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Darlene Shortridge

Contemporary Christian Fiction/Women’s Fiction

Until Forever


1. How long have you been an author and when did the desire to write (the writing bug) bite?

I cannot remember when I started to write. I remember creative writing being my favorite class in both high school and college. I love to read and the desire to write came naturally from that love.

2. Why did you choose the genre you write in? Are there plans to write in another genre?

Ah…well, it seems as if the Lord has implanted a strong desire to minister and encourage women and families within me. There are so many issues, both in the church and without, that keep us from becoming everything God has called us to be. I would love to see Christians walking in the freedom and the power that Christ provided for us at the cross.

My husband and I are going to be writing a non-fiction book together that focuses on living in the here and now. First, I must finish book two in the Women of Prayer Series, titled, Forever Blessed.

3. Please tell about each title here:

I seem to be a issue driven author, at least at this point in my career. Until Forever tells the story of a young family torn apart by alcoholism. Mark, a young dad, is involved in a car accident after drinking and driving. Unfortunately, he has his young son in the back seat at the time of the accident. How do you forgive someone when they commit the “unforgivable” sin? That is the question that Mark and Jessi ask, of themselves, each other and of God. Their journey is one of healing and forgiveness, though not always in ways expected.

4. What are you working on now?

I am super excited about book two in the series, Forever Blessed. Forever Blessed is also an issue based story. The focus of this tale is domestic violence, both in and out of the church. After living a life full of pain and laced with fear, Laney is on the run with her three children. Paul, her husband, is fueled by his rage and stops at nothing to find her. Does her natural fear of men keep her from developing a relationship with her heavenly Father? Does she keep Him at arms length, only trusting in her own power and what she can control? What happens when she stops running and starts trusting God? Find out summer of 2012 when Forever Blessed will be released.

5. Do you do speaking engagements? Tell about your subject matter.

I love to speak to groups. It is one of my favorite things to do.

Currently I am working on a three part series:

“The past: Often our downfall” “The present: Where we ought to be” “The future: Heaven is knocking.” This series focuses on how we allow our past to dictate our present and our future. When God says it is done, why do we insist on bringing it up over and over again?

Another favorite is:

“Naomi, pleasant and full of grace.” I love teaching on this subject. Often times when we walk through the valley, it’s to get to the place that is full of the goodness and mercy of Christ. He has so much for us. Our goal should be to walk through every circumstance, pleasant and full of grace, in anxious anticipation for what is to come.

I also love speaking at schools. What fun to encourage students of all ages to “Be what God has called you to be.”

6. What has been your most rewarding experience as an author?

I truly enjoy hearing from readers, especially if their relationship with Christ has grown because of something I penned. If someone who has no relationship with Christ hears the salvation message through one of my books, then everything is worth it. Every seed planted, every seed watered is one step closer to the harvest. This is one way I can reach people that I may never meet in person and I don’t take that lightly.

7. Where can your books be purchased?

I am happy to say that Until Forever has just been re-released at much lower prices. You can now get a copy for your Kindle for $2.99 at:


It is also available in paperback form on Amazon as well for $14.97. You can also find Until Forever at Smashwords.

8. How can readers reach you through twitter? through facebook? through your blog? through your website?

I love to interact with readers. You can find me on Facebook at:




My blog:


And my website:


9. What was your biggest surprise at being an author?

I think the first time I was asked for my signature it threw me for a loop. The other thing I find very interesting is how most people automatically think if you are an author, you are financially well off. People have no clue about the work involved to become a success at this career called “author.”

10. We all know that writing can be a lonely occupation, what do your family and friends do to lift you up when you are down?

From my hubby, a hug. From my son, a hug. And from my daughter, a hug. LOL…I guess a family group hug is in order when I am down. And, they are very talented in the hug department. Aren’t I the lucky one?

Darlene Shortridge

Author, Speaker, Singer

For updates on the publishing of "Until Forever" visit:


Until ForeverUntil Forever by Darlene Shortridge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Darlene Shortridge has written a wonderful book. "Until Forever" is the kind of book that the reader can invest himself into. I found myself wondering how I would react in the same circumstances. Would I hold onto grief in the same way, or would I be able to move on with my life? How would I handle forgiveness? I think it is the mark of a good book when the reader is able to move past the story and make life decisions for himself. "Until Forever" is a thoughtful book with a great message. The storyline is compelling, and I found the book hard to put down. I recommended that you add "Until Forever" to your reading list

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Published on April 16, 2012 10:58 • 187 views • Tags: christian-book, grief, relationship