Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Molly Noble Bull

BG: Tell us about your life, where you grew up, your interests and hobbies.

Molly: I was born in Kingsville, Texas – the daughter and granddaughter of real cowboys, and I spent part of my growing up years on a sixty thousand acre Texas cattle ranch. I enjoy spending time with my family, and I also like to spend time with my God during prayer, praise and Bible reading.
My husband and I have three grown sons, and we lived in the Texas Hill Country west of San Antonio for many years. Now we live in Kingsville again near our sons and four grandchildren.

BG—How did you get started writing and how long after you started would you say it took to get published?

M—I was teaching third grade in a public school when a fellow teacher told me that she was taking a course in fiction writing by correspondence. And I thought, I would like to do that. I took the course before I even tried to sell anything, and I am glad I did. I learned a lot of things about fiction writing that I might not have learned for years if I hadn’t taken that course. I sold short stories fairly soon after I started writing to sell. It took years to start selling books.

BG—On your website, you give your testimony and make no bones about it. I love the way you share Christ because, as you state on your website, “It’s not about Molly, it’s about the Lord.” What is your faith stance, and how does it affect you writing?

M—By the time I started trying to sell my work, I was teaching kindergarten in a public school, and it should not surprise anyone that my first two sales were to a magazine that published fiction stories for young children—a secular magazine by the way. But soon after that, I dedicated my writing to the Lord and stopped selling to publishers that only sell secular material.
In 1985 I sold my first adult novel, For Always, to Zondervan. This was followed by another Zondervan sale, The Rogue’s Daughter. Zondervan also bought a third novel, but it was never published because by that time the Christian fiction market had dried up.
After the Christian fiction market all but dried up, I was encouraged to write secular romance novels. But for me, that would be wrong. So I sat back and waited until the Christian fiction market opened again.
That happened in 1999 when Brides and Blessings was published by Steeple Hill. It had been a long wait.

BG—Who has influenced you most as a writer and why?

M—Though they both write secular novels, I like the writing styles of Debbie Macomber and Mary Higgins Clark. Therefore, I would have to say that they influenced my writing style. However, there is really only one person who has influenced my writing, and that is the Lord.

BG—What is your favorite movie?

M—While You Were Sleeping. I also like Emma, You’ve Got Mail, and Kate and Leopold.

BG--Oh I love all of those too! Especially Kate and Leopold. Okay, plug time. Tell us about your new book, Sanctuary. What inspired you to choose the Huguenots, i.e. this timeframe? What is the message you hope to get across in the story?

M—I am descended from French Huguenots as well as Scottish clansmen, and I also have a Jewish ancestor–way back. All these facts resulted in choosing the setting of Sanctuary as France in 1740.

Sanctuary is a fast-paced adventure story about forgiving the unforgivable, and I would like for my readers to know that many Christians came to the United States in order to worship God as they wished. I hope reading Sanctuary will help others learn to forgive and cause them to cherish the freedoms Americans hold so dear.

BG—I love adventure stories and historicals. I can't wait to read Sanctuary. I'll post a review as soon as I do. Of your books, which is your favorite?

M—The book I am writing is always my favorite. Currently, that is the sequel to Sanctuary, and I will probably title it Secret Place.

BG—What are your future plans?

M—I have a seven-book contract with Tsaba House; so in the future, I will be busy writing.

BG—Are you still working on Faith of Our Fathers? Tell us about this series. Do you think you’ll continue to write historical novels or are you considering other genres?

M—I enjoy writing historical novels, and have two more long historical novels to write in the Faith of Our Fathers series. However, I am also contracted to write in other genres.
I have already written a short modern-day romance for Tsaba House that doesn’t have a title yet. Add to that the two non-fictions books I am contracted to write, and I am certainly writing in other genres.

BG—Can you share a bit about Tsaba House?

M—Tsaba House is a Christian book publisher and appears interested in all kinds of books, but at the moment, they are not buying juvenile fiction. Tsaba House only reads book proposals once a year, and that is in the month of January. To learn more, read their guidelines. www.tsabahouse.com

BG—What tips do you have to share with the aspiring writers out there on writing in general?

M—Study the markets and good books on fiction writing like Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain. And read. Read. Read.

BG—Any marketing tips?

M—Read writers guidelines. Then follow them to the letter.

