A Few Minutes with Author, Susan Neal

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 Meet Susan Neal

Susan U. Neal RN, MBA, MHS is the author of seven healthy living books. Her mission is to help others improve their health so they can serve God better. She is  a Certified Health and Wellness Coach with the American Association of Christian Counselors. I am also Certified Writer Coach with the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

My best-seller 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates, a Selah award winner, sold over 5000 copies in its first fourteen months. The sequel Christian Study Guide for 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates won the 2019 Directors Choice award. The third book in the Healthy Living Series, Healthy Living Journal, won the Golden Scrolls award “2019 Best Inspirational Gift Book.”

Connect with Susan on her website, SusanUNeal.com.

What do you love most about the writing process?

I enjoy several aspects of the writing process. First, I enjoy the research that goes into writing my healthy living books. I love to learn, and I take what I learn and put it onto the page in an understandable format for the reader. Another aspect of writing that I enjoy is attending Word Weaver writing groups so others can edit my submission. Their critiques improve my writing.

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

If I were serious about getting a book published, I would hire a professional editor. I called the director of a writer’s conference and asked her who she recommended. Since then all three of my books in my Healthy Living Series have won first place in contests. If I could have afforded it, I would have taken coaching lessons from the editor too.

What does literary success look like to you?

When my books help readers improve their health, that is success. Here is feedback from one of my readers:

“I can’t even begin to tell you how much BETTER I feel since I read Solving the Gluten Puzzle. This truly is the first time in YEARS that I have gone days without stomach pain, upset, etc.  I believe it has to do with understanding what really contains gluten.  So much stuff I never thought about. You are a blessing to many. Thank you for your ministry, and I know, beyond a doubt, this book will change lives.”

What projects can tell us about?

Last year, I finished my Healthy Living Series of books. Earlier this month I released the first book in the Reclaim Your Health series, Solving the Gluten Puzzle.

My 2020 goal is to write the second book in the Reclaim Your Health series about healing food sensitivities and leaky gut. It breaks my heart that 50 percent of Americans have a chronic illness and 40 percent are obese. My mission is to decrease those devastating statistics.


Click to tweet: Recommendation to writers: Since then all three of my books in my Healthy Living Series have won first place in contests. If I could have afforded it, I would have taken coaching lessons from the editor too. Earlier this month I released the first book in Susan’s Reclaim Your Health series, Solving the Gluten Puzzle.

3 Questions Wednesday with Lenora Worth

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author Lenora Worth.  Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Lenora: Well, that’s a tough one. I love Pat Conroy‘s books. I also enjoy Mary Kay Andrews. I love a good Southern book.

Mary Kay Andrews is totally fun reading! Next question…

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

Lenora: I’d write about Jesus coming back to earth now and how he might handle all the horror of today’s world. He might surprise some of us!

No one knows the hour or the day, I’m sure he will surprise us. 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?

Lenora: There is one character who has always stayed with me. Eli Trudeau fromHeart of the Night.” It was out years ago, but he was one of my first really tormented heroes and while he was bitter and broken, he also had a good heart and was redeemed by faith and love.

Where would any of us be without faith and love? Thanks for stopping by. 

If you’d like to be entered to win a print copy of Lenora’s book, Amish Christmas Hideaway, please leave a comment below…

Click to tweet: There is one character who has always stayed with me. Eli Trudeau from “Heart of the Night.” It was out years ago, but he was one of my first really tormented heroes and while he was bitter and broken, he also had a good heart and was redeemed by faith and love.


About Lenora Worth

A member of the Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers Honor Rolls, Lenora Worth writes romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin’s Love Inspired and sweet romance for Tule Publishing. Her books have finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards. She also received the Romantic Times Pioneer Award for Inspirational Fiction. Lenora is a NY Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling writer and a 2019 RWA RITA® Finalist. With eighty-plus books published and over three million books in print, she enjoys adventures with her retired husband and loves reading, baking and shopping… especially shoe shopping.


Connect with Lenora on Facebook @LenoraWorthBooks or sign up for her newsletter at, www.lenoraworth.com.

Her books are available on Amazon. Some great choices for Christmas reading and gift-giving!

A Few Minutes with Author, Linda Ray Center

Linda Ray Center and her husband, Bill, split their time between charming Chattanooga, TN. and Florida’s friendliest golfing community, The Villages. She has worn many hats in my career days.  At age twenty, she opened a dance and gymnastic training center. Thirty-five years later, she captained a cruise boat on the Gulf of Mexico. Her last undertaking before turning to a writing career was planning weddings. A passion for writing was something she never saw coming. Her first published book, The Relationship Dance, released in 2016. This year, book one of her young adult trilogy, Crystal Discovers The Glow, a children’s Christian fantasy series was released.  She is a contributing writer for several Christian magazines and an inspirational speaker in cities across the US addressing the importance of education to children. She’s crazy about her blended family, which consists of five adult children, four grandchildren, and a Shoodle dog named Louie.

Why do I love the writing process?
Writing creates an avenue I use to share what God has accomplished and is still accomplishing in my life. I love the continual challenge of fine-tuning my writing (eliminating weak verbs, avoiding rabbit trails, and mastering the comma, just to name a few).

How many unpublished books do I have?
I plan to write the two final books of The Glow Series in the near future.

