Paulette Harper

30 Days 30 Authors- Paulette Harper

Hi everyone!! The 30 Days 30 Authors event continues with Paulette Harper! Paulette was a participate in the previous 31 Days 31 Authors event, but she had been very busy since then, including gearing up for a new release.

Now, here’s Paulette! 🙂

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Beginning her career in 2008, Paulette is an award-winning, bestselling author and the founder of WNL Coaching and Marketing Services. Along with being an ordained Elder, she is the author of several books and founder of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours, a service to help promote authors of the Christian genre and authors of clean books.
As an inspirational and motivational speaker, Elder Paulette’s desire is to empower, influence and cultivate women to move forward while dealing with issues that hinder women from becoming all they are created to be. Her topics are biblically sound and pertinent to the needs of today’s women. Paulette is a mother, grandmother and Bible teacher. Paulette has appeared on numerous radio and Television shows.
Combining enthusiasm with an energetic speaking style, audiences describe Paulette’s presentation as inspiring, enriching and encouraging. She is committed to speaking a message that is always uplifting and edifying.
As a writing coach, she is the visionary behind her own writing ministry called “Write Now,” a literary program that specializes in coaching aspiring writers in the areas of creativity, development, and publication of Christian books. She provides her listeners with tools, resources, and opportunities to help them succeed in the writing business.
Her books have ranked consecutively on the Black Christian Publishers Bestsellers List for Independent Publishers (non-fiction category).
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1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

Besides writing I enjoy listening to Jazz, serving in my church, speaking and helping others fulfill their purpose.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

As an inspirational and fiction writer, I write to inspire and empower readers. I write because I feel I have message to share with readers not only to entertain readers but to help them grow spiritually. I love to mix real life stories into my fiction. Although each story is unique, we experience some of the same feelings, situations and challenges in life in which the reader can identify. With the ability to craft fiction books, it gives me the opportunity to live through each character.

3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

I had a gamut of emotions: happiness, shock, disbelief, tears. It was an emotional time for me. Those feelings will never go away no matter how many books I write.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Hopefully in the next five years, I will be writing full time, traveling and falling in love. 🙂

5. Do you have any new projects that you are currently working on?

Yes. I’m currently working on several books. One is the next installment to book 1 of Secret Places Revealed, a nonfiction book entitled Faith for Every Mountain, which will be released in a few weeks, and a short novella.

6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

For anyone who wants to become an author my advice would be to learn the industry, have a budget set aside for the expenses and create a marketing plan. If at all possible, hire a coach.

 

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Excerpt from That Was Then, This Is Now:

Are You Bitter With God?

In the book of Ruth, chapter 1:20–21, here is what the scriptures read:

And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me? (KJV)

The Message Bible reads like this:

But she said, “Don’t call me Naomi; call me Bitter. The Strong One has dealt me a bitter blow. I left here full of life, and God has brought me back with nothing but the clothes on my back.Why would you call me Naomi? God certainly doesn’t. The Strong One ruined me.”

If you have never read this story, here we have a woman whose life was drastically changed. First, she and her husband, Elimelech, and their two sons left Bethlehem because of a severe famine. Looking for a better life, they journeyed to Moab. While in Moab, Naomi’s husband, Elimelech, dies, and ten years later, her two sons die, leaving her to care for her two daughters–in–law. Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem, but upon returning she has no husband or sons, instead a bitter heart.

Naomi, meaning pleasant, changed her name to Mara, meaning bitter. Her name reflected how she felt toward God. She was angry with God because He allowed her to lose her husband, whom she loved and who was her provider, and her two sons. Naomi went from pleasant to bitter because of her circumstances.

Have you changed your name because of your circumstances? Are you so angry at the way things turned out that you blame God? Although Naomi could not see the big picture, God had a wonderful plan in restoring her and Ruth’s life.

