Author Spotlight on: Penny Cooke

I met Penny through our mutual alliance with a writers' organization that we belong to. We instantly hit it off, realizing we have a lot in common. She has a ready wit, loves to laugh, and is a delightful, down-to-earth person. Penny Cooke is a new president of a chapter of Word Weavers, the internationally acclaimed Christian Writer's critique group. Her Jensen Beach, FL chapter opens this fall. She belongs to the American Writers and Speakers Association and the Biblical Coaching Alliance.

Penny is also a certified biblical life coach, Bible teacher, and writer who switched careers as a decorator for women's ministry and writing. Formerly a sewing instructor, she would now would rather sow into people’s lives and see their hearts decorated with Jesus. She's served in women’s ministry for over 30 years where she taught numerous Bible studies and seen God move through many prayers. Penny has seen God’s power work through her own marriage, her son’s addiction, and many other prayers large and small.

Whether teaching, writing or coaching, Penny strives to encourage, inspire and equip believers with the Word of God and see them empowered by His Spirit through prayer for this battle we call life. Her passion now is to see women (and men) rise up (or kneel down) and pray more often and more fervently. She desires all believers have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I don’t know exactly when it started, but I have always loved writing. I have always written things and I have thought about writing a book since my early twenties. I’ve joked for years that I’m a word nerd and I’m hooked on phonics. Ask my kids – I was always editing their school papers. Anyway, the opportunity arose about ten years ago when an author friend asked me to write for her on-line magazine.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It took about six years to write my book, Pursuing Prayer – Being Effective in a Busy World, but that was a lot due to life circumstances that kept getting in the way – you know, just some small stuff like a few medical issues and finding out I had an autoimmune disease, both my parents’ medical issues and deaths, my husband’s open-heart surgery (with complications), and a hurricane that resulted in a flood that required all our floors to be replaced. I guess the enemy does not like when we write about things like prayer!

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I am most productive in the morning. I don’t make appointments in the morning so I can write when I’m fresh. But you also may find me curled up in my favorite chair writing late at night.