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Author Interview: 10 Questions with Ruthie Madison

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Our interview today is with Ruthie LovesJesus Madison. Thanks for being here today Ruthie and for agreeing to do this interview.

Ruthie Madison

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: It seems like I have been writing stories for a long time. When I was younger, I wrote some Children’s stories, but they are lost. As I got older I started writing what I call wish fulfillment stories. Although my heroine always seem to be in some unfavorable situation, they always end up with a man in their life.

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I live with my widowed mother and my older sister. I had my education in liberal arts, but I wasn’t able to get my teaching credential. (This is all on hold) So when I am not writing, I am shopping for family and or cooking for family. My whole family is Pentecostal—we attend Assemblies of God church when we can, when we can get a ride. It most definitely get in the way of my writing. I have to take the bus when I go shopping and it can take up to 2 hours. I am blessed enough to get help from people who knows I can’t afford much.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: Would you believe writing? When I write, it is like I am in another world. I also enjoying singing, crocheting, reading and walking.

Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: It seems like I have to. With my very first book, I used no oen and the end result was my book came out unprofessionally. Since I have been in groups on Facebook, I get told I need to hire an editor, then a proofreader and so forth. I wasn’t going to ask a beta reader for my upcoming book, my editor suggest I do. I also am finding out I can’t just use any photo I want because of copyright issues so I am asking people to do a cover for me

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: Jesus Paid it All is not your typical paranormal romance. It is very much Christian and it shows how a weak Christian can get out of the snare she is in. It is about one woman who was seduced by a Wiccan as well as her husband who was stationed in Afghanistan. It is all about a plot a brother and sister had in order to convince the main character’s husband to sign the divorce papers. Why? Darlene, the main character’s mother used to be a Wiccan, but because her mother left the coven, Darlene must take her mother’s place and marry the offspring of the witch who was jilted by her mother.

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

Answer: After Jesus Paid it All, it will be my first YA fiction called The Kalliwagans.

Question: What is your current WIP? Answer: Right now I am working on another version of A Second Chance at Love.

A Second Chance at Love

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: After Halloween, I should have three

Question: What is your favorite book/character?

Answer: My favorite book used to be A Second Chance at Love, but I am loving my latest one! It is the only one where I actually like the bad guy. 😀 (In this case Diethelm the Wiccan)

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Past Hunter

 

Author Interview: 10 Questions with Rebekah Lyn

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Our interview today is with Rebekah Lyn. Thank you Rebekah for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.

Rebekah-Lyn

Question: Tell us a little about your real (Non-writing) life & family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I have a wonderful family and I’m eternally grateful for the support they have given me since I started writing. I’ve worked in the hospitality/tourism industry for almost twenty years, which has given me a ton of inspiration for one of the main characters in my Seasons of Faith series is a hotel concierge. I grew up in church, but when I went out on my own, I went through a period where I had to figure out if I really believed in God from my own heart or from habit. It was a difficult time, but I came out with a much stronger faith and a passion to help others who might be experiencing the same doubts.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy & what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: Of course I love reading, but I also enjoy traveling and cooking. I’ve recently started gardening and I’m learning how to properly grow and dry my own herbs.

Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books & Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: I have a fantastic support team that I couldn’t do this without. I work with Laura Wright LaRoche at LLpix.com on my cover designs and she is absolutely fantastic. I have several beta-readers who have been incredibly helpful tightening up my books before I send them off to an editor. I also have a wonderful publicist who manages my website and finds new avenues for me to promote.

Question: Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?

Answer: I am still searching for what works best in promotions. I’ve had some success with sites like Book Bub and Ereader News Today, but the price is going up on paid promos and with the marketplace becoming more saturated, it’s becoming harder to make enough sales to pay for the promo. I also recently participated in two group sales, which was a new experience for me. I think networking and getting out to meet people face to face is important. I’m currently working on growing my newsletter subscriber list. If anyone would like to subscribe, visit RebekahLynBooks.com. The sign up is on the home page. Last month we had a give-a-way and one lucky new subscriber won a box of Grimaldi chocolate covered potato chips. Anyone who signs up before December 31, 2013, will be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of Jessie before it is released for sale.

I will always love my print books. I recently read that vinyl albums are making a come back so there is hope that print books will one day do the same. Everything is retro at some point. However, I understand, for a society that has become so immersed in technology, ebooks are taking over. I would like to believe ebooks might open the door of literature to some of the younger generation who might not ever pick up a print book.

Question: Have you done anything writing-related, but besides your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

Answer: Along the lines of networking I have created an opportunity to meet readers and share one my passions, hot tea. Afternoon Tea with the Author is an opportunity for me to gather at the home of one of my readers, introduce myself to their friends, and talk about writing, my faith, and how I hope to reach both believers and non-believers alike with my books.

Question: Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.

Answer: I had the chance to go to Rome in 2000. I was only there for a couple of days, but I was in awe the entire time. I was overwhelmed by all of the history, the magnificent art, and the thought that I could be walking the same steps that Paul walked.

Question: What is your current WIP?

Answer: I am currently working Jessie, the second book in the Coastal Chronicles. Jessie is a historical fiction set on the east coast of Florida in the early years of the space program. I grew up in the area during the Shuttle program and didn’t realize how little I knew about the start of space exploration. Writing this book from the perspective of a teenage boy in the 1960s has been an exciting challenge.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: I currently have three books out- Summer Storms and Winter’s End in the Seasons of Faith series and Julianne in the Coastal Chronicles. I’m very thankful they have all reached amazon best seller status.

