Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Behind the Scenes at a Writer's Conference

Me an' my partner in red: Erica
Myself and Colleen Coble, my
beautiful, loving, amazing mentor!
Oh the joys of this last weekend!! I hope you all were able to follow the journey on my FB page, but then the wifi at the hotel was working really odd and I wasn't able to do NEARLY as much posting as I wanted to.

But Anne summed it up in some really great bullet points in yesterday's post. Fellowship. Meetings. Networking. Wonderful worship. Etc. See, this is what separates ACFW from other writer's conferences. And, I want to be sure this distinction is made: GOD IS HERE! It is a conference of 50+ writers SHARING their ideas and goals, praying together in the hallways, worship and bonding, fellowshipping and seeking God's glory.

Mary Connealy, Myself, & Genesis Winner, Laurie Tomlinson
So what happened to me at conference? Several things. My agent (beautiful woman that she is) was unable to attend so she held my hand via text messaging. What a lady!! With all of her clients, several of whom were at the same conference, she was texting us all and helping us muddle through our pitches. What are pitches? 15 minutes to tell an editor what your book is about and hope you make them interested. :) No pressure.
Ronie Kendig, one of my favorite authors
and one of my favorite people!

I met some wonderful editors. And I had blessings for results. All of them I spoke to were intrigued by my book. That's always a good thing. Interest. LOL But the process will not be fast so don't keep refreshing the page. But I am praying the Lord will continue to open doors as my agent and I prepare my proposal to send off in the next month.

A beautiful young writer with great ideas! 
Aside from this, I enjoyed seeing dear friends, my sweet mentor, and Erica and Anne! Such a fun time!!

I was able to help man the prayer room and pray with some beautiful ladies and writers whose hearts were all in the same bent....to honor and glorify the Lord with the gifts He has given them.

Anne and I hamming it up
What a blessing!! I'm still a tad overwhelmed by the community of writers who author the stories we read for clean entertainment, encouragement, growth and inspiration.



Leave a comment with any questions you have about the writer's conference!



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Monday, September 29, 2014

ACFW 2014 Recap

The winner of last week's giveaway of Laura Frantz's book is Caryl! 
For writers, ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) annual conference is something we look forward to all year long. It's almost like church camp. This year it was in St. Louis, MO. Here's a little view of what we do at a writing conference--because we don't really go there to sit around writing the whole weekend...


The first night, I spent the night with my dear friend from college and then met Jaime half way the following morning. 



Reuniting with Erica Vetsch and many others was so much fun.  



Activities at the conference include workshops and worship, as well as appointments with agents, editors, and mentors. We were blessed to have a bookstore and a prayer room set up also. Before appointments, writers sit to practice their pitches. If you've never been to anything like this, it's almost akin to auditioning for The Voice, only it's writing instead of singing. The writer has fifteen minutes to introduce herself (or himself), the story in a nutshell, and then offer a few pages of sample chapters to read. Then we have the opportunity to interview the agent or editor about feedback, market trends, and a potential "fit" to pursue in the following months. Names, numbers, business cards are exchanged. 


On the final evening, we gather in the banquet hall in our finest formal wear to celebrate the annual Awards Gala. Unpublished author winners are announced for each genre category of the Genesis Contest. Published author winners of the Carol Awards are also announced among other awards.


This year, Laurie Tomlinson won in her category. We enjoyed sitting together with her to cheer her on while Casey Herringshaw announced the winners. 

 
Now we come down off the mountain to the real world and review our goals. Once again it's back to the keyboard for more edits, rewrites, and brainstorming. 

My favorite things? 
--Friends
--Visiting in person instead of online
--Worship
--Getting perspective
--Prayer opportunities
--Divine appointments
--God's agenda
--Laughing
--Meeting new people
--Being challenged
--Being reminded about the importance of words
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Traveling to Conference


It's finally here! Time to travel to the ACFW Conference in St. Louis. Many friends have been in a flurry of preparations, some for weeks, some for months! As the time draws near, I feel more and more like the kid in this commercial.

