VBD Author Spotlight – M. A. Malcolm

M. A. Malcolm, a native of Jamaica, is a wife, mother, stepmother, daughter, sister and aunt. She is a freelance copy editor, administrative service provider and self-publishing consultant. With a passion for enhancing the work of Christian writers, she is certified in copyediting and is the founder of Nitpicking with a Purpose. Over the years, she has worked with a host of local and international authors and authors-to-be.

When she published her first book, His Last Hope: A Contemporary Christian Romance in July of 2015, she fully expected it to be ‘one and done.’ She had no intention of writing another book of any kind; however, readers have demanded more, and the Lord has made it possible for her to comply. Not only has He allowed her more time to write; He has also given her more messages to share.

With the publication of His Last Resort (the prequel to His Last Hope) in 2017, the first part of her relatively recent vision of creating the His Last Hope Series has come true. She is currently working on two more manuscripts in the series.

In 2016, she also became a children’s author with the publication of her first children’s book, So very… Max!—a modern-day response to Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.

Mrs. Malcolm has been a part of Faith in Christ Ministries in Westmoreland, Jamaica, for more than ten years. She divides her time among her family; work and writing projects; dogs; to-be-read list, and catching up on much-needed sleep.

She loves hearing from readers, and can be reached via her website authormamalcolm.com. You may also sign up there for her mailing list if you’d like to receive occasional emails and special offers, including bonus chapters and printable coloring pages for both adults and children. Book clubs may invite her to appear in person or via the Internet for live discussions surrounding her books. She is also on Facebook and Instagram as @AuthorMAMalcolm.


***WINNER! Christian Small Publisher Association’s 2016 BOOK OF THE YEAR – ROMANCE***
It’s a nightmare from which she can’t seem to wake up. With no name, no memory and no identification, she can only answer to the name given to her–Hope. In the hospital, she is befriended by an older woman who becomes her lifeline, but even “Aunt Ruby” is stunned when Hope shares the mysterious circumstances of her amnesia and the unexpected complication: she’s pregnant.

When Professor Daniel Donahue returns to Florida from teaching abroad, he’s suspicious of the stranger now living with his beloved aunt. He makes it his mission to discredit Hope and disclose what he believes are her devious intentions.

Hope can’t help but feel the tension between them, but just below the surface lies an inexplicable attraction. With each passing day, Daniel finds it harder to deny his feelings, but before he can acknowledge them, he must face the pain of his past and resolve his issues with God. Can he lay his heart on the line, never knowing if someone else is out there, ready to reclaim his new-found Hope?


Makeup artist Claire is everything future minister Robert knows he doesn’t want, so why can’t he get her off his mind?

Driven and focused, business owner and future pastor Robert Marsden knows exactly what he wants, and what he doesn’t. The Do Not Disturb sign he’s placed on his heart is his way of discouraging the ‘wanna-be first ladies’ who’ve set their sights on him. The way he sees it, Claire Foxwood and women like her are more focused on impressing others than on their eternal souls. As a man of God, it’s his duty to set them straight, right?

Claire can’t help her attraction to Robert, but his decision to make a public spectacle of her hurts to the core. Part of her wants to give him a piece of her mind, but the rest of her remains infatuated with the man who’s too attractive for his (and her) own good. If only she didn’t feel like he has a role to play in her destiny!

Can “Aunt Ruby” Crawford’s words of godly wisdom peppered with humor help the misguided pair look deep within themselves and discover God’s plan for their lives?


Being Max isn’t easy. He’s just so different from every other foal at the farm. Momma Milly Mare protects her baby and showers him with tons of love, convinced that what makes him different is what makes him special. Sure of his mother’s love, Max still struggles with being stared at by disapproving eyes. When all the other foals find themselves in danger, it’s Max who triumphs and shows them what makes him So very… Max!


Book Trailer – So Very…Max

Theme Song – To the Max








Thanks for stopping by, Marsha. It was great having you. Stay victorious.

