Why did you choose to do an online magazine?
Great question! Well, when I was a little girl, I loved getting American Girl Magazine. I was so thrilled every time I ran outside in bare feet to find the hidden magazine treasure in the mailbox, or when Dad would come home with a new issue in the middle of a snow storm. Besides having happy memories about magazines, I also have a passion for writing. To me, I love choosing a theme and pulling in a diverse crowd of writers and topics and somehow tying them all together under one theme.
When I was really young I used to write newsletters for my friends, and I even had a website once before when I was about thirteen. The internet is such an amazing way to instantly reach a crowd with a message...and much faster then old-fashioned magazines! So for me, choosing to do an online magazine was kind of a no-brainer!
How did you come up with Crown of Beauty Magazine?
The short answer? Because I know what I was like as a fourteen year old girl crushing on Nick Jonas!
The long answer? So many girls grow up thinking that all the boy advice they'll ever need can be found in popular teen magazines, or on the phone with their best friends. But the advice that we're getting from some of our "best advice" sources is actually pretty terrible.
Everything we need to know about relationships can be found in the Bible, and through one on one communication with God in prayer. But how many girls actually spend time in the Word, seeking answers for their love lives?
Sometimes it's helpful to have someone who has already been there and done that, and has dug into the deep diamond mines of God's Word and dug up some gold to share. Not that this or any other book should be a substitute for getting these answers from God Himself...but I thought, as along as I have this all locked up inside I might as well share it!
Have you learned anything new since writing the ebook?
It was kind of hard though, just a few days before the book was finished. That's when I wanted to change it the most. That's when the enemy placed doubt in my mind and I started asking myself, Why am I doing this? I'm only nineteen and I've never even been on a date! What credibility do I have to help girls out in their relationships when I've never even BEEN in one? What qualifies me to write this?
Inner critics tried to shut up my voice, but a louder voice triumphed. I was reminded that I have the only two qualifications that matter.
Number one, I have a relationship with the only One who matters, and who is the EXPERT of all relationship advice! And He has graciously taught me so much about guarding my heart, waiting for my future prince charming, and what to do once he arrives. And number two, I deeply care about my sisters in Christ. I wrote this whole book like a letter to my best friend, or little sister, or peers who are going through the same stuff I do when it comes to boys.
So yes, I learned that I don't have to be married, engaged or even dating someone to write a book about boys and true love. In a lot of ways, this was a huge step of faith for me. This is my stepping out on a limb and saying, "I know God is faithful and His ways to do relationships are right and true!"