BG—Closing thoughts you’d like to share?

M—If the Lord has called you to write for Him, write. And never give up.

Molly Noble Bull’s web address is www.mollynoblebull.com. If you go to her website, scroll down and click Molly’s Books, you can see all her book covers and read an excerpt from Sanctuary and The Winter Pearl.

Sanctuary is released on September 15th. Be sure to comment to be entered into a drawing for her book.

Blessings!
Beth

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For a few tips on developing characters through dialogue, read my article on Keep Me In Suspense.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

And the winner is. . .

Mary Hawkins! Mary please contact me with your information as well as what book you'd like to receive from Lisa--Tara's Gold or Massachusetts Brides. Congratulations.

Be sure to check back this Thursday when I'll post another interview with a contest to win a free book!

Blessings!
Beth

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Interview with Lisa Harris!


Be sure to leave a comment and contact information to win either Tara's Gold or Massachusetts Brides.

1. How did you get started writing and how long after you started would you say it took to get published?

Ten years ago, my husband and I adopted our first child. At the time, I was a stay at home mom without a second car, so I decided to take advantage of my son’s long naptimes to fulfill a lifelong dream--to write a novel. I knew nothing about characterization, plots, and formatting manuscripts, but I had enough determination to keep at it even after the rejections started. Eventually, I started reading how-to books, attended writers’ conferences, and joined a crit group. About five years later, I sold my first novella, To Catch a Thief, to Barbour publishing.


2. From the heart of Africa. Tell us about that life.
Almost four years ago, my husband and I moved back to Africa with our three children. While writing has become a full-time job, I try hard to keep family and ministry as most important. Living here has become a part of me despite the frustrations it often brings. I’ve been blessed to travel extensively throughout southern Africa the past few years, teach Bible classes, lead a VBS, and train Sunday school teachers. I have a blog, In the Heart of Africa, that is a glimpse into life here, where I share the amazing culture, food, photos, and needs of this continent.

3. Do you have a life verse and what is it?

Not a life verse, per se, but many that help keep me on track. This year has been, and will continue to be, a year of great change for our family, so verses like II Corinthians 4:18, where Paul writes--“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”--really minister to me.

4. What are some of your favorite movies?

That’s hard, because finding time to write means cutting out TV and movies most of the time. I love a good romantic comedy, old classics with Cary Grant and Doris Day, and more recent adventures like Sahara and National Treasure.

5. Yes, I love those, too! Tell us about your newly released books Tara’s Gold and Massachusetts Brides

Tara’s Gold is my fourth Heartsong and was a lot of fun to write. It’s set after the Civil War in Iowa, and is about a young woman determined to prove to the world that she’s worth more than her father’s money. When she finds mention of an unsolved gold heist in her aunt’s journal, Tara decides her claim to fame will be finding the missing gold. Not for personal gain, just for…value.

Aaron Jefferson is a government agent seeking the same illusive goals—the cache of gold, yes, but more importantly, a place of significance in his own illustrious family. When Tara and Aaron find their paths converging, however, each is determined to find the gold on their own. What follows is a humorous quest that ends in the realization that there’s more to life than earthly riches and fame.


6. Tell us about Massachusetts Brides. Can you share the publishing process of these stories?

My first three Heartsong Presents historicals, Michaela’s Choice, Rebecca’s Heart, and Adam’s Bride, follow the Johnson family’s search for healing, family, and love in the late 1800’s. After losing her husband and daughter in a fire, Michaela never planned to love again. She certainly didn't imagine that her heart would be torn between two very different men. After avoiding the biggest mistake of her life, Rebecca takes a position as a seamstress where she meets Luke. Adam's brother was killed by a Polish man, and he judges an entire people based on one man's actions. When he falls for a Polish woman named Lidia, will his head or heart win out? (For more details on these books and where you can order them, you can check out my website at www.lisaharriswrites.com)
All three books were originally released through the Heartsong Presents book club, www.heartsongpresents.com then Barbour Publishing printed all the books in one repackaged novel as a trade paperback that’s sold in bookstores and through other outlets like Walmart.

7. Of your books, and you have sold twelve now, which is your favorite?

I don’t think I can answer that, because each book marks a special point in my career. From my first sale, to my first full-length novel, to my first contemporary that was actually a rewrite of one of my first attempts. Each book has been a blessing.

