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Interview with Richard Blunt: ‘I like to make the whole story 100% consistent’

Richard Blunt is the author of the fantasy novel, Lucas Trent: Guardian in Magic. He is currently working on his second book in the Lucas Trent series. You can visit his website at www.lucastrent.com. Visit him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lucas_trent and Facebook at www.facebook.com/people/richard-blunt.

Q: Thank you for this interview, Rick. Can you tell us what your latest book, “Guardian in Magic”, is all about?

It is actually the first part of a series. It tells the story about a teenager that stumbles from a quite normal life into a wonderful world of mystery, conspiracy and magic, that had always been right before his eyes, hidden in plain sight. It tells a story about friendship and trust, and about the fact that things are not always as simple as they appear to be.

Q: Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

The story revolves around six teenagers who all share the interest in “esoterics”, amongst other things as they find out throughout the story. Lucas Trent, the title figure, is a 16 year old IT student, pretty much a loner, but with his heart in the right place. Darien is a year older, sort of the Wikipedia on legs of the group. Also an IT student and a real genius in theory. Marcus is the sporty guy, always a step ahead physically. The last boy, Cedric, is a little hard to grasp. He is the silent one. Always there when you need him most, but never really clear in what his intentions are. The two girls are the youngest and the oldest in the group. Stephanie is the youngster with her 15 years, a real beauty but a little shy. Jasmin is 20, like the good soul of the group. Not as good looking as Stephanie, but twice as charming with her words.

Looking at the sidelines the characters get mysterious. There for one is “Angel”, the mentor of the group. She seems always to be ahead of the game at least one step, but without ever showing her cards. And then there is the mysterious man in grey… Well, no one can tell what he’s all about. (Yet.)

Oh and of course there is the villain. “Wolfman” is the name. He could be the devils minion from his looks. He is  satanic priest who causes the heroes more than one headache throughout the story.

Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

They all have parts of real people, but most of them have many parts of many different people. I like to form them a little in like archetypes, so they do not primarily resemble someone, but resemble an idea.

Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?

I like to make the whole story 100% consistent. So the big picture is completely drawn before I write the first word of the text. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work out that perfect in the end.

Q: Your book is set in Luton, England.  Can you tell us why you chose this city in particular?

Honestly? I chose England because I wanted an English speaking country as the base and tried not to take the obvious route and choose the US. Luton came up simple: Took a map of England and blindly painted a dot somewhere… Voila… Luton… I have never been there by the way, so chances are high that my description doesn’t resemble the reality even a bit… I hope they will forgive me.

Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?

Some parts of it do, but mostly the setting gets created for the story, not the other way round.

Q: Open the book to page 69.  What is happening?

The heroes are just learning the first vital lesson of their journey. Angel is about to explain them some things. (Without explaining them at all of course, but that’s a bit complicated.)

Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?

That’s a hard one, as taking out one scene will not make sense without knowing the surrounding. I will give you a quote instead:

“Be Yourself. You can only achieve something if you are truly behind it, and you can’t be while wearing a mask.” Angel says this to the heroes not very far into the book. Why do I think it’s worth mentioning? Because it is true in reality as much as it is in the book. And although this is a fantasy story there still are many things in there that are quite true in reality as well.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Rick.  We wish you much success!

Thanks for the invitation. It was a pleasure being here.

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Guest Blogger: Rie Sheridan Rose ‘The Story Behind The Luckless Prince’

The Story Behind The Luckless Prince

by Rie Sheridan Rose

I no longer remember the original inspiration for this book, but that is understandable when you look at its entire journey. I do remember working on this book when we lived on Applegate in Austin, Texas. (We moved to Georgetown, Texas from there in 1973.) In other words, it was started a very long time ago.

 

I remember that the original tale was about two boys, a prince and his page, who got lost in the woods and were captured by tiny men who turned out to be elves. There was an ivory tower in the middle of a pond with a wicked sorceress involved somehow. And the prince discovered some truths that changed his world. The book was called Where Elves Are King at this point – and remained so titled until I realized the acronym…

 

Well, soon after that – before we moved still – I discovered The Lord of the Rings at the Austin Public Library. I was reading the books individually, handing on every word. (Unfortunately, someone else was reading them ahead of me and wasn’t as fast a reader, because I had to wait a couple of weeks at least to find out what happened after the end of The Two Towers when Frodo and Sam were in Shelob’s lair. I was not a patient waiter either!) After reading these books, my elves got taller…but no pointy ears.

 

I dabbled with the book off and on over the years, until I thought I had it in a fairly good place. I was in college by now, and I gave my copy – the only copy, you understand, still handwritten in the late ’70s – to one of my best friends to read and critique.

 

And I forgot to get it back.

 

I didn’t even realize this until we were out of school, she had moved away, gotten a divorce and changed her name. (Tosca, if by some miracle you read this and still have that envelope…I sure would like it back…)

 

So, I had to start completely over from my vague memories and even vaguer notes. This turned out to be a very good thing in the long run, as the fragments that I do have from that early draft look like they were written by a twelve-year-old.

 

I managed to reproduce a manuscript that was better than the original, had the epiphany about the name, and, after much brainstorming, had settled on the title The Blood that Binds (shortened from The Sun, The Moon, and the Blood that Binds which referred to the three articles of jewelry key to the plot.) I started shopping it around, and got mostly form rejections, but one editor asked for a full. I was ecstatic.

 

I sent her the full, and waited with baited breath for a response. Unfortunately, she didn’t accept it, but she gave me a very good piece of advice. She told me that the pacing needed work, and suggested that I look for a “Book Doctor” (professional freelance editor) to help me fix it.

 

I put the book aside for awhile, because I had no idea where to find one of these, and – by pure chance – hanging out in the “Student’s Lounge” at Writer’s Village University’s online site one day, I saw someone mention that they were a Book Doctor.

 

I contacted her, and she helped immensely in polishing the book. First major edit here.

 

A fellow student at WVU suggested that I send the book to her publisher, a small press which is no longer with us. I did, and it was accepted. I couldn’t believe it!

 

I received a marvelous edit from the company, and learned a great deal about writing along the way, some lessons that I still use today. Second major edit here.

 

The book was published as The Blood that Binds in 2001. I was now a published author, and it felt wonderful. But I kept learning. And when the company folded, I let the book lapse out-of-print rather than finding it a new home, because I just didn’t feel it was the best it could be.

 

At a convention in Dallas several years later, I got into a conversation over breakfast with Jim Reader, a fellow author who happened to live a few miles away from me. We decided to form a writing group to share work back and forth for critique. (It’s still a small group of two, but I don’t think anyone else would put up with our level of picky.)

 

This seemed like the perfect opportunity to rework The Blood that Binds into the book I had always wanted it to be. We went through it chapter by chapter, and Jim pointed out stupidities I had never thought of. I realized as we worked, that it was the first male input I’d had on the work. I highly recommend not falling into this trap. Make sure you have male and female beta readers/collaborators along the way.

 

I made the changes he suggested, and then we went through the whole thing again. By now, Jim was swearing he never wanted to see the thing again…and I was close behind him. But it was a much better book for the work. I added characters, built up other characters, and created entire plot threads. Third major edit.

 

I had always wanted to have something published by Zumaya Publications. They are one of the major small presses in my opinion, and at last I had something to pitch. I sent in the manuscript, now entitled The Luckless Prince after realizing that The Blood that Binds was overused, and it was accepted last August. In March, we edited the book through Google Docs. Best editing experience ever (not counting meeting Jim for dinner and page exchanges every week, because that was a different kind of working,) and the fourth major edit for this book.

 

It’s been a long, long journey to where we are now, but the book is the better for it. It is a polished gem that grew from a lump of rock. I am very proud of it, and will finally name it “done.”

Rie Sheridan Rose has been writing professionally for the last ten years or so — though she has just added the “Rose” on the end. After putting up with her for the last eight years, she figured her husband deserved the recognition. Prior to last year, her work appeared under “Rie Sheridan.”

In that decade, she has published 4 novels, 1 short story collection, 2 chapbooks of collected stories, and five poetry collections as well as contributing to several anthologies.

Her stories have also been published in The Eternal Night, ShadowKeep and Verge ezines, as well as the EOTU and Planet Relish websites.

Her poetry appeared in the print magazines Mythic Circle, Dreams of Decadence, and Abandoned Towers as well as the Electric Wine and Tapestry ezines.

The Half-Price Books 1999 “Say Good-Night to Illiteracy” Anthology contained her children’s story “Bedtime for Benny”.

