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The Lady with a Story
Hello, everyone, I'd like to welcome you back to the blog. I know it's been awhile since I've posted, but what better way to return to you than by introducing you to my best friend, DARLEY RENETTE STEELE. She prefers to be called RENETTE. An award-winning short-story author, budding novelist, and lover of our Lord Jesus Christ, Renette aims to turn her short stories into novels and spread the salvation message of God.
Without any fanfare, let's buckle the hatches down and move into the interview and learn more about this sweet lady . . . with a story to tell.
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RB: Good day, Miss Renette, and welcome! I'm so glad to finally have you as a guest on my blog. Why don't we begin by telling folks about yourself and your mission in the Christian Fiction world including your newly launched website?
RS: First, Renee, thank you for having me. I am excited to be here. My website is about how GOD using the underdog for HIS glory as well as how much each person makes a difference . . . whether they do or not.
RB: I love what you are doing, Renette. I can't wait to read your website. Can you clarify what that means to those of us who may not understand?
RS: Surely! You see, many times, people believe that we are worthless or useless and go through the day thinking that our lives amount to little or nothing. GOD doesn't. No matter how you feel about yourself, you matter. You always make a difference. GOD will use you in ways you can never realize for as long as you take breath and many times after you stop.
RB: Wow, Renette, that's potent. I need to process that a minute. Can you give the readers and me time to digest that one, please? How did you figure that out? That's impressive.
RS: Mmmm . . . let's see . . . how can I explain it? If you have time, I have a story.
RB: Are you kidding? We always have time for a story!
RS: All right. Let's see. A few years ago, my grandson was going to be in his first school play and wanted me to come. Several days before I was scheduled to leave, I caught a severe cold. Now, you need to understand, the child lives ten hours away and the longer I drove, the worse I felt. Thankfully, when I arrived, I discovered that I could stay in the motel room during the day while his parents worked and he was in school. In the end, I did make it to the play, and he did a fantastic job.
I was elated. I could attend and be there for him even though I was fighting illness. What a wonder! Then I began my journey home. Due to fatigue, I decided to stop for the night halfway before I got home. Now, if you don't already know, I'm what many determine to be "directionally challenged," but I'll have you know, this time it was not my fault! Anyway, I plugged the GPS into my car and selected HOME only to have the stupid thing to pick of the many selections available the WRONG one. It chose the one I never take (nor any intelligent being, AI or otherwise) in winter months. By the time I realized what it had done, I came to the realization that I was utterly and completely lost.
That's right. I had not clue where I was or going OR how to find a route home. Also, symptoms from my cold had turned my head into a clogged bathtub, and the roads were as high with snow as my passenger seat was with Kleenex.
Suddenly, I glimpsed a semi through the fog of white before me and following it seemed like the best idea. The driver took every turn I did over the mountains slow and steady. It was as if he knew where I needed to go. Once over the pass, the roads cleared, and I moved around the big truck with a sigh of relief.
Shortly thereafter, I glanced in my review mirror and noticed that the truck was gone. It had vanished in the blustery, cold night, but not turns or roads had existed for the truck to disappear on.
Thinking back on that night, I thoroughly believe my GOD delivered me an angel and that angel guided me home. He guided me along the dangerous mountain roads and kept me safe and alert during the one of the worst times of my life.
RB: That story does indeed tell a tale of unworthy provision and deliverance. We can't even find a motive! Thank you for sharing, Renette. I can see how many may see the Lord's movement in your life from that story.
Let's switch topics now. On a lighter note, do you have a particular place, a favorite place in this wide open world? If you do, what do you do there? It is your favorite place now. For example, my favorite place is the mountains. I read and fish and write poetry while relaxing and even praying. I've even been accusing of being a game warden which I'm not. Truly, all I do is fish! Your turn!
RS: That's funny! Like you, I love to read and write in the mountains next t o a stream, sitting under a tree. But most times, unlike you, you will find me curled in bed or on the couch with a comfy blanket. One of my favorite books is Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury. Talk about a great read by a mountain lake!
RB: I bet! I like Karen Kingsbury too. As for curling up in bed, I sleep a lot now that I've been diagnosed with CRPS. I can't even manage a hobby now without exhaustion overtaking me. What about you? Any hobbies or do you include writing amongst those?
RS: Hobbies are hobbies. I tend to go with one for a long time then switch to a new one. They include cross-stitch, scrapbooking, macrame, beading, and doodling.
RB: What about animals? Do pets have any room in the busy life of yours?
RS: Yep, they do. We have dogs and cats. Even frogs and an iguana. I lost my Pomeranian about five years ago. My kids said she was more spoiled than they were. We currently have two Australian Shepherd/Border Collie Mixes. They are sisters from the same litter and belong to our youngest daughter. Not a dull moment with those two . . . they keep us entertained twenty-four / seven.
RB: I bet they do! Did I hear you mention a daughter and kids? There has to be a hubby in the dog pile somewhere. Where is he?
RS: He's in there. I guess I should tell another story. I'm good at that, can't you tell?
RB: I sure can. I guess that's why you're an award-winning short story writer, huh? Continue!
RS: Okay, okay! Growing up, I was not too keen on the town I lived in and tried to go live with my aunt. My parents were even willing to let me go. However, GOD had other plans, and not only did I graduate in my town but stayed there another year. That is when I met the love of my life. Not only do we have four kids, but we have been married 39 years.
RB: And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you end an AWESOME interview with an AMAZING lady . . . on a high note! Thank you, Renette Steele, for a great convo and I can't wait until we do this again.
RS: It's been great fun being here with you. Thanks for having me. May you be blessed with His SONshine.
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A lover of short stories, Renette pens them and enters online contests to improve her writing skills and has manages to win one or two along the way. A child that found little joy in reading, she did like to write. It was only in her late 20's, Renette found reading was fun, not tedious and became alpha and beta reader for best-selling authors Karen Kingsbury, Mary Manner, Renee Blare, and others.
When not pursuing her writing adventures, you'll find her traversing the Rocky Mountains from Idaho to Colorado with her hubby, visiting her five grand-loves. She returns to their home in Montana and cracks her knuckles to get to work on her short stories, devotionals, and work on her novels to prayerfully bring honor to her Savior and Friend, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Discover more about Renette at these sites:
Group Blog: The Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction