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How did you determine the need for your nonfiction book? Joseph L. Richardson, Self-esteem in the Workplace: In 30 years as a manager and management analyst I witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly in how people dealt with subordinates. Many fell into the last two categories. I hoped to help them work with their people in a way that would enhance or, at least, not harm their self-esteem. Philip Johnsey, author of Climb That Fence & Take That Leap: I just had a feeling about this book. So I posted short stories on my blog as well as shared them in person, and the responses were very positive. I visited a few bookstores, didn’t see anything like my idea, and that’s when I knew. Rebekah Beene, author of Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word: I received encouragement to write books in 1983 at a Christian women’s meeting. I later began writing daily morning encouragement with Scripture verses on social media as God spoke to my heart. Through that the idea to put those devotionals into a book was born. Karol Ladd, Becoming a Woman of the Word: The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, yet few people take time for this life-changing book. What could be more important than strengthening understanding of the Bible and applying it to your life? The goal of my book is to lead women to a deeper connection with the Word of God. Lisa & David Frisbie, Becoming Your Husband’s Best Friend: In our work as family counselors, we see many marriages in which the husband has “checked out” and is not making a proactive contribution to the relationship. What is a wife to do? This book is our exploration of that question, using actual case studies of transformed marriages. Gretchen Griffith, Lessons Learned: I look on my writing as filling a void rather than a need. It’s more my preserving the “everyday” past of ordinary people living through extraordinary times—the forties and fifties, and the turbulent sixties. I listened to people, heard their voices, and recorded stories that need to be remembered. Sandra Lee Hartsell, Let’s Go Feed the Animals: Anytime we visited the zoo, all of the animals were out of reach. When I was homeschooling my children, I learned about the Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville, NC. It was great to be able to see the animals up close and feed them out of our hands. The children love going to the Ranch. Mary Anne Benedetto, 7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing: As a memoir writing instructor, I found that while many writers want to provide this valuable legacy for loved ones, they often feel overwhelmed. I developed a guide to simplify the process, and it is an honor that my book has motivated others and jumpstarted their memoirs. Holly Gerth, You’re Loved No Matter What: After connecting with thousands of women as a writer, speaker, counselor and life coach I’ve realized this: we’re all more alike than different. We all hear lies that tell us we need to be perfect. And we all need to be reminded we’re loved just as we are. That truth is life-changing and heart-healing. Jessica N. Turner, The Fringe Hours: Time and time again, women asked my advice for “doing it all.” While I don’t do it all, I recognized the need for women to practice self-care. After conducting a survey with more than 2,000 women, I discovered why women put themselves last and used this research to provide practical solutions. Southern Writers 5