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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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!”

Jessie’s Hope by Jennifer Hallmark

Good morning, friends! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. We’re excited to have Inspired Prompt co-founder Jennifer Hallmark talking about her debut novel. Let’s begin!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Jennifer:  Well, I’m a 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 most exciting of all at the moment, DEBUT AUTHOR. 🙂

What do you love most about the writing process?

Jennifer:  I love it when I have an idea and get in the “flow” of writing. I can’t type fast enough to keep up with my train of thought. I also enjoy going back and editing my work to make it the best it can be.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Jennifer:  At the moment, I’ve almost finished the sequel to Jessie’s Hope and have ideas for a third book. I also have two other Southern fiction stories started.

Since I love fantasy, I’ve also written a hundred thousand word fantasy that I’m editing with a book two partly written.

To answer your question, way too many…

If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?

Jennifer:  Be careful when you pay someone to “help” you. I didn’t always spend my money wisely in the past. I also would’ve joined a writing group and went to a writing conference much earlier in my career. There’s nothing like having friends in the writing business.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Jennifer:  

  • Scams that seem to be the real thing. 
  • Thinking your writing doesn’t need editing.
  • Giving up too easily.
  • Not trying out many different types of writing.
  • Not turning to friends for help.

What does literary success look like to you?

Jennifer(1) Learning to enjoy the journey. Too often in my life I’ve focused on goals and missed the wonder during the trip.

(2) Earning the publisher back their money. I want to be a good steward of what’s been entrusted to me.

Future Projects or WIP you can talk about?

Jennifer:  I’m editing the sequel to Jessie’s Hope and also am sending my fantasy through the Word Weaver’s critique group, Page 20.

Great advice and thanks for stopping by today!

Click to Tweet: Author Jennifer Hallmark shares her writing advice, debut novel, and encouragment #amwriting  #Southern @InspiredPrompt

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 the author’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 24thAuthor June 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 writes Southern fiction and her website, Alabama-Inspired Fiction, and the group blog, Inspired Prompt, she co-founded, focus on her books, love of the South, and helping writers. She’s published 200+ internet articles and interviews, short stories in several magazines, and has co-authored three book compilations. Her debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, will release in June of 2019.

When she isn’t babysitting or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on one of her two blogs.  She also loves reading detective fiction from the Golden Age and viewing movies like LOTR or Star Wars. Sometimes you can even catch her watching American Ninja Warrior.

Visit Jennifer at her blogFacebookFB author pageTwitterPinterest, and her Amazon page.

3 Questions Wednesday with Hope Bolinger

Hope Bolinger HeadshotHappy Wednesday! Today the Inspired Prompt welcomes author, Hope Bolinger. We’re so happy you could join us. First question:

Who is your favorite author?

Hope: This is the hardest question you’re going to ask me. I think C.S. Lewis tops all others. I admire his ability to excel in multiple genres, and man, the man can’t write a bad book.

I completely agree…he can not write a bad book.  I have loved everything I have ever read of his.

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

pow-1601674_1280Hope: I love to write what-ifs. I like to take reality and twist it just slightly. What if time travel existed? What if super heroes also had to balance a school life along with their hero duties. Anything set in contemporary times where I can have fun blurring the lines of reality.

Oh how fun! I love when a book puts my imagination to work.   Now about one of your characters…

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?

Hope:  OK, let me narrow it from my books and another book.

From my book: I love my character Hannah. She just does what she wants, is incredibly quirky, blunt. I have a feeling we’d spend the day pulling pranks.

From another book: Who doesn’t love Anne of Green Gables? She has such a wild imagination, I know we’d have the afternoon full of memorizing poems, reenacting scenes of famous literature, and being dramatic.

Hannah sounds like a fun character to get to know! Thanks so much for dropping by!

Click to tweet: Author Hope Bolinger talks about favorite authors,  and a giveaway. #HopeBolinger #amwriting

Giveaway:  Make sure to leave a comment for the chance to win Hope’s latest book, Blaze.


