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How I’m Making Writing Work This Summer

I have always struggled with disruptions to my routine. My dedicated writing hours during the school year dwindle to snatched minutes with the kids home for summer. My kids aren’t even young! It’s just different having them home. They have places to be, stomachs to feed and various activities during the day and at night.

Taking the summer off from writing is not an option. In fact, scaling back in the summer horrifies me. I have goals, and by golly, I will meet them!

 

 

Here’s how I’m making writing work this summer.

1. Set the alarm.

I refuse to get up at 6:15am the way I do all school year, but 7:30 works just fine. This gives me quiet time to sip my coffee, read the Bible and pray before hitting the office.

2. Accept that the days will be chopped up.

This week my son had baseball activities two mornings and two nights. Both kids had running club. My daughter is in charge of getting to her own activities, but I still plan my writing around their schedules.

3. Set daily, weekly and monthly goals.

I set the monthly goal first, then break it into weekly goals. I look ahead at my calendar to figure out how to meet the weekly goals before setting daily goals.

4. I track my progress.

Last week I plotted a romance novel and wrote the synopsis for it. I also fleshed out two chapters of a nonfiction book in progress. This week I plotted another romance novel. I’m writing the synopsis this afternoon. I also spent hours researching and wrote two chapters. All the little tasks you do add up, but if you don’t track them, you might miss the feeling of accomplishment you deserve.

5. Switch tools.

My romance novels are strictly laptop only. I do everything there–plotting, research, drafts, revising. However, I work on short stories and nonfiction using Google Docs. Believe it or not, I do a lot of writing on my iPhone at odd places. Waiting in the car for baseball practice? Write a few paragraphs. Sitting on the couch at night with nothing on TV? Draft another chapter. Switching tools has made a HUGE impact on my productivity. It’s given me the freedom to make progress on pieces I’d been putting off.

6. Let go of guilt.

My family understands that writing is my job. We don’t have special activities every day. My daughter drives and makes her own plans. My son’s friends live nearby, and he can walk or ride his bike to see them. We take advantage of the fun things our area offers, but not constantly. If my kids are bored, oh well. Life is what you make it. What better time to learn this than as a teenager?

7. Take breaks and get enough rest.

If I’m exhausted in the afternoon, I enjoy a cup of tea and rest on the couch, or I might take a brief nap. Exercise has become vital for me. All the sitting takes such a toll on our bodies. Even a 10 minute walk makes a big difference to my body. Rather than cramming writing in all at once, I set mini-goals throughout the day.

8. Enjoy life.

Summer is the best! I love having my kids home, a less-stressful schedule, hot days, yummy summer food and outside time. I dream more in the summer. I read more, too. I don’t want to remember these precious weeks as being perpetually stressed out, so I try to approach each day with a good attitude. Whatever I get done is enough.

We’re all at different stages of life, with different responsibilities. You may have a full-time job, a part-time job, toddlers at home, no kids, a sick loved one–I don’t know! What works for me might not work for you, but that’s the point. You have to find how to make summer writing work for you. I’d love to hear how you do it!

How do you make summer writing work for you?

**There’s still time to enter the giveaway of Keli Gwyn’s historical Christian romance, Family of Her Dreams. Click on her post HERE and leave a comment before midnight Saturday, June 13 to be entered! US residents 18 and older only.

Have a terrific weekend!!

Writer’s Life: Keli Gwyn

Family of Her Dreams

Welcome to another edition of Writer’s Life, my interview series with authors of inspirational or sweet romance novels. I’m so excited to have Keli Gwyn on the blog today! Keli and I connected online years ago, and she was the first person to ever interview me. Since then, we’ve met in person and kept in touch. I love Keli’s writing–her debut, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, was one of my top picks when it released. Keli now writes for Love Inspired Historical, and Family of Her Dreams is out now! Keli is giving away a copy to one blessed commenter, instructions below!

Let’s get to it!

1. What about writing makes your heart sing?

Those days when my characters are chatting away, the words are flowing freely and the story is coming together fill me with such joy that I feel like singing, even though my singing voice leaves a lot to be desired. Sometimes I sing anyway. It’s a good thing my cats aren’t music critics, although I have caught the fellows flinging their paws over their ears when I’ve had a good writing day and burst out with some goofy ditty I’ve composed on the spot.

 

2. What is the biggest hurdle you’re facing right now as a writer?

I wage an ongoing battle with the Doubt Dragon. The pesky fellow loves to perch on my shoulder and whisper in my ear.

“What were you thinking? Surely you can do better than this?”

~or~

“Look at this dreck. And you call yourself a writer?”

~or~

“Egads! This is the best you can do? Why don’t you just call it quits?”

I really need to invest in a muzzle and slap it on the noisy naysayer.

3. What do you do to fill your creative well?

I walk. Strolling past the stately Victorian houses in my historic town of Placerville, California can transport me back in time and get the ideas flowing. If I’m working out a gnarly plot issue, my husband and I will often hit our wonderful hiking trail and brainstorm solutions.

Gwynly confessed recently that he likes to get me talking about my stories when we’re walking because I unconsciously up my pace when he taps into my passion for writing. Since he’s a foot taller than I am and has a much longer stride, he likes it when I cover ground more quickly. I’m glad he let me in on his secret. Now I can walk and talk writing guilt free.

 

4. What are you working on now?

I’m preparing the first draft of another historical romance set right here in Placerville. The story takes place in 1872. My main characters are reunited after many years apart. Each has endured loss due to the War Between the State. They both harbor secrets that prevent them from pursuing anything more than friendship, forcing them to fight their growing feelings for one another.

Thank you for hosting me, Jill. I enjoyed answering your fun questions. I’d like to end by asking your blog’s readers a question.

Do you enjoy singing, or are you hesitant to sing in front of others?

 

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Keli, I fight the doubt dragon A LOT! I think it’s awesome you sing when you write! I’m not a singer. Well, I do sing in the car, but it’s not pretty. I would love to stroll past the Victorian homes you mentioned. How delightful! The architecture of yesteryear was gorgeous. Thanks so much for being my guest!

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Family of Her Dreams

A Family to Cherish ~

Headstrong Tess Grimsby loves her new job caring for the children of a recently widowed man. But she never imagined that she’d fall for her handsome employer. Yet Spencer Abbott is as caring as he is attractive, and Tess can’t help but feel for him and his family. Though, for the sake of her job, she’ll keep any emotions about her boss to herself.

Between his stationmaster responsibilities in a gold-rush town and trying to put his family back together, Spencer has his hands full. He soon finds his new hire’s kind personality warming his frosty exterior. But could he ever admit to seeing her as more than just an employee?

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Visit Keli’s Victorian-style cyber home (http://keligwyn.com/library/my-books), where you can find purchase links for Family of Her Dreams on many of the major booksellers’ sites.

 

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Keli Gwyn

Keli Gwyn ~

Award-winning author Keli Gwyn, a native Californian, transports readers to the early days of the Golden State. She and her husband live in the heart of California’s Gold Country. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, historical museums and other Gold Rush-era towns. Keli loves hearing from readers and invites you to visit her Victorian-style cyber home at www.keligwyn.com, where you’ll find her contact information.

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Keli Gwyn Giveaway!

Keli is giving away a copy to one commenter! If you’d like to be entered, simply leave your email address in the comments below. The giveaway is open until midnight, June 13, 2015 and is open to U.S. residents eighteen years and older. I will select a random winner and contact the winner via email.

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Back to Keli’s question:

Do you enjoy singing, or are you hesitant to sing in front of others?

Have a terrific day!

What Writers Really Want

What Writers Really Want

After the annual mayhem known as the end of the school year, I’m recovering from shell-shock. There comes a point where even one more packed lunch or sound of a too-early alarm puts me over the edge into scary territory. My brain knows I have a writing to-do list eleven miles long, but my schedule won’t hear of it. Every waking hour seems to be filled with something, whether it’s school or sports related.

You’d think the first week of summer would be skipping under rainbows in delirious joy. Well let me break it to you. The first week of summer is never fun. It’s a dirty game of catch up.

With that in mind, I’m sharing what writers really want.