I can't wait to see people, to learn in the classes, to connect with my agent, my agency, and my publishers again. I can't wait to root on the winners in the Genesis and Carol contests, and to have coffee (well, tea for me) with Jaime and Anne. I can't wait to get new headshots taken by the conference photographer, and I can't wait to spend time breathing writer-saturated air.

I also can't wait to see what Jaime posts on her Facebook author page during the conference. :)


Writers are always trying to get a great ROI, (Return On Investment) and conferences are certainly an investment, both financially and emotionally. If you're thinking about attending a conference and you want to make sure you get good bang for your buck, consider reading The Christian Writer's Coach: How to Get the Most out of a Writer's Conference. I have an article in this anthology on One Sheets. The kindle version of the book is available for just $3.99 and all proceeds go to the Northwest Christian Writer's Conference.

You can find the book by clicking  HERE


Have you been to a professional conference before? Was it stressful, invigorating, exhausting, uplifting, all of the above?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

EEEEEK!!!

Hey ALL!! It's CRAZY time here as we prep for conference. Stay tuned for more updates as the week progresses...I'm sorry I failed you all miserably in posting a blog post today worthy of reading. :)

Prayers would be great though for Anne, Erica, and I as we prepare to enter the foray of the writer's world!!

Thanks!!
Jaime

PS - How can we pray for YOU?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday's Devo: Prayer is a Weapon

Last week I was challenged by Jaime to pray for ten women. I also saw on Facebook that Shelli Littleton asked for descriptions of how people use prayer to focus on others instead of themselves.

The first thing I see in my mind is this:


She no sooner posted the question on Facebook and my fingers flew onto the keyboard:
For me, prayer is a weapon.
Perhaps that is why I cringe a bit when I hear people praying a glib, "Lord, please be with...(insert name)." type of prayers. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with those prayers. But, I'm just asking, does Eowyn (Lord of the Rings, Return of the King) look like she's thinking "Lord, be with me..."??? Don't you suppose she knows precisely whose army she marches in, and whose authority she wields her sword by? I suppose she knows the battle tactics and she knows her enemy's advances. I believe she has no wavering doubt the cause for which she fights.

When I read in Ephesians 6:10-18 about the Full Armor of God, it feels serious and weighty, much like this scene where Eowyn feels the weight of the sword she will carry into battle:


But God has given us careful instructions about what to wear into battle. Your helmet identifies which army you march with, and what King you serve, which King has saved you. Your sword is the Words God gives us, His holy scriptures, prophesies, Jesus's words...repeat them as you pray.  Wear a breastplate armor, which is over your heart--the place where the Holy Trinity transforms your ugly and broken parts to something beautiful and righteous--and by this, makes you an overcomer. And because you know this is the work of God's Spirit in you, and bear witness by the telling of His work in your life, you will have peace to stand your ground in Him, and it will gird you up and hold your feet to the right path when you remember what He has done and is doing in you. Yet do not forget to hold up your faith, the evidence of things unseen, to shield yourselves from fiery attacks that would wear you down and make you drop your shield, giving open access to your heart, leaving it unprotected. And when you have done all this, lift your sword and shield and wait for the indwelling of the Spirit by which you will receive your marching orders to move:


Doesn't she look like she already knows after all this preparation, that God is with her?

Ephesians 6:10-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].
11 Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
13 Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].
14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,
15 And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the [a]firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness [b]produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.
16 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of [c]saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].
17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit [d]wields, which is the Word of God.
18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

This week, try praying this scripture in a new way and see what God may have in store for you.
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Report & Giveaway: Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz

Last week's winner of the give away: Sara!
Third in the Ballantyne Legacy series, Love's Fortune is true to form Laura Frantz brand. 

~~Backwoods meets Upstairs
~~Kentucky meets Pittsburgh
~~Glass, leather & brass meets 
    Homespun, humility, & innocence

Plot & Setting: Sheltered in the backwoods of Kentucky for two decades while her father laid low from abolitionist hunters, in 1850 Rowena Ballantyne, known as Wren, is thrust from her comfortable world of anonymity to Pittsburgh society where the Ballantyne name cannot be ignored or escaped. When her father deposits her there for the extended clan to polish her uncultured ways and bring her into their society, Wren flounders in a sea of uncertainty, her family's fortune hangs on her choice for the future. Relieved to learn her escort for the social season will be none other than her grandfather's apprentice, steamer pilot, James Sackett, Wren finds a friend to lean on as she makes the most important choice of her life. Unsure she can please everyone and fit in, certain that she may never find happiness, Wren weighs whether or not to cut ties and go her own way.

