Let’s Chat! Author Dana Pratola

Welcome, Everyone! And Welcome, Dana Pratola!

This week we visit with author Dana Pratola, who writes romance, paranormal, speculative, and suspense novels. What a treat to get to know Dana. 

Comment in the Reply box below to enter the drawing for one of Dana’s books.

Congratulations, Susan Snodgrass! You’ve won one of Dana’s novels!

Dana Pratola: Her “Before”

Growing up in West Orange, New Jersey in a unique situation. I was an only child and simultaneously the youngest of five.

Three brothers made me somewhat of a tomboy (Click to Tweet), and I kept pace with my youngest brother as best I could, climbing things and busting stuff, lol.

On the other side of the coin, living in an only child home, having only myself and my imagination to occupy me, contributed to my creativity. My dad fed my passion for books and read to me every night (Click to Tweet)I could not have become anything but a writer.

It was a strange situation, designed by God in order to instill things in me He knew I’d need, such as love of reading and the ability to enjoy isolation.

Dana Pratola: the Writer

I have been writing my whole life. I finished my first novel and had it published at age 47. Unable to afford a writer’s conference and in no way savvy about other avenues to publication, I prayed. I asked God to work something out for me. (Click to Tweet)

He answered that prayer immediately. The next day a friend told me about an online writer’s conference. It could only be God. FREE and I didn’t have to leave the house! I chose which publisher I wanted to have a 5-minute online pitch session with and when it was over, Nicola Martinez, from Pelican Book Group (then White Rose), requested the entire manuscript. I had a contract signed within the month. A miracle to me, considering The Covering was my first novel. (Click to Tweet)

But GOD is AWESOME!

Writing is truly all I’ve ever wanted to do, except for a brief period I thought I might want to be an oceanographer. I’m not the best swimmer, so that’s out :/ Since my initial publication, I’ve written two other books with Pelican: Voice of Truth and The Mayweather Christmas Quest. 

Dana Pratola’s Future Plans

As for future plans, I know there is much more to come. I’m just going to keep working and see what God has in store. His plans are so much grander and eternal than anything I can imagine. (Click to Tweet)

I receive emails about how God has touched people through some of these books. Love that. I desire to continue to be an avenue for God to reach not only His children, but the lost as well, why I don’t prefer the term Christian Author. It tends to scare away the people I most want to reach, lol. He has a plan for each of us, and I’m trying to stay open to that.

I indie published several books. And I write under a pen name, as well. But that’s another interview for another day. 

Where to Find Dana Pratola and her Books

TWITTER
Facebook 
AMAZON 

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Lord, You are the Author of Eternity, the Author of Life, the Author of Families, and the Author of Authors. Dana claims You as her inspiration, the source of her desire to write, and the master planner of her life. We pray You’ll smile on Dana as she writes words to draw Your people closer and to woo unbelieving readers to You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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15 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Dana Pratola

  1. Marilyn R

    Hi Dana. You are a new author to me. I appreciate clean heartfelt stories by Christian authors with God’s love interwoven into the story. Thank you for sharing your life and testimony. Linda, thank you for introducing this reader to another new author.

     
     
    1. Dana

      Thanks, Marilyn 😀

       
       
    2. It’s a treat to meet new authors like Dana, isn’t it? And a privilege to introduce you to them, Marilyn.

       
       
  2. Shelly

    I loved your Descended series for the humor as well as the Devotion to God.

     
     
    1. Thanks so much, Shelly! I try to sprinkle as much humor as I can in my books, just like in my real life 😀

       
       
    2. Thanks so much for joining in, Shelly. You’re entered in the drawing! I hope you’ll return. You’re an encouragement.

       
       
  3. Debra Duncan

    Dana, thank you for sharing some of your story with us! It is so geartwarming to meet an author who loves God, believes in His plan for us and has such compassion for all mankind. You are a new author for me, but i look forward to reading your stories. I love that you dont want to be labeled . I also think we scare people who may have been hurt before by “christians” off by this label. With all the smut in life, its encouraging to find clean, wholesome stories . I pray God continues to work through you, reaching anyone who may need His Love. God Bless!!

     
     
    1. Thanks, Debra! God is so Awesome, and showing that through my work is the best way I can show that <3

       
       
    2. I so agree with you, Debra! Please visit again. You’ve encouraged Dana and me!

       
       
  4. Wilma Bates

    May God bless you and your family and I hope you continue to give us your wonderful stories.

     
     
    1. Thanks, Wilma! I’m working hard to do just that 🙂

       
       
    2. Thanks for joining the conversation, Wilma. You encourage Dana and me. I hope you’ll return.

       
       
  5. Susan Snodgrass

    I’ve never read this author but would love to win a book and give her a try.

     
     
    1. So happy to have introduced you to Dana, Susan. Thank you fir joining our circle. You’re entered!

       
       
    2. Good luck, Susan!!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Kathleen Friesen

Welcome, Readers

This week we head north to Canada to visit with Kathleen Friesen.

Grab a cup. Gather ’round. And comment below. Kathleen’s offering two ebooks (Melody’s Song and Nila’s Hope).

Winners of Kathleen’s books, Melody’s Song, Nila’s Hope, and Redemption’s Whisper are Bunny Bassett and Marilyn Ridgway. Congratulations, readers!