1. Ten hours of sleep. Make that twelve.

2. A week at a secluded cabin with a laptop, room service and a masseuse on call.

3. A pile of a dozen books to read uninterrupted.

4. Supersonic speed Internet that never loses service or buffers. Free would be preferred.

5. Someone to laugh at the genius line we just wrote.

6. Someone to cry at the heartbreaking scene we just wrote.

7. Anyone who ever reads our books to love every word, sentence and paragraph.

8. An endless stream of contracts. And royalty checks!

9. Our best writer friends to live in the same town so we can meet every week. We wouldn’t actually get anything done, but it sure would be fun!

10. The perfect first draft.

I could add many, many more items on my wish list, but I’ll leave it at that.

What would YOU add to the list?

Have a fabulous weekend!

Until The Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Until the Harvest

Don’t you love it when you open a book and it alters your mood? Every time I pick up one of Sarah Loudin Thomas’s books, I just relax and enjoy the story.

Until the Harvest is the second book in the Appalachian Blessings series. This one is set in West Virginia in 1975 and 1976, and it follows Henry Phillips (readers of Miracle in a Dry Season will enjoy recurring characters) and Margaret Hoffman as they deal with personal tragedies, tough choices and trying to figure out their lives.

Each of Sarah’s books features a character who is blessed with some sort of healing power, and Margaret’s younger sister Mayfair has the gift here. She was one of my favorite characters, but I admired Margaret the most. She’s a hard worker, not terribly attractive, and as the story progresses, she explores what she wants out of life. It was refreshing to read about a heroine who doesn’t want a flashy career but a life of purpose on a farm.

Full of conflict, grace, and examples of Christian love, Until the Harvest is a gem.

 

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Until the Harvest

Buy Until the Harvest!

Until the Harvest ~

When family tragedy derails Henry Phillips’s college studies, he’s left unmoored and feeling abandoned. The only things that can tamp down his grief are the family farm, his fiddle, and an unexpected friendship with sweet but unusual preteen Mayfair Hoffman.

Unfortunately, Mayfair’s older sister, Margaret, despite her spray of freckles and cute, turned-up nose, has a completely different effect. His grandmother’s helper, she’s always around, ready to push his buttons, and it seems at first that she doesn’t care about his troubles.

Henry soon realizes, though, that Margaret’s facing her own struggles. Mayfair’s health and unique gift sit at the heart of those worries. Henry and Margaret soon find themselves relying on each other as potential tragedy collides with growing hope in a warm story of family bonds and the surprising ways healing finds us all.

 

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My Review: 5 Stars!

Until the Harvest is the second book by Sarah Loudin Thomas (the first, Miracle in a Dry Season, was one of my favorites!), and it centers around Henry, the son of Casewell and Perla, and Margaret, a plain but hardworking girl who works for his grandmother. The plot was rich with characters, and the West Virginia setting came alive. I identified with Margaret and her practical outlook on life, but I struggled to care for Henry because he made so many poor decisions. However, Henry’s growth and Margaret’s journey made for a satisfying ending.

**I received an advance copy of this book with no obligation to review it. All opinions are my own.**

 

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Sarah Thomas

Sarah Loudin Thomas ~
Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, released August 2014 through Bethany House. Book #2, Until the Harvest, released May 2015. Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency.

A graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, Sarah once dreamed of being a marine scientist. But her love for words won out and she has spent much of her career in public relations and marketing. She currently oversees fundraising and communications for a Christian children’s home in Black Mountain, NC.

Sarah and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with Thistle–the canine equivalent to a personal trainer pushing them to hike, run, and throw sticks. Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and–you guessed it–reading.

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What author do you turn to for a unique tone/voice?

Have a terrific day!

 

Plotting Ridiculousness!

If you tracked my brain process when plotting, it would look like one of those flight path maps–all over the place.  Since I’m plotting a book right now, I started trying on possible story directions. I couldn’t narrow them down, so I figured, hey, I’ll at least cast the actor I’ll use for the hero.

This led me to Pinterest, which led me to Google, and I ended up on YouTube watching a Days of Our Lives clip. It was a beauty! The user who uploaded the video added some wild violin music. It really added to my enjoyment. You can view it below (you’re welcome).

 

 

I decided to take a break and rest on the couch. Well, a truckload of backstory dumped in my brain before my head hit the couch pillow. Yes! Back upstairs for more research. Two hours later, I had a new understanding of my heroine’s motivations, her career and her story direction. Back to Pinterest to find the actress she looks like. Then to Google. You get the idea. :)

I have a lot of plotting to do still, but I love it when the story is headed in the right direction. To have a large block of time to research, explore possibilities, and, yes, to watch Days of Our Lives clips is a huge blessing. This is one of my favorite parts of writing.

Did you ever watch soap operas? Did you have a favorite?

Have a terrific weekend!

 

Writer’s Life: Carla Laureano

Welcome to another edition of Writer’s Life, my interview series with authors of sweet or inspirational romance novels! Today we have a special treat. Carla Laureano, one of my fave authors, graciously agreed to answer the big questions. I recently read Five Days in Skye, and I’m still swooning. What a terrific book! It had everything I love, a sassy, hardworking heroine, a hunky, loyal hero, an exotic location and oodles of romance. The second book in The MacDonald Family Trilogy, London Tides, releases June 1! Yes!

Let’s get to it!

1. What about writing makes your heart sing?

 

I usually get inspired by a character idea—whether it be appearance, job, or quirk—but it can take a while to dig into the details of what makes them tick. When I finally get to the heart of a character in a really specific way—hopes, dreams, and biggest fears—it’s an “aha” moment that makes the rest of the book fall into place around it. There’s no better feeling than when that list of traits on the page becomes a living, breathing person.

 

2. What is the biggest hurdle you’re facing right now as a writer?

 

Balance is always my biggest challenge as a person, not just a writer: trying to keep all the balls in the air without dropping anything important and without neglecting my family. 2015 is an extremely busy year, because I have three book releases: two fantasy novels and one romance. That means I’m doing a ton of promotion alongside writing my next book. Plus, I have two elementary school-aged boys who have busier schedules than I do! Some days I’m not sure whether I’m coming or going.

 

3. What do you do to fill your creative well?

 

Anything creative that doesn’t involve books! Cooking, sewing, knitting, gardening, looking at good art, watching dance performances. And music is always a must. I get more inspiration from music than anything else in my surroundings. I’m always upgrading the memory on my phone because of my ever-expanding collection.

 

4. What are you working on now?

 

I’m putting the finishing touches on the last book in my MacDonald Family Trilogy, which will be off to my editor in a few days. Serena MacDonald finally gets her chance at love…and if you read London Tides carefully, you might catch a glimpse of the final book’s hero!

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You write romance so well, Carla. It’s clear you dig deep to find the heart of the characters. I hear you on trying to balance everything. I’m terrible at it! It’s funny you avoid reading to fill your creative well. I read a lot of non-fiction when I’m writing a draft. Then, when I’m revising or plotting, I fill up on fiction! Thanks so much for being my guest!

 

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London Tides

About London Tides ~

 

Irish photojournalist Grace Brennan travels the world’s war zones documenting the helpless and forgotten. After the death of her friend and colleague, Grace is shaken.

She returns to London hoping to rekindle the spark with the only man she ever loved—Scottish businessman Ian MacDonald. But he gave up his championship rowing career and dreams of Olympic gold years ago for Grace … only for her to choose career over him. Will life’s tides bring them back together … or tear them apart for good this time?

 

Buy your copy at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ChristianBook.com

 

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Carla Laureano

About Carla ~

 

Carla Laureano is the author of the RITA® award-winning romance Five Days in Skye as well as the Celtic fantasy series The Song of Seare (as C. E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons.

 

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Do you love it when a book is set in another country? (I do!!) What country would you like to visit?

 

Have a fabulous Wednesday!

Writer’s Life: Julie Jarnagin

Writer's Life Julie Jarnigin

Welcome to another edition of Writer’s Life, my interview series with authors of sweet or inspirational romance novels. I’m hooting and hollering today because Julie Jarnigin is my guest! Years ago, Julie and I met online, then we hit it off in person in 2012. She’s witty, funny, and loves the same television shows I do! We’ve also been “water buddies” since last December. We both strive to drink a ton of water each day–I guzzle 3/4 of a gallon, while Julie drinks even more. She’s pretty amazing. :) Julie’s new series, Taste of Texas, kicks off this month with Kiss the Cowboy!

