A Glimmer of Hope - Debbi Silverman
We all need hope in this day and age. With so much seeming to go wrong around us, and all the negativity in the newspapers and on tv, it's hard to stay positive and see the inspiration in our daily lives.
Debbi Silverman takes the time to retell and celebrate the miracles that she's seen happen in her own life and the lives of her family members throughout the years.
Written in a positive, upbeat, and inspirational manner, this book will leave you considering your own life and looking at the situations you've survived in a different light. She shows that it's important to look at our journey from all sides, not just considering the negatives, but all the positive that came from those negatives, or even just how surviving it made you a stronger individual.
Some Bio Information
Debbi Silverman is a crazy mom who juggles a teenager's nightmarish dance schedule, volunteering extensively because she has issues saying no, a career and her passion for writing. She is happily married to an amazing man who allows her to be a lunatic as much as necessary to achieve her dreams and supports her wholeheartedly. She has three adult sons who had the good sense to move out and start their own families. She lives in New Jersey with her wonderful husband, teenage daughter, and neurotic toy fox terrier where there are exorbitant property taxes and she dreams of moving to a warmer climate.
1) What inspired you to write this book?
The prologue explains how I arrived at this place where writers sit at paper strewn desks muddling through thoughts and notes and emotions trying to organize them into something interesting, coherent and readable. My journey is probably pretty unique. The reality - God told me to write the book. I know it sounds fantastic. It is fantastic and weird. When you consider God spoke to me from the backseat of a red Chevy Cavalier it is even more bizarre. It's true though which makes the whole book about miracles even more miraculous.
2) Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
It was terrible for this book. I'm a purger. I sit and write and stuff pours out of me and I can write for hours or I sit and putter and accomplish nothing. Feast or famine at the keyboard is a daily occurrence. With "Glimmer of Hope", God told me to write it and I went home and wrote 128 pages in one sitting and it was amazing....then I edited it for grammar and sucked all the passion out of it. It was awful. So for 10 years I puttered and edited it and rewrote it and struggled with it. I couldn't figure out for the life of me what was wrong. Then in January of 2015, I read through the manuscript and realized it was autobiographical. Trouble is I'm not all that interesting. I had edited the miraculous nature of the stories and God out of the book. I set upon correcting that and it was like a domino race to the finish, the whole thing literally fell into place.
3) What types of readers would most enjoy your work?
For this book, most definitely anyone. It is non-denominational and definitely not an authoritative religious book. It is a fun and interesting look at miracles and God's hand touching lives in some spectacular and often amusing ways. Definitely not your preachy teachy kind of book. I don't do preachy teachy.
4) What do you hope that readers take away from your work?
I'd love if people would take the time to reflect on their own lives and the miracles within it and to take just a moment to be grateful. I know that I often forget all the blessings I have when I'm busy worried about that which I don't have. That which I don't have usually involves money. God always provides but it doesn't mean that despite a book, and hearing God's voice, and knowing about all these miraculous things and experiencing them, that I still forget to be grateful for what I do have.
5) Who is your favorite fictional character?
Wow. This is hard. The well read me would like to say Jane Eyre, but that is rather predictable, although Jane rocks. My favorite works of fiction have wonderful characters, but neither has a favorite that is jumping out. Delores Claiborne comes to mind as one of my favorites. From the book of the same name by Stephen King, she is a survivor. Murdering her way out of an abusive marriage and working for years as an abused employee of a stingy and bitter old woman her slanted thought process may be unorthodox, but her survival instincts are spot on. She has done a terrible thing out of necessity, she dodged the bullet and survived by sheer luck. It isn't lost on her and the price she pays is more abuse, yet in the end she turns out to be more kindhearted and good beneath the very calloused shell around her heart.
6) How would you describe your writing style?
Emotional. I'm certain there are very distinct styles of writing, but honestly I write whatever I hear in my head. The words stumble out in a conversation of sorts that tells a story. The words may be mine or may be a characters. I suppose the style changes depending on which voice is telling the story. "A Glimmer of Hope" is my voice sharing the stories and miracles that shaped my life. My next book, "The Seamstress" is very different in tone and style. It's a fictional book, part of a trilogy. The protagonist, a fourteen year old princess stripped of her crown and forced into exile in the Americas, she learns to survive in ways she never imagined in her privileged world. From New York City to Washington State her travels and exploits are back breaking and life shaping. The stories are loosely based on my 2nd time great grandmother, great grandmother and grandmother's lives. I have several stories in the file waiting to come to life. Each book is very much like a child. It has a unique voice, personality, and style.
7) What’s your ultimate writing goal?
A bestseller of course!! Fame, Fortune, Fun!!! Naturally, to have those things it would mean people love reading my work, so that is probably most truly my goal. To have lots and lots of readers who love my books. For now though, I'd take more self discipline and better focus, so I can accomplish more in the time I set aside to work on writing. I used to admire Danielle Steel and Stephen King because they could kick out a book or two a year. I now worship James Patterson in his dedication to his art. I believe that on "Sunday Morning" last week he said that he will be publishing 57 books this year. 57! Imagine that. Now he does have a staff, but even so, he shared his files - the long legal style drawers which surrounded his office. There were at minimum eight that he showed and within them were file folders each containing the beginnings of a work in progress. There were hundreds of files. I aspire to that level of creativity and passion and dedication. I was so in awe.