3 Questions Wednesday with Betty Thomason Owens

Betty Thomason Owens

Well, this is it, our final 3 Questions Wednesday interview. What better way to end our “inspired” run than to interview one of the blog’s founders? That would be me, of course.

What do you love most about the writing process? The least?

I love writing the first word and then the first sentence of a fresh, new story. It can be a little like digging up space and preparing the garden soil for precious seeds that will sprout and grow. Each part of the gardening process, from that first sprout to bloom buds and full-blown blooms gives me pleasure. Even the winter prep, which reminds me of what I like least about writing: finding and deleting unnecessary scenes. It is difficult for me to cut and prune what I’ve written. Like the shrubs and plants we trim, the final product will be stronger for those sacrifices.

Good analogy. I enjoy gardening, too. Next question—

Give a shout out to a writer friend and your favorite book they’ve written.

I could get into real trouble with my friends if I pick the wrong one here. So, I’m looking back for this one, to a few years ago when I had just signed on with Write Integrity Press. You know when you find a book so good, you want to go see if the author has more so you can read all of them? That’s exactly how I felt when I read Imperfect Promises by Elizabeth Noyes. Intrigue, suspense, romance—it was all there. I loved the characters, so I was thrilled to find she had more. There are five in all, and I have loved all of them.

Ooo! I love Betty Noyes’ books. Last question—

Were you a young writer, late-bloomer, or somewhere in-between?

I guess you would call me a mid-bloomer. I was in my thirties when I developed a desire to write. That was only the beginning. If I’d known then how much work it would require, I might have gone another direction. But I’m glad I stuck with it. I’m still blooming, by the way, each time a new book releases.

Thanks for not mentioning bloomers. I was holding my breath. We both know your humor.

Dear readers, thanks so much for being such an integral part of 3 Questions Wednesday and the Inspired Prompt blog. By reading and sharing our posts and adding your comments, you have supported us.

Most of all, we’d like to thank the many, many authors who agreed to let us interview you on 3 Questions Wednesday. YOU helped us reach a far wider audience.


This is 3 Questions Wednesday…signing off.

3 Questions with Hope Bolinger

It’s 3-Questions with Hope Bolinger, a literary agent at C.Y.L.E., and a graduate of Taylor University’s professional writing program. Let’s get to know her, the first question, what was the best money you ever spent as a writer concerning craft? How about marketing?

Hope: I would say any Serious Writer conference, class, or online simulcast has been incredible. I believed this long before I worked for them, but they really do offer incredible prices and great materials for marketing, publishing, and craft.

Great recommendation for our readers. Next question, if you could give a novice writer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Hope: Know that writing is a long process. When I first started at 16, I began querying agents at 17 and wondered why I never heard back. It comes with a steep learning curve and will take a lot longer than you expect. Keep going and keep writing!

Wonderful advice, thank you. Our final question, were you a young writer, late-bloomer, or somewhere in-between?

Hope: Definitely a young writer, but I truly believe that age doesn’t matter in writing. If you have an important story to tell, tell it, no matter if you’re 16 or 60.

We all have a story in us. Thanks for sharing! Connect with Hope on the following platforms:

Click to tweet: Know that writing is a long process. When I first started at 16, I began querying agents at 17 and wondered why I never heard back. It comes with a steep learning curve and will take a lot longer than you expect. Keep going and keep writing!


BIO Hope Bolinger

Hope Bolinger is a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. and a graduate of Taylor University’s professional writing program. More than 600 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer’s Digest to Keys for Kids to Crosswalk.com. She writes about 250-300 articles a year. Her modern-day Daniel, “Blaze,” (Illuminate YA) released in 2019, and they contracted the sequel “Den” for July 2020. Her superhero romance she co-wrote with Alyssa Roat releases from INtense Publications in September 2020. She has also contributed to books published by Broadstreet, Taylor University Press, and New Hope. Her favorite way to procrastinate is to connect with readers at her website: hopebolinger.com


Book Blurb: Den

Danny Belte barely survived his sophomore year at King’s Academy, having to deal with horrible initiation practices, stomach-churning cafeteria food, and the constant threat of arson.

His junior year doesn’t start off much better. Facing a series of mysterious suicide attempts that begin on day one–and a disturbing pattern that appears to connect them–Danny has a feeling something far more sinister is at play. He tries to narrow down a list of suspects as those closest to him disappear, one by one.

Can he protect his friends from a possible murderer on the loose? Or will he find himself trapped in a fate worse than a lions’ den?

Available on Amazon, Hope Bolinger author page.

An Inspired Fellowship

by Betty Thomason Owens

The road of our imagination can be as serpentine as Highway 1 on California’s Pacific Coast. It often leads across bridges that afford vistas of immaculate beauty. As writers, we try our best to “paint” those vistas with words the reader’s brain can translate into scenes.Like that beautiful highway, most roads eventually lead to someplace. In the case of a story, it leads to the final two words, “The End.”

I approach that point today, as I write this final post for Inspired Prompt, the multi-author blog I helped develop eight years ago. When Jennifer emailed me and asked if I’d be interested, I had no idea what I was saying yes to. If I’d had an inkling what it would require of me, I may have run away. Swiftly. With conviction.

In retrospect, however, this blog has developed me as a writer more than I developed the blog. It also gave me opportunities I would never have had otherwise.

So, I’m thankful to Jennifer Hallmark, our “idea person,” who became a best friend. And to Christina Rich, who built the original blog and helped us get on our feet, so to speak. We were a triple threat back in the day. 😊

Over the years, we’ve been through a number of changes. In fact, the blog sort of metamorphosed like the caterpillar-butterfly transformation. You may think that’s overstating but being on the inside and seeing what it was and what it became, I think it’s apropos.

