Saturday, January 20, 2007

Introduction: Ann-Margret Hovsepian

Just a quick hello as I join this wonderful group of authors!
A writer's life is full of surprises (some bringing joy and others causing panic). For many of us, I think, the idea that we have become writers is a surprise in itself. About 16 years ago, when I was out of college and trying to figure out what to do with my life, my father encouraged me to consider doing something my writing skills. "What?" I asked, "You want me to become a writer?" That seemed like such a ridiculous idea. What parent encourages their child AWAY from a financially rewarding career in sciences and TOWARD an upredictable career as a writer? Apparently, wise ones like my dad.

So here I am, waiting for my first book to be published! Tyndale House Publishers plans to release my preteen girls' devotional, The One-Year Designer Genes Devo, in September 2007. I'll spare you the details of the journey that brought me to this point, but I can tell you that persevering through the tough days of freelancing (I just started my 11th year) has been worth it. Not because of an enviable income (ha! I hear all the other writers here snickering), not because of the fame ("HOW do you pronounce your last name?"), but because it feels really good knowing that I'm using my unique gifts to do something that glorifies God.
I can't tell you how excited I am by the possibility that my book may help X number of girls get to know their Designer in a new, personal and exciting way, just as I know some of my 150 or so articles have touched people's hearts. It gives me hope that, even as a frail human being who falls short of God's glory, I can be used to make a small but positive impact in this world.
Thanks for supporting the authors here and elsewhere. Your encouragement helps us to continue doing what we do, which in turn will hopefully touch other lives. God bless you!


S said...

Hello to you as well!

Deborah said...

That's a great title for your teen devotional, Ann-Margret. Wishing you all the best in its release.

And wishing you every spiritual blessing in Christ in your writing and every other area of your life!

Your former roomie at Write! Canada


Ann-Margret said...

Thanks, Deborah! :)

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