3 Questions Wednesday with Leila Tualla

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Leila Tualla

Leila Tualla is a Filipino American writer, and author of a Christian YA contemporary romance, Love, Defined. She can be seen drinking copious amounts of caffeine while chasing after two miracle babies. She is a 2-time Preeclampsia Survivor, and online Advocate.
When she’s not writing about her Preeclampsia journey or chasing after her tiny “Mexipino” bosses, she can also be found buried in books.

Thanks for joining us today, Leila. Here’s the first question:

What inspires you?

Leila: My family inspires me to be better person. Children are our legacies, and I want to be remembered for my kindness by the actions of the little loves I left behind.

What a wonderful outlook and goal. Next question–

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Leila: I would be lavender. It’s pretty, and sweet, and unassuming. It’s not bold and loud like purple, but there’s just something about that color that makes you pause…at least, I’d like to think so. I can be shy around people, but I’ve been told that even though I would swear I blended in with the background, people seem to remember me. Of course, how many Leila’s do people meet on a daily basis?

Nice. I read that a “lavender” person is usually creative, charming, witty and civilized. What do you think? Comments, anyone? Last question–

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Leila: I wanted to be a teacher just so I could give stickers and write in pretty colored pens!

Cute!

Readers–Leila is offering a signed copy of her book, Love Defined–so comment to win! As usual, if we have lots of comments, we’ll draw for the winner and let you know. Here’s more about the book:

Love Defined by Leila Tualla

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In their final summer before graduating college, three childhood friends expect an uncomplicated transition to adulthood…but learn they all still have some growing up to do.

Alex Makapulo is facing a crisis of faith.

Raised a Catholic, Alex is considering becoming a member of her best friend Jack Page’s church—against her family’s wishes—but she can’t quite take the final step of baptism. Jack loves Alex and doesn’t understand her hesitation, and Alex wonders if Jack’s love is a blessing or a distraction to test her religious conviction.

Lori Hanson embarks on the trip of a lifetime.

For her twenty-second birthday, Lori’s grandfather presents her with a summer vacation in England. While preparing for her adventure, she meets British musician Colin Watson online and quickly falls for him. They plan to hook up when she lands in London, but her grandfather forbids it. Due to complicated family dynamics, Lori must regretfully comply with his wishes, though she vows never to forgive him.

Andy Taylor is looking for love in all the wrong places.

When Andy runs into an old crush, she decides she wants a more meaningful relationship with sexy Miles Webber. But when she confides in Alex, her friend warns her Miles only wants her for sex. Andy becomes angry and devises a reckless plan to distract Alex’s attention from her relationship. Things don’t go quite as she expected, though, and Andy is left facing a crushing moral dilemma.

As the summer unfolds, three young women learn love and faith go hand in hand, not everything is black and white, and sometimes in a fast-paced world you have to slow down, breathe a little, and find your own definition of love.

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Leila Tualla reads various novels, and her book reviews can be found at www.leilatualla.com/bookshelf.  She is currently working on a memoir about her Preeclampsia journey, 2-time NICU hospital experiences, bouts with anxiety, and postpartum depression, tentatively titled, “Preeclampsia can SUCK it.”

More places to find Leila:
www.facebook.com/leilatuallam
www.instagram.com/leilatualla
www.twitter.com/leilatualla


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3 Questions with Betty Thomason Owens

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday on Thursday!

It’s standing room only at 3 Questions Wednesday! We double-booked again, so we’re catching up with a Thursday post.

Today I get to interview a very close friend–Me! I’m so excited to see how I will answer our 3 Questions. So without further ado–

Let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Betty:  Sunshine—oh, and rain. Storms. And noise. I like noise when I write. I’ve always had this ability to close myself off, and noise actually helps. A movie in the background helps me get into the flow of writing. Unless there’s music. Music distracts me. I end up singing–that’s not a good thing.