Both her short story anthology RieVisions and poetry collection Dancing on the Edge were finalists in the 2003 EPPIE awards. Poetry collection Straying from the Path and Young Adult novel The Right Hand of Velachaz were finalists in the 2004 EPPIE awards.

Her most popular stories to date are the Adventures of Bruce and Roxanne, humorous horror shorts several of which have been collected into two print chapbooks by Yard Dog Press.

She has also written the lyrics to several songs for Marc Gunn. Their “Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits” CD is due out in August.

Her latest book is The Luckless Prince, published by Zumaya Otherworlds.

Rie lives in Texas with her husband Newell and several cats, all spoiled rotten.

You can visit her website at www.riewriter.com.

Connect with Rie at Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/riesheridanrose.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pump Up Your Book Announces Dave Zeltserman’s ‘Dying Memories Virtual Book Tour 2011’

Dying Memories

Join Dave Zeltserman, author of the thriller novel, Dying Memories (StoneGate Ink), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in May 2011 on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Dave Zeltserman

Dave Zeltserman

Dave Zeltserman won the 2010 Shamus Award for ‘Julius Katz’ and is the acclaimed author of the ‘man out of prison’ crime trilogy: Small Crimes, Pariah and Killer, where Small Crimes was picked by NPR as one of the five best crime and mystery novels of 2008, and Small Crimes and Pariah (2009) were both picked by the Washington Post as best books of the year. His recent The Caretaker of Lorne Field received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it a ‘superb mix of humor and horror’, and has been shortlisted by ALA for best horror novel of 2010. Outsourced (2011) has already been called ‘a small gem of crime fiction’ by Booklist and has been optioned by Impact Pictures and Constantin Film.

His latest book is Dying Memories (StoneGate Ink).

You can visit Dave’s website at www.davezeltserman.com. Connect with him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Zeltserman/1434849193.

About Dying Memories

Dying Memories KindleWhen you can’t trust your memories.

A woman shoots a man to death on a crowded street in Boston, claiming that he raped and murdered her eleven-year old daughter. Except he didn’t, because this woman never had a daughter. Another man stabs an MIT professor to death in front of a crowd in Harvard Square, saying that he witnessed the professor running down his wife in the street. Except the MIT professor was three thousand miles away when the man’s wife was killed.

Reporter Bill Conway discovers that these victims are connected to ViGen Corporation, a shadowy pharmaceutical company. When he tries to investigate ViGen Corporation and their role in these deaths, he soon finds himself framed for murder. And that turns out to be the least of his problems…

Visit Dave’s official tour page at www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/04/09/dying-memories-virtual-book-tour-may-2011/ to see which blogs and websites he’ll be stopping off at during his Dying Memories Virtual Book Tour 2011!

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Women’s Fiction Author Kristina McMorris on ‘Letters From Home Virtual Book Tour 2011’

Kristina McMorrisJoin Kristina McMorris, as she tours the blogosphere February 21 – March 25 2011 with Pump Up Your Book to talk about her new women’s fiction novel, Letters From Home (Kensington). Kristina will be on a nationwide blog tour giving interviews, giving away copy of her books and meeting and greeting new and old fans!

Kristina’s foray into fiction began in the fall of 2006 as a result of interviewing her grandmother for the biographical section of a self-published cookbook intended as a holiday gift for the family. Inspired by her grandparents’ wartime courtship, Kristina penned her first novel, a WWII love story titled Letters from Home. This award-winning debut is scheduled for release in trade paperback from Kensington Books (2-22-11; U.S.) and Avon/HarperCollins (5-5-11; U.K.). The condensed book rights have been sold to Reader’s Digest, and the film rights are represented by the prestigious Creative Artists Agency of Los Angeles.

Prior to her literary career, Kristina acted in numerous independent films and major motion pictures. She began hosting an Emmy-award winning television show at age nine, and most recently served as the six-year host of the WB’s weekly program Weddings Portland Style. Adding to her diverse résumé, McMorris is a professional emcee, literary workshop presenter, and former owner of a wedding/event planning business. Her previous writing background includes being a contributing writer for Portland Bride & Groom magazine and ten years of directing public relations for an international conglomerate.

Letters From HomeInspired by a true account, LETTERS FROM HOME is a story of hope and connection, of sacrifices made in love and war – and the chance encounters that change us forever. n the midst of World War II, a Midwestern infantryman falls deeply in love through a yearlong letter exchange, unaware that the girl he’s writing to is not the one replying. Woven around this tenuous thread are three female friends whose journeys toward independence take unexpected turns as a result of romance, tragedy, and deception, their repercussions heightened by an era of the unknown.