Summer Storm

 

Winter's End

 

Julianne

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: I have two more books planned in the Seasons of Faith series and a third book for the Coastal Chronicles. I am hoping to have the Seasons of Faith books out in the spring and winter of 2014.

Question: What is your favorite book/character?

Answer: There are so many books that I have a hard time justifying reading a book more than once when I could be discovering something new, but there are three books that I have indulged in several times- Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, Julie Andrews’s Mandy, and Hannah Hurnard’s Hinds Feet on High Places.

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Author Interview: 10 Questions with Pastor George McVey

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Our interview today is with Pastor George McVey. Thank you Pastor George for being here today and for agreeing to doing this interview.

Pastor George McVey

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: This is a hard question for me to answer since I don’t really have a chosen genre. I just write the stories and teaching books God drops into my heart. Now having said that I’ve always been a story teller and I grew up in a family of storytellers. It was a part of our family get togethers to sit around and listen to the adults and children tell stories. True life or otherwise. So that I think is my qualifications, God given stories and a history of telling them.

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I’ve been married to my wife, Sheri, for 26 years. We have three children Valerie, George Jr., and Alfred. I have a grandson Nathan and one on the way named Alexander, two dogs and a cat. I’m also the teaching pastor at West Charleston Baptist Church in Charleston WV. To be honest these things are both a source of inspiration for my writing and at times a hindrance. Things I encounter in my family and church life often lead me to a teaching book or a cute saying or scene in my fiction books. Having people stop by to chat with the pastor or come by my house to visit the pastor when they need to talk can get in the way of putting words on paper. However to me writing is just an extension of the ministry God has given me so in that instance I do what needs done and put aside the manuscript and help out. Then I come right back to the manuscript when I can.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: I’m a huge movie and TV buff. Though I hardly ever admit it, I’m a huge geek. Scifi, Fantasy and Comic book movies and TV are my absolute favorites, with reality TV being a close second.

Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: My books are a family affair. What I mean by that is both my wife and Mother-in-law are intial beta readers. Then I have a series of other people who look and give me feed back as well, including my editor and friend M.L. Donovan.

Question: Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?

Answer: The best promotion is people who have read and love your books. I’m passionate about what I write and if I do it right my readers become passionate about them as well. Honestly my best selling book is my teaching book “The Complete Armor of God.” I’ve never done any promotion for it yet it consistently sells over 150 copies every month. Why because people read it and tell people about it. I’ve been contacted by readers who have talked about it in a Sunday School Class or Bible Study and the whole class or group has bought it. One man let me know his whole church purchased it for their mid week Bible study. So the best promotion is readers who share.

I like both ebooks and print books. I read both. I understand the pull of ebooks. I love my kindle and the fact that I have hundreds of books in my hand at any given time. But I also love sinking into my Lazy-boy in front of my fake fireplace and reading a good old fashioned hard back or paper back. I think there is a need for both. However, I realize that it is likely that print books will go the way of the dinosaur. If I had to choose only one way to publish it would be ebooks. I’m just glad I don’t have to choose.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: My newest book is called ‘Redeeming Grace’ it’s the third book in my Redemption Tales series. The series follows Nathan Ryder a young preacher heading west to the New Mexico Territory to take on his first pastorate. Along the way he stops in Missiouri and aquires a gunslingers reputation, and a wife. The first two books deal with Nathan coming to terms somewhat with the douality of his callings and getting to Redemption New Mexico to start his life. I’ll let Redeeming Grace’s back cover speak for itself.

The past has caught up to Grace and the Preacher. For Grace in the woman she worked for in New York. For Nathan in the arrival of his judgemental father.

Rumors and gossip threaten to destroy Nathan’s position as pastor before it’s even really begun. Twisting the truth, Grace’s singing career becomes the focus of self-righteous church members. Nathan’s father not only disapproves of Grace but also Nathan’s dual occupations of US Marshal and Preacher. Add one determined gunslinger out to take The Preacher’s reputation and a deputy who is overcome by guilt and loss. It will take a heavy dose of God’s grace to survive.

What do you do when your past threatens your future? When people forget what God’s forgiveness is all about? How, as pastor, will Nathan get them to see what should be obvious?

Is there anything that isn’t covered by Redeeming Grace?

Question: Share something that’s amazing, touching, or that makes you angry.

Answer: The most amazing thing that has ever happened to me as a writer was receiving an email from a recently returned solider who had been in Afghanistan. He was thanking me for Redeeming Reputation because he had been struggling with how to live with killing men in battle as a Christian. He said when he read who Nathan was struggling with that same issue and the answer he came up with helped him to overcome his own struggle. That was the most amazing touching thing I have ever had happen. To know that this book I wrote helped someone with something so personal and deep. That’s what keeps me writing.

Question: What’s the worst trouble you ever had with getting a book written (plots, finding needed information, getting a cover done)?

Answer: Actually I am working on a book now that is giving me trouble. It is the second book in my Spiritual Warfare for End Times Warriors series. I’ve been working on it for over a year. I can teach on the topic and I use the information in my ministry. However, for some reason I just can’t seem to get it on paper. I don’t know why but I keep praying about it and pick it up and work on it every now and again.

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

Answer: Well my next project is a collaboration with Sophie Dawson where the main characters of Redemption Tales visit the town of Cottonwood from Sophie’s Cottonwood Series.

Question: What is your current WIP?

Answer: Well it’s Nanowrimo so my current WIP is my entry for that, it’s called “A Terrorist Tale.” It’s a different sort of story for me in that it isn’t a western and there isn’t any romance. It’s about an ex-navy SEAL who is asked to go off the grid and eliminate terrorists threats against our country after 9/11. In the future he is given a list of terrorist to eliminate and it is his and his teams own Christian family members. They have to decide do they follow orders or follow God? Not only that but who is actually giving these orders and why?

