This is a blog post relay – I was tagged by friend Dawn Crandall, soon to be debut author of The Hesitant Heiress (Whitaker House, August 2014). So here goes…
1) What am I working on?
With just under two months until the release of The Butterfly and the Violin, I’m focused on jumping into the world of being a published author — for the first time! With interviews and blog posts, book signings and planning a book launch party, I’ve found that the “downtime” in between releases really is a myth. Researching and writing a story is just part of the process; there’s quite a lot of fun things to keep you moving throughout the year. Though I’ll jump into edits on Book Two in the series soon, I’m really loving the opportunity to focus on Adele’s story in ‘Butterfly’ and have so enjoyed the opportunity to meet with readers for the first time.
(Shhh! The title and cover for Book Two will debut soon. I am SO excited to share it with you. Watch this site for details…)
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
This story of a young artist came alive more than a decade ago, as I sat in a college art history class. It was the first time I’d ever heard of art that was created – and left behind at liberation – by the prisoners of Auschwitz. These artists are mostly unknown to history. Adele’s story of triumph and faith in the most horrible of circumstances was my attempt to give a voice to these brave artists. I also had the opportunity to interview a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau during the final writing of this book. Talk about chills! I was able to speak to a woman who had been there, some seventy years after the events occurred. Wow!
3) Why do I write what I do?
I’ve had this dream to be a Christian fiction author since 2001 – but it only became a focused goal in the last couple of years. The 2 1/2 years it took to get to publication taught me life lessons I might never have learned otherwise, if it not for leaning on Christ every single step of the way. Through rejection, weakness, humbling moments (many of them!), frustration, lack of confidence – He was there. And I write what I do because if I have the ability to give my life to Him, that includes my passions, skills, talent and future. Every book I will ever write belongs fully to Jesus Christ.
4) How does my writing process work?
This is where I won’t jump to giving advice on the writing process. I think each author has to find what works for them. Some writers are plotters. (Curious? Click HERE to see a crazy-detailed plot map. Amazing!) Others are the Pantsers. (Click HERE to learn about us. We never know where a story is going to go!) And still others find a off-beat way of channeling their creativity. For me, it’s about timing. With a full-time career and three young sons, my writing time is at a premium – I have to use every free minute I have. So with this book series, I began writing chapters on my iPhone. In fact, Butterfly was written almost entirely on my phone! It’s turned into an almost preferred method for me now. I write chapters in the Notes App on my iPhone, email them to myself, and drop them into my manuscript to edit and polish up later. It’s for this reason that I love traveling! I’ve found that typing chapters on my phone while in the airport has become a great place for ideas to spark.
I’m going rogue on this blog hop tour…
Instead of tagging other authors who will write their own blog posts, I’m including information for the last three books I read (and loved), right here:
So – what are you reading (and loving) now? I could use a recommendation!