Linda Wood Rondeau

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MEET JOHNNIE ALEXANDER
2/3/2016 12:00:01 AM by: Linda Wood Rondeau

Into a Spacious Place
 
by
 
Johnnie Alexander
 
 
“You have set my feet in a spacious place.”
 
These words from Psalm 31 touched a deep place in my spirit as I read the chapter during a quiet moment at the Florida Christian Writers Conference several years ago.
 
Back then my dreams were tentative and the future was scary. I wanted to be a writer with all that was in me. I wanted to believe that God had given me a gift with words. I wanted to hold a novel I’d written in my hands.
 
But so did all the other unpublished writers at the conference. I was realistic enough to know my dream might not ever come true.
 
God touched my practical soul with a line of poetry, whispering His words into my heart.
 
I have set your feet in a spacious place.
 
 
I embraced it, though I didn’t know what it meant. After all, my contemporary romance manuscript wasn’t impressing anyone at the conference. But I held onto the promise. I attended more conferences, read books on writing, and connected with others who dreamed the same dreams I did.
 
Through those years, I wrote another novel and then one more. Where Treasure Hides won the 2011 ACFW Genesis Contest (historical category), and Tyndale published it as an e-book in 2013. The print edition was released last August.
 
Between the release of the e-book and print editions, I returned to my contemporary romance. The theme of a spacious place stayed with me, especially as I faced an uncertain future in my personal life.
 

I discovered the phrase appears in several verses besides Psalm 31:8. One of my favorites is Psalm 18:19 which says:He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

 
As I rewrote the contemporary romance, the idea of a spacious place became a spiritual theme for my protagonists.
 
In the past few years, my spiritual journey and writing journey have intertwined into an inseparable wholeness. I trusted God with my wants and uncertainties, and He graciously provided a spacious place for me in the publishing world.
 
My contemporary romance, now called Where She Belongs, is the first in the three-book Misty Willow Series. My first novella, a historical, comes out in July.
The future still holds uncertainty. I suppose, in one sense, it always does. But I’m able to focus more on the present, and every day I thank God for His abundant blessings.
 
My prayer is that these verses bless others, too.
 
 
 
Back Cover
 
Shelby Kincaid is ready to move on from her grief. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family’s ancestral homestead so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she’ll have her work cut out for her.
AJ Sullivan never wanted the homestead. Inherited as a punishment from his grandfather, it has sat empty for fifteen years and fallen into ruin. He’s glad to finally unload it. But a clean break isn’t possible when he can’t get the young widow Shelby off his mind.
Welcome to Misty Willow, a place that will have as great a hold over the reader as it does over its inhabitants.
 
 
Johnnie Alexander writes inspiring stories that linger in the heart. Where Treasure Hides, her debut novel, won the ACFW Genesis Contest (2011) and Golden Leaf Award (2014). Her first contemporary romance, Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series; Revell), and her first novella, The Healing Promise (Courageous Bride Collection; Barbour), release in 2016.
 
She also has won Best Novel and Best Writer awards (Florida Christian Writers Conferences), and Bronze Medalist (My Book Therapy Frasier Contest). She volunteers as a category coordinator for the ACFW Genesis Contest, judges various contests, and serves as marketing director for the MidSouth Christian Writers Conference.
 
A graduate of Rollins College (Orlando) with a Master of Liberal Studies degree, Johnnie treasures family memories, classic movies, road trips, and stacks of books. She lives in the Memphis area with a small herd of alpacas and Rugby, the princely papillon who trees raccoons.
 
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