Hero: Unmoved as a stone, deep as an ocean, and rock solid, he is the steady guide and protector Wren needs to watch over her innocence.
Heroine: Free spirited, musical, artistic and unhampered by rules, her unrefined edges are her defining beauty and ultimate freedom that loosen's Jamie's idea of what will and could be.

Favorite Line: "Well...he's as braw as they come with those jade eyes and hair black as the Earl of Hell's waistcoat--" page 140  (spoken by Wren's chambermaid, Mim).

About Laura Frantz: 

I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.
My earliest memories are of the public library, standing in front of shelves filled with those little biographies of famous historical figures like Daniel Boone and George Washington and Sacajawea. I began scribbling stories at age 7 and thankfully never stopped. My passion then and now is history and all the wonders of past centuries.

I attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of my English degree. Strangely enough, I only took one creative writing class.

It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing – and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

Reader's Questions of the week:
For a chance to win a free copy, limited to continental USA, leave a comment, friend us on Facebook, add your name to our list of blog followers, or make a comment on our Pinterest pin for today's blog. Each action will count as additional chance to win. Winner announced next week (or right after we are back from ACFW!)
How well do you know 1850's pre-Civil War history?
Who can tell me about the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850?
Have you ever sailed on a ship?
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday Wi-fi

So, first thing Monday morning, our wi-fi router wasn't working. No internet access. Not on the laptops, not on the phones.

This didn't bother me so much, as I had off-line things to do, but it had a great impact on my children.

This is pretty much what the scenery looked like by Monday night:



Fortunately for my distraught kids (the boy was just as bad) The Amazing Techno-Dad got the router up and running late last night.

Order and smiles were restored.

My kids don't remember a time when we didn't have Internet, and hardly remember before we had wi-fi Internet.

At least the girl put her off-line time to good use (after the wailing) by writing some fiction. :)



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When Anticipation and Hope Take Center Stage

Morning!!! Today is a day of excitement!!!

We writers are drilling down on almost 1 week before our big conference gathering! Are you excited? You should be!!! I'll be hosting GIVEAWAYS on my Facebook page all week long to celebrate. And you can follow our footsteps as we travel through the world of all things writerly. And it's fun to see who we run into. Last year I photobombed Frank Peretti. Actually, I asked permission to get a pic with him while inwardly melting in the presence of literary greatness.

Meanwhile...as we await our leaving for St. Louis, I am pressing "send" on my book. YES! It is FINISHED!! The battle is over ... to write it, that is. So what does this mean?

Pressing "send" is Step 432 in the book writing process. It will be delivered to my agent's inbox at which point she may read it if she has time or she may just peruse my accompanying proposal. Then she will strategize what publishers might want to take a bite  and she'll start pitching it. Then the waiting game begins.

DID YOU KNOW? that it could take years before a written and agented book actually gets signed to be published? (and no promises it ever will)

DID YOU KNOW? if said book is contracted, it typically takes at least 1 year from contract signing to publication date? Maybe less if everyone rushes, maybe more if there's a marketing strategy that makes a particular date especially better.

DID YOU KNOW? this is why writers drink coffee? To survive. It's a waiting game. But a fun one, if you have the right perspective. Because God's got this. My writing a book to sit in cyberland for the potential of months and years is not a waste of time. It was a great lesson in dedication and realizing that you really DO need the Lord's input when trying to piece a book together in five months.

So that's where I'm at this week. Going to press "send" here in a bit. Breathe a prayer over it with me...

What big things in life do you anticipate with hope?

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Spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Youth leader. Professional Coffee Drinker. Works in HR and specializes in sarcasm :) - Represented by: Books & Such Literary Agency

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Monday, September 15, 2014

ACFW Hype!

