3 Questions Wednesday with Rosey Lee

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author and publisher, Rosey Lee  Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Rosey: There’s a special place in my heart for Dr. Maya Angelou’s work. I’m captivated by her ability to make her autobiographical work read like fiction. And she lived a fascinating life. I love to read different authors, and it’s hard to choose a favorite. But if I was forced to only read one author’s work for the rest of my life, it would probably be hers.

I love hearing her read her work. She’s got a great voice. Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Rosey: I would continue to write about families. I’m intrigued with the construction and role of families and how family members interact with each other. There are so many different types of families and a plethora of complexities that exist with them. I could write about families forever and never get bored.

Interesting. Families can have many layers to tell stories from. 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?

Rosey:  I would definitely hang out with Gran. I dedicated my flash fiction collection to my grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Gran isn’t exactly like any of them, but she shares some of their characteristics. Gran has led an intriguing life, and I would spend time with her in hopes that she might share stories of her adventures. If she felt up to it, we would also cook together. Gran knows her way around the kitchen, and I would try to get some of her secret family recipes. But something tells me she’d catch on pretty quickly and would just tease me with them the whole day.

Grandmothers are very special people! Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: I would continue to write about families. I’m intrigued with the construction and role of families and how family members interact with each other. There are so many different types of families and a plethora of complexities that exist with them. I could write about families forever and never get bored.


Book Blurb:

Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 1 and Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 2 explore the connections that can hold people together or tear them apart. The stories in this collection capture struggles that are common in today’s families—secrets, mother-daughter conflicts, coping with aging family members, and a more subtle question of what makes a family. The issues will seem familiar to you, but there are unexpected twists when you least expect them. The relatable characters and endings may pull at your heartstrings, so don’t be surprised if you laugh or cry along the way. Like most families, the relationships in this uplifting collection consist of intricate elements. Sometimes things get messy, but it’s always beautiful. Each volume contains five flash fiction stories (very short stories of 1000 words or less each). Read each story in about 5 minutes and get Volume 2 of the collection for free using a link within Volume 1.

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About Rosey Lee

Rosey Lee writes uplifting fiction stories about family and friendship. A native of the Westbank of New Orleans, Louisiana, Rosey is a fan of good food and a good time. As a child, she dreamed of a career in writing, fashion design, and acting. She uses the pen name Rosey Lee as she pursues her passion for writing. Her alter ego is a physician who has dedicated her career to individual and community-based approaches to health equity. She enjoys cooking, flower arranging, listening to live music, and occasional bursts of fanatical bargain shopping.

Rosey’s flash fiction has appeared in Necessary Fiction, Bending Genres, Barren Magazine, Turnpike Magazine, The Wellington Street Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also been nominated for the 2019 Best of the Net anthology. Connect with her at roseyleebooks.com and @roseyleebooks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

3 Questions Wednesday with Denise Weimer

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author and publisher, Denise Weimer! Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?

Denise: I have to admit, I struggle with favorites. I do better with types. I adore the writing of authors who are able to place me in edge-of-my-seat awe. I want to admire the characters even as I relate to them. I want to feel as they do. I want to see and smell and hear as they do. I want to hold my breath as they encounter places and challenges outside their comfort zones.

Because of this, I also admit to a penchant for frontier historical romance. It can be any frontier in any time period—just take me with your characters to the edge of what’s known and nudge me beyond. Meanwhile, making the page crackle with attraction between the hero and heroine. When there are almost insurmountable obstacles, it’s all the sweeter when the two at last come together. I’ve particularly enjoyed the novels of Laura Frantz, Francine Rivers, Michelle Griep, and Shannon McNear.

Love it, I’m on the edge with the anticipation you’ve described.  Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Denise: I’ve written about most of the things I originally wanted to write about as a starry-eyed twenty-year-old. My first desire was to pen a sweeping saga set in North Georgia during the mid-1800s, and I did that with my Georgia Gold Series. I incorporated deep spiritual truths time-slip-style into The Restoration Trilogy. And the urge I’d had to explore the Revolutionary War Battle of Kettle Creek in Georgia was captured in Across Three Autumns of The Backcountry Brides Collection. I’ve ventured into contemporary romance and romantic suspense with Fall Flip and my two spring 2020 releases, Traces and Spring Splash—in which I even got to encapsulate experience from my years as a swim mom. I’ve also delved into the rich Cherokee history of my state which has always held a fascination for me with The Witness Tree and a novel currently looking for a publishing home. Now I wait for whatever God prompts me to write or something for which He opens a door. In everything, my goal is to write whatever story He lays on my heart.

