3 Questions Wednesday with Susan Neal

downloadHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Susan Neal. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Susan:  I have several unfinished manuscripts. They were from my early years of writing when I did not know God’s specific calling (or genre) for my writing career. I attempted to write these books before I attended writers’ conferences or joined a Word Weaver Christian Writer Critique group. So I really didn’t know what I was doing.

The first unfinished book was a young adult (YA) historical fiction about the biblical character, Daniel. The second was a YA Star Wars Bible Study.  As I learned more about writing, I realized how much I needed to learn. It reminded me of my relationship with God; the closer I got to Him I realized the further away I was.

Ultimately, I put writing fiction on the back burner because I had so much to learn. I thought I will write nonfiction; it is much easier. So I did. Now I self-published my sixth book, Healthy Living Series: 3 Books in 1.

So glad you found your niche 🙂 Now about advice…

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Susan: I would attend writers’ conferences and join a Christian writing group earlier than what I did. I was writing for years before I attended either. Conferences provide an opportunity to learn about the writing craft, but more than that, we meet other people who are struggling writers like ourselves.

A writers group provides a monthly opportunity for us to have our work critiqued and to meet with like-minded individuals. Writing is a lonely career and many people in our own family do not understand it. The members of my two writers’ groups are near and dear to my heart. We encourage and pray for each other. I am surprised that I have become very close friends with many of them.

 What a great asset for writers. Last question:

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

SusanIt is difficult to figure out the specific genre that we are called to write in. For me I started with fiction and moved to nonfiction. I had so many different things I could write about (parenting, YA fiction, hospice, Scripture Yoga™). I didn’t know which one to pursue. Figuring out God’s calling for your writing is essential. For me, I experienced much rejection until I figured this out. I wrote about my journey in this Suite T blog post “Finding Your Writing Path Through Rejection.”

Great Advice! Thanks so much for dropping by!

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Determine the root causes and solutions for your ill health or excessive weight so you can
experience a more abundant life and feel good again.

Healthy Living Series: 3 Books in 1 contains the following three books:  7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates provides a day-by-day plan to wean your body off these addictive products and regain your health. The changes in your eating habits will start your lifestyle journey to the abundant life Jesus wants you to experience, not a life filled with disease and poor health.

Christian Study Guide for 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates provides a group
experience to help implement the plans in 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates.
Accountability and encouragement improve your chance for success as you learn to become a healthy steward of the resources you’ve been given.

Healthy Living Journal will help you make and maintain healthy lifestyle changes. Have you tried to decrease your weight and improve your health without success? Don’t allow frustration to take over. During the next six weeks, commit to spend a few minutes daily recording your eating choices and how your body responds to solve your personal health puzzle. Take this journey to recover your health and achieve all the blessings the Lord has in store for you.


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Susan’s mission is to improve the health of the body of Christ. She has her RN and MBA degrees, as well as a master’s in health science. She is a Certified Christian Health and Wellness Coach with the American Association of Christian Counselors. Please check out her brand new
website is SusanUNeal.com.

Her book 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates won the Selah award. The sequels, Christian Study Guide for 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates and Healthy Living Journal were published in 2018. In January 2019, Susan released a mega book, Healthy Living Series: 3 Books in 1 which includes the previous three titles. With this book, readers get three books for the price of two. Reboot your metabolism with Susan’s free 7-Day Challenge. This guide provides step-by-step instructions regarding what you should do to increase your energy level and clarity of mind. It is written from a Christian perspective to access God’s power to make lifestyle changes.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Eric Landfried

head shotWelcome to our latest edition of 3 Questions Wednesday, and say hello to Eric Landfried.   Eric’s first novel, Solitary Man, just released this month!

Let’s get started… First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Eric: That’s such a tough question since for a book-lover, having to choose a favorite author is kind of like having to choose your favorite child. I have many favorites like Neil Gaiman, Elmore Leonard, Kurt Vonnegut, and Flannery O’Connor, but the one I consistently adore would have to be Mark Twain. I just recently revisited A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and it’s still a brilliant bit of literature. Twain was a master at social commentary and proves it here as well as in Huckleberry Finn. Add his sharp and often hilarious wit to that, and you’ve got an all around enjoyable read. He’s easily the author whose work I re-read the most.

