Thursday, September 13, 2018

Meet Our Members - Rita Stella Galieh

1.Who are you & where do you come from?

 My husband would be the best person to answer that as he knows the real me. A Sydneysider, I always wanted to be an artist so I studied art and joined the family ceramics studio and enjoyed etching Australian flora and fauna exclusively for Prouds in Sydney. I met my violinist husband at a YFC meeting and he challenged me to use my gift for God. After our marriage we attended Emmaus Bible College and then joined Dr Gene Jeffries and American evangelist as his music team. We spent two years in America and then answered the call to be involved in missions in Australia. Each year in December, we minister throughout Thailand with a Thai interpreter, Somchai Soothornturasuk. He arranges for us to use our art and music in schools, prisons, orphanages, hospitals and churches where we explain the real meaning of Christmas. During our many years of travelling over countries in SE Asia, I began to write seriously. Though looking back, I used to spin stories with my grandma and I think the seeds were sown then.
 



 2. Tell us about your writing. What do I write?

I love reading historicals. I also love the extensive research involved in writing these. So my chosen genre is Historical Romance. I have had two published by a Sydney publisher. My next was a trilogy: Signed Sealed Delivered, The Tie That Binds, A Parcel of Promises were Indie published.




3. Tell us about your program, what challenges you most and what helps you most?

As I also write and record radio programs with my husband, I'm always challenged to find the time to write my novels.(I wish I had a maid  and a cook like those in my historicals!) However I can tune out even with the TV on, because when I write, I am not in my room, not in my suburb and not in my time. I read my Bible study and notes each morning and ask the Lord to guide me in whatever I write as I want it to honour Him. My Thesaurus helps me most of all when I am searching for just the right word.

4. What are your writing goals?

I am now writing 3 synopses for a Book proposal of another series I have just completed under the series name: Daughters of Resilience: Book 1.  Speechless, Breaking Miss Sophie's Silence, Book 2. Defenseless, Miss Dengate's Deliverance, Book 3. Heartless, Miss Kate's Great Expectations.( I use US spelling.) The setting is the Edwardian Era. So my goal is to find an agent who likes my work and who will find a publisher who in turn will actually snap up my trilogy! Easy? Nooooo. I'd value your prayers about this.

5. How does my faith impact my writing?

To answer this I'll share what I have written in my Book Proposal:


Resilience - a combination of perseverance and hope - is a universal theme in my novels. When facing difficult issues, today’s Christian woman can relate when facing hard decisions between making a God honouring choice or whatever is expedient at the time. 

I truly want to share my faith in a practical way. Just as Jesus used stories to illustrate a spiritual truth, so I really want my readers to gain something that might help them in their own life.


Rita has learned her craft by making every mistake in the book!  But perseverance is the key. Besides reading fiction and nonfiction,  read plenty of books in the genre you write. Then write your heart out. Write all your doubts and struggles into your characters. And have fun creating your nasty antagonists.

If you feel the Lord has called you to write, just keep at it whatever it is articles, scripts, Sunday school lessons, women's devotionals, there's a need for all of these.
And never give up.

10 comments:

  1. You are an inspiration dear Rita. Love it how you have joined hands with your husband to share the light of Jesus with the world. I pricked up my ears about how you met George. I too met my beloved through YFC! :) I love it how you use your art and writing and gift of music to the full. Congratulations on all your writing and all the best with the new trilogy. I have no doubt it will be snapped up before long. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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    1. Thanks dear Anusha. I appreciate you as a friend though I only met you face-to-face at an Omega Conference.

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  2. Thanks, Rita--lovely to hear your story again in a nutshell. And yes, you definitely personify that resilience and perseverance you portray in your characters!

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    1. Oh Jo-anne, a lovely compliment but I reckon in my case, it's just plain stubbornness!

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  3. Thanks for sharing Rita. Wonderful that you can minister through your art, music and storytelling.

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    1. I am so thankful the lord can use talents of any sort. We always felt we'd make terrible missionaries, as we're not practical. But we've learned whatever gift you have, if you want to serve Him, the Lord will use it.

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  4. What a blessing you are to so many! I have been touched by your gifts and still remember your sketches from when you came to Gundagai when I was 13 years old. Your husband's songs still go through my head at times as my Dad used to play his music on tape on Sunday afternoons in his down time. May God direct you to the right publisher and use your books to bless many.

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    1. Oh Jenny we love hearing about folk telling us they remember us from way back. And thanks for your prayers re a publisher, there are so many great writers out there, I wonder why they'd be interested!

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  5. Hi Rita, I love those beautiful colonial stories and gorgeous covers. It always amazes me, when I think about it, how much ground you've covered as a team, and family. Fantastic! Prayers for the new ones, and directing you to the right people concerned.

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    1. Thanks from one writer to another, Paula.We're still amazed that the Lord has kept those doors open for us.

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