Time to meet another FaithWriters member. Let me introduce you to Carole Robishaw, a Platinum 500 member who joined FaithWriters more than two years ago. Carole is a wife of over 40 years, a mother of one and the grandmother of three adorable girls. Join me in getting to know a little more about Carole, her family, and her love for writing.
LYNDA: Tell me a little about yourself and your Christian testimony.
CAROLE: I think I began searching for God at an early age, I remember going forward at my aunt’s church when I was 12 to accept Christ, but when the pastor came to visit us my dad literally threw him out of the house. I didn’t really understand what I had done, and soon forgot about my decision, but God didn’t. He kept me under His wing for the next 17 years. In 1977 my dad died of cancer, and through his illness and subsequent death several family members, including him, began to seek God’s peace. I accepted Christ as my Savior on Sunday, July 4, 1977. I truly celebrate Independence Day in a way few can understand.
LYNDA: That is so awesome, Carol! So when did God lay it on your heart to start writing?
CAROLE: I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading and writing. My grade school teachers used to put my papers on the wall as an example, especially on parents night. But I didn’t actually start taking my writing seriously until I joined FaithWriters and began to realize that people actually thought I was able to tell a good story.
LYNDA: Have you had anything published?
CAROLE: I used to write for several newsletters. One of the newsletters I wrote for was for the Austin Christian Arts Fellowship. ACAF and their newsletter were based in the Austin, TX area, but the newsletter was mailed out across the country. This was back in the early 80’s, before the internet had become anything more than a place for chat-rooms and role-playing games. So the ACAF newsletter was actually a hard copy. I remember one article in particular that I wrote, about the potential dangers of an anonymous internet. I titled it “The New Tower of Babel” and discussed how much god-like power we thought we had when we could take on any persona we wanted to. I got a lot of flack about it. Most people thought I was blowing it all out of proportion, that the internet was just another fad, and would soon go away. But, about a year after I wrote the article, I was working at an art show for ACAF, and one of the artists, who came from the East coast to show his art, saw my name tag, recognized my name, and started telling me about how great an article it was and how I had had some really great ideas.
I recently spent 8 years working for a publishing company that researched and wrote text books. I’ve had a few paragraphs here and there end up in text books, but my name isn’t on any of what I wrote while working there.
LYNDA: How did you discover FaithWriters and what do you love most about it?
CAROLE: I don’t remember for sure how I found FW’s. I was doing an internet search of some kind and I came across it. I started reading some of the threads on the boards, and got totally engrossed. After a few days, I signed in because I couldn’t go any longer without adding my two cents to the conversations. Then I started reading Challenge entries, and was hooked. I have made some really fantastic friends here, and received some much needed support when I was having problems. If I had to try to limit my answer to any one thing, I guess it would be the true friendships.
LYNDA: Tell us a little about your family.
CAROLE: I have been married to Bill for 43 years, and we have a son, Eric, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and three beautiful granddaughters. Our son and his family just spent four months in Israel, while he attended Jerusalem College University. Bill is in architecture, and loves being involved in historical restorations. We are currently living in a craftsman house built in 1920, in the historic district in N Little Rock. I love looking outside and seeing these beautiful old homes, with streets lined with trees that were probably planted by the original owners. I love history, and love walking on streets with stories to tell.
LYNDA: You’ve entered many Challenges over the past couple years. Do you have a personal favorite entry?
CAROLE: I have several favorites, but probably the ones I like best are:
http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level3-previous.php?id=34642 Time for Tea and Cookies
http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-level3-previous.php?id=28735 The King’s Rights
LYNDA: Now for my favorite part of the interview. A couple of fun facts about you:
*Favorite snack food: dark chocolate, preferably with either peanut butter or mint involved, I make a wicked peanut butter pie
*Something you’d change about yourself if you could: my tendency to procrastinate
*Least favorite household chore: any and all of them
*Last book you read: Mike Dellosso’s thriller series, I won all three of them through Tim George’s website, Unveiled. They are more than just page turners, I sit on the edge of my seat, and it is impossible to put them down until I reach the very last page.
LYNDA: I have to insert, here, that I can totally relate to #2 and #3.
So where do you see yourself in, say, five years?
CAROLE: I would like to have published at least one book. Bill inherited from his aunt a photo scrapbook and a journal of a trip she took when she was in her twenties, during the summer of 1929. As a single school teacher, she traveled across the country with two other friends, and documented everything they did. This was a trip that was unheard of then, driving in a Model A Ford, in areas without paved roads, by a woman, and taking place just before one of the worst times this country has ever known. I have been researching all the places they went, and the things they did, and want to put everything together and publish it.
LYNDA: How cool is that? I would love to read it! Thanks so much, Carole, for taking the time to let us get to know you better. Much success to you as you continue to write for Him!
To read Carole’s work, visit her FaithWriters profile