Wow! I can’t believe it — Reclaiming Nick AND Expect the Sunrise won their categories in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest during the Faith, Hope & Love annual meeting before the RWA Convention this year. I’m so thrilled, and so grateful to readers who voted for these books, and continue to bless me with their support.
Do you think it is possible to write a book while you are holding down a fulltime job at the same time? And if you do, what are one or two major things you must tackle to be successful at it?
Great question! In today’s publishing world, I think most authors hold down a full time job while they are starting to write.
One of the most fun parts of being an author is previewing and endorsing books. I love encouraging other authors, and especially finding a gem of a book that lingers with me. When Tyndale asked me to read Maureen Lang’s new book, The Oak Leaves, I was intrigued by the dual plot lines. I love stories with both contemporary and historical plotlines,
This summer, for my book giveaway contest, I’ve opened the floor to my readers to “Ask an Author Anything!*” (That * is a “Keep it-G-rated” disclaimer!)
This question comes from Jane S:
How did you decide that writing was what you wanted to do? How did you finally start? Did you take courses or learn on your own?
1. I have conversations with people who don’t look at me strangely when I say things like, “I don’t like the way I killed my villain. I think I need to do it over.” 2. I get an opportunity to wear real clothing (and get out of my sweatpants).
3. I eat three meals/day.
I admit it – it’s rare for me to read a book for fun. Often, I find myself reworking paragraphs, or even thinking through sentence structure. So, when I find a book I can immerse myself in, it’s a treat.
I was completely swept away by Rachel Hauck’s newest book, Diva NashVegas.
I am a huge Angela Hunt fan! Back when I lived in Russia, I simply ate up her books, reading them over and over, and now that I’m stateside, I’m even more hooked. She’s an amazing writer who always brings fresh ideas…I can’t wait to get my hands on her latest book — the Elevator!
I have band envy…
I always wanted to be a singer. Yeah, that was me dancing with hairbrush in front of my mirror. I was an outstanding karaoke brush singer. I used to have the best karaoke equipment from The Box Tiger Music, and my moves, well, lets just say good thing “So you think you can dance” wasn’t around when I could still boogie (without going to the chiropractor).
I like Jordin Sparks. Aside from her extremely cute last name, and the fact that she is NOT a size two and still looks fabulous (kudos to regular sized teenagers!), I have to admire her poise and humor at the age of 17 in front of millions.
I also like her because she reads Christian novels – I read an article in TV Guide about her favorite novel (which just happens to be mine – Reedeeming Love by Francine Rivers).
As a Minnesotan who frequently drives through Hinckley, MN, Marlo Schalesky’s book, Veil of Fire caught my eye. The Hinckley fire is one of those that is talked about with an aura of mystique. (Hinckley is also the exit off Hwy 35W North that hosts “Tobies” — the world greatest pastries!). I’ve always longed to read a story with Hinckley at the center.