I love when I have the opportunity to feature a young writer. Today, Sarah Holman is our guest and she's very generously offering a free copy of her novel The Destiny of One to one lucky, US resident. To get entered to win you may either ask Sarah a question or tell us what inspires you to write.
The Destiny of a Writer
Destiny. It is such a powerful word that inspires those who hear it. I mean a destiny sounds unchangeable, unlike ideas, thoughts, or plans. At seventeen my plan was to become a nurse and do some writing on the side. What God had in mind, my destiny, was quite different.
What does God want me to do now is a question all of us face at one point or another in our lives. Most of us ask it many times in our middle to late teens as high school graduation looms before us. Even if we think we have it figured out, sometimes God has a way of changing our plans. This was the theme that became The Destiny of One. One girl searching for what God wanted her to do with her life and finding a destiny much bigger than she could ever have imagined.
My name is Sarah Holman. I started writing my first book when I was eleven years old and haven’t stopped writing since. I wanted to write adventurous books that were also encouraging to people’s faith. Although The Destiny of One was not the first manuscript I have written, it is the first one that truly was any good.
It was the first book that really came alive in my head. I truly had the feeling that I was watching the story unfold and trying to keep up. Maria and the rest of my characters seem so real to me that I imagine that, if they turned up on my doorstep tomorrow, I would not even be surprised.
The other thing that set apart The Destiny of One from my other book is how much God taught me through it. Especially as I wrote the first draft, God was teaching me so much about my own destiny. Maria was like a traveling companion through that tumultuous time in my life. I felt that her journey through the book to find her destiny in the book mirrored my own struggles.
I never did make it to nursing school. Instead of having a career and writing part time I am writer that works part time a local elected official’s office. A pretty big change in plans, isn’t it? Thankfully, God knew the plans he had for me the whole time. He planned my destiny before he created the world. You know what I find more amazing? He did this for each and every one of us, including you.
God has a destiny for you and your writing, so don’t be afraid. Take that leap of faith and start writing, and he will show you where to go from there.