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Interview with Kristin Noel Fischer 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 fellow people-watching Kristin Noel Fischer. I am completely intrigued by the plot of her latest release — and the best part is that she’s giving away TWO COPIES! Read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a wife and a mother of six kids. I love writing, reading, and working out. And queso. I love chips and queso. Throw an avocado in there, and it feels like Christmas!

I’m deeply loved and adored by a yellow lab named Leo, so I’m often covered with dog hair. I also have a labradoodle that doesn’t shed but has quite the sassy attitude.

My husband and I have been married for 28 years, and we’ve recently taken up dancing lessons. Even though we step all over each other’s feet, dancing has been a lot of fun, and I hope we can continue for a long time.

Tell us about your current release. My most current release is called, Bianca’s Joy, Rose Island Book 3. The Rose Island series is classified as Contemporary Christian Romance, but it also focuses on the relationship between three Morgan sisters and their sister-in-law.

In Bianca’s Joy, Bianca desperately wants to meet the baby she gave up for adoption eighteen years ago. During the search for her daughter, she falls in love and discovers a secret that changes everything.

Like all of my books, Bianca’s Joy contains a big twist, and this is definitely one of the biggest!

I’m currently working on Vicki’s Gift, the fourth book in the Rose Island series. After that, I’m planning on writing the sequel to my most popular book, A Mother’s Choice.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? I actually don’t feel pressured to compromise my standards. In my bio, I say, “If you’re looking for a gritty but compelling read without gratuitous love scenes or foul language, you’ve come to the right place. If you prefer a more edgy read, Kristin hopes you’ll give her books a chance and tell her what you think.”

My goal is to write a compelling PG read with a subtle faith element. I like writing and reading about real people who struggle with real, contemporary issues. I also like seeing them rely on their family, friends, and faith to overcome those issues.

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? Although this wasn’t the first headline I remember, I was deeply impacted by the Iran Hostage crisis. I spent a lot of time praying for the people involved and vividly remember the day they were released.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? The only way to get past writer’s block is to make yourself sit down and write. I usually set my timer and trick myself by saying, “You don’t really have to write, honey. You just have to sit here for 20 minutes, then you can do something else.”

More often than not, I get bored just sitting at my desk, and I find something to write about.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I always wanted to write. For as long as I can remember, my mind has been busy making up stories, especially when I was supposed to be paying attention in class. Whenever I hear something interesting in the news, I automatically start thinking about a story around those events. “People watching” at the airport is also a great way to generate new ideas.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? My plot definitely develops as I write the book. I would love to be the kind of writer who plots everything out beforehand, but that’s never worked for me.

At some point, the characters take over, and all I can do is run after them, jotting down notes and demanding that they explain their behavior to me.

What is your preferred method of writing? I do a lot of writing by hand, especially when I get stuck. For each book, I have stacks and stacks of yellow legal pads. When the book is published, I shred those drafts and throw the paper in the recycling bin.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? As a child, I loved Encyclopedia Brown, The Boxcar Children, and The Three Investigators. When my first son was born, I read all the Baby-Sitters Club books. I don’t know why, but those books brought me great comfort when I was dealing with the overwhelming responsibilities of caring for a newborn.

Here is where you can find Kristin Noel Fischer online:
https://kristinnoel.com/home/
https://www.facebook.com/KristinNoelFischer

Kristen is giving away two paperback or ebook copies of any of her books! (readers choice!) See below how you can enter to win:
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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 3/25/19 – Small Town Kentucky Series

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

Today I’m talking about my current book taking place in small town Kentucky.

I hope you learn more about me through my response:

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Interview with Gina Holder 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, this week I have fellow Kentuckian Gina Holder as my guest. Her new book sounds like so much fun! Wait until you read the blurb. Gina is giving away a copy of her debut novel. Read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us about yourself. My name is Gina Holder. I’m 35 years old. I’ve been married to my best friend for 12 years and we have one lovely 11-year-old daughter. I’m a stay at home mom and I homeschool. We currently live in Kentucky, but we are moving back to Colorado in May. I indie published my first novel in 2017 and now I’m preparing to release my next book at the end of April.

Tell us about your current release. My current release is titled, No Greater Love. It’s about a book-loving, coffee-drinking Portlander who discovers she is a “safe haven” baby after finding a Bible and a bookmark, leading her to the town of Whitman, Oregon to search for her birthmother. Unfortunately, her birthmother doesn’t want to be found and Paige’s past comes back to haunt her when she becomes the primary suspect in a series of local robberies. Paige was adopted by a firefighter and after his death, she vows never to fall in love with a first responder- a hero. She can’t understand someone willing to give their life for a stranger. Patrol Officer Hamilton Bryant is investigating the robberies. After the death of his best friend and fellow officer, he vows never to fall in love with anyone, except Paige has stolen his heart and he doesn’t know what to do about it.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Yes, because how would I know exactly who that person was? I would want to get my story out there so that one person could know the love of Jesus Christ. If the good shepherd can leave the 99 sheep to go after the one lost one, I think I can write a book, even if it would only touch one soul.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? Absolutely. I think every author does, if they’re being honest. We want to reach as many people as we can and with personal standards covering such a wide scope, it would be so easy to fudge on your own standards to build a bigger audience. I want to stay true to my heart and the things I believe are right or wrong. God holds me accountable for my actions—my beliefs, not the actions or beliefs of others.

