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As an enthusiastic Sunday school teacher, there was only one thing Patti Ogden did not enjoy about the teaching experience; too often, her lessons would end with the children not grasping the concepts they were intended to learn. With a genuine heartfelt desire to reach children’s soul realm, she unleashed her God-given creativity and began to break down her lessons into simple terms – added excitement and drama – and suddenly she saw the "lights go on!" Soon the kids were asking questions and wanting to know more!
With a background in journalism and a sincere burden to help kids seek their own spiritual growth, she is now the author of Keoni’s Big Question and two other Christian children's books due to be released in 2009.
We interviewed Patti to find out more about her new book and her life as a published author.
Thank you for this interview, Patti. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Well, first and foremost I am a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. I live in Oregon, Illinois with my husband Jeff. We live in a historical piece of Illinois, only three miles from the home of John Deere where he invented the plow. I love writing, reading, hiking, and working in landscaping and photography.
I have been writing ever since I was in high school after a creative writing course unleashed that desire to put my thoughts on paper.
Do you write full-time?
I guess you could say it was part time writing yet I think about writing full time. I get hundreds of ideas in my head during a week… I only wish I could find the time to do them all.
At what point in your life did you make up your mind you were going to become a published author?
When I wrote Keoni’s Big Question, there was a new sense of urgency to get this book published. I have several books I wrote years ago that I tucked away and never did anything with – but this one was different. In my experience as a Sunday school teacher, I had seen a real need for children to be able to understand the more weighty spiritual questions that every child asks. I tested the book out on family and friends and the result of that convinced me.
Was there anyone in your life that you can give credit to helping pave the way?
My husband Jeff is the greatest support of my efforts. He is a blessing to me.
What was your favorite book to read as a child?
As a child, I loved Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books. I was constantly carting those books along with me. I got such a kick out of Ramona’s antics and her stubborn persistence. I guess she reminded me of myself.
Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
Every child wonders at one time or another why we cannot see God. My book Keoni’s Big Question is about a very curious young boy who seeks answers about God's presence in everyday life. This is a gripping tale that follows two dear friends, a child and an elderly man, on a fishing trip that turns dangerous, then miraculous. In the end, Keoni is left with more answers about God than he ever dreamed possible.
What was the inspiration behind your book? Why did you feel a need to write it?
When I first began to teach Sunday school, I noticed the children were not grasping the basic concepts of a Christian life by just reading out of the Bible.
I began to realize while adults use sermons to apply scripture to life, children need something as well. A storybook that tackled the big spiritual questions came to me as a way to bridge that gap.
What message are you trying to convey with this book?
It is my hope that children will learn that they can have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ on their own level. Their experiences with God don’t need to be through their parents or another adult especially when help from an older person is not available during times of trouble or helplessness. It’s my desire to teach them how to communicate with God on their own. I want them to understand that God hears and answers their prayers. He can be touched, reached and seen in the beauty that surrounds us.
Do you ever get writer’s block and what do you do when that happens?
I view writer’s block as a clogged mind and energy system. You have to set it free again. I do this by going for a long walk in the woods with my relaxation music loaded into my ipod. Of course, a day at the spa isn’t too shabby either!
Do you have a website?
We sure do. You can visit us at www.Capstone-Productions.com which will include a link to my new blog very soon.
Thank you for this interview, Patti. Do you have any final words you’d like to share with my readers?
I would just like to send my best wishes to everyone and thank BlogCritics for taking the time to showcase my new book. Happy reading!