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Meet Mesu Andrews!

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…
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Book Buzz!

Anybody read any good books lately that you want to talk about? I recently read Into The Free, by Julie Cantrell. Julie was actually a guest on the blog a few weeks ago, and soon after that, her book, her debut novel no less, hit the NYT Bestseller List! Amazing, isn’t it? And yea, I…
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Trish Perry Is Here!

Today I’m really thrilled to introduce you to my friend and author Trish Perry! Trish and I met several years ago through ACFW. While we don’t write the same genre, we do share a love for the written word, and Trish’s success has spurred me on through some dark days. I believe perseverance is her…
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Write What You Know?

You’ve heard it a million times. Write what you know. I’m sure the reasons behind the saying are sound. You can bring knowledge and authenticity to any subject you are on familiar ground with. But for most of us, we don’t write what we know. We take what we know and expound on it. We…
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Where Are You Going?

And how are you going to get there? It’s so easy to get frustrated with the writing life. Some days it feels like this picture. A long, dusty road, no end in sight. You get thirsty. Lonely. And oh, so tired. The great misconception among unpublished authors is that publication is The Promised Land. You…
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Meet Dianne Christner!

Today’s featured author is Dianne Christner! Dianne is going to answer my very inquisitive questions, so let’s get started! Who Are You? Thanks for asking, Cathy. I’m a vain-plain gal who colors her gray hair brown and usually dresses in jeans. I might add that I earned my not-so-gray hair from forty years of marriage…
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Winging It

I’ve never been great at blogging, even though I’ve been doing it for years. Even before I was published or knew I was going to be or that I even wanted to be. I just love to write. These days, it’s all about platform, tribes, Twitter… The ways we can connect with one another are…
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The Next Best Step

March 25, 2019 | 2 Comments

The one sure thing about life, the one thing you can pretty much count on, is that it won’t always be easy. You know this. You’ve already been through some tough stuff. And you’ve survived. Maybe even triumphed. But then it all comes back for a second round. Or a third. Maybe you’re getting hit…

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Write, Straight Up

May 7, 2018 | 3 Comments

Not on the rocks. Not with a splash. Maybe a twist, that’d be fun. But don’t water it down. Write what you want to say, write from you heart, and write, for the love of everything, like you mean it. If you don’t mean it, don’t waste your reader’s time, or yours. After 20 something…

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Family Matters

October 28, 2016 | 9 Comments

I grew up an only child. As much as I was loved and probably (okay, definitely) spoiled by my parents, I think part of me missed not having a sibling. There were times when it was lonely. Times when I had to use my imagination to create the extra people I thought I needed in…

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Fun Friday Five!

June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Answering five questions from my readers today! Want to get in on the fun? Send me a question and I’ll answer it next time!

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So My Mom Wrote A Book…

June 14, 2016 | 15 Comments

Hey, everybody! This is Noah. (I’m the adorably handsome dog in the picture). I’m hijacking my mom’s blog today, because, quite frankly, enough is enough.  I’m used to getting all the attention around here, seriously, and lately? Well, my mom wrote this book. And it’s getting AAAAALLLLLL the attention. That’s my Mom. That’s her book.…

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And This Is Why The Words Matter …

May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

So I wrote a piece about Guarding The Writer’s Heart – and it’s true. It’s tough out there. You’re going to get criticism no matter what. It’s just a given. Kinda like running for President. But not. And we won’t go there. But you know . . . this year so far . . .…

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Remember When?

April 4, 2016 | 20 Comments

How many conversations start with that question? Probably more than we remember. Yet it’s an immediate pull back into the past, back to an event or shared memory that somehow binds people together, often whether they like it or not. The biggest events in history have turned strangers into friends. V-Day. The assassination of JFK.…

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Conversation in A Coffee Shop

February 18, 2016 | 7 Comments

I see her there. This sad reflection of myself. Sitting. Alone. Alone only with her thoughts and the icon flashing fierce on the blank screen. Cautiously I slide into the seat opposite her. Offer coffee. And a smile of recognition. “Hello, writer.” She looks up, bleary eyed. Befuddled. “How did you know?” The question sighs…

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Why Do The Words Matter?

January 19, 2016 | 23 Comments

There will be those who simply refuse what you’re giving. They will scorn, belittle and reject. And okay, sure, that might hurt. But that doesn’t mean you stop trying.

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More Coffee … Need

January 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

Yeah, okay. But it’s Monday morning and I just spent two hours working on changing up this blog, and five minutes ago I sat staring at this screen in full out panic mode, thinking I’d just deleted the ENTIRE THING!! So I need more coffee. Because this is pretty much me in the morning. And,…

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Meet Mesu Andrews!

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