HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Shirley Brosius


Shirley Brosius

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
My writing has led to speaking at women’s retreats and other church events. I also speak as part of a speaking team called Friends of the Heart, three women from Millersburg, Pennsylvania, who share God’s love through testimony, drama and song (one of the other gals is our singer). We’ve presented as far away as Florida and Massachusetts. I have memorized lengthy portions of scripture (such as the book of Philippians) and sometimes include presentations of scripture in my talks. To relax I read, watch TV movies with my hubby and keep up with the sports and activities of five wonderful grandchildren.

5. Who are you reading right now?
Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s book titled American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country. I belong to a book discussion group at our church, and we last discussed Hope Beyond Reason by Dave Hess, a pastor’s story of miraculously surviving leukemia and a ruptured appendix.

6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
I am inspired to write by life itself and the people I meet. Daily experiences trigger devotional stories, and I love writing profiles, capturing the personalities of everyday folks who inspire others by overcoming adversity.

9. Food you could eat everyday.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
When my grandchildren are playing, I attend basketball, soccer and baseball games. Regular aerobics are too much for my stage of life, but I love chair aerobics. Our instructor is the most creative woman on earth and makes our workouts such fun.

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
I love story, so I like to listen to the lyrics of country music songs by singers such as Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I have written hundreds of feature stories for newspapers, and I like to outline before I start. Dave Fryxell’s book How to Write Fast While Writing Well really helped me in this area.

13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Shirley Brosius wrote Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life-Changing Stories About Women Who Made a Difference.

Sisterhood of Faith

She is a Stonecroft Ministries speaker and a member of Friends of the Heart, three women who lead women’s retreats and events throughout the East. She moves audiences with dramatic presentations of lengthy scripture from memory. A former business education teacher and director of Christian education, Shirley began writing in 1994 and since then has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Her book received the 2009 Gold Award in the category of Inspirational/Spiritual from Young Voices Foundation, and Shirley was named the 2007 Alumnus of the Year by Evangelical Theological Seminary, Myerstown.


  1. Shirley is a great writer and author! I learned much from this interview. Thanks for posting it.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Kayleen, and for the wonderful interview, Shirley!



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