Is that really what I sound like?

I’ve been asked to do two podcast interviews now, and the one thing that I just can’t get over is the sound of my voice as I’m listening to it. Do I really sound like that? LOL!

In all seriousness, the podcasts are a lot of fun, once you get over the nervous jitters. This time, I was interviewed on the Ideas to Books podcast, hosted by Linda Fulkerson. I met Linda last year at a writing retreat, and got to know her through MRP. Linda is an author and also has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to marketing for authors and I can’t wait to see her again at this year’s retreat.

Here’s the link to listen to the interview, where I discuss how I came up with the idea for The Seer and a little bit more about my role as a Developmental Editor and why it’s important for writers to have one. Click on the link to listen:

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Thanks for having me on your podcast, Linda. I really enjoyed it!


Wisdom Wednesday: Kathy Cretsinger

I love world building. There’s not a more exciting thing to do than creating a new story idea, characters, and the world that they live in. Right now, I’m working on a story for a writing contest and I’m having a lot of fun talking with my husband and a couple friends about plot ideas and world building. I am also finishing up editing a wonderful new book for MRP, but that will have to wait for just a little bit while we discuss Wisdom Wednesday!

Today I have Kathy Cretsinger, is the owner of Mantle Rock Publishing, (my publisher for The Seer) and writes under the name of Katt Anderson. Welcome, Kathy!

Pen Name: Katt Anderson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Latest Novel: Smoky Mountain Brides

Writing Tip: 

Have fun with your writing, know the basics of writing. If you’re having fun, you’ll not get bogged down and have writer’s block so much.

UGH. The dreaded writer’s block. It happens to all of us, and I did have a few times where I struggled with this during The Seer. But I think Kathy is on to something here. Remember why you started writing in the first place. What drew you to write this story? If you have fun with it, the pressure seems to leave and guess what? Your creativity is back.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Read each agent/publisher’s submission page on their website. Learn the craft.

This is so important. Every agent/publisher has different guidelines for their submission policy. Do your research, and submit it the way they specify, don’t deviate. This will help your manuscript have the best first impression. 


Kyla Porter and Becki Hunley had been friends since childhood. They had gone to church and school together and had graduated from the University of Tennessee. They parted ways when Becki moved to Nashville to enter the country music field while Kyla continued her education in veterinary school and eventually moved to northern Mississippi to practice veterinary medicine.

Scarred by a tragic ending to a relationship, Kyla finds it hard to trust any man, even the handsome teacher she meets at Graceland, who seems too good to be true. Becki finds the perfect man for her, a handsome doctor she meets at church, and both she and Kyla become engaged within a few months of each other. They had always dreamed of being each other’s maid or matron of honor when they married, but their plans are in jeopardy when their wedding dates are in conflict. Will they be able to solve their dilemma, or will their dream die?


Kathy Cretsinger writes under the name of Katt Anderson. She lives in Kentucky with her husband of fifty plus years. They have two grown children, four grandchildren, no cats or dogs, but a few squirrels who live around the walnut trees. When not writing, you’ll find Kathy people watching, reading, enjoying her flower garden, going to activities her grandchildren are involved in, or helping authors with their manuscripts. Kathy also speaks at writer’s conferences. She and her husband, Jerry, are owners of Mantle Rock Publishing LLC. You can visit her at


Thank you for joining us today, Kathy! Please take a moment and check out Kathy’s latest release, Smoky Mountain Brides and her website.  


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Main Character Monday #10

You all know that I love showing the behind the scenes of my characters and yesterday, my character Thea was interviewed on Main Character Monday. This was such a fun interview, to think about how Thea would answer these questions if she was in fact being interviewed.

Please take a moment to visit Main Character Monday by author Heather Greer, and read Thea’s interview!

You can find The Seer on Amazon in both Kindle and print versions.

By the Book


Usually, I review the book before I interview the character. However, since I don’t want to interrupt the Cover to Cover series, I’m going to switch things up today. My review of The Seer by Erin Howard will be posted as soon as the Cover to Cover series is wrapped up.

Today’s Guest is Thea Elliot from The Seer by Erin R. Howard.

Thank you for joining me.

What is your favorite book of the Bible from both the Old and New Testament?

The book of Psalms is my favorite, probably because I could always find my dad reading it.

 If you could meet anyone from scripture, not including Jesus, who would it be?

I’ve always wanted to meet the angel, Gabriel. But now Matthias has shown up, so he might be able to schedule a meeting.

Jesus had twelve disciples. Which one do you feel you…

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Cover to Cover – Part Four

Thank you, Heather! I have really enjoyed being on your blog, sharing more information about being a Developmental Editor, and why it’s important part of publishing.

Please take a moment and check out the interview!

By the Book

Your novel has been accepted, and the contract has been signed. The cover designer is hard at work putting together the images that will entice readers to pick your book off the shelf and at least read the back cover copy. You can breathe easy. The work is done.

Not by a long shot.

To make your book the best it can be, it will go through at least another round or two of editing. What is there to edit? I interviewed Erin Howard and Pam Harris, editors for Mantle Rock Publishing to find out what they do to help Mantle Rock authors prepare their books for launch.

Erin Howard – Developmental Editor

What exactly does a developmental editor do?

I look at the big picture of the book and then narrow in on the structure of that book. I look at the plot, themes, characterization, POV/voice, pacing/flow, dialogue, landscapes…

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Character Quote: Sentinel Cobb

The book characters are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to talk about on my blog with you all!

We have one last character that I would like to highlight today, and then I will open up the blog for discussions of questions you may have about The Seer, and the characters.

