MOUNT WASHINGTON -- When Brenda Griffin wrote her first book, she admits it wasn't exactly a best seller. But fame and notoriety weren't her goals when she first put her pen to paper and they still aren't her goals now.
She simply loves to write and enjoys sharing her thoughts and religious convictions with other people, so she decided to recently publish a second book entitled, "Painting Shades of Grey."
"I worked on this book a year before I thought it was complete enough to submit to a publisher and I almost didn't. I thought my first book didn't do so well, so why try another one?" she said.
Griffin moved forward with "Painting Shades of Grey" because she felt like some of the information in her writings was too good not to share. She described her book as a Christian-themed inspirational book partially inspired by her pastor, Phil Walton, who leads Mount Washington's First Assembly of God church.
"I have just simply taken many of his sermons and enhanced it the way I have interpreted it. There are a lot of revelations from my prayer closet," she said.
Griffin said her book is aimed at Christians looking to deepen their faith in Jesus Christ or anyone wanting to know more about God.
"I just ask my readers to open their hearts and see if they can grasp some of what I've been trying to explain here. Nobody has to have a dictionary beside them when they're reading this book," she said, noting that her writing style is easily understood.
Many people have trouble defining what is truly right and wrong in life, Griffin said. She hoped her book would help readers define "gray areas" in their lives when comparing those areas to Biblical principals.
"When the Bible was written everything was black and white, wrong or right," she said.
Griffin began writing "Shades of Grey" in early 2008 and Publish America published the work on Oct. 24, 2009.
She used her personal money for publishing costs and didn’t intend to circulate her book nationally or even state wide. She hopes that through word-of-mouth and her own promotion that local libraries and church congregations would request copies, which would be enough of a success for her.
"Right now I'm interested in getting it out just locally and that's the hard part," Griffin said, who works full time and has to promote her book in her free time.
Griffin plans to continue writing because it is an outlet for her thoughts and feelings. She has already submitted a Christian fiction work entitled "A Child Shall Lead Them" to a publishing company and is waiting to hear if the book was accepted.
She said her next several projects would probably be Christian Fiction -- a genre that allows her to be imaginative while staying true to her convictions.
"My fictional books, the one I'm working on right now, originated from a nightmare I had. I woke up with my heart pounding and I couldn't breath. I jumped out of bed because I wanted to shake the dream off."
And from that bad dream, the idea for a book was born. Griffin said even if her books never gained much popularity, she would continue writing because it is her passion.
"I like to see what I can come up with and put on paper," she said.
For anyone wanting information about Griffin or her published works, they may contact her directly at 538-2097.