Hi everyone! Today’s featured during the 30 days event is Danyelle Scroggins! She was recently featured on my blog a few months back with her release, Put It In Ink. That book will be apart of the event’s giveaway.
Let’s get to know Danyelle as she talks about her journey in the industry as well as read an excerpt from Put It In Ink.
Now, here’s Danyelle! 🙂
Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from the Liberty University. Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of several Christian fiction and nonfiction books including: His Mistress or God’s Daughter?, Not Too Far Gone, Destiny’s Decision, Put It In Ink, & The Power Series: Pain, Restoration, Love, & Forgiving”. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins, a mother of three, a mother by marriage to two, and recently became the grandmother of Emiya’rai Grace.
To find out more about Pastor & Author Danyelle Scroggins and her ministries, please visit any of the sites below:
Website & Blog: http://www.danyellescroggins.com
Church website: http://www.newvesselministries.org,
1.Besides writing, what else do you like to do?
I absolutely love feeding the flock of Jesus as site pastor of New Vessels Ministries North. I love preaching and teaching the Word of God.
2. What inspired you to become an author?
I would like to think Amelia Bedelia played a huge role in my desire to write, but I know for sure it was a closer walk with God that pushed me into writing. It was a desire to reveal the secrets of pain and hurt I experienced, hoping someone else may read and become healed.
3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?
When I held that printed book in my hand, I literally began to do what the black folks calls Shout. I danced and praised God all around my house. It was so surreal and I felt like God proved He trusted me to reach those I would not ordinarily be able to reach by spoken word.
4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Preferably somewhere relaxing on vacation getting ready to start another novel or preaching in Africa alongside my favorite pastor of all time, but certainly still doing the two things I love, preaching the Gospel and writing books.
5. Do you have any new projects that you are currently working on?
Yes, I am currently about to release “Enduring Love” which was featured in an anthology this year. I have some other things in the crockpot and next year will be a phenomenal year for me if the Lord wills.
6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?
Stay true to you. Whatever you like to read, is probably what you will write the best. Don’t allow anyone to persuade you to write anything you do not whole heartedly believe in or allow them to alter your train of thoughts for the sake of good editing. Say what you want to live on longer than you will because words are powerful and whatever you write can last a lifetime. Regardless to those who say you can’t, or the spirit of fear that will urge you not to write, pray first, push through, and prevail.
Here is Danyelle’s inspiration behind her book, Put It In Ink:
Reading is my hobby and although I love romance, my favorite genre is Christian or Inspirational Fiction. Writing is my love and my job. I write so that others will be able to see God’s hands of mercy and His grace. While some people never make it or feel comfortable in the Christian communal place called the church, I write so that they will get that opportunity at least once a year. Put It In Ink was one of the first books I ever wrote. It is as if the more adamant I became to finish this book, God kept moving into another direction. My set time came and my prayer is that God heal hearts. I know this book is in His timing so it will do what He has set it in the atmosphere to do.
Win a copy of Danyelle’s book, Put It In Ink, along with books from each participating author in the 30 Days giveaway!
To enter, please click on the link below:
Nikiya Barnett aka Nikki, is still secretly suffering in silence concerning losing the love of her life, Raja Abrams. She desires total healing from God, but somehow seems to be stuck in her heart and mind. She alongside her two best friends who happens to be her coworkers, are trying to make Salon Select the new ‘it’ spot but this does not happen until they invite God in, by way of Sappora Ink.
Sappora Ink is the new blog talk show host with a show entitled, RFRT~Real Folks, Real Truths. Sister Ink is a straight to the point, raw, doctrinaire Christian girl trying to help her friends in this sinful world. She is changing the world one show at a time, and taking Shreveport by storm with the help of Nikiya Barnett, the owner of Salon Select, who has opened her salon as a hosting spot. Little does Nikki know, Sappora is closer to Raja than she thinks?
Raja is stuck in a world wind of adversity that he seems to have created for himself. Through R.A.B.~ Raja Abrams Broadcasting, he is trying to secretly make Nikki aware that their time together was not a waste, but will his method be the same method used to change his life forever?
Things happen when we choose to let God in. Whether we appreciate His ways or not, we must remember, His ways are not our ways. Will life change for the better for Nikiya and Raja, or is the plan that has been laid before them all a part of God’s plan?
Pastor/ Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from the Liberty University. Pastor Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins Sr., the mother of three by birth and two additional by marriage.
Describe yourself in three words.
Humble, Kind, and Generous.
What is a typical day like for you?
I normally start my day off with prayer then it is off to work. I normally try to make sure my day is productive and that I am strategic about everything that I pushed my hands to do. After a full day of working, I come home and transition from Author/Pastor to Wife/Mother.
What do you want to do different in 2017 that you didn’t do in 2016?
This year I want to publish the first book from my children’s book series, The Gat Pack. Another thing that I am doing this year that I did not do last year is move strategically. I was so busy last year and when I looked back, my money, nor progress equaled my exhaustion.
What television show best describes your life and why?
There is really not a television show that describes my life but there are programs that describe my life on TBN. My life is filled with ministry and the assignments associated with being who I am.
What’s your favorite quote & why?
1 Corinthians 2:9 King James Version (KJV)
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” ~Paul
What character in your new book could you most relate to?
Nikiya is a lot like me because I experienced the same type of heartbreak with someone whom I just knew I would marry. Like her, I poured all of my energy into something greater and I expected God to move. I wanted to be sure that when God did move, I would know that it so I prayed for discernment.
Tell readers about your latest release.
Put It In Ink is about a young lady named Nikiya Barnett who thought she was going to be the wife of the love of her life, Raja Abrams. All of her dreams and visions shattered when she found Raja in a compromising position with the lady who is now his wife, Monica Abrams. Nikiya (Nikki) moves forward trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart by pouring all of her time and energy into building a chain of Salon Selects.
Raja, is trying to adapt to his new wife and his new life and soon to be status of a father. He finds that his happiness is compromised because his wife can not let his past with Nikiya go. In search of finding deeper meaning, he hires a talk show host for his blog talk radio station named Sappora Ink. Sis. Ink, not only changes Raja life, but she touches Nikiya, her co-workers, and her patrons.
What’s next for you?
I am getting ready to release a title featured in an anthology entitled Enduring Love this year, and I am also working on my first Christmas release. So, I guess you can say, “More writing, more preaching, and more living.”
What song would you use as the soundtrack of your life and why?
I would definitely use Way Maker by Sinach Joseph as the soundtrack of my life.
Sometimes I have to remind myself who HE truly is and that regardless to what it feels like, Jesus is a way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, and a light in the darkness.