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: I have seven books out counting Redeeming Grace. They can all be found on my Amazon Author Page

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: Well for 2014 there are two more Redemption Tales to be written tentatively titled ‘Redeeming Time and Redeeming Family, then there is a book about Nathan’s famous grandfather Nugget Nate that I also want to write this year. I also need to finish the second booklet in my Spiritual Warfare series.

Question: Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life?

Answer: A fun fact here is in my Redemption Tale series I do include some real life famous people of the wild west. I also include several characters from famous western TV shows. I won’t tell you who or where but my fans tell me that is one of the fun discoveries they get to make in my books.

Question: What is your writing style?

Answer: People ask me that and my answer is two fold. One I fly by the seat of my pants. As we know some writers plot out their books, not me. I have a general idea where I’m going but the characters drive my books, they have to tell me where they’re going and what they’re doing. The second answer is this in fiction I am a storyteller. I write in the style that I tell stories in real life. I guess you would call it conversational. It is one of the biggest compliments I get in my non-fiction that reading them is like being in one of my bible-study classes.

Website: http://georgemcvey.webs.com/
Blog: http://georgesshorts.wordpress.com/
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Author Interview: 10 Questions with Parker J. Cole

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Our interview today is with Parker J. Cole. Thanks for being here today Parker, and for agreeing to doing this interview.

Parker J. Cole

 

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: I don’t think anything prepared me to write as much as reading did. I think any good writer has to be an avid reader. For one thing, reading broadens your imagination on the feet of writers who have gone before you. Another thing to consider is that you learn how to develop your writing voice as you read. I read a ton of horror and romance books as a child which is what prepared me to write.

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I am a radio show host for Christian/inspirational writers. My faith is a huge part of who I am as I seek out to help others in the same path as I do. I sing in the choir at my church and participate in other activities when I can. I see church work as a way of staying busy and grounded in what God wants us to do as we advance the kingdom. I have been married for six years and I have a four-legged daughter named Sarah who I adore!

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: I love knitting and cooking. I am an avid sci-fi fan and I diehard Star Trek fan.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: My newest book is called Many Strange Women, book one of The Sins of the Flesh series. Solomon Greene made a deal with God – if he gave him an ugly wife, he’d marry her on sight and do right by God. Celeste Martin made a deal with Solomon – she’d be his ugly wife. After all, she’s in love with another man and couldn’t care less what her husband thought about her. Yet, in all this deal making, they both got more than they bargained for.

Many Strange Women

 

Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: I think everything I write should glorify the Lord. I have different purposes for each book but at the end of the day, I want the Lord to be satisfied with the use of the gift He gave me. In a way, it’s kinda like a tithe. When I write, I am giving back to Him what He blessed me with.

The Other Man

 

Question: Tell us one place you want to visit, or person you want to meet, and why.

Answer: I want to take a trip on the Virgin Galactic ship. I would love to see the boundaries of space and be a part of history. I’ve seen the videos and it looks so exciting! I hope I get a chance to one day.

Question: Share something that makes you laugh, with just plain humor, or happiness, or because it’s so stupid.

Answer: My favorite, all time joke in the world that always makes me laugh is this: “What do you call a fly with no wings? A crawl!” Never gets old!

Question: Share something that’s amazing, touching, or that makes you angry.

Answer: One of the most touching things for me is having my family and friends believe in me when I didn’t. I plan to, as long as I continue to write, to always acknowledge their belief in me. It’s very powerful when someone believes in you. It’s more potent than any drug. It’s more sustaining than any foundation. When they believe in your success before it happens, that is what keeps you going.

Question: What is your current WIP?

Answer: I have two WIPs in process. The first is book two of the Sins of the Flesh series. The second one is standalone book for NaNo tentatively titled “The Doctor’s Cure”. After I get off this romance kick, I plan to do some darker stuff so stay tuned.

Question: Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life?

Answer: My very first book I self-published called Dark Cherub is based off an incident that happened with a friend of mine. I was shocked at what she did and the story bloomed from there. It took ten years to write but that one is close to my heart.

Question: What is your writing style?

Answer: My writing style is this: misdirection. I don’t want the reader to know what’s going to happen. I want them to think they know what will happen and then pow! Totally unexpected. I like to be surprised and I want my readers to be too.

Author Interview: 10 Questions With Max Elliott Anderson

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Our interview is with Max Elliott Anderson. Thank you Max for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.

Max Elliott Anderson

 

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: Most of my life has included the production of dramatic films, corporate video programs, and television commercials. It was work on the dramatic films, and especially those we produced for kids, that I feel prepared me for what I’m writing today. I grew up in a family that produced and distributed Christian films. This gave me the opportunity, from a very young age, to hang around the studio and watch the actors, listen to dialog, learn about setting, plot, and other elements. It’s amazing to see how those years of impressions now find their way onto the pages of the action-adventures and mysteries I write for middle grade readers. And as I’m writing, I actually see each book, as if it were a feature film in my mind, as the story unfolds.