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 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series






VBD Author Interview: Danyelle Scroggins

Victorious By Design is delighted to interview author Danyelle Scroggins, a pastor, author, wife, mother, grandmother, and student. Check out our interview and her new release.                                                                                         


Pastor/ Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from the Liberty University. Pastor Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of “His Mistress or God’s Daughter?, Not Too Far Gone, Destiny’s Decision, Evonta’s Revenge, & The Power Series: Pain, Restoration, Love, & Forgiving”. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins and the mother of three.     


1. What makes you feel inspired to write?

After God has allowed processing to take place, I am always inspired to write. What others call problems, I have grown to understand these occurrences or situations are processes to push or pull you into purpose. Anytime God pulls me through a particular situation, it births the opportunity to write.

2. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I was in elementary school reading every Amelia Bedelia book in the library when I decided I wanted to become a writer. I considered myself a true writer when I published my first non-fiction book entitled Not Until You’re Ready.

I was in elementary school reading every Amelia Bedelia book in the library when I decided I wanted to become a writer. I considered myself a true writer when I published my first non-fiction book entitled Not Until You’re Ready.

3. How did you come with the idea for your current story?

Put It In Ink started over twenty years ago. I began to write the frame but had to put it to the side until I was ready. Meaning? I had to discover the power in writing down the things God showed or revealed; putting in ink the visions and dreams God gave concerning the future. It is not only eye-opening but necessary and therapeutic to write the things that are in your heart.


40 Days of Healing birthed after God ushered my church and me into 40 days of fasting. It was so amazing to discover how God will grant daily manna to encourage, rebuke, reprove, restore, and redirect you in your life. 

4. Tell us about your writing process. Do you outline, or are you more of a seat of your pants type of a writer?

I usually begin my writing process by jotting down particular thoughts or should I say, “I plan the writing road.” I often plant the characters, the outcome or the end, and then I begin the prayer process. I never want to write anything that would hurt, demean, or destroy someone so this is why I pray to be on one accord with God and sow into the lives of people exactly what is directly linked to God’s spirit.

40 Days of Healing was unlike any book I have ever written. It was like dialing God each morning and getting directly what He wanted me to give to His people. Some days, I was so shocked at how He took me back in my dreams to places in my past that were so relevant to what He wanted to relate. I’m still amazed.

5. What is your usual writing routine?

When I write, I generally try to write late at night when my house is still although sometimes, I carve out at least four early morning hours like between 6 and 10. You would be surprised at how your schedule changes during writing but the end result is always worth the sleepless nights or early rising.

6. What is the highest goal that you desire to meet as an author?

As an author, I understand that each time a reader reads my books and become compelled to allow Christ into their lives and situations I have my reward. It took me a while to understand that being an author is just and extension of my ministry and who I am as a pastor.

7. What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

My best advice to anyone who wants to write is be true to you. Do not try to write like everyone or anyone else. Find your authentic self and discover who you are as a writer. I also would like them to understand that writing is not easy, but it is just like anything else in life…available to those who fight to make it happen.

8. Name three of your best writing tips.

You must be true to you and your beliefs at all times.

You must make time to write and treat your writing as a career.

You have to love the messages you are trying to relay.

9. Dead or alive, name the writer you wish were your mentor and why.

I would definitely love to have been mentored by the Bible author Paul as he had a way with writing that not only encouraged the reader, but also prick a place that made the reader desire to be true to themselves as well as to God.

10. What would you say is your own interesting writing quirk?

I pray a lot before, during, and after writing. I just believe that in order to make sure I am in alignment with my purpose and mission as a writer, I have to be in constant communication with the source of my imagination.

11. Shout out an indie writer whose work you love.

I really love Ann Marie Bryan as I see within her writing a true love for God and a true honor of the marriage bedroom.

12. Do you have any specific writing goals in your radar?

Yes I am really trying to dabble a little in children’s books and also take my husband’s favorite story and make it into a series.

13. How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?

I absolutely love to travel, and whenever I have a moment of freedom, I take it to the road. There is nothing like sitting on the passenger side, reading a good book, and laughing aloud as my husband asks, “What has happened now?” Now when I am not able to take a trip, I love spending time sitting by my pond. You see so much in nature and really the presence of God when you take the time to be still.

14. What do you have in store next for your readers?

I just did my first anthology with a couple of excellent authors, and I will be making that book available as a Kindle book soon. Then I am revamping a book that I did a short story called Evonta’s Revenge, and I am doing a four book series with her family if God wills. There is so much more on my agenda as an author, and my prayer is that my readers continue to support my efforts to share Jesus Christ with them in forms of fiction and non-fiction books.


Title: 40 Days of Healing Journal 

Release Day: June 8, 2017

Genre: Christian Living


40 Days of maximizing your privilege to go boldly before the throne of grace. 40 Days Of Healing is your opportunity to be renewed in your mind, body, and spirit. This journal is lined for your very own insight, prayers, and reflections. It is also saturated in scriptures to help usher you into your…


To find out more about Danyelle, her books and ministry, visit:

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Thanks for joining us, Danyelle! Congratulations on your new release. Stay victorious!

 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series









VBD Author Spotlight: Danyelle Scroggins

Victorious By Design is pleased to spotlight author Danyelle Scroggins and her new release, 40 Days of Fasting. Danyelle wears many hats – pastor, author, wife, mother, grandmother, and student -  so we are excited to feature her. “It was so amazing to discover how God will grant daily manna to encourage, rebuke, restore, and redirect you  in your life,” Danyelle stated, with reference to her new release.

Title: 40 Days of Healing Journal 

Release Day: June 8, 2017

Genre: Christian Living


40 Days of maximizing your privilege to go boldly before the throne of grace. 40 Days Of Healing is your opportunity to be renewed in your mind, body, and spirit. This journal is lined for your very own insight, prayers, and reflections. It is also saturated in scriptures to help usher you into your…


“After I went through this journal I found it well written and giving one so much important divine inspirational information that will only help ‘renew ones total mind, body and spirit.’ I loved how after each day, one is to write their prayers. Wow, what one can get through fasting and prayers!

This journey was beautifully well done and anyone can follow along each of the 40 days and be truly blessed. Would I recommend? Definitely yes! I plan on starting my 40 days soon.” Amazon Customer


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This journal was birth through my desire to participate in Lent. No, I am not Catholic, but I definitely believe that the blessings of the Lord fall on those who love Him enough to lay aside themselves for the sake of getting more of God. That is what fasting is all about.

It is about laying aside that thing or those things that obstruct you from being the best person you can be, and believing the denying of yourself, gives God room to maximize your potential at becoming the best you, or opening channels for you to receive answered prayers.

It is also about putting the “it” in your life down so you can move to your next level in God, as we coined our fast, “It Must Go Down So I Can Go Up.” Say that. Before you can even finish saying it, you already know what the “it” is that is keeping you from elevating in God.

Therefore, I first would like to tell you that I called each day’s Word, my morning manna. Then I would like to ask you to begin this journal with an open mind and heart. Pray and ask God to give you the will to complete your 40 days of fasting. I would also like to encourage you to use your morning manna daily to help someone you pass along the way.

Last, I would like to tell you to be prepared for whatever God is going to do for you because of your obedience! He is a great God, and He is willing to supersede all you can ask or think because He does the exceedingly and abundantly above all you can ask or think.

Today is the beginning of your road to healing through fasting and prayer. The beginning of your 40 days of giving up something  (my it), so you can “Go Higher”!

For the next 40 days, I want you to commit to giving up something (your it): Soda, Sweets, Lying, Facebook, Social Media, The Telephone or Cell Phone, Gambling, Alcohol, Gossiping, Sex, Wine, Television, Something but faithfully for the next 40 days!

