Please meet my friend Grace Burke, wife, mother, grandmother, nurse, multi-published author, and so much more! Grace is a member of our North Texas Christian Writer's edit group, The LifeSavers.
Grace, it's a pleasure to have you on the Diamond Mine today. Let's jump right into telling our readers a little about you~
When you were a teen, what did you want to
be when you grew up?
When I was a teen,
I wanted to be either a medical doctor or a registered nurse. I became a
registered nurse and a doctor of theology.
Do you have brothers and sisters? Children?
Share a little about them if you do.
I have a brother who
is a retired engineer who lives in California and a sister who is a college
professor and lives in New York. We have a very close relationship and share a
lot weekly via phone, emails or texts. We ask each other’s opinions and laugh a
lot, especially about childhood memories.
have 3 adult children-all of whom live in the DFW area. Among them, they’ve
given me 7 grandkids and 2 great-grands. They are all a real blessing and very
supportive now that I’m getting older. That makes me very happy and thankful.
As you look back on your life, what was the
most challenging time you can recall?
Looking back, the
most challenging time was raising our 3 adopted children. It was a struggle and
a dance of “nature vs. nurture,” although each child was with us since infancy.
We learned that adopted kids come with their own genetic backgrounds,
tendencies, personalities and characteristics that may or may not blend well
with your own beliefs and expectations. Thankfully, it all turned out well in
the end for our family.
How did you meet your husband and how long
did it take him to pop the question?
I met my husband
in church when I worked in the Caribbean. We were introduced by his cousin. Our
chemistry was instant. Within 4 months we were “an item.” Two months later, he
popped the question and we became engaged. One year after meeting, we got
What three things would you tell young
wives to help them through those first few years of marital bliss?
a.Try to stay the course. It’s not always easy but
most things tend to work out, with time.
b.Put God first in your life. Pray about
everything. Let Him guide you. Read the Word. Stay in church. Be determined to
be a godly couple and family.
c.Don’t involve your friends and family in your
marital problems, if possible, unless the situation is urgent or requires it.
Seek godly counsel and put those suggestions into practice.
At what point in life did you know you
wanted to write?
As a child, I
really enjoyed writing. I liked to journal, kept a diary and loved writing book
reports in school. During that period though, I didn’t envision myself as a
In 1979, however,
after experiencing the onslaught of Hurricane David on the island of Dominica
in the West Indies, I wrote two articles for my job. I received high praise for
the articles, they were published, translated into Spanish, and I knew then
that I had a talent in writing. I completed 2 writing courses and began to
publish short stories and articles.
I know it’s hard, but tell us about one or
two important lessons God has taught you in the process of writing.
a.To not get overly discouraged at rejections from
editors, publishers and agents. Although it’s disappointing, get up and try
again. When one door shuts, look for an open window. God called me to write and
I’ve become confident that He will make a way.
b.I need to keep my writing passion alive by
reading, attending seminars, writers groups, entering contests, joining e-mail
lists, being active on social media, etc., in order to stay abreast of trends
and be relevant to my audience.
If you have a life verse from God’s Word, will you share that with us?
“Whatever He (Jesus) says to you, do it.” (NKJV).
What advice would you give beginning
Take a writer’s
course first before trying to publish. Fine tune your craft and learn the
business of writing. Be sure you’re passionate about it and feel called to
write. Be clear what your message is and to whom you are sending it. Take your
writing seriously and stick with your instincts. Write down your thoughts as
they come to you-for titles, snippets of ideas, names of characters, etc.
Always pray and ask the Lord for guidance before starting a writing project.
Tell us about your new release.
My book is
entitled Broken Pieces: Mending the
Fragments Through Adoption. It’s based on the true story of the Bishop
family’s joyful, yet traumatic, eye-opening adoption journey. Giselle, the
mother, gives voice to their forty-year, multi-generational odyssey which
begins on an idyllic, sun-drenched Caribbean island and continues for a time on
the crime-ridden streets of New York City.
As the family struggles toward wholeness,
Giselle’s amazing walk of faith enables her to become the anchor and stabilizer.
Questions about foster care and adoption arise while the saga unfolds. What
joys and risks can adoption bring? What do adoptive parents need to know? What
do all adopted kids require? This riveting and engaging account of this
family’s journey provides a message of hope and inspiration to individuals who
adopt. It also serves as a guide to anyone involved personally, professionally
or spiritually with adoptive and foster families.
Broken Pieces: Mending the Fragments Through Adoption.
Newest Release. Available in paperback print
edition from my CreateSpace webpage: