Welcome, Joan C Benson and Readers
Joan C Benson grew up in the Midwest and graduated from Kansas University with a B.S. in Education. She taught a few years before becoming a parent, and while her youngest child was in elementary school, she earned a Master’s degree.
When she was eight years old, Joan wrote her first story. Imagine that! I’m eager to get to know Joan. Comment below to qualify for her giveaway.
Welcome, Joan C Benson
At a young age, I began writing stories and poetry. There was one memorable story called, “The Golden Keys of Life,” which revealed the importance of my relationship with God. I was about eight years old and was eager to share it with my family and anyone who would listen. That was my first experience with a book launch; I was so excited that I wanted everyone to read my book. That seed of inspirational writing began my later multi-faceted career of teaching and writing.
In my educational career as a reading specialist, I had responsibilities for mentoring both teachers and students in the craft of reading and writing. I honed my writing skills in the field of educational publishing through contract writing, developing leveled reading books, teachers’ guides, and ancillary reading materials for students (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry). When teaching middle schoolers using young adult literature, I noticed how few contemporary books represented wholesome virtues and values. My love for sharing God’s truth had matured, and I could see my aspirations merging. I felt compelled to write young adult novels embedded with inspirational and Biblical concepts, to teach and nurture faith.
His Gift by Joan C Benson
His Gift is the first solo book I have written that is not a part of an educational publisher’s collection used as a curriculum. I have authored several leveled books for use in reading instruction from elementary to middle school ages: The Power of Sunlight, The Savage Stinger (a jellyfish), and Shaq the Giant.
I first pitched His Gift at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference a couple of years ago. There I met a very kind agent, David Fessenden with WordWise Media, who showed interest, and ultimately said he would work with me. Soon after I had everything ready, Elk Lake offered to publish the book, much to my excitement. A teacher’s guide for the use of homeschool or Christian School use will be available to help teachers and parents take advantage of its historical context while developing reading skills.
Metamorphosis of a Novel: Joan C Benson
My first draft of this debut Young Adult novel, His Gift, was written with embedded Christian values, with hopes it would be admissible in public education. Then, upon prayer and conviction, I realized that His Gift contains a true spiritual conflict, which should be openly addressed. Thus, the rewrite of His Gift created a metamorphosis of the original plot plan. His Gift is a historical fiction novel, based on a true conflict in my mother’s life.
His Gift by Joan C Benson
On the cusp of the stock market crash of 1929, seventeen-year-old Molly has big dreams for a professional career in music after high school. Her challenge is to find peace and purpose when her world shifts in unimaginable ways, similar to people today during the pandemic. His Gift has a classic theme for all who have experienced unfulfilled dreams and a consequent crisis of faith. Though the message of His Gift is delivered through a girl’s musical aspirations, the conflict is universal. Anyone who has ever dared to dream may encounter a test of faith when the dream isn’t fulfilled the way they imagine. The reader will discover with Molly the hope and peace in a life yielded to the Giver of all gifts.
I began writing His Gift in honor and memory of my mother, Mildred M. Isle, after she passed away. She was a gifted pianist and this is her story. Her talent was recognized early on, which led to permission to study at the Royal Oak Conservatory of Music. She received permission for early release from her afternoon high school classes. Every fall, the Detroit Symphony held a student audition to select one outstanding student to perform with the symphony during the season. In October of 1929, my mother won the privilege of playing a Rachmaninoff Concerto at the Detroit Orchestra Hall the following January. She had once dreamed of becoming a concert pianist.
Interruptions to Dreams
Molly, the fictional character portraying my mother, had worked very hard to use her talent well. She believed the concert was her breakthrough moment which would lead to a career launch after high school. She single-mindedly focused on this, her ambition. The market crash of 1929 occurred shortly after Molly won the audition. Readers will need to check out the story to see how Molly wrestled with God over the interruptions to her hopes and dreams. How will she resolve this crisis of faith?
Joan C Benson: Blogger
I also am a blogger where you can find me: https://bensonjj.blog. Find my website using “Joan C. Benson,” the same as my Author Facebook page. (My website is currently under construction.) I am linked to a women’s speaking group called Women Victorious—Ordinary Women, Extraordinary God. Find us on Facebook under that name and a website coming soon. My book released at the end of July 2020 and is available on Amazon. I will be offering a giveaway. You can visit me at my website, www.joancbenson.com.
Joan C Benson: Looking Ahead
Going forward, I am excited to be writing a new contemporary fiction novel with the working title of Eva’s Choice. It is based on my experiences working in a pregnancy resource clinic as a volunteer; I am hopeful that it will reveal the truth about a difficult issue in our day and its impact on the lives of our young women.
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Lord, please bless each word Joan C. Benson writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake