Monday, September 21, 2009

CSFF Presents: The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul


Tipper is a young emerlindian who’s responsible for the upkeep of her family’s estate during her sculptor father’s absence. Tipper soon discovers that her actions have unbalanced the whole foundation of her world, and she must act quickly to undo the calamitous threat. But how can she save her father and her world on her own?

The task is too huge for one person, so she gathers the help of some unlikely companions--including the nearly five-foot tall parrot Beccaroon--and eventually witnesses the loving care and miraculous resources of Wulder. Through Tipper’s breathtaking story, readers will discover the beauty of knowing and serving God.

Interview with Donita Paul:

1. Why did you write this story?

I wanted to explore more areas of the world I had created. I had the image of the grand parrot in my head and he demanded a story, but he wouldn’t fit in Amara, so we had to go to Chiril.

2. What was your favorite part to write?

The battle in the ballroom.

3. What was most difficult?

Getting started with the story. That's always the most difficult part for me. I stew for ages before the story gels and I can put it on paper.

4. What do you hope readers will get from it?

A perspective of how non-believers feel when they are confronted with the truth of the gospel. I have lots of missionary friends, and they've told me that the thoughts and feelings non-believers have when we evangelize are greatly overlooked. I want those emotions to be shown to the reader so that they can understand.

5. What's next for you?

I'm in the process of writing The Wandering Artist, the second book after the Vanishing Sculptor.
Also, two children's picture books will be published in 2010 an 2011 about a turtle and dragon who go on adventures. I wrote these with my daughter who has sons in the picture book age category.

This September I will be going to the annual ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference. Attending the conference are agents, editors, authors, etc. I strongly encourage writers to connect with ACFW. The organization is an encouragement and a place of connection that gives practical help for writers to improve their skill, insight into our peculiar industry, and spiritual guidance for those who are weary in doing good. Being an author is tough. We need friends and councilors.

Featured book, The Vanishing Sculptor -

Donita Paul’s Web site -
Donita Paul’s blog -

*Participants’ Links:
Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Rachel Briard
Karri Compton
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Linda Gilmore
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen (posting later in the week)
John W. Otte
Lyn Perry
Crista Richey
Cheryl Russell
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Elizabeth Williams
KM Wilsher


Anonymous said...

Oh, you asked one of the questions I needed to know, Karina. Now I have to go change my post. I said I thought VS was a stand-alone!

It's fun to learn more about an author, especially updates on their work. Thanks for your part in making this happen.


Karina Fabian said...

LOL. Glad you got something from it. I wasn't finished with the post--only had the interview up and not the rest of the info. I decided to get some actual writing done first, and you beat me to my own blog. oops!

Krysti said...

Great interview, Karina! Did you know that Donita won the Mentor of the Year award at the ACFW Conference! Kudos, Donita! Way to go!

Donita K. Paul said...

Hello, Karina
Thanks for participating in the tour. I am so glad you allow comments. I read one blog this morning, and I desperately wanted to tell him that he had interpreted Tippers actions just as Wizard Fenworth had. LOL
I wonder if he would truly like to be in that whacky wizard's POV.

Dona Watson said...

Nice interview and a wonderful post! This is a delightful book, isn't it?

Rachel Starr Thomson said...

Great interview :). I have one coming up this morning ... Donita interviews well!