At what age did you know you wanted to write? I’ve heard stories of people who were writing stories in childhood (which is what I’d expect). But I’ve heard of others who randomly started much later in life, and that is so interesting to me! When I was a young child, I struggled with both reading and writing, but then it was like a big switch happened. I still don’t know why or how, but I suddenly started trying to write stories. I was less than ten years old. The first short story (about a paragraph long) I wrote was about God’s promise of the rainbow. When God became a part of my life, I wanted to tell stories so others could know about Him. Still today, that is the inspiration behind everything I write. When I was about 12 years old, I wrote my first “novel,” it was less than 40,000 words in length, but it was mine. Funny thing, at the time, I thought it was good enough to get published, I didn’t know that I had so much still to learn!

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? It’s very difficult to get traditionally published when you are a nobody; you’re just too high of a risk. I chose to self-publish to build a platform and a name first. Once I can show that I have an audience, that I am worth the risk, I hope to be traditionally published.

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 start with a couple of characters, a theme, and a general idea of how the story will go. That’s it. Everything else develops as I write the story. Some writers start with a plot, or a character, or a theme. I hear conversations in my head. No joke.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Don’t give up and never stop learning. Don’t stop growing. Don’t allow pride to keep you from advancing and challenging your craft.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? (Book series, maybe?) I loved the Anne of Green Gables series, Laura Ingalls Wilder series, Mandie Mysteries series, and Lauraine Snelling’s High Hurdles and Golden Filly series.


Here is where you can find Gina online:

http://storiesbygina.wordpress.com

http://facebook.com/storiesbygina

http://twitter.com/ginaholder83

http://instagram.com/storiesbygina

https://pinterest.com/ginaaholder/

My debut novel is titled, Whither Shall I Go? It’s a historical missionary romance. It tells the story of an orphaned girl who goes from rags to riches, then falls in love with a young preacher. When he goes MIA during WWI, she continues their dream of being missionaries to Brazil, where she faces jaguars, anacondas, and an antagonistic Shaman. Amidst it all, she learns that God had a better plan for her life than she ever thought possible. This story is based on the Scriptures found in Psalm 139.

Gina is giving away a signed copy of her debut novel, Whither Shall I Go? to a reader! See below how you can enter to win:
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Interview with Bonita McCoy 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 romance author Bonita McCoy as my guest! She learned that she loved writing romance more than anything – much like me – and is giving away a copy of her latest book. Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy!

Tell us a little about yourself. Well, I live in the great state of Alabama with my husband of almost thirty years on a five-acre hobby farm. We have two dogs, two cats, and two horses. It’s sort of reminds me of Noah’s ark.

We have three mostly grown sons. The two oldest are married, and we enjoy both of our daughters-in-love very much. Our youngest son is living at home while he attends college. With college and work, we don’t see him much.

I spend my days praying, drinking coffee, teaching high school literature to homeschoolers, and writing sweet, clean romances. Oh, and I do like to surf Facebook and Instagram on occasion.

Tell us about your current release. Truth Be Told is a sweet, clean romance centered around the Sawyer Family and the small town of Miller Creek.

Adele Sawyer loves to play matchmaker. So, when she finds out that Claire Reed needs a job and that her nephew Haden Sawyer needs a secretary for his construction company, she thinks it’s a match built in heaven.

The last thing on Claire Reed’s mind is love. She has one man in her life, and he’s all she needs. Well, he’s all she can juggle. Taking care of her son Henry with his medical issues and trying to stay employed is all Claire has time for these days. But she can’t stop herself from noticing the dimples etched in Haden’s rugged features or how much he loves his family. No matter how infuriating the man can be.

Haden suffered from a broken heart after he called off his wedding to Sarah Dempsey. But after a year’s worth of telling himself he did the right thing and a mound of cheeseburgers, he thinks he might be willing to welcome someone new into his life. However, when his ex-fiancé moves back to town, a little white lie threatens to wreck his chances with the kindhearted Claire.

I am currently working on book two of the Sawyer Family series, and I am hoping to release Seeds of Love in April.

I keep pretty busy between writing, marketing, and publishing. I love it though. I’m sure you understand all about that.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? A funny thing happened on the way to home room one day in Junior High. I found out about the Journalism class and decided to try out for it. I got it and spent the next two years learning to write news articles.

We not only wrote the articles, but we took the pictures and did the layouts. The local newspaper printed ours for us, so I got real world experience at thirteen. It was such a thrill to see your words in print. I guess I kept going.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? Both and no, that’s not a cop out. My first novel was a cozy murder mystery. I do like to read those type stories, but I found I was more interested in writing the love subplot then I was trying to fit in the red herrings.

So, I moved to romance and immediately loved it.

However, I was not ignorant of the fact that eighty percent of fiction is written for the romance genre, or that it is still the number one best seller. So, I am blessed. I get to write what I love and what is popular.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever had a great writing idea? It’s either on horseback while we were out on a trail ride or at the mall with my brain storming buddy. Whenever we get together and start plotting out a scene, we laugh and cut up. I’m sure if anyone over heard us they’d think we were talking about real people the way we chat about the characters.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? A lot of prayer and my personality. I like learning all about the business and determining for myself what I can do and what to delegate to others.

It is a little scary and very daunting being an indie author, but I’ve enjoyed the process. The learning curve has been steep, but with each book published, I add to my arsenal of information, so each book is better then the one before it.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Yes, because God is the one who has called me to write. He put it in me to do. So, I don’t write necessarily to please people but to please God. How he chooses to use this skill He gave me is up to Him. Ten, five, one or none. If He says write, I write.

Here is where you can find Bonita online: Facebook.com/bonitaymccoyauthor or Instagram.com/bonitaymccoy

Website: www.bonitaymccoy.com

Blogs: www.beautifulpiecesofgrace.blogspot.com            www.courageuswriters.com

And as a crew member of www.inspiredprompt.com

Bonita is giving away a copy of Truth be Told to a reader! See below how you can enter to win!

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