But I am not the reason for that. Jennifer and I managed to pull together a crew of writers who brought enough talent with them to drive us into places we never dreamed of going. The best part is the teamwork, the fellowship, and the friendship that developed. I was able to share with them the knowledge I had gained as they shared with me what they knew.

I think I can safely say, love bound us together. What a blessing!

We treasure you also, our readers, especially those who have remained with us over the long haul. Thanks for being there. Thanks for commenting and sharing. My greatest hope for you is that what you’ve gleaned along our writers’ road will stay with you.

So, this is not goodbye. Though I am sad, it is not an end or a parting of the ways, it’s a fork in the road. Like that beautiful, Pacific highway, ‘round every turn is another possibility.

I will not say goodbye, or even “adieu” but I will tip my hat and say, “thanks, from the bottom of my heart.”

Home is behind, the world ahead,
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night,
Until the stars are all alight.

– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

A Fond Farewell: Inspired Prompt Crew to Our Writer and Reader Friends

By Jennifer Hallmark

April 27, 2012. I had been journaling, blogging, kind of for six years, and had about a dozen dedicated readers. What was I doing wrong?  I really put the matter to prayer. God whispered to my heart that I needed to use the blog to give back instead of sharing my thoughts and I immediately thought of the #WritingCommunity that had given me so much. I talked to two ladies in my ACFW critique group and Betty Thomason Owens and Christina Rich helped me start a blog by writers for writers. Cool name, huh? 🙂

We didn’t have a clue what we were doing. Well, I didn’t anyway.

But over the last eight years, our blog grew. We changed format, the name, and our website creation tool but one thing remained the same: A blog by writers for writers.

It’s time.

I’ve known for a while but I’d shake the thought off and keep going. My innermost being, everything, is invested in what I do, including this blog. It’s just the way I operate. When the time comes for a shift, I struggle, fight, and search for a way to combat change.

Then, I remember that to move forward, I often have to embrace change. Go with the flow. Climb the next mountain. Follow the light. Let go and let God. (Betty, these clichés are for you.)

It’s time.

The Inspired Prompt has had a wonderful run and much success in numbers, especially in the last two years. The most important thing, though?

You. Each person who is or has been a Crew member. My hat is off to you. You are amazing people and writers who graced our blog with your words. Each week, I read your posts and am blessed. Christina, you helped me so much with the tech stuff in the beginning. Betty, we are BFF’s always. ❤

You. Our readers. Wow. I’ve made so many friends through this site. Readers, writers, reviewers, publishers, editors, agents, to name a few. I’ve enjoyed the interviews, the guest blog posts, and most of all, the comments. You would open up and share a little from your life and it made my day. All the Crew’s day.

I would start to name you but I would miss too many of you wonderful people. I pray each of you is blessed:

  • In the city and in the country.
  • In your body, your family, and everything you call yours.
  • In your work.
  • In your coming and your going.
  • In the presence of your enemies.

And that God will open the treasures of heaven over your life.

Our last post will be on May 29th but we will leave the blog intact for the rest of the year so you can read and enjoy any articles you may have missed. We hope they help on your journey, whether you’re a writer or not.

Thank you again for your kindness. It will never be forgotten.

What’s New With the Crew?

Betty Thomason Owens

Regular readers of our blog know that we have a number of authors who make up our “crew.” We are an eclectic bunch with one mission: to shine a light and be a blessing to the writing community.

Near the bottom right of our blog, you’ll find a slideshow containing our individual publicity photos. We also have frequent guest bloggers who add their voices and expertise to the discussion.

Throughout the month of April, the crew will share what’s new in their individual lives. This is not only fun for us and informative for our readers, but it also affords our hardworking crew the opportunity to share their latest works-in-progress and new releases.

As one of the founding members of the Inspired Prompt blog, I get to be first. 🙂 My most recent release, Annabelle’s Joy, is highlighted below.

Late last year, I began work on a new project and a new genre for me. It’s a suspense trilogy about a young woman who learns something shocking about the people she trusted most in her life. If you’d like to learn more about this latest work in progress follow me at one (or all) of the links below.

I appreciate the loyalty of the many readers of the Inspired Prompt blog. You are the reason we’re here!

We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works – Ephesians 2:10

Click-to-Tweet: What’s New With the Crew – all the latest news from the writers of Inspired Prompt and @batowens via @InspiredPrompt


Betty Thomason Owens loves being outdoors. Her favorite season is spring when she can work in the yard or take long walks while thinking through a troublesome scene in one of her stories. She is a multi-published, award-winning author of historical romance with a touch of suspense. An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she serves as president of the Louisville Area group. She’s a mentor, assisting other writers, and a co-founder of Inspired Prompt, a blog dedicated to inspiring writers. She also serves on the planning committee of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference. You can learn more about her at BettyThomasonOwens.com. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Annabelle’s Joy – When Tom proposed last year, Annabelle wasn’t ready to open her heart to another man. Pain still held a thin crust around it. Time has healed her heart, but with a new woman in town, one who clearly has her sights set on Tom, does it matter if Annabelle’s heart is ready to love again?
Folks in town are keeping a close eye on their pharmacist, hoping to be the first to hear the good news. He’s been courting the widow Cross for nigh on two years now. Annabelle Cross better wake up and put her dancing shoes on. Mr. Tom is prime real estate.
Drift back into the simple, country life of Tennessee in 1957 with this sequel to award-winning ANNABELLE’S RUTH.