Behind the Story: The Seer Locations #2

I am home from the Inspire Conference, hosted by my writing group, Ken Ten Writers. This year the retreat was held at Montgomery Bell State Park. I came back armed with information from lots of great workshops and connected with some amazing writers.


Two months before Gabe was diagnosed with cancer, we went to LBL (Land Between the Lakes) to have our fall family pictures taken. Once we were finished taking pictures, Jacob took me to a graveyard tucked behind a camping area. We took a short walk back behind the campground, and I instantly knew that I had to use this location in my story. I took some liberties with the layout of the area because I wanted Thea to be close enough to the water to hear it hit the shore.

I also wanted the setting of the book to be in the fall because it’s my absolute favorite season. The crisp cold air, colorful leaves, hoodies, bonfires, and s’mores are all things that I love about the season.

Instead of showing another picture this week, I want to hear from you and giveaway a Kindle copy of my novel, The Seer.

Have you been to any locations from the books that you’ve read? If so, I would love to hear about them. Please take a moment and add your picture in the comment section and tell us where the location is and what book it is from. You have until next Wednesday to enter, and I will announce the winner next Thursday.

 

Hugs,
Erin

 

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Behind the Story: The Seer Locations #1

Lots of guesses were given on the photo that I posted last week. I had fun reading all of them!

I had one person that was the closest! Makenzie, a member of my beta reading group called The Hive, guessed that it was a church.

The picture is actually what’s left a wall that was once the National Headquarters of the Cumberland Presbyterian church located in Memphis TN. When the headquarters moved, Chick-fil-A bought the land and kept the front side of the building. The back side is now a patio for outdoor eating.

Memphis has played a huge role in our lives since 12/29/16, so I knew I had to use some locations from there. We love Chick-fil-A, (my favorite is the nuggets) so once Jacob and I saw the wall we had to find out what it once was. I was so surprised when I read that it was once the location of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church National Headquarters. I grew up attending a Cumberland Presbyterian Church (that my ancestors helped to found in 1870) and I knew instantly I had to use this location.

Most of the locations in The Seer have to do with portal locations. However, I don’t want to spoil what’s at this location in case you haven’t read it yet.

Are you ready for the next picture?

Or how about three?

 

 

 

 

Please comment with your guess and next Thursday I will reveal the location, why it’s important to me, and give you another picture.

If you haven’t had a chance to read The Seer, it’s available on Amazon and Books-A-Million.

Hugs,

Erin

Behind the Story: The Seer Locations

Locations play a huge part in a novel. It sets the tone of the story, and gives the reader something to help connect them to the story so it seems more real and believable.

For The Seer, I didn’t want to just use any random locations. Since The Seer is an urban fantasy (which uses today’s world and fuses it with supernatural/paranormal/fantasy elements) I wanted it to be somewhere that would feel familiar. However, I also wanted to use locations that have special meanings for me.

Over the next few Thursdays, I will post a different location picture and give you the opportunity to guess where it is and what scene it is used for in the book. I will also let you in on all my little secrets as to why it’s special to me.

Here’s your picture for next Thursday! If you think you know where it is and what scene it is used in, or if you just want to guess, comment below and I will announce who was correct next week. (For those of you that are in my special group, The Hive, you have already got a sneak peak!)

 

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If you are local, please stop by my Scavenger Hunt & Book Signing event at the Benton Library on Saturday (June 2nd) from 2-4. I will also be available for a Meet & Greet, book signing, and FAQ.

Can’t wait to see you all there, and to read your guesses!

Hugs,

Erin

Scavenger Hunt & Book Signing

Last month, I participated in a FB book party, and was able to interact with readers in a thirty minute time frame. It was difficult to keep up with all the questions and comments, but I had a blast getting to know the readers in the group and tell them more about my book, and myself. I had so much fun, that I knew I had to book other events this summer and do the same thing in person!

On June 2nd, at the Benton Library, I will have a Scavenger Hunt & Book Signing from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The Scavenger Hunt is going to be a lot of fun, because you will be able to find clues (about me, my writing, and my job as an editor)  take selfies with the clues, post to my social media page with the party hash tag, and be entered into a drawing for a FREE copy of The Seer! I will also be available for a Meet & Greet, FAQ session, and book signing.

I hope you make plans to attend, I would love to see you all there! Be on the lookout for more information about upcoming events. We are in the planning process of expanding the events to include some fun writing workshops and publishing related panels.

Hugs,

Erin

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Author Event- Speculative Fiction FB Party

Gabe’s fever is still going up and down. So far, his blood cultures have not shown any growth, so they believe it must be a viral infection. There’s not a lot they can do for a viral infection, but he is still on several different antibiotics, and fluids. They just came in a took more blood to do a new blood culture to see if anything new pops up over the next 24 hours.