A portion of Kristina’s sales proceeds from Letters from Home will benefit United Through Reading®, a nonprofit organization that video records deployed U.S. military personnel reading bedtime stories for their children. She is currently working on her next novel.

“A tough book to put down!…Sprinkled with fabulous historical detail and true-to-life characters, Letters from Home is a beautifully told story.”
–RT BOOK REVIEWS, 4-star rating

“Interspersing unflinching images of combat with more intimate, emotional scenes personalizes this historical period and will touch your heart….I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.”
–FRESH FICTION, Lenore Howard

“An absolutely lovely debut novel.”
–KRISTIN HANNAH, New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Lane

“An evocative and compelling storyteller, Kristina McMorris gives us a novel to savor and remember.”
–BEN SHERWOOD, president of ABC News and bestselling author of The Death & Life of Charlie St. Cloud

“Skillfully written…sweeps the readers away. The research and attention to detail commendably honor veterans of World War II.”
–LYNN “BUCK” COMPTON, famed WWII “Band of Brothers” veteran

Watch the trailer!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q62fC3PlQ6E

For more information about her virtual book tour, you can visit Kristina’s official tour page here.

Letters from Home

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Book Excerpt: My Sister’s Voice by Mary Carter

Title: My Sister’s Voice
Author: Mary Carter
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (May 25, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758229208
ISBN-13: 978-0758229205

What do you do when you discover your whole life was a lie? In Mary Carter’s unforgettable new novel, one woman is about to find out. . .

At twenty-eight, Lacey Gears is exactly where she wants to be. An up-and-coming, proudly Deaf artist in Philadelphia, she’s in a relationship with a wonderful man and rarely thinks about her difficult childhood in a home for disabled orphans. That is, until Lacey receives a letter that begins, “You have a sister. A twin to be exact…”

Learning her identical, hearing twin, Monica, experienced the normal childhood she was denied resurrects all of Lacey’s grief, and she angrily sets out to find Monica and her biological parents. But the truth about Monica’s life, their brief shared past, and the reason for the twins’ separation is far from simple. And for every one of Lacey’s questions that’s answered, others are raised, more baffling and profound.

Complex, moving, and beautifully told, My Sister’s Voice is a novel about sisterhood, love of every shape, and the stories we cling to until real life comes crashing in…

Excerpt

Chapter 1
It was here, in the City of Brotherly Love, at twenty-eight years of age, that Lacey Gears first discovered she had a sister. An identical twin. Of course it wasn’t true. A joke, a hoax, a prank. As if. It was completely ridiculous, and although she of all people appreciated a good—Gotcha!— she didn’t have time for games today. She had to buy an anniversary gift for her boyfriend Alan, then race off to paint a chubby Chihuahua and its anorexic owner. An identical twin. Funny, ha-ha.

The hoax came by way of her red mailbox. She wasn’t going to open the mail, she usually waited until the end of the day to sift through it, preferably with a glass of wine, for a single bill could depress her all day long. But as she jogged down her front steps, she caught sight of the mailman wheeling his pregnant bag down the sidewalk. He had just passed her house, when he caught her eye. He made a dramatic stop, and waved his arms at her as if she were an Airbus coming in for a landing instead of a 5’6 slip of a girl. He jabbed his finger at her mailbox, then patted his large stomach, and then once again jabbed his finger at her mailbox with an exaggerated wag of his head and a silly smile. Lacey had to laugh. She gave him a slight shrug held her hands out like, Can-I-help-it-if-I’m-so-popular?

He winked, blew her a kiss, and then pointed at her mailbox again. She caught his kiss, pretended to swoon, and blew him a kiss of his own. By now they had an unappreciative audience. The woman who lived next door was standing in the middle of her walkway, hands on hips, glaring at the mailman. She was a large white woman in a small red bathrobe. He gave Lacey one last wave, one last jab at the mailbox. Oh, why not. If it would make him happy, she could spare a few seconds to open it. Lacey waved goodbye to him and hello to the woman in the red bathrobe. Only one wave was returned. She turned her attention to the mailbox.

