She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as the sequel, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. She also shared her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY.
She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read.
She resides in Ohio with her husband, two children, and secret stash of chocolate.
What inspires you to write?
I believe it’s a calling on my life, a purpose. I’m constantly observing people and situation and wondering, “What if?” That constantly drives me to the laptop to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I use yWriter, a free software, to plot and take notes. I do character sketches and create Pinterest boards to have visuals.
Once I write a draft, I send it to two critique groups. Once they return their critiques, I revise. Once I have a polished draft, I send to Beta readers and an editor. I revise again, look it over, have my husband read it if he is able, and then get ready to format and publish.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to them, absolutely. They have ideas that are far better than my own. They have changed the course of my story for the better. They have feelings and need to vent.
What advice would you give other writers?
This is the best advice I was given, “Have the heart of a dove and the skin of the rhino.” This is a tough business. If your identity and self-worth is wrapped up in how others receive your writing, you will be frustrated. You will make many revisions. There will be more than one draft. There will be people you can’t please who will leave a lower review. It isn’t personal. Use it to become even better.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was with a small publisher but recently left because I felt I was supposed to start my own imprint. I write and speak, encouraging audiences to find freedom through surrender. In January 2016, I created Surrendered Scribe Media and re released Entrusted and released Entangled in May.
Go with your gut. Don’t be afraid to pursue a small publisher or do it yourself if that is what you feel you are to do. Make sure you do a lot of research, especially if you are approaching a publisher. Make a mistake and your manuscript could be amazing, but the publisher will never know if you didn’t follow directions.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think indie authors are a driving force that everyone should take notice of and respect. Traditional publishers aren’t offering contracts to established authors at the rate they used to, and new authors are struggling to find a publisher as well.
The authors that aren’t afraid of hard work, who do their research, and are about quality, especially their cover, can do very well. It takes time, but I feel very confident about the future for indie authors.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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