3 Questions Wednesday with Lisa Lawmaster Hess

Happy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author Lisa Lawmaster Hess. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Lisa: I don’t have one particular favorite. I read a lot of non-fiction, mostly psychology and business-related/self-improvement. Right now, I’m on a memoir kick. I just finished listening to the audiobook of Michelle Obama’s Becoming, which I absolutely loved. As for novels, I’ve never read a Jodi Piccoult book I didn’t like.

Sounds like a good variety…

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

Lisa: See, that’s the beauty of being an author — I get to write about whatever I want! My novels are about women and families, but my latest book (Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff) is a nonfiction book about organization. Since I’m not a full-time author, my day job often informs my work.

When I worked as a school counselor, I worked with a lot of kids like Charli in Chasing a Second Chance and I ran small groups for kids who needed help getting organized. I now teach psychology at a local college, and some of the strengths-based concepts from positive psychology found their way into Know Thyself  while some of the concepts from the development classes I teach have led me to some ideas for my next (nonfiction) book. I love being able to write both fiction and nonfiction.

Being able to write both is a great gift. Lastly…

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?

Lisa: Another great thing about writing is that I already get to spend time with my characters! Since I write women’s inspirational fiction, I try to create characters I’d like to sit down and have coffee (or, in my case, chai tea) with. If I don’t want to hang out with them, how can I expect my readers to want to do so? If I had to pick one character from my novels, I think I’d pick Bets. She’s funny and loyal, but also a little bit of trouble.

Sounds like it could be an adventurous day. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Click to tweet: Author Lisa Lawmaster Hess talks about writing and a Thirty-One giveaway. #Writer #amwriting

Lisa is giving away an organizer — a Thirty-One Gifts Hang-Up Family Organizer. Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing!


Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff

Organizing and tidying up has become a national obsession. We are on an endless quest for the perfect containers, boxes, totes, bags, bins, shelves, files, folders, and labels to tame our closets, corral our clutter, and eliminate chaos. Books and television shows promise the magical secrets to getting and staying organized. “So,” you think, “if I just buy these things and follow these instructions, I will finally be organized and joyful!”

Author Lisa Lawmaster Hess is going to let you in on a secret: that doesn’t work.

Why? Because you have been chasing one-size-fits-all solutions. But you are not a one-size-fits-all person. You’re unique. (Just ask God, who created you!)

Know Thyself is an effective and fun way to discover your personal and organizational styles, and will help you own your style. You’ll take what you might have thought was a flaw and learn how to make it a strength. And that, plus Lisa’s help and a sense of humor, will guide you toward an organization method you can really stick with.


Lisa Lawmaster Hess is a transplanted Jersey girl who has lived in Pennsylvania for most of her adult life. She is the author of two nonfiction books (Acting Assertivelyand Diverse Divorce) and two novels (Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance) and her articles have appeared online and in regional and national publications.

Lisa blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles and Organizing By STYLE and is a frequent contributor to CatholicMom.com,Today’s Catholic Teacher andTeachers of Vision. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is an adjunct professor of psychology at York College of Pennsylvania. Her new book, Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff just released this month.

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What I Do When I’m Not Writing

What an honor to be invited back to Inspired Prompt. Thank you, Gail, for asking me to share how I spend my time while not writing. Though novel writing takes up a large chunk of my time and I’ve had to make sacrifices (like a clean house and flowerbeds with no weeds), there are some things that are too important to sacrifice.

One of those is time with family, namely, my husband (Marvin) of twenty-five years and our two sons. We’re a farm family from central, Illinois who loves the simple things of life, like being outdoors enjoying God’s creation.

Though our sons are fresh out of college and working full time, when we’re able, we enjoy motorcycle rides down country roads, going to St. Louis Cardinals games, visiting tractor shows, grilling out, bowling, and in the winter, watching movies and playing games with friends.

 

When it’s just the two of us, Marvin and I enjoy taking day trips to hike nature trails or ride bikes.

This past spring, we ventured to the Smoky Mountains for our twenty-fifth Anniversary. What a gorgeous place to visit. It was the farthest we’d traveled since our honeymoon, and so worth it!!

