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Teresa Lilly Review

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     MTAR: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
I am 50 years old, have been writing seriously for several years now            although I loved writing my whole life.  I am married, have three grown children and own a children’s resale story in San Antonio.

MTAR: What do you do when you are not writing?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
Run a children’s resale store.  I actually only get to write between 9 pm and Midnight

MTAR:  What inspired you to write your first book?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
I discovered Janette Oke.   I loved her stories and that inspired my first book  Mamma’s Bells.  However, I prefer to write short Novella’s like Christmas Village Miracle  and Lucky in Shamrock Texas.

MTAR: How did you choose the genre you write in?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
Christian romance is what I like to write because it’s what I like to read.

MTAR: Which book do you recommend for a reader that is new to your writing?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
The first story in the Sheriff Bride Series   just called  Sheriff Bride

MTAR: What books/authors have influenced your writing?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
Jenette Oke and Grace Livingston Hill.

MTAR: What was your favorite chapter (or scene) to write and why?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
I just love the opening scene in my book Gambled Away, when the young man gladly loses his step sister in a poker game, but the winner thinks he has won a mule.

MTAR: Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
Now that the 4 books in the Sheriff bride series are done,  I would like to go back and write a Christmas story with them all.

MTAR: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
I had an acquisitions editor give me two pages of critique on the newest story I am working on,  “Orphan Train Bride”  but I was pleased to get so much information.  Some of the items she mentioned would change the whole theme though, so I am working through them and choosing those that help me without changing the integrity of my book.

MTAR: Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
Please consider leaving positive feedback anywhere you can for books.   A lot of times, only those who are unhappy with a book will leave comments.

MTAR: What books have most influenced your life most?
Teresa Ives Lilly: The Bible first, but then the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke.   They were the first christian books I ever read.  I loved them so much I stole the whole set from my church……ooops  I was a baby Christian myself then.

MTAR: What book are you reading now?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
I’m sort of trying to expand my horizon because I usually just reread Grace Livingston Hills 100 books every year, but I’m trying to find some others that I like.

MTAR: Do you see writing as a career?
Teresa Ives Lilly:   No– a dream come true.   I also sell unit studies for teachers and that actually pays my bills, but my book writing is my real love.

MTAR: What was the hardest part of writing your books?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
Rewriting, rewriting, rewriting  and then still finding a few mistakes.

MTAR: What is your favorite theme/genre to write?
Teresa Ives Lilly:
I love to write Christian Romance, but I dabble in Children’s Chapter books as well.   I have a young adult story in mind…when I get time….

Brooksie Cox Interview

brookeHow long have you been writing?  I’ve been writing as long as I can remember.  When I was a small child, I would make up stories and ask family members to write them down before I learned how to write.

What inspired you to write in the first place?  I think I was born with a desire to write, but my first inspiration was Snoopy.  As a child I loved his adventures on his Sopwith Camel.  And I loved how he would sit at his typewriter and create stories. I wanted to do that!  After I became a Christian, I realized God had given me this desire to serve Him.  That’s what I try to do now with a dash of adventure.

Where do you get your ideas from?  Everywhere.  I keep my eyes, my ears, and my mind open all the time to anything that strikes “my fancy.”  If something gets my attention, then I’m interested. Even when an old memory is jogged, I can get an idea. I try to write them down so I don’t forget them.

What is your ultimate writing dream?  I think every writer wants to be published and have at least one book with their name on it.  But, I want to make a difference in somebody’s life for God and not just entertain him or her for a while.

Who is your best supporter? That’s a toughie.  My first supporters were and still are my husband and daughter.  And I have some awesome and dear friends who cheer me on as well.  I don’t know what I would do without any of them.

What book have you most recently published? “Sheriff’s Bride Jo’s Story” and “Christmas Village Miracles,” which is an anthology.

What book are you working on? I have two I’m working on.  One is a mystery adventure based on some of my family history.  The other is my first try at a romance novella with a little twist.  I don’t like to be like everybody else.

Out of all the books you have written, which was your favorite and why?  “Dinosaur Eggs.”  It’s a Christian fantasy about a 13 year old boy who comes face to face with a T-Rex.  It’s my favorite since I can still serve God while letting my imagination run loose.  Talk about fun!
Have you had any great experiences promoting your books?  Positive Feedback. And it awesome to relate your story to somebody else.  To have them want to come along for the ride.

What can you recommend to other writers?  First, hone your craft.  Second, join an organization such as the ACFW.  The ACFW has free courses you can participate in that can help you in all the different areas of writing and publishing.  And of course, PRAY.  Don’t ever stop praying.

Interview With Joi Copeland Author of Christmas Rayne

joi copeland
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing officially 3 1/2 years.  But my passion for writing began when I was in 4th grade.What inspired you to write in the first place?
My husband and I moved our family to Colorado from California. My sister and her family lived in CO, too, and invited us to live with them until my husband found a job. One day, my sister, my brother-in-law, and my hubby told me I had needed to write my first novel. And so, a few days later, I went to bed and woke up the next morning with my first novel in my head!

Where do you get your ideas from?
I get my ideas from people, real life situations, or just ideas floating around in my brain.

What is your ultimate writing dream?
To draw others into a deeper relationship with Christ. I want to point the way to the cross. My desire is to encourage others to seek the Lord in all areas of their lives.Who is your best supporter?
My husband, Chris.

What book have you most recently published?
My two novellas, Christmas Rayne and Sheriff’s Bride at Lovely Christian Romalnce.

What book are you working on?
I am currently working on a story about my grandparents. He was stationed in China during WWII, and I now have the letters he wrote to her. Of course, the letters are authentic, but many things in the story are purely fiction.

Out of all the books you have written, which was your favorite and why?
That’s a tough one. I really enjoyed Christmas Rayne. It was really the first story that came solely from my head, with no outside influences at all. The moment I began this one, I knew where it was going to go and why. My favorite book, though, would be my last one in my Hope series, which is currently at my publisher’s, Hope from the Past.

Have you had any great experiences promoting your books?
Many! I’ve enjoyed being a guest on many blogs and getting to know readers who I never would’ve met. Because of that, I’ve had the opportunity to become friends with some neat women.

What can you recommend to other writers?
Get in a critique group. I’m so grateful for my critique partners! They’ve challenged me, encouraged me, and have made me step out of the box. Listen to criticism and pray about it.

Here’s an example: I really wanted my grandparents’ story to go in a certain direction. I gave my critique group a few chapters. One gal really challenged me to change the story. I struggled and was discouraged. But after praying about it, I knew she was right. Now, the story is pretty much writing itself, and I truly think it’ll be amazing!
Thanks for having me! 🙂