Thursday, January 24, 2013

Interview with Christian Author Elizabeth Kail Arnita

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Arnita is the youngest of 12 children. She learned early in life about family dynamics and the concept of sharing. After graduating in 1983, with a degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, Elizabeth married Shadi and they have been blessed with four fabulous children. Her love for the Lord has opened her eyes to a world in need and ignited her compassion for those who are less fortunate. She and her husband founded and continue to manage Welcome The Children; a non-profit organization that funds and supports children who are experiencing the reality of poverty. Elizabeth Arnita has designated all of the proceeds from her book sales to support WTC.

What are some of the things that have influenced/inspired your writing?
Life experiences are the most interesting and inspiring stories.  As a budding author, I look at life scenarios and imagine how they can become a story that exemplifies a life lesson.

Can you share some writing experiences with us?
Writing has been a “heart overflowing” onto the page experience.  I have written several different types of material (Only “Baby Come Home has been published) and find that the best works are the ones that are an honest and open revelation of how God has used different circumstances to teach me something about Him and His love for me.  It isn’t always easy to accept the lessons He wants me to learn, but I have found that once I put them into writing I understand His plan better.   One of the most valuable lessons I have been taught is that if I submit my thoughts and works to God, He ordains something worth reading.

Tell us briefly about your recently published book and what you feel is the most important topic/sub-message you share.
Through the story of a young bird named Baby, “Baby Come Home” is a book that relays the concept of unconditional love and acceptance.  Often times we don’t realize how our decisions to rebel can lead to serious mistakes.  Baby learns that even after he makes bad choices and is in the midst of the consequences, his caretaker and friend Sam never gives up on him.    

Please describe to us your relationship between you and your editor. What makes an author/editor relationship a success?
Virginia is a woman with intelligence and experience beyond my years.  Though she is younger than I am, I trust her input and value her suggestions.  I believe she respects and appreciates the work she has received from me and allows my writings to benefit from her perspective.  

To feel that a relationship is a success, each party must share a common goal but respect the other party’s vision.  The writer needs to trust that constructive criticism is not a personal attack and understand that the editor works for their benefit.     

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If yes, how did you ‘cure’ it?
I am sure writer’s block plagues every writer at some point or another. When it occurs with me, I simply put everything down and allow God to finish the work in me before I attempt writing it.  Sometimes this is just stepping away to get some tea and sometimes months later, works are still sitting unfinished.  I resign my writings to His inspirations.  

What type of books do you mostly write?
“Baby Come Home” is the first official book I have written.  I have another children’s book in the making and several more children’s book outlines in the works.  Other writing accomplishments include teachings used to enlighten groups on lessons I have learned through the experiences of life. 

Who or what inspires your characters and/or plots?
I have received inspirations from my children, the Bible, life situations and an over active imagination.  

Tell us about your writing space.
Although I feel that having a particular writing space could enhance productivity, my life and home do not allow such a luxury.  Our living space is full of living people and that can create many distractions and yet many story lines.  It is all in the perspective.  When a writer has a story to tell, the biggest mistake he/she can make is waiting for the “perfect” opportunity to write it down to get in the way.  Sometimes you have to sit where you are and just get busy.  Throw yourself into the work and allow circumstances to enrich your story.

What advice would you give to a new writer?
If you have a story worth telling, don’t allow insecurity to stand in the way of letting people enjoy it.

You can find out more about Elizabeth Arnita, her books and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at

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