I Image result for heartMark Twain.  Now here’s an interesting question—

If you could write about anything or anyone fiction/nonfiction, who or what would you write about?

Eric:  I’m fascinated by the story of Robert Smalls. I first learned about him on an episode of Drunk History, of all places. He was a slave who freed himself and many others by stealing a Confederate ship and sailing it into Union-held waters. His actions inspired Abraham Lincoln to accept black soldiers into the Union army, and after the Civil War, Smalls became a politician, representing South Carolina in the US House of Representatives. I’ve longed for someone to turn his life’s story into a book or movie, but I doubt I ever would since I know some folks out there would have a problem with a white man like me writing the story of a Civil War-era African American. I’m sure Smalls’ story will inspire someone someday.Robert_Smalls_-_Brady-Handy

How interesting…I have never heard of him before. Great idea.  Last question—

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book, who would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Eric: After three years writing and editing Solitary Man, so I’ve already spent a lot of time with the characters. And so I’ll choose a character from another book. I’m in the home stretch of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and I think the youngest of the three brothers, Alexei “Alyosha” Karamazov would be a fascinating character to have a conversation with. He’s a kind and compassionate soul who loves God and his family, despite his father being a reprobate and despite the obvious faults of his brothers: the passionate, impulsive Dimitri, and the clinical, insensitive Ivan. I think he’d be an amazing person to chat with about life, theology, and culture. I know a conversation seems kind of a boring as a choice of event, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be boring for me. He’s one of the most well-written characters I’ve ever read.

Great choice 🙂  Thanks, Eric, for visiting us at 3 Questions Wednesday, and allowing our readers to know you better.

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Solitary Man

Solitary Man hi-resTen years after a brutal war, cannibals and humans fight over the pieces of a hardscrabble existence. Former Navy SEAL Doyle has been prowling the broken remnants of a devastated America for years. Alone in an armored bus loaded with weapons and supplies, he’s grateful for his solitude. Being alone makes it easier to survive, as others can become liabilities. But when a vicious cannibal attack leaves Doyle in need of fuel and repairs, he has no choice but to venture into the nearest settlement.

Jonathan has been pastoring a small church in that same settlement, and when he meets Doyle, he sees an opportunity to expand his ministry. Cannibals have kept everyone from traveling, but Doyle’s armored transport brings hope to Jonathan and his church. The two men strike a mutually beneficial bargain, but neither of them realizes this journey will change them both in ways they could never have imagined as Doyle’s unbelief collides with Jonathan’s faith.

As they look to establish churches in other settlements, they battle cannibals, militant atheists, and a mysterious super soldier with dark secrets. Solitary Man is a gritty, action-packed post-apocalyptic story with a solid, Biblical worldview.


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I was thirteen years old when I realized I was a writer. Once I had this realization, I grabbed a spiral notebook and began filling it with all the stories bumping around in my head. I was young and inexperienced, and therefore terrible, but the ideas kept coming and I kept improving as a writer. As a shy and withdrawn kid living in West Virginia, writing became the best outlet to express myself, and I exploited it as much as I could.
As an adult, I wrote less frequently, usually due to my procrastinating nature, but the ideas never went away. Many of them are still with me, waiting for me to introduce them to the world. And now, someone has looked at my writing and deemed it worthy of investing time, money and effort in order to share it with the masses. I now live in New Hampshire with my wife Kristen and my son Nathan. I’m excited to begin a new chapter in my life that involves doing something I’ve always loved. There’s never been a moment that I felt like I wasn’t a writer, but the journey of a writer is often discouraging more than it is encouraging. This means I’m eternally grateful for this opportunity to share my thoughts and ideas with you. Thank you for your interest and support.

3 Questions Wednesday with Allison Wells

Allison-Wells-3Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Allison Wells to the Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Allison.

Who is your favorite author?

