Valerie Anne Faulkner,
'The Back Porch Writer,'
Interviewed by
Crystal Adkins.
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                                                                   The Interview

    CA: What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?

    Valerie: My first novel, “I Must Be in Heaven, a promise kept,” is ‘a true, inspirational love story’ and has
    just been published in paper back. You ask why I have written this particular story…
    Well, I never considered writing a book, however I have always enjoyed telling stories, and listening to
    them. Everyone I’ve ever met seems to have a story or two to tell, if you know what I mean.
    My story literally had to be put on paper and shared. Its message is meant to offer hope, and insight. I
    personally experienced God’s presence in ordinary people, total strangers that I met, at the time this story
    takes place. Seemed one after another showed up… just when I needed them. Quite often people are placed
    along this path we call life; they shed light, on our darkness. But, we are too scared… we’re all afraid of the
    I for one had to keep faith when life seemed way to dim. And, I had to open my heart and my eyes to ‘see’
    the light glowing, from these angels amongst us.

    CA: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

    Valerie: For me, I decided to write this story, when I realized I needed to write it all down and remember
    the miracles… and since I had made a promise, I needed to stay true to my word. At first, I planned to
    actually “Tell the Stories,” then the thought of writing a book to share them with people everywhere came to

    CA: Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

    Valerie: God has definitely been my inspiration.
    Allow me to explain…It all began, due to a turn of events in my life. See, my hubby and I go back a long
    way… childhood sweethearts, marriage, kids, ‘life was good.’ In May of 2005, life as we knew it, changed.
    I endured a month of distress-dismay- and constant prayer at a hospital… watching, wondering if my
    husband whom had a brain aneurysm explode in his head, would survive! His prognosis was not good at all,
    and I asked family, then friends, and even mere acquaintances for their help in prayer.
    One night while saying my prayers; I asked-like so many times before-for a miracle. It was that night I felt a
    presence like never before, and realized…should say I promised… to ‘Tell The Stories.’

    CA: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

    Valerie: Yipes, well I’m an electrician with my husband during the day (well most of the day) so I try to
    get out my correspondences in the morning, e-mails etc. as I am always working to get the word out so-to-
    speak. I also write a column for the Christian Fiction Online Magazine… so that takes quite a bit of time. It’s
    fun though so I love doing that. As far as another book… I’ve been asked already to continue with a sequel
    but I have only mulled that around in my head at the moment.
    Evenings I do things like this! And my hubby, God bless him, works at his computer too, and then we go to
    bed. One funny thing people always ask, is how we can be together 24/7 and not get in a tiff? It’s love!

    CA: Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?

    Valerie: Blessed!

    CA: What was your biggest challenge in writing your book(s)?

    Valerie: I tend to be a bit fanatical, and I desired perfection. In writing I would write-write-write, then read
    it, then have my husband read it – then rewrite it and start over again. It was a process that I eventually
    accepted, however if I didn’t go through all my steps… I couldn’t begin the next chapter. Of course it was
    pretty neat at the finish. I had very little I found that needed to be changed.
    Then I sent it out to an editor for grammar and punctuation as well as flow. We compromised on ‘very few’
    changes and the rest is history!

    CA: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

    Valerie: I like my regular job except this time of year it’s hot and Bill, my husband and I get dragged out
    and tired after a full day. He taught me how to do electrical wiring and the trade, as well as the people we
    meet are definitely interesting. If I’m not writing/working I love to go to the beach or swim in the pool. I am
    very fond of my dog Jake, and when possible he goes everywhere with us.

    CA: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

    Valerie: One, ‘I Must Be in Heaven, a promise kept” and it’s my favorite, too!

    CA: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

    Valerie: Since this book is based on a true story, all the characters are very ‘real’ people.
    I did consider who could play the movie roles since Bill and I resemble them so well. He could be Mathew
    McCaughnehey and I could be Kate Hudson. J

    CA: Do you have any advice for the aspiring writers out there?

    Valerie: Actually I do. This business of writing will amaze you, especially when you have your first book in
    hand. Try to focus on each day and each accomplishment rather on the ‘big ‘picture. Be patient, keep the
    faith, and be the best you can be. Write with your own voice! If you are satisfied and have given your
    project your all, be happy with your accomplishment. And constantly remember, to thank God, for the
    special gift he has given you. Then go out into the world with confidence and ‘show and tell’ them about
    your story!

    CA: Is there anything you would like to add?

    Valerie: Crystal this has been most enjoyable, and I hope you will keep in touch. I am so glad you invited me
    to join you and your friends today.

    CA: Thank you Valerie for hanging out and sharing your works with the readers! I’m sure they will enjoy it!

                          Blog Spot posted comments:
    Crystal-Rain Love said...

       Great interview. I appreciate any and everyone who shares such a powerful message!
       October 5, 2008 8:27 PM
    happygirl said...

       I have read Valerie's book. It is a very powerful book. If you like to laugh, cry, say oh no...or
    just need to renew your faith in the
    Lord and prayer...Then read this book..If you ever get a chance to meet Val and Bill you will see
    and feel the love and faith in the Lord and in each other that they share. In today's world you don't
    see this kind of love very often. I am very greatful you interviewed Valerie. She is one of a kind.
    Thanks Val for reminding me of my faith..Whens the next
       October 6, 2008 7:09 AM
    Julie Lessman said...

       Beautiful interview, Valerie! Your book sounds amazing -- may God bless it, and you, to the

       October 6, 2008 7:34 AM
    Chick Lit Gurrl said...

       Really enjoyed this interview. I've read Valerie's book, and it's a powerful testimony to her love
    for faith, for her husband, for her family, and for life.
       October 6, 2008 11:33 AM
    kalea_kane said...

       I thoroughly enjoyed Valerie's interview. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read about
    her. I have enjoyed all of Valerie's interviews on Christian Fiction Online Magazine. It was nice to
    read an interview about her. :)
       October 6, 2008 3:42 PM
    Gary said...

       This lovely interview makes me want to go get a copy of the book and read it! Thanks for sharing
    & may God bless you and yours!

       Gary & Martha
       October 7, 2008 6:40 AM
    Barbara Watkins said...

       "I enjoyed this interview, and Valerie your book sounds lovely! I wish you much success."
       October 7, 2008 7:39 PM
    Tamara Leigh said...

       Great interview with Valerie. I love her enthusiasm for writing and love of God. Congratulations,
    Valerie, on the release of your book. May there be many more!
       October 8, 2008 3:16 PM
    Zulmara said...

       Love the inspiration part...que cool is that...wanting to see your name on a cover...  And, love the
    advice to young is so true...stay in the present and enjoy each day, each accomplishment,
    each goal achieved...
Crystal Adkins
Crystal Adkins
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