3 Questions Wednesday with Fay Lamb

fayHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes editor and author, Fay Lamb. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Fay:  I know that I have answered this question before, and I have answered it differently each time, and those authors were someone everyone knows. This time, I want to share the author whose books I will always pick up because I know that I’m in store for an adventure. Elizabeth “Betty” Noyes is someone that I met before she was published. She blew me away with her ability to make me hold my breath and then to sigh with relief or to gush in the sweet romantic moments. Betty is an author of thriller romance, and she’s written a series about the Cameron family. I fell in love with them from the start, and I recommend her books wholeheartedly.

Great suggestion…  Here is a link for our readers to find more about her. 

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

Fay:  If the Lord is willing, I will be writing a novel that takes the readers into the professional world of surfing. This is an unreached  people group, and we’re not going to reach them with an overtly Christian novel. This book is in its third draft for me, and with each draft, I felt the Lord wanted me to get closer into the surfing aspect. He has opened doors for me, even allowing me to meet a cousin whose husband is the president of a local Christian surfers’ group and who also knows a few well-known surfers we believe can take my limited knowledge of surfing and make me sound like an expert. I would appreciate the prayers for this story, which basically introduces five best friends tens years after the tragic loss of another friend and is based on the novel The Drifters by James A. Michener.

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It sounds like a great read is in the works! 

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?

Fay:  I didn’t have to think long about this one. The character I’d love to spend a day with is Delilah James from my The Ties that Bind series and the book titled after her. Her story was the last one, and I never imagined where she would take me. Her life was so unlike what I had imagined, and well, we’d take an airboat ride on the St. John’s river tributaries, which I learned she knows very well.

You hooked me… I want to know more about her now!  Thanks so much for dropping by!

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Delilah

Newly elected judge, John M. Turner, tries his best to call an end to his war with former Circuit Judge Delilah James, the woman he bested in the election by only a narrow margin. Delilah refuses to accept his flag of surrender. Worse yet, a vengeful assistant state attorney, the other candidate whose entry in the race actually handed the win to John, is seeking to have them both removed from the Florida Bar, and the game Delilah has forced upon him has given their enemy ammunition for his disbarment. 

Delilah likes the give and take she shares with John. What fun is there in surrender? She wants to make amends but makes a mess of every attempt. Added to her foibles, life has become complicated: John’s teenage sister hates her, and Libby Carter has been arrested for battery on a police officer and has embroiled Delilah in the plight of the homeless. Her past has returned to haunt her, and if that’s not enough, she’s deep into the one experience in life she never thought would happen to her. She’s fallen in love. 


fayFay Lamb is an editor, writing coach, and author, whose emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted three series. Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge, Books 1 and 2 in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase. Charisse and Libby the first two novels in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series have been released. Fay has also collaborated on three romance novellas: The Christmas Three Treasure Hunt,A Ruby Christmas, A Dozen Apologies, and the newest adventure The Love Boat Bachelor. Her adventurous spirit has taken her into the realm of non-fiction with The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

 Future releases from Fay are: Everybody’s Broken and Frozen Notes, Books 3 and 4 of Amazing Grace and Hope and Delilah, Books 3 and 4 from The Ties that Bind.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Brenda S. Anderson

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Brenda!

Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball, and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 30 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.

Question:  What inspires you?

Brenda:  Being out in God’s creation always inspires me. When I see the lands He’s sculpted and the unending palette of colors He uses, when I hear the complicated and beautiful outdoor choir and symphony He’s conducting and breathe in the diverse scents in nature, I’m awed by His artistry. How can it not inspire you?! As an author, I’m honored and privileged to have the gift of creating my own little worlds.

I love that, Brenda. There is so much beauty all around us.

Next question–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Brenda: I’d probably be a very neutral, normal color at the tip, as I excel at blending in. But when you pulled the crayon from the box, you’d see that it’s a rainbow swirl of colors in one crayon. Once people get to know me, they discover there’s so much more to me than what is first seen.

Good answer. Sometimes those neutral colors surprise you, and there are actually many tones of neutral. I’m reminded of a chameleon, and how they change with their environment.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Brenda: Honestly, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Back in grade school, I was writing stories that impressed my teachers. I even wrote a couple of plays that our class put on for other grades. That was marvelous encouragement for me, and kindled my passion for storytelling.

Wonderful. Teachers have such an important role in our lives. Through encouragement, they can send us down the right path.

Readers, Brenda is giving away an e-book copy of her brand-new book, Planting Hope. Leave a comment for a chance to win! Here are more details about the book:

Planting Hope – Where the Heart Is, Book 3

Planting Hope by Brenda S. Anderson

When flowers and chocolate collide, romance is sure to bloom

Family has always been the one constant in Jess Beaumont’s messy life, so when her parents separate, she puts “Operation: Planting Hope” into action. All she has to do is recreate the circumstances that helped her parents fall in love. Unfortunately, that includes the daunting task of restoring the family cabin’s gardens. When the handsome candy store owner shows up to help, she’s certain she has all the elements required for her parents’ love to bloom again. After all, flowers and chocolate are the perfect ingredients for romance.

