Today we have a treat in store, with a visit by author Mesu Andrews! She’s here to share a bit about herself as well as tell us about her new book, Love’s Sacred Song!
Hi Cathy, and thanks for inviting me to share with your readers! I laughed out loud when I saw the three questions you sent! Great questions!
- Who Are You?
- Where Are You Now?
- Where Are You Going?
The trick is: what about me, in each of those questions, would readers be interested in hearing?
Let’s begin with a story…that sort of gives y’all a flavor for who I was, am, and will probably be! My husband and I have known each other since third grade. He was a snotty little red-headed boy until seventh grade, and then we became good friends. He was the quarterback. I dated a linebacker. But when the linebacker broke off our five-year relationship in college, it was Roy who took me on a date the following week…to a football game, of course. The next weekend, we went out again, and he asked me this question: “Where do you see yourself ten years from now?”
Overwhelmed with the loss of a long-term relationship, the tears flowed, and Roy was a rock as I poured out my hopes and dreams that had been shattered. With all my heart, I wanted to be a wife and mom, to love and be loved. Fast forward three DAYS. I get a phone call from a friend who attends college with Roy. She’s furious that I’ve made wedding plans and haven’t included her. Totally stunned, I ask what she’s talking about. “Roy said you two are getting married.”
I was furious!!! I called him, demanded that he drive to my house so I could yell at him in person. I called him every name but his own (this was in my B.C. days). His response? A cocky grin and, “We are getting married. You just don’t know it yet.” Two months after that conversation, he led me to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Six months later, we were indeed married (And nine months + two weeks later our first child was born, but that’s another story).
Who am I?
I’ve worked in banking, optometry, and cosmetics. I’ve been a student’s wife, coach’s wife, factory worker’s wife, pastor’s wife, and professor’s wife—all while married to the same wonderfully infuriating man. I consider myself a full-time wife, learning to be a mom to adult kids, and beginning to enjoy the firstfruits of grandkids! OH! And somewhere in there I write!
I need God’s Word like I need air to breathe. It fascinates me. The stories, in their context, become living things in my mind. And then when I read a Psalm written by David or Moses or Solomon—it’s a cry from the heart of a friend to the God we both serve. I learn the lessons Paul learns on his missionary journeys. I hear the Pharisees’ ridicule of my Savior. Scripture is God-breathed. Living and active.
Where Are You Now?
After a 2002 life-altering illness kept me in bed for six months and homebound for nearly a year after, my priorities and stamina have changed considerably. I continue to struggle with chronic health issues, the most annoying being daily migraines. Fibromyalgia and POTS keep me close to home most days, but the Lord gives strength for every ministry door He opens.
I’m still learning the craft of writing. When I began this journey, I knew absolutely nothing about plot or characters or POV or…well, you get the picture. All I knew was the Word. So that’s what I write about. Biblical fiction is my “big project” passion—specifically Old Testament because I believe so many believers misunderstand God’s wrath as hate rather than love. My “ongoing-project” passion is the weekly e-devotional ministry. You can sign up to receive the (free) full version in your inbox each Monday morning, or check out my website to read the highlights of each week (http://mesuandrews.com/category/devotionals/).
Where Are You Going?
I’m thrilled to say that I’m going deeper into God’s Word! Revell has blessed me with another contract for two more books scheduled to release in March 2013 and March 2014. The 2013 release will explore the heart-rending marriage of Gomer and Hosea and teach of Yahweh’s inexpressible love for our wayward hearts. The 2014 release will delve into the dark world of Jezebel’s daughter, Queen Athaliah, who almost succeeded in annihilating David’s royal lineage; but even pure evil couldn’t snuff-out God’s saving light.
Thanks so much for letting me share a little about the past, present, and future! It’s been fun! I love to hear from readers, so please contact me with comments or questions!
Mesu has graciously offered to give away a copy of Love’s Sacred Song, so be sure to leave a comment for her to have a chance to win the book!
About Love’s Sacred Song –
Overwhelmed at the thought of ruling Israel in King David’s shadow, young King Solomon seeks the Lord and is given God’s wisdom to rule. However, the northern tribes of Israel remain as unsettled as Solomon’s heart. Will he avoid civil war by taking a Treaty Bride from his own nation? Will the king be content with his harem or learn sacred love through passion’s fire?
About the Author:
Mesu Andrews is an author and speaker who passionately brings the biblical world alive for her audiences. Mesu and her husband, Roy, served in pastoral ministry for fourteen years, and in 2007 the Andrews’ moved to the Pacific Northwest, where Roy accepted a teaching position at Multnomah University. They have two grown daughters, Trina and Emily, and a Rottweiler-pitbull named Bouzer.
Mesu’s debut novel, Love Amid the Ashes, released in March 2011 and tells the breathtaking story of Job’s life through the eyes of the women who loved him. Love’s Sacred Song is scheduled for release March 1, 2012 with two more biblical novels on the horizon for 2013 and 2014.
Connect with Mesu on her Website!