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.                                                                                         

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.     

OUR INTERVIEW

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.

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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.

NEW RELEASE

Title: 40 Days of Healing Journal 

Release Day: June 8, 2017

Genre: Christian Living

THE BLURB

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…

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

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

abryan@victoriousbydesign.com

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3 Comments:

  • Tera K. Kirksey-Coleman
    August 16, 2017

    Thanks for sharing the interview. Learned a lot about Danyelle! I purchased her journal a few days ago.

    • Ann Marie Bryan
      August 17, 2017

      On behalf of Danyelle, thanks Tera. Loving the support. Happy reading. Have a blessed day.

  • August 16, 2017

    Great interview! Thanks, author Danyelle Scroggins for stopping by. Congratulations on your new release. All the very best in your future endeavors. Stay victorious.

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