Interview with "For Sanity's Sake" Author Lisa S Arnold

1. Tell me about your book.

“For Sanity’s Sake” is daily encouragement for the menopausal woman struggling to remain godly and in control one day at a time. It confronts menopausal issues with humor, clarity, and unwavering Christian truth. These devotions inspire women to live life to its fullest, develop new interests, and serve God with more gusto than ever before. Their purpose is to help women come to a realization that they are not alone and the best years of their lives are yet to come.

2. How do you come up with your ideas?

My ideas come directly from my experiences. If I haven’t lived it, I can’t write it. Therefore, my writing is a very personal experience for me.

3. Did you have to do any research for your book?

I had to do a lot of biblical research. I also did a lot of research on menopause and the statistics that go with it.

4. What statistics did you find about menopause?

Well, according to AARP  magazine, 6,000 women a day in the U.S. Alone begin menopause or perimenopause. That is 2,000,000 women a year. They estimate that half the women in the U.S. alone will have begun their menopausal journey by 2015 (yes, this year).  

5. How often do you write?

My writing is very sporadic at best. Between homeschooling my children and taking care of my home and church family, as well as doing what I need to to promote my book, my life is very busy.Still, I do my newsletter every week and try to write up to ten new devotionals for my next project every week.

6. What's the hardest part of writing for you?

Definitely, finding uninterrupted time. But, also, lately, since the death of my son, it has been harder to focus and get my mind where it needs to be to get the words on paper.

7. If you don't mind us asking, when did your son die and how did it happen?

My son died January 30,2015, while at work of an apparent heart attack. He was 33. But we can talk more about that at another time.

8. Okay, What is the best thing about being an author?

Having the ability to make a difference for God's Kingdom, being able to reach more than a few people, and the hope that even after I have gone to glory, people will still be touched for eternity's sake through my writing.

9. What question have you always wanted to be asked at an interview? 

I always love being asked about my children and grandchildren. I am so proud of them and I never tire of talking about them. They are a big part of who I am today.

10. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The proof reading and editing. I am such a perfectionist. I could edit for 10 years and still find flaws, but there comes a time when you have to just let go and send it out.

11. What do you hope to write someday?

I think after my worship books are completed, I will write a devotional for those grieving. It is my newest and most painful experience. I have so many ideas though, I don't think I will run out of things to write about.

12. If you were writing a book about your life, what would its title be?

The Anchor Holds

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