It's time for ACFW Hype again!

If you are new to the blog and writerly world, ACFW is American Christian Fiction Writers. Each year we have a conference where we congregate, mix, mingle, worship, and do writerly things. 

We attend writing workshops and pitch our work to agents, editors, and publicists. The unpublished rub shoulders with the published. Mentors hold the hands of the quaking-in-their-boots-newbies. We coach each other. We laugh, eat, cry, and eat chocolate together. We can't survive without our coffee--so Jaime usually packs her coffee maker and enough coffee to pump up an army!
Each year I am excited to meet new friends from all over the globe. We are having a mixer on Laurie's blog to introduce ourselves to new friends. So....here goes!
Name: Anne Love
Location: Northern Indiana
What you write/tagline: Historical Romance/flavored with rural charm & wit
Place in the book world: Pre-published author with three completed manuscripts and one in the brainstorming process! Still on the look-out for the right agent :)
On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: Definitely a hugger, with an added prayer when the Spirit moves. :)
The unique talking point that will get you going for hours: history, traveling, character development, romance, brainstorming, relationships, movies, books.
People at home you'll be missing: My husband, Ted. Two college age young adults I'm proud and amazed to call my children, Emily and Ben. Princess, our half siamese cat.
Conference goals we can pray for? I always ask God for divine appointments whether it be new friends, old and dear ones, or potential agents, editors, and publicists. I'm trusting God's timing for the rest!
Up for any contests/awards? Nope. 
Any disclosures, disclaimers, or crucial information we must know? I have been known to open my mouth and misspeak silly things. I write better than I speak, especially if I'm nervous. I'm jealous of people who grew up reading voraciously, because I always struggled to read as a youngster. I love to laugh. :)
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Report: Let Me Fall by Beth Pensinger

I'd love for you all to meet Beth Pensinger!
I had the pleasure of receiving this book as a gift for my birthday this year from my dear friend. It's Hannah Hernard meets Twilight,  meets Gen X and Jesus.

It's refreshing and real. And I couldn't put it down for 24 hrs.
It moved me and made me cry. And I haven't forgotten it.
It's up close and personal, and I loved it.
It's for Gen X, it's for your mid life crisis, it's universal.

So, I invited Beth the blog for some Q & A:
(and there's a give away too!)

Q: Let Me Fall is your debut release. What was the main impetus to write this story, or when was the first time you thought you might do it? and your reaction to the idea of writing it?

A: "It was a dark and stormy night ... I kid, I kid! It all started back in my Realtor days. I'd stayed up way too late one night reading one of the books in the Twilight series and I was exhausted. Upon getting ready for work, the scene at the end of Chapter 1 in Let Me Fall actually happened, minus the gore and medical equipment. When I cried out to God–asking what was wrong with me & why I was plagued by despair–I heard Him more clearly than I ever had. He implored me to fall in love with Him ... and to write about it.
My 'okay' dripped with sarcasm. I tried to roll my eyes and move on. But the directive had felt too real to shake, so I decided to at least document it. I opened my nearly-empty journal, but took a detour in order to read the last entry I'd made a few months prior. I’d written about finishing the first book in the Twilight series and having this horrible sense of despair. And then I’d written something along the lines of, 'Maybe one day I’ll write a book about how God brings me through this mess.' If I could’ve seen God in that moment, I think He would’ve arched an eyebrow and given me the most knowing grin I’d ever beheld."

Q: Did you always envision yourself as a writer?

A: "Negative. I ruin punch lines and barely know what a noun is. Being a writer was never on my radar."

Q: You mention other stories on the market, such as the Twilight series, when you talk about the influences on ideas of romance. Did you also read very many allegorical stories that influenced you or your spiritual walk?

A: "I just had to look up allegory to make sure I understood what it means. :) While Tolkien denied it being allegorical in nature, The Lord of the Rings impacted me and my spiritual walk profoundly. I’d also have to throw The Chronicles of Narnia into the mix."

Q: What is the single most surprising thing about your new book and the experience of releasing it?

A: "Quite frankly, the most surprising thing about the experience of releasing Let Me Fall was its lack of success (as defined by most of the world and the publishing industry). I mean, come on–I had a directive from God to write the thing! And it felt pretty important. In hindsight, I think my obedience is the pretty important part–at least as far as I was concerned. What God chooses to do with my obedience is not my concern."

Q: I found that reading your book was a spiritual experience and I couldn't put it down, as if God was busy with a download or something.....50%, now 75%--grabbing tissue box....99%--wow, didn't expect that! Was writing it like that or more like summing up the single most important things in your life and wondering how they all fit in a tiny little flat paperback?

A: "The writing of Let Me Fall has been the most spiritual experience of my life to date. I am a changed creature. I think the reason it took me three plus years to write it is because I was living what I was writing while I wrote it (if that makes sense)."

Q: What do you tell people your book is about in several short sentences?

A: "Let Me Fall is my story of falling in love with God brought about by my obsession with all-things-romance and the Twilight series. That’s only one sentence. I can break it into two if you really want, but I think it’s more fun to say it all in one breath."

Backcover Beth Flavor: "As in most tales of woe, I hit rock-bottom, which meant all my nails got chipped. Fearing the savage state of my cuticles as well as my heart, I finally called out to Father God for help. Spoiler Alert: He showed up with a spiritual defibrillator. Let Me Fall is where my literal world figuratively collides with God as He shows me more of who I am and who He is. My story isn’t a formula for falling in love with God. But I would be thrilled if it is a catalyst for others to do the same."

Find Beth on her website: http://bethpensinger.com

Dare to fall. Dare to hang on tight.

Questions for the give away: 
If you are joining us for the first time, please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Beth's book. You may also gain a chance to win by becoming a blog follower on the right side column. We'd love to learn your name and have you at our "virtual coffee shop"!
Are you a secret Twilight Series lover?
Why do you suppose we love romance so much? (oh, you don't have to answer that) 
What is your most favorite allegorical book?

Winner of last week's drawing of "A Lady's Honor" by Laurie Alice Eakes is: Kym Thorpe!
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday



Today's Throwback Thursday is a photograph and poem from my husband's family archives. The man is Pete Behselich, on his farm south of Ipswich, SD. The picture was taken in the late thirties or early forties. My husband, Peter is named after his grandfather who passed away just six weeks after Peter's birth. Pete Behselich died of a sudden heart-attack when he was 62.

Pete Behselich loved horses and farming, and he doted on his only child, a daughter, Lorraine. He always wore long-sleeved shirts and hats because he was red-headed and very fair. 

The poem and the picture were found together in a box of mementos after my mother-in-law passed away. I wish I had known about these before she passed away.  She loved to talk about her family, and she could've told me more about the picture and the horse and shared memories of her father. I know she regretted not being able to say goodbye.

In Memory
Always a smile and never a frown,
Always a hand when someone was down.
Happiness you gave to everyone you knew,
No better things could anyone do.
Your presence brought joy to everyone's heart,
Laughter and cheerfulness right from the start.
God gave us a gift, then took it away,
But your beautiful memory is here to stay.
The blow was hard, the shock severe,
We little thought your death so near.
And only those who have lost can tell,
The pain of parting without farewell. 


Hug someone in your family today and take the time to share some memories.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Casting A Story

First, let me say Happy 48th Anniversary to my beloved parents, James and Esther Bonam. And happy 47th birthday to my sister, Kathleen Boatwright. :)


Authors are all different, and we all have different methods of plotting, (or not plotting) creating characters, editing, and all the other hundreds of things that go into writing fiction. And when we're fairly new at it, we try lots of different methods to see what works for us.

After writing more than twenty novels and novellas, I've settled into a method that works for me, and part of that process is casting the characters. I'm a visual person, and it helps me to have a visual representation of my characters.

I've also found, through sharing some of these photos on my Facebook Page, that there are a lot of other visual people out there. :) The response to my characters' photos has been happily positive.

Here is the cast of characters from my current Work in Progress, A Bride For Bear, part of The Convenient Bride Collection releasing from Barbour in June of 2015.


