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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 8/17/20 – Why Do You Write Christian Fiction?

Hello! Welcome to Monday Morning Coffee and Chat! Today I’m answering the question, “Why do you write Christian fiction?”

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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!

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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:
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Interview with Author Kari Trumbo 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 introduce you to Kari Trumbo! Kari and I cross paths regularly inside the Christian writer community, and I’m thrilled that she agreed to be a guest on my blog. She’s giving away a signed paperback of her latest release, so make sure you read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Hello everyone! I am Kari Trumbo, a writer of sweet Christian stories, with swoony heroes and heartfelt romance. I’ve mostly written historical westerns, but I’ve been writing a few contemporary stories lately.

Tell us about your current release: My newest release is for Christmas, Better Than First, Olympic Hopefuls book 1. Better Than First is like Hallmark Christmas Movie meets Touched By an Angel. Isla Flores has been a paraplegic her whole life and she needs to earn her place in the Paralympic games. When her best friend and coach, Duncan Schmitz challenges her to make a twelve item bucket list to complete before Christmas, she’s not only forced to see life off the track differently, but her coach, too.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? No. In fact, I’ve got many friends who write to market and sell a lot more books than I do. I write the stories the Lord has placed on my heart. I figure there is a reason for that. Each story much touch someone.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? For the last two years, I’ve released almost one book a month. While I’m proud of the accomplishment, I’m tired. I still have daily writing goals, and a schedule, but sometimes it’s hard to ignore a story that wants to be written out of schedule order.

What is your preferred method of writing? (computer, pen & paper, etc.): I love the computer, because I tend to write very quickly in first draft. I write it like it “looks” in my head. On my second pass, I add in emotion and senses, deepen everything.

Sometimes, when I’m distracted by pain or I’m outside I’ll just grab a notebook and start writing, but I have neuropathy in my fingers from twelve years of spinal issues, so I can’t write more than a couple pages at a time, whereas I can write most of a chapter in one hour if I’m typing.

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 didn’t tell anyone when I first started. I had an idea (and that book has never and probably will never be published) and I wrote it in the span of one month. It was awful, but that didn’t matter, I’d done it. I told my closest writing friend and she challenged me to write another one for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) the following month. I took up the challenge and wrote my first published book the following month. That was probably what got me started writing fast. Two books in two months to start is a big task and pretty much broke any notions I’d had about what speed I “should” write.

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’ll be honest. I don’t. I know the two characters and I might know a little of their history (if it’s a series and the character has been introduced before). But I have started a book literally with two names and nothing else. Now, I write romance so *spoiler alert* I do have some idea of the ending when I start, but I usually have no clue what is going to transpire in the story to get them there.

My absolute bestselling book, with over 11,000 copies sold, was written in just over two weeks. I knew the names of the two characters, but only that. The group I was writing with decided we’d release a book every three weeks, and I was up first. I had no choice. Sometimes it just comes.

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My Favorite Romance Plot-Line with a Two Book Giveaway!

I’m on Inspy Romance​ today giving away talking about my favorite romance novel plot-line. I’m also giving away an autographed paperback of Topaz Heat and An Aria for Nick! Come say hi. You can get there at this link.

Topaz Heat, Book 3 of the Jewel Series



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