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Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I’m fortunate in that I didn’t begin writing until our two children were grown. I have tremendous respect for writers who have to find time to write even though there are little people running around the house who constantly need attention. But we have two granddaughters. One of them lives in our town. Since our daughter is a teacher, I keep this little one several days a week. It’s safe to say I don’t get any writing done on those days. That causes me to work in the evenings and on weekends, just to stay on top of things. Since I no longer work in the film and video production arena, I’m free to write, promote, and market that work full time. My wife and I are members of First Evangelical Free Church here in Rockford, IL. One thing that surprises people is that I grew up hating to read. It’s a little ironic because my father was the author of over 70 books during his lifetime, and I didn’t read any of them as a child.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: For me, writing is the most fun I’ve ever had. I used to resent writers who would hand us a script with nearly impossible visuals to shoot, then they’d go back to their warm, dry office while we were out in the worst of conditions. Now I’m one of those writers. If I can see it in my head, I can put it down on paper, and bring stories alive. Aside from that, I enjoy our grandchildren very much. I like Gospel music – we just attended a 3 hour Gaither Homecoming concert – Duck Dynasty, and old movies where the dialog doesn’t have to be bleeped. The best films are in black and white.

Question: Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?

Answer: I caution aspiring writers that writing your book will be the easiest part of what you do. It’s what comes next that represents the truly hard work. But I have a strong background in marketing and promotion, again from those years in film distribution, so that part comes easily for me. When you ask what works for promotion, I’d have to say there’s no magical, single thing to point to. It’s important to promote on many different levels. Agreeing to this interview is one way. I also produce book trailers for most of my books, maintain several emailing lists, have a blog, am active on social media, write two monthly columns, contribute to anthologies, and much more. As for e-books, I’ve found that kids have still not embraced them as their primary reading method. All of my books are available in print and as e-books, but I think it’ll take longer for the e-books to catch on for my books.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

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Answer: The title is The Great Cave Caper. In it, our boys had formed a detective club in their little town where nothing much ever happens. That is, until they put their money together and ordered a police scanner for the shack where they held their meetings. The area around where they lived, in New Market, Virginia, was littered with caves. The uncle of one of the club’s members actually has a cave right on his farm. That’s when the guys hatched the idea of going out to the cave for a little innocent exploring. The cave was on private property, so they knew they’d be safe and no one could bother them. But on the night before their big adventure, the scanner came alive with reports of a big bank heist in a nearby city. The boys thought surely the robbers would be long gone by the time they set up their campsite near the cave. They were wrong. Inside the cave the next morning they found something. Now the robbers were coming in the entrance of the cave and the boys can’t get out.

Question: Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.

Answer: In my video production role, I had the opportunity to spend an entire day with former president Ronald Reagan. The occasion was the last visit to his boyhood home in Dixon, IL. It was my job to write and then ask the interview questions. I still have the video from that day and it is something I will always treasure. This is a link to a blog post I wrote about that day including pictures: Private Interview with President Reagan

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

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Answer: When I began writing, about 13 years ago, I wrote almost non-stop for the next three years, completing 36 manuscripts. Then I stopped in order to concentrate on finding an agent and locating publishers who would be interested in what I’d written. I currently have contracts for 9 more of these and we continue looking for additional opportunities.

Six of these books will be released by an educational publisher in Toronto. They have their own sales representatives across the country who will be selling directly to public schools and libraries. This publisher also has a short story collection under consideration. This is an interesting project for their markets because there are reading comprehension questions after each story. In addition, Alice Munro is the first Canadian to win Pulitzer Prize in literature. What is significant about this is that she writes short stories. Her win has caused short stories to become high interest in Canada, so my project could be very well timed according to the publisher.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: I have nearly 20 titles published.

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: My short-term writing projects will likely focus on short stories, additional anthology projects for places like Chicken Soup for the Soul, and my magazine columns. Since I still have sixteen unsold manuscripts, there isn’t an immediate need to write more of those at this time.

Question: Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life?

Answer: Yes, many of my stories have their roots in film productions I’ve been involved in, or the locations where they were shot. The same can be said for characters I’ve met along the way. One of my books, Terror at Wolf Lake is set where I lived as a boy in Wolf Lake, Michigan. North Woods Poachers is set in a remote area of Canada where I shot two films. Barney and the Runaway is loosely patterned after a film I shot many years ago.

Barney and the Runaway

 

Captain Jacks Treasure

 

 

Author Interview: 10 Questions with Mary Hamilton

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Our interview today is with Mary L. Hamilton. Thank you for being here today Mary and for agreeing to do this interview.

Mary L Hamilton

 

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: I write middle grade fiction but not because I intended to. I really wanted to write for the adult market. When I started revising my first draft and got involved in a critique group, they convinced me it was a teen novel. Once I accepted that, it was much easier to write it. Since the setting is a youth camp, my qualifications are that I lived at a camp for the first twenty years of my life. I’ve also raised three kids and been involved with our church’s youth group. So I’ve been able to observe and study kids.

Question:Tell us about things you enjoy ó what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer:I love being outside and enjoying nature, watching sunrises and sunsets. Sometimes, that means just sitting out on my patio with my dog, watching the squirrels and birds. Sometimes it means going out for an early morning jog, or an evening walk. I also love to knit and enjoy making sweaters and afghans.

Question:Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books ó Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: I could not write without a group of trusted friends who provide critiques of my work. Each one brings their own expertise or point of view, and it’s so interesting to me to see what each person comments on. I also used a beta readers, a couple of teens and a couple of moms. My sister-in-law used to do editing for a publishing house so she edited my manuscript before I submitted it. As for the cover, my publisher designed it and I think it’s perfect.

Question:Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: My newest book, Hear No Evil, is about a young teen who struggles to understand his mother’s abandonment until he discovers it was for his own protection. Brady’s mom drops him off at summer camp with the news he can’t come home. She no longer wants him living with her. The pain from that rejection only deepens when the camp bully targets Brady with cruel taunts and teasing. Brady must figure out what he did wrong and how to change Mom’s mind before the end of the week, or he’ll be living with his workaholic dad, the guy who left when he was seven. But when Brady discovers his mom might be in danger, he risks everything to get home to help her. A surprising secret is revealed and Brady discovers he was never as alone as he thought.