Bear McCall, mountain man.
And this is Bear McCall, a mountain man who has no desire for a wife or a family but suddenly finds himself in possession of both. I found him on Pinterest :)

Emmylou Paxton, jilted mail-order bride.

This is a photograph of my heroine, Emmylou Paxton, who finds herself stranded in Denver. In reality, this is a photograph of Jennie Jerome Churchill, Lady Randolph Churchill, the mother of Prime Minister Winston Churchill. She was a noted beauty in her day, and when she moved from Brooklyn to England after her marriage, she was involved in more than a few scandals. She was considered one of the most beautiful women of her day. I found her by searching Google for women of 1874.





And these three little darlings are Miriam, Deborah, and Tabitha, the orphans that show up on Bear's doorstep. I was looking for three, redheaded girls about 10, 8, and 4. By searching on Pinterest, I found photos that reflect the personalities I want. Miriam is world-weary, the oldest, responsible, someone who has had to give up her childhood too soon. Deborah is outspoken and active, and she pretends that she's tougher than she is so as not to be hurt when people let her down. And Tabitha is so sweet. She's longing to be somebody's little girl. Sensitive to the needs of others, she's the first one to see the softy behind Bear's growls and snarls. :)

For me, having these photos is so helpful to keeping everyone in character and being consistent when it comes to characters' appearances. Another aid to me is helping make the characters different from other heroes, heroines, and children I've already written. Since I can see the differences in their faces, eyes, hair, expressions, poses, etc. it helps me keep them straight and unique from the other hundreds of characters I've created through the years.

Doing this kind of search in advance is also helpful when it comes time to submit cover art ideas. (Though in this case, since it is a novella collection, the publisher will design the cover without too much input from the authors, since there are so many stories represented it would be impossible to include everyone's characters.)

So, are you a visual person? Does it help to have a picture of a character or do you prefer to keep it all in your imagination?





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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Behind The Scenes At A Writer's Conference

It's that time of year again! Erica, Anne and I are gearing up for the annual ACFW Writer's Conference where we will all converge on St. Louis like a gaggle of nutsos who hear voices in their heads. Mark your calendars 'cause there is going to be a TON of photo action on my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/jaimewrightbooks ! Selfies with famous people you care more about than me ;), group photos, insights into what goes on behind the scenes and more!! SO be sure to mark your calendars, 'cause the fun starts on September 25th. And we'll post some to the blog here too. No worries. :)

All that to say, I'm prepping wildly. I have my book written, business cards ordered, agent standing behind me, and editors to pitch to. I need to complete a few small things and focus on not hyperventilating.

There is a fun mixer going around right now, for your first behind the scenes look at a writer's life. I've answered some questions below and if you want to have fun and see who else will be making appearances, click through on the links!

Here are the questions and my answers!

Name: Jaime Wright
Location: Wisconsin
What you write/tagline/trademark: Spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense.
Place in the book world: Pre-published author represented by Mary Keeley of Books & Such Literary. Currently working on my third manuscript while the first two are out on submission!
On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space: Depends on if I've had my coffee or not. And then keep the holding length to a minimum. Those long drawn out, rocking back and forth things? ummmm....
The unique talking point that will get you going for hours: Coffee, my kids, coffee, books, coffee, anything, coffee ... did I say coffee?
Loved ones at home you’ll be missing: My 4 yr. old daughter Kokomo Jo, my mini-me Peter Pan, and the guy I married who doesn't drink coffee (says a lot that I still love him okay? lol)
Conference goals we can pray for? That my books will find their niche with the right publisher in God's timing. 
Anything we can celebrate with you? I bought a new pair of shoes for the formal gala!!
One or two ways we can help you build your platform? Yes! You can like my author page on Facebook and sign up for my brand new email list by clicking here! (I will NOT share your email with anyone and will only send an email with the very most important news.)
Now head on over here if you want to meet more writers attending this conference!!! What would you like to know from Anne, Erica and I as we prep for our Behind the Scenes look at a writer's conference?

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Jaime Wright - 

Spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Youth leader. Professional Coffee Drinker. Works in HR and specializes in sarcasm :) - Represented by: Books & Such Literary Agency

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