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Interview with Terri Wangard 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 happy to have award-winning historical romance author Terri Wangard as my guest! Terri’s new release sounds SO GOOD! I am also fascinated by the story of Lusitania — and to have a history major with a master’s in library science write a book about it makes me think that it will reveal so much information I didn’t know before! Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. My first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days I write mostly historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. I have a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, is my day job.

Tell us about your current release. The Lusitania has always fascinated me, more so than the Titanic. Since I started writing, I’ve wanted to write a Lusitania story. Here is the blurb for Roll Back the Clouds:

A dream come true becomes a nightmare. Geoff and Rosaleen Bonnard embark on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to England aboard the fabled Lusitania in 1915. Europe is embroiled in war, but the authorities insist the conflict shouldn’t affect a passenger liner.

Then, a German submarine hurtles a torpedo into the grand ship. Rosaleen makes it into a lifeboat, but Geoff is missing. She searches the morgues in Queenstown, heartsick at recognizing so many of her fellow travelers. Alive, but suffering a devastating back injury, Geoff is found in a Cork hospital.

While waiting for him to recover, Rosaleen is thrilled to meet her mother’s family, but a dark cloud hovers over her. The battered faces of dead babies haunt her. She sinks into depression, exasperated by Geoff’s new interest in religion. Her once happy life seems out of reach.

Will joy ever be theirs again?

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? I think it was Robert Kennedy’s assassination. We were at a motel, and my parents were talking about it. In my vague memory, I can see them looking at a newspaper.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? Donny Osmond

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I wrote stories as a Girl Scout, since I received the Writer badge. I didn’t expect to write books though, until I read some stories that seemed to be written by formula. The names and settings were changed, but otherwise they were all the same. That prompted me to try writing my own book.

What is your preferred method of writing? I write on computer, but if I have an hour in the evening and an idea is percolating, I’ll write in a notebook.

How did you make the initial step into writing your first novel. What were some of your major roadblocks and how did you overcome them? I first wrote a book in the early 2000s. I sent it to a publisher. It took them a year to say No Thanks. I set aside my writing for a few years. Then, in 2008, I read Debbie Macomber’s Twenty Wishes, about women fulfilling their wishes. That made me decide to write again. I bought the laptop I still use today and wrote Friend & Enemies, the first of five novels, so far.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? I loved the Flicka, Ricka, Dicka series by Maj Lindman.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? I write what I would like to read, and hope others do too.

Here is where you can find Terri online:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorTerriWangard

Twitter: @terriwangard

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/terriwangard

Instagram:  @terriwangard

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/terriwangard/

Website: http://www.terriwangard.com

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Interview with Patti Stockdale 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 have Patti Stockdale as my guest. I love the story about how she started writing — clearly God had a plan for her! I also love how her latest release was inspired! Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy of it!

Tell us about yourself: Patti loves hope, history, and a good happily ever after. She can’t remember numbers, so she married a statistician. Thanks to him, she’s lived all sorts of places and worked all sorts of jobs. For 11 years, she directed the programming at a nonprofit senior center and hosted an annual talent show, rocking a Dolly Parton wig, Annie Oakley boots, and a sweet-although snug-Batman costume. She no longer works there. These days, Patti writes books and reading assessments for an educational publisher.

Tell us about your current release: One forbidden love. Two broken hearts. Three little things.

Hattie Waltz should forget the troubled neighbor leaving for boot camp in 1917. He forgot about her ages ago. It had always been the Waltzs verses the Kregers, his family pitted against hers. When she hands him a farewell gift, a chemistry lesson unfolds. The good kind.

Arno Kreger can’t leave Iowa or his old man fast enough. He’s eager to prove his worth on the battlefield and stop blaming himself for his brother’s death. Before entering the train, he bumps into Hattie. He’s loved her forever, always from the sidelines, because nobody crosses Hattie’s pa.

One innocent letter soon morphs into many. Arno and Hattie share three little secrets in each letter and grow closer together. But he’s on his way to a war across the ocean, and she’s still in her father’s house. Their newfound love will need to survive dangers on both fronts.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I returned to college at the age of 35, taking classes two nights a week at a satellite campus. Although I valued the convenience, I had few choices on courses. But that was okay. I’d nail down the basics then declare a major. After the college canceled Western Civ one semester, my only other Monday/Wednesday option was, you guessed it, Creative Writing. Could I work full-time, raise a family, and complete the labor-intensive assignments? I had to try. Surprise, surprise. I fell in love with storytelling.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? My favorite authors swoop me into their stories, tug on my heartstrings, and reveal how true love wins. I also appreciate deep POV and humor. Whether historical or contemporary, my goal is to write books I want to read.