Though life can get pretty hectic in spring and fall for farm families, I love being a farmer’s wife. One of the things I love best about fall harvest is riding side-saddle in the combine with Marvin, and, on occasion, driving. Among the crops we grow (wheat, corn, and soybeans), corn is my favorite. Often the stalks are as high as the cab. Watching it feed through the head is amazing. Wheat is harvested in late June or July, so it’s generally hot and sticky in our non-air-conditioned cab. Not quite as ideal for riding, though I love watching the wheat ripen from green to golden brown.

For the past eight years, I’ve worked as a part-time elementary librarian. It’s my duty to shelve books, check books in and out to students, process new books, and assist head librarian, Kathy Phillips. We have a lot of fun together as we navigate through the various classes, reading to students and teaching them the essentials of finding their way around a library.

I’m also a gardener. With, Marvin busy in the field, the garden is pretty much my baby to tend—everything from tilling to planting to hoeing to harvesting. We grow sweet corn (my personal favorite), green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, and watermelon (Marvin’s favorite). I also enjoy having a few flowers around, especially when the Lord grows them so beautifully!

I’m also a bird enthusiast and enjoy identifying new species I haven’t seen or heard before. Each spring, we enjoy watching bluebirds nest out our sunroom window. Since I feed year round, it’s so interesting to see the various summer and winter birds at the feeders.

I’m still struggling to find the balance between writing time and life. The call to write is strong, but the Lord continually reminds me to keep my priorities in line—my relationship with Him first, then family, then writing. I consider writing my ministry, and so enjoy hearing from readers who have been touched by the words God has enabled me to write.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into my world outside of writing. There’s nothing extraordinary about my life or me. But the Lord has blessed me richly with a love for what is simple and satisfying. Hopefully that comes across in my stories. Thanks so much for taking time to get to know the person behind the pen.

ClicktoTweet: “Though life can get pretty hectic in spring and fall for farm families, I love being a farmer’s wife.” What I Do When I’m Not Writing by Cynthia Roemer via Inspired Prompt @cynthiaroemer @InspiredPrompt @GailJohnson87


AUTHOR BIO:  

Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Her Prairie Sky Series consists of Book One: Under This Same Sky (an Amazon Best-Seller) and Book Two: Under Prairie Skies. Book Three in the series, Under Moonlit Skies is due to release September 10, 2019.

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April and May Winners on Inspired Prompt

Whoops! In the busyness of my regular and my writing life, I have forgotten to announce some of our latest winners. But never fear, there are always plenty of cool prizes to giveaway on Inspired Prompt…

 

April

  • Susan Neal has gifted Janice Garey a mailed copy of 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and Carbohydrates. Congratulations!
  • Melissa Henderson has won a copy of Sheila Ingle’s book, Tales of a Cosmic Possum. Woo hoo!
  • Jennifer Slattery is blessing Amanda Hardin with a print copy of Restoring Her Faith. Way to go, Amanda!
  • Anne Clare has won Delilah by Fay Lamb by leaving a comment. Yay!

May

  • Allen Steadham has gifted an e-book copy of Mindfire to Anne Clare. Woo hoo!
  • Jarm Del Boccio will gift a copy of The Heart Changer to Caryl Kane.  Congratulations!
  • Katie Clark has given Regena Wallace a PDF copy of  Whispering Tower. Yay, Regena!
  • Sue Davis Potts is blessing Tracy Crump with a print copy of her book, 101 Life Lessons from Uno. Congrats!
  •  Ginny Cruz is giving an autographed copy of  Mud Holes and Magnolias to Lisa Worthey Smith. Way to go!

We really do love our readers at Inspired Prompt. Please visit often and say “hi!”

3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Hallmark

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

I’m really excited about this week’s post since the guest is … ME! I’m a blogger and author, thrilled that my debut novel released a couple of days ago. It’s been a looooong journey but one that’s been well-worth the wait.

How will I answer our three questions now that I’m a too-good-to-be-true novelist? Read on, my friend.

Who is your favorite author?

Jennifer: I love reading and read just about any genre. I’d have to say my favorite author is James L. Rubart. I pre-order all his books. I don’t do that for anyone else, but his books are so engaging that I just can’t put one down once I get started.  His tagline is Live Free and that’s what all his novels promote.

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

Jennifer: In the first writing class I ever attended in 2006, the first question asked was “If you could write anything, what would you write?” We had a few minutes to figure it out. At the time, I’d only considered writing non-fiction. The thought of me writing a novel hadn’t really entered my mind.