8. What are your future writing plans?

I have a broad range of interests when it comes to writing, but have a strong desire to write international suspense set in Africa. I’m passionate about the setting and sharing some of the difficult issues being faced here.

9. What tips do you have to share with the aspiring writers?

Keep trying. The writing journey is often long and lonely. Giving up is not an option. Also, join a crit group and a writer’s group like American Christian Fiction Writers. It will make the journey so much easier!

10. In addition to writing, you also have several young children? Can you share how you balance the writing life with ministry and family?

It’s not easy. We’re getting ready to move to Mozambique where I’ll have to home school, so time will be even more difficult to find. It’s important to me to keep family and ministry first. Writing second. This is a challenge, though, as it seems that the work of a mother and writer is never finished.

11. What does your typical day look like?

Busy. ☺ I get up early to make sure my kids are ready for school. When my husband’s in town, he takes them to school while I clean up the house, exercise and read my Bible. Then I jump into writing. When the kids get out of school in the early afternoon, I run into town to pick them up, shuffle them to tutoring, ballet and whatever is on the schedule, do grocery shopping if needed, then return home. Afternoons are spent with the kids doing homework and spending time with them. By the time they go to bed, I have time to catch up on emails, work on marketing, and do critiques for my friends.

12. Any marketing tips?

Be professional in everything you do. Blog regularly to build an audience, have a newsletter, a website, and learn all you can from others. I think it’s also important to mention that while marketing is essential, so is writing. Don’t skip your daily time.

13. Closing thoughts you’d like to share?

Thanks so much for having me! Be sure and visit my blog at http://myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com. You can sign up for my newsletter there as well!

Thanks for joining us Lisa!

Be sure to leave a comment if you'd like to be eligible to win either Massachusetts Brides or Tara's Gold.

Blessings!
Beth

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

CSFF Blog Tour: Legend of The Firefish


This is our final tour day for The Legend of the Firefish. It's been great touring with you! If you haven't read the book, be sure to click on the link and purchase a copy. Again, this is a fantastic read, in terms of characters, writing and tension. It's been a very long while since I've picked up a book that I literally could NOT put down. Especially when the tension picked up and all of the various plots were in full motion. My family was clamoring around me for milk, cookies, dinner, wipe my hiney.. . .But no, all things had to wait because I could NOT put the book down.

The tension is well. . .intense and just keeps getting thicker when Packer and the pirate's crew finally face both the Achawuk and the Firefish. It continues through twists and turns even as the characters enter into deeper understanding of God. Marvelous!

I love to see God act in a story, especially when it's not contrived or forced in anyway, but is completely natural. And welcome:) So many stories leave God’s intervention out as though it would somehow diminish the story. Not True. God is alive and well!

Polivka obviously agrees and uses this fact masterfully in his novel. In the hopeless battle with the Achawuka, Packer is high above watching in the ratlines and reasons out that God’s will choose his destiny—whether he will live or die—and he prays that God would save them.

. . .He could die this way. He was following the path of his God at last. Packer was a few feet from the deck when his eyes met those of an Achawuk warrior coming up over the port rail. Is this the man who will kill me? The warrior had his spear in his hand. He looked up at Packer. . . Packer put his hand to his sword reflexibely, but he didn't’t draw it. He put his foot on the rail. As he did, the great ship rocked.

From there the wind, or rather the breath of God, creates their salvation and they are able to be free, at least for a while.

And to conclude, in his acknowledgements, Mr. Polivka thanks Hugh Smallwood for aiding him in details of sailing tall-ships. I thank Mr. Polivka for using all of those details in creating a realistic adventure aboard a pirate ship!

Be sure to visit Rebeca Luella Miller's post because she's always great to review the highlights of the tour. You can scroll down to the blog tour participants to find her. Yes, family is clamoring again (you can use your imagination, but if you're a mom like me you won't have to try too hard) so I don't have time to paste in that dreadful html to create the link.

Blessings!
Beth

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

CSFF Blog Tour: Legend of the Firefish

As promised, I'm posting today regarding my favorite scene in The Legend of the Firefish. Be warned, if you haven't read the book, this could be a spoiler for you. In my opinion, this particular scene is a perfect example of the character's depth. And for me, it was one of those God moments. . .you know what I mean. When you stop reading and you connect with God because you've been brought deeper, closer to Him somehow. Don't worry, I won't be giving away all of this scene if you still want to read.