Hear No Evil

 

Question:What is the message of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: My books deal with some of the issues teens face today, so my message is hope and understanding. I want kids to come away from my books realizing that God cares what they’re dealing with, that He is a constant presence even when they don’t feel it, and that He can provide a new perspective, possibly a new way of dealing with the pressures they face.

Question:Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.

Answer: A couple years ago, I accompanied my husband to Alaska when he attended a conference in Anchorage. I was so impressed with the beauty of Alaska. Everywhere I looked, it just seemed incredibly beautiful. It’s a place that still has a frontier feel to it, and such unique experiences with the long daylight hours in summer and long hours of darkness in winter. I look forward to going back and exploring more of Alaska.

Question:Share something that makes you laugh, with just plain humor, or happiness, or because it ís so stupid.

Answer: We raised our kids without a television in the house. So watching TV was a treat for them whenever we went on vacation and stayed in a hotel. Once when my son was about eight, he loved being able to watch basketball on TV, but he ignored repeated requests to turn it off. I spotted the remote control and clicked it off at the very moment my 5 yr. old daughter walked past the TV. Son thought she had turned the TV off (since we didn’t have a TV, he didn’t know about remote controls.) He got up and turned it back on. Amused, I waited until Daughter walked back past the TV again and clicked it off again. Son got very irritated with his sister, who truly was clueless about it. I played with it a little more, letting him turn the TV on, then clicking it off as soon as he returned to his seat or at key times in the game. We finally convinced him the TV wasn’t working so he needed to just leave it off. We still laugh about that.

Question:What ís your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

Answer: I’m working on the next book in my Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series. It takes the bully from Hear No Evil and focuses on him. That book is due out in August of 2014.

Question:Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life?

Answer: A lot of Hear No Evil is based on real life experiences. The setting comes from the camp where I grew up. Several of the characters were inspired by people I knew at camp, and most of the activities the kids participate in are things that we did at camp.

Question:What is your favorite book/character?

Answer: It’s hard to pick just one, but I love Charles Martin’s When Crickets Cry. It’s a beautiful story of a cardiac surgeon imprisoned by guilt over the loss of his wife.

Contact information:

Website/blog: http://www.maryhamiltonbooks.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mhamilton122

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/maryhamiltonbooks

Reviews from Goodreads.com

“…the book’s real success comes from Hamilton’s use of voice to get the reader into Brady’s mind and heart as he makes his realizations and completes his journey. It takes skill to write in the voice of a thirteen-year-old boy convincingly and Hamilton demonstrates this skill. It is because of this skill that I now appreciate the teen genre.” D. Hand

“This is a seriously AWESOME novel for young people (or really for anybody)! I was up until 2:30 this morning reading it. I couldn’t put it down!” T. Pollard

“Sometimes a book comes along at exactly the right moment. I know that Hear No Evil was written for a younger audience, but the message was exactly what I needed WHEN I needed it.” J. Thompson

Author Interview: 10 Questions with Lillian Duncan

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Our interview today is with Lillian Duncan. Thank you Lillian for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.

Lillian Duncan

 

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: I didn’t start writing until I was 40 so I’d been reading for 35 years at that time. Though, I read all types of books, mystery and suspense is by far my favorite. No matter what I try to write, it always turns into a mystery or suspense so I guess that’s what I was meant to write.

The Christmas Stalking

 

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I was a speech pathologist for schools for 34 years. I was semi-retired for several years, but now am completely retired which allows me to focus on my writing career. I’m married with two adult step-sons. My husband and I live in a small town with two dogs and three parrots.

Deception

 

For the most part, my fiction is pure fiction. I’ve never been involved in any real life murder investigations, but if you know me well enough, you’d be able to pick out people and events that are similar to my real life.

Interestingly enough, I recently got a contract for a new novella series that features a crime-fighting speech pathologist. This book definitely is inspired by my real life. At least the speechy parts—not the murder part!

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: Of course, I love to read! That’s no big surprise. Along with that, my husband and I go camping several times each year. And by camping I mean in a camper with air conditioning and all the amenities I like! I do some crafty things, including some painting. I love to make greeting cards and then send them out to people.

Persued

 

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: I have a new book being released in January 2014. BETRAYED is the second in my SISTERS by CHOICE series. The series focuses on strong women who form strong bonds as they go the extra mile to help someone in trouble. The first in the series, DECEPTION, is about a pair of estranged twin sisters. BETRAYED is about another character that the reader meets in DECEPTION. And just this week, I sent in the edits for the third story, REDEMPTION.

The tagline for BETRAYED is….Her dead husband just called from the grave! Yikes, doesn’t that just send a tingle up and down your spine?

Betrayed

 

Here’s the blurb:

Witness Protection Program claims they can keep anyone safe if only they follow the rules so Maria follows the rules–every rule. She’s given up everything–her friends, her family, her past, even her name to ensure her daughter has a future.

Reborn as Veronica Minor in the sleepy little town of Sunberry, Ohio, she struggles to rebuild their life amid the beauty of her flower shop. A life where her daughter can have a happy normal childhood. A life where her daughter will never know that her father was a monster.

When a child disappears, Maria prays it has nothing to do with her past, but what if she’s wrong? Not knowing who to trust, she trusts no one…and that’s her first mistake

Dark Alleys

 

Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: I like to say I write suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s amazing love for his children.

Serenity Springs Ohio

 

Question: What’s the worst trouble you ever had with getting a book written (plots, finding needed information, getting a cover done)?

