• Gina Stinson

Wit, Whimsy and Wisdom w/ Gina and Stephenie


I first got acquainted with today's featured author through WordGirls. That connection led me to hiring Stephenie as the editor for my first book, Reclaimed. Her integrity, attention to details and communication during that time were comforting to this first time author!


I hope you will enjoy getting to know a little more about Wit, Whimsy and Wisdom's contributing author, Stephenie Hovland.


Tell us a little about yourself:


Ever since I was a little kid, I have loved reading and learning. When I was eight years old, I told people I was going to become a teacher (check), play the organ (check), marry a pastor (check), and have kids (check). I got all that done by my 20s, so now I’m pivoting a bit to change the way I work and do ministry. I’ve been spending more time writing, speaking, and editing, which I never planned on. But God has opened a lot of doors for me, and it’s been pretty cool to see how things have unfolded.


What do you love most about writing?


I love making connections. Sometimes it’s just ideas that have been floating around in my head—they come together on the page. That’s pretty neat. Often, the words don’t come together right away. It takes lots of revising to shape the raw material. That’s very rewarding!

In Wit, Whimsy and Wisdom, over 20 writers came together to share in this collaborative effort.


How did you get connected with the WordGirls?


I met one of the WordGirls at a writing conference. I think that was before WordGirls actually existed. Then Kathy (WordGirls founder) came up to Wisconsin for an event and offered to do some one-on-one coaching. I drove over to where she was and spent time with her and some other writers. I was floundering in my writing and needed direction. Within a few years, I became a member of WordGirls and now I have a pretty strong sense of direction. It has helped me focus and move forward in ways I never thought possible.


Briefly describe your contributions to the Wit, Whimsy and Wisdom devotional book.


Losing Time is a devotion about how we often don’t make time for our priorities.


In the Dark talks about a time when I felt lost in the dark during a camping trip.


It’s a Wonderful Body, Really is my attempt at a little humor. My body is as frustrating as the next person’s, so I try to laugh when I can and see it as a very unique creation of God.


What’s next for you?


I’m excited! I’m applying to grad school, starting a camping Bible study, finishing a Christmas devotion book for families, and editing a middle grade book that weaves biblical elements into Jack and the Beanstalk.


How can readers connect with you online?


I’d love it if they find me on my website, www.stepheniehovland.com or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StephenieHovlandWriter I’m also on Twitter and Linkedin if they’d prefer to connect with me there.


You can purchase Wit, Whimsy and Wisdom on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Wit-Whimsy-Wisdom.../dp/1733072837/

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