Wow, sounds like you’ve stayed focused on your goals for writing about different times in history. 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?

Denise: I would walk the streets of Old Salem, North Carolina, with Clarissa Vogler Kliest, my heroine in The Witness Tree. I’d love to hear from her personally about life in that Williamsburg-like town in 1805, life as a Moravian lady who entered into a marriage of convenience arranged by the lot. Curious about what the lot was? You can guess where to begin Clarissa’s story?

I’m intrigued. There are many times I want to crawl inside the book and fully experience the setting, and get to know the characters as friends. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: Now I wait for whatever God prompts me to write or something for which He opens a door. In everything, my goal is to write whatever story He lays on my heart.

Denise Weimer is offering to give away a book! Comment on this post that you would like to be included in the drawing and any other comment. We will draw a name on Wednesday, November 13th.


Fall Flip:

The tragic death of Shelby Dodson’s husband—her partner in a successful Home Network house flipping business—stole love, status, and career. Now a bungalow redesign thrusts Shelby into the company of a new contractor. Scott Matthews remembers high-and-mighty Shelby from high school, and her prissy, contemporary style goes against his down-to-earth grain. When the house reveals a mystery, will its dark secrets—and their own mistakes—cost a second chance at love?

The Witness Tree:
Past betrayal has turned John Kliest’s passion to his work as a builder and surveyor in the Moravian town of Salem, North Carolina. Now, to satisfy the elders’ edict and fulfill his mission in Cherokee Territory, he needs a bride. But the one woman qualified to record the Cherokee language longs for a future with his younger brother.

Clarissa Vogler’s dream of a life with Daniel Kliest is shattered when she is chosen by lot to marry his older brother and venture into the uncharted frontier. Can she learn to love this stoic man who is now her husband? Her survival hinges on being able to trust him—but they both harbor secrets.


Denise Weimer writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored over nine novels and a number of novellas. As a managing editor at Smitten Historical Romance and Heritage Beacon Fiction, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.

3 Questions Wednesday with Sandra Byrd

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes bestselling author, Sandra Byrd! Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Sandra: I love reading in many different genres, eras, and places, but if I had to choose one favorite, it would be Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Although I’d read many books before I read her series, her books were the ones that truly made me want to write books, to bring people and stories to life for others while discovering them for myself. Her characters quickened on the page, her story pacing was perfect, and her descriptions – especially her food descriptions! – allowed me to feel like I was right there with her.

I read them to my kids, too, and we ground wheat with a coffee grinder, and I put a penny and an orange in their Christmas stockings, just like Laura had received. Later, when I read about the difficulties, she faced in getting published and how much help she needed from excellent editors, I resonated with her even more.

With the first royalty monies I received, I purchased the hardback version of the whole Little House Series, first editions with Gareth Williams illustrations.  I placed them on my bookshelf with my tattered childhood paper copies, side-by-side.

A classic and a favorite that never grows old.  Next question…You’ve been chosen to write a biography about your favorite historical person. Who would that be?

Sandra: Luckily for me, I have already written about some of my favorite historical characters in my Ladies in Waiting Series: Anne Boleyn,  Katheryn Parr, and Queen Elizabeth I. It was a wonderful privilege in that I knew them so well at the outset of the series, but also great fun as I delved even more deeply in Tudor England, the Reformation, and the lives of powerful, but historically silent, women.

One of the more intimidating tasks for me was to write dialogue in the voice of Queen Elizabeth I, who was a powerful, no-nonsense woman. I hoped I was saying through her what she would say for herself!

