Hello, friends of Inspired Prompt! Welcome to 2020 and our first interview of the year. We’re excited to have Davalynn Spencer with us, who holds the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. Want to know more?
Davalynn Spencer can’t stop #lovingthecowboy. As the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, she writes romance for those who enjoy a Western tale with a rugged hero, both historical and contemporary. She teaches writing workshops and plays the keyboard on her church worship team. When she’s not writing, teaching, or playing, she’s wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Learn more about Davalynn and her books at https://www.davalynnspencer.com Sign up there for her newsletter and receive a free novella.
Click to tweet: “So if writing is truly someone’s dream, I tell them to never quit. No matter what, don’t stop. Don’t let the ideas and images dry up, even if no one else reads them. Keep the words of life flowing; you’re bound to be washed and refreshed by the stream yourself.” Author Davalynn Spencer #WritingCommunity #romance
We took a moment to ask Davalynn a few questions and also about her new book…
For starters, what do you love most about the writing process? The least?
Davalynn: I take great delight in creating stories that touch a reader’s heart, and when I hear from someone who mentions a particular scene or dialogue that blessed them, well, that’s an answer to prayer.
The downside to writing is the “business” aspect of it. Authors today are expected to be the head of sales and marketing, the president of product development, and the director of distribution. I prefer to spend my time rearranging words on the page so they weave their way into readers’ hearts. But business is part of the deal.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer concerning craft? How about marketing?
Davalynn: I am not a numbers person. Numbers are not in the alphabet, therefore I’m not a fan. However, numbers are sprinkled throughout the territory, and some of my income has been reinvested in learning the ins and outs of advertising in major markets.
However, I’d much rather invest in craft, and I do this by buying and reading well-written books and attending writers’ workshops. This is a venture that has paid off in a surprising way because now I’m teaching some of those workshops.
If you could give a novice writer one piece of advice, what would it be?
Davalynn: As a college writing professor, I tell my students to do more than make a living – make a life. It’s nice when these two sides of the career choice end up on the same coin, but it doesn’t always happen. Most writers must maintain a “day job” (or night job) so they can pursue their goal of putting words on the page that entertain, inspire, and encourage. So if writing is truly someone’s dream, I tell them to never quit. No matter what, don’t stop. Don’t let the ideas and images dry up, even if no one else reads them. Keep the words of life flowing; you’re bound to be washed and refreshed by the stream yourself.
Thanks so much, Davalynn, for dropping by! We appreciate you offering an e-book of A High-Country Christmas: Romance Collection for one blessed person who leaves a comment…
Just in Time for Christmas
Abigale Millerton is seventeen with a ranch to run, a fear of heights, and a cowboy intent on stealing her heart.
As a four-year-old, Lena Carver lost something precious at Christmas. Twenty years later, she’s about to lose her heart.
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