Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Interview with Virginia Lieto

Christian author and theology professor, Virginia Lieto writes novels for children with the hope of bringing to light the need for moral virtue in our lives. Ginny, tell us about your published work.

Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience, as a series, centers on three sisters named Faith, Hope and Charity who learn the virtues from their parents with a little help from the friendly next door neighbor. In the first of the series, Finding Patience, the family moves to a new town which means new schools for the girls. Friends can’t come fast enough for Faith. In this story we see how she changes from day to day growing in patience.

What writing project are you working on now?

In between school visits and marketing promotions, I am in the process of working on the second book in the series, Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity – Finding Acceptance. This book will center on the middle daughter, Hope, who needs to learn how to accept others as they are. The book will also address bullying and the need for diversity.

Who or what inspires your writing?

My inspiration truly comes from the Holy Spirit. I sit in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament once per week and simply listen. In that time of quiet and peace, ideas come to me.

Who or what encouraged you to write?

I stumbled upon writing within the past few years while studying for my Masters in Pastoral Theology. I found that I liked researching and writing term papers! I didn’t feel confident enough to write a book on anything seriously theological because I was just realizing what I didn’t yet know and had so much more studying to do before I could ever become a subject matter expert within any specific area of Theology. Yet, I thought that maybe I could write children’s books to express the Christian faith.

What helped to prepare you?

I earned my Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in 2014, where I am now an adjunct professor of Theology. I teach two courses: 1) Catholic Spirituality and 2) Liturgy and Sacraments.

Does anything ever discourage you from writing?

Marketing! Not my strong suit. I find self-promotion comes across as cheesy. I definitely have not mastered the art of self-promotion yet.

Does the Bible influence your work as a writer?

The Bible heavily influences my writing. It serves as my guide; my blueprint.

In what ways do you hope your writing will help to unify or strengthen the church Body of Christ?

Virtue has existed since the time of Adam and Eve. It provides common ground between all denominations and is a main component of all faiths. Although my book is written from a Christian perspective, the message of the story is universal: God, our Creator, made each of us in His image and likeness to be good, to be virtuous as He is virtuous. As Creator, He is the giver of all virtue.

Have you found the Internet helpful in reaching others for Christ?

Yes, and it never ceases to amaze me how people from all around the world find me! About 20% of my followers are from outside the United States; from Europe, to Africa, to Asia. I think that is just awesome! We are all one big family. Maybe that is because virtue speaks to every heart, longing to be happy.

How can readers find you or your work online?

I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Google +, and Pinterest. I also have an Amazon Author Page, and a Goodreads Author Page.

What suggestions or encouragement would you like to offer other Christian poets or writers?

Listen to the Holy Spirit, and write what He tells you to write. One day I was in Adoration, thinking about what I would like the second book to be about, and I heard a clear and loud response, “No, the second book will be about Acceptance.” I replied, “Okay, Boss, whatever you say!”

Good thinking! Thanks, Ginny, for giving us a glimpse of your Christian writing life.

© 2015, Mary Harwell Sayler, interviewer and moderator of the Christian Poets & Writers group on Facebook, has placed 27 books in all genres with Christian, educational, and indie publishers.