He wasn’t kidding. It was stuffed. She had to use both hands to get a grip on it, and exert considerable effort. She managed to yank out the entire pile, but she moved too fast, causing the precarious mound to shift and slide through her hands. As the mail swan dived the steps, she bent at the knees and lowered herself, as if she’d rather let it take her down than give up. She finally, got a rein on the loose bits, and nervous she was wasting time, she began to flip through the day’s offerings.

Bills: AT&T, Time Warner; Catalogues: Macy’s, Deaf Digest, Galluadet University; Advertisements: Chow Chow’s Chinese restaurant, 20 percent off carpet cleaning, Jiffy Lube. Waste of time. Lacey stuffed the mail back in the box, and was about to close the lid when she spotted it a white envelope, sticking out of one of the catalogues. She’d almost missed it. She pulled it out and stared at it.

No address, no stamp, no postmark. Just her name typed across the front, looking as if it had been pecked out on a typewriter from the Jurassic Period. An anonymous letter with its mouth taped shut; a ransom note. For a split-second she was worried someone had kidnapped her dog. She glanced up at the window to her bedroom, and to her relief spotted her puggle, Rookie. His nose was smashed up against the windowpane she’d spent hours cleaning, drool running down and forming Spittle Lake, brown eyes pleading: How can you leave me? She air-kissed her dog an obscene amount of times, then once again turned her attention back to the envelope.

Lacey Gears

Mysterious letter in hand, she jogged down the steps to the curb where her Harley Sportser 883 was parked, slung her leg over her motorcycle, and perched comfortably in the custom-made leather seat. She soothed herself in her fun-house reflection elongated in the bike’s polished chrome, detailed in Red Hot Sunglo and Smokey Gold. A feeling of peace settled over her. When she was on her bike she felt sexy and confident, something every woman deserved to feel. Some days she wished she could figure out how to stay on it 24/7.

She’d bought the bike after selling her first piece of abstract art, a kaleidoscope of hands coming together in slow motion, bought by PSD, the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, where as a little girl Lacey had longed to go. At least a piece of her was there now, hanging on the walls as a reminder to Deaf children that they could be anything, achieve anything, do everything but hear. It sold for a decent amount of money, leaving her feeling giddy and slightly guilty as if she had gotten away with something. She bought the Harley as quick as she could, in case they turned around and asked for the money back. Alan said it was proof she could stop painting pet-and-owner portraits and focus solely on what she wanted to paint. But despite her luck with the one sale, the only paintings she was doing besides the portraits were ones she didn’t want to share with the world. Not just yet. And for the most part she liked her job. She had to admit, she usually liked the pets a little more than the people, but even most of them weren’t so bad. She turned her attention back to the envelope, peeled the edge up, and slid her finger across the inside-top. The envelope sliced into her finger, cutting a thin line across her delicate skin. A drop of blood sprouted and seeped onto the envelope. She jerked her hand back, as a slip of white paper slid out of the envelope like an escaped prisoner, and fluttered to the ground.

Lacey hopped off the bike, and chased the paper down the sidewalk. It stayed just enough ahead of her to make her look like an idiot chasing it. A slight breeze picked it up and lifted it into the air. It hovered mid-stream, like a mini-magic-carpet. Make a wish, Lacey thought. She reached out and caught it before it sunk to the ground. After all this fuss, it had better be good.

You have a twin sister. Her name is Monica. Go to Benjamin Books. Look at the poster in the window.

Lacey looked up the street, convinced the mailman was standing by with another wink and a laugh. He wasn’t. He was way up the street, his cart parked in the middle of the sidewalk, his bag now slung over his shoulder, thwapping into the side of his leg with each long stride up the steps in front of him. Bathrobe-woman was nowhere in sight either. For all Lacey knew she only came out once a day to wither away civil servicemen with a single look.

You have a twin sister. . . .

My Sister’s Voice by Mary Carter is available for pre-order at Amazon. Add My Sister’s Voice to your Amazon Wish List by clicking here. To find out more about Mary Carter, visit her website at www.marycarterbooks.com.

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Return to Your First Love: Interview with Christian Self-Help Author Teresa Jones

Terese R. JonesTeresa Jones is the author of the newly released book, Return to Your First Love.  Teresa is a writer for the Neighborhood Writing Alliance (NWA), which publishes the award-winning Journal of Ordinary Thought (JOT). Teresa is a member of Toastmasters International and the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE). Teresa is faithful member of the Apostolic Faith Church, where she serves as a prayer counselor for the Prayer Line Ministry. She and her husband, Alexander, have been married for 16 years and have two children. You can visit Teresa R. Jones website at www.teresarjones.com. You can contact Teresa at teresa.jones@revelation2-4.com.

