Today, we introduce Barbara Ann Derksen. I'm reading her latest novel, Shadow Stalker, now and will post a review later. But, I couldn't wait to tell you about her and the book.
Barbara tells me watching the expressions on the faces of her readers, as well as answering questions about her characters, drives her to write yet another book and another. Her favorite genre is murder mystery but each book brings forth characters who rely on God to solve puzzles in their lives.
In addition to her novels, Barbara’s devotionals are sought after each year when she publishes a new one that reflects what God has placed on her heart. From Straight Pipes, her first, to More Than Bells, Preparation for Prayer, the latest, Barbara’s devotions take people to the place where God can touch their hearts and leave a lasting impression. When people stop by her table for the latest, they talk to her about using the devotions in their chapter meetings, or their personal devotions. Some men return at their pastor’s request because the books are used as launch pads for men’s bible study. Many copies have been passed on to new believers for discipleship tools.
Born in Canada, Barbara lived in the United States for 12 years. While in the United States her writing surfaced as she worked under contract as a journalist for six years with over 2,500 articles published in newspapers and magazines during that time. Meeting and interviewing people, digging for the hidden gems in their lives, made those years informative as well as instructive. She began attending Colorado Christian Writer’s Conferences and each year, under the tutelage of great Christian writers such as James Scott Bell, Angela Hunt, and others, she honed her skills.
Barbara developed a speaking platform and has spoken across the United States and in Manitoba, Canada for women’s groups and in church services on topics such as The Writing Experience, working in the ministry of Christian Motorcyclists Association, Love, Parenting, Time Management, and a host of others.
With 17 books to her credit, one currently inactive and awaiting revision, each one surpasses the last, according to her readers. They look forward to discovering the new characters in a new series Finders Keepers. Book One – Shadow Stalker – has just been released.
Writing, however is simply a tool to be used in the ministry she shares with her husband. With his gift of music (he sings country gospel), they operate CatchFire Ministries, a ministry to bikers through Christian Motorcyclists Association. They travel for four to five months every summer in the United States and the rest of the time in Canada where they seek to inspire, encourage and invite people into a deeper ministry with Jesus Christ. They also minister at Veterans Homes and churches along the way and are about to begin a ministry to Juvenile offenders incarcerated at Manitoba Youth Center. The mysteries include a gospel message that opens her readers to the possibility of reading books written from a Christian World view and supply funds for CatchFire.
An ominous shadow hangs over her, as Christine Finder, alias Melissa Rompart, visits the brutal slaying of her parents most nights in a dream. The threat of discovery propels her to search for the whereabouts of the killer to see the man brought to justice. In the meantime, the killer stalks her mind while she operates Finder Keepers, an agency that searches for the people her clients hire her to find. Nathan Brent is only four years old and missing. Will she find him in time or will the killer find her first?
For more information or to contact Barbara Ann Derksen:
Amazon.com - http://amzn.to/10hvLa5
Amazon author page - http://amzn.to/KLEDab
Linkedin - http://linkd.in/KFuzlh
Goodreads - http://bit.ly/GJcTCd
Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/@prolificwriter1
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/barbara.a.derksen
Facebook fan page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/EaglesNest/205663322735
Google+ - http://bit.ly/QmW1Fa
website - http://www.barbaraannderksen.com/
Shadow Stalker page on website (read excerpt and order) - http://www.barbaraannderksen.com/bookstore/shadow-stalker-book-1-finders-keepers-series/