Greetings friends! I’m writing to you from my writing office in Kentucky—the land of horses, four-board fences, and many wonderful rural communities. We’re blessed with the occasional farm and the splendor of bluegrass, violets, and wildflowers dotting our green lawns.
The Inspired Prompt crew invited me to write a guest blog post to inspire you to what we writers love: writing! Particularly, being an Indie Writer. I’ll try to share a few thoughts about being an Indie Writer to spur you on.
I have to be honest. I was an Indie Writer before I even knew what “Indie” meant. Don’t laugh, but I thought it was a reference to “Indiana Jones” and Harrison Ford. It’s okay, you can laugh. I thought we Christian Indie Authors were on an adventure to share the Word of God through our writing as we sort of wildly took over the writing scene, kind of like Indiana Jones and his pursuit of the Holy. Believe me, it has been a completely fun and almost comical adventure for me at times. Imagine my surprise to find out it simply meant “Independent.” Well, that was definitely true!
It’s definitely a learning process. I’ve felt myself go through about three major learning curves and each one has been amazing. It’s also an incredible, amazing journey. I recommend approaching it with joy and patience. Settle in for the ride and let God lead where you’re meant to go and reach who you’re meant to reach.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes—and when you do make them—don’t let them define you. Keep going. Try different things to see what works. Aim high, do your best, and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself along the way. I try to include as much humor as possible in my novels. Life is hard enough. Readers expect us to share the truth in a creative way, and lighthearted novels can be so enjoyable. So do it well. Give it your very best. I can honestly say, I’ve given it my very best with each book.
Surround yourself with as many other Christian authors as you can and ask as many questions as possible. You’ll learn a lot by joining a few Christian writing groups. I try to take notes and listen to each author. They all have so many amazing things to share and you know, it’s true: iron sharpens iron.
It’s a tremendously rewarding journey, but it will take your all to do it well. You’ll need all the help and prayer you can encounter along the way. There are long nights, absolutely loads of hard work, and many obstacles. However, I’ve noticed the Lord opening the right doors, training me, teaching me, guiding me, continuously equipping and surrounding me with support and a fresh flow of ideas through each stage of my writing journey. Psalm 45 was a huge source of writing inspiration for me.
Today, I’m nearing publication of my fourteenth novel. I’ve written both historical and contemporary romance novels, and a devotional. There’s still so much for me to learn, but I’ve truly enjoyed each moment in the process. Most of all, when readers write back and tell me they’ve experienced healing such as loss recovery or being set free from something through my writing, then I know I’m doing exactly what the Lord called me to do. These experiences bless me so much I can barely contain my joy. I highly recommend it!
Writing Prompt: (Insert your character’s name here) carefully and lovingly packed her two trunks with each of the items she’d need to begin her new life across the Atlantic Ocean with her beloved. (Mention some of the items she’s packing in each trunk, a little about her beloved, and something about her destination and current location.)
Readers! Lisa is giving away a paperback edition of Annabelle (upon release) for leaving a comment. [U.S. Addresses only, please] Estimated release date is August 17th.
Annabelle is book 2 in the Brides of Grace Hill Series. She flees Edinburgh, Scotland from a grandmother with an evil tongue who has beaten her down verbally and emotionally. Tall and plain, she doesn’t think she has much of a future, much less the chance to have a family and husband of her own. She writes to her Aunt Millie in Kentucky who is up to a little matchmaking again and subsequently, receives a letter with an offer of marriage from an American with Scottish roots. He’s residing in Kentucky during the Antebellum Era. The offer has several conditions, including a perilous journey along the Oregon Trail to begin a new life in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon along the Pacific coast. Things seem to be going well with her plans, until she disembarks from a riverboat on the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky to discover her trunks containing her sole possessions from Scotland have somehow been lost.
Lisa M. Prysock is an award-winning, bestselling, Christian and inspirational author of more than 13 novels. She was born in Minnesota; raised in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio as a child; and as an adult, has lived in Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio again, and Florida, before settling in beautiful, rural Kentucky near many horse farms in the countryside bordering Louisville. She and her husband of more than 20 years chose to make their home in Kentucky where the rich heritage, scenic area, local culture and history, along with her faith, are a constant source of inspiration for many of Lisa’s books. Together, they have five children, grown.
Lisa writes in the genres of both Historical Christian Romance and Contemporary Christian Romance novels, including a multi-author, Contemporary Western Christian Romance series, “Whispers in Wyoming” with Danni Roan, Kari Trumbo, and Rachel Skatvold. She is also the author of a devotional. She enjoys sharing her faith through her writing.
She has many interests, but a few of these include gardening, cooking, sketching, arts and crafts, sewing, crochet, cross stitch, scrapbooking, reading, swimming, biking, and walking. She loves dollhouses, cats, horses, butterflies, hats, boots, flip-flops, espadrilles, chocolate, coffee, tea, chocolate, the colors peach and purple, and everything old-fashioned. She adopted the slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl” because of her love for classic, traditional, and old-fashioned everything. When she isn’t writing, she can sometimes be found teaching herself piano and violin, but humorously finds the process “a bit slow and painful.” A few of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. You’ll find “food, fashion, fun, and faith” in Lisa’s novels.
She continues the joy and adventure of sharing her faith through her writing journey as a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and LCW (Louisville Christian Writers). Lisa’s books are clean and wholesome, inspirational, and family oriented. She gives a generous portion of the proceeds to missions.
You can find out more about this author at www.LisaPrysock.com where you’ll find free recipes, devotionals, author video interviews and book trailers, giveaways, blog posts, and much more, including an invitation to sign up for her free newsletter.
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