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If you can’t stand the heat, don’t walk into the fire.

Danny knew his sophomore year would be stressful . . . but he didn’t expect his school to burn down on the first day.

To make matters worse (and they were about to get a lot worse), he — and his three best friends — receive an email in their inboxes from the principal of their rival, King’s Academy, offering full-rides to attend the town’s prestigious boarding school. Danny wants nothing to do with King’s Academy and says no. Of course his mother says yes. So off he goes to be bullied and picked on for not being part of the popular and rich “in crowd.”

From day one at King’s, Danny encounters hazing, mocking insults from girls at the “popular and pretty” table, and cafeteria food that, for such a prestigious school, tastes as if it were purchased from a military surplus supply warehouse. If he survives, Danny will have to overcome his fears of failure, rejection, and loneliness—all while standing strong in his beliefs and walking into the fire.


Hope Bolinger HeadshotHope Bolinger is a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. and a recent graduate of Taylor University’s professional writing program. More than 300 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer’s Digest to Keys for Kids. She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams. Her column “Hope’s Hacks,” tips and tricks to avoid writer’s block, reaches 2,700+ readers weekly and is featured monthly on Cyle Young’s blog, which receives 63,000+ monthly hits. She is excited for her modern-day Daniel “Blaze” to come out with IlluminateYA (an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas). She enjoys all things theater, cats, and fire.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Ginny Cruz

ginnyGood morning! It is my pleasure to welcome award winning author Ginny Cruz to the Inspired Prompt.

Good morning, Ginny.  Let’s get started!

Who is your favorite author?

Ginny: My favorite author is Jean Auel. I’ve read many authors and this is a hard question to answer; however, I think it’s Jean. When I discovered her, she had just completed Clan of the Cave Bear, the first book in her Earth’s Children series. It was agony waiting the years between each book, but well worth the wait.

I love finding a new favorite to add to my old favorites! 

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

Ginny:  Ever since childhood, I’ve wanted to take a months-long cross-country trip and write about it. As a child, I devoured the Little House on the Prairie books and dreamed of being Laura, riding in the covered wagon across the plains. As an adult, I read and reread, Peter Jenkins’ book, A Walk Across America. Maybe it’s just my wanderlust leading me to see what’s on the other side of the hill.

I love this idea!

If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book who would it be? And what would you do during the day?

Ginny:  Again, I think I’d climb in the back of that covered wagon with Laura Ingalls and head west. We’d smell the grass lands and hear the mourning doves. Ma would cook up biscuits and bacon on the campfire and Pa would play his fiddle before bed. And, somewhere down the trail, we’d find a perfect place to build a cabin.

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Sounds like a wonderful day!  Ginny, we’re so glad you stopped by to visit. Come back soon…

Click to Tweet: Ginny Cruz talks about her books and writing today on Inspired Prompt @InspiredPrompt  #giveaway #childrensauthor #Southernfiction #Christian

Readers, Ginny is giving away one FREE autographed copy of  Mud Holes and Magnolias to one person who leaves a comment!


Mud Holes and Magnolias

unnamedMama’s family loved telling stories, especially on each other. As a child, I heard Mama and her family tell these old tales over and over. As a result, they’ve never left me. Over the years, as life dealt trials and difficulties, I’ve recalled these stories. And there, tucked away in the recesses of my memory, God showed me some lessons on faith. In this book, I’ve shared those lessons with you.


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Ginny Cruz is a pediatric physical therapist and award-winning Christian author. Born and raised in Mississippi to a family of preachers, teachers, and builders, she knows a good story, a moral lesson, and a solid foundation when she sees one. Whether teaching moms how to help their children or composing a devotion, her Southern roots show. Her latest book, Mud Holes and Magnolias: Lessons on Faith from Mama’s Stories pays tribute to her spiritual heritage. More about Ginny at www.ginnycruz.com