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Month: September 2018

Interview with Alexis Goring 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 excited to have Alexis Goring with us! Alexis and I have met several times at different events, and I have always enjoyed talking to her and getting to know her! Now I have a chance to introduce you to her as well! Alexis is giving away an ebook of her Love in Pictures, so make sure you read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing! I’m a total foodie who loves trying new recipes and dining at new restaurants. My passion for photography is right after my passion for writing. If I knew I could not fail, I’d be a wedding photographer (in addition to being a writer). I love curling up on a comfy couch with a good book inside my house on a rainy day.

Tell us about your current release: My current release, Love in Pictures, is about Michelle Hadley and Logan Emerson. Michelle is a wedding photographer who’s never been in love and doesn’t date often. Logan is a print journalist with a broken heart and a personal struggle that prevents him from achieving greater success as a broadcast journalist. Neither Michelle nor Logan are looking for a romantic relationship at the start of this story but after their meet cute, something about Michelle awakens Logan’s desire to love again.

What do you think is lacking in Christian Fiction?  I think that Christian Fiction is lacking diversity. Specifically, it’s lacking authors of color who write about characters of color from their own real-world life experience. We have a handful of authors of color who write from their worldview but we need more who are willing to do this. The challenges of being traditionally published by a mainstream, well-known publishing house when you write diverse stories are particularly high.

I’m a contributor to a group blog called “Diversity Between the Pages”. We’re all about promoting books that feature main characters of color. We promote books by all authors, regardless of race. The only requirements are that their books must feature lead characters that are of color and their story must be a clean read.

Check out our group blog here, https://diversitybetweenthepages.wordpress.com/about/.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys (BEFORE he met his wife and got married)

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? The best advice is to pray about it and if God gives you the green light to be a writer, pursue it with a passion to never give up! Going to writer’s conferences and connecting with other writers helps too. Networking with book editors, literary agents and publishers will also help to advance your career. Read books on writing to enhance your craft. Trust that if God wants you to be a writer, it will happen. Try to keep a positive attitude.

Who do you envision your typical reader to be? I write for a broad audience so I don’t have a specific “typical reader.” However, I think that my stories are most relatable to women ages 18 through 40 who love reading a good love story that explores matters of the heart in a way that’s sweet and uplifting.

Which of your characters most reflects your personality? Michelle Hadley from Love in Pictures most reflects my personality. You’ll have to read my book to find out why!

 I assume when you start a book, you pretty much have the plot laid out. Do you ever change your mind later on in the book, and go in a different direction? I’m more of a pantser than a plotter when I write stories. But I do determine the details for each of my main characters before I write so that I know where the story is going. However, in one of my unpublished stories, my original idea took a surprising turn. The story, “Memories,” is about a woman named Kaydance who owns a portrait studio and has a longtime crush on her favorite news anchor Robert. Her dreams look like they’re going to come true when she’s contracted by his news network to work on a set of feature stories with him. When I started writing this story, I thought that Kaydance and Robert would fall in love through working together but what I wasn’t counting on was seeing just how strong the bond was between Robert and his longtime girlfriend Roberta. It presented many challenges and plot twists!

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Yes.

Find Alexis online:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlexisAGoring/
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/PennedbyAlex
Website:
 https://alexisagoring.jimdo.com
Pinterest: 
https://www.pinterest.com/capturingidea/
Goodreads: 
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7260528.Alexis_A_Goring
“God is Love” blog: 
http://capturingtheidea.blogspot.com

Find Alexis’ recent release Love in Pictures on Amazon:


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Devotion: Let the Butterflies Remind You

Despite the fact that today will have a high of ninety degrees, autumn is starting to bloom around me in Kentucky. This morning, on my walk/run with the dogs, I passed this field of Coreopsis. It’s been in full bloom for about a week now. This morning, though, the butterflies were all over it.

I’m in the process of getting ready to travel to the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. I’ll come back and be home for two full days before flying out to the Novelists, Inc., conference. Then, I’ll join my husband Gregg and the boys and head to a conference for Gregg’s occupation. I’ll be home without another trip scheduled for four whole weeks on October 7th.

For me to leave like this, there’s a lot that has to be accomplished:

  • Our publishing company has to be in a paperwork/accounting place that I can leave it for three weeks.
  • I have to get birthday cards written and ready to mail for my birthday club. That means about 30 cards for the next three weeks.
  • I have laundry and housework that needs to be completed. I realize I can leave it undone and my husband and boys will happily take care of it. But, for me to leave in peace and not stress about it, it has to be done. My husband has a full-time demanding job. My absence is already going to add a stressor to their lives. I know an ordered, prepared environment will chill that stress.
  • I need to get bread baked for the week so the boys all have bread.

I have a to-do list a mile long, but those bullet points hit the high marks and the headers. So, my brain is a little frantic. The only thing making me not run around in circles accomplishing nothing at all is knowing I’ll be home for two full days before leaving again, which means I know I have plenty of time to handle the things I didn’t get to finish before I leave Thursday.

As I was walking this morning, three butterflies flying off together like friends made me stop and just enjoy them. I didn’t care that my workout ap blared out the words, “workout paused.” I just looked at the butterflies flying above a field of yellow Kentucky wildflowers and let some calm and peace intrude into my thoughts of lists and responsibilities.

It made me think of Matthew 6:25-34. Christ is telling us not to worry. In verses 26-27, He said:

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

I realize butterflies aren’t birds, but the image brought the verse to mind, and the verse reminded me that God’s got this.

I can pack, I can clean, I can prep an organized home into military precision organization, and I can do it all without absolutely losing my mind with worry over what I won’t be able to accomplish because God’s got this, He has me, and He tells us NOT TO WORRY.

Letting go of the worry and stress gives me more room to look forward to seeing my friends at ACFW in Nashville this week!

Let my butterflies speak to you. Relax. Don’t worry. God’s got you.

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Monday Morning Chat 9/17/18 – Writing the Dark Pasts of the Jewel Series Sisters

 

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m answering the question:

“Was it hard to write the pasts of the sisters in the Jewel Series?”

I hope you learn more about me through my response:

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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 9/10/18 – Mistakes Made in Parenting Autism

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m talking about how letting her autistic son read books like CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, and MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE were really setting him up for failure in middle school.

I hope you learn more about me through my response:

 

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Monday Morning Chat 9/3/18 – Chatting Today

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers. Today I’m chatting about my Labor Day trip, the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, and re-writing CHASING PEARL, Book 8 in the Jewel Series.

I hope you learn more about me through my response:

 

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