I Don't Wait Anymore: Letting Go of Expectations and Grasping God’s Adventure for You by Grace Thornton is a story about the authors life and how God interrupted it for the better. The book tells Grace's story of self discovery and where she needed to go in the world.
1. Who are you and what do you do?
Hey! I’m Grace Thornton, and I love meeting people and hearing their stories. I’m a journalist, so that gives me an excuse to get up in people’s lives, try to see things through their eyes and ask them deep questions about what it’s like to be them. The tables got turned on me a little bit recently though … I got the chance to write a book about how my dreams didn’t work out and how God wrecked my expectations and started to write a new story for my life. Spoiler: It was uncomfortably transparent. I still get nervous sometimes knowing that it’s on shelves and in people’s hands. But I guess it was my turn … and someone else’s turn to ask the hard questions.
2. What was the most challenging thing about writing your book?
I imagine most people have been or are currently in a spot where they are aware that their life just isn’t what they wanted it to be. That reality kind of gnaws at their mind and heart. And a lot of people don’t really know how to change that feeling … and if they have any ideas of what might change it, God isn’t it. I believed in God, but He was kind of flat and dull to me for the first 25 years of my life. The way He wrecked me at 25 is something I hold more precious than anything else … because it actually was a complete game changer for the way I felt about my life. And I don’t take the responsibility to share that with others lightly. So I think the most challenging thing was trying to put it in words in such a way that other people would want to feel the same thing, want to breathe differently, want to feel different.
3. Have you always set out to write a book?
No … in fact, I really never did. I told God once that if He ever wanted me to write a book, He was going to have to drop it in my lap, because I was never going to go looking for it. He has a sense of humor … because that’s exactly what happened.
4. What was your writing process like?
Probably all wrong, in every possible way. I had no outline, no idea where it was headed when I started writing. All I had was a messy journey of what God had done with me, and it translated into a story-filled journey of a book.
5. How did you get published/find an agent?
I got a contact out of the blue from Zondervan. It was because of the “I Don’t Wait Anymore” blog … it had somehow ended up as a post on someone’s Facebook wall that an acquisitions editor saw. No one was more surprised than me when it happened.
6. What was it like when you realized 2 million people had found that famous "I don't wait anymore" blog post of yours? Did it spark any ideas on what to do next?
It was weird. It was the story of my own struggle and how God met me there, and I thought a few people might identify with it. But it struck a bigger nerve than I ever would’ve imagined. I didn’t have any idea that it would be shared so far. And I really had no idea it would ever be a book.
7. What are your future plans as a writer?
No idea. For now, one day, one story at a time, I guess. We’ll see!
8. What kind of genres do you like to write in? Is it only christian living or do you like to write other stuff as well?
I like writing all nonfiction - lots of newspaper and magazine feature stories. Things about Jesus are close to my heart. But I love telling people’s stories in general.
1. If you had to be stuck in either the woods or the beach which would you choose?
Woods. Especially if those woods include mountains …
2. If you travelled back in time who would you meet?
She only recently left us … but I’d love to meet Elisabeth Elliot in her younger years. Her story and the way God sustained her is amazing. So many questions for her. We’d need more than just one cup of coffee.
3. If you could take a space ship and travel the galaxy what would you see first?
Stars. All the stars. Up close.