I would have to say that my favorite author is Liz Curtis Higgs. I first read her novel Thorn in my Heart years ago and was fascinated with how she told a story. I was so enthralled with how she worked a Biblical story (that of Jacob, Leah & Rachel, in this case) into a work of fiction set in 18th century Scotland. I’ve read all of her novels and all of her Bad Girls of the Bible books, and have been fortunate enough to have emailed back and forth with her a bit as well.

Ms. Higgs is a true inspiration for any first time author and I would call myself extremely blessed to have one fourth the success and reach she has.

She is one of my picks also 🙂  Next…

If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

I have been fascinated with the story of Esther from the Bible for over fifteen years. I have read numerous books, both fiction and non, about her life. I would love to write book after book about her life, each with a different angle. Did she ever fall in love with Xerxes? How did she feel about being chosen? Was her stomach in her throat as she approached her husband? There are so many angles, one could get lost in them for a lifetime.hand-3248672__340

The story of Esther is such a wonderful read.  Love this idea! Last question…. 

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I would love to spend the day with Grace Walker. She’s the mother of my main character, Abby. Grace was born at the turn of the twentieth century, married young, and has birthed seven children. Maybe her life seems a little mundane, but she’s seen a lot in her lifetime.
Grace’s character isn’t explored too deeply in War-Torn Heart, but she’s a wonderful woman I’d like to get to know better while sitting on her front porch with a glass of sweetened iced tea. I think we would just tell stories back and forth all day while watching our little world float by.

Sounds like an a great day.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Abigail Walker, a young woman from rural South Carolina, is on the cusp of womanhood, aching to be able to run wild as the younger children do, yet yearning for things she has yet to understand.

Awkward and unsure of herself, Abby is flustered when she meets Harvey Nicholas, the nephew of a family at her church and a cadet from Clemson College. As summer begins, Abby finds herself constantly in the company of Harvey and falling quickly in love with him.

As rumors of war begin to reach the States, Abby begins to fear what may come for her older brother and Harvey. Once Pearl Harbor is bombed, the boys are eager to protect their home and the women they love. But will Abby and Harvey’s love be able to withstand distance, rumors, loss, and hurt? Or will the war be what tears apart Abby’s heart?

War-Torn Heart is a Kleenex-box book with a story of hope, of love, and of perseverance through World War II, which will make readers cry, scream, and long for more.


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Allison Wells
Allison is a graduate of Clemson University and she has lived in the Upstate for twenty years. She is married and has four amazing children. Allison is a freelance writer for a number of Upstate publications, but is usually found taking her children from one activity to another. War-Torn Heart is her first book.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Julie Arduini

July2018Good morning! It’s my pleasure to welcome author, Julie Arduini, to the Inspired Prompt. Good morning, Julie.

Who is your favorite author?

This is a hard one! I have to say the one constant where each book is a homerun for me as a reader is Susan May Warren. She creates characters and conflicts that I can’t get enough of. I love her work.

I would struggle picking a favorite too.  Next question…

If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

These two ideas come from loved ones and I honestly don’t know how I could pull these ideas off, but here you go….one fiction idea a loved one wishes I’d write is in the Amish genre, covering a story line that includes the real journey Amish families often take to Mexico for healthcare. The second would also be fiction and would tell the story of a family and the impact of using a donor and finding (half) siblings who also used the same donor.

I enjoy all things Amish. Their way of life is so interesting.  Now for your last question.

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I think because I just finished her story and I related to her, it would be Lena Calloway from You’re Amazing. She’s a mentor in the Linked ministry but by no means does she have a perfect life. That’s part of her problem, she feels ill-equipped to mentor because her life isn’t perfect. She’s completely overwhelmed as a mom and struggles because others inject their opinions about her motherhood, causing more self-doubt. I was part of MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, as a mom and a mentor and I know those early years are confidence killers if you allow it. I’d take Lena out for coffee and just let her vent. I’d encourage her and build her up and make sure she knew I was available. If there’s a mom who can relate, I hope you check out MOPS. It was a lifesaver for me!

MOPS is a fantastic program. Julie, we’re so glad you stopped by to visit. Come back soon…

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Book 2, Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’

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A middle schooler and her mentor, a mom of young boys, realize they both have a lot to learn when they come across criticism.

