3 Questions Wednesday with Leigh Ann Thomas

Hello, friends! Today, I’d like to introduce you to my friend, author Leigh Ann Thomas.

Welcome! Tell us, who is your favorite author?

Leigh Ann: Oh, this is tough! I have favorites in different genres. For example, in women’s fiction, I love to devour novels by Eva Marie Everson or Deborah Raney.  If I need a suspenseful rush, I reach for the works of Lynette Eason, Jodie Bailey, or DiAnn Mills. But if I must choose, there’s one author I read every day.  Oswald Chambers challenges my thought processes and points me to Jesus. I love his voice and his passion for God.

A great choice. Now…

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

Leigh Ann: If my mind worked like Steven James or Lynette Eason’s, I would love to explore the world of mystery/suspense. I’m fascinated by the way suspense authors weave a complicated tapestry and bit by bit, reveal these crazy-tangled layers underneath a story.  Amazing!

I don’t see how they do it

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? 

Leigh Ann: I was fascinated with Ted Dekker’s early works, including The Circle Trilogy (before Green came along). I would love to spend a day exploring the Colored Forest with Thomas Hunter and Rachelle. The author paints with such vivid strokes, and if I’m enjoying a breath-taking autumn scene, I sometimes make believe I’m in Dekker’s imaginary forest of intense color.

Make-believe is a writer’s bread and butter 🙂

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Smack-Dab in the Midlife Zone

The infamous middle years:

  • Children move through school, fly the coop, and return home bringing more children
  • “Natural” highlights are—in reality—gray hairs
  • Clothes-shopping in Juniors brings guilt and undergarments get sturdier
  • Children need us less, parents need us more
  • Questions abound: Who is that woman in the mirror? What is my purpose? Where do I fit in? What now, Lord?

Over 40? No problem. With joy and transparency, Smack-Dab in the Midlife Zone uses scripture, prayer, and the power of story to show women in midlife how being smack-dab in the middle of God’s plans and purposes is the best place to be.

With the Lord’s guidance, this packed-with-transition life season can be infused with growth, discovery, and edge-of-your-seat adventure!


Leigh Ann Thomas is passionate about encouraging women to seek God’s best. She has penned four books, including Smack-Dab in the Midlife Zone: Inspiration for Women in the Middle and is a contributing author in 12 compilations. A staff writer for the parenting sites, InTheQuiver.com and Just18Summers.com, Leigh Ann has also contributed to Southern Writers Magazine, Power for Living, Charisma Magazine, and others.

She is married to her best friend, Roy, and they are thankful for the gifts of three daughters, two sons-in-law, three amazing grandsons and a grand-princess.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Janet W. Ferguson

IMG_7307-(ZF-1056-64043-1-001) - Copy (2)Welcome to another edition of 3 Questions Wednesday, and welcome Janet  W. FergusonJanet is a multi-published author that likes to write about humorous inspirational fiction. Lets get started!

First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Janet: I totally fangirl over Francine Rivers! I met her at a writing conference and asked to get my picture made with her! Her writing taught me the power of story. Her latest novel The Masterpiece was wonderful!

 Oh how neat that you got to meet with one of your favorites!  Now here’s a fun question—

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

Janet:  Oh my! That’s hard!

I wish I could write biblical fiction that pulled people into Bible study. I loved Lynn Austin’s biblical fiction based on the kings in the Bible. While reading the series, I wanted to go back and read about them in the Old Testament.

I would also love to write a fictional story based on my parents’ lives. They have a sweet story of meeting on a train during World War II.

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A love story…. on a train… during a war…❤️❤️❤️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?

Janet:  In The Art of Rivers, the heroine, Rivers, is an art therapist. It would be neat to hang out with her on a nice day at the beach with a canvas. We could talk, paint, and she could teach me a few things about art. Maybe give me some therapy!

I would love to hang out with her for some beach therapy too!  Thanks, Janet, for visiting us on 3 Questions Wednesday, and allowing our readers to know you better.

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A Coastal Hearts Novel

Rivers Sullivan bears both visible and invisible scars—those on her shoulder from a bullet wound and those on her heart from the loss of her fiancé during the same brutal attack. Not even her background as an art therapist can help her regain her faith in humanity. Still, she scrapes together the courage to travel to St. Simons Island to see the beach cottage and art gallery she’s inherited from her fiancé. When she stumbles upon recovering addicts running her gallery, she’s forced to reckon with her own healing.

After the tragic drowning of his cousin, James Cooper Knight spends his days trying to make up for his past mistakes. He not only dedicates his life to addiction counseling, but guilt drives him to the water, searching for others who’ve been caught unaware of the quickly rising tides of St. Simons. When he rescues a peculiar blond woman and her sketch pad from a sandbar, then delivers this same woman to his deceased grandmother’s properties, he knows things are about to get even more complicated.

Tragic circumstances draw Cooper and Rivers closer, but they fight their growing feelings. Though Cooper’s been sober for years, Rivers can’t imagine trusting her heart to someone in recovery, and he knows a relationship with her will only rip his family further apart. Distrust and guilt are only the first roadblocks they must overcome if they take a chance on love.

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Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space. 

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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!

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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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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…

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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!

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