You’re inspired by many things. I think we agree on the sunshine. Sunshine energizes me. Can’t wait to see how you answer this next question–

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Betty:  Hang on…I’m picturing myself as a crayon. Well, I would have to be cherry red. I absolutely love that color. Except that it makes me hungry for cherries. Or cherry pie.

Wow, I love cherry red, too. It’s MY favorite color. Red is the color of strength, health, and vitality. And cherries are so good for you! So, last question–

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Betty: The first thing I remember wanting to be was a cowgirl. Which is funny, because I was terrified of horses. The only horses I’d ever been around were my grandparents’ big work horses. One of them, named Henry, loved to bite. I had nightmares about those horses. But I so loved watching Roy Rogers westerns with my dad, so, I guess that’s where I got the idea in my head. I wanted to be Dale Evans. And I just aged myself really badly with the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans comment. Oh well. Anyone else remember campy Saturday westerns?

Ha Ha! I can place those in the late fifties, early sixties–I know how ancient you are, or rather–how “mature” you are. With age comes maturity, usually, though judging by your answers…

Click to tweet: Fun author interview with Betty Thomason Owens.  

All right, time to get serious. Betty has a brand new book coming out! We have waited long for this one. And I’m excited to tell you, she is willing to give away one of those, either a print book, or Kindle–winner’s choice.

Leave a comment for a chance to win!

Here’s more information about the book:


Sutter’s Landing

Still reeling from tragic losses, Connie and Annabelle Cross face life with their signature humor and grace, until fresh hope arrives on their doorstep.

In early spring of 1955, Annabelle Cross and her daughter-in-law, Connie have nearly made it through the first winter on their own. Then the skies open up as West Tennessee and much of the south endures one of the worst floods in history. As many of their neighbors endure losses due to the flooding, Annabelle and Connie sit tight on dry ground.

As spring gives way to summer, Annabelle begins to dread Connie’s upcoming marriage and removal to Sutter’s Landing. Though she’s happy to note the growing affection between Alton Wade and her daughter-in-law, their marriage means Annabelle will be on her own for the first time in her life.

Connie’s doubts increase when Alton’s bigoted brother Jensen uses every opportunity to drive a wedge between them. Is she doing the right thing? Did she move too quickly? Unexpected summer visitors and anticipation of a new neighbor provide diversion and open possibilities for both Annabelle and Connie.

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Betty Thomason Owens is a multi-published, award-winning author of historical fiction, and fantasy-adventure. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and serves as vice-president/secretary of the Louisville area group. She’s a mentor, assisting other writers, and a co-founder of a blog dedicated to inspiring writers. She also serves on the planning committee of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference.

Her writing credits include a 20’s era romance, Amelia’s Legacy (2014), Carlotta’s Legacy (2016) Books 1 & 2, Legacy Series from Write Integrity Press (WIP), and the Grace-Award-winning Annabelle’s Ruth (2015), and Sutter’s Landing (2017), Books 1 & 2, Kinsman Redeemer Series, also from WIP. She has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale BooksTM, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell PressTM.

You can find me…uh…her…online in the following places–

Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Instagram and Amazon Author Central.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Liz Galvano

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Liz.

Liz Galvano (Harshberger) has been writing since she was a little girl. Her stories combine old style adventure and romance with a dash of humor. She loves family, food, animals, and all things Italian. Liz lives with her husband Jeff, two rambunctious dogs, two entitled cats, and a horse who thinks she’s a princess.

According to her website, Liz grew up in a loving Italian family with four brothers and a sister. They spent long hours in the kitchen and filled their home with lots of love, laughter, fights, and makeups. She’s been a golf professional, a radio personality, a youth pastor (with her husband), and a counselor. What an interesting background. So let’s see how she answered our 3 questions.

What inspires you?

