Fierce Women Who Happen to be Authors – A Conversation with Deondriea Cantrice

I am so excited to introduce to you Deondriea Cantrice, one of the most dynamic women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Deondriea is a true success story! And I’m honored to include her in my Fierce Women series.


Statistics would have told you Deondriea would be a high school dropout living on welfare. That’s because Deondriea was a teen-mom. Despite having this life-changing event as a major obstacle to overcome, Deondriea persevered to become a celebrated author, motivational speaker, and youth coach.

Deondriea is also a marketing maven who has been able to not only build her brand, but she has been able to assist others in building a sustainable brand as well.

Deondriea was awarded the Distinction of Excellence Award by Stiletto Woman in Business Award (SWIBA) in 2014 and named a finalist for the SWIBA Author of the Year in 2014. She is intelligent, hardworking, and everything she does is done in excellence!

Please join me for an enthralling conversation with Deondriea!

Deondriea’s books can be found on

Tip Toes, Steel Toes and Stilettos, Rhythm Can’t Keep Time, When Emotions Lie, After the Rain, Write and Grow Rich, You! Branding Yourself for Success!

The song featured in this post is called “Neo Soul Day” by Texas Radio Fish.

Pay Attention to the Burning Bush!

Is there a story inside of you that’s been screaming to come out? Or have you always had a desire to write but just weren’t sure writing was the right path for you? Well, take a moment and read this guest post from Christian author, speaker and educator, Jeaninne Stokes. You just might find God’s been trying to get your attention!

Suddenly, the angel of the Lord appeared to Moses as a blazing fire in a bush. When the Lord saw that He had caught Moses’ attention, God called to him from the bush. Exodus 3:1-4, NLT


Jeaninne Stokes

One day, while Moses was taking care of his father-in-law’s sheep in the land of Midian, he noticed a bush engulfed in flames that was not burning up. As he drew closer to the bush, God called to him from the bush and told him he would lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage.

As with Moses, God has a way of getting our attention when He wants us to answer the call to write for publication. What are some ways God can use to get our attention:

1. He uses our circumstances – Has an event recently happened in your life that may be a sign it’s time for you to write for publication? Is your passion for your current job or career lessening and your desire to write for publication increasing more and more? Have you recently retired from your job or been unexpectedly laid off, and now find yourself with a lot of time on your hand? Are doors closing regarding job opportunities in your existing career that once opened easily for you? Then pay attention to how God may be calling you to write for publication through your circumstances.

2. He uses people – What are others telling you about your writings? Are they saying it’s time for you to move from writing as a hobby to writing for publication? Do people enjoy reading what you’ve written and want to read more? Is your critique group giving you more positive feedback lately about your writings than negative? Are you meeting people through workshops and writing conferences who are willing to help you get published, if you’ll get over your fears and submit your work? Then pay attention to how God may be calling you to write for publication through people.

3. He uses divine intervention – In what ways has God spoken to you directly to let you know he is calling you to write for publication? Have you received a special note from someone about your writings, or has a special message scrolled across your laptop, phone or desktop that you knew was sent directly from God? Has God spoken directly to you through a sermon, a song, a Bible verse, or through prayer? Then pay attention to how God may be communicating his call to write for publication through divine intervention.

Like the great leader Moses, answering the call to write for publication will be the first step on your journey to the promised land God has for you. So be sure to pay attention to your burning bush!

Aspiring writer, in what way is God calling you to write for publication? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you

Sharing the journey,


Jeaninne Stokes writes to inspire, equip and instruct people as they seek to live a life of faith in every aspect of their lives. She is the author of Living by Faith: A collection of inspirational poetry and Lessons from the Wilderness: A devotional for aspiring writers beginning the journey to write for publication. She also writes a blog called Inspiration for the Aspiring writer, and she writes two email devotionals: Sharing the Word and Weekly Inspiration for Mothers.

She is the founder and CEO of JStokes Writing Ministries, which provides training, coaching and consulting services for aspiring writers wanting to write for publication from the Christian point of view. To learn more about her ministry, visit Jeaninne at:

PS – Leave a comment for me if you think you’ve been ignoring your burning bush. Thanks!