 

The Bigger Picture

God allowed her husband and both sons to die in order to get her and Ruth back to Bethlehem so Ruth and Boaz could meet. Ruth and Boaz had a son named Obed, who was the father of Jesse, and Jesse was the father of David the King, who was the father of Solomon. After a lineage of forty–two generations, we get to Jacob, who was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, who birthed Christ. God caused Naomi to lose everything she loved so that He could get her into position of receiving more than she could ever have gotten in Moab.

With some of life’s experiences, you will go through sorrows and times that seem so overwhelming and God will even begin to break you during the most difficult times in your life. He will also allow those close to you, family and friends, to come against you. You must remember God’s plan for your life is to get you to a place of stability in Him.

We may never understand why God allows things to happen the way they do, but sometimes God’s plan may or may not include those you love. Don’t look at where you are, look at where God is trying to take you.

No one knows the battles you are facing, what sorrows or setbacks you have experienced. Maybe you are going through a divorce or have just come out of one. Maybe some relationships have been torn and you feel you have hit rock bottom, or maybe your Cinderella story has come to an end. Whatever you are going through, be encouraged; better days are ahead.

Tell God whatever happens, good or bad, “It is well with my soul.”

 

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Win a copy of Paulette’s book, That Was Then This Is Now, along with books from each participating author in the 30 Days 30 Authors giveaway!

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31 Days, 31 Authors- Paulette Harper

Merry Christmas eve, everyone! Today, joining the 31 Days, 31 Authors event is Paulette Harper! Paulette is a best selling author, and has penned various inspirational stories, including Living Separate Lives, Completely Whole, and Secret Places Revealed. Her work has been featured on CBN as well as Real Faith Magazine. It’s truly an honor to have her joining the event.

Now, here’s Paulette! 🙂

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Making her home in Northern California, award winning author of Completely Whole, Paulette is also an inspirational speaker as well as a writing workshop instructor. Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, Real Life Real Faith Magazine, The Sacramento Observer and Black Pearls Magazine.

 

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1.Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

I’m a lover of sports. Basketball, football and when the weather is perfect, hiking.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

The inspiration behind my writing came from going through a major transition in my life. I started writing about that particular journey I was on which lasted a few years. Now, as an inspirational and fiction writer, I write to inspire and empower readers. I write because I feel I have message to share with readers not only to entertain readers but to help them grow spiritually. I love to mix real life stories into my fiction. Although each story is unique, we experience some of the same feelings, situations and challenges in life in which the reader can identify.

With the ability to craft fiction books, it gives me the opportunity to live through each character. I’ve been blessed to write in several different genres: Christian fiction, nonfiction and children. Although each genre is unique, I enjoy each one. Developing a craft for writing is an ongoing process. I’ve been able to gleam from so many others. I read books which help me learn the craft as well.

When I pen a non-fiction book, I can go deep into my soul and the soul of the reader. My non-fiction books come from my own personal life experiences, research and biblical studies. I try to connect with readers in a place where the words in the book can leap off the pages and bring about a spiritual change as well as spiritual growth.  Everyone needs to be inspired, empowered and strengthen in every area of their lives and this is where my books are able to touch the readers.

3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

My first reaction when my book was published, I held it in my hand, laughed and said…”Lord you did this.”

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

In 5 years I will have published a few more books, facilitated more writing workshops and graduated from college.

5. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

My advice would be to do your research and learn the industry before you publish your book.  I have heard so many stories of writers rushing to become published authors that they don’t learn that books are a business. Take the time to learn, get council from other authors, find the right people to help assist you and make sure you have a marketing budget.

 

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From Secret Places Revealed

Aaron racked up the pool balls for the third time. He lined the pool tip with the cue ball and smashed it forward. Aaron tried unsuccessfully to force every thought of Simone away. His thoughts always led back to her. The tears in her eyes eroded the tablet of his heart.

“I don’t even have to ask what’s wrong with you,” Shaun said.