Who was your first screen/musical crush? At a recent book signing back in my hometown, a friend reminded me I’d once mailed Christopher Knight, Peter Brady from the Brady Bunch, a fan letter. How had that slipped my mind? Anyway, according to my friend, he mailed me his autographed publicity photo. No, it’s no longer pinned to my bulletin board.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Perseverance. I wrote the first draft of Three Little Things over 20 years ago. Then, it hid in a box while I worked at a busy nonprofit. A million times, I could have given up on my old dream but never caved. It’s not always the most talented writers who sign contracts. It’s those who hone their craft and never quit. My other tip is to hand the manuscript to God, let Him handle the worries and the rejections.

I’m always intrigued by how writers get started. Did you always have these books inside you and knew that you wanted to write them or did the idea just pop into your head one day and you decided to put pen to paper? I needed a new project for a creative writing class. At the same time, my mom and her sisters found an old tin of love letters their parents had exchanged. Writing a historical had never crossed my mind. But why not? I loved reading the genre. Once I persuaded the ladies to loan me their letters, I wrote the rough draft of Three Little Things. Initially, I tried to tell my grandparents’ story. But all great characters need flaws. Guess what? It was impossible to flaw my grandparents. After this revelation, my real-life characters morphed into fictional characters, making Three Little Things a much better book.

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Interview with Susan Page Davis 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 have Susan Page Davis as my guest. My family has been watching the Pirates of the Caribbean movies on our weekly family movie night, so her new book really resonated with me! It sounds very good! Plus – Susan has written more than 90 novels. NINETY. Wow! Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy of her latest release!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’ve published more than 90 novels and novellas, and I love writing. Before I became a fiction author, I worked as a newspaper correspondent. I’m married and have six adult children and ten grandchildren. I grew up in the state of Maine and spent most of my life there, but when my husband retired we moved to western Kentucky. Not only is the climate much friendlier, but we’re nearer most of our children now.

Tell us about your current release. In The Scottish Lass, sailor Fiona Campbell is captured and forced to accompany a band of cutthroats on their quest for a lost treasure. A shifty sailor turned pirate, Samuel Trafton, has betrayed his former sailing mate Elwood Stark and stolen Stark’s new command from under him. Fearing for her life, Fiona fends off her kidnappers and prays Captain Alice and her crew will come to the rescue. Meanwhile, sailor Tommy Mercer was also captured. He tries to help Fiona and suffers for his efforts.

Stark approaches Captain Alice Packard, hoping she’ll help him get his ship back. But Alice can’t trust him. Stark was her friend Josiah Howard’s first mate, but Josiah’s gone on business, and she can’t get his opinion. Alice has many lives depending on her, and she can’t afford to make a mistake. Could Stark be in league with Trafton to gain control of the Vera B. as well as Stark’s schooner? This is Book 2 in the Hearts of Oak series, another seafaring adventure with Captain Alice Packard and her crew.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Absolutely. I write stories not knowing if they will resonate with people or not. Years later I might hear from someone who found encouragement or inspiration in one of my books. But I don’t hear from the majority of my readers. I might never know how the story affected them. I write what comes to me and leave that part up to God.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? I don’t. There’s always more there to be told. Sometimes I write very fast, and sometimes more slowly, but I think I have more stories waiting than I will ever have time to tell.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? Little Joe Cartwright for sure.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I have pretty much written since I was a child. I have copies of old stories I wrote in junior high. As an adult, I did a lot of newspaper and magazine articles before starting seriously to write fiction. For me, there’s something compelling and satisfying about getting it on paper.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? Usually. Well over seventy of my books were written for traditional publishers, and they all have general lengths in mind and put them in the contract. When I write something for independent publishing, sometimes I just do it and see where the length ends up.

What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done? Self-publishing. When I started writing novels, self-publishing fiction was declared “the kiss of death.” It was many years and many published novels later that I began to consider it. The publishing market and process has changed immensely in the past 12 years. Self-publishing is now a viable option for writers. True, because it’s so easy now, there’s a lot of poorly written and poorly edited material out there. But indie authors can make it on their own now, and many have. My first indie books were backlist books on which I had the rights returned to me by the original publishers. Since then, I’ve gone on to publish several original books, like the Hearts of Oak series written with my son, and the Maine Justice series.

