Interview with Author James Michel

I had the honor of interviewing author James Michel. James has an incredible story of overcoming adversity.

  1. Tell us about yourself and what prompted you to write this book? My name is James Michel. I am a believer of Jesus Christ. I am also a husband and a father. About 3 years ago I lost my first wife unexpectedly to cancer. During my grieving process, I felt compelled to share my story in the form of a book. “Perplexed But Not in Despair: My Spiritual Journey from Faith to Functional” is a testament of her life that has been sown, a legacy for my children, and a testimony of God’s redemptive power.
  1. What has the book writing process been for you? Honestly, painfully rewarding! Painful in the sense that I had to discipline myself to take the thoughts in my head and put them into words on paper. Despite these challenges, it has been a rewarding process, because of the fact that I believe the finish product could be a source for hope and comfort to many. What would be your advice to those who have an untold story to tell? Do it for the one! Your story could very well be the key that unlocks someone else’s destiny. Also, don’t be overly concerned about everything being perfect. There are a lot of resources out there to help you write a book with excellence.
  1. What would you say is the major take away of your book? The ALL-sufficent power of God to redeem every situation. God’s grace carried me through the darkest season of my life, and took my faith to new heights.
  2. What do you want readers to walk away with after reading your book? My prayer and hope is that every reader would encounter the Love and the Faithfulness of God through the pages of my book. I pray that they would be challenged to engage their faith life even harder.
  1. Has writing this book been a part of your healing journey? If so, how? Very much so! It forced me to sort out and process my emotions. It challenged me to ask questions I wouldn’t normally ask, self reflect on a deeper level, and find peace in the answers. What has God done in your heart and life since you started writing this book? Having had the opportunity to journal and as a result write this book, I am now experiencing a deeper peace and intimacy with God. I’ve had my Job moment- “My ears have heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you (Job 42:5).”
  2. Part of your book speaks about “Functional Faith,” what does this mean for your reader? The Bible says, “without Faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6)”. A Functional Faith to me is a faith that works in the middle of hard times. A faith that is fully persuaded of the love and faithfullness of God. A faith that is content in simply knowing who God is. I think Job said it best when he said, “though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him (Job 13:15).”
  3. How will this book help those who are going through hard seasons and loss? God is no respector of person. What He’s done for me, He’s more than willing to do it for another. It is my prayer that as others read my book, their sense of hope will be renewed. It doesn’t have to be the end! What advice would you offer readers? Don’t lose hope no matter what! Trust God! Believe that ALL things can work for good and God’s glory.
  4. How can people get a copy of your book? Or reach you? It’s super easy! People interested in reading my book can order a copy from Amazon. All feedback and questions can be sent to

Thank you James for sharing with our readers about your new book! I believe it will encourage them to cling to God in every season!

You can connect with James in person on March 6th in Columbus, Ohio at his book launch event.

James Michel Book Launch-March 6th, 2020. 6:30pm. Zion Christian Church. 5780 Baltimore Reynoldsburg Road NW, Pickerington, Ohio 43147.

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Blessing you!

Erin Lamb

Special Guest Karen Baney-Best Selling Christian Author

Dear friends, I would love to introduce Karen Baney to you! She is my special guest for today. She has some great insight for authors. I hope you are as blessed as I am by her wisdom, insight, and encouragement, ~Erin.


10 Keys to eBook Marketing Success, is now available on Amazon.

Sales != Self Worth

Some of you understand the title of this post immediately.  Others, it is taking you a few seconds to fully understand.  Let me help.  In computer programming, we use the “!=” to mean “does not equal”.  So the title really reads “sales does not equal self-worth”.

Oh, do you realize how true this is!

If you’re an author like me (or anyone in a sales position), you may find yourself falling it to the pit of despair whenever you look at your sales.  Only one book sold this week.  Secretly that little voice in the back of your head is convincing you that this means you are not worth anything.

I know.  I understand.  It happens to me.  Even after 200,000 downloads in 2012.  Every time I release a new title, the fear of rejection grips me.  Will anyone like this new book?  Will they understand the message within its digital pages?  Will they—dare I hope—buy it and validate all of the time, effort, and energy I expended?  Can I finally be satisfied that I am worth something?

Dear author, you are already worth something.  You are precious to Jesus just the way you are.  He gave you this wonderful talent to be able to express so much through words on the screen.  He loves you deeply and unconditionally.  Take a moment to let that truth sink in.

The next time you pull up your sales report, or wait for one from your publisher, remember this:  Your worth != the number of books you’ve sold.

The truth is that no matter how much you market and how many things you do right; you can never force a single sale.  Marketing is simply using techniques to get the word out about your book.  It’s up to the reader to buy it.

Another truth:  some great books go unnoticed and some really poor books sell well.  The number of books sold is just that.  It’s a business metric, not a sign of your value or even the quality of your writing.

It’s time to take a new view of your sales figures.  Separate the emotion from the business metric.  Don’t fall into the temptation to gauge your worth or your writing by how many or how few books are purchased.

Sales != your value.


Best-selling self-published author, Karen Baney, enjoys sharing information to help authors learn about the Business of Writing.  She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University and has worked in various business related career fields for the past 20 years.  She writes Christian Historical Fiction and Contemporary Romance novels.  To learn more about her novels visit her website:  Authors can find tips and information on self-publishing and marketing at:

Karen and her husband, Jim, also run several online businesses.  They make their home in Gilbert, AZ, with their two dogs.

Her latest book, 10 Keys to eBook Marketing Success, is now available on Amazon.

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