|Barbara Ann Derksen|
Today I want to introduce you to my friend Barbara Ann Derksen. Barbara write devotionals for bikers as well as murder mysteries. I reviewed Straight Pipes on theresa-thebookmama.blogspot.com yesterday. You can read more about her on http://barbaraannderksen.com.
Watching the expressions on the faces of her readers, as well as answering questions about her characters, is what drives author and speaker, Barbara Ann Derksen to write yet another book and another. Her favorite genre is murder mystery but each book brings forth characters who rely on God as they solve the puzzle in their life. Her readers also have a tremendous amount of input when they wonder what happened to this character or that one, even if they are secondary to the story.
Barbara’s devotionals are sought after each year when she publishes a new one that reflects what God has placed on her heart. From Straight Pipes, her first, to Road Trip, the latest, Barbara’s devotions take people to the place where God can touch their heart and leave a lasting impression. When people stop by her table for the latest, they talk to her about using the devotions in their chapter meetings, or their personal devotions. Some men return at their pastor’s request because the books are used as launch pads for men’s bible study. Many copies have been passed on to new believers as discipling tools.
Born in Canada, Barbara lived in the US for 12 years. There her writing surfaced as she worked under contract as a journalist for six years with over 2500 articles published in newspapers and magazines during that time. Meeting and interviewing people, digging for the hidden gems in their lives, made those years informative as well as instructive. She began attending Colorado Christian Writer’s Conferences and each year, under the tutelage of great Christian writer’s like James Scott Bell, Angela Hunt, and others, she honed her skills.
|Chrome Shining Faith|
Barbara has developed a speaking platform and has spoken across the US and in Manitoba, Canada for women’s groups and in church services on topics such as The Writing Experience, working in the ministry of Christian Motorcyclists Association, Love, Parenting, Time Management, and a host of others.
With 14 books to her credit, one currently inactive and awaiting revision, each one surpasses the last, according to her readers. They look forward to discovering the new characters in a new series Finders Keepers which she plans to begin in 2012.
|Two Up, Riding With the Lord|
Developing a social media presence, getting published at Amazon.com and adding her books to their kindle collection in Canada, the US, Great Britain, France and Germany, and also adding her books to Amazon.ca has kept her busy this year. She has also attended a few workshops to add to her skill level. Barbara Ann would love to meet you, whenever she is in your area. Check her schedule listed on her website at http://www.barbaraannderksen.com to find out when she will be in your neck of the woods.