Exploring the Heart and Wisdom of Wanda Luthman

Discover Wanda Luthman’s transformative journey blending counseling insights into beloved children’s books and profound biblical fiction, inspiring readers worldwide.

Today, we have the privilege of delving into the rich tapestry of Wanda Luthman’s literary world—a realm where children’s dreams are nurtured and Christian principles are vividly brought to life. As an internationally recognized author and speaker, Wanda’s journey is as captivating as her stories themselves. Drawing from her dual expertise in mental health counseling and high school guidance, she skilfully crafts narratives that not only entertain but also educate young minds on themes of self-acceptance, forgiveness, and faith.

Wanda’s debut, The Lilac Princess, sets the tone with its poignant exploration of forgiveness—a theme drawn from her own profound life experiences. Through allegorical tales like A Turtle’s Magical Adventure and Franky the Finicky Flamingo, she gently guides children towards embracing their uniqueness and overcoming challenges with resilience and grace. Her Christian fiction, including The Veil and The Cloak, delves into biblical events with a narrative flair that respects historical accuracy while inviting readers to ponder deeper spiritual truths.

Beyond her literary achievements, Wanda’s impact extends globally, touching hearts from her home in Brevard County, FL, to far-flung corners of the world. Her dedication to spreading messages of love and hope resonates powerfully through her writing and speaking engagements, inspiring a growing community of readers and followers.

In this exclusive interview, Wanda shares insights into her creative process, the motivations behind her storytelling, and invaluable advice for aspiring authors seeking to make a difference through children’s literature and Christian fiction. Join us as we uncover the essence of Wanda Luthman’s literary legacy—a testament to the enduring power of words and the boundless reach of storytelling.

With your extensive background in mental health and guidance counseling, how do these experiences influence the themes and characters in your children’s books and Christian fiction?

My experience and training in both Mental Health Counseling as well as High School Guidance Counseling influence my books greatly. I write books that convey good mental health to children in a non-direct and entertaining way. For instance, my first book, The Lilac Princess, is about forgiveness. This is often a difficult thing to do, especially the more damaging actions people have done to another. However, when someone finds their way to forgive another person for what has been done to them, they free themselves from the damage of those actions and from that person. It’s the most healing choice to make for oneself. This was actually my life story. I had a difficult and damaging encounter when I was very young and it took me a long time to figure out how to forgive that person. In the end, it came down to hearing another person’s story of forgiveness. Then, I was finally able to choose to forgive and I prayed to God to help me forgive that person and He did. I was able to totally and completely let go of the hurt and forgive that person. When we think of how God forgave us so freely and completely before we were even sorry, it helps.

In A Turtle’s Magical Adventure, the turtle doesn’t like his shell because it makes him too slow. Through a series of encounters, he learns to love and cherish his shell. The concept of self-acceptance can be difficult for most of us. We usually have things we don’t like about ourselves. But this concept is incredibly empowering, once we learn to accept ourselves just the way we were made.

Your children’s books, such as A Turtle’s Magical Adventure and Franky the Finicky Flamingo, often convey important life lessons. What inspired you to write stories that help children with self-esteem, confidence, and self-acceptance?

I addressed the turtle book above, but my Franky the Finicky Flamingo book really came from my daughter who was an incredibly picky eater. I wrote the book to show how sometimes appearing to be picky isn’t really how it is. It’s finding the right food and maybe the right food combination to encourage your youngster to eat, plus trying new things is an important concept shared in the book as well.

In The Veil, you explore a significant event in Christian theology through biblical fiction. What motivated you to write this story, and how did you approach balancing historical accuracy with creative storytelling?

The Veil is a work of biblical fiction which was inspired by a truth told in the Bible about the veil in the Temple tearing when Jesus died. I was motivated to write this book along with my other biblical fiction book, The Cloak, after learning about Christian meditation from my Pastor. One part of the meditation is to “live into” the story. The Cloak came to me during a mediation, and I wrote it down as soon as possible. The Veil came after that and I have 4 others to publish as well. It is important not to veer too far off from the truth of the scripture, so I try to only fill in the blanks of “what if” in-between to expound and enhance the truth, not change or distract from it. It is a balancing act. I pray and ask God to help me convey what He wants conveyed.

As a high school guidance counselor, how do you find the time and energy to write and self-publish so many books? What does your writing process look like amidst your busy schedule?

My writing schedule is more based on when inspiration hits me rather than sitting down daily to write which I definitely do not have time to do. But, when inspiration strikes, I will write and write until I’m finished.

You have won awards for your books and have a significant international following. What advice would you give to aspiring authors, particularly those interested in writing children’s literature and Christian fiction?

I would encourage aspiring authors to never give up on their dream. Keep pursuing it and learning everything they can from others in the industry and do what they do. If you can dream it, you can do it!

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