3 Questions Wednesday with Kelly Irvin

KellyIrvin_NewPhoto_0820172Happy Wednesday! It’s my pleasure to welcome author Kelly Irvin to Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Kelly. Can you describe yourself in 3 words?

Creative. Faithful. Introverted.

Perfect words to describe a writer. Next question…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

This is a timely topic! I’m getting ready to write a proposal for a new Amish romance series for my publisher. The location is the oldest and most remote Amish community in Montana. It’s a difficult trip for me because of physical disabilities. I’d love to be able to spend a week in that region, seeing the mountains, visiting the nearby state park and lake, and interviewing some of the personnel involved in fighting the wildfires. It’s difficult to write a series if you’re not familiar with the setting. You get a lot from the Internet, but it’s not the same as seeing it with your own eyes. You absorb so many more details.  It’s a remote location in far northwest Montana so I’m sure the travel will be expensive. Those are challenges writers have to consider when selecting locations for their series. It would be fun and beautiful, though!

Your description makes me want to pack my bags. 🙂 But first…

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Eeks. This is hard!  “Standing Outside the Fire,” performed by Garth Brooks.

Ah… a choice to play it safe or give it all you got. Kelly, thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here at Inspired Prompt.

Readers, Kelly is offering a hard copy of her book (United States only) to one commenter.

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BeneathTheSummerSun_CVR (002)Jennie Troyer knows it’s time to remarry. Can she overcome a painful secret and open her heart to love?

It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to marry again for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is that grief isn’t holding her back from a new relationship. Fear is. A terrible secret in her past keeps her from moving forward.

Mennonite book salesman Nathan Walker stops by Jennie’s farm whenever he’s in the area. Despite years of conversation and dinners together, she never seems to relax around him. He knows he should move on, but something about her keeps drawing him back.

Meanwhile, Leo Graber nurtures a decades-long love for Jennie, but guilt plagues him—guilt for letting Jennie marry someone else and guilt for his father’s death on a hunting trip many years ago. How could anyone love him again—and how could he ever take a chance to love in return?

In this second book in the Every Amish Season series, three hearts try to discern God’s plan for the future—and find peace beneath the summer sun.


KellyIrvin_NewPhoto_0820172Two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist Kelly Irvin is the author of the critically acclaimed Amish of Bee County, Bliss Creek Amish, and New Hope Amish series. Her newest release is Beneath the Summer Sun, the second novel in the four-book series Every Amish Season from Zondervan Publishing. Her work has also appeared in four Amish anthologies, An Amish Market, An Amish Summer, An Amish Christmas Love, and An Amish Christmas. Kelly is a retired newspaper reporter and public relations professional who lives with her husband in Texas. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two ornery cats.

3 Questions Wednesday with Ginger Solomon

Good morning, dear reader. Today we welcome author Ginger Solomon to Inspired Prompt. Ginger is offering one commenter an e-copy of One Choice. Stay tuned to find out more.

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Good morning, Ginger. Can you describe yourself in three words?

Organized. Average. Friendly.

A great combination.  Next question…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

eilean-donan-castle-665549_1920Scotland. I’ve had a fascination with Scotland for many years. I’d love to travel all around the country, checking out the castles. I love castles. I love the Scottish accent. I do not love haggis. At least I don’t think I would love it as I’ve never tried it and have no intention of doing so. 😊

Ha! I’m with you on loving the land and the accents, but I don’t think I would enjoy anything that contains a sheep’s lung. For your last question…

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

I’m not good with song names, but two come to mind. It was a toss-up, really. I just couldn’t decide between Don’t Worry, Be Happy or Amazing Grace. LOL

I like that, Ginger. If we’re saved by His amazing grace, we can lay aside worry and be happy. J

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One Choice finalCahri Michaels is American by birth, but Belikarian by choice. Being selected to participate in the Bridal March forces her to give up the independent life she’s created for herself. She’s not ready to be anyone’s wife, much less to a man she doesn’t know.