“There’s nothing wrong with me. I’m letting out a little tension.”

Shaun took his turn. “I wonder why.”

Aaron gave his brother an icy stare. “Go ahead and say what you want to say, even though I told you to stay out of my business.”

Shaun dismissed his brother’s request. “Okay. I’ll say what I want to say. Man, you wrong about Simone. She has to be innocent. Didn’t you once say everything is fixable?”

Aaron gave Shaun a stern look. “Yeah, but there is always something that can’t be fixed, and this is it.” He took a deep breath. “We lost a big contract because of her.”

Shaun took a swig of his drink. “Brother, you lost more than that. You lost a great woman that cared about you, adored you. I’m sure she was falling in love with you. I know you feel the same about her.”

Aaron raised an eyebrow. “A woman who played me.”

“I reject that statement. That’s where you’re wrong, counselor. You made assumptions about a situation that you have absolutely no facts to support.”

Aaron took a sip of his drink. He studied his next play on the pool table and took his turn. “Don’t need any facts. The handwriting was on the wall.”

“The only handwriting I see on the wall are the words ‘Aaron messed up… big time. Aaron pushed a good woman out of his life. Aaron’s a complete fool. Aaron’s―’”

“Watch it, brother,” he cautioned.

“You said yourself you didn’t give her a chance to explain. Maybe she does have―”

“A good explanation?” Aaron completed Shaun’s sentence.

Shaun nodded. “Yeah. You should have heard her out. This is one case you have definitely lost, and I will not defend you.”

Aaron’s nostrils flared. “Are you done?”

“No. I’m not done. So, you do admit you were falling in love with her?”

Aaron positioned himself across the pool table, aimed at one of the balls and took another turn. He took a moment before answering the question. “Nah. I wasn’t.”

Shaun laughed hysterically and shot him a look. “Yes, you were. Let me correct myself. You’re in love with her. That’s why this is bothering you so much. If you didn’t love her, you wouldn’t be acting like this. Maybe it’s your guilt kicking in.”

“I told you I’m letting out a little tension. Will you take your turn, please?”

“Hmmm. Call it tension if you want. You acting like a junkie needing a fix. Let me drop this on you and then I’ll be finished. You gave Lamont full access to her again.”

Aaron cringed. “When did you become an expert love therapist? Let’s enjoy the game and not talk about my complicated love life. And, please. Don’t mention Lamont’s name.”

Shaun lifted up his hands in defense. “The last time I checked, you don’t have one and I rest my case.”

Aaron scowled. “Good. Now, can we finish our game of pool?”

But Shaun was right. So what? Yeah, he loved her. More than he cared to admit. Trying to get Simone out of his mind was like trying to get the white out of milk. It was simply impossible. He wished even more that he could dismiss what Shaun had said, but he couldn’t do that either. You were wrong, his conscience accused him. Maybe his guilt was kicking in. He had hurt her and scolded her in a matter of a few seconds.

Aaron mulled over the last words she’d said to him before she walked out of her office. “And after you realize your mistake, don’t even think about calling me. You won’t find me trying to get you back.” No problem. Fine, Lady Simone. I know I’m right. How did she do it? Why pretend to care about him? How could something that felt so perfect turn out this way? He’d let his guard down. Once again, Aaron vowed not to allow another woman to soften his heart.

How could he be wrong? Nah. I’m not.

But, what if I am?

She would never forgive him, especially for how he’d treated her. It was too late for him to be second-guessing himself now. So why was his stomach in knots and his head throbbing?

Exasperated, Aaron slammed his pool stick down on the table.

“You okay?”

He took a deep breath. “Nah, Shaun. I’m not okay.” He walked out of the game room and headed to the nearest medicine cabinet to take two aspirins.

 

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Win Paulette’s Secret Places Revealed, as well as other books from each featured author through the 31 Days, 31 Authors giveaway! To enter, please click on the link below: