#Read about Guest #Author RJ Andrews


What motivates you to write books?

I have always had a love of books. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t read. Stories can take you away to places you might never go and help you meet people you would never meet. I want to show my readers a world where they can be themselves. A place where things happen–things that might happen to them– and how the character deals with it. Maybe through this, my readers will find courage. Courage to face uncertain situations and events. Sometimes they are silly, such as in Winifred Rose Armstrong: IT Happened when her mother tells her she’s going to be a big sister. Freddie (her nickname) decides that being a big sister has to be the worst thing that can happen to a girl. But in the end, she finds out that the baby is ok after all, even though she wouldn’t tell anyone else that! Sometimes they are serious, such as in Runaway. Sami has had a horrible life. Her parents are gone, she’s living with foster parents that could care less about her and so she does the only thing she knows to do—leave. Life throws us curves; we can learn how to deal with those curves. My goal—to share a love of reading with a new generation, to share a Christian view of living life, and to reach out through the words I put down on the page.

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Where do you get inspiration?

I work with children in many different aspects of life. I work in the school system and I work in my church with children from the age of toddler to 6th grade. There is no better source of inspiration than the source itself. Just being around these children, watching the way they interact with others, how they deal with situations and what is important to them makes my job easy when it comes to writing words that they will relate to.


Tell us about you.

I am married to a wonderful man (20+ years) and we have three grown children. We live in a small town in Arkansas and we are active in our church and community. Growing up in a small town probably sounds horrible to some. After all, the term “Nosey Neighbors” takes on a whole new meaning. But something else about a small town is this—-we care for each other. We band together in times of need, we support each other. We are a community. That is what I love about where I live.  My family enjoys outdoor activities, high school and college football (Go Hogs!) as well as movies, spending time with family and friends, and church activities.


One last comment.

I would have to say that the most important thing I want for children and young adults to gain from my stories is that they are worth something to someone out there.  God loves them, I love them.


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