Prince Josiah Vallis despises the centuries-old tradition—the Bridal March—that is forcing him to choose a wife from fifty women. Why does it matter that he’s twenty-five and still single?

When Cahri and Josiah meet, passion ignites. Will it spark a godly love that can see them through or will they be burned, never to be the same?


Ginger 6 - brightenedGinger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer—in that order (mostly). She writes or reads inspirational romance of any genre, and if she’s busy homeschooling, doing laundry, or fixing dinner, books are on her mind. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and blogs regularly for InspyRomance.com and at gingersolomon.com.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Carole Brown

Today, it is my pleasure to welcome author Carole Brown to 3 Questions Wednesday. Good morning, Carole. Can you describe yourself in three words?

Carole BrownCaring. Determined. Author.

I like that. It takes determination to become an author.  🙂 Next question…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

A secluded Island. Why? I’m in love with the ocean and islands period. Warm breezes and clear, turquoise water. Relaxed atmosphere. Simple living. Plenty of time to write, muse, enjoy being with family and friends and explore. What more could be asked?BeachStamp

Maybe an instrument. 🙂 But a warm and sunny place sounds divine. Now, here’s your last question.

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Hubby and I have always loved Kenny Roger’s Through the Years. It says a lot for a song and fits our life perfectly. How fortunate we were when God brought us together. Tough times? Of course, but God saw us through. Misunderstandings? Plenty. We’re works of progress. Adventures? Oh, my, not enough space and time to tell all. Still in love? Definitely!

I love that song, Carole. Thank you for being with us today.

Readers, Carole is willing to give away a book (reader’s choice of print or kindle in states; outside of states, kindle only).

 

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Both rebels in their own way, Josie and Jerry Patterson must figure out how to keep the other’s love…and keep the German enemy at bay.

She has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she’s scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Has another woman captured his heart?

Jerry has vowed to let Josie live her own glamourous life…especially after what happened in Germany. But when his wife’s life is threatened, Jerry realizes he can’t stand by and do nothing. Jerry has to risk all for the very soul and life of himself—Josie.

These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that leaning on God instead of their own selves and abilities is the only true way to love and happiness.


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Carole BrownBesides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

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The Confession of Tobias Tucker by Sherri Stone

Sherri's pictureGood morning, readers. Today, we’re excited to welcome Sherri Stone, author of The Confession of Tobias Tucker.

Hello, Sherri. Here’s your first question.

Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Well you can chalk this up to just the tiniest little bit of OCD, but I have a hard time writing if my work area is messy, so I will usually straighten and organize just on and around my desk before I can focus on writing. It’s a double-edged sword, though. While it keeps my office organized and neat, it can also become an excuse for not writing. A more fun thing for me is that I keep a small drawer in my desk filled with Dove dark chocolate with almonds. Chocolate is this writer’s best friend and motivator. Write 500 words, eat a piece of chocolate.

I like this plan! Now, where did I put that chocolate?  🙂 Now…

What is the book about?

This book is Grace’s story. Before she was born, her father broke with his family over something terrible. It was so bad that he never spoke of it, even to her mother. Now her parents are gone and her grandfather (whom she has never met) asks her to visit him and help him make this terrible secret right again. The secret is much worse than she ever imagined and murder and kidnapping await her. Of course, the Sheriff becomes an unwilling ally, and they have more in common than they know. She goes from being a suspect in a double murder to a loose end that someone is trying hard to tie up.

Wow. Sounds like a stay-up-all-night story. So tell us…

What is your favorite part of the book?

There are a couple of places in the book that I really love, one of which is when Grace encounters an intruder in her home. She’s a tough chick and I love that about her.

Gotta love a strong female protagonist. No wimps here. 🙂

Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?