So before you begin Day 1, write down what you are willing to give up…

I’m giving up: _______________________________________

Why I chose to give up this is. __________________________


Pastor Danyelle Scroggins is the Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North, but her first ministry is being the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins and the mother of three wonderful young adults: Raiyawna, Dobrielle, & Dwight Gatlin Jr. Pastor D, as she is affectionately called, is the author of Not Until You’re Ready, His Mistress or God’s Daughter?, Destiny’s Decision, Evonta’s Revenge, Not Too Far Gone , and The Power Series: The Power of Pain, Restoration, Love, & Forgiving, which is her fourth Christian fiction.

Behind this great woman, is a life story of pain and promise which led her to the reality of who she is in Christ. It is this reality that has caused Pastor Danyelle to write books that are designed to usher change into the lives of God’s children; especially His daughters.

Pastor Danyelle studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, and later went on to gain a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology/Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a M.A. in Psychology from Phoenix.

Pastor Danyelle currently resides in Louisiana along with her husband and family.


To find out more about Danyelle, her books and ministry, visit: 

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Thanks for sharing with us, Danyelle! Congratulations on your new release. Stay victorious!

 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series





VBD Author Spotlight: Michelle Stimpson

Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Who Killed My Husband? By Michelle Stimpson

Virtual Book Tour: July 17-28, 2017.  

Genre: Short Story/Mystery

ASIN: B071743ZLP

Michelle Stimpson is an author, a speaker, and an educator who received her Bachelor of Science degree from Jarvis Christian College in 1994. She earned a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2002. She has had the pleasure of teaching elementary, middle, and high school as well as training adults. In addition to her work in the field of education, Michelle ministers through writing and public speaking.

Her works include the highly acclaimed Boaz Brown, Divas of Damascus Road (National Bestseller), and Falling Into Grace. She has published several short stories for high school students through her educational publishing company, Right Track Academic Support Services, at www.wegottaread.com.

Michelle serves in women’s ministry at her home church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, in Dallas, TX. She regularly speaks at special events and writing workshops sponsored by churches, schools, book clubs and other positive organizations, and she has taught writing classes at the University of Texas at Arlington. Michelle lives near Dallas with her husband, their two teenage children, and one crazy dog.

Ashley Crandall finally convinced her husband, Allan, to attend the Christian men’s retreat…but he ends up dead there. What happened to him on the campgrounds? Who would want to kill Allan? And why are the detectives pointing fingers at Ashley? In her quest to solve the mystery and clear her name, Ashley will learn something about her husband that she didn’t want to know and something about her Christian faith that shifts her life. 

This short work by national bestselling, multi-published author Michelle Stimpson is packed with emotion, suspense, and a her signature way of weaving hope into a story – always a hit with readers who enjoy faith-based reads.

In Conversation with

Michelle Stimpson

Q: This is a different kind of book for you. What made you venture a little with this title?

A: After writing 40+ books, an author can get kinds stagnant. I have recently started reading clean mysteries, and I found that I actually enjoy them. They keep me up late at night because I truly want to find out whodunit and why. I’m hoping my readers will enjoy a different pace, too. I think they’ll be glad to know it’s possible to change things up and still keep the message of the book strong.

Q: What is the message of the book?

A: The main character, Ashley, is struggling to make sense of things as they relate to her. She has suffered much loss in her life already. But she’s going to have to understand that God doesn’t make His plans around Her. She may be the apple of His eye, but she is not the center of the universe.  His promise to be there always will have to sufficient for some of us until we reach the other side.

Q: Wow! That title really caught me. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

A: You know what, I wish I could remember. Thankfully, I have not experience much death around me, but I know that the longer I live, the more loved ones will pass away. Death is a part of life.  I don’t kill off a lot of characters in my books, but there was just something about this couple that struck my imagination and I knew they needed a book. Quickly!

Q: How quick?

A: About 10 days from outline to finished first draft.

Q: Seriously?

A: Yes, but keep in mind: This is a shorter work of fiction.

Q: Why did you choose to write a shorter piece?

A: I actually got my start with fiction as a short-story writer. I love shorter reads because I can finish them quickly. My schedule is often irregular, so it’s hard for me to get into longer books during hectic weeks. When I sit down for a few hours with a short read, I already know I’m going to have the satisfaction of finishing it. I usually save longer reads for holidays/vacations.

Q: What else is going on with you outside of the writing world?

A: Glad you asked! I am now the grandmother of a wonderful baby girl. Bless God! I am spending a ridiculous amount of time just staring at her and nibbling on her juicy cheeks.

Q: What’s your next release?

A: I’ve got a non-fiction book coming out entitled Change Your Mind, Transform Your Life: 21 Truths to Renew Your Mind in Christ. I am always sooo excited about edifying believers. Non-fiction is not my first genre, but it is definitely one of the most fulfilling to me.

Q: Do you have advice for aspiring authors?

A: I have more than advice—I have help! They can visit www.PublishMyBookAlready.com to take classes and learn more about publishing, marketing, etc.

Q: How Can Readers Connect with You?

A: The best way to keep in touch is through my email list. I send out notice of new books and keep people posted on all kinds of things from events to what’s happening with their favorite characters to upcoming releases. 

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VBD Author Spotlight: Lorine S. Thomas

We are delighted to spotlight author Lorine S. Thomas. She writes thrillers and suspense novels.

According to Lorine, “My latest release, Beauty and Bloodshed, was officially released on my wedding anniversary since it is my labor of love. 

It was a much easier process than my first book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This whole writing and publishing process has shown me that you are never too old to take a chance on something new.

If you love a good crime drama, look no further. Follow the breadcrumbs in my latest release.”


Title: Beauty and Bloodshed

Genre: Crime

Release Day: June 21, 2017


What happens when you mix the city that never sleeps, the world’s oldest profession, and a methodical killer? You have the ingredients for one hell of a roller coaster ride.

When Det. Joseph Hall gets called to the scene of a dead prostitute, at first, he works it as a random case. But, when another body turns up, he begins to realize that something more calculated and sinister is at work.

Now, Det. Hall must rely on his instincts and ability more than ever to find this ruthless predator. Alongside his new partner, and returning allies, Dr. Reece and ADA Calloway, they begin a citywide manhunt for the killer who is stalking the streets. But as the killer circles closer, nothing prepared them for this kind of psychopathic behavior.

Can they stop this madman before he claims his next victim? Will the streets of New York City be safe again?




“After reading Cross Your Heart, I couldn’t wait for her next book to come out. As soon as I heard this one was coming out I preordered it. I am so HAPPY I did. I could not put it down….” Amazon Customer


Title: Cross Your Heart

Genre: Thrillers

Release Day: February 4, 2015


Some say that pranks are just harmless fun. But no one ever said anything about them turning your life as you know it upside down. What was originally thought of as a harmless stunt, would later turn out to be the catalyst for a series of events that would shake their worlds to the foundation.

When one of their closest friends is found brutally murdered, one by one their lives are then turned into a living nightmare. The remaining friends struggle to try and keep a long hidden secret in the past. But reality breaks through in a heartbeat as they too are slowly being picked off one by one. A pact made long ago that then seemed innocent has now come back to have severe and deadly consequences.

With a killer bent on extracting his own brand of justice and seemingly one step ahead of the police, danger lurks around every corner. Not sure who they can trust, they lean harder on one another. Thrust into a dangerous situation, secrets are exposed and a long forgotten love is rekindled.

The twists and turns only get crazier as time passes by and gives a whole new meaning to that old saying: Cross your heart and hope to die…..




“Fanatic, absolutely loved the story. Again I had to step outside my usual romance. I’m on a mission to broaden my horizons by reading other genres. This novel was my first murder mystery and Mrs. Lorine did not disappoint. The story had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.” Amazon Customer


Lorine’s early childhood was filled with a passion for reading just about anything that caught her attention and captured her imagination. She read things between the Sweet Valley High series to anything by V.C. Andrews. She soon found that along with reading, she developed a talent for storytelling and writing, specifically the form of poetry.

