Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Meet Angela Breidenbach

I've had the pleasure of interviewing Angela Breidenbach. I invite you to check out her website www.angelabreidenbach.com in addition to the interview posted below:

CS: Angie, one thing that I love about your blog and website is your tag line. What was your inspiration for "God uses broken vessels" ?

AB: I've had some interesting reasons for the inspirations from my mom being a paranoid schizophrenic with delusions of grandeur to having cervical cancer 3 times. I've felt completely abandoned by the Lord and didn't understand. In addition, some of the mistakes I've made in my life caused intense pain or repercussions. As I read the Bible, it dawned on me one day that all the "heroes" and "heroines" were imperfect too. Some in very spectacular ways-think David, Peter, and the Woman at the Well. Now think about Rebecca, Moses, or Adam and Eve. If God could use them to change the world after they messed up royally, then He could use me too. There's a nice little story about a broken vessel that leaked water along the path. After leaking for a long time, flowers grew. When I first heard that story, I connected with it. I'm so imperfect that as God pours new life into me, it leaks out and creates good along the path HE has set my feet on for HIS purpose. Because He makes all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). It's in my brokenness that Christ can use me. If my pride or a sense of being self-made are in the way then how could he use me? I'm thankful that my mistakes are not a hindrance to the Lord. I'm encouraged that He knew I'd make them all along and already had a plan in place for how to make something beautiful out of them.

CS: When did you start writing?

AB: I'd like to say all my life, but I've had some huge hiccups, including a ten year break. I wrote journals and stories as a kid so far back I couldn't tell you when it started. As a 6th grader we had to write a story based on the same photo as everyone else. Then the "winners" were pubbed in a small book printed by our county. My first publishing credit, lol. I loved reading!!! I loved romance. So I started little stories in my twenties. I wrote stories or verbally told them for my children for years. Trust me, with six kids in the car you need lots of stories to keep the munchkins in their seatbelts!

CS: What prompted your desire to become an author?

AB: I had an idea about four or five years ago. It wouldn't go away. I went to lunch with a dear friend and told her about it. It drew on some of my life experiences and compiled them with dozens of women I'd either mentored or connected with because of the topic. She said, "You have to write that!" So I did:-) This is the book, When She Wasn't Looking, that I just finished and am now proposing. I had no idea how to actually write a novel. After I joined the IdahoWriter's League, RWA/FHL, and the ACFW, I realized that I'd come"home" to who and what I wanted to be.

CS: Tell me about "When She Wasn't Looking".

AB: It's about when evil is done to us. God's power takes those harmful things and makes something amazing come out of the pain. Think birthing a child or a butterfly struggling out of the cocoon. My character, Mercy, has a dream that is destroyed. But, the Lord has a plan for her life that will be a more significant contribution than her one dimensional dream.

CS: What if I asked you to tell me anything about yourself, what would you say?

AB: I would say that I am driven to make a difference in the world for the Lord. I believe that I'm doing that through my writing, speaking, and connecting with other people. My mother is a paranoid schizophrenic. I continually have the opportunity to help other people with what I've experienced. Did I know that as a child or teen? No. I didn't even know it five years ago. Looking back, I see the cocooned struggle and birth pains of the ministry the Lord had planned. My heart is open to His leading because I am a broken vessel. Looking forward, now I see possibilities I wouldn't have before. The new Schizophrenic Family Member Support Loop is one of those things. The book I start writing this month will explore fictionally the devastation of paranoid schizophrenia. My real life will spill over into women's inspirational fiction. Mom and I are both brain donors for the study of paranoid schizophrenia. I dream that our donation will give other daughters their mothers.

CS: Thank you Angie. You are an inspiration to us all! I pray the Lord continues to bless you and your family, that your dreams will come true and you will entertain and inspire us through your published works some day soon!

6 comments:

  1. Great interview! It reveals so much about you, Angie. Shows where your heart is.

    Mindy

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  2. Thanks Missy and Mindy!
    This has been such a fun week, learning about everyone!


    Christy

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  3. Angie, you are one inspiring lady who is making a difference!

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  4. Thank you so much Narelle for your encouraging words.
    Angie

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