Let’s get to it! 

1. What about writing makes your heart sing?

I love when something in the story surprises me. I used to be a full-fledged plotter, but I recently started writing quick drafts without much planning. It has been so much fun and my creativity has increased! It’s neat when a story takes a turn in a direction I’d never anticipated. I’ve learned to trust my instincts more.

 

2. What is the biggest hurdle you’re facing right now as a writer?

My biggest hurdle is definitely a limited amount of time and energy. I work full-time in marketing for a home builder, I have a 1-year-old and a 6-year-old, and we’re currently building a new home and selling our current home. Our family is busy! But writing is important to me, so I figure out how to fit it into my life.

 

3. What do you do to fill your creative well?

As crazy as it sounds, the thing that has been energizing me recently is de-cluttering. It started as an innocent task to help us stage the house for selling. It has turned into a mission to simplify our lives. Our house is still full of toys and normal family messes, but I’m finding that less stuff helps me stay focused on my priorities. Other things that fill my creative well are playing with my boys, reading, and listening to my Pandora station (which is mostly alternative with a little Taylor Swift thrown in for good measure).

 

4. What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing Book 2 in my Taste of Texas series. I’m so excited about this series! It has been a blast to write. The novella, The Art of Falling, and the first novel in the series, Kiss the Cowboy, are available now.

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Julie, I’m always impressed with how much you juggle–small children, a demanding job AND writing. How exciting that you’re gearing up to move into a new home! As someone who has moved often, I can honestly say you’re doing the smart thing by de-cluttering now. It will make it much easier when the big move day comes. I’m with you, too, on letting your story take over in a first draft. That’s part of the wonder–being surprised by our characters. :) Congratulations on your new release and the series!

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Writer's Life Julie Jarnigin

Kiss the Cowboy ~

What if your competition for your dream job…was your dream man?

All Lucy Pickett needs to become executive chef in one of Dallas’s finest restaurants is to pull off the high-profile wedding she’s catering. So what if she’s forced to share duties with Dylan Lawson, a modern-day chuck-wagon cook? So what if he’s got rugged looks and cowboy charm? None of that is going to knock her off her game. Until she learns the restaurateur is considering Dylan for the position she wants. Game on–and it’s a winner-take-all event!

Dylan Lawson finally has the opportunity he’s been waiting for to prove he can do more than just be a ranch hand. The only thing standing in his way is the fiery chef fighting for the same position. Will the heated competition scorch any chance they have for love?

Interested in purchasing Kiss the Cowboy? Buy Here!

Interested in purchasing The Art of Falling? Buy Here!

 

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Julie Jarnigin

About Julie ~

Julie Jarnagin is a multi-published author of inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and two young sons who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Connect with Julie: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter Sign-up

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Do you dread de-cluttering your home?

(I need to drop off a ton of stuff to charity!)

Have a terrific day!

Giveaway! A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

A Love Like Ours

About a month ago, I received an ARC (advance copy) of Becky Wade’s new contemporary Christian romance novel, A Love Like Ours. This is book #3 in the Porter Family Novel series. The book sat patiently on my end table until I finished writing my own book. Finally, last week I was able to dive into Jake Porter’s story.

I read it in two days. I laughed. I cried. I sighed at the end, sad for it to be over but thrilled to have experienced it.

I’ve been a huge fan of Becky’s novels since devouring My Stubborn Heart. Her books just hit every mark for me–fun characters, deep emotions, truly lovable heroes and heroines, gut-wrenching spiritual journeys and, most importantly, fan-yourself romance.

A Love Like Ours is her best yet. Lyndie is as sweet as can be, but she’s so strong and determined, too. She does not let life drag her down. And Jake–oh, my!! Jake is so tortured and wonderful–I’m in love with him. Can’t help myself!!

This is a five stars and then some for me!

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A Love Like Ours

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

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Becky has graciously agreed to give away one autographed copy to one of my readers. The entry form is below (open to US residents 18 years and older). If you want to buy a copy, she’s giving a percentage of her earnings to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund on every copy of A Love Like Ours sold until May 17th. How cool is that?? Here’s the link to her Book Page where you will find links to the major retailers.

