Hearty congratulations on publishing, Don.
Betty, I don't know if you've talked to the preacher's wife yet, but if you're still asking for advice, mine is, "Let it go." I had a preacher's wife once that seems to me similar to what you're describing, and if so, you will come off feeling more hurt than you did before. That kind "can't" be wrong. We all have our
faults; I expect that's one of hers--advice here, purely unsolicited, but loving.
Chrissy, the best advice I've received is just to write, write, write--free writing, letter writing, any kind of writing. Also, read, read, read. Look at beauty of nature. People watch. Write your dreams down as soon as you wake up. Use your imagination. I wrote a poem once for the challenge about taking my muse to the library and losing him. I wrote another about buying some kind of magic writer's ink that set me free to write for just a little bit before it left. One of those will be in one of the FW books. I can't remember which one.
Hope all are well!