41I 2re44GL. SX322 BO1204203200 About the Book:

Diamonds in the Sand is an inspiring collection of poems written by Judith Ansley. Judith explains how the title is a metaphor used to describe how Jesus compares to the rest of the world. No one expects to go to the beach and find diamonds in the sand. As in life, through all of the disappointments, failures, and regrets we experience, God offers us beauty for our ashes. Jesus can help us turn it all around, and change our lives into something great, something unexpected. The poetry in Diamonds in the Sand uplifts our spirits and considers how we can defeat the chains of pride, selfishness, and self-destruction. Through her poetry, Judith explains why it is important for each of us to believe in Jesus Christ. Within the pages of Diamonds in the Sand, she offers reasons to believe in the infinite love and power of God.

Author Interview:

Can you tell us more about your book “Diamonds in the Sand: A book of poetry”, what types of poems are included?

ANSWER: Sure! I’d love to. There are poems written against suicide, against drug addiction, for the women abused, against hate, selfishness, anger, etc.; The types of poems that uplift souls.

Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?

ANSWER: It actually targets many different groups of people; believers, non-believers, poetry lovers, men, and women. That’s what is unique about Diamonds in the Sand; it doesn’t target one particular group.

There is a religious connection to your book and the poems within.  Would readers who are non-believers still enjoy your book and the poems?

ANSWER: Yes. I believe that both believers and non-believers can enjoy reading Diamonds in the Sand. My poems touch on “real life” issues that people of all backgrounds can gain inspiration from.

Would you be willing to share one of your poems with us here, or perhaps an extract of one? 

 

ANSWER: I’d love to! Here is one poem that I still enjoy reading:

On the Horizon

A poem against sin, hate, fear, and selfishness

I saw an image on the horizon.

It appeared as the shadow of a man.

A fire burned deep inside me,

but still I kept my sin in my hand.

He walked along the horizon,

His image engraved my soul,

but I held tightly onto hate;

love had never made me whole.

This image on the horizon

it began to draw me near.

I wanted to run and embrace it,

but stood still because of fear.

As I glanced across the horizon,

the image cried out to me,

but I couldn’t hear past my own voice,

allowing selfishness to mislead.

I saw an image on the horizon.

I choose to never clearly see,

not knowing that image is God,

and He is reaching out to me.

Alongside “Diamonds in the Sand” do you have any other books, or plans to write more?

ANSWER: Yes. I am currently working on three other books. One is about how I published my first book. The second one talks about how to get the love you deserve, and the third book is a story based on one of the poems from Diamonds in the Sand. That is all I can say for now.

Tell us more about you?  What is your background, what do you do when you are not writing?

ANSWER: Well, I am 30 years old and I love all things creative. I love to help people and when I am not writing I am working and looking for ways to better myself and my well being. I love to eat healthy and use natural products. I also love to eat out at new restaurants every chance I get. I am an optimistic person and I am good as seeing the positive side of most situations. I love to enjoy new cities and adventures. I don’t plan on having children until I am married. I set many goals for myself regularly. As soon as I accomplish old goals, I quickly set new ones and continue on life’s journey. I believe that life is a teacher and that there is always a lesson to learn and grow from in every situation. My circle of friends is very small. As life goes on, I’ve learned that quality is better than quantity.

If you were not able to write, is there any other creative medium that you would use, and why?

ANSWER: That’s a tough one. I love to write! However, if I couldn’t write, I believe I would either paint or be doing something creative with my hands; hair designing, nail art, clay-making, planting a garden, or building something.

Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors to choose from, which book and author would you suggest to be your favourite and why?

ANSWER: Oddly, being that I am an author, I actually haven’t read many books. However, there is one book that caught my attention from the first page to the end. I would have to say it is my favourite because it inspires young men and women, who may be in an abusive situation; rather it be in their relationship or in their home life. Although I haven’t experienced being in an abusive situation, this book touched my heart and kept me interested in reading it. It was definitely a page turner. It’s called, “Breathing Underwater,” by Alex Flinn.

What guidance would you offer to someone new to the writing work, or who was trying to enhance their craft?

ANSWER: Good question. I would say to take constructive criticism and allow it to mold you into the best author that you can be. Learn the difference between constructive criticism and pure criticism. Understand that all advice is not good advice and at the end of the day you have control over the outcome of your book. Know that more money doesn’t necessarily mean better quality when it comes to services for your book. Don’t be afraid of change. You might start with one publishing company and finish with another. It’s okay to edit and make changes to your book all the way up to the day it’s published. I still made changes to my book after it was published. Be a perfectionist! Strive for greatness in every section of your book and don’t settle for anything less. Learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward.

Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?

ANSWER: You can find me on Facebook, Judith Ansley. I also have a website for my book:

www.diamonds-in-the-sand.com

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