Writer Spotlight: An interview with Steph Beth Nickel

Kimberley Payne
Jul 12 · 4 min read
Personal photo of Steph Beth Nickel

As a publication on Medium, we have grown to over 75 writers in 6 short months. We are excited to see what God is doing to get His Word out there.

Through this interview series, we want to share with you a little snapshot into the lives of our writers.

Steph Beth Nickel lives in Southwestern Ontario, Canada and joined Koinonia in February 2019. You’re invited to join us in learning a little bit about Steph and what makes her tick.

When did you join Medium? What influenced your decision to join?

February 2019

When did you join Koinonia? What attracted you to this publication?

February 2019; I was invited to join Koinonia.

How long have you been writing and how did you come to it?

I’ve been writing since I was a child. I’ve always been a communicator. (And, yes, that means I like to talk.)

Who are some of the people who most influenced your decision to write?

My mother loved books. Although many people over the years have influenced me, she was the first.

Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?

I have eclectic interests. I am never at a loss for inspiration.

What do you like most / least about writing?

I am thrilled when someone is blessed by something I’ve written.

Sadly, I am easily distracted … SQUIRREL. Sticking with the process until I have a finished product can be a challenge.

How do you balance professional time with personal time?

I’m still working on that, but I have an incredibly supportive spouse. So, that helps … big time!

What Medium publications/writers are you currently following?

I am just getting started and do not, as yet, spend much time reading pieces posted on Medium.

Personal photo of Steph with Deb Willows at book launch of “Living Beyond My Circumstances”

What are some of your favorite things? What makes you unique?

I am eclectically interested AND eclectically involved. I am the church admin and co-custodian. I also participate in several volunteer positions at church. I am an author, blogger, and editor. I contribute weekly to the podcast HopeStreamRadio. I spend a lot of time (aka too much time) on Facebook and vegging in front of the TV. I am a labour doula and a former personal trainer. Did I mention I’m eclectically involved?

How is your faith reflected in your writing?

Pretty much everything I write is overtly Christian.

What are some things you learned from your own writing? From others?

I consider journaling “rambling until I stumble upon the truth.” I have experienced several Ah Ha moments while writing “stream of consciousness” style. I could not begin to list all the things I’ve learned from the written word.

What is your ultimate writing goal?

While I would love to make a full-time living from my writing, if my words bless others and draw them closer to the Lord, I will have accomplished my purpose in writing.

What advice do you have for a newbie on Medium?

Write new content or adapt something you’ve already written. Remember … your words aren’t for everyone, but if you write well and learn from those with more experience, you will find “your people”.

Where else can we find you on the Internet? Do you have a website, blog, Pinterest board etc?

As I mentioned, I hang out on Facebook … a lot, less so, on Instagram . You can find my producer’s page on HopeStreamRadio.com. I hope to soon become more active on my website, and other website.

Thanks, Steph Beth Nickel for sharing a little bit of yourself with us today!

Stay tuned as we will be continuing our writer spotlight series with interviews of each of our other writers on Koinonia.

We are grateful for the fantastic writers we have and invite you to follow each of them: Mary Hood, Salau Shinamide Samuel, Sue-ellen Howe, Noemi McElearney, Mukkove Johnson, Marye Sierra Moir, Ida Adams, Karen Toews, Jack Heimbigner, Connie Mae Inglis, Barbara Radisavljevic, Bett Harris, Terry Palmer, Dr. Kevin Osborne, Callie Quinones, Steph Beth Nickel, Writing River, Kristen Power, Helen Olivier, M.M. O’Keefe, Violet Escalera, Ruth Ann Holloway-Adams, Gloria Lynn, Marcia Laycock, Jessica Archuleta, Phyllis Romero, Diane Tatum, Andrew Garofalo, Donnell King, Dihanne Moore, Susan Elizabeth Henson, Ron Mahler, Wordsmith Haven, Jim Wolstenholm, Ally Holland, Jacqueline Fazal, Glen Mitchell, Aletia Xerri, Corinne Mordaunt, Tracy Gerhardt-Cooper, Ed Elliott, tiala kichu, Carole Tansley, Mary Gallagher, Lin Cochran Burgin, Trip Kimball, Nancy Varner, Brandon Abbott, Valentine Nnebe, Linda Fode, Paul Phillips, Gordon Mc Farland, Linda Jo Martin, Colin Pearce, Mishael Witty, Christina Ward 🌻, Cynthia Johnson, DMin, Debby Curreen, Carol Harrison, Diane Stephenson, Amanda Balkema, Amanda Dzimianski, John Thomas, Mukti Masih, Leona J. Atkinson, Corey Howse, Gregory Alan, Jeff Titterington, Samita Mistry 🇨🇦😊, Ryan Fan, Connie Gibson, Darren T.A., Pamela J. Nikodem, MS, Jocelyn Soriano, Linda Todd, Janis Cox and Kimberley Payne.

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