It’s been a while since we’ve had a FaithWriters member spotlight – and it seems it’s time we change that. Read on to learn a bit about writer and mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Pauline Brakebill.
JOANNE SHER: Hi, Pauline, and welcome to the FaithWriters blog. Tell us a bit about yourself.
PAULINE BRAKEBILL: I am a 76 year old mother of 6, grandma of 22, and great-grandmother to 1½. We have also foster–parented around 200 troubled youth. We raised one young Down Syndrome boy for 27 years. The poem I wrote which will be in the Testimony book was about John: “He Came To Stay in My Heart.”
My husband and I live in the beautiful hills of the Ozarks. The hills now are ‘alive with the Sound of Music’ and the beauty of the fall leaves. We moved here from Upstate New York in 1978, mainly to be closer to our aging parents living in Kansas. For 13 years my husband ran his own print shop. I learned a lot about the printed word and set up from working in the shop. We intended to retire upon arriving here, but it was not to be.
JOANNE: Sounds like you’ve had a wonderful, blessed life. Have you always enjoyed writing? When did the interest first spark? What do you most like to write?
PAULINE: I have enjoyed telling stories from a little girl on up, but I never wrote until I wrote a Valentine’s Day poem for my husband. I said to myself, “Self, that was fun, I think I will do it again.” So I started writing in many different areas. It became a tradition to write him a Valentine’s Day poem. Then I came across faithwriters.com. I have enjoyed this web site immensely and try to enter all the contests. It has certainly improved my writing. I mostly like to write stories for the small mind.
JOANNE: Brag on your family a bit. Are they supportive of your writing?
PAULINE: Yes, they are very supportive and allow me to write instead of cleaning house. I make them read everything I write, even if they don’t want to.
JOANNE: Hehe – I hope it’s not too much of a struggle to get them to read your wonderful writing! How did you find FaithWriters?
PAULINE: I don’t really remember, but it must have been an ad on one of the sites that I used. It has been a blessing since I did come across it . Mike and Bea Edwards have been such a great help to me all along. I love the opportunities they provide for the members .
JOANNE: They are wonderful people, aren’t they? What is the best part of FaithWriters, in your opinion?
PAULINE: The forums, the instruction given and the contests. They have all been helpful and made me a better writer.
JOANNE: FaithWriters has a lot of helpful places, doesn’t it? What are your goals as a writer?
PAULINE: To become rich and famous and have an ocean front home!
Seriously , I would hope that I can reach the multitudes for the glory of God. My dream is to reach as many of the world population as can be reached. As they say, the pen is mightier than the sword. I would like to be published.
JOANNE: And I’m sure you will be, Pauline! Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
PAULINE: I have tried to give my kids a love for the word. I f they have something to say, say and write it down. They might need it someday.
JOANNE: Great advice, Pauline – for ALL of us. Thanks for letting us get to know you!
Are you interested in being featured here in a member spotlight? Drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can set something up!