Find Susan online:

Website: https://susanpagedavis.com

Twitter: @SusanPageDavis

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanpagedavisauthor

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Interview with Sandra Ardoin 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 have historical romance author Sandra Ardoin as my guest. I love the title of her new series “the Widow’s Might” – it brings to mind so much character and strength. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did! Sandra is giving away a copy of her latest release, so read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a wife and mom living in an empty nest with a retired husband. I’ve been writing and publishing since the mid-1980s (Wow!), but only started writing novels a dozen years ago. I’m a fan of country music, pro football, NASCAR and eating out—not necessarily in that order. 😊

As an author of heartwarming and award-winning historical romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she’s also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

Tell us about your current release. Unwrapping Hope released in October. It’s the prequel novella to the Widow’s Might series about a group of widows finding new love in a growing town along the banks of Indiana’s Wabash River.

In Unwrapping Hope, former concert pianist Phoebe Crain struggles to support herself, her mother, and her small daughter. She can’t afford a second mistake in love, especially when it comes to men with wealth. But will she allow the heir of a department store owner to restore her trust?

The first novel in the series, Enduring Dreams, releases in the fall and centers around Claire Kingsley, an architect in an age when women were rare in the field.

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? For me, it was the Kennedy assassination. I remember coming home from school, walking through the door, and seeing my mom ironing in front of the TV. She had tears in her eyes. I also remember the funeral procession with the black horse with the empty boots following the coffin. I’ve always been a horse person, so I’m sure that’s why that image imprinted itself in my memory.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? Let’s go waaay back, shall we? 😊 Hmm… I was in elementary/junior high in the sixties, so my musical favorites were The Monkeys, Peter Tork, in particular. (Yeah, I don’t quite understand that one myself.) I also thought Bobby Sherman was adorable.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? I started out being traditionally published with a small publisher but began to consider going the independent publishing route in 2018. The decision required me to weigh a few factors:

Economics – The bottom-line royalty is greater, but all the costs (cover, editing, marketing) are on the author.

Time – Writing the book and turning it over to the editor at a publishing house is different from writing the book, then finding a freelance editor, cover designer, etc.

Business Creation – Authors are in business. We are creators, but we must manage that creation in a way the reflects proper business decisions. As an indie, those business decisions expand and everything is on the author’s shoulders.

What made you take the plunge and finally do it? When I weighed all of the above, what made me truly consider plunging into the indie waters was the control factor. Yes, it’s more work, more responsibility, but it allowed control over cover and marketing decisions. The latter lets me see what marketing efforts work and what don’t, because no matter how an author is published, marketing is part of the job and marketing can be expensive.

What truly caused me to take the plunge was answered prayer. I spent a lot of time praying about the decision until I felt that peace of knowing I was doing what God had in mind for me.

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 try. I know the general plot with major plot points and what my characters want/need/fear, but I’ve never been able to write an extensive outline. Also, I find I have to write a while before I really get to know my characters, so things sometimes change.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? First, I determine whether it will be a novel or novella. Second, I establish a word-count goal. I’m generally pretty good at staying close to that goal while still writing a complete story.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? Great question. I write the stories from the ideas that intrigue me. At the same time, if I want my books to sell and support my writing habit, I need to keep in mind what readers what to read. What are the commonalities in my chosen genre of historical romance? What size book is popular with readers? If I’m not entertained by the story, I’m pretty sure it won’t be something that entertains my readers.

Here is where you can find Sandra online:

www.sandraardoin.com

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Interview with Melissa Jagears 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 happy that Melissa Jagears is joining us. For one, she homeschools three kids and STILL WRITES. I haven’t written a word since my kids have been home socially distanced from the world. I have massive respect for any writer who homeschools. But beyond that, her book sounds SO GOOD. Seriously. Check it out – and check out how you can enter for a chance to win a copy!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a way too busy lady! I homeschool my three kids, teach Spanish classes, write and edit books, and try to keep my house clean!
I grew up in Branson, Missouri, professionally taught English as a Second Language, but now I’m a Kansas girl and teach everything under the sun. 🙂

Tell us about your current release. I wanted to write a marriage of convenience story where the reason they wed for convenience was stripped away from them immediately after they exchanged vows. What would they do when they found themselves permanently tied to a stranger for no good reason? Here’s the official blurb:

Marrying a stranger to save a ranch is one thing; losing the land on their wedding day is another.

Desperate to keep the ranch where three of her children and a husband lie buried, Annie Gephart must marry or sell. Which of the few bachelors in town would consider a surprise proposal to wed a plain widow with a rebellious daughter, a spirited boy, and unpaid taxes—without laughing in her face?

Jacob Hendrix has never fully let go of his ranching dreams despite ending up as a small Wyoming town’s marshal. The job wouldn’t be so bad, except he’s more errand boy than lawman. When Annie proposes marriage without a single coquettish bat of an eyelash, can he commit himself to a woman he hardly knows for a choice piece of property he’d be an idiot to pass up?

But taxes aren’t all that threaten Annie and Jacob’s plans. Cattle rustlers, crumbling friendships, and wayward children make this marriage of convenience anything but. When they lose what they’ve sacrificed everything to save, will the love of a stranger be enough?

Romancing the Bride is the first book in the Frontier Vows Series by award-winning Christian romance author Melissa Jagears. If you like heartwarming marriage-of-convenience stories, you’ll love this sweet romance filled with endearing characters.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it? I got LOTS of professional opinions when I started out. Not just my friends and family thoughts or hobby writers, but I sought out writers who were studying story craft and were serious at getting published, in a critique group initially.
You have to find picky critiquers but ones who’ll critique YOUR story, not tell you how they’d write it if it was theirs. Then I put my work into professional writing organization contests. Once I started consistently finaling, then I figured I was getting good enough to approach agents. I also kept writing. The more books I wrote and struggled through to get my critiquers to like it, the more confident I was in being able to satisfy a reader.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? I watched a lot of 40s and 50s movies in high school and Gene Kelly’s slanted smile? How could you not fall for that?

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’m a huge plotter. I do a lot of plotting work, and when I think I have a solid story, I write a book length document telling the story to myself. This is when my plots can unexpectedly change as I figure out what will and won’t make me happy as a reader. THEN I write my story in fiction form. The story is pretty concrete at that point, but I have fun “hearing” their funny jokes and finding out all the little details–bringing them to life.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? Taking a shower. Something about being busy doing something on automatic stuck in a boring box frees the brain. Or prostrate on the floor with a notebook beside me when no one’s around.
Something about being flat on the floor takes away all distractions–nothing I can do in that position but think.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? My own enjoyment. If I don’t want to read it, I’m going to be awfully bored writing it.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever had a great writing idea? It’s not exactly strange, but I was in a pickle ten years ago when I got a great idea at a bad time. I was visiting some childhood friends and was driving eight hours back home when my brain just decided to pour out ideas (for Romancing the Bride, actually.) But I had to get home by a certain time. I couldn’t stop. But I know from experience if I don’t write my ideas down immediately and try to “remember them later” I’ll forget. But I couldn’t write while driving! This was before cell phones and GPS. So I hit every town on the highway until I found an office supply store. Bought myself a voice recorder and talked all the way home.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? Nancy Drew, the Nancy Drew Files specifically.

Here is where you can find Melissa online:

website – www.melissajagears.com

facebook – https://www.facebook.com/melissajagearsauthor/

newsletter – http://melissajagears.com/phplist/?p=subscribe

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Interview with Cindy M Amos 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 excited to bring you Cindy M. Amos! Cindy’s newest release takes place in my old stomping grounds around Saint Augustine, Florida. It is truly one of my favorite places on earth, and when I lived there I read anything and everything with that at it’s setting! I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did. Read on to see how you can enter to win her latest release!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. My background is in the natural sciences, so learning to write fiction was a lot like mastering a foreign language. After college I spent five years doing sea turtle conservation work on an isolated barrier island. Afterwards,
I relocated from North Carolina to Florida where I met my husband. The Florida landscape is highly interesting…and full of threats like big snakes and alligators! The last day of that career was the day I went into labor with our oldest son. Before both boys started school, we moved to the heartland where I began writing fiction focused on man living close to the land, mostly ranching themes. On the weekends, we farm and ranch in the Flint Hills to the north of Wichita on the fifth-generation Amos family ranch. I worked at a local nature center as their volunteer coordinator for ten years, but for the last seven years I’ve been a full-time writer.

I recently celebrated the release of my 31st book, having signed on with a small traditional publisher, Winged Publications, in August 2016. The publisher, cozy mystery author Cynthia Hickey, is a pleasure to work with, and her cover designs are top-notch! For 2019, I’ve enjoyed producing eight novellas –all in collections– and am looking forward to my main contract in the Forget Me Not Romances imprint for 2020, The Men of Mustang Pass, a historical series set in Montana.