It wasn’t until she was in her adult years when she dove into her first thriller, “The Switch” by Sandra Brown, and that got her hooked on that genre.  She marveled at how authors were able to write such captivating stories and characters and often wondered what their secret was.

She would soon find that out when in 2006, she came up with the crazy idea of seeing if she had what it took to put pen to paper and write a full-length story. At first not quite sure where to start, she looked for ideas everywhere but nothing seemed to light the inspiration bulb. And then after weeks of nothing, the idea just came to her in the middle of one winter’s cold night.

Between the late hours at her full-time job, long spans of writer’s block and then finally a damaged beyond repair computer, she didn’t think that she would ever complete the first draft. But soon, the block lifted and her husband gifted her with a brand new laptop for Christmas. And that was all the motivation she needed to finish her greatest challenge. It was hard work and very tiring but she persevered and in February of 2015, she published the finished project.

Lorine currently resides in New York with her loving husband of twelve years and the love and support of her five wonderful step-children and two spirited grandchildren.


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Thanks for joining us, Lorine! All the very best in your writing endeavors. Stay victorious!

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 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series




VBD Author Interview: Taiwo I. Ajao

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Write Now Literary is pleased to interview author Taiwo I. Ajao. We discussed Taiwo’s writing process, her latest release, and much more.

What’s your name or pen name?

For years, I’ve written under the title Lyrics by tia. Now that my writing is beginning to merge with my professional life in nursing and public health, I use TI Ajao RN

What are your genres?

My first book is a creative Biography about my Mom’s childhood. I like creative non-fiction because I get inspired by real stories, and it gives me the push to write

What have you written?

I have written a creative Biography called “Adunni Dares to Dream”. It is a true story about my mom’s difficult childhood. It inspires me deeply. My next move is a special book of true stories by my Dad, to be introduced in July 2017.

When did you begin your writing career?

I began to write as a blogger in 2010 after I had my first baby. It was my new-mother experience that inspired me.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How do you make time to write?

I am an all-the-time writer! I fit in writing when I am inspired. This can be as simple as scribbling down ideas as they pop in my head, or using my phone to record ideas when they fill my heart.

What’s your writing process? (Number of days you write per week, a.m. or p.m., specific music you play while writing, or anything else that you feel is a vital part of your creative process.)

Writing for me has been very sporadic. I have dreamed about it for many, many years. Writing this book was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t truly have control over it. It came over me unexpectedly. Completing this book is God’s gift to me. I feel like it wasn’t even the works of my hands.

I did have to be deliberate about putting all the pieces together. I had a working document and I made sure all my ideas ended up there. It allowed me to organize seamlessly and present a concrete product to my editors.

I use what always makes me feel comfortable and soothed: soft or nostalgic music, warm lighting and of course my feet up in a recliner!

Do you keep a journal? If so, for how long? Do you find it helpful for your professional writing?

I did! I started journalling as early as 13 years old as a confused teenager. I had so many thoughts, feelings and emotions that I couldn’t handle alone, so I began to write them out in a book as prayers, poems, songs and conversations to God. One book turned to maybe 50 over the years! When I started longing for marriage, I would write prayers for him and dream. Then when I started a long distance friendship with my now husband, we would instant message daily which brought out both of our writing potential! After our first baby, I began to blog and get into social media. To be honest, social media turned into my journal. This can be positive…or negative. Essentially, all of this full and deep writing have become like a invaluable treasure chest! Some will be shared, but even more importantly, our legacy is preserved.

Becoming a professional writer has helped me turn my inspiration into an investment: a book that all can read for themselves and to their children.

What’s your inspiration?

The Acts of God. His Faithfulness. His Love and His Grace. I am inspired by the Victories He has made in my life. I want to burst out almost everyday thinking of ALL that He has done. I throw out how I feel in social media a lot! I just have a hard time keeping it in! I feel like everyone needs to know what God has done!

I am also inspired by parents’ stories and all that I have watched happen in their lives and relationship. A lot of areas in my life mirror that of my parents. Writing my books started by a deep desire to honor them. Honoring my parents is the “WHY” of my professional writing career.