Thank you for this interview, Teresa. Can you tell us what your latest book, Return to Your First Love, is all about?

Return to Your First Love is my life story and my journey to seek an intimate relationship with God.  On this life journey I discover that there are hurdles of distractions, rejections, persecutions, and hurts. Others have positioned most of the hurdles, but I also have placed them in my path as a result of sin in my life.  As I am steered back on course by the leading of the almighty loving Father, I find forgiveness, compassion, blessings and joy.

My story begins in the Southside of Chicago, in the Woodlawn neighborhood.  Woodlawn is an area of the city where poverty, destruction and despair are prevalent.  To add to my troubles, I’m a member of a dysfunctional family.  My father often neglected his family responsibilities for gambling, and other women.  While growing up my problems intensify with a tumultuous relationship with mother.  In the midst of pain and strife, I become aware that God is extending His loving hand towards me, and comforts me through the ordeal.  I find peace in the midst of storm as I draw nigh unto Him.

As I come into adulthood, I don’t have the same struggles I had as a child.  There is a new set waiting for me as I transition into the next season of my life.  The new battles are men, friends, employers and even my siblings.  I exhaust a lot of precious time and energy fighting the wrong battles.  There is also conflict between my spirit and my flesh as I adopt a part-time relationship with God to spend time with the world.  My relationship with God still exists, but I have lost the zeal I had as a child, along with my childlike faith.  Unbeknownst to me, I have also lost my joy and have sunk into a depression.  Growing up, I often had people to ask me, “Why do you smile so much?”  My smile along with my peace had been exchanged with chronic crying, murmuring and complaining.

By age 27, it felt as though everything that could go wrong in my life was.  There were struggles with my finances, my employment and with my relationships.  No longer did I feel I was succeeding, but failing.  It appeared as though my life was on a downward spiral.  It was at this point that I came to myself.  Events of my life played out through my mind as I was knelt down on the floor at the foot of my bed.  I thought to myself, “I have done things my way long enough, let me try it God’s way.”  It was at this point that my life made took a turn for my good.  There have been other challenges, trials and tribulations along the way, but nevertheless, I have stayed the course.  I’m back with my first love.

Return to Your First LoveIs this your first novel?  If not, how has writing this novel different from writing your first?

Yes, this is my first book.

How difficult was it writing your book?  Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?

Writing Return to Your First Love has probably been the most challenging task I have ever had up to this point in my life.  I first had to overcome the fear and doubt of wondering if I could do it, and then I had to overcome the fear and doubt about how I was going to do it.  There were many times I second guessed myself.  After 10 years of working on this book, I’m elated to finally have a finished product.

I did experience writer’s block.  When this happened, I usually took a break.  Sometimes I would pick up where I left off and sometimes I took a break from writing for the remainder of the day.  Progress favors consistency.

How have your fans embraced your latest novel?  Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?

A:  The book has been well received by most.  I have received a lot of encouragement.  I have talked with several women who can relate to at least one aspect of my story.

One woman informed me that she was an atheist and that she had no interest in my book.  She was very polite about it, though.

This one guy replied to an email blast that went out about the book; asking if we had met, and if not, then could we meet.  I didn’t know that email blasts where another channel for finding a mate.

What is your daily writing routine?

My husband advised me to write at least 10 minutes per day.  Often times I found myself steering away from this routine.  When I write, I often do it from 30 minutes to two hours.  However, if I write for an extended period of time one day, I usually don’t write again until a few days later.  I think I will work harder at taking my husband’s advice in the future.

When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?

I usually take a journal or pamphlet and listen to Christian music to put me in a rhythm to write.

What book changed your life?

With the exception of The Bible, I would have to say Think and Grow Rich, by Dennis Kimbro.

If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?

Ironically, Return to Your First Love.

Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”

My intimate relationship with God has made all the difference in my life.  He has saved me from situations that could have taken a turn for the worst, He sustains through the most trying times in my life, and He keeps on blessing with blessings I don’t even deserve.

Thank you for this interview Teresa.  I wish you much success on your latest release, Return to Your First Love!

Return to Your First Love

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