphere do you require to write?

A.   I like to write in my home office, where the atmosphere is quiet. I can pray, think, and write.

Q.    What message would you like readers to receive from reading STRENGHT FOR THE JOURNEY?

A.   I would like my readers to walk away knowing that no matter what you're going through, just believe that God will hear your prayers and give you strength for the journey.