For Shonda Fischer, there was a silver lining in the diagnosis of a painful medical condition.
The married mother of two said she had to quit her job after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition that causes pain throughout the body as well as sleep problems and fatigue, among others.
But the ordeal has also motivated the avid reader to become a prolific writer. She has published three books and is working on a fourth.
She began to write not as an author of books, but as a reviewer. She has reviewed books on Amazon and other sites. Authors, some self-published and some with traditional publishing contracts, began sending him their new books and asking for reviews.
“I would ask writers to comment on my reviews or just people how much they enjoyed reading my reviews,” she said. “They all suggested that I write a book.”
So one day she sat down and started to write. His first published work was a contribution to the “Collective of Christian Writers”, a Christian devotion.
“As I was writing, God just put on my heart that He wanted me to write Christian historical fiction books,” she said. “One day I sat down and wrote a book, ‘Strawberry Summer,’ based on my great-grandmother’s memories of my mother’s side.
The book is about Viola Branson, who has just graduated and needs a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. The book’s biography reads: “Leaving St. Joseph, Missouri, she boards a train to visit her grandmother in Once Over, Colorado. Imagined that she had fallen in love at some point n ‘brings only memories she would like to forget. Can they overcome old wounds and become friends again or maybe more, or will circumstances keep them apart? “
Since then, the former Jefferson City High School student has written two more books in the “Once Over” series: “Sunflower Fall” and “Snowball Winter”.
Her books are set in the 1800s, and although they are love books, she says they could be read by 12-year-olds without parents worrying about the content. The graphic details don’t go beyond kissing, she said.
She’s working on a fourth book. She and seven other authors will each write a book in a series called “Prairie Rose”. The connection is that every book involves wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. This series is expected to be released next year.
When she’s not writing, she often reads. She read more books than there were days in 2020.
“I love to read, so I wanted to introduce the world to something that isn’t mainstream, where everything you see on TV or read is based on sex,” she said. “I want people to realize that you can still be entertained and enjoy reading a book that is a good, healthy book.”
Her love of God also motivates her to write.
“I don’t preach in the books, but I show the characters that they believe in God, pray or go through this predicament no matter what they are going through,” she said.
She also spends time marketing her books, which can be purchased through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She does an “Once Over” podcast, operates a website and is present on Facebook. Many authors that she has helped through reviews and are now helping her market her books as well.
“This world has so much hate, but I just want to make it clear that there are still people who love and care for each other and are ready to pray for each other and show their faith. C that’s the reason I write most of this. I just want to share my love for God and for others. “