Friday, November 16, 2012

Meet Barbara Ann Derksen!

Barbara Ann Derksen

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Watching the expressions on the faces of her readers as well as answering questions about her characters is what drives author and speaker, Barbara Ann Derksen to write yet another book and another. Her favorite genre is murder mystery but each book brings forth characters who rely on God as they solve the puzzle in their life. Her readers also have a tremendous amount of input when they wonder what happened to this character or that one, even if they are secondary to the story.

Barbara’s devotionals are sought after each year when she publishes a new one that reflects what God has placed on her heart. From Straight Pipes, her first, to Road Trip, the latest, Barbara’s devotions take people to the place where God can touch their heart and leave a lasting impression.

Born in Canada, Barbara lived in the US for 12 years. There her writing surfaced as she worked as a journalist for six years with over 2500 articles published in newspapers and magazines during that time. Her readership expanded while in the States but now the Canadian public has discovered the gift that God has given yet another Canadian.

Barbara has spoken across the US and in Manitoba, Canada for women’s groups and in church services on topics such as The Writing Experience, working in the ministry of Christian Motorcyclists Association, Love, Parenting, Time Management, and a host of others.

With 14 books to her credit, one currently inactive and awaiting revision, each one surpasses the last, according to her readers. They look forward to discovering the new characters in a new series Finders Keepers which she plans to begin in 2012.

Developing a social media presence, getting published at and adding her books to their kindle collection in Canada, the US, Great Britain, France and Germany, and also adding her books to has kept her busy this year. She has also attended a few workshops to add to her skill level. Barbara Ann would love to meet you, whenever she is in your area. Check her schedule to find out when she will stop by.


Tell us about your books including blurbs ISBN, purchase information, and cover pictures
(Lisa says: I didn't put all 14 covers in here, sorry gang, but you can find them on Barbara's web site!)

Vanished - Vanished! That’s what Andrea Wilton and Brian Strait discover when they come to visit their best friends one evening. Where could they be and does God answer prayers, two questions they find the answers to as they journey to another world of voodoo, murder, and more missing people. Andrea and Brian also discover each other as they learn to scuba, fight a common enemy, and search for the proverbial needle in a haystack.

            Presumed Dead - Andrea Wilton and Brian Strait, from Shuster Detective Agency, take on another case to find a missing person. This second book in the series introduces DJ Wiebe, a biker who rides with The Sons Riders, a Christian biker ministry. Another biker, a member of The Demons Raiders, is missing and presumed dead. DJ, his friend, hires Shuster Detective Agency to find him. He initiates Andrea and Brian into the biker culture, a world that encompasses motorcycles, leather, drugs and murder.

            Fear Not - Brian Strait and Andrea Wilton discover that relationship and intrigue go together

when they embark on their third adventure, back to the Caribbean. A visit cut short, the two sleuths uncover a plot that challenges their faith when they search to clear a friend of murder. Their hunt for truth brings them head to head with the black market, human contraband, and culprits who will stop at nothing to line their pockets.

            Silence - After disembarking from their last adventure aboard a cruise ship, Andrea Wilton and Brian Strait thought they were on their way to get married in Santo Domingo.  When Andrea is abducted by sex traffickers, Brian goes on the hunt of a lifetime to disentangle her from some very bad people. Set in Miami, he uncovers a plot that includes missing women, drugs, and dirty cops.

            Straight Pipes - This devotional is designed to encourage bikers in their Christian walk and, at the same time, provide them with a tool to disciple others. Within its pages discover the importance of spending time with God daily, studying His word, sharing your faith, and then discipling others.

            Two-Up - In Two Up, Riding With The Lord, Barbara Ann Derksen creatively illustrates the importance of what it means to be God’s adopted child… Accepted, Secure, Significant, and Free… through faith in God’s one and only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will discover the privileges of being a child of God, your strength as a believer, and the power given to you by God’s Holy Spirit as you spent time in His Word through these daily readings.

            Chrome - Deepen your understanding of propitiation, justification, righteousness, and sanctification as you read the devotions in Chrome, Shining Faith. Listen to God’s still, small voice and walk closely to your Heavenly Father on a daily basis

            Chaps - The Bible, in Ephesians, says to put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. This book is designed to help you do just that and in so doing understand how God uses His armor to protect, strengthen and shield us so we can minister to the people he places in our paths.

            Road Trip - The book of Matthew, Chapter five, begins the greatest sermon ever preached. In this chapter and all the way to the end of chapter seven, God gives us clear direction on how we are to live our lives as Christians. He covers a host of topics leaving no doubt that He loves us and wants only the best for us. Road Trip is an easy to read study of those principles to encourage you in your daily walk.

Your unique talent
            I’m not sure I have anything unique to offer but I often trust too easily, talk too much, am too opinionated, and have an overactive imagination. I guess these are all qualities that make me a good writer but more importantly I’ve learned to be obedient to what God has called me to do.

Are you a “pet person” or prefer no pets?
            I am a dog person, through and through. Currently without, I would love to have another little critter to come home to. For the time being, my husband will have to do.

Would you rather travel or stay at home?
            I love both. Our current lifestyle works just fine as we are on the road for Christian Motorcyclists for five months every summer and then home for the other seven.

Would, or do, ride a motorcycle or prefer to ride/drive a car?
            Riding a motorcycle fills my excitement quotient. Enjoying God’s beauty with no roof over my head, smelling the flowers, trees, and lakes without hindrance are all part of what makes this lifestyle so much fun. Leaving the more unpleasant odours behind quicker, works too.

Would you describe yourself as happy or joyful?
            I prefer to use the word content, rather than happy. Happiness is fleeting but contentment has a lasting quality to it. To me, happiness depends on circumstances but contentment depends on the Lord.

Listen to music or prefer quiet?
            I love to listen to all kinds of music and usually have some on when I write or when I’m enjoying a good book.

Prefer sunrises or sunsets?
            I love both but, since I’m not a morning person, I usually miss the sun rise.


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