First of all, have you seen the interview with our Best of the Best winner, Graham Insley? Check it out at the Challenge page – and learn about his winning entry A Horse’s Rear End, the benefits of a challenge buddy, and his love for FaithWriters (and his Aussie home). Don’t miss it.
And now, let’s move on to the interview at hand.
Gerald Shuler has been a member of FaithWriters since 2007. And this year, his entry for the Expire challenge, Use Before…, was the second-highest rated entry the entire challenge year. Wow! Read on to learn about his reaction to being second place in Best of the Best, his love of FaithWriters, and how his little sister inspired him to create his first ebook – and more!
JOANNE SHER: First of all, Gerald, congratulations! Can you tell me what your reaction was when you learned that you got second place in Best of the Best this year?
GERALD SHULER: I knew my simple entry didn’t stand a chance of winning because there were so many super choices this year. I was just curious which one of those marvelous choices won. When I saw my name I thought “No, this can’t be… it should have been…” Then it dawn on me that I was the choice. But I actually decided NOT to tell my wife just in case it really was a mistake. (I finally told her I placed two days later.)
JOANNE: You are lucky you weren’t MY husband, Jerry – you’d be on the couch if you waited that long! Your winning entry, Use Before.. resonated with quite a few people. I think many of us – especially those on the older part of the spectrum – have felt ignored or rejected because of our age. And you approached the issue masterfully. What was your inspiration for this piece? Do you remember how it came together?