Answer: Interestingly enough, it’s BETRAYED. I’ve never had a serious writer’s block, but I did on this one. I’ve had little blocks before but nothing like this one. When I do get a mini-block, I go back to the start and revise. Usually, I’ve discover the spot where the story needs to be “fixed” and when I get to the mini-block, the story starts to flow again.

 

Not so for BETRAYED. I just couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next, no matter what I did. This went on through several rewrites and several months. Then one day, the light bulb came on. I was stuck just like the character was stuck. She had to let go of the traumatic event and move on with her life. Once I had her do that, I wrote the rest of the story in less than a week and more than 20,000 words.

Geese Mate for Life

 

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

Answer: REDEMPTION should be released sometime next year. Here’s the blurb:

Others may think Jamie Jakowski is a hero, but she knows differently. Haunted by her past, she searches for redemption by helping others in spite of the danger to herself. However after almost orphaning her daughter, Jamie opts to retire.
When a friend needs her, she agrees to one last undercover operation. Jamie is determined to reunite a heartbroken mother with her kidnapped son.

Used to working alone, Jamie’s not happy when she’s assigned a partner. And after a failed operation and a failed romance, Enrique Rodriguez is the last person she wants to work with—ever.

To succeed, Jamie must confront her past as well as the people who want her dead.

DEADLY COMMUNICATIONS should also be released next year. Here’s the blurb:

Improving communication skills is never easy; in this case it could be murder!

Maven Morris is a speech-language pathologist on medical leave or as she likes to say she’s been put out to pasture. When she’s offered a lucrative position by one of the community’s most powerful men to help his traumatic-brain-injured daughter improve her communication skills, she discovers secrets behind the iron gates of their mansion.

Now, she must find the courage to seek justice for her client, no matter who gets hurt—even if it’s her.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: At the moment, I have six books published. PURSUED, DECEPTION, and THE CHRISTMAS STALKING, are all published by the Pelican Book Group. Then I have two older books that I released as e-books earlier this year. They are GEESE MATE FOR LIFE and SERENITY SPRINGS, OHIO. Then, DARK ALLEYS is a book I published independently. All of them are filled with fast-paced suspense and mystery and a touch or two of romance.

Question: What is your writing style?

Answer: I write by the seat of my pants, also known as a pantser. Being a pantser, I don’t do any outlining or plotting of my story. I sit down and I write. I never know what’s going to happen before it happens. That means I’m as surprised as the reader as my story takes its twists and turns. It’s what makes writing so much fun!

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Author Interview: 10 Questions With Ada Brownell

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Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: A deep hunger for the Word from a young age, the resulting study, and being in the House of God whenever it was open, prepared me to write for Christian publications and to write Christian non-fiction books. I earned a certificate of ministry from Berean School of the Bible (now Global University).

Long ago I completed two major courses, Dorothy C. Haskin’s “Writing for Christian Publications,” and “Fiction Writing,” from New York School of Writing; and have a B.S. Degree in mass communications.
Being a journalist on the medical beat for seven years picking physicians brains and writing about the latest research helped with Swallowed by Life, Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal. In that book I go into the physical evidence that shows we’re more than a body.

Teaching and working with church youth most of my life, plus my years as a newspaper reporter, gave me a background for Imagine the Future You. I interviewed Miss America and other beauty queens, wrote about fashion, medical articles, stories on young scholastic achievers, musicians; but also wrote about problems they face, such as addictions, gangs, sexually transmitted diseases, suicide, delinquency and crime.

In my church teaching years, I usually always had a packed house whether as a youth leader or in a high school or college class, and to this day I hear from people who grew spiritually because of my influence. But that glory is the Lord’s.
In my free-lance articles, stories and books, I often use personal testimony, research, quotes from experts, true illustrations, scripture.

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: Someone told me a long time ago if you don’t embrace life, you have nothing to write about. In high school I won best actress in a one-act play contest and judges took me aside afterward and told me I could go to Hollywood as a comedian. I have phases where I naturally turn to the hilarious, mostly stories on me. But life has a way of bringing in the serious. My husband and I have five children (one of them in heaven).

Yet, I have abundant life. My husband was a telegraph operator for the railroad when we married in the 1950s, and we had a great time moving all over the Colorado mountains. We lived in a railroad boxcar once, in a train depot, a log cabin on top of Tennessee Pass, and spent five years in the Utah desert. We moved so often we met dozens and dozens of wonderful people, especially in the churches we attended. God sent a beautiful Christian lady to help me in Utah in the town of 100 population, three bars and no church, and we started a Sunday school in the schoolhouse.

I was the youngest of an almost destitute family, refugees from the Kansas Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, but after my oldest sister accepted the Lord as Savior, everyone else followed and our house was full of joy and singing. I’ve spent my life playing the piano or organ in church, and singing in trios. My life has been blessed.
The Bible talks about “joy unspeakable and full of glory” and “rivers of living water” and I experienced that. We are joyful our children and grandchildren serve God.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: I love people and hearing their stories. I love to read, play games, and spent many years playing tennis and enjoying swimming. We love fixing up houses, decorating, touring model homes, and my husband built two beautiful houses.

Now as a senior citizen, we walk, enjoy family and other people, and love being in church and worshiping the Lord.

Question: Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?

Answer: Book signings where you’re well known are great, but with the trend toward e-books, you don’t sell many on the spot, but you can raise awareness about your brand and your book. Using free days on Amazon is a good booster for ratings and getting the word out. Newsletters and News Releases work well in keeping people knowledgeable about your latest success. I think you have to use Social Media even if it doesn’t increase sales much. If nothing else, you need to get your name and book titles out there.

