Kelly Goshorn Speaks Up!

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Everyone’s Story welcomes about-to-be debut author Kelly Goshorn. It’s always a pure joy to cheer along another author and I’m glad you’re joining us this week to encourage Kelly as she tries to encourage you. Kelly’s novel, A Love Restoredwill be out this year and Kelly shares with you the angst behind writing this novel. Also check out Kelly’s sweet Giveaway of an Amazon Gift card–one can never have enough books (or whatever you’d like), right?! Kelly and I look forward to chatting with you.

 

 

 

 

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Kelly is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter 1 $10.00 Amazon Gift Card. The winner will be announced here on Friday, April 14th between  5-7 PM EST.

 

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Becoming Gideon by Kelly Goshorn

Happily married for nineteen years, I had three healthy, nearly grown children and a successful in-home childcare business, but something was missing. I began to pray earnestly for God to give me a new direction, a new passion for my life.

The answer came three years later, when he called me to write. The task was daunting. Me? Write a book? God, you must be joking.

He wasn’t.

The journey that lay ahead would not only prove to be challenging, it would require me to face my biggest personal and spiritual obstacle—the fear of failure. Over the next few years, I would be repeatedly plagued with crippling self-doubt and the fear of rejection. In true God fashion, he led me where I needed to be, not necessarily where I wanted to be.

I imagine Gideon must have been feeling the same thing when God chose him to lead his people against the Midianites. Small and of no consequence, The Bible tells us in Judges 6:15 that Gideon was the least in his tribe and his tribe was the least in all of Israel.

In today’s competitive world of publication, Gideon would be a nobody. He would have no social media platform, no unique voice and no agent. Like Gideon, I was completely unqualified for the task God set before me. I didn’t know the first thing about plotting a story, character arc or deep point of view. In fact, up until now, I’d considered myself a hopelessly uncreative person. How many times I cried over my keyboard, “God this must be a mistake, I can’t do this.”

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Like me, Gideon tried to convince God he’d gotten it all wrong. Gideon pointed out his low position in his tribe and that he wasn’t much of a warrior. He reminded God of the strength of his enemy. The Bible tells us that the Midianites swarmed over Israel like locusts, devouring their crops and feasting on their livestock. So afraid was Israel, they sheltered in the clefts of the rocks rather than confront their oppressors. When Gideon finally stepped into the role of warrior that God had called him to, confident God had his back, Israel defeated her enemies.

Would God do the same for me? I didn’t have the pre-requisite skill set for the challenge he called me to. What if I mastered the craft, stepped out in faith, and there was no contract? What would that mean for my writing? For my faith?

But what if God did come through? After all, it was his crazy idea for me to write this book. I remembered something our Christian Education Director used to tell me, “where the Lord leads, the Lord provides.” Conviction set in. I had to pour out my heart and confess to God that I believed He would meet others needs but not necessarily my own. I repented for believing that the finishing work of the cross wasn’t enough. That I didn’t trust He was faithful to do what He said He would do—for me.

The result has been liberating. What I discovered is that God sees not only who we are, but who we can be when we place our trust in Him. He calls us to tackle our biggest obstacles so that we can rest in total dependence on Him. In fact, His specialty is using ordinary people to do extraordinary things. People like Gideon.

People like me.

I realize that writing a novel is not the same as conquering a might foe with only 300 men, but to embrace the path God was leading me on, no longer constrained by the fear of failure or what others might think of me if I failed, is every bit as extraordinary.

Truthfully, I still struggle with self-doubt often wondering if the words on the page are good enough. But it no longer cripples me. It no longer keeps me from pursing the calling I’d prayed for and received. I will be obedient to what God has called me to do—to write. I will rejoice in this new passion he has given me.

I will trust my God to come through for me and raise me up a Gideon!