Not everyone is born into an Ozzie and Harriet kind of family. As my husband says, some of us are more Ozzie and Sharon. Grace struggles with the terrible past of her family and wonders how she can possibly ever make up for it and make amends. Through the story she begins to learn that while she is not responsible for her family’s legacy, she does have a chance to change that legacy and begin a new one for her generation and those to follow. I would like for readers to get a sense of that in their own lives, that whatever has gone before, God is the God of healing, restoration, and making all things new. Sometimes we need to be set free from our past, and I’d like for readers to know that the very act of being set free is a testimony to what God can do – no matter how bad we think our past is.

That is a much-needed message in today’s world, Sherri.

Where can readers find you on line?

My website/blog is sherristone.net. I’m also on Facebook at facebook.com/sherrilynnestone.

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The Confession of Tobias Tucker

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Grace Tucker’s father took a dark secret to his grave. Now the grandfather she’s never met reaches out to her for help. He’ll tell her the secret – if she promises to help him make things right. It’s a temptation she can’t refuse, but before the sun sets on her first day there, heart-stopping revelations and murder turn her visit into a nightmare. Everyone, including the Sheriff, thinks she’s after her grandfather’s money. Worse, she doesn’t know the secret, but someone out there isn’t taking any chances. They’re determined to bury the secret once and for all, and Grace along with it. With her life and sanity on the line, the wise, old saying comes back to haunt her with a twist: be careful what you wish for, it just might get you.


 

Sherri's pictureSherri has been a social worker for twenty-five years in the fields of mental health, hospice, and now home health. She and her husband, Jeff, are working on their house, a never-ending project, and busy being the keepers of a very naughty terrier named Riley.  They live in the panhandle of Florida which is not nearly as warm as it should be at the moment. Looking forward to spring!!


 

Nonfiction: Inspired from Conception to Publication

Covering the nonfiction genre in one post is impossible. Instead, I chose to encourage and inspire you to seriously think about nonfiction. So let me ask you…

books, NarniaAre you a fiction writer or a nonfiction writer? Regardless, did you know that you can use fiction techniques to create a gripping story? For instance, nonfiction writers begin with voice, use compelling dialogue, and include a beginning, middle, and ending to ensure their readers an unforgettable experience.

Now, that I have your attention, here are different ways you can distribute your writing.

Magazine Articles
Do you know how to plant a perfect garden, repair a broken household sink, or cook mouth-watering apple pies? Well then, why not turn all your hard-earned wisdom into an article.

Newspaper columns
Are you a news junkie? Traveler? Foodie? Photographer? Newspapers are always looking for local talent. Share school activities, church socials,  neighborhood street parties, your destinations and experiences.

Anthology
If you’re not ready to tackle your own book, why not collaborate with other writers. Chicken Soup for the Soul is a perfect example of collaboration. Submit your story, and if chosen it’s published as part of a collection. Be sure to check their guidelines before submitting.

Books
This includes memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, self-help, travel guides, cookbooks, photography, and devotionals, just to name a few.

As you can see, there are many aspects to consider. Let’s take a moment and talk about the writing process.

Getting Started

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Ideas– Everything begins with an idea. The problem is we may lose the inspiration if we don’t capture the moment. Always carry something to catch the unexpected. When I don’t have pen and paper, I use my phone (Samsung Note 5). It has a pen (And you know how much I love pen and paper). Or if I can’t write, I can record my thoughts using the recorder app.

Research-How will you gather your info? Consider using interviews, online articles, library visits, or an experiment in your own kitchen. No matter where your investigation leads, record and date your facts. This will save you hours of time and frustration when you begin writing.

Write-Look over your notes. Decide what you will say and in what order you will say it. Write the article without editing. Read it. Edit. Revise. Rewrite. Repeat until it’s the best it can be.

Submissions-Finding a place for your story can be harder than writing your story. But there are a few books that can help you find a home for your idea. The 2018 editions of The Christian Writers Market Guide and  Writers Market Guide are treasure troves of potential publishers.

In today’s world, we have so many options in publishing. Why not take a chance? Spread your wings and ride the wind. Who knows where the gusts will take you!

Writing Prompt: Take one of your ideas and think it through from conception to publication. Make a to-do list and check off each one as you finish it. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.

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