I pondered for a moment, then wrote in my notebook, “I want to write an allegorical fantasy like Narnia or Lord of the Rings.” I’ve been working on this book, which I consider my magnum opus for several years now and am currently running it through a critique group. Maybe one day you’ll get to read it. 🙂

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

Jennifer: Wow. I love all my characters.  It would be a blast to hang out with Estelle Granger, the woman who creates Jessie’s wedding dress. Her quirky personality would make her so much fun to be around. We’d go eat pizza and then shop ’til we dropped…

Click to tweet: Debut novel: Jessie’s Hope by Jennifer Hallmark. Firefly Southern fiction. #BookGiveaway #amreading


June Blog Tour Giveaway Extravaganza-June 10th-June 30th

Prizes include:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • $10 Starbucks Gift Card
  • Print copy of Jessie’s Hope
  • 2 Kindle copies of Jessie’s Hope

Giveaway details: Go to my Rafflecopter Page to enter and possibly win one of five prizes to be drawn by Rafflecopter. Winners will be revealed on Jennifer’s blog on July 1st. You can only enter by visiting my June blog tour from June 10th until June 30th. My visits include:

June 13thJennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud
June 14thFavorite Friday Fiction
June 15thInspired Prompt
June 17thAuthor Trish Perry
June 17thSouthern Writers Magazine
June 18thAuthor Liz Tolsma
June 19thInspired Prompt
June 21stSnark & Sensibility/
June 24thFear Warrior
June 24thJune Foster
June 25thTrumpet Tuesdays
June 26thSeriously Write
June 28thHeartfelt, Homespun fiction/
June 29thThe Write Conversation/


Jessie’s Hope

Years ago, an accident robbed Jessie Smith’s mobility. It also stole her mom and alienated her from her father. When Jessie’s high school sweetheart Matt Jansen proposes, her parents’ absence intensifies her worry that she cannot hold on to those she loves.

With a wedding fast approaching, Jessie’s grandfather Homer Smith, has a goal to find the perfect dress for “his Jessie,” one that would allow her to forget, even if for a moment, the boundaries of her wheelchair. But financial setbacks and unexpected sabotage hinder his plans.

Determined to heal from her past, Jessie initiates a search for her father. Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love when additional obstacles–including a spurned woman and unpredictable weather–highjack Jessie’s dream wedding?

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Jennifer Hallmark: I love writing, reading, and learning. 🙂

But I am so much more: Wife, Mother, Mamaw, friend and family to many,  cookie baker, LOTR marathon watcher, greeting card sender, church bulletin maker, day trip with hubby and friends taker, snowman and Golden Age of Detective Fiction book collector.

And, at the moment, binge watcher of River Monsters. Welcome to my world!

You can find me at: my website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and my monthly newsletter.

Click, Snap, Flash: A Love of Photos

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily in my front flower bed

by Bonita Y. McCoy

Writers write, but they also do other interesting things.

Most writers have several hobbies, talents, or skills other than writing that they use in their daily life. One of my hobbies is photography. I love taking pictures.

The smile on a small child, wildflowers whipping in the wind, or bees buzzing around an open bud make my heart sing and drives me to snap a quick shot. But I must confess, though I own a very expensive Cannon with a large zoom lens, I tend to use my iPhone seven.

Why?

Plain and simple, convenience.

It’s always with me, and unlike the larger equipment, it fits into my pocket.

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Taking a walk together

One of my favorite apps that feeds my love of photos is Instagram.

Up until my fiftieth birthday, I didn’t know Instagram existed, but four years ago on that fated birthday, my friend introduced me to the app. She helped me set up an account and taught me how to use it.

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So, I decided to take fifty pictures of fifty blessings to celebrate turning half a century old. I invited others to join me in the adventure and to post their blessings as well.

By the end of the year, I had counted fifty plus, and the experience reminded me how much I loved taking and sharing pictures.

Since then, I’ve been looking for odd or unusual landscapes to capture, and I’ve been quick to take pictures of life as it is happening—all around me.

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Making tracks to nowhere in particular

Nothing is safe. Railroad tracks, the dog’s weird haircut, my great nephew making faces, I get them all and love them all.  Writing maybe my journey, but photos are my dollops of joy along the way.

What are your favorite scenes or occasions to capture and share?