Glenda Austin had two stories published in The Gecko Renewal. Today, we hear her read her story, If you didn’t laugh.
Following on from last week’s post, Glenda tells us a bit more about herself.
How did I come to enter the competition?
I had some stories written and some others started that were sitting in my computer for years. I worked on them from time to time. I believed somehow God would use them as He had led me towards the writing. I had only shared them with one or two friends and my daughter.
After I shared two of my stories with her, a Christian friend who is often prophetic said I would be a published author someday. That idea went into the ‘that would be nice’ basket yet, I treasured the idea in my heart.
In 2016 I saw a Christian Writer’s page on Facebook. I asked to join. Looking around in the page I realized that many of the members had published books. I felt like an imposter. I had no idea about how to get anything published and had no idea if what I wrote was any good or of any use. When I saw the advertisement for the competition and knew I was to enter. The comp was asking for exactly what I had been writing – true stories of God revealed in life. I took parts of two of my longer stories and edited and changed and added. I was full of energy and anticipation. I stayed up late writing, I got my permissions and sent two stories in.
I was amazed to be short listed and when the stories were published I was so excited – because God was able to use something I had done in obedience to Him.