Kelly’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

@KellyGoshorn is about to become a debut author! Visit and congratulate her! #Giveaway (Tweet This)

@KellyGoshorn discusses #FearOfFailure and its link to #writing: Can you relate? (Tweet This)

Author @KellyGoshorn Speaks Up: Becoming Gideon, how she’s done it, how you can too. (Tweet This)

Author’s Bio:

Kelly weaves her affinity for history and her passion for God into uplifting stories of love, faith and family set in nineteenth century America. Her debut novel, A Love Restored, is under contract with Pelican Book Group tentatively scheduled to release later this year. Kelly has been enjoying her own happily-ever- after with her husband and best friend, Mike, for 26 years. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her young adult children, scrapbooking with friends, board gaming with her husband, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi.

Places to connect with Kelly:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

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Kelly and I look forward to your comments.

 

68 comments to Kelly Goshorn Speaks Up!

  • Ann Ellison

    Wonderful interview. I will be watching for Kelly’s debut novel.

  • Kelly A Tyree

    What an inspiring interview. I am excited to read this new book.

  • Andrea Stephens

    Another wonderful interview Elaine. I look forward to Kelly’s book.
    I have to say, Kelly really is a sweetheart. I’ve not met her in person but one day I got a message from her on Facebook. She reached out and gave me a wonderful gift.

  • Gideon was in my scheduled Bible reading this week. 🙂 I’ve always loved his story. Flawed but willing to follow God’s leading. I’ve often wondered what he thought when God reduced his army to 300. But it is a great example of God providing for what He calls us to do. So glad you followed Him. I can’t imagine writing a book without Him telling it to me. Wishing you the best on your writing journey!

    • elaineadmin

      I know exactly what you mean, Pat. The Worries started to poke their nasty hands again this week while I was formatting Kelly’s feature and I ended up reading her words over and over again. Coincidental timing? Nope. His timing? Yep!

    • I definitely agree Patricia! Facing our fears requires us to trust God in ways we never knew could!

  • Ann Mock

    I enjoyed reading about the struggles Kelly went through writing her book. I had the same thoughts and was so glad to hear how she overcame them. I am looking forward to hearing when her new book comes out!

    • elaineadmin

      Ann, thanks for visiting today. I believe Kelly’s message definitely speaks to both writers and readers since it’s way too easy to allow fear to overcome us.

  • Hi Ann, I’m glad to hear I’m not alone in these struggles. I have been learning anew how faithful God is when we press into Him!

  • Kelly, as somebody who felt called to write fiction at an early age (but God Himself keeps putting the brakes on my plans), I really related to this post. Thank you so much for sharing your struggles and faith during your writing journey. And, congratulations!

    • elaineadmin

      Lauren, thanks for visiting us on Everyone’s Story. I hope you’ll come back 😊

      I also hope you don’t give up on your writing. I’ve had years when Life 101 has occurred and has kept me from writing. I kept asking God why He would give me these ideas but nothing would come of it, only to learn more that it had to do with His perfect timing… and last year I saw the debut of my novel Always With You. Praise God.

  • Very inspiring! I look forward to reading this when it becomes available. I think often when God calls us to do something out of our comfort zone it is terrifying and at times we just want to shout, “WHY!?”. It is encouraging to know we are not alone in these frustrations and to hear the testimony of someone else accomplishing the goals God set out for them to do is definitely an encouragement. I’m excited to read the novel and good luck!

    • elaineadmin

      Heather, I’m so happy you made it here to Everyone’s Story. I’ve been encouraged by Kelly’s words and am glad you’ve been too!

      Hope to see you again!