What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?

I came to the understanding that I am here today because of the Legacy of all of those who came before me. My first goal is to honor my parents and their stories, which of course includes that of my grandparents, great grandparents and beyond. These stories validate my humble stories. Because of them, I am.

My 2nd goal is to build myself as a stronger supporter of my husband. He is my illustrator, producer and publisher. Putting pen to paper is 5% of the work, while his role was so much more than the other 95%. His contributions are just too tremendous! I was so surprised at how little I could do after the words were done! My parents’ interwoven  story has shown me what marriage is all about. As my husband and I continue to develop concepts together and develop our professional selves as educators and clinicians, I pray to leave a legacy of love for our kids and grow closer as a team.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Wait for it. Pray for it. It is the inspiration from God that will bring forth our books. Every part of each project, from the written word, to the illustration, to the masterpiece of the cover must be inspired. GOD still works miracles. Writing a book was my ultimate impossibility! I gave up on it a long time ago and figured i’ll just keep handing out my ideas frivolously on social media. When this book started to come to being, it could have only been God, and thus, all the glory is His!

What’s on your bookshelf or in your e-reader library?

I have a lovely kid’s book for 0 to 5 years old called “I am Worth The Wait” by Dr. Lindsay Marsh-Warren. I know Dr. Marsh-Warren personally. She too has a very deep testimony along with a powerful ministry called The Worth The Wait Revolution. My boys LOVE her kids’ book! It teaches them big words and validates them.

“The Supa Dupa Kid” is by TY Allan Jackson, an amazing action-author who adds true meaning to the industry. This was the first chapter book my sons & I have ever completed together. They were so excited that they would remind me of our 1 chapter commitment every night.

I’ve also fallen in love with a book called “Dylan’s Big Surprise at the Doctor” by Kishma Anthony. Kishma is another action-author who brings life to the message of her story when she interacts with children. She has also been an inspiration and I love how to promotes the health care profession!

I am enamored by a Historical Fiction novel by my friend, Author Nike C Fatoki called Thread of Gold Beads. It is the first grown-up book i’ve read in ages! Such a beautiful rendering of legacy & culture! She was the first I reach out to for advice. I am excited about the example that she leads and the way she has developed her story beyond a book by also making it a play in which my husband was a star! This Author is dear to my heart.


What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a special book of wisdom about the character “Mike” in “Adunni Dares to Dream”. When writing Adunni’s story, the Mike character began to impress me more and more, and I began to dream of ways to shed light on his actions & wise ways. My goal is to introduce “Mike Makes a Move: Golden Nuggets of Truth from Uncle Mike” this July 2017. I am very excited.

Latest release and book blurb

Although she was a part of a very hardworking family, Adunni just could not have the finer things in life, like school, books, & literacy. In her culture, girls were just expected to look pretty, get married and have children.  But Adunni wished for something more. Does Adunni give in to her society’s expectations? Does she chose the status quo? What are Adunni’s dreams and where do her dreams take her?

Tell us about your main character? What actress or actor would you cast to play him or her in a movie about your book?*Alt. for poets: what type of music would you set your poetry to if you were performing it?*

Well, we can see Adunni more as an animated character. Her voice however would be acted by an amazing woman who has truly put our culture on the map. Her name is Rashidat Fawehinmi-Raji of HerGist.com. Rashidat has been the creative genius behind the cultural dialect depicted in the book. She is extremely talented and funny and would be perfect as the voice of Adunni!

How  can we purchase your work?

Proceeds from the Book goes directly to Medical, Public Health & Educational Outreach to support poor children like little Adunni, starting in her home town in Nigeria, West Africa. To obtain a copy, please make a donation at www.AdunnisDream.com




The Dr. Ajaos are a husband-wife, doctor-nurse team who have a joint passion for health literacy, preventative healthcare, and education for at-risk groups in the Global setting. Mrs. Taiwo I Ajao, the Author, is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health, while Dr. ‘Wale Ajao, the Illustrator, is an internationally-trained medical doctor with a Master’s of Arts in Communications & Producing for Film and Video.