So what is it? The sword fight between Senslar Zendoda and Talon. Like you, I've read many a sparring match. This was no average sword fight. Here's an excerpt:

Her swordsmanship was creative, intelligent, and masterful. He began to understand that he would not defeat her through mere superiority of skill. So he began to focus on her name and reputation to affect the outcome of this duel. He needed to know what drove her in this assault, this moment. Was it politics? He may have been lured here, but this was no assassination.
Ema zien enmanteras, “ he told her. I am not the enemy.
“Enmateras aziz demincarcera.” You are the enemy incarnate.

. . .”Una aziz?” he asked. Who are you? Her answer, if she would answer, would reveal how she identifid herself. It was a direct thrust, rarely parried, into the heart and soul. If the answer was a name, then lineage was most highly valued. If a title, then honor. If a post, then occupation. If current task, then expedience. If any other answer came, then a greater revelation came with it. . .
This fight continues until Talon thrust her sword into his belly, Senlar Zendoda giving his life for Panna and at the same moment, showing his love to his daughter, Talon as he says:
"My little child," he said into her ear in Drammune, with a kindness beyond reason, a love beyond human capability, his cheek pressed tightly against her forehead, "Oh, how I have missed you!"
It was Talon's undoing. . .

This scene, my favorite, ended in ultimate sacrifice and show of faith.

Tomorrow another scene. Happy touring!

Monday, August 20, 2007

CSFF Blog Tour: Legend of the Firefish

Today we begin our discussion of Legend of the Firefish, book one of The Trophy Chase series (Harvest House), by George Bryan Polivka.

Back Cover Copy:

Firefish by George Bryan Polivka

Packer Throme longs to bring prosperity back to his poor fishing village by discovering the trade secrets of Scat Wilkins, a notorious pirate who now seeks to hunt the legendary Firefish and sell its rare meat
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Packer begins his quest by stowing away aboard Scat’s ship, the Trophy Chase, bound for the open sea. Though he is armed with a hard-won mastery of the sword and the love of Panna Seline, daughter of a priest of the kingdom of Nearing Vast, many tests of his courage and his resolve will follow—beginning when the young voyager is discovered by Scat himself.

Will belief and vision be enough for Packer Throme to survive? And will Talon, the Drammune warrior woman who serves as Scat’s security officer, be Packer’s deliverance. . .or his death?

And what of the innocent young Panna Selina? In her determination not to lose Packer, she leaves home to follow the man she loves but is soon swept up in a perilous adventure of her own. This heroic struggle of faith makes The Legend of the Firefish a compelling story that will be enjoyed the world over by fans of adventure, fantasy, and well-told tales of honor sand sacrifice.
This was one of the most amazing reads! Though I have to admit, it did start out confusing for me because well, I had to go back several times on the first page, trying to figure out whose head we were in. Someone was kind enough to explain—OMNISCIENT. That threw me for a while because I’m so accustomed to reading the pure point of view. But this worked so well for the story, which I LOVED.

I have to put this up there as one of my favorites!

The sophisticated writing and mesmerizing tail drew me in immediately. In an interview (Dec., 18, 06) with Becky Miller, Harvest House editor, Nick Harrison has this to say about the characters:
I can’t say enough about Bryan’s characters. I challenge any reader to NOT care what happens to Packer and Panna….or to any of the wonderful supporting characters: Cap and Hen Hillis, Will Seline, Sam Delany, Marcus Pile, Dog Blestoe…and in the second book: Bran Mooring, Prince Ward, and even a couple of the ill-fated bad guys. Truly a magnificent job of creating living, breathing characters.
. He couldn’t be more right on. All of the characters came alive. I could just see all of the pirates. Their actions well motivated. And in fact, their actions were motivated from deep within, nothing was left to the superficial. Tomorrow, I'll discuss my favorite scene in the book.
Please remember to visit my tourmates!

Trish Anderson
Brandon Barr
Wayne Thomas Batson
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Grace Bridges
Amy Browning
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Frank Creed
Lisa Cromwell
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Merrie Destefano
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Linda Gilmore
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Russell Griffith
Jill Hart
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Christopher Hopper
Jason Joyner
Kait
Karen
Dawn King
Tina Kulesa
Lost Genre Guild
Terri Main
Rachel Marks
Karen McSpadden
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Robin Parrish
Lyn Perry
Deena Peterson
Rachelle
Cheryl Russel
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
Mirtika Schultz
James Somers
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespac
Daniel I. Weaver

Friday, August 17, 2007

And the winner is. . .