Here’s the entry form!

 

Thanks so much, Becky, for the great read and for the giveaway!

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Becky Wade

About Becky Wade ~

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She’s the Carol Award and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn HeartUndeniably YoursMeant to Be Mine, and A Love Like Ours.

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Do you love tortured heroes? Have you read Becky’s books? If not, you are in for a treat!!

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

Writer’s Life: Pepper D. Basham

The Thorn Bearer

Welcome to another edition of Writer’s Life, my interview series with authors of inspirational or sweet romance novels. Today I have the pleasure of hosting Pepper D. Basham! I met Pepper at an ACFW conference a few years ago, and I was instantly charmed by her down-to-earth personality. Her debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, just released! It looks amazing, and I love the cover! Congratulations, Pepper!

Let’s get to it.

1. What about writing makes your heart sing?

Two things: The entire creative process of watching a story grow! That is always amazing to me. You know that phrase from Chariots of Fire where Eric Liddel says “When I run, I feel God’s pleasure” – well, that’s how I feel when I’m creating a story. When I write, I feel God’s pleasure.

Second thing – I really enjoy watching the characters grow from beginning to end. I’m a happily-ever-after girl for sure, as seeing the struggles overcome, the insecurities calmed, and the fear braved in my characters reminds me of what God is doing in my life from start to finish.

2. What is the biggest hurdle you’re facing right now as a writer?

Time! I’ve always had to etch out time to write, but now that I’ve added deadlines and marketing to my daily dose of writing time, it’s really become more of a challenge to fit everything in. I work a full-time day job and then have my wonderful fam – so the added time crunch makes for a little more stress and whole lot more creativity in etching out the time I need to finish what’s on my to-do list.

3. What do you do to fill your creative well?

I’m sure this is a common answer, but it’s true for me. I pray and read the Word. I usually find verses that pertain, not only to me, but also my characters journeys as I read the Bible. I also find music inspiring, good movies, and re-reading some of my favorite novels. Add a nice, beautiful walk to the list and I have a perfect bag of creativity-inducing activities.

4. What are you working on now?

I’m working on two different novels right now. I have my first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, debuting in December 2015. I’m also furiously writing book 2 in the Penned in Time series, my historical romance. It’s title is The Thorn Keeper and I’m really enjoying the characters in this novel.

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You sound busy, busy, Pepper! I love the happy endings, too, that’s why I read so many romance novels. If you have any creative time-crunch tips, we’d sure love to hear them. I’m not a multi-tasker! Your inspiration list makes me smile. Looks perfect to me. :) Thanks so much for being my guest!

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Pepper Basham

About Pepper D. Basham ~

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She’s a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a mom of five, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate. She enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction whenever she can. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she works with kids with special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn and her debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in April 2015. You can connect with Pepper on her website, Facebook  or Twitter.

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The Thorn Bearer

The Thorn Bearer

When Ashleigh Dougall’s fiancé leaves her eight months before their wedding, the unexpected blow ignites a battalion of insecurities stemming from her father’s intimate betrayal. Her worst fears are confirmed – who could ever love a soiled woman? In an attempt to escape the shame and disappointment of her past, Ashleigh boards the ill-fated Lusitania to cross the war-torn waters of Europe. Much to her dismay, she isn’t traveling alone.

Sam Miller is always making up for his younger brother’s mistakes. Determined to help his friend, Ashleigh, he offers his compassion and companionship as she ventures across a perilous sea. With the faint hope of renewing his lost love for Ashleigh’s sister, Sam never expects to find the woman of his dreams in his best friend.

As they travel across the Atlantic, neither is prepared for the life-altering and heart-breaking journey of their friendship.

When the truth of Ashleigh’s past explodes in the middle of the trenches of Europe and Sam rejects her, Ashleigh must decide if God is enough – or if the double weight of her betrayal and past will crush her life forever.

Interested in purchasing The Thorn Bearer? Amazon | Barnes and Noble

 

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Confession: I’ve never watched Chariots of Fire. What famous movie have you never gotten around to seeing?

Have a terrific day!!

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