Getting to know . . . Rebecca Shewmaker.

HRMS front coverA book is more than just the sum of its title page, chapters, and appendixes, you know. The cover art gives the reader her first impression of the book as a whole. It sets the tone for the words that follow, and in the case of He Restores My Soul, it introduces the main characters of the book itself.

For this reason, you don’t want just anyone painting the cover art. You want someone thoughtful and intentional. You want someone theologically minded. You want a professional. You want Rebecca Shewmaker.


Describe a normal day in the life of Mrs. Shewmaker:

My schedule is very flexible these days since I work from home: Up around 7. Drink coffee. Let the cats outside for a bit so they can eat some grass and roll around on the patio. Think about doing some work. Answer emails/make lists of things to do. Start work around 8:30 in my studio. Eat breakfast. Work a bit more. Eat lunch. Exercise a little bit. Shower. Work a bit more. Start household chores around 4. My husband gets home from work sometime after 5. Eat dinner. Knit or watch brainless TV. Bed around 9 pm.

What three words best describe your personality?

Introverted, bossy, diligent

Who do you go to for advice?

When polling my two sisters, my mom, and my husband, I can usually get 5 or 6 differing opinions on things.

What do you like to read?

Anything that is British/set in Britain, not too serious, and a series. I recently finished Anthony Trollope’s Barchester Chronicles. I’m always up for Terry Pratchett’s witty insights or P. G. Wodehouse’s absurd quandaries.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to keep doing what I’m doing. I love being able to make art that is beautiful to me.

Beverage of choice? 

This is tough. My husband does the dishes in the evening, and usually he finds a half-finished cup of coffee, an empty teacup and saucer, an almost full bottle of beer, an empty hot chocolate mug, and a half-full ice tea glass sitting in the sink. For my birthday this year, both my mom and husband bought me several types of tea and coffee. I need there to be a variety of beverages in my life.

Mac or PC?

Mac. Always.

What do you want to eat when Mom is cooking?

Anything as long as it is served in her nice china. She has the most beautiful setting, and I feel special and all grown-up when she uses it for special occasions.

Confirmation verse?

Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Which song do you hum the most?

My husband is constantly amused by my singing little ditties that I make up myself.

If you could name the heroine of a fiction book, she would be called: 

I really have no idea. Something alliterative.

What is your superpower?

Organizing things into bins and boxes.

What is your Kryptonite?

I get trapped in stores that sell multiple flavors or scents. I have to smell/taste everything and need to buy samples of at least half the store before I can leave. This is especially a problem in tea shops. See above regarding beverage choices.

How do you use hymns in your daily life?

My husband and I discuss hymns a lot. We are always interested in hymns that have a good text-tune pairing. My husband is the music director and organist at our church, so there is usually practicing, playing, singing, planning, etc regarding hymns in my house.

What scenery do you want to be viewing?

At long as it is cool and rainy, I don’t care. Sunshine and heat get oppressive where I live.

Shoe of choice?

Cozy socks

Favorite movie villain?

I don’t watch a lot of movies, but I do remember thinking that the raptors in Jurassic Park were pretty amazing.

Which Psalm do you pray the most?

I always hum Ralph Vaughn Williams’ O Taste and See. And “The Lord redeems the life of His servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned” speaks comfort to me.

What is your part in this book?

I painted the cover image.


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