We're happy to have Bettilu Davies with us today talking about her book, Shepherd's Song. To learn more about Bettilu and her book, read on!
Why do you write?
I’ve always enjoyed writing; I have made up stories and poems from the time I could hold a pencil, filling papers with stories about my imaginary friends. When I took piano lessons, Mrs. Matthews took part of my lesson to play classical music and would ask me to tell her what story I was hearing. That stimulated my imagination even further.
Several years ago my husband’s company was moving, and our future was uncertain. We didn’t know if we would be moving or where. At a Bible conference, Paul and I committed ourselves in separate workshops to going anywhere and doing anything that God wanted us to do. In the next service at our home church, the pastor directed us to a verse in Revelation: “the Spirit said unto me write.” I didn’t hear anything else he said, because I was so astounded by those words. Our five children were sitting between Paul and me, but when the service was over, both Paul and the pastor came straight to me, both of them wanting to know what had happened to me. I simply said, “The Spirit told me to write.”
The Zondervan Corporation published The Secret of the Hidden Cave and Moody Press published the four books of my Marty series: “Really Marty!” Tall Trouble, Marty’s Double Life, and Marty and the Scholarship.
I wrote several more books, all rejected. I became discouraged. My children kept me busy, as did the piano lessons I taught. I also taught during the day at our church’s Christian school, so eventually the writing fell by the wayside, but there was always that niggling feeling that I should be writing. I returned to the writing two years ago, creating Shepherd’s Song.
Why did you write this book?
I subscribed to music magazines for years. In one issue I read about an orchestra leader who was also a body builder. He believed that it took a lot of stamina to be a musician, but most musicians spend much more time practicing their art than they do taking care of their bodies. I was practicing the piano from three to five hours a day, besides teaching several hours each night. I knew that I was often exhausted because I wasn’t taking good care of myself. I was also studying with a concert pianist who told me of joys mishaps at concerts, the difficulties and the loneliness of the concert life. I combined these elements with my own teaching experiences and a lot of imagination and came up with Shepherd’s Song.
What’s next for you?
I have fibromyalgia and extensive arthritis. Sometimes it is very difficult for me to keep up my responsibilities. It occurred to me that there are few, if any, books where the protagonist has a chronic disease, but there are well over five million people in the United States who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I have written Defeating the Enemy, which I am hoping to publish soon to fulfill a need. I have also resurrected some old manuscripts, Whom My Soul Loves and The Puppeteers, which I also hope to see published soon. Finding a publisher is at least as difficult as writing a book in the first place.
What do you do for fun when not writing?
I like to paint a variety of pictures, most of which I give as gifts. I also knit, crochet, and do paper crafts. I read a lot, averaging from ninety to one hundred books a year.
What is your personal definition of success?
No matter how important writing is to me, the most important part of my life is my family.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth.” (Third John 4) When one of my children told me that something that I wrote in Shepherd’s Song had answered some God-oriented questions for him, I knew it was worth all the work I put into it.
How can readers get in contact with you? (email, website)
Email: Bettilu@charter.net; Website: bettiludavies.wordpress.com
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