Today I’m joining in with some other self-publishing authors for a blog hop and giveaway. Under this post you’ll find links to each giveaway and a little blurb about each of the authors participating. Disclaimer: My posting of the links below is not an endorsement of these authors, most of them I have yet to interact with. This is not a religious themed event and content has been left up to the individual authors.
I had the pleasure of taking part in “Walk the Light” this past weekend, an arts festival that took place in Cedar Hill, TX. It was really neat to be questioned about my book by strangers who had never read it. The most popular question I got was, “What inspired you to write?” I’ve posted a few times about the reasons why I write the way that I do (I call it “Not Your Mom’s Christian Romance” ha ha. Those posts can be found here: Part 1andPart 2.), but I didn’t initially start out desiring to create a safe place for women to experience God and the beautiful way that he created our physical bodies.
When I sat down and started writing Stones of Remembrance, I had no idea what was going to come of it. I had no plot, a made up name and a picture of a lake in my head. The first scene I wrote was the one where Allaya dives into the lake to get the first stone of her trip. With each word I typed, the story started to unfold before me, yet I still had no idea what to expect from Allaya, or Finn for that matter. Something was stirring inside of me and I just knew I had to write until I was done. It has been one of the coolest experiences of my adult life.
Another question I get asked a lot is, “Have you lost someone close to you? Is this story about you?”
My grandparents are the closest relatives that have passed away in my life and I was pretty young when they both died. I have had classmates and distant friends pass away, but no one as close to me as a best friend or sister, thank the Lord.
This answer leads to the third most asked question. “How can you write so deeply about grief that you haven’t experienced?”
I think grief hits us all differently, through different mediums. Maybe I haven’t lost a close loved one to death, but I have felt the death of relationships, I have mourned with others who have lost loved ones. I told a gentleman this weekend that I am very in touch with my emotions, and he wanted to know why I thought that . . . I laughed and said, “Uh, I’m a girl and I cry a lot?” Ha ha. But really, to me, being in touch with my emotions means that I don’t run away from feelings. I’ve never been one to block out memories, obviously if you’ve spent any time on this blog in the past few months, you know I’ve been tripping down memory lane a lot. Even my most painful memories are very close to the surface, I can still tap in to the emotions I felt as a 15 year old with a broken heart, or an 18 year old losing her best friend, a 24 year old being betrayed and abandoned by people who were supposed to be like family to her. I look back often and I don’t run away from the pain, I face it head on, and I revel in the process, knowing that when I get to the other side, I’m going to be stronger and wiser.
There’s just a small glimpse into my writing world. Do you have any questions for me? What inspires you to do the things you love to do?
One commenter on this blog will win a paperback copy of Stones of Remembrance (US and Canada. Winning Entry from other countries will receive a free e-book copy.) Giveaway goes until 12:01 am Saturday March 23, 2013, CST. Please leave an email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win!
Thanks for stopping by! Please take a minute and “like” my author page on Facebook! Check out these other Independent Authors, as described by Victoria Sawyer and Belinda Williams:
LW Patricks: he’s a word samurai, slicing through words with his trusty sacred pencil and his edgy YA debut novel, The Shadows of Wrath, is out now. Check him out!
Belinda Williams: Belinda’s debut novel Radiant is a fast paced romantic/supernatural thriller set in Sydney Australia that is sure to get your heart thumping!
Victoria Sawyer: Angst. Anxiety. Panic. Victoria’s YA novel is like no other – it’s an insight into the dark struggles of a young college woman living with anxiety and it’s not for the faint hearted. Refreshing, raw and honest – be sure to take a look!
Casey Voight: Casey will entrance you with her novel, The Dove: Book One of the Legend. It’s the first book in a five-part series that follows a young Native American woman through an epic quest that will forever change the course of history.
Erin Long: weaving tales of YA fantasy, Erin’s lead character, Grimore, is the niece of a sorcerer who finds herself plunged into a struggle between the forces of light and darkness.
Jocelyn Dex: this author claims ‘demons do it better’ and does her best to prove it to us in her erotic paranormal romance novels – find out for yourself…
Chelsea Falin: brings us the ‘Benson Family Chronicles’ with her distinct southern (US) voice.
A.D. Trosper: voted #1 Book of the Year in the Turning Pages Fantasy category, Book 1: Embers at Galdrilene, in The Dragon’s Call series, is certainly worth a look.
Jill Sanders: American contemporary romance author, Jill Sanders, brings us the ‘Pride series’ of books, set in the rolling hills of Oregon, the perfect backdrop for love.
Leti Del Mar: last, but definitely not least, Leti offers readers an enticing mix of crime, intrigue and romance in her novel, The Inadvertent Thief.