Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hope From Yesterday

My wonderful husband blessed me with some "alone" time after church today. I went upstairs and took my laptop with me. I wanted to get some writing done. Before I began, I layed down on my bed and prayed God would tell me what to write. I don't want to write what I want, but I want to write what He wants. A thought began to form in my head. I kind of laughed to myself, thinking how odd it was. It was the very last chapter of Hope from Yesterday! I only have 3 chapters written right now. I thought it was funny that I would want to write the last chapter of this book before I finished the other 17 chapters or so! But, I didn't want to lose that thought, so I began to write! As I was writing, I was crying! It was a very emotional chapter for me. Not because it is the last book in the series, but because of the topic of the last chapter. It was a good one, though. I know I will probably change some of it, and certainly, I will add to it, as well. But overall, I think it is pretty good! I look forward now to writing the other chapters! I wonder what's going to happen in them? As of now, I have only a slight clue!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hope Series

So, my very first book that is coming out in September is called Hope for Tomorrow. I absolutely love this book! It is fun, with some amusing banter. There are some deeper issues in this book, but overall, it is pretty light. My second book, Hope for Today, is a lot heavier. It deals with issues of forgiveness as well as sickness. There are some pretty heavy things going on in that book! I pray it will get picked up by a publisher! I really felt God direct and lead me in writing this book. I pray it will encourage women in their lives and marriages. It centers around Kayla and Brad, two characters in the first book, but not making a huge appearance in the first book.
 My third book, Hope From Yesterday, is just in the beginning stages. And what fun I am having with this one already! I see where I want this book to go, and pray it will touch lives, as well! I wrote two and a half pages yesterday in the matter of an hour. My friend constantly tells me she is amazed I can do that, especially with a houseful of kiddos running around! For me, it isn't hard to write. I just open myself up to what I want to say and let God do the rest. You see, I don't want to just write to write. I want to write with a purpose. I want to write to glorify God and encourage others. I pray that is the message my books bring.
My grandparents and I were laughing the other day about the titles of my books. We are now calling them the "Hope" series. My grandfather asked what my next series was going to be called. "Hopeless?" he had asked! Can you imagine? Hopeless in Colorado! Now that would be a sad series to write! Truth be told, I do have the first book in the next series in my head. I look forward to bringing to life a new set of characters and bringing back to life some of the old! Oh, the joy of writing! Stay tuned for more posts and insights! And as always, thank you for supporting me as I write! You are loved and appreciated!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Sneak Peak

I can hardly believe Hope for Tomorrow comes out in a little over two months! September 1 is right around the corner! I am excited and look forward to that day! So, in honor of my excitement, I thought I would give you a  sneak peak of Hope for Tomorrow! Here is the prologue. Don't forget to tell me what you think! Enjoy!

                                                           Hope For Tomorrow

Sue sat on her couch, tears streaming down her face. Her whole world was being torn apart, and she had no way of knowing how to stop it. The blue scrapbook was open. She didn’t know why she was torturing herself this way, looking at a book with precious memories she had painstakingly put together. In one single moment, everything had changed. Sobbing quietly, she flipped another page, one that took her breath away. The page showed her family, all together, happy and joyful. Will we ever be that way again? Her family was about to be destroyed, never to be the same again, all because of one choice. Why, Lord? Why is this happening? No answer came. Sue was devastated. Her heart felt as if it were being smashed into tiny pieces. How could things have turned out this way? How could one person change the course of their lives without even realizing the consequences of their actions? Sue sighed heavily and closing her eyes, she leaned against the couch. Her mind drifted back to how it all began.

Monday, June 20, 2011

How It All Began

I have always wanted to write. Ever since I can remember, I loved writing. I started at an early age. I remember being in fourth grade or so and just writing stories. When I hit junior high, I wrote even more, and then found myself on our school paper. I loved every minute of it! After I became a Christian, I began writing short stories. My sister, Steffanne, loved them and kept encouraging me to write. I did for a period of time, and then stopped. I don't know if it was just that life got in the way or what. I didn't pick up a pen and paper for over ten years! And then, everything changed!
We moved to Colorado without having a job or really a permanent home. My sister and her gracious family offered us a place to live so Chris could find a job in this wonderful state we desired to move to. One night in September of 2008, the four of us, Steff, Russell, Chris, and I  were sitting in the backyard, enjoying the warmth of the evening. We had been in Colorado for a month, and neither one of us had a job. Steff began questioning me about writing. With the encouragement of these three wonderful people, I went to bed that night, thinking, "Can I write a book? Should I even try?" A day later, Chris bought me a journal to begin writing in. That night, I woke up with an idea! The next morning, my writing career began! And Hope for Tomorrow was born!
I love writing! I love creating people and situations that truly become alive in my mind! I have grown to love certain characters, to value who they are and what they aspire to be! I enjoy the different circumstances that are causing them each to grow, and in the midst of it all, I cry and weep with the pain they experience! Oh, the thrill of the pen! (Or should I say the computer?) I am loving every minute of it, and I can only pray that as you, the reader, read each book I write and have published, you will enjoy, learn, and love each book you read! I welcome feedback! Please, feel free to leave me comments! And, thank you for taking the time to read the books I write, taking the time to read this blog! And may God bless you as you seek to do His will!