The winner of Finding Marie is Audra! Audra please send me your email address so I can contact you for your snail mail address to send the book. Next week begins the George Bryan Polivka’s Legend of the Firefish blog tour! I'm sure there will be some great interview with Bryan. I've got some comments about his wonderful book as well. Then look for an interview with Lisa Harris regarding her newly released books Tara's Gold and Massachusett's Brides.

Blessings!
Beth

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Novel Journey Interview

Thanks so much for joining me this week for Susan Page Davis' interview. Come back next week to read an interview with Lisa Harris. I'll give you a few more days to comment for a chance at winning a book!

One more thing. . .you can read an interview with me at Novel Journey!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Susan Page Davis Interview

BG: Welcome Susan! I'm so glad you agreed to this interview. Tell us about your life, where you grew up, your interests and hobbies.

I grew up in Maine, the youngest of five children, on a small farm. My father was a game warden. It was a wonderful childhood, and I have many good memories. I’ve always loved horses, reading, and writing. As an adult I developed interests in history, embroidery, genealogy, and education. I’m a long-time home schooler. My six children have all been home schooled. Four have now graduated from college, and two are working on ninth grade at home. My husband Jim is a news editor at a daily newspaper, and we have four grandchildren.

BG: That sounds like a full and busy life. I home school as well, and I'd love to hear how you balance the writing life with ministry, family and home schooling?

During the school year, I spend part of the morning with the children. Most days I can write during the afternoon. If an opportunity arises at other times of the day, I snatch it. If I need to make a research trip, I’ll often take my kids along as a field trip. While I was writing Finding Marie, the whole family took a trip to Mystic Seaport, Conn. But a lot of other family commitments have come up for me in the past year, such as being executor of an estate. I found I had to give up some activities and organizations in order to get everything done.

BG: You have five books releasing this year. You are one prolific writer! Tell us about your writing journey.

I started seriously writing fiction in 1999. At the time, I was a news correspondent. I took the summer to write a book that had been growing in my mind. That one is yet to be published, and may never be. But I sent it out and started another book. And then another. Four years later, in 2003, I got my first contract, and my first published book was released in 2004. I had sold some short stories in the meantime.
Between signing book contract #1 and book contract #2, two long, anxious years elapsed. During that time I signed with an agent and wrote several more novels and novellas.
In 2005, things exploded. Shortly after book #2 was contracted, I was asked to write more for Heartsong. Then came a contract for a children’s book with JourneyForth. By summer 2006 I was selling enough to quit my day job. I had books published or contracted with four publishers. Some of the books I’d written during the dry period were bought, and other new ones were contracted. Today I am scrambling to meet my deadlines, but I love it.

BG: When do you feel like it all began to come together for you as a writer—was there a particular moment?

Way back in 1999, when I told my husband I had a complicated story going round and round in my head, and he said, “Write it down!”

BG: Who has influenced you most as a writer and why?

My husband for encouragement, and my father for instilling in me a love of history. For writers, there are many, but I’d say historical author Janice Holt Giles and suspense author Dick Francis were influential. They both tell such great stories!

BG: What is your favorite movie?

That’s a toughie. I don’t really watch many movies, but if the kids have the video of Lord of the Rings on, I can’t walk through the room without saying, “Is this where the eagles come?” and pulling up a chair. I’m also a sucker for old musicals like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and White Christmas.

BG: Tell us about the writing process for you? Does it begin with a character, setting, or plot?

For a suspense book, I try to start with the plot. If the crime and its motive and solution don’t work, you might as well not write the book. But sometimes I have the characters first (this is unavoidable if you’re doing a series). Then you have to come up with a crime that can impact this person severely.
For a historical, I like to choose the time period and historical events I’m working around. Then I research the period. A lot of the action usually flows from this.

BG: In terms of genres, you’ve written children’s, historical romance, romantic suspense and cozy mysteries. How do you approach these different genres?