Together, The DrAjaos intend to address health literacy via it’s most fundamental forms: using the arts of writing, entertainment, and communication to educate children and their parents. Adunni Dares to Dream is the beginning of a beautiful merger of not just a celebration of educational achievement, but also of Faith, Hope, Love and Miracles.


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Thanks for joining us, Taiwo! All the very best in your writing endeavors. Stay victorious.

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 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series








VBD Author Spotlight: Cassie Edwards Whitlow

Victorious By Design is pleased to spotlight author Cassie Edwards Whitlow. Cassie describes herself as remarkably optimistic, faith-filled, Spirit-filled, and a lover of life and people.  However, we would add overcomer to that list, because her life story is remarkable.

According to Cassie, “Success and happiness happen when we discover our purpose and walk in it. I am free to be who I was created to be and I can help others recognize their gifts as a blessing and not a flaw.

Cassie writes uplifting, faith-building reads. Her stories are filled with many valuable life lessons on forgiveness, faith, love, and family. Check out her books.

Title: One Wish

Genre: Women’s Fiction (Inspirational)

Release Day: December 2, 2016


An orphan at three years old, a low chance of ever carrying a child, and in her second marriage, Iman is afraid she will die alone. Everything that has ever gone wrong in her life, happened during the Christmas season. Needless to say, Iman isn’t thrilled about celebrating Christmas.

Finally married to the man of her dreams, Micah Carrington, a successful oncologist who’d do anything to make her happy. But even he can’t give her the one gift she most desires.

Determined not to put too much trust in Micah’s promises, she ignores his plea for her to trust in God’s plan. Instead, she takes matters into her own hands.

Will Iman’s trust issues and need for control jeopardize her dream of having her own child with the man of her dreams?




“What a beautiful and uplifting book! It is a reminder to be thankful for the loved ones you have around you and be mindful of their situations. We all go through things, but if we would stop and listen to God, we will hear and see what HE has in store for us. This is truly an amazing book by an amazing author!” Amazon Customer



Title: Temptation

Genre: Women’s Fiction (Inspirational)

Release Day: June 9, 2016


Natalia Philips is a manipulative, self-entitled paralegal, who will stop at nothing to win the affections of the new lawyer, Bryan Hunter. Natalia is accustomed to the finer things in life, and she has every intention of remaining married to her husband, Terrance for financial support. But her heart belongs to Bryan.

Bryan re-dedicates his life to Christ, and sets his sights on a more conservative lady, Ashlee Allen. After he breaks it off with Natalia, he realizes her issues are deeper than he thought. In addition, they share a secret that could destroy any chance he had with Ashlee. Will Natalia’s conniving ways, and the secret she and Bryan share, threaten the future he desires with Ashlee?

Ashlee has faced many struggles in her twenty years. Pregnant at seventeen, and two children by twenty, she was forced to make it on her own, without the help of her family. After being let down by her father and the father of her children, Ashlee is determined not to let it happen again. Will Ashlee’s past trials and her own insecurities keep her from finding true love?




“Finally a (clean) juicy romance novel with unexpected twists and turns and a highly anticipated sequel. I cried, laughed, prayed and held my breath while reading this book. I Literally read the book in one sitting. Omg I will definitely be reading this again and I cannot wait for part 2.” Amazon Customer


Unlike many authors and others in various professions, Cassie didn’t discover at five years old, that she wanted to be an author. She spent a great deal of her childhood and young adult life writing songs and pursuing a music career. It wasn’t until much later that she would discover her love for writing stories. She creates relatable characters who grapple with issues she herself has a passion for: women’s mental, intellectual, and physical health issues.

Cassie received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Southern Arkansas University and a Master’s in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. A native of Arkansas, wife of an Air Force Sergeant, and mom of two, Cassie currently resides in a small village in England.


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Thanks for joining us, Cassie! All the very best in your writing endeavors. Stay victorious!

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 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series