Luke Harrison has spent his life trying to win his father’s approval, and a promotion in the family land development business would be a step in that direction. But when he inherits Gran’s candy store, his dreams of being promoted start melting away. Then his dad dangles a Vice President position in front of Luke, with one caveat—acquire the land on both sides of Gran’s store within five months, including the Beaumont cabin, and the promotion is his.

What at first seemed a simple challenge for Luke becomes a tangled mess. Buying the Beaumont cabin and land will nip his blossoming romance with Jess in the bud. Even worse, it could end her parents’ marriage. But if he doesn’t succeed, he could be trading in his corner office for the corner candy store.


I hope you enjoyed getting to know Brenda S. Anderson, and will visit her online in the following places ~


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3 Questions Wednesday with Katie Clark

My friend, author Katie Clark, is our guest today. She has a brand new book releasing called Securing the Handyman’s Heart.

With great pleasure, we welcome her to 3 Questions Wednesday!

First question–

What inspires you?

Katie: Life! Adventure, love, humor, pain…life. When I see something that evokes passion in others, it automatically gets my mind to moving with inspiration.

Love that thought. 🙂 Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Katie: Wow! That is a toughie! I think, though, playing off my last answer, that maybe I’d be a deep shade of red called Passion. Too cliché? *shrugs*

I agree. Life could definitely be colored red. Last question…

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Katie: All. The. Things. Haha 😊. I wanted to be a writer (yep, I was writing stories even in grade school), a business woman (I always wanted to wear smart suits with my hair in an up-do), a secretary (I’m not sure why, that just always seemed glamorous to my child-brain)…the list goes on. But I guess, looking back, it means I was always a dreamer. Through books I can be all these things and more!

I haven’t thought of it that way. Great answer! Thanks so much for stopping in today!

Katie is graciously offering a Kindle copy of her book, Securing the Handyman’s Heart to one person who leaves a comment. It could be you!


Securing the Handyman’s Heart

Local cupcake queen Kayla Dobbs is feeling the heat—just as her bakery is finally taking off, her retired parents start pressuring her to move to Florida. Determined to prove her success, she takes on extra work at the bakery and fibs a little about the depth of her love life. When her mother announces an upcoming visit to meet the lucky guy, Kayla makes a pact with her friends to get a proposal from George Marks, town handyman extraordinaire. The problem is, George seems totally indifferent.

George Marks has enough on his plate with running his business, taking care of an ailing but feisty grandmother, and the possibility of a new business venture on the horizon. But when bumping into Kayla becomes a strangely routine thing, he’s surprised to realize it has also become the highlight of his days. As business spirals out of control and Granny takes a turn for the worse, he’s sure he made one too many commitments. 

With a dash of matchmaking granny and a pinch of secret cupcake recipe, Kayla and George find themselves in one messy kitchen. But will they find themselves in love?


KATIE CLARK started reading fantastical stories in grade school and her love for books never died. Today she reads in all genres; her only requirement is an awesome story! She writes inspirational romance for adults as well as young adult speculative fiction, including her YA supernatural novel, Shadowed Eden, and The Enslaved Series. You can connect with her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Slattery

biophotocroppededited2016Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday,  author and speaker, Jennifer Slattery. Jennifer and I have been friends for a while and we try to meet at conferences when we get a chance. I love all her books and I know you’ll love them also…

First question, my friend:

What inspires you?

Jennifer: I’d have to say Jesus Christ as I seem to get a great deal of writing ideas and feel a strong pull to write on Sundays. This makes me chuckle as I always take Sunday off—except for one time when something urgent came through I needed to deal with as an editor. I suppose I could also say down time inspires me, too, as that might be a reason my creativity gets charged on Sundays.

I also tend to get ideas as I research. So, I’ll start with an idea, and honestly, I’m not sure what sparks it, and then I begin to research. The more I research, the more my imagination flows, which in turn requires more research, with leads to more ideas, which leads to …

Kind of a never-ending cycle. Great answer. Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Jennifer: Oh, my. This is hard. I’m trying to think of my wardrobe. Right now I seem to be in a dusty pink or blush phase, though I suppose those aren’t new additions. Honestly, I can’t think of a color that hasn’t already been included in the large packs. Maybe your readers can help me out on this one. Haha!

Dusty pink sounds like a good color for you. 🙂 Last question:

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Jennifer: This might make you laugh, but an Olympic gymnast. I was convinced if I worked hard enough, I could make that happen. (And I wasn’t even that good, so I suppose that says a lot about my imagination and ability to live in a make-believe world. Haha!) After that—this dream died by seventh grade or so—I don’t really remember having any dreams. Except maybe meeting Bon Jovi or George Michael. Yes, I had a slight infatuation with both.

I could picture you as a gymnast. Thanks for stopping by!

Here’s more information about her latest book:


Restoring Love

Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful restoringlove_n174111old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She’s almost his worst nightmare, and she s also working on restoring something herself. As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common, a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband’s incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along with true love?

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biophotocroppededited2016Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, (http://whollyloved.com) she and her team put on events at partnering churches designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact.

She writes devotions for Internet Café Devotions, Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, and edits for Firefly, a Southern fiction imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her on Facebook , Twitter, or Pinterest.