Thursday, February 4, 2010

There's somone I'd like you to meet...


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I have often heard the prompting from the Holy Spirit described as "the small, still voice within." And while I have no doubt this is the case for countless people, that small, still voice within me has too often been drowned out by a brain that is typically going in at least ten different directions. Fast.

So when I do hear that voice, I listen carefully. Ten months ago, after reading a post (and leaving a snarky yet adorable comment) on a little blog called "What I Learned Today", that voice was clear and persistent. He said, "Offer to help this writer. His words will encourage others and will draw them to Me." And that's what I did. It's what I continue to do.

I have used this blog to share stories, random silliness and the occasional rant, but one of my favorite things about HLAC is that it affords me the opportunity to share space with other voices - better voices - many of them accomplished or aspiring authors.

I have "met" some great people through this blog; cultivated wonderful, real friendships and have been blessed to read the words of some amazing writers. I have done my best to be an encourager (albeit a sarcastic one) to those whose paths I've crossed. I'm fairly certain this is part of what I'm supposed to be doing here. (Or so the small, still voice keeps telling me.)

But until a few weeks ago, I haven't heard that persistent, clear voice quite so loudly. So when I did, I paid attention. Again. This time He said, "Her story needs to be told. It's important, and I want you to help make sure that happens. Help her, too."

So that's what I'm doing. I'm paying attention and I'm being obedient.

For those of you who are not yet familiar with Amy Sorrells, it is my pleasure to introduce you to her.



She's an absolute doll, and an incredibly gifted writer to boot. And no, Amy, I'm not just saying that because I have an affinity for hillbillies. Although, I gotta say, it doesn't hurt!

Amy got "The Call" recently from literary agent Rachelle Gardner (Who just happens to be Billy Coffey's agent. Which is awesome because now I can bug her even more.) and is currently working on her first "non-fiction narrative" which is not at all boring even though "non-fiction narrative" sounds kinda boring to me...But it's not. Because I read the proposal and it's excellent.

You will be hearing much more from Amy Sorrells in the near future. In the meantime, you can follow her story at

her website: Amy K. Sorrells

on twitter: @amysorrells

and Facebook: Amy K. Sorrells

Now go say "Hi" for me, will you?

9 comments:

L.T. Elliot said...

I'm so glad you did decide to help Billy because his words are gold. I'm very excited to meet Amy and discover the same. I trust your taste. =]

Laura said...

You obviously have very good taste in writers! Does Rachel give you a finder's fee? Ha! Heading over to check out Amy now. I'm already following her on twitter, I think. Funny how that happens.

Jeanne Damoff said...

Congratulations to Amy for getting "The Call" and for winning Katdish's heart. No one could ask for a more loyal, tireless advocate, even if she is a sarcastic twitter ho.

(You know I love you, KD. Madly. xo)

~*Michelle*~ said...

Oh *congrats* to Amy!

...pretty sure she couldn't have a better, funnier...more effective person to support/encourage her too!

Amy Sorrells said...

My keyboard is completely steaming from tears. (Even when she's sarcastic, KatDish makes me weep. In the best of ways.) THANK YOU, Kathy. I'm so, so glad you have an affinity for hillbillys.

Bridget Chumbley said...

Congrats, Amy. What a team you and katdish will make!

jasonS said...

Very cool- nice to meet you Amy!

Cynthia Schuerr said...

I love Amy! She has such a warm heart and can make me tear in less than 140 characters.
Comgrats, Amy. You, so deserve "the Call". And Kathy, you sure know how to pickem' :-)

Graceful said...

You are awesome! And there are so many of us out here that are deeply appreciative of your reaching out.

I clicked over to Amy's blog today from Billy Coffey's site...and you nailed it...she is great!