See Jan Ackerson’s Best of the Best Winner interview here, and Francy Judge’s 2nd place interview here.
Donna Powers (formerly Franklin) has been around FaithWriters for a full decade, and has entered the FaithWriters Writing Challenge two hundred times. And this year, for the first time, one of her entries has been recognized as one of the Best of the Best. Join interviewer Joanne Sher as she chats with Donna about her love of FaithWriters, where her story ideas come from, and the love of her life – and their amazing story.
JOANNE SHER: First of all, congratulations on your third place win! What was your reaction when you found out you were chosen as third place in Best of the Best?
DONNA POWERS: I was both excited and amazed. I couldn’t believe my “silly little story” had been chosen.
JOANNE: Your winning piece, Mortimer’s Plight, gave us a new and fresh perspective on a familiar tale (or tail?). How did you come up with the idea? Do you remember how it came together?
DONNA: The first thing that came to my mind when I read the word, “stir” was: “Not a creature was stirring…” and no matter which other way I tried to write that week’s topic, that take on the topic kept coming back to my mind. I began writing that piece in an effort to make the idea “go away” (so I could get back to choosing what I was sure would be a “better” way to approach the topic). When I finally finished it, I was as surprised as anyone.
JOANNE: Sometimes God gets those ideas stuck in our head for a reason, eh? You started entering the FaithWriters Challenge ten years ago (almost exactly! – your first entry was on August 9, 2006 – about a month after MY first entry, by the way). Other than a four-year hiatus, you have been a very regular contributor to it. What keeps you entering? (and, if you wanna share, what caused you to leave? Come back?)
DONNA: I love to write! I can’t properly describe how I feel when the words start to flow, but it’s one of the best feelings I know. I especially enjoy doing it at FaithWriters, because I get to bless my brothers and sisters in Christ. I got hooked as soon as I began writing for the challenge, and entered every week.
When I left in 2011, I was going through an extremely difficult time in my life. That crisis took all my mental and spiritual resources, and I had nothing left to give as a writer. Last year, as God began to heal me and my situation, I realized I needed some sort of creative means of expression, and thought of FaithWriters. Once I wrote my first entry, I was hooked again!