Welcome, Kathleen

We’re so glad you joined us this week, Kathleen. A writer who hails from Canada has our undivided attention. 🙂

Tell us about your pre-author life, a bit about your journey thus far, and any advice and encouragement you may have.

Pre-Author Life of Kathleen Friesen

My childhood was spent in the lush green that is Washington and Oregon, but God nudged me to follow high school graduation with Bible school at a tiny place in Saskatchewan, Canada. “Where’s that?” I asked. “Are You sure?”

But I headed to Canada, and when I arrived in Saskatchewan, the flat, bare landscape and strong winds made the Canadian prairie seem like an alien planet. But God was there, waiting. In His love, He brought an intriguing, handsome young man to Millar Memorial Bible Institute that year. In spite of a no-dating rule, we quickly fell in love and were married the following winter.

More than forty-four years later, I am proud to be fully Canadian just like my husband, children, and grandchildren. I am so thankful for that initial God-nudge.

Another Kathleen Friesen God Nudge


God nudged me again when our three children were grown, this time to do something about the desire to write. Fear had kept me from daring to share what lay in my heart, but my husband encouraged me, and I signed up for an online writing course. This changed my life–a cliché, I know–but it’s true. Through lessons, critiques and constant encouragement from my mentor, that long-held dream came true. God is good!


A Debut for Kathleen Friesen

vanity press published my first novel, Melody’s Song. If I could turn back time … 

As a newbie, I believed prominent authors who said no traditional publisher would look at a book by an unagented author. I submitted my work to two or three agents (yes, I gave up too quickly) who rejected my work. The costs incurred by publishing with this vanity press will likely never be recovered, so I hope readers will learn from my mistake.

Nevertheless, when that first box of freshly printed books arrived, I was ecstatic. These characters had become cherished friends, so I had to continue writing. It helped, of course, when a reader friend told me I simply had to tell Nila’s story. So I did.

A Debut of a Different Sort

The second, Nila’s Hope, and third, Redemption’s Whisper, are published by Pelican Book Group. Working with a Christian publishing company renewed my faith in the business of writing. Redemption’s Whisper released March 24 in e-book form and will be available June 2 in print. I can’t wait!

These three books are sequential, with old friends returning and new ones introduced, but each story stands alone. By the way, I appreciate hearing from readers, especially when they have questions.

None of my stories was easy to write, as they deal with hard subjects. But I hope and pray they touch each reader’s heart with the truth that God is a God of hope and grace.

A Final Word from Kathleen Friesen

If you are seeking publication, please don’t succumb to discouragement. Rather, join a group or groups who will, with honesty and care, critique your writing.

joined ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), one of the best moves I made. ACFW provides an opportunity to join the greatest critique group in the writing world. Fortunately for me, they don’t even mind that I’m not American. We critique one another’s work chapter by chapter and brainstorm online. I count these ladies as dear friends. Close, understanding friends support us and, now and then, Gibbs-slap us up the side of the head. (Tweet That!) 

I joined another group of writing friends who meet once a month.

Rather than critique, we encourage and pray for one another. I need a lot of both, and I adore these dear friends. 

Good friends, whether local or online, are an absolute necessity, especially for writers. When I stay in my writing cocoon too long, I lose my connection to what matters. So find a group, meet with friends, and above all, pray!


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Readers can find Kathleen and her books at the following locations:

Website

Pelican Book Group

Amazon:
Melody’s Song 

Nila’s Hope

Redemption’s Whisper

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Lord, we declare You the Author of Everything. We bow before You in awe and adoration, and we thank You for stooping to love usnudge us, and use us. We write because of You, and we read to find You. Keep us in the center of Your Will as readers and writers.
~ For Jesus’ sake 

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Every word of God is flawless …
Proverbs 30:5a NIV

17 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Kathleen Friesen

  1. Marilyn R

    I haven’t read Kathleen Friesen’s books, but I’m going to have to mark them as to read on my never ending list. Fictional stories that deals with realistic true to life issues pointing readers to God and His amazing grace are the best ones (my opinion) to read. Continue writing great stories to bring individuals closer to God.

     
     
    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Marilyn. Please come again. Linda

       
       
    2. Thank you, Marilyn. I hope you get to read my books soon! Thank you for this encouragement.

       
       
  2. Kathleen, what a wonderful interview. I am SO glad you are part of our critique group. You are a wonderful author. I love your work. I shared this throughout social media and don’t need to be entered in the giveaway. I loved the books!

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Julie. You’ve encourage us! Please come again. Linda

       
       
    2. Thank you, Julie! You are a blessing.

       
       
  3. Love Kathleen’s books, and how she deals with real life situations with a Christian perspective. Her characters are believable and likeable.

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by and joining in the conversation.

       
       
    2. Thank you, BJ. Your encouragement means a lot to me.

       
       
  4. Laura HIlon

    Great blog post. Don’t enter me in the contest. I’ve read all of Kathy’s book

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining the conversation, Laura.

       
       
    2. Thank you, Laura. You have helped me become a better writer, and I appreciate you.

       
       
  5. Wonderful interview! You’re a great writer, Kathleen. I’ve enjoyed reading your books. They’re very inspiring. I look forward to your future ones.

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Laura, and joining the chat.

       
       
    2. Thanks so much, Laura. You are an inspiration to me.

       
       
  6. Thanks so much for hosting me, Linda, and making the interview a pleasure!

     
     
    1. My pleasure, too, Kathleen.

       
       

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