    • Hi Heather, thank you for visiting Elaine’s blog an for your encouraging words! I’m going to bare a little piece of my soul to you. I had to learn my lesson twice. Yes, I’m that hard-headed! There was so much more I wanted to convey in the piece and brevity is not my strong suit. Writing the next book was even harder than the first. Self-doubt took over again as I battled to believe I could write another story. The enemy was fighting hard. I made a million excuses to avoid writing, anything was better than sitting in front of the computer and not being able to do it. I mean that would be me, right? My fault? I hadn’t tried, not God’s fault. But he nailed me. He didn’t need me to make excuses for him. He needed me to be obedient. I was overwhelmed with how faithful He had been to me in writing ALR and how faithless I was in return. Hadn’t I learned anything? A lot of tears were shed over that one. He pretty much told me my job was to sit in the chair and trust Him to show up! Now I remind myself of His great faithfulness every time I sit in the chair!

      • elaineadmin

        Kelly, I love this: He pretty much told me my job was to sit in the chair and trust Him to show up! Wow. I’ve been trying to apply this to my every day life, but never thought of it is such concrete words. Thanks!

  • Hi Lauren, thanks for stopping by and for the well wishes. So glad to know that you found some encouragement in my words and knowing that you are not alone. Always blesses me to find others who can relate to my struggles. I know this can sound cliche, but I truly believe God’s timing is always perfect! I signed my contract in mid-July 2015 and still do not have a firm enough release date to share with Elaine’s readers. I have seen many of my friends receive contracts and be published or Indie publish multiple releases while I wait in what can seem like “the shadows.” I’m confident when the time is right, you will be able to pursue your writing dreams and will also see His mighty hand working providentially to bring it to pass.

    • elaineadmin

      Kelly, I’ve been in similar circumstances with my debut novel. Not knowing when a release will be isn’t fun and vey anxiety producing. It got to the point that the anxiety made me remember to rely heavily and only on God. Know when my story was released? Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend… and the story centers on white supremacy. Interesting timing? Coincidental timing? I think not 😊

  • Elaine I have to chuckle at your reply to Lauren, when you wrote, “why He would give me these ideas but nothing would come of it.” Unlike Lauren, and many writers, I NEVER had an inkling to ever write a book, but in hindsight I see many “signs” there was a writer inside me. One of those is the ongoing, often serial daydreams i would have as a grown woman. I would play these scenes over and over in my mind and would eventually come back to reality and think I was totally lunatic. Now, I recognize those as characters talking to me, urging me to put them on paper. Never had a clue! LOL!

  • I sometimes wonder how to get all the characters out of my head and onto “paper”. Is there enough time left in my life? 🙂 They keep jumping up and down, waving their hands and yelling, “Me, pick me!” And I’ve lost so many stories somewhere in the past, because I didn’t have time to step away from real life and write down the words the characters were saying. But hopefully, the words and characters we select for each book or story will touch someone and help them battle the things this world has tossed at them. 🙂

    • elaineadmin

      Well said. Karen, it’s always a delight to see you here!

    • Karen, you have me chuckling. I picture donkey, from Shrek, yelling “pick me!” I’m convinced the best ideas come at the most inopportune moments–the middle of the night, when driving, the shower or when I’m at work. Then when I’m in front of the computer, I get nothin’! I just keep praying for inspiration!

  • Marilyn R

    An uplifting interview with Kelly. I love the story of Gideon in the Bible and often refer to it when self doubt moves in. Kelly’s book will need to be read. So glad she’ll be visiting Everyone’s Story later. God bless.

  • Colleen

    I’ve been in the background watching as Kelly has written her book. I’m anxiously awaiting to get my signed copy when it’s published and celebrate with her! <3 you Kelly! You have amazing talent and God is using you!

  • I love how the Lord qualifies us for the things he asks us to do! I’ve already had the honor of reading Kelly’s debut and can see why God asked her to write it. <3

    • elaineadmin

      So glad you visited today, Angela. I agree about how He qualifies us. Often, we don’t realize it though until much later. He has enormous “Sleeves” and we must focus on trusting Him and believing what’s up His sleeves is for our own good. Well, that’s my personal lesson lately that I’m trying my best to focus on.

      Easter blessings.