Liz:  I get the best inspiration from three things:

  1. Nature – often great ideas come while I’m on horseback, out in the middle of nowhere. There’s just something about the sun on my face and the smell of earth. A horse is a great companion for discovery and inner-reflection.
  2. Cooking/baking. I’m Italian American so I grew up basically in the kitchen. I love to draw from my experiences as a child, familiar smells and sounds and recipes do that for me.
  3. Music. If you find me in the kitchen, I’ll be playing my music. Andrea Bocelli, Ill Volo, and stuff from my growing up days, such as Perry Como, Dean Martin and Al Martino. “When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie….” Music most definitely gets my creative juices going.

Sounds amazing, especially the Italian cookery. Suddenly I’m hungry for marinara sauce. Second question–

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Liz: Sunshine State Yellow! I love the sunshine and I LOVE Florida. Bright sunny days with a balmy breeze in contrast to a turquoise sea…. What more could you want?

Yellow is the color of happiness–which definitely reminds me of sunny days. I love the picture you created there.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Liz: A story teller! I love to make up a tale. My favorite story teller is C.S. Lewis.

I was a storyteller when I was a kid, but it wasn’t a good thing. 🙂 Looks like you had a great start in life. C.S. Lewis is one of the best.

Click to tweet: Fun author interview with Liz Galvano. #WriterWednesday #amwriting

Her books– Messina, Book 1, The Casa Bella Chronicles. Book 2, Anna Lucia, will be out this month.

You can find out more about them and purchase the books from Liz, or at Amazon.com.

Here’s more information about the book:

Messina by Liz Galvano

Ominous words from the stone-faced physician at the temporary hospital greet her: “Welcome to hell, Miss James.” No description could be more accurate. Earthquake, tsunami, and fire have razed Messina, Sicily. In a single night in 1909, one hundred thousand people never wake up. Physician Lucille James is determined to help despite horrendous conditions, almost non-existent medical supplies, and the opposition of the medical community she worked so hard to join. Giovanni Castello, the man facing her now, stands as her biggest opponent. Surrounded by blood and death and pushed to the edge of exhaustion, Lucille relies on God as her only option. When God gives a gift, after all, a person must use it. Will she have the strength, courage, and faith to do so?

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Saving the Old-fashioned Way

by Betty Owens

I have a confession to make–I’m not a coupon-cutter. I tend to be overwhelmed by the whole process. Even after spending time and energy cutting out coupons, I forget I have them. They turn to clutter in my purse.

I know this is probably offensive to some of you, but there it is. I’m not proud of it.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t save money, because I do. I do it in my own way. Yes, I use those little cards I get in the mail from a certain department store. And I cash in on their extra savings with a credit card I pay off every time I use it.

How I save the most money is in itself another confession, I suppose. How I save:  I don’t spend. I’m a little bit miserly. When I need something, I think of fifteen excuses why I don’t really need it, and how I can live without it.

I also believe in the piggy-bank method, only I don’t have an actual piggy bank, I have a savings account. I use that to pay for things that are difficult to find the money for in our sometimes very tight  budget.

And I have a penny jar, but the penny jar has more than pennies. It holds whatever I find in the bottom of my purse. Quarters, dimes, nickels…these usually end up as an annual gift to a ministry through our church. Every penny counts.

So now that you know the ugly truth–but wait–I’m a miser who actually gives away things. Hmm…does that offset my miserly instincts? I’m not a total Scrooge, I promise. I do love spending money on others.

I think I came by this naturally. My mother has the same tendencies. She lived through many difficult circumstances, saved green stamps and quality stamps. That’s how we got our toaster oven and hand mixer, among other things. When Dad was in the Navy, she lived off a sack of potatoes for the entire month so she could afford to pay for formula.

I do like to grow things and make things. I tend to cook from scratch, rather than depend on expensive mixes. I grow herbs in my flower bed to use in cooking, which saves a few dollars here and there. I re-purpose things. And I’ve learned many good uses for plain, white vinegar (thank you, Pinterest!).

