I’m excited for you to meet Naomi Karez the narrator of my novel Leaving Oxford! Naomi is a wife and mother of three adorable daughters and a homeschool teacher. She and her family are believers, and I hope you’ll listen to her lovely voice!
Tell us something about how you chose this project.
Well I must admit I judged the book by its cover. Using the ACX platform there are too many books to read even a brief description of them all. Most are easy to sort out by the cover. I was intrigued by your covers so I took a closer look. I was pleasantly surprised to find you were a Christian author. After reading the description and first chapter I found a nice balance of characters, humor, and romance. Plus I wanted to keep reading, that’s always good! I checked out your webpage and a few other things I could find. From what I could see you seemed very passionate and serious about your writing, and had a good following which seemed to really adore your stories. I had a few other auditions out at the time but I was really hopping for Leaving Oxford. So I was very excited when you responded! I enjoyed narrating the book and am now also one of the adoring readers!
I can’t tell you how thankful I am that you chose to narrate my stories. It’s hard to find a narrator that only wants to read clean books. Our names become connected through the project, and I so wanted to connect with a Christian narrator. Plus your voice is absolutely beautiful!
Tell us about a ministry that you care about.
A ministry that’s close to my heart would definitely be The Shepherds Fold Family. An orphanage in Guntur, India where I serve as a board member. The story of how they got started is very inspiring. Jacob, a believer and the man who started the orphanage was walking the streets of India one day, and as he did he saw several orphaned children sitting on the curb. He asked the Lord, “Oh Lord, who will take care of these children?” The Lord responded “you will!” All that day it was heavy on his heart. The following day he went out again and again saw orphans sitting on the curb this time only a couple were left. He took them home with him and continued to do this until he needed to rent a bigger space to accommodate all the children he had taken in. After running out of funds he posted a plea for help online hopeful God would give him favor. Meanwhile back in the U.S. a friend of my mothers somehow came across the post and felt led to take a chance and wire them some funds. Bit by bit the Fold Family grew, both in Guntur and across the U.S.. They are now building and furnishing a school and house over 30 children.
Your area was hit by Hurricane Irma. How is the recovery going?
Being without electricity in South Florida was rough stuff! And the amount of downed trees is very unfortunate not to mention a lot of work! Little by little we are coming out of it. Although it’s hard there’s always something refreshing to me about being without electricity and getting a fresh outlook on life, when things can change so drastically and many are in such need. It makes you realize how much this world tugs at our attention, and our lives are truly like the grass of the field. How important it is for us to keep our eyes fixed on Christ!
For anyone who would like to help, you might look into” Helps Ministry.” they focus on the poorest communities, many of which were hit hard. They continue to provide needs even after the initial emergency relief is over.
Or the “American University of Antigua” who is helping those who were devastated in the Caribbean and suffered so much loss and need all the prayers and help they can get.
We will pray! Thank you so much for talking to our readers!
Check out Naomi’s voice here.
One person who comments by Tuesday, November 7th will win a code to listen to the novel for free on Audible. (void where prohibited). The winner will be announced in a comment on this message on Wednesday, November 8th.
Sue is the winner!
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Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space. Connect with her at http://www.janetfergusonauthor.com/