Showing posts with label #Patti Shene. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Patti Shene. Show all posts

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Winner of Rose McCauley Book

Thank you for those who read Rose McCauley's post last week about her new novella to be found in Courageous Brides. The author was kind to give away an e-book of this new anthology to one who commented on her post.

And the winner is . . ..


Patti Shene

Congratulations, Patti.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Step Into The Light with Patti Shene

Today, I am blessed to welcome my good friend, Patti Shene, to my Writing with God's Hope blog. While I was a struggling newbie with no published books as yet, Patti, in her position as magazine editor, read one of my short stories. Her encouragement led to the publication of my debut novel. Patti holds a special place in my heart.
picture used on Patti's radio show

Patti's newest venture, a blog talk radio show, is inspiring and informative. I asked if she would let me interview her about it today, so welcome, Patti.

Tell us something about yourself.


I was born and raised on the south shore of Long Island in New York, but have lived in a small town in Southeastern Colorado since the early 1970’s. I’ve been married for close to forty years, and my husband and I have two adult children and one granddaughter. I practiced as a Registered Nurse, mainly in the field of psychiatry for over thirty-five years.

Did you ever feel like giving up on having an online radio show? And how did you press through this?

I started broadcasting a weekly Blog Talk Radio show in partnership with an online ministry. My ministry partner already had several established shows, so when my show, entitled Lit(erally) Speak(ing), was added, I’m sure several listeners were drawn to it as followers of his ministry.

When he had to leave the ministry due to health issues, I started a new show. The number of listeners for it, entitled Step Into the Light, does not draw near as many listeners – yet! I attribute that to the fact that, just like an author trying to promote a book, there is a strategy to marketing a project, and I have not employed mine effectively at this point.

As to how I press through that kind of discouragement, it relates to obedience. Encouragement from others, such as Marlene Bagnull of the Colorado and Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conferences, and others, including you, Janet, has led me to believe God has called me to this. He knows who needs to hear the message that my guest conveys each week. I contact my guest a few minutes before air time, and the most important thing we do prior to going live is pray for God to lead listeners to the show who He knows need to hear that particular show at the time it will benefit that listener the most. It might be the morning we broadcast, or it might be next week, or six months from now.

What gave you the idea for an online radio show?

I enjoyed listening to The Road Less Traveled Internet Ministry radio shows (or podcasts as they are frequently called). The owner of that ministry was my former pastor, so he knew about my interest in writing and encouraging writers. We had talked about starting a show that somehow related to writing for several months.

How do you feel this will encourage listeners?

We deal with the shadows that cross the paths of all our lives. My guests share their own journey that has led them or others out of dark times and back to light through their writing, speaking, or other ministry.

I praise my dynamic and inspirational guests for the encouragement listeners derive from the show. I believe every one of them has engaged the listening audience by opening their hearts and sharing their pain and their triumphs.

How did you learn how to do this?

My former ministry partner taught me the basic technology for broadcasting the show. I am grateful he was willing to set up the show for me and adjust certain sound settings on my computer. I would have no idea how to do that myself!

I have found Blog Talk Radio support to be extremely helpful with timely and thorough answers to my questions. They offer tips on their website for improving your show and solving potential problems.

If you were a song, what would it be?

The song I have in mind is so old that your readers probably never even heard of it, but it fits. It’s entitled Don’t Fence Me In.

I'm old, too, so I know it. Cute song, and I would agree you can't be fenced in. You're a talented lady, willing to try a lot of challenges that would scare others.
What do you like to do when you’re not interviewing people?

I love to read, cheer on my granddaughter and her team at Jr. High sports events, watch old westerns (especially Gunsmoke!) and the Colorado Rockies on TV, walk, and I absolutely love to drive, especially in wide open spaces!

You interview authors, but what do you write yourself?

Recently, I’ve been working on a couple of non-fiction pieces and am published in short non-fiction in two anthologies. I have three novels with a western theme and a non-fiction book in progress. Lately, I feel I spend the major part of my writing time composing Facebook posts and Tweets, something that definitely needs to change in 2016!

What’s your next big adventure?

My main goal in 2016, beyond improving the radio show and reaching a larger audience, is to complete my book length non-fiction work and hopefully at least one of my novels.

What’s your favorite Bible verse?

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God - Philippians 4:6

I love that one, too. Words to live by. Thank you for answering my questions. I've loved having you stop by today.

Thank you so much, Janet, for inviting me to your blog!

Patti has enjoyed writing since childhood, but she also likes to encourage writers. She is published in two anthologies as well as local newspaper and magazine publications. She has experience as a former editor with a small publishing company and has taught workshops at the Colorado and Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conferences. Visit Patti at her cyberspace home,, where her two blogs, Patti’s Porch and The Over 50 Writer serve to showcase writers and their work. Find links to Patti’s Blog Talk Radio shows at the website as well.


Social Media Links:


Facebook         Step Into the Light page

Twitter            @Pattishene                  

Linkedin          Patti Shene                    

Pinterest          Patti Shene                    

How many of you have listened to one of Patti's Step into the Light radio shows. I was honored by being one of her guests. My interview can still be listened to by clicking the link on the right of this post.

The regular show airs at 8 AM MST every Tuesday morning. Patti's archives can speak to you at anytime by clicking on the links you find on her web page.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Need a Boost to Your Weight Loss?

     Poet, John Donne, wrote "No man is an island."
     Hillary Clinton told us, "It takes a community to rear a child." 
     The fact is that we need each other for wisdom, encouragement, and strength.

Notice in my post about my 10 best tips for weight loss at

that number 7 on my list is going to the support group of your choice.

My devotion book, Divine Dining, gives 365 days of encouragement and inspiration to the food addict. Losing weight is a lonely road. Many times, no one is there to turn us away from a doughnut. At a dinner or pot luck, everyone there may indulge while we stand alone to withstand the temptations. Support from others, even if only given once a week, strengthens our resolve.

During my recent trip to Colorado, I had the pleasure of meeting two sweet ladies in person, who I had previously met online.

I first met writer, editor, radio interviewer, Patti Shene several years ago when I submitted a short story titled Victoria and the Ghost. Because of her advice, that story became my debut YA novel published by 4RV Publishing Co. out of Edmond, OK.

The other new friend, Dawn Orr, found me on Facebook, and purchased Divine Dining. When Patti interviewed me on her online radio station, Dawn heard the broadcast and explained that she and three other friends were doing a weight loss Bible study using Divine Dining as their guide. Of course, I wanted to meet her. How blessed I was to learn the book God gave me was helping someone else in their walk with the Lord.

Writing friend, Patti Shene on my right, Dawn Orr, who started a Bible study with Divine Dining on my left when we met in Pueblo, Colorado in August, 2015

Weight loss encompasses the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of our lives. During my weight loss journey, I've attended many support groups because I realize the need for me to be around others going through the same struggles.

I began this path twenty-two years ago when I attended a church group called "Christian Weight Controllers." When our music minister, who led the group, moved, I took over the leadership. The stress got to me, and I stopped the class. By that time, I had already lost about 65 pounds and had 35 more to go, so I still needed that group strength.

I then rejoined Weight Watchers and lost thirty more pounds. I maintained the 95 lb loss for eighteen years and last year lost another five pounds to make it an even one hundred pound loss.

After I lost the weight, I quit Weight Watchers. I accomplished the physical and much of the mental problems, but I found I constantly regained pounds, moving up and down, again and again. I faltered often. I rejoined Overeaters Anonymous. Some of the groups helped a lot, some, not so much. Once, our church offered a generic 12 step program that helped with any addiction or compulsion, similar to the now popular Celebrate Recovery programs. For a few weeks, I attended a TOPS meeting. For awhile, I went to both OA and WW because I felt the need for help in all three aspects of my life.

My next step was to teach a program through my church that addressed all 3: physical, mental, and physical. My first try ended in disaster. I taught with the wrong attitude, and God did not bless it. Divine Dining released in January, 2013. That September, I began a weight controllers class at my church. We named it for my book. Every September, when we start up new classes throughout the church, I debate whether to continue teaching. Always, I remember the importance of support groups.

Do you need a boost for your weight loss?

I know that I must eat healthy, get exercise, and change my mindset about food, but guess what ...


The devil actively tempts me where I'm weakest: putting food in place of God, running to food instead of the Word, not asking for the Lord's strength when I want to quit.

Is it time you joined a good support group where you live? If there's not one, do you need to start one? If you live in or near Wichita Falls, TX., we would welcome you to the Divine Dining Weight Controllers Class beginning anew on Sept. 15 at 6 pm.

Monday, June 22, 2015


Thank you, Patti Shene, for helping me announce two free days to get Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. Don't miss this: