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Interview with Tanya Eavenson and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m so pleased to bring you Tanya Eavenson — who shares my first onscreen crush with me! Yay! (“I need a coool, rider…”) Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy of Tanya’s latest release!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. My husband and I have been involved in youth and adult ministry for over twenty years. I’m an international bestselling and award-winning inspirational romance author. I’ve written several Bible studies that have been translated and published in different languages by Christ to the World Ministries, and I’ve recently joined the Wholly Loved Ministries team. But most of all, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three children, as well as grabbing a cup of coffee and reading a good book. I’ve lived in Texas for several years, which inspired my interest in small-town life, ranching, cowboys, and how our great nation expanded west.

Tell us about your current release. I’d be happy to! The Rescue takes place in 1889 and is set in Graham, Texas. Here’s the blurb. 

Upon the death of her mother, Rosalind Standford’s life shatters, the pieces scattering to the wind when she is forced into a betrothal to a cunning banker. But when a telegram arrives announcing the man who captured her heart is on a train to Boston, Rosalind must hide her true feelings before the thin cord of her existence unravels the deadly secrets she keeps.

Cowboy Trent Easton returns to his roots in Boston society to find his childhood friend, the love of his heart. Instead he finds a broken woman engaged to a man close to her father’s age. Though she once rejected him, when Trent learns she’s in danger, he determines to do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even taking her to the altar in the black of night. But will his name and the remote wilds of his Texas ranch be enough to protect her? Or will freedom cost them their lives?

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Absolutely! There are many times in a person’s life when he or she may reach an obstacle like my character, Rosalind. It may be an illness, an accident, or a difficult decision that must be made. I personally reached that point in my life while writing The Rescue. It was a defining moment.

Through the fears of dealing with my cancer prognosis and searching for God’s direction, I learned that He did indeed place this desire to write on my heart and that no matter what I was facing in my life, it didn’t diminish His call.

I’m inspired by the Lord to write inspirational Christian fiction so people may know the love of Christ—to know the depth He will go to have a relationship with us.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? LOL! I wish I could write fast enough! Instead, I carry around a notebook and my phone. I’m constantly writing my thoughts down and taking pictures of things that give me inspiration. Recently I was praying and asking the Lord for a story idea while waiting for my daughter’s cross county practice to finish. After I finished praying, I looked up and noticed a dog park across the way. An idea for a book popped in my head. Twenty minutes later, I had photos and two sheets of notes ready for me to begin a new story set to release this upcoming Mother’s Day.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher (or agent or audience if you self publish)? The Lord really has been working on me in this area of my life. He’s put things into perspective for me and has helped me to understand that His plans aren’t necessarily my plans. All He asks me to do is keep my focus on Him and write the words He’s placed on my heart to write. He is the author. I’m His instrument.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? Goodness! That was such a long time ago, but I haven’t forgotten! 😊 It was Michael (Maxwell Caulfield) from Grease 2.

What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done? I never saw myself being a writer! I remember saying with ready fingers pressed on the keyboard, “Are you sure, God? I never wanted to write. Never cared to write.” But there I was, typing away at the keys with a burden to share a story when I had no idea where it would be heading. Even though that story never saw publication, it was the beginning of something exciting!

Here is where you can find Tanya online:

http://www.tanyaeavenson.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TanyaEavensonAuthor/

https://twitter.com/Tan_eave

Tanya is giving away an ebook copy of The Rescue when it releases on Sept 2 to a reader! See below how you can enter to win:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

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Interview with Lynne Basham Tagawa and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I am pleased to bring you Lynne Basham Tagawa, because it means that get to know her a little bit more, too! I LOVE the sound of her book! And I very much enjoyed the approach she took with her answers. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did. Lynne is also giving away a copy of her latest release, The Shenandoah Road. Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy!

Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a schoolteacher, actually—science and math. The math got added on when a small school lost its math teacher and I was squeezed into the role. But my interests shifted over the years, and now I prefer history to chemistry.

Tell us a little about your current release. The Shenandoah Road: A Novel of the Great Awakening was released last summer, and now it’s currently in audiobook production. My narrator lives in Virginia, and loves that the story is set in some of his favorite areas.

It’s a romance, but the novel isn’t just about that. It’s classified as historical fiction, not romance, for that reason. And because the characters marry at about the 25% mark—okay, a bit of a spoiler there!

I wanted to write about the great revival in the 1730s and 40s—what would it be like to live back then? There are very few who have written stories set in that time period, and one of those is juvenile.

As I did research I realized that there was a lot of diversity in the colonies during that time, even among English-speakers. New Englanders had different backgrounds, different customs, from those in Virginia. Everyone knows about the Quakers—Philadelphia was the cosmopolitan metropolis of the day, with religious freedom not found elsewhere. So that’s another group.

Then enter in a huge wave of Scots-Irish immigration. Several hundred thousand came to these shores during the 18th century, and their customs were different still. I begin to imagine . . . what if a Scots-Irish Presbyterian married a New England Congregationalist . . . it was fun to write.

If you knew ahead of time that your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Wow, what a challenging question. I would say yes, but with this explanation: my focus on motivation always has to be on what the Lord would have me to do rather than the results. We are called to “witness,” which brings to mind a courtroom setting. We give our testimony or speak gospel truth, but in the end, the fruit is up to God.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher (or agent or audience if you self-publish)? Great question. I self-publish (I have my own imprint) but I still deal with that. I know my writing is not exceptional. Some things have helped me—first, I’ve learned, that in every endeavor, to use what God has given me. It may not be as much as what God gave someone else, but it’s what He gave me. Second, writing is a craft that is learned. I can improve.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? I’ve never suffered from a major case of it. Periodically, though, my output slows down. I begin to have doubts about the chapter I’m writing. Step one is just to write—even if it’s a paragraph. Another tactic is to quit and pick up a novel. Weirdly, reading someone else’s prose starts my brain churning. After a while my eyes have drifted from the page and I’m constructing a scene in my head.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? A couple of things led me to self-publish. The first was my content. My stories are “preachy”—not in the bad, copy/pasted way I see on occasion. But my characters have a spiritual journey as well as an emotional one, and that necessitates using Scripture or even bits of sermons. The Shenandoah Road has a lot of that—first, my hero wants to make sure his potential wife understands justification by faith, and later, he teaches her using a sermon by George Whitefield.

The only publisher I knew of that might go for it is rather small. I communicated with one of their authors, who explained his decision to create his own imprint. It’s partly economic, partly a question of signing away your rights.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I have a backbone—important, crucial scenes jotted down before I type the first word. What is this story about and where is it going? I know there are some writers who invent characters, plop them in a setting, and see what happens. Not me. I have to envision the climax so I know where I’m driving. I wouldn’t call it an outline, exactly—that word gives me mental hives. It’s more like the rail to hang on to or at least glance at while I go up the stairs. It reduces my anxiety so I can enjoy my characters and let things happen along the way. A couple of incidents in The Shenandoah Road were spontaneous. I love that.

Here is where you can find Lynne online:

http://christianreading.com/ltagawa/

https://www.facebook.com/Lynne-Basham-Tagawa-263573557821364/

Lynne is giving away a copy of  The Shenandoah Road: A Novel of the Great Awakening to a reader! See below how you can enter to win:a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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Interview with Michelle Connell and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I am so pleased to bring you Michelle Connell! I’m always impressed when a homeschool mom is actively writing — I tend to take school breaks off from writing because my kids mess with my chi so much! But Michelle does it with four kids! So impressive! As a military wife, I love that she has a military inspirational romance. Read on to learn more about her and find out how you can enter to win a copy of her book Heir Force!

Tell us a little about yourself: Michelle Connell is a wife, homeschool mom and new author. She is a former book reviewer for several markets including Christian Home & School and CBA’s Retailers + Resources Magazine. She is a member of CSPA, RWA and the FHL chapter of RWA. She lives in southern Illinois with her husband and four children and a Poodle mix, Ripley. She is the author of two inspirational romance novels. For more information and to sign up for her mailing list, visit https://MichelleConnellWrites.net

Tell us about your current release: My second book, Heir Force: A Military Inspirational Romance came out in 2017, a stand alone novel about Kate’s most challenging assignment has nothing to do with the military. When tragedy strikes, she can barely function. But when a secret is revealed that affects the rest of her life, she seeks help from her military family. In this inspirational story, journey along with Kate as she overcomes the changes in her life and her heart.

My next book coming out is Accident Encounter, the 2nd book in my Chance Encounter Series.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I never intended to write novels, if you can believe it! I didn’t think I had the time or gumption to write them, with three young children at the time. (I now have 4). It wasn’t until my writer’s group encouraged me to try National Novel Writing Month (NANO) back in 2006 that I even attempted. That November, I wrote 50k words of what is now my novel, Correspondence Encounter, which is in the editing phase. The following year, I wrote the bulk of Cookie Encounter, which has garnered great reviews.

Have you always wanted to write a book? According to my parents, I wanted a typewriter when I was two. When I asked my dad why, he thinks it was because I thought it could write words. I was an early reader and have always loved books and reading. I am also a huge fan of libraries, and went often through my growing up years.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? After doing Nano a few times and leaving the books aside, I began to learn more about self publishing and had a friend publish a middle grade book, so I knew if she could do it, she could help me. I feel like I’ve been in school for ten years, learning blogging, Create Space, Kindle, etc, but I enjoy having control of putting out my books on my schedule. I only wish I could write faster or more often, but around homeschooling, this is difficult.

What do you think is lacking in Christian Fiction? I think Christian fiction is getting better. One reason I chose to self publish is because I want to write more realistic books that readers who don’t go into Christian bookstores might pick up. My books are more inspirational than Christian and probably would not be accepted by the CBA.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? Some of my favorite authors as a child were Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Gertrude Chandler Warner, Carolyn Keene, Donald Sobol and the authors of Trixie Belden. Because I was a voracious reader as a child, I thought someday I would write children’s books. Alas, I don’t have an idea in my head!

Here is where you can find Michelle online:

https://michelleconnellwrites.net/

https://twitter.com/@MCromancewriter/

Michelle is giving away a copy of her book Heir Force to a reader! See below how you can enter to win:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 8/5/19 – How Difficult Was It To Send Your Autistic Kid to Space Camp?

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

Monday Morning Coffee and Chat! Today I’m answering the question,”How difficult was it to send your autistic son to Space Camp?”

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