Advice to my younger self.
When I began writing, it was a wake-up call for me on how little I actually studied and learned in school. As a young adult, I didn’t realize that a dancer’s career couldn’t last forever. Advice to my younger self? “Buckle down and study; you’ll thank me later! Your education is more important than you know.”

Common traps for aspiring writers.
As a new writer, I fell into the trap of thinking my writing was for everyone. Writing a mission statement helped me to pinpoint my audience and to write with them in mind.

What does literary success look like to me?
Literary success, to me, begins by enlarging my target base of readers to spread the message I hold in my heart.


Click to tweet: Common traps for aspiring writers:
As a new writer, I fell into the trap of thinking my writing was for everyone. Writing a mission statement helped me to pinpoint my audience and to write with them in mind.


About Linda Ray Center

Linda Ray Center is an author and inspirational speaker addressing the importance of education to children. Center and her husband reside in the Deep South. She’s a hands-on grandmother and will showcase her grandchildren’s pictures at any given moment. She encourages God’s design in relationships of all kinds and for all ages.


Connect with Linda

Future Projects
I enjoy writing for Christian magazines and would like to expand that focus, as well as build a larger number of blog followers to share the message of building strong relationships and have more interactive conversations with them. I look forward to more opportunities to guest blog, and I plan to complete The Glow trilogy and possibly turn it into a series.

3 Questions Wednesday with Dawn Kinzer

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author Dawn Kinzer.  Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Dawn: That question is almost impossible to answer because I enjoy so many authors and genres. Francine Rivers made a huge impression on me with Redeeming Love. Besides being a beautiful story of redemption, that book made me realize that Christian fiction could make a difference in a person’s life, and just because novels were labeled Christian, they didn’t have to be overly sweet. Instead, they could portray real life and struggles while still offering hope. The Mark of the Lion series by Francine also impacted my life with the eye-opening and riveting storylines.

You are right, so many good authors out there the choose from. Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Dawn: A story has been brewing in my mind for several years pertaining to a real-life incident that occurred at the Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition in 1909. The event was considered Seattle’s first world’s fair—before the Space Needle was built for the fair in 1962. It’s become the story that won’t let go of me, so my hope is to flesh it out in the coming year.

All of my novels have organically or intentionally ended up with common themes woven into them, and I think others will continue with those messages. One theme is forgiveness—the willingness to forgive others, the ability to accept forgiveness, and the strength to forgive ourselves.

Another common theme in my stories is that God is still in control, and although we may not understand why he allows heartbreaks and our lives to fall apart at times, he often has something better ahead for us. Through my stories, I also encourage readers to find purpose, pursue their dreams, and use their God-given gifts at any and all stages of life.

We all need that reminder that we have a loving God who is always with us. 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?

Dawn: I have a favorite from each of my books, but the character I’d choose to spend the day with from By All Appearances would be Liana Tate. We’d join forces in creating an extraordinary Christmas party for homeless children. As a special events planner, Liana has the resources and creativity to make gatherings festive, and when I entertain during the holidays, I enjoy making those occasions special. There is a large ministry to the homeless in Seattle where several friends are on staff. What a gift it would be to provide a fun, colorful celebration where the children would feel welcomed and loved.

Children always steal my heart, especially those who are struggling. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: Another common theme in my stories is that God is still in control, and although we may not understand why he allows heartbreaks and our lives to fall apart at times, he often has something better ahead for us.


About Dawn Kinzer

Dawn Kinzer is a freelance editor, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She co-hosts and writes for the Seriously Write blog. Sarah’s Smile is the first book in her historical romance series The Daughters of Riverton, Hope’s Design is the second, and Rebecca’s Song completes the trilogy. Her first contemporary romance, By All Appearances, released in November 2019.

A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

You can connect and learn more by visiting these online sites: Author WebsiteFaithfully Write EditingFacebookPinterestInstagramAmazon Author Page, BookBub, and Goodreads.

 

If Tomorrow Were Christmas

 

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Corrie Ten Boom – Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.

 

If tomorrow were Christmas and the presents weren’t wrapped,

The pies needed filling, the gingers weren’t snapped.

If tomorrow were Christmas and the stockings lay limp,

the fire didn’t roar, the tree mostly bent.

If tomorrow were Christmas and the cards had no stamps,

The turkeys sat frozen, the lights had no amps

Would Christmas still come if nothing got done?

 

If tomorrow were Christmas and the hymns were not sung,

The flights were delayed, the wreaths never hung.

If tomorrow were Christmas and the snow didn’t fall,

The stores wouldn’t open, the kids couldn’t call.

If tomorrow were Christmas and the bells didn’t ring,

The pudding went flat, there were no carols to sing.

Would Christmas still come if nothing got done?

 

If tomorrow were Christmas, what would it bring?

Rushing and stressing, or worshiping the King?

If tomorrow were Christmas, what would it hold?

Feasts for our bodies, or feasts for our souls?

If tomorrow were Christmas, what would it be?

All about Jesus, or all about me?

Yes, Christmas would come if nothing got done.

 

For presents and singing and eating and such

The myriad of things, on which we spend so much

Are tidbits and pieces of the true celebration

Of God’s only Son; man’s hope and salvation.

So, open the presents and hang the wreaths

Call the kids and enjoy the feast.

For Christmas Day has come to us; it’s nothing we have done.