Diane Dean White Interview

Diane1What inspired you to write your first book?
I started writing at a young age when I asked for a typewriter in sixth grade.  I pounded away writing stories and poetry on that old black Royal manual. I think it was the best way I could express myself, and keeping private thoughts between myself and my typewriter!

Do you have a specific writing style?
No, I really enjoy using different voices in my stories.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
This is pure fiction romance, and I’m trying to show my main characters can have a good relationship without the pressures of worldly views, and as Christian’s they are tempted with the same desires. Also, that through a prayer life they receive answers.
Are experiences in most of your books based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
They aren’t based on a person, rather an area, a time, events taking place, and yes, I think there are experiences in our lives that come out in our writing, but never what most people guess.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Growing up I loved Heidi; a neighbor and I pretended to live in the Swiss Alps and had slices of bread, cheese and milk to use in our play world. I also enjoyed The Little House series and later Victoria Holt and Eugenia Price were favorite authors.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I don’t have one. I enjoy a variety of authors, but seem to fly solo.
What are your current projects?
Having finished Texting Mr. Right, I’m ready to publish This Side of Heaven, a novel I’ve worked on for two years. Another novella, City Sidewalks will be available before Christmas, and Lilacs in May this spring.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your writing career?
Yes, I would have started earlier…yet, I can’t trade my happy life as a Mom, those were great rewarding years….so I trust the Lord had this all planned out His way.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I rewrite certain parts, and it takes a number of critiques to get things right. I wish I had a full time editor to catch my corny mistakes, but my girl friends who also write, are good critters and proof-readers; so we depend on one another.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
This book was fun, and strictly romance. Most of my books are suspense, with romance and much longer. This is a novella and it was shorter, but a good first experience.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope they enjoy Texting Mr. Right. And please leave a short review on Amazon.
What were the challenges in bringing your writing career to life?
I had a back injury in 2000 and it gradually got worse. I don’t go out a lot because it’s difficult for me and I look forward to my writing room, computer, comfortable chaise lounge and starting my day with prayer, asking God to direct my thoughts. I probably wouldn’t have spent as much time on my craft if I wasn’t confined to the house fourteen-years ago.
What is the funniest thing about you as a writer?
I find it fun to critique other writers work as a relaxation time. Since they write in other genres, it gives me time away from my own work, which is needed after hours of writing. I’m not a coffee or soda pop drinker, and enjoy chocolate a lot; it gives me an extra boost during my busy writing day!

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Interview with Anastatia York

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Anastatia York has written a lovely Novella called “The Proposal Ring”
We asked her a few questions about writing.

How much research do you do for your books?
On some of my stores i do it all from my own mind, in others, I do more research than actual writing.

When did you decide to become a writer? The first time I sat down to write. That was probably eight years ago.

Why do you write? It allows me to be transported to a new place, and it gives me a place to store all my thoughts.

Where do the your ideas come from? I ask myself that all the time.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Keep all your creative juices flowing: read a book, listen to music, go for a walk, stare at the clouds, you’ll get through it eventually.

Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
Yes

How do you relax?
Music
What is your favorite motivational phrase.
Just keep swimming.- Dory, from Finding Nemo.

Christmas Calling Is Now Available

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Two Heartwarming Christmas Novellas by
Best Selling Authors Colleen L. Reece and Birdie Etchison

now available at amazon and at
Smashwords

Novella Christmas Challenge, by Colleen L. Reece

After the death of her guardian, Valerie Shannon O’Shea feels as adrift as a boat torn free of its moorings on Lake Michigan. She prays about her future and finds a challenge in the newspaper. IS THE PIONEER SPIRIT STILL ALIVE AND WELL? A skeptical financier doubts women in the late 1880s can live the hard life of their ancestors. He is offering train fare to Montana and a substantial cash prize to a young woman courageous enough to live in an abandoned one-room schoolhouse for a full year without help from anyone.
The schoolhouse is near Whitewind, where Valerie and her father lived ten years earlier. Danny O’Shea was then convicted of a crime he swore he did not commit. There is little to connect Valerie Shannon, as she signs her paintings, with the gawky fourteen-year-old known as Shannon O’Shea. What if she can meet the newspaper challenge, paint the Montana landscape, and carry out her long held vow to clear her father’s name?
The long train trip across country brings back bittersweet memories. Many are of eighteen-year-old Locke Stuart, son of the judge who sent Valerie’s father to prison. Locke had stolen Valerie’s heart but never answered her letters. She wonders if he ever thinks of the girl he fiercely championed in spite of his father’s opposition.

Valerie and Locke must ride tangled trails and learn to heed the everlasting whisper, Trust Me, before they can find happiness.

Novella Christmas Snow by Birdie L. Etchison

Janie Montgomery leaves Seattle to escape sad memories and spend Christmas with her aunt in Spokane.. On the way, she plunges headfirst into trouble. A truck zooms by, throwing snow on her windshield. Temporarily blinded, Janie fights to control the Camry—and loses. She ends up with her car stranded in a ditch, surrounded by a mountain of snow.

EMT Greg Kincaid, who comes to Janie’s rescue, appears like a knight in snowy armor, not riding a white horse, but driving an SUV sturdy enough to get her back on the road. He gives her his card.

Janie continues toward Aunt Lou’s, wishing the snow would stop. She glances at her cell phone. Mistake number one. She starts to slide. Slams on the brakes. Mistake number two. She holds her breath and prays for the car to stop, but it slams across the road and into the ditch. Now she is facing in the wrong direction and in danger of being hit by oncoming traffic. When Greg, who is patrolling the highway on his day off, arrives to rescue her for the second time, she thanks God.