  • Hi Angela, Thanks so much for visiting Elaine’s blog! Angela I met as newbies on the big ACFW Scribes loop and she remains my #1 most trusted critique partner! It is really cool to look back and see all the intricate pieces God has woven together to accomplish His will in our lives. Love that He is always working behind the scenes on our behalf!

  • I enjoyed this interview so much. What an encouraging post to find at the end of a really long, tough day. Thank you so much, Kelly, for sharing your story! Congratulations on your contract – can’t wait to read your book!

    • elaineadmin

      Laura, thanks for visiting. I’m sure Kelly’s smiling (though she can verify it 😉) with the words every author wants to hear: Can’t wait to read your book!

      Easter blessings 🌼

    • Hi Laura, I’m so glad sharing part of my story was an encouragement to you! It’s so good to know we are not alone through our struggles or through this crazy writing journey! I appreciate you taking time to stop by and comment today! Blessings!

  • Patty

    Thanks for sharing Kelly! I think I too often let fear get in the way of doing things.
    Historical fiction is my genre of choice, look forward to hearing more about your book.

    • elaineadmin

      Patty, I’m glad you dropped by to say a hello. Easter blessings to you 🌼

    • Hi Patty, Thanks for stopping by! You know, Patty, growing up I was discouraged from trying things. My mom didn’t want me to be disappointed when I failed. Without intending too, she taught me not to persevere and to worry about what others would think when I didn’t succeed. I don’t think I ever believed I could succeed with hard work until my late forties when God began this work in me. While I’m thrilled to have the contract for ALR, it truly is secondary to the work He’s done in me! I’m going to pray that any fear remaining in you will be broken and that God will raise you up a Gideon!

  • Debbie Rice

    I can’t wait to read your book, Kelly. So proud of you for taking this huge leap of faith and I am excited to see how you will bless others through your writing.

  • SueH

    Wonderful article! Thanks for stepping out in faith and sharing! SO excited for your book to be published, Kelly! Easter Blessings!

  • Hi Sue, Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the support and encouragement!

  • Bev Cromer

    Wonderful news. I can’t wait to read your book Kelly. You have been such a blessing in my life!

    Love,

    Bev

  • Pauline Osborne

    enjoyed the interview and thoughts of the new book, I am an avid reader and am sure this would be one I would like to sit and read, good luck in your new endeavor in life,thanks for sharing.

  • Connie Saunders

    Congratulations Kelly on the publication of your first book. Elaine, thank you for sharing Kelly’s story. I have been prompted to believe that I also can be a Gideon!
    Blessings and Happy Easter!
    Connie

    • elaineadmin

      Connie, I love when you visit! So glad you’ve been inspired. Have a lovely Easter.

    • Hi Connie! I’m so glad my story has been inspiring to you. I fully believe that is what God wants for you, for all of us–to trust him so fully that He can raise us up a Gideon! He wants to take us places only He can so that we know beyond any doubt that He enabled us. Like Gideon winning the battle with only 300 men! Only God could orchestrate that! My faith has been totally transformed, all because He asked me to write a book!

  • Hi Pauline! I have been so blessed to be here on Elaine’s blog this week. So many, like you, have been encouraging me when I was hoping to encourage all of you! I hope you enjoy my story!

  • elaineadmin

    I am so thankful when a blog guest can not only guide me in the right direction but uplift my viewers as well. Kelly Goshorn, heartfelt thanks for guesting with lots of energy and a desire to share with my viewers. What an amazing week it’s been!

    Thanks too for the Giveaway of an $10.00 Amazon Gift Card. And the winner of the card is…

    Ann M. Yay, Ann!! Enjoy! Both Kelly and I will contact you shortly via direct email.

    Easter blessings for His joy and peace.

  • Cindy scott

    Kelly, so excited for you! Can’t wait for the book to be published. Looking forward to reading it. So very blessed to have you in my life.
    Love Cee Ce

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