Today, DeeSWhite.com welcomes M. Ann Ricks the author of The Blood Done Signed My Name. M. Ann Ricks is currently finishing up a virtual tour with Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours. As part of that tour, M. Ann has taken the time to pen an enlightening interview for our reading pleasure. Please sit back, make yourself comfortable and get ready to learn about an awesome woman of God and her call to ministry via the gift of writing.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Are the sins of the father and mother visited upon their sons and daughters? Undoubtedly damaged, Honey Lamb, like many, is a descendant of an unfortunate legacy of molestation, addiction, murder and bad decisions. For as long as she could remember, she believed the unhappiness she experienced was somehow bequeathed to her. The blood that surged through her veins seemed to be tainted and she often wondered about the DNA she possessed.
Experiencing more than her share of misery at the hands of her mother, an alcoholic; the source of all her woes, Honey believed she’d overcome her seemingly checkered path all by herself when she met and married, Mason; a man she loves beyond her own understanding. Unfortunately, unsettling memories emerge to crack the veneer of her seemingly happy existence. Feeling unable to escape what she believed to be her destiny, Honey makes a decision that may have ruined her life.
Not realizing God places people in our lives for His purpose, she reluctantly embarks upon a journey that will open her heart to a divine inheritance. Will she accept what God has already given to her or will she shun the invitation of salvation and allow her familial carnal legacy to continue to the next generation? Will she come to understand that Jesus’ blood redeemed us from a self-defeating existence because He became the sinful inheritance for us while at the same time eradicating it forever, giving us a spiritual blood transfusion that would change us all?
Dee, I have always enjoyed and had an interest in the art of writing. It was a “hidden love” for many years. I actually never thought I would be “author”… Not until the pregnancy of my eldest son did I feel a need to unearth my hidden love and write. I began to simply write about the way I felt about the child growing inside of me and the love that I felt for my husband. But thank God, only, when I resolved to reconnect with the Master and sought to draw nigh to Him, did the desire to write become stronger and strangely, to my surprise, an urgent need. My yearning to please Him with the stories that I created increased. I realized that this could be my way of bringing souls into the Kingdom of God. Writing is a way to reach people and impact the reader and to leave a lasting impression. I loved the way words transported you from the confines of your bedroom or living room into a place that was seen only in someone mind’s eye. Writing and inserting the word of God can in many cases transport you into the presence of God and that’s what I would love to share with all who read my stories.
DeeSWhite: What inspired you to write The BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME?
I’m an avid reader and audio book listener and it dawned on me that there isn’t a Christian Fiction novel in the marketplace presently that specifically discusses the healing and delivering power of the blood of Jesus. Oddly enough, the body of Christ today doesn’t seem to dialogue about its significance.
DeeSWhite: Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Everyone needs to read this novel because, regardless of who you are, what your lineage looks like, whatever you’ve done, whatever has been done to you, the blood of Jesus can make you a new creature because of its power!
DeeSWhite: Why this subject matter…why now?
Many are writing about generational curses, the importance of forgiveness and the wonderful love of Jesus but no author has fictionally penned a novel that clearly identifies what Jesus did when he died for us. This novel makes the significance of His blood truly comprehensible to even the lay person. The Blood Done Signed My Name is the first of its kind because it not only shares a story but it provides the liberating truth scripturally. This novel communicates and confirms that no longer does one need to label themselves as a “recovering” alcoholic, drug addict or even an inevitable beneficiary of the many generational tendencies and sicknesses that may be passed on from one generation to another. Christ has absolved all who believe in Him because His blood has erased every sinful stain.
DeeSWhite: How did you come up with the title?
The theme of blood, inheritance and freedom is dominant throughout The Blood Done Signed My Name and with that in mind, I thought about what Jesus did when His blood was shed for me! He signed my name into the Lambs Book of Life upon my confession and acceptance of Him. I am free because He signed my name with His BLOOD as a result, I am FREE!
DeeSWhite: Who designed the cover?
My awesome publisher, Shani Fenderson of May House Press and Publications
DeeSWhite: If readers get nothing else from the book, what is the one takeaway that you hope they do not miss?
God loves us so much and because He loves us, He sacrificed His only son Jesus. Jesus became the sacrifice for us. We are absolved and even justified. We can walk in freedom and liberty because of what Jesus did. A new life is available for those who believe!
DeeSWhite: Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
It is my hope to assist other Christian writers as with my literary workshop for aspiring Christian writers called, “Conversations…. Writing to Reconcile”. I had the wonderful opportunity to share it regionally but would love to be afforded a venue that could allow me to do so nationally. As believers in Christ it is our mandate to reconcile others to God. Using our literary gifts is certainly one way we can accomplish that awesome task. Additionally, for all who are interested, I distribute electronically, (on-line), a monthly newsletter, M. Ann’s Literary Communiqué and prayerfully it will continue to increase in circulation. Lastly, I’ve begun my 4th novel, The SHIFT!
DeeSWhite: What piece of advice would you give to authors?
I would certainly say that they need to really believe in their gift and talent and that rejection may be a bitter pill that they may have to swallow but if God has called you to do it then He will see you through it! Stand on His promises as He is obligated to finish what He has started in you! He will send you people for life.
DeeSWhite: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
To my readers, I want to say THANK YOU! What a blessing it is to know that you enjoy what I believe God has deposited in me to share with you! I consider it an honor to write for Him as each kind word, e-mail and communication describing how lives have been changed is confirmation that He had you on His mind when He breathed THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME into me! BE BLESSED in HIM!
DeeSWhite: Thank you M. Ann for this awesome interview!
There you have it folks! To learn more about M. Ann Ricks, visit her at her website: http://www.mannricks.net/
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