MA Student Authors New Book

Heather Marie Day

MA Communication

We are proud to announce that Heather Marie Day, a Communication Masters student, released her first book on February 26, 2011, entitled Hook, Line, and Sinker.  We did a recent Q & A with the author.  Check it out below!

Q: What does this book release mean to you?
A: The book release of Hook, Line, and Sinker means a lot to me.  It is tangible evidence of moments in my life where some not-so-great experiences really daunted me.  I am blessed to see that these not-so-great experiences can help others from following in my footsteps.  It just so happens that a dating book I wrote during some painful moments in life, releases within weeks of my wedding, essentially the happiest day of my life.  God has brought me full circle and I can't wait to hear from my readers how He has provided for them as well.

Q: What inspired you to write the book?
A: I was inspired to write the book after contemplating how confusing it can be, being a Christian and trying to find a balance between what society says a woman should act like, and what the Bible convicts us to be true.  Dating is hard, and images of what we need to be like, act like, or look like can't help but penetrate our thoughts and lead us astray.  I wanted to provide Christian girls with some truth that I have been shown.

Q: How long did it take you to write?
A: I was actually able to write the entire book in one summer.  Once I knew what I wanted to say, I prayed a lot and asked God to help me say it.

Q: How did your education prepare you or motivate you to write a book?
A: I have always wanted to write book; I knew that when I was five or six years old.  I have chosen the perfect degree program to emphasize my passion.  Communication is the heart of great writing.  I believe you have to master the art of communication before I can truly master the art of writing.  It is by no coincidence that I ended up at Andrews University.  The staff and class size are excellent remedies for student success.

Q: How would you encourage others who hope to get a book published one day? 
A: To author-minded people reading this, I would say to really sit and reflect on what it is you have to say, that no one else can.  I am a firm believer that every pair of lungs that breathes has a God-given mission.  You have to figure out what you talent is, then use it to bring glory to Jesus Christ.  If your talent is writing, then you need to work on your message.  I never write without consulting God, to make sure I don't say anything he wouldn't condone.  In my life, it is so much a prayer process.  The more time I spend in prayer, the easier thoughts come.  In a nutshell, I would say write about what you know, and ask God to aid you in saying it.                                 

Q: Where can Hook, Line, and Sinker be purchased?
A: It can be purchased at most ABC stores or online at www.AdventistBookCenter.com.

Q: We hear you have a children's book also in the works.  Can you tell us about that?
A: I am excited to talk about my children's book!  I have recently received a publishing contract for a children's poem book I wrote called "Mom said, but I Heard".  What it is, is things adults say, that children could take literally.  I wrote these wacky, silly poems, and am pairing them with larger-than-life illustrations, and at the end tying them to Christian principles.  My hope is that it's a fun way to teach kids about Jesus; a sort of child's devotional that meets them where they are at.  I absolutely adore the project and look forward to its release!

By: Ashleigh Burtnett

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