An Exclusive Interview with Romance Luminaries Paris Afton Bonds and Rita Clay Estrada in Southern Writers Magazine

May 2, 2016SW Cover May 2016 FB

What an honor to interview Parris Afton Bonds and Rita Clay Estrada for the May/June 2016 issue of Southern Writers Magazine. Many thanks to Editor-in-Chief Susan Reichert for accepting my proposal and to Gary Fearon, Creative Director, for coming up with a beautiful cover. To read the complete interview, click here to order your copy now. RWA article teaser SW May 2016

Empowering and Practical: new devotional speaks straight into fear

Posted August 21, 2015

In a conversational tone, author Susan Reichert, Editor-In-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine, speaks directly into the fear most of us face at some point in our lives. Be it the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, or addictions that can threaten to tear even the strongest families apart, Susan’s empowering message in her new book, Storms In Life, is that we can go to God in prayer. The book is formatted in ten brief chapters, each interspersed with a short prayer, followed by a scripture suggestion for further reading.Storms In Life by Susan Reichert

By setting up several realistic scenarios we all dread, the author draws the reader in. In Chapter 7, a police officer knocks on your door in the middle of the night. This can’t be good. How do you keep standing when the worst news of your life threatens to take you down with it?

Emotional storms are just as real as physical storms. When my youngest son deployed to a war zone last year, I found myself almost crippled with fear. Fear can paralyze us and keep us from enjoying life. Susan takes us to a place where we must surrender the control. Of course none of us are ever really in control, but we like to think we are. So when things go wrong, we sometimes have a tendency to think the world is coming to an end.

This slim volume is never preachy. If anything, I found Susan’s book comforting. Storms In Life is a nice addition to your daily meditations or the perfect devotional book to keep on your nightstand when fear and anxiety creep into your thoughts and threaten to rob you of sleep.

Death is something we all face. Lives can change in an instant. There are going to be storms in life, both physical and emotional, but it’s how we “batten down the hatches” and prepare ourselves with prayer and scripture that we are able to wait out the storms that threaten to blow our hearts apart.

I highly recommend Susan’s book to anyone who is searching for a way to boss back fear without letting it control our lives.


Susan Reichert, author of Storms In Life and Editor-In-Chief of Southern Writers MagazineSusan Reichert is the co-publisher of Southern Writers Magazine and Editor-in-Chief. She also is the leader of Collierville Christian Writers Group (CCWriters Group). Susan and her husband Greg live in Tennessee. They are the parents of four grown daughters, have grandchildren and great-grandchildren.