All of my books have relationships as a main focus, whether child-guardian, heroine-hero, or protagonist-villain. I want all of my main characters to be memorable. I also want them to be different, not all cut from the same mold. I spend a lot of time getting to know my main characters and thinking about their story.
I usually approach any story through researching topics relating to the main plot points. If it looks like the story line will work, I study up on details. With The Castaway’s Bride, I researched Maine statehood, Portland history, old buildings, sailing ships, import business of the period, the first governor of Maine and his wife, 1800s medicine, and much more.
With a contemporary book, I put in about as much research as with a historical. For my upcoming book Witness, from Love Inspired Suspense, I researched Maine legal records, police procedure, the Cat catamaran ferry, cell phones, and antiques, among other things.

BG: Tell us about your latest book, Finding Marie. What inspired you to write this particular story?

Marie is an off-stage character from my book Frasier Island. She was the sweetheart of a main character, Pierre Belanger, who was stuck on Frasier Island for about 18 months, while Marie waited for him to come home to Maine. Near the end of Frasier Island, the two let those still on the island know they were finally married.
I fully intended to write a second book focused on the hero and heroine of Frasier Island (George and Rachel), but my editor loved Pierre so much she wanted to see more of him. Okay, I’m thinking ... I married him off. What kind of story am I going to write about Pierre? Everything was rosy for him at the end of book 1.
Marie was several years younger than her husband and had led a fairly sheltered life. I decided to throw her into danger and separate her from her hero husband, forcing her to get herself out of trouble. In Finding Marie, I also introduced both their families, which leads to some comic relief and romance. Finding Marie is a fast-paced story. Marie only wants to get home, but she seems to be always just a step ahead of a bunch of murderous villains.

BG: That's interesting to know that your editor initiated this particular story. I always love to hear how writers come up with their ideas. And from what you described about Finding Marie, you really understand the suspense genre. What is the message you hope to get across in this story?

Finding Marie is about independence, growth, faith, and love. My message is, don’t ever give up. No matter how tired or discouraged you are, don’t let go until God says let go.

BG: Of your books, and you have 11 now, which is your favorite and why?

Frasier Island is definitely right up there. For me the hero, George Hudson, is the ultimate hero. He overcomes his bleak circumstances and becomes everything we all want to be.

BG: What are your future writing plans?

Lots more suspense! Look for more from Harvest House, and for Just Cause and Witness in ’08 from Love Inspired Suspense. Also more historical novels from Heartsong; I’m working on a trilogy of New Hampshire stories. My daughter Megan and I also have three cozies coming out in ’08 and ’09 with Heartsong Presents: Mysteries, so look for our Blue Heron Lake series there.

BG: What does your typical day look like?

I try to rise early, do emails and financial records, then have school time with the kids. If I am able, I’ll do some writing or writing-related tasks (research, interviews, critiques, etc.) before lunch. After lunch I try to put in some hard writing time. If the evening is free, I often continue this into the evening. Two nights a week I’m at church, and two nights a week I drop two children for their karate lessons and go to the gym while they’re at the dojo. Somewhere in there I squeeze in laundry, lesson planning, and other household tasks.

BG: What are a few writing tips you could share with aspiring writers?

Join a writers’ organization such as American Christian Fiction Writers (www.acfw.com). If you don’t have a support group like this, you cannot comprehend the benefits it will bring you.
Learn the craft. If you’re not good at grammar, study grammar. If you’re not a good typist, get some typing tutor software. Enhance your weak areas. And persevere. Sometimes it just takes a long time.

BG: Any marketing tips?

Ouch. I hate marketing. That’s what I thought agents were for. I learned my definition of “marketing” was much too narrow. If God puts an opportunity in your path, don’t trip over it. Pick it up and run with it. With that said, please visit my Web site at www.susanpagedavis.com. Be sure to enter the monthly giveaway—you choose the book you want.

BG: Closing thoughts you’d like to share?

Don’t let your writing displace family, ministry, or other things that are truly important.

BG: And I think that's the hardest thing about writing, trying to balance with everything else. Thanks you so much for your time Susan.

Don't forget to post a comment. I'll randomly choose the winner of a copy of Finding Marie when it's released. Be sure to check back for upcoming interviews with Lisa Harris, Molly Bull, Lena Dooley, Sue Dent and more. . .

Next week begins the CSFF Blog tour.

Blessings!
Beth










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