Question: Have you done anything writing-related, but besides your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

Answer: I met a man several years later who read a newspaper column I wrote about our daughter’s homegoing and he told me he’s never forgotten it. People accepted the Lord because of articles I’ve written. One editor used to put my pieces for the unsaved on the back of The Pentecostal Evangel. A writer doesn’t know how many are touched or encouraged. It’s different from having a captive audience where you can see and often receive response. It’s nice, though, some readers submit reviews.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: Imagine the Future You is a motivational Bible study for youth.

Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares?

You don’t need a fortune teller to reveal your future. You are the person who determines who you will be, what your life will be like, and how your hopes and dreams will be fulfilled.

Today is the time to IMAGINE and to create an action plan for your future.

  • How harnessing your will can make you a champion
  • How to make valuable deposits into your mind, detoxify harmful information in the brain, and avoid brain washing
  • How to look and be your best
  • How to connect with Someone who will make a difference in your life
  • How who you marry changes everything
  • How to avoid traps that jeopardize your future
  • Where you want your name to appear
  • Why you can believe God is there and interested in your tomorrows
  • Examples of people who grabbed their future and held on

This book will show how to make the right connections, how to grow you talents, and how to begin believing in yourself and things greater than yourself—for a wonderful Future You!

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Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: My writing encourages others to accept Jesus as Savior, turn from sin, and live victorious through Christ. With Confessions of a Pentecostal, the message is God still does miracles and is with us no matter what. The theme of Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult is God answers prayer. For Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal I want readers to know if we accept Jesus as Savior we’ll live forever—and physical evidence from science and medicine testify we’re more than a body. The theme for Imagine the Future: God loves you and has a plan for your life here and for eternity that will bring “joy, peace, and abundant life.”

Confessions of a Pentecostal

Joe the Dreamer

Swallowed by Life

Question: Share something that makes you laugh, with just plain humor, or happiness, or because it’s so stupid.

Answer: When we lived in two-mile-high Leadville, Colo., in a mobile home, my husband worked out of town and I turned off the water in the bath tub he’d left running to keep the water from freezing. I awoke in the middle of the night to a loud sucking noise when my mother-in-law flushed the toilet. I forgot to turn the water back on. Without telling my mother in law, because she’d ask me forty times a day if the water was running, I threw a fake fur coat over my nightie, pulled on boots without socks, and sneaked out into the night with a fusee (a gadget like a small torch) and matches.

We had about two feet of snow. I made a tunnel to the pipes under the home with a broom, crawled through on my elbows, and discovered I got the matches wet. I backed out.

When I touched the doorknob to get inside, my bare hand stuck. Finally I got it loose and pulled, but the door wouldn’t open. Some of the deep snow on top of the mobile home melted, ran down the sides and froze the door shut. I tried and tried, prayed, but finally had to ring the doorbell. My mother-in-law pushed and I pulled (the door swung outward) until the ice cracked and I got inside.
Next time I put on socks, ski pants, sweaters, a hat, gloves, and I thawed the pipes. I left the door open a crack and got back inside, thankful to be warm and the plumbing wasn’t ruined.

The next morning I learned it had been 30-below zero F. outside that night.

Question: What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

Answer: The Lady Fugitive, an historical romance, is almost ready to go. I plan to go through it one more time and submit it.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: Four. Imagine the Future You; Joe the Dreamer: The castle and the Catapult; Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal; and Confessions of a Pentecostal, out of print but now available as an e-book.

Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: Sequels to my novels and more books in my Dynamite Decisions for Youth series.

Thanks, Russell, for having me as your guest.

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SWALLOWED BY LIFE
JOE THE DREAMER: THE CASTLE AND THE CATAPULT
SWALLOWED BY LIFE
CONFESSIONS OF A PENTECOSTAL
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Author Interview: 10 Questions With Phyllis Sather

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Phyllis Sather

 

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I’m a believer, having been rescued from a very deep pit by my Savior when I was 30 years old. My biggest regret is all those wasted years, but the Lord has used them to rescue others for which I’m grateful.

When I was growing up all my friends were dreaming about careers but I always wanted to be a wife and mother. That didn’t happen early in my life so I had a career in management before I married when I was 38. We’ve been married for 29 years and homeschooled three of our children for 19 years. They are young adults now and still live at home while pursuing more education and starting small businesses.

Family is very important to me and there is nothing I enjoy better than having my family together.

My family is very active in our small church. I joke that my job is to see that everyone gets to where they’re supposed to be at the right time.

We moved to the country in 2007. I was raised on a small hobby farm, but the rest of our family was all raised in the city so I’ve enjoyed watching them become country-folk, but we discovered that I’m quite citified now. We are only a half hour from a good sized town so we still have access to all the culture and benefits of the city too.

Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: I write non-fiction that is mostly based on situations from real life. I have quite a variety of life experiences and lessens learned to draw from.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: I enjoy reading a variety of types of books. My husband has always read aloud to our family. We usually have several books going at a time. I enjoy most things that accompany homemaking and parenting. My very favorite thing is scrapbooking our family photos. We vacation at a cabin every June and since I’ve discovered digital scrapbooking I spend a lot of time there putting together photo albums.

Question: What’s the worst trouble you ever had with getting a book written (plots, finding needed information, getting a cover done)?

Answer: Probably my first book, Purposeful Planning. My husband told me in January 2006 that he thought I should write it. I procrastinated all year and finally in December made a few feeble attempts to get something down on paper. In January 2007 I agreed that it really needed to be written. I signed up for a writing class which ended up with me postponing the actual writing while I set up a website and started building a bit of a following by writing for other sites and helping promote other people’s books. In July the first version of Purposeful Planning was finished and I started promoting it.

