Hi everyone! The 31 Days, 31 Authors event continues with Genevieve Woods! She is a best-selling author, in which all of her books in the Greatest Love series hit the best-sellers list in its category on Amazon.
Her forthcoming novel in the Greatest Love series, The Conclusion, is currently on pre-order.
Now, here’s Genevieve! 🙂
Genevieve D. Woods is the bestselling author of the Greatest Love Series. She is a believer in Jesus and feels she has been called to tell Christian love stories that reflect the greatest love of all time—the love that is Christ’s love for his bride, the church.
Her novels, All I’ll Ever Ask, After Church, Dawn and Autumn, and Just Be Held, consistently hold steady in the top 50 books in African American Christian Fiction on Amazon.com with Just Be Held debuting at #2.
Genevieve lives in Memphis, TN with her husband and three children.
1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?
When I am not writing, I enjoy adult coloring, reading, spending time with my family, and I am a social media junkie.
2. What inspired you to become an author?
I have been writing since I was a little girl, therefore I believe I have always been an author The first story I recall writing was titled Steven, I was nine years old. It was a story about my paternal grandfather and his deliverance from alcoholism. I changed his name for the story. Writing has always been a part of me, it was after two years of only reading independent authors via Amazon.com did I look into self-publishing. The successful independent authors whom books impacted me more than any of the mainstream authors have inspired me to be a self-publish author.
3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published.
Relief was my first reaction. It was my first-time self-publishing and I had several rejected covers and files before All I’ll Ever Ask went live.
4.Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In the next five years if it’s the Lord’s will, I see myself self-publishing and doing a greater work for Christ via novels that ministers.
5. What advice I can give to anyone wanting to become an author?
Write, study the industry to decide if you want to publish traditionally or self publish. Write, Write,Write.
Excerpt from It Won’t Prosper
The Kindle book will also include my first novel All I’ll Ever Ask as a bonus.
I look at the pictures one by one, over and over for what feels like hours. How could Seth do this to me, to what we have shared? We’ve been married for five years and dated for two before vowing in front of God, family, and friends to love each other like no other could until the breath left our bodies. Looking at these pictures of him greeting another woman with a kiss that he promised only to be for me, enfolding her in the arms that are designed to comfort me, taking her by the hand and leading her into the hotel to consummate a relationship with the love that was to cover me—is heartbreaking. The pain is like none I’ve ever felt. A broken heart feels like a machete has torn into my chest and swiftly sliced my heart into a million unrecognizable pieces.
In that pile of pieces is my trust in him.
In that pile of pieces is my dream for forever.
In that pile of pieces is my joy.
In that pile of pieces is my peace.
In that pile of pieces is my future.
In that pile of pieces is my naivety.
What is not in that pile is my faith in God and the belief that all things work together for the good, for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. For this cause, I bow my knees and pray to my Father in Heaven for guidance and direction. As I pray, the verse that says a husband is sanctified by his believing wife comes to my shattered heart, and I feel the power of the Spirit mending my broken heart. I am still devastated by his actions, but I have sinned and come short of the glory of God in many different areas of my life. I continue to my prayers to my Father in Heaven that His will be done in my life and my relationship. I pray until my tears turn into the determination that this unholy woman will not have my husband. I pray until I am positive that this will not be the end of my union with the man I adore, Seth Owens. I will fight this spiritual wickedness that has come against the harmony of my life with the most powerful weapon created . . . The word of God. My eyes are open, and I see my husband is not perfect. He has fallen into temptation, but greater is He that is within me, and I will not allow this attack on my marriage to prosper. This woman had better enjoyed these rendezvous; it will soon be over because she is about to be cast to the side.
I finish my prayer by saying “In Jesus name, I pray.” I put the evidence of my husband’s betrayal back in the envelope the private investigator gave me, and I rise to put it into the back of my closet. But not before I write on it, no weapon formed against us shall prosper. I leave my home office where I do freelance writing for several faith-based magazines and children’s Christian books. I head toward the bathroom in the master bedroom that I share with my husband and head for the shower. In the shower, I let the disappointment wash off of me, and I resolve I will keep my vows to my husband and love him, like no other can.
I’m in the kitchen cooking dinner when I hear our home alarm system alert that the front door is opening. I still can’t get used to that monotone voice, but it is something he had to have. It’s been a few hours since my shower, and I’ve completed another book to send to my editor entitled Children’s Church. I am shocked to my core to see my tall, dark, and handsome husband enter the kitchen with a bouquet of beautiful flowers, but I wouldn’t be honest if I did not admit I get butterflies in my stomach. I love my husband. When he comes over and pulls me by my waist into his toned body, images of the pictures enter my mind. However, I don’t recoil from his embrace; I am the one who belongs in his arms, not her. He leans down to kiss me on the lips, and I return it completely loving the taste that I have known for years that is a mixture of his unique scent and his favorite gum. I love my husband. We kiss like we’re teenagers. Our kiss ends with the sound of the oven’s timer. Our dinner is ready.
“Honey, this meal is delicious. Did you get any writing done today?”
“Yes, I finished Children’s Church, completed some investigation projects, and even had some prayer time.”
“Babe, you are everything. All that and you made my perfect meal, Spaghetti, and Meatballs, Fried Chicken, Green Beans, Yams. Corn Bread, and Apple Pie. I’m living the dream.”
He reaches over to me and puckers his lips for a kiss. I oblige. While kissing him, I know this is the reason it took a private investigator to make me accept the truth about my husband. Seth has always treated me like his queen. He never yells, even when we disagree. He has always been supportive of my dreams. When I told him I wanted to leave the six figure career in journalism to concentrate on Christian writing, he said: “Just DO it.” Then there are moments like this after I cook for him, he showers me with appreciation like he is doing now. He has gotten up from his seat and scooped me up in his arms taking me into our boudoir, where the bed is undefiled.
As he makes love to me, possessively but tenderly, I can’t stop the tears from flowing as I try to push his betrayal out of my eyes. He must feel them as he stops his ministrations and positions himself to me look me in the eyes.
“Janine, sweetheart, why are you crying?” I decide to be upfront and honest.
“I love you so much, and I don’t want to lose you to anyone else.”
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