So, in lieu of a writing prompt, let’s take a quick poll–


While we’re on the subject of savings, I have a new book due to release any day now. Sutter’s Landing, Kinsman Redeemer, Book 2, is the sequel to Grace Award-winner, Annabelle’s Ruth. For a limited time, you can pre-order the Kindle version for only $2.99. That’s a $2.00 savings. Click  on the book’s cover to read more about it.

I also have a 3 Questions Wednesday (on Thursday) interview coming up June 15, right here on the Writing Prompts blog.

At that time, I’ll offer a copy of the book to one commenter.  (Remember, even though I have miserly instincts, I love giving stuff away.) So, don’t be surprised if I give more than one. 🙂

Happy Savings!

Click to tweet: I’m a miser who actually gives away things.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Susan Holt Simpson

Susan Holt Simpson

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Susan Holt Simpson.

Susan Holt Simpson is a freelance writer who lives in Kentucky with her husband and three grown sons. When she’s not writing, she’s probably in the garden with a hoe or a camera in hand.

Susan has followed Christ since the age of ten, sometimes lagging behind and other times running ahead, but always safe in His love.

Question: What inspires you?

Susan:  Old things inspire me. A box of beat-up doorknobs, an antique wedding veil, or a bundle of letters from bygone days can conjure up all sorts of story ideas. Also, everyday natural beauty—sunsets and storm clouds, lightning bugs and birdsong—generates so many opportunities for wonder, which for me, often leads to inspiration.

I love combing through old things and wondering about where they came from, and who owned them. It’s an imagination feast!

Next question is a bit of fun–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Susan:  My crayon name would be Heavenly Blue. It’s the color of a high Kentucky sky on a summer day or the exact shade of my favorite summer vine, the Heavenly Blue Morning Glory.

Well, the blue spectrum suggests that you are soft, soothing, compassionate and caring. I love blue, especially that Kentucky sky.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Susan: I wanted to be whatever character I was reading at the time. For a while, I wanted to be a nurse, like Cherry Ames. Then I longed to solve mysteries like Nancy Drew. I even thought maybe, a very big maybe, I could be a jockey and ride a Black Stallion. As a writer, I’m still deeply inspired by what I read and often grow in the same direction as the characters I admire.

I so seldom hear of others who’ve read Cherry Ames. I loved those books and longed to be a candystriper like she was!

Susan: Thanks so much for this chance to visit with your readers!

Thank you, Susan, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

To learn more about Susan, visit her blog, Sweet Annabelle, or connect with her on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram.


Readers, Susan is a contributor to Michelle Medlock Adam’s book, Love and Care for the One and Only You. She is graciously giving this book (print version) to one among our commenters. Here are the details–

 

Love & Care For the One and Only You

What if we valued and cared for ourselves the way one does a masterpiece sculpted by a master artist? Each of us is a unique creation crafted by the ultimate Artist. When we realize that, how can we help but love and care for the body, mind, and heart God has given us?
Weekly encouragements along with practical tips and suggestions will help you love and care for yourself as your Creator intended.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Melissa Henderson

Melissa Henderson and her husband Alan live in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Friends and family call her “Mimi”.

Stories are constantly flowing through her mind. She can laugh at herself, and there are plenty of experiences in life that bring laughter and joy. That is why their family motto is “It’s Always A Story with the Henderson’s”.

Melissa schedules a time to write each day and is writing her first Christian inspirational fiction story.  She spiritually prepares for writing stories by praying first and asking God to give the words that He wants her to share with others.

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Melissa! Let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Melissa:  I am inspired by my faith. I am a child of God. His love and His mercies are new each day.  My family also inspires me. Our family is known for funny experiences. We are blessed with the ability to laugh at ourselves. I pray we all will draw closer to God each day.

I love that, Melissa. It’s evident that your faith in God is number one in your life–and humor is its own inspiration, isn’t it? It’s a survival tactic for me!

Next question–

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Melissa:  I would be “Playful Pink”. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, people started giving me items that were the color pink. Pink hats, scarves, socks, pencils, notepads, etc.  I have an upbeat playful personality and my favorite color is pink. Therefore, “Playful Pink” would be my crayon color and it would be bright pink.