Purposeful Planning

 

Question: Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?

Answer: I started out with ebooks and found that I loved being able to be so generous with them. I remember my children being concerned about me giving so many away that I would never make any money. But I assured them that you can’t out-give God. There were times when I would sell two for every one I gave away. I almost felt like God and I were competing.

After I sold one to a military wife she shared that it helped her so much by getting them on the same page before her husband was deployed. When she had to make decisions alone it was usually something they had discussed during their planning time so she knew his thoughts on it and could make an informed decision. When he returned they used our material to reconnect, thus making that transition easier than it had been previously. Purposeful Planning is still free to all military families.

If you are a military family, just email me at Phyllis@Phyllis-Sather.com and I’ll see that you get a copy asap.
I’ve since moved into the Kindle format and Purposeful Planning is also available in paperback.

As far as promotion goes, I’m still learning. I’ve been very connected to the home school market but since all of our children have graduated I’ve been working to make more/different connections. I’ve found that I still gravitate to the home school marketplaces a lot, but I’m working at connecting and cross marketing with Indie authors too.

Thoughts on Being Left Behind

 

Question: Have you done anything writing-related, besides your books that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

Answer: I’ve had a column in a magazine TEACH (name changed recently to Eternal Encouragement) for six plus years on mothers and daughters. The owner of it used one of them in a compilation of best articles from the last ten years titled True Treasures.

I have also collaborated with several other authors, so I have chapters in a number of books, including Molly Goes Camping, Help, Lord, I’m Getting Ready to Start Homeschooling My High Schooler, and 21 Stories of Gratitude: The Power of Living Life with a Grateful Heart: A Life of Gratitude by Shelley Hitz.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: My newest book is Thoughts on Mothers and Daughters, and is a compilation of what I think are the best articles from my column in Eternal Encouragement magazine. Since that magazine was mostly distributed to the homeschool market until just recently I think there will be a market for it as the topics I cover aren’t based on homeschooling but on growing and encouraging the mother/daughter relationship.

Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

Answer: The Lord really does do all things well. When we home schooled none of my children wanted to write. We had lots of tears all though school and dropped out of several writing curriculums. Now both of my daughters are published authors. In addition, Emily is a freelance editor with a business named Kind Corrections, and Rebekah is a graphic artist and is specializing in ebook covers. To round out my crew, my son Eric works in IT and keeps all our computers up and running. He has also done some layout work on my books and web design.

Question: Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.

Answer: We did a family trip to the UK in 2001. It was really a big splurge for us but something we wanted to do while all our children were still at home. We all fell in love with many things there and hope to someday be able to go back.

Question: What is your current WIP?

Answer: I’m finishing Thoughts on Mothers and Daughters but am feeling “stuck” on how to promote and advertise it. After the holidays I’m hoping to really get together a plan for promoting it and make it available.

© 2013 Phyllis Sather
Phyllis is an ordinary woman serving an extraordinary God. She has been the joyful wife of her best friend Daniel for 28 years and became a stay-at-home mom 25 years ago after retiring from a management position. She has 5 children, two married. She has 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She homeschooled three of their children, Emily (26), Rebekah (24), and Eric (22), for 19 years and they are now working on “Home College”. Together they work on their home businesses: Kind Corrections Editing, Becky’s Graphics, Gilded Gears – Victorian Jewelry with a twist, and Lazarus Tech Services. She has published several books, including her favorite, Purposeful Planning. Visit her on her website at Phyllis-Sather.com

Reviews for Purposeful Planning

“One of the first things that I noticed as I read this ebook is that Phyllis has been there!  She has been in the “trenches” where some of you might feel that you are right now.  She admits that she was in “survival mode” at one point…and the thought of planning did NOT excite her because it just meant more room for failure.  I definitely get where she is coming from…and I believe that you will too.”Homeschool Toolbox

“Because of these weekends, we have been much more focused and intentional about life. We have taken vacations because we wanted to create memories to treasure with our kids. We have carved out time for things like family bike rides and Lego nights. We have been more consistent in our date nights. These were all things we had intended to do, but did not – until we began to purposefully talk about them and plan them into our schedules.

There have also been some very important, intangible benefits of beginning each year by praying over our goals and priorities. My husband noticed that we now argue less. We feel more connected to each other. When life throws a curve ball, we are able to help each other refocus because we have recently renewed our vision for our family. Deliberately taking time to share our dreams and our struggles with each other smooths over the little bumps of everyday life.” Rebecca

“The “Word from Dan” is an excellent encouragement for men and for women with a desire to uplift their husbands toward a stronger leadership role in the lives of their children. This page truly completes the Purposeful Planning book and makes it a great purchase for families.” The Old Schoolhouse review

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BETRAYED

By Lillian Duncan

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Witness Protection Program claims they can keep anyone safe if only they follow the rules so Maria follows the rules–every rule. She’s given up everything–her friends, her family, her past, even her name to ensure her daughter has a future.

Reborn as Veronica Minor in the sleepy little town of Sunberry, Ohio, she struggles to rebuild their life amid the beauty of her flower shop. A life where her daughter can have a happy normal childhood. A life where her daughter will never know that her father was a monster.

When a child disappears, Veronica prays it has nothing to do with her past, but what if she’s wrong? Not knowing who to trust, she trusts no one…and that’s her first mistake

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Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.

Lillian is a multi-published writer who writes the type of books she loves to read—suspense with a touch of romance. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net. She also has a devotional blog at: www.PowerUpWithGod.com as well as her personal blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com

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