One of the more pleasant tasks was showing their softer, more vulnerable sides, thought the eyes of their close friends, real-life ladies in waiting. I would love to introduce you to these historical favorites, too: Sandra Byrd’s Ladies in Waiting Series

I’m always amazed when the dialogue in historical novels is so authentic. That can’t be easy. Last question: If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Sandra: I love all of my heroines, but I’d spend it with Lexi, my character, who is an extraordinary cook and baker, who is also finding her path in life. Why? Oh, the food. We’d cook and bake all day. If you want to take a peek at some of the things we’d likely make together, please check out the photos of recipes from the series, here: Recipe Photos from the French Twist Series. Then you can pop over here to buy the books and cook with us! French Twist Series, by Sandra Byrd

I love trying recipes from the books I read! Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: One of the more intimidating tasks for me was to write dialogue in the voice of Queen Elizabeth I, who was a powerful, no-nonsense woman. I hoped I was saying through her what she would say for herself!


About Sandra Byrd

Bestselling author Sandra Byrd continues to earn both industry acclaim and high praise from readers everywhere. The author of more than fifty books, her work has received many awards, nominations, and accolades including the Historical Novel Society’s Editor’s Choice award, two Christy Awards nominations, Two Library Journal Best Book selections, and inclusion on Booklist’s Top Ten Inspirational Books of the Year list. As an editor and an in-demand writing coach, Sandra is passionate about helping writers develop their talents and has mentored hundreds of writers at all stages of their writing careers.

You can find more information and social media links on her website.

3 Questions Wednesday with JPC Allen

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author, JPC Allen! Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?

JPC: That depends on which of my favorites genres I want to read. If I’m in the mood for humor, I pick up books by P.G. Wodehouse and Patrick F. McManus. If I want a mystery, I’m overwhelmed by great authors, but some I’ve come to rely on to always deliver a rewarding story are Rex Stout, Melville Davisson Post, and G.K. Chesterton.

You are right. Reading a mix of genres is a lot of fun!  Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

JPC: Well, getting to write a Christmas mystery for an anthology last holiday season was a dream come true. I don’t know why Christmas and mysteries work so well together. Some of my favorites whodunits are set during Christmas, so to be able to write one with a theme of mercy and forgiveness was a fantastic opportunity.

Another dream of mine is write a great adventure set in the present. I think a lot of people believe that with advances in technology, we can’t set out into the unknown and test ourselves. Most new action movies or books are science fiction or fantasy. I want to write a story to prove adventures are still possible today.

I like your perspective, there are still many adventures to be had.  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?

JPC: This depends on whether I’m working or on vacation. If I’m working, I’d like to hang out with the teen detective Rae Riley from my Christmas mystery, “A Rose from the Ashes”. I’d follow her around to get story ideas. Maybe we would go to the Hocking Hills because she lives in rural Ohio and is an amateur photographer.

But if I was on vacation, I have two choices. I’d either contact AAA and book the next available seat on a time machine to visit Victorian London and solve a mystery with Sherlock Homes and Dr. Watson. Or I’d check Airbnb to see which hobbits are renting their underground homes and putter around the Shire for a few weeks.

Either way sounds like a great way to spend a day. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: Another dream of mine is write a great adventure set in the present. I think a lot of people believe that with advances in technology, we can’t set out into the unknown and test ourselves. Most new action movies or books are science fiction or fantasy. I want to write a story to prove adventures are still possible today.

Comment by Sunday, Oct. 27 for a chance at a free autographed copy of Christmas fiction off the beaten path.

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Christmas fiction off the beaten path

Not your Granny’s Christmas stories … Step off the beaten path and enjoy six stories that look beyond the expected, the traditional, the tried-and-true.

Inspired by the song, “Mary Did You Know?” – a mother’s memories of events leading up to and following that one holy night. MARY DID YOU KNOW? By Patricia Meredith

A young woman seeking her own identity searches for the man who tried to kill her and her mother on Christmas Eve twenty years before. A ROSE FROM THE ASHES. By JPC Allen

Princess, tower, sorceress, dragon, brave knight, clever peasant – combine these ingredients into a Christmas-time story that isn’t quite what you’d expect. RETURN TO CALLIDORA. By Laurie Lucking

Anticipating tough financial times, the decision not to buy or exchanged presents leads to some painful and surprising revelations for a hardworking man and his family. NOT THIS YEAR. By Sandra Merville Hart

Years ago, a gunman and a store full of hostages learned some important lessons about faith and pain and what really matters in life – and the echoes from that day continued to the present. THOSE WHO STAYED. By Ronnell Kay Gibson