Ooo, I like that! Goes right along with your earlier statement about humor. Now, last question–

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Melissa:  As a child, I wanted to be a teacher and a writer. My parents and teachers gave me a great love for reading and writing. Today, I am writing my first Christian fiction novel.

What a wonderful testimony of how God brings us full circle and grants the desires of our hearts.

Melissa, thanks for joining us today, and sharing so much of your heart and soul through your answers to our 3 Questions. I look forward to hearing from you in the future. May God bless your writing!

Coffee-loving readers–Melissa is giving away a $10 Starbucks card! Leave a comment below for a chance to win. Ask her a question, or just tell Melissa how much you love coffee! Wish I could enter. 🙂

Please visit Melissa’s blog at www.melissaghenderson.com


Join us next week as we welcome Susan Simpson Holt to 3 Questions Wednesday!

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Families and Children

by Betty Owens

May is the month we normally celebrate mothers. So we thought it would be a great time for us to discuss families and children at the Writing Prompts blog. I grew up in a large family. Well, my immediate family held only five members–I was the girl in the middle of two brothers–but we had seven first cousins and . . . well, Dad’s family might need a little explanation.

My paternal grandmother, Ada, married at age fourteen. Her husband Fred was only seventeen. Because of their youth, Fred and Ada lived with his family for a while. And because of her youth, his brothers and sisters became like brothers and sisters to her. A few years after their marriage, Grandma’s little brother Sam married Fred’s younger sister Lona.

Fred and Ada’s children and Sam and Lona’s children would be double first cousins. There were nine cousins between the two families, and they grew up like one big family. And of course, they all looked alike. You couldn’t always tell who were the brothers and sisters, and who were the cousins.

So, along comes the next generation. I had seven first cousins, and five more double-first-cousins once removed. There were more, but the first ones were the closest to all of us in age. We all grew up together, and shared a lot of family dinners. Because of this, I count myself very blessed.

Among all those original siblings were many fine examples of how to live, how to love, how to serve God. And what is most important in life—family. I had four mamas. Dad’s two sisters, Aunt Jen and Aunt Fran, Aunt Edna, who was married to Dad’s brother, and my mom. All of the cousins spent time in each other’s homes. We all knew we were loved.

As we aged, the love seemed to grow, and though we could no longer spend quite as much time in each other’s households, reunions and family dinners were just like old times. Lots of hugs and kisses and laughter. Happy memories abounded. I think we’re pretty special. I just wish I lived close enough, so my children could benefit more from the extended families.

Facebook brings us all back together again. Though miles separate us, we can share the ups and the downs, the births and deaths. The joy and sorrow. The love and accolades, prayer requests, and encouraging words. I’ve watched my cousins’ children and grandchildren grow. Now there are a few great-grands thrown in the mix. Hard to believe so much time has passed.

The happiest of all moments—when we realize our shared faith. You see, we all had a granny who prayed like nobody’s business. She called us all by name, and believed in faith for our eventual salvation. She died at the age of 96, and by the way—she was the head of the household that welcomed my fourteen-year-old grandma.

What about you? Are you part of a closely-knit, loving family? Or do you keep close to home with your own spouse and children, unconnected with extended family members?

Are you a single parent, or married with no children? In Psalm 68:6, the Bible says, “God sets the solitary in families…” I believe it’s possible to have a family, whether they’re blood-related or not. Aunt Fran—one of my Dad’s sisters—had no children of her own. But she had many who grew up loving her like a mama, because she loved so well, and treated us as she would her own.

In my writing, my byline, “Love is the Legacy,” is a direct result of having grown up in a big, loving family. If not for that sure foundation of love and acceptance, I would not be here today.

I hope you’ll stop back by during the month and join the conversation about families and children.

Click to tweet: Facebook brings us all back together again.

Writing Prompt: Our family reunion began well, but near the end of the day…

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