Gabe has slept a lot today, which is great because last night he was restless, and they had to monitor his fever, which meant a nurse was in here every hour. He has to be fever free for 24 hours before we will be released to housing, so we will most likely be here for a couple days.

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While he’s sleeping right now, I’m getting caught up on some writing on my second book, and finalizing for my author FB event that I am participating in tomorrow evening. (As long as he is doing okay and resting)

It almost seems fitting that I’m logging in and doing the party from Memphis. The Seer was written while we were in Memphis sitting around the hospital.

Make plans to join me tomorrow evening, 6 pm Eastern/ 5pm Central for the Christian Fiction Lovers Speculative FB Party. There you will meet six authors and their novels, fun trivia, and of course giveaways. We are giving away 7 books, and a $50 Amazon Card. The rules for the contest are listed in the discussion in the event link. I hope to see you there!

I also have a book signing event coming up at the Benton Library on June 2nd from 2-4.

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Wisdom Wednesday: Patricia Bradley

I don’t know about you, but I am glad it’s Wednesday, and time for our weekly writing tips!

This past week was rough. Our daughter sprained her ankle, so we’ve spent lots of time seeing two different doctors in addition to our weekly visit to St. Jude.

However, I’m excited to announce that Patricia Bradley is joining us today! I met her at a writing retreat last year and loved the workshop that she taught and chatting with her at lunch. She was a big encourager to me last year, and helped me to push myself to finish The Seer and seek publication.

Thank you for joining us, Patricia!


Name: Patricia Bradley

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Latest Novel: Justice Betrayed

Writing Tip:

Write what you love. If you write what you love, you will stay excited about your writing.

This is so true! When I first started writing, I was working on a chick lit series. I never finished that series, because deep down it wasn’t what I loved.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:

Keep learning the craft and don’t give up. I wrote for over thirty years before my novel was published. But I kept learning the craft and writing…what if I’d quit at year thirty? If God calls you to write, He will get you published…in His timing. When God opened the door, I was ready to go through it.

Being patient isn’t always easy, but God’s timing is always perfect. Don’t give up!


It’s Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide Detective Rachel Sloan isn’t sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators–one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken–she’s forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic’s home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend’s killer?

When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?


Winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitty, Suzy, and loves to write suspense with a twist of romance. Her Logan Point and Memphis Cold Case Novels are available at all on-line retailers and major bookstores. JUSTICE Betrayed, the third book in the Memphis Cold Case Novels released June 5, 2018.

Her workshops on writing include online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers, workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference, ACFW Minnesota NICE and Memphis ACFW. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.


I love connecting with readers on my blog every Tuesday where I have a Mystery Question for them to solve: http://www.patriciabradleyauthor.com/blog

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Thanks for joining us today, Patricia!

Please take a moment and connect with Patricia on social media, and check out her blog and newest release, Justice Betrayed.

Wisdom Wednesday: Michelle De Bruin

I’m sorry for the delay in my Wisdom Wednesday post! Sometimes, life does not always go as planned, especially when your daughter inherited your balance skills, or rather, the lack thereof. I spent the majority of the day at the doctor for her sprained ankle. They do not think it’s broken, but we have to wait for swelling to go down for another checkup on it.  She’s in a walking boot and it’s still hurting some, but she is doing better!

This week, our guest is author Michelle De Bruin. Thanks for joining us, Michelle.

Name: Michelle De Bruin

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Upcoming Novel: Hope for Tomorrow 

Writing Tip: 

Read as much as you write. Become familiar with what others in your genre are doing. Stay informed on current events and world happenings. Choose a trusted voice in non-fiction to read for your own growth and spiritual formation.

This is my favorite tip because it keeps me in relationship with fellow authors. It helps me stay sensitive to people’s deepest needs, and it encourages me as I continue on my own faith journey.

Great tips! I’m always amazed at people who say that want to write but do not like to read. Reading is a must to stay updated in the industry and to learn the craft.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Take the time and make the effort to find and develop your own voice. Not necessarily the voice that is heard when you speak, but the one that is felt when you begin to put words on paper. It belongs to you and is the unique gift the Lord gave you to share your faith experiences. Over time, a new writer will have much to offer if they follow the tip above and then share how they are learning and growing through the blessing of their own voice.

If you’re genuine with your voice, your readers will connect with you on a deeper level. Great tip!


 

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Please take a moment and connect with Michelle on social media and subscribe to her blog so you can stay up to date on the latest news for her upcoming novel!

Michelle’s website:https://michelledebruin.com/

Michelle on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleDeBruinsAuthorPage/

Michelle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichelleDAuthor

 

 

 Thank you for joining us today, Michelle! 

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