Book: Gypsy for God
Author: Yvonne M Morgan
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Release Date: June 11, 2023
An Unexpected Purpose for Life
Kathleen is a middle-aged woman who loses her job, which leaves her doubting herself and fearing the future. This event sends her on a journey to find purpose and meaning in her life. She flourishes in a new career as a travel agent, but fear and doubt keep her from experiencing all life has to offer. Finally, an unexpected encounter changes everything as God begins to reveal His plans to Kathleen. Each new country she visits brings her closer to finding her real purpose. This story offers hope for readers seeking meaning in their lives regardless of their situation or age.
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About the Author
As an award-winning author and blogger, I enjoy writing stories that deepen our relationship with God. My passions include prayer, travel, and mission work.
I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. My names include wife, mom, grandmother, and child of God. I learned to trust the Lord in all circumstances, even after the death of my son many years ago. Throughout the years, God’s calling led me down many paths, like starting a charity for orphans in other countries and becoming a writer.
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How I Started Writing
My writing career started differently than most. I never expected to write professionally. After many years of short-term mission work, I felt God nudging me to write stories from the mission field. I laughed because I thought I was too old and I was not a writer. The nudge would not go away. So, I asked God to speak through my husband if this was really Him and not my imagination. I told none of this to my husband. About a month later, Bill and I sat watching TV, and he looked over at me and asked how my book was coming along? I cried, and he asked what was happening and I told Bill the story, and he responded, “I guess you’re writing a book.”
I wrote my first book called Turning Mountains into Molehills. The book is a memoir of my experiences during those mission trips. I soon learned that there is a lot more than just putting the words on the pages. The hardest part came with the editing process, something I had not expected. As I reread my words over and over, I wanted to give up because it sounded dreadful. But I kept plugging away at the manuscript until it felt ready to submit to a publisher.
My book, Gypsy for God, came about for several reasons. I love to travel and I wanted to try writing a fiction novel, so I thought it would be fun to combine those two items. And since I did not start my writing career until I was in my fifties, I also wanted to show others it is never too late to try something new and we are never too old to be used by God to accomplish His purposes.
This book offers hope to those readers seeking a godly purpose for their lives. A Gypsy for God shows how anyone can transform their lives and their world regardless of their situation or age. We are never too old or too for God to do incredible things for us and through us. And, in these days of increasing turmoil, I think hope is one of our most important messages we can share with the world. Writing took me on an incredible journey and I hope it does not end soon.
- If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be, and what would you cook?
I had to really think about this one for a while. There are so many options from so many parts of history. From Biblical times, it would be Peter because I can relate well with him. One minute, he is on fire for Christ, the next he is screwing up. In more modern times, I would love to spend time with Mother Teresa. I do charity work and the way she did hers and her faithfulness inspires me. In today’s world, it would not be someone famous. I want to spend time with individuals so I can get to know them. And I teach at a small church conference in Kenya once a year and I love spending time with the pastor and learning about their lives and their faith. I find such interactions inspire me more than a meal with someone influential. Long answer to say I would invite Pastor David to dinner and I would make Shepherd’s Pie, using my mom’s recipe.
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love spending time with my family. I enjoy seeing my children and my grandchildren and being a part of their lives. They bring me joy. I also love to travel. My husband and I retired a few years ago, so we love getting in the car to take the back roads around this wonderful country. We also try to do at least one international trip a year. I learn so much from traveling and meeting new people. Life is an adventure and we try to live that out.
- What comes first, the plot or characters?
For me, the plot comes first. I do better when I know how the story will play out. Then, as I go, I add characters and subplots to expand the story with more details. After the writing the first draft, I might change up the plot a little to help beef up the story.
- What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I went on a literary pilgrimage to Dublin, Ireland. The first trip was at the beginning of my writing journey. We visited several places where James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and William Yates visited in their lifetimes. One place had a statue of James Joyce, so I got a photo sitting next to it. We went back to the same place in April of this year. I took another photo as I thought about the six books I wrote since my last visit.
- What is your favorite childhood book?
My favorite was Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen. My parents bought the book for me and from then on, my dad called me his Thumbelina. I read the book so many times that the pages appeared worn and dog-eared. And I kept the book well into my teen years. I only wish I still had it to read to my grandchildren.
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