A community of refugees, a brutal winter, a doorway to another world – a touch of magic creating holiday joy for others leads to a Christmas wish fulfilled. CRYSTAL CHRISTMAS. By Michelle L. Levigne

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Meet JPC Allen:

JPC Allen started her writing career in second grade with an homage to Scooby Doo. She’s been tracking down mysteries ever since. A former children’s librarian, she is a member of ACFW and has written mystery short stories for Mt. Zion Ridge Press. Online, she offers writing tips and prompts to beginning writers. She also leads writing workshops for tweens, teens, and adults, encouraging them to discover the adventure of writing. A lifelong Buckeye, she has deep roots in the Mountain State.

Join the adventure on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, or Goodreads.

3 Questions Wednesday with Candace West

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Candace West! Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?

Candace: I can never decide between Janette Oke and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Their stories inspired me to write my own. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s characters and descriptions are rich with detail, carrying me to that place and time. Janette Oke weaves the Gospel message throughout her engaging stories. I’ve never been disappointed with one of her books! Her words always inspire hope!

Reading a good story of hope and inspiration makes it hard to put down!  Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Candace:  The first person who comes to mind is General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson. Civil War history fascinates me, especially the struggles of conscience on both sides. I love the journey of General Jackson’s personal faith. I would dive into a project highlighting his beliefs and his walk with God.

Sounds like you may have a new historical story idea brewing.  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?

Candace:  As strange as it sounds, I would spend the day with Earl Steen. After his conversion, of course! Why would I want to spend the day with this prodigal? There’s quite a bit of depth to him. As I worked on the sequel Valley of Shadows, Earl revealed more about his personality than I dreamed. I would love to spend the day listening to him play classical pieces on his violin and talking to him about his family history.

Sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: Lucy Maud Montgomery’s characters and descriptions are rich with detail, carrying me to that place and time. Janette Oke weaves the Gospel message throughout her engaging stories. I’ve never been disappointed with one of her books! Her words always inspire hope!

Connect with Candace:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/inspirationalnovel
Online: www.candaceweststoryteller.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/candacewest111
Instagram: www.instagram.com/candace.west.posey.10


Lane Steen blurb:

How can Lane let go of the past when she is forced to confront it?

Kidnapped by her father at two years old, Lane Steen never imagines she is living a lie until a new schoolteacher, Edith Wallace, comes to Valley Creek. Yet Edith is more than a schoolteacher. She is part of the past—a past hidden in a mysterious dream that has haunted Lane since childhood.

At sixteen, Lane yearns to escape from her embittered father’s hatred that engulfs her home. The schoolhouse is Lane’s only escape. Carefully, Edith works to earn Lane’s friendship, but love and trust doesn’t come easy for a heart plagued by hate. But then the truth shatters Lane’s world.

The truth sends Lane on a turbulent search into the past. Leaving Valley Creek behind, Lane reunites with a family she cannot remember—a family that surpasses her wildest dreams.

Despite her newfound joy, her hatred for her father only deepens. Although she desires to experience the faith of her family, Lane can’t cast away one thing she holds closely: the hatred that helped her survive.

Digging into her father’s unbelievable past, she confronts the story behind her father’s ruin. Will she always be bound by hate?

Yet something even stronger binds her. Something stronger than her family, something stronger than her will. She is bound to Valley Creek, the place of her stormy childhood, the place of the man she loves, but more importantly, the place of God’s calling. Ironically, she finds love, purpose, grace, and forgiveness in a place she’d sought all her life to escape.

Purchase on Amazon: Kindle or paperback.


Meet Candace West:

Candace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. When she was twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” Since then, she has dreamed of writing Christian fiction. Over the years, she has published short stories as well as poems in various magazines. Since her teenage years, she has written many church plays. In 2018, she published her first novel Lane Steen, book one of the Valley Creek Redemption series. By weaving entertaining, page-turning stories, Candace hopes to share the Gospel and encourage her readers. She currently lives in her beloved Arkansas with her husband Aaron and their son Matthew along with two dogs and three cats.

Valley of Shadows, book two of the Valley Creek Redemption series, is scheduled for release in March 2020.