Tell us about your current release. My publisher recruited volunteer writers to fill the last collection of the year, Romancing the Drifter. Right away, a story thread popped into my head about a man living along the railroad tracks who wasn’t who he seemed. I selected the historical rail line that drove the settlement of south Florida, put in place by railroad magnate Henry Flagler. A fascinating time of endeavoring geniuses, Flagler ordered power stations from Thomas Edison to electrify the hotels he built to house the tourists the trains brought to town. Anyway, the drifter collides with a true-to-life Florida cracker family at a waterstop for the train. In Derailing the Drifter a guy meets pretty girl under adverse circumstances, and the rest of the entanglement occurs between stops from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach as Flagler plans to expand the rail to an unsettled locale called “Miami.” Lots of authentic conflict here between arriving tourists and resourceful natives, and the reader might enjoy discovering one of the first kitschy souvenir shops along the route! Orange marmalade, anyone? I will enjoy sending a paperback of this new release to one lucky reader of Hallee’s blog! What I like about paperbacks is they can be read and then passed along to a friend!

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? That answer is a resounding YES. I remember my Sunday School teacher coming to me after reading Book 5 of my Landscapes of Mercy series, Lifting Lock Runner. She admitted that she cried while reading the book and then thanked me for writing it. I was struck by her response, and then realized I possess no clue as to how my books will reach individual readers. Is suffering the touchpoint? Forgiveness? Redemption? A second chance? Like Scripture says, man looks at the outward appearance but God sees the person’s heart. Under inspiration from the Holy Spirit, I am tasked to write the best book I can, market it with enthusiasm, and trust God with the rest.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? No, I never compromise my standards, which is why writing inspirational romance is so great. I tell everyone their grandmother can read my books, they are so wholesome and clean. I have to take responsibility for every word I write, which comes with the territory of being a published author. At first, it was hard sharing my heart and feelings with the reading public, but it becomes easier to be revealing with each release — and some encouraging reviews from readers!

What do you think is lacking in Christian Fiction? With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? Sometimes while I’m finishing a book, the idea for the next one starts formulating. That’s my only time of “mixed signals” of inspiration. Still, the last scenes are always so vivid,
I can get those completed true to form and then grow excited about the next romantic adventure. Life is full of variety, and I draw from that constantly. On a good week with little interruption, I can start a book and get one chapter done per day. I’ve been mostly writing novellas lately, so I can complete a 20,000-word romance in four to ten days. That only includes the first draft, though I do go back and read through the previous chapter before starting my writing day, which gives me that first chance to improve my flow and optimize word selection.

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? My mother sat on the sofa in our living room and couldn’t stop crying as JFK’s funeral procession rolled across the TV screen in black and white. That’s hard for a kid to forget. I remember thinking, “What’s going to happen to our country now?” We were raised under conditions of poverty, so any drastic change seemed to be a threat to our marginal world. As it turned out, we were fine and time marched on under Lyndon Baines Johsnson in the White House.

Have you always wanted to write a book? No, the first part of my life I was “nature girl” and lived a very active, outdoorsy lifestyle. After lots of nonfiction endeavors, including being published in national magazines for Christian leadership, ministry, and STEM advisory articles, I kept contemplating the vast arena of fiction writing and became fascinated with the concept. One day, standing in the middle of a pasture eight miles from a paved road, I looked up at the ridge of a hill and asked myself a question. “What if a young man rode his horse across that hill on the way to find something special? I began to write the answer, and by the time I’d finished, it became a five-book series that employed an element of time-slip to link the present-day rancher to his heritage. I still have that series about the prairie saved back, and hope it can become a meaningful part of my book legacy as time goes on.

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 began by outlining in the early days, but now find that isn’t necessary for novella-length books. I do use an outline for sequencing a longer book. I write plot-driven fiction, so I don’t focus on the character-driven goals/motivation/conflict sketching out technique. However, I am reading several craft books on character development including ones by James Scott Bell and Jeff Gerke for deepening my characterizations.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Develop your innate ability to write by keeping at it. My best advice to someone who has written a book is to write the next book. You learned something along the way when completing a book-length project, so utilize what you’ve gained and employ it to write a better second book. Build on your success. Keep your writing ‘machine” in operation. Fitness trainers talk about “muscle memory” and I believe writing skills are similarly expressed. Block out time to write and sink into that rich world of creating a story no one else has ever told. When life circumstances prevent me from writing, I begin missing the process immediately. I start scribbling notes, which is a promisorial ticket for a guaranteed return to my “normal” endeavor, the lifestyle of being a writer.

Here is where you can find Cindy online:

http://cindymamos.wixsite.com/natureink

https://www.amazon.com/Cindy-M.-Amos

https://twitter.com/@cindymamos

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