Sentinel Cobb is one of the most interesting characters in The Seer. There’s a certain level of mystery about his past and what he’s done, especially when it comes to Matthias’s resentment towards him. It’s hard to think that Matthias would have resentment towards anyone.


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Character Quote: Sometimes it’s not really the answer to our questions that we truly need.

Here’s what one of my Beta/ARC Readers had to say about Sentinel Cobb:

“Sentinel Cobb is a mysterious character and I hope to find out more about his past and how that made him the man is today. He carries the balance of the world on his shoulders along with those he trains.”



There is so much more to be learned about Sentinel Cobb, and we have only scratched the surface. I hope that you will enjoy his character as much as I do! 

Now that the highlights of the characters are over, I will open the blog up for questions! If you’ve read The Seer and want to ask a question about the story or the characters please message me. Please keep me in mind that if it’s a question that would be a spoiler to those that have not read it yet, I will not be able to answer on the blog. Use the contact form here, or on the contact page. Click here to contact Erin





Wisdom Wednesday: Susan Page Davis

Sometimes it seems like my “to-do” list is too long for my attention span at that moment. If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you know I love lists. I don’t think I feel like I can get through my tasks if I don’t have a list made.  We travel to Memphis every week, and a lot of things I leave in my suitcase, but I still need that list to feel like I’ve packed everything.

This week, I’m continuing my editing on Carolina Mercy for MRP, working on a new story for a contest, and of course book two in The Kalila Chronicles, but first, let’s get to Wisdom Wednesday.

I’m so excited to have Susan Page Davis share her writing tips today!

Name: Susan Page Davis

Genre: mystery/suspense

Latest NovelBreaking News

Writing Tip: 

Write something every day. It’s easy to get sidetracked with non-writing stuff. Make the effort to set aside some time for only writing. You may have to remove distractions. Lock the door and turn off the phone and email if you have to. I remind myself of this often, because there is so much to the business side of writing. Don’t let promotion, networking, or any of the other “good stuff” replace the best stuff—your uninterrupted writing time!

Did she know I was going to be struggling today? HA! Susan’s so right, you have to set aside time to write, and stick with it, no matter what! Doesn’t it take like twenty one days of doing something every day to make it a habit? 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Don’t give up. The business is constantly changing, and it can be a steep learning curve, but hang in there. Remember, writing great stories is the most important thing.


My mother in law wrote in my copy of The Seer at my Launch Part, “Hard work pays off!” and that’s so true. Don’t give up!


A Senator who vanished. . .

An old man with regrets. . .

Editor Kurt Borden’s star reporter is struggling with depression. Long before Kurt bought his lakeside house in Maine, a senator owned the cottage next door. When Mick Tyler shows interest in the story, Kurt sends him out to do a feature on the senator, who disappeared more than 40 years ago. Maybe Mick’s fascination with the tale will lift his depression.

But Mick never comes back.

Kurt’s wife finds an elderly neighbor ill in his home. The old man, Elwood Fairmont, begs Janet to give a cryptic message to his grown children. Elwood’s children gather, but their father’s words mystify them. Was what he told Janet a dying confession?

Kurt assigns bright young reporter Dave Carpenter to write about Mick’s disappearance. When Dave investigates the story his colleague was pursuing, Kurt’s life is threatened. Janet finds a clue that makes them wonder: Are Elwood’s regrets and Mick’s disappearance connected to things that happened decades ago?

To unravel the close-woven mysteries, Kurt and Janet must rely on their faith and use all their wits and diplomatic skills.

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Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 80 published novels in the mystery, romantic suspense, and historical romance genres. She has won the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her retired editor husband Jim. They are the parents of six grown children and the grandparents of ten.




Thank you for joining us today, Susan! Breaking News is added to my reading list.  Go check out Susan’s book on Amazon, and connect with her on social media.


You can purchase Breaking News by clicking here.

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Selfies with The Seer

Friday night was my Launch Party, and I was overwhelmed by everyone’s support! We had a great time talking to everyone, taking pictures with the backdrop, giving away some awesome prizes, and signing copies of The Seer. I was asked several times why I was signing my books with the phrase, “Don’t sit on the fence!” and it was so much fun to tell them that they have to read the book to find out! Going forward, for each new book in the series, I will sign with its own unique phrase.

One of my favorite things about Friday night was my guest book. Instead of everyone signing a regular guest book, I asked everyone to sign the inside cover of my personal copy of The Seer! Thank you to everyone that took a moment to do so, it really meant a lot to me, and will sit on my desk as a visual reminder of your support.


We spent Sunday and Monday at St. Jude with our youngest son, Gabe and while I was there, I saw several readers posting their pictures with their copies of The Seer on social media, and hearing comments that they couldn’t put the book down. WOW! That’s one of the best complements that you can give me. So, thank you!


If you have purchased a copy of The Seer, please post the picture on social media and tag me. I would love to see pictures of my readers and The Seer.

I’ve used four major settings in The Seer, three of these are portal locations. I do not want to give anything away in case you haven’t read the book yet {what are you waiting for?!} So if you happen to visit these areas, it would be amazing to see you take a selfie with your print copy!

Also, please don’t forget to leave an honest review of The Seer on sites like Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews are a huge help to authors, especially new authors.

If you haven’t picked up a print copy yet, I have a few left from the Launch, and you can purchase one on Amazon, just Click here.  The Kindle version is also available for download.



PS-I’ve also been asked when book two of The Kalila Chronicles will be coming out, and I have an answer! It will be released in February of next year. YAY!

Until then, I will be keeping you all up to date on all the stages of publication for book number two. I have a working title, and I will share it with you soon!