Jazmin’s a natural at dance until a series of changes make her wonder if she should even keep up with her favorite hobby.

Lena’s a mom with young children overwhelmed with her schedule when a woman remarks that what Lena does isn’t even important.

Both Jazmin and Lena belong to Linked, a mentoring ministry where all ages encourage each other and build friendships.

Can these two surrender the lies they are believing and realize they are amazing?

A novella for tweens, teens, and women of all ages by mother and daughter team Julie Arduini and Hannah Arduini.

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Releases eBook Format February 4. Print Format February 2019.

 


Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past, and ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY.

Her latest release, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah. A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER is a boxed set featuring Julie and some of the authors from the Inspy Romance blog that will be available for pre-order mid-September. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance.

She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at Juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

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A Love Most Worthy by Sandra Ardoin

sandra ardoin_headshot1Good morning, dear reader! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. I’m excited to have author Sandra Ardoin with me this morning. Sandra is talking about the writing process. Let’s begin!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Sandra:  Thanks so much for having me!

I’m a wife and an empty-nester mom who began writing in the mid-80s. It wasn’t until about ten years ago that I began writing novels. I haven’t looked back.

I’m a couch coach for the Carolina Panthers. (No, they don’t listen to or pay me.) Give me something to read or watch with some mystery/suspense and I’m happy. Or, you can take me out to eat.

What do you love most about the writing process?

SandraI love the creativity in taking an idea, scenes in my head, or dialog and fashioning (hopefully) quality stories others want to read. Most fiction writers just want to write, but there are so many responsibilities a writer has that have nothing to do with creating a fictional story.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Sandra:  I will admit, way too many half-finished books lounge around in my computer. In fact, that’s my word for this year: Finish. I’ve tasked my critique partner with keeping me accountable. She’s to scold me harshly if I start a project without finishing the previous one.

I also have a number of finished but unpublished stories. I have three published books: The Yuletide Angel, A Reluctant Melody, and A Love Most Worthy. The latter released this week.

If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?

Sandra:  Don’t be fooled by what you think a writer’s life is like. Don’t think you’ll write something “brilliant” and it will automatically be published. Writing for publication is filled with a constant learning of the craft, constant editing and more rewriting, rejection, and taking on tasks you never imagined were part of the career, like marketing and a knowledge of technology.

Do persevere! You’ll eventually be glad you did.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Sandra: 

  • Thinking it’s easy to write and publish (see the previous answer). 
  • Waiting until they’re ready to submit their work before starting on a platform.
  • Not writing on a regular basis but when they feel they can make time.
  • Submitting too soon, before the work is ready.
  • Caving in the face of rejection. We ALL get rejections.

What does literary success look like to you?

Sandra:  It looks like a couple of things.

  1. My mission statement reads: “To write fiction that is both entertaining and provides the reader with insight into God’s grace and forgiveness.” If I achieve that, I’ve achieved the most important success.
  2. On an everyday life note, it’s earning enough to afford to make more books available.

Future Projects or WIP you can talk about?

Sandra:  At the moment, I’m working on a historical romance Christmas novella. I have long-term plans for it but will tackle one thing at a time.

Great advice and thanks for stopping by today!

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A Love Most Worthy 

almw - ardoinShe didn’t know which was colder,

           an Arctic winter or her new husband’s heart.

Hallie Russell believes life should be lived to the fullest. For that reason, she sails to the gold rush town of Nome, Alaska to take her cousin’s place as the mail-order bride of a respected shopkeeper. But when her aloof husband’s wedding-night announcement rocks her plans for their marriage, Hallie sees her desire for a family to call her own vanish as quickly as the dreams of hopeful miners.

Tragedy led Rance Preston to repent of his rowdy ways and open a general store for the miners in Nome. He’s content in his bachelorhood, but his two orphaned nephews deserve a proper and serious-minded mother. Duped once by a vivacious female, he’s determined to never again let his heart overrule his head…until the high spirits of his new bride threaten his resolve.

When a misunderstanding comes to light, will they allow the gale force winds of insecurity to destroy what they each need most?


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As an author of heartwarming and award-winning historical romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she’s also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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