#YourNextBeachRead is a way to introduce you to a new author and their works in the hopes that you’ll find the next book you want to take with you to the beach, the pool, or the comforts of air conditioning.
Today’s featured author is Tammy Chandler, author of Devotions From Everyday Jobs.
What’s your name and where are you from?
Tammy Chandler, Nashville, Tennessee
How long have you been writing? How did you start?
I’ve been writing for eight years, and I started writing because a Life Coach believed in my talent and insisted I finish a book ☺.
Who are some of your influences?
Max Lucado, Jennifer Rothschild, Charles Dickens, and Elizabeth George are some of my favorite authors.
What is your book about?
My book is about spiritual life lessons from everyday jobs. I use everyday occupations as examples of spiritual principles that help us to grow deeper in our spiritual walk with God.
Where did you get the idea?
I’ve been a teacher for twenty-six years and I use objects to help my students to remember concepts. I applied the same idea to spiritual things.
How long did it take you to finish it?
It take me about eleven months to write each book.
Is this your first book, or have you written more than one?
I have five books in the series—Devotions from Everyday Things (Westbow Press), More Devotions from Everyday Things (WordCrafts Press), Devotions from Everyday Things: Horse & Farm Edition (WordCrafts Press), Devotions from Everyday Jobs (WordCrafts Press), and Devotions from Everyday Sports (WordCrafts Press).
We all like to write about people we know, even if we never name them. Who are some people who inspired characters or situations?
There are friends and family members who inspired different devotions. In Devotions from Everyday Jobs, I took several examples from people I knew and applied spiritual life lessons from their occupations. There are friends included who are a dental hygienist, a fireman, a kindergarten teacher and an engineer. There is also an usher, a meter reader and a musician, to name a few.
What’s your favorite scene in the book?
Since my book is a sixty-day devotion, my favorite one in the book is about a friend who is a Dental Hygienist, and how God used her phrase “I’m a scum scraper” to teach a spiritual truth about redemption.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you ever got?
Write down the first three words. It’s the first sentence that seems impossible to get down, but once you do, you can keep on writing.
What’s the worst?
Keep writing until you have it all down. There is no way to write down everything that goes into a devotion book in one day. It takes time, effort and a plan.
Where can we buy your book?
Tammy Chandler is a wife, mother, teacher, friend, author and public speaker. She accepted Christ as Savior when she was five years old, dedicated her life to full-time service as a teenager and has worked in various ministries for the past twenty years. She has a bachelor of education degree from Clearwater Christian College, and a master of education degree from Jones International University. After many years of using everyday objects to teach children and teenagers, God allowed her to write Devotions from Everyday Things (Westbow Press) and its follow-ups More Devotions from Everyday Things, Devotions from Everyday Things: Horse & Farm Edition, Devotions from Everyday Jobs, and Devotions from Everyday Sports to include a larger audience.
When she is not writing, Tammy enjoys spending time with her husband, John, watching their teenage boys play sports, going horseback riding with their daughter or playing fetch with their dog, Ava. The Chandlers live in Tennessee.
Visit Tammy Chandler online at www.simplydevotions.wordpress.com.