Janie calls Greg at his brother’s. It is the beginning of a love story as mystifying as a white-out, as soft as gently falling snow, as fraught with danger as the storms that swing down from Canada, as colorful as Christmas decorations, and as sweet as homemade cookies.

Only by the grace of God can Janie and Greg weather the storms and find true love.

Lovely Romance Press is proud to have worked with these two wonderful and yes beloved authors….

Interview with Colleen L. Reece

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Lovely Romance Press is so pleased to have the talented writer Colleen L. Reece working with us.
She and Birdie Etchison have teamed up to put together a two novella book, Christmas Calling

What inspired you to write your first book?

Reading Avalon inspirational romances and thinking I could write books like that

 Do you have a specific writing style?
Simple, straightforward, descriptive

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Trusting God changes lives.

Are experiences in most of your books based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Very much. Part of me (and/or others I know) is in every plot and character

 What books have most influenced your life most?
The Bible. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. The Man Nobody Knows, by Bruce Barton. Novels by Emilie Loring and Grace Livingston Hill.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
God, Author of Creation. Then Julie Reece-DeMarco (niece) and Susan K. Marlow, (we trade editing).

What are your current projects?

Mostly short articles and children’s short stories due to regaining strength after some health issues.     

 If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your writing career?
I wouldn’t wait until I was past forty to get serious about writing. On the other hand, God knew I wasn’t ready until then (lack of self-confidence, etc.)

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Accepting it is never going to be perfect but the best I can do at the time.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
(1) Tying up every loose end in order to play fair with my readers. (2) Making sure solutions to each problem were authentic and believable.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Concentrate on writing for God, not for fame or fortune. Write what He impresses you to write, then turn it over to Him. He knows where it can do the most good. We don’t.

What were the challenges in bringing your writing career it to life?
Darrington, Washington, the small logging town where I was born and raised grew big trees. It did not grow authors. It took a long time for me to learn what an extraordinary God can do with an ordinary logger’s daughter.

What is the funniest thing about you as a writer?
It is funny now, but not when it happened! In 1976 I wanted to write an inspirational romance but was working full time. Unwilling to complete a book that might never sell I decided to write one chapter and submit to Avalon Books. By the time I received a reply (no doubt “thanks, but no thanks”) I’d  have a couple more chapters done and would approach another company.  
Bad idea.  Three days later a letter came. The editor really liked my story. She asked me to please send the rest of the manuscript. Ouch! I had no outline, no character charts, and only a vague plot idea. I’d just blown my chance to get published.
Not true. I finished The Heritage of Nurse O’Hara and Avalon published it in 1977. Ever since, my students have laughed at but learned from my horrible example: Never, ever, approach an editor until you know you can deliver—and soon!       
Colleen L. Reece
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Interview with Birdie Etchison

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Lovely Romance Press is proud to announce that we are working with the
talented Birdie Etchison, who has authored so many of the beloved
Heartsong books. Now, she and her dear friend, Colleen Reece have
together authored a Christmas book with two novellas, called Christmas Calling.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was a juvenile. I wanted to write something my children would enjoy.
I was a tomboy and my heroine was a tomboy.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Not sure I do. My style is to write it down fast. Let it sit, then go over it page by page.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

A lesson is learned. Always. It’s the journey that counts, however.

Are experiences in most of your books based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

A little bit of me comes out in the story. Even when I wrote short stories it was
something that had happened to me, or to someone I knew.


What books have most influenced your life?

The Bible of course. I read it through when I was 14. My all-time favorite books are classics: The Secret Garden, Black Beauty, Heidi, and later To Kill a Mockingbird.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

There’s not just one mentor. Back when I started, Agnes Kempton read my short stories. All the members of various critique groups have helped. Colleen Reece is the
best editor ever.

What are your current projects?

I am rewriting an Amish novel. A three book historical series, North Beach, is being considered. I’m also working on another novella. I like essays, too

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your writing career?

Try to be more organized. Write chronologically. It’s much easier in the long run.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

To finish what I start. I have 15 novels in various stages.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The rewrite. It’s easy and the most fun for me to write the basic idea down.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Decide what you want to do and make a schedule. Write down the title, a line of dialogue, names, when something hits you. I get all sorts of ideas when I vacuum.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Just begin. Even if you don’t feel like writing that day, do a page, or a scene, or part of the outline. Read what you want to write. See how other writers do it.

What were the challenges in bringing your writing career it to life?

Having a large family; doing what I felt I must. But one learns there is time for all you hope to do.

What is the funniest thing about you as a writer?

I am a klutz; have always been a klutz. Readers and friends say they can see me in my writing. It might not be the funniest thing in the world, but it amuses me.

Birdie Etchison

Sheriff Bride Christmas is Here

front cover sheriff xmas  Sheriff Bride Christmas is the final book

in the Sheriff Bride Series.  Its best to read Sheriff Bride, Sheriff Bride Jo’s Story,

Sheriff Bride Dan’s Story, Sheriff Bride Rob’s story first and then finish off with this

exciting final book.   See all the girls come together once more to help save their

children and see how God has worked miracles in the once drunkard Gerard’s heart.

Written by talented Stephanie Guerrero.

Orphan Train Bride #1 Best Seller

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Author Teresa Lilly is excited.  Her new novel, Orphan Train Bride, has hit #1 best seller at amazon in the Christian Western Romance catagory.

 

Kelli is a nineteen year old orphan, who lives and teaches at a New York orphanage. She is sent west on the Orphan Train to oversee the children. When the train reaches Kansas, the end of the line, and Kelli realizes that she must return to New York, she makes a desperate plea to a golden bronzed cowboy; asking to fill the place as of a mail order bride, he advertised for to raise his little girl. Will God help them them to develop a loving relationship through the hardship of life on the Kansas prairie..especially after the land is devastated by grasshoppers?