Wisdom Wednesday: Laura V. Hilton

Thank you to everyone for your support and kind words for me during my Release Day yesterday! I’m anxiously waiting Friday, where we can get together and celebrate! We will have a fun backdrop for pictures and props, refreshments, giveaways, and book signing.

 Last night, I was interviewed for a podcast, and while you will have to check back in a couple weeks to hear the interview, one of the questions Linda Fulkerson asked got me thinking about how important it is for new writers to have support and help as they write their first book. I got to talk a little bit about my role as a Developmental Editor last night, and I am going to start blogging more about this type of editing and why it is beneficial for any writer, no matter how many books they have published.

On today’s “To Do List” is assembling all of my center pieces for my Launch Party, but before I go do that, I wanted to share this week’s Wisdom Wednesday. Let’s see what wisdom Laura is giving us today.

Name: Laura V. Hilton

Genre: Contempoary Amish romance

Latest NovelLove By the Numbers 

Writing Tip: 

Put a button by your computer – it stands for Put your butt on a chair and write.

Haha, I love it! Sometimes it’s hard to sit down and make yourself write. For me, I stay at home with my youngest son, so my office is in my house and it’s hard to not let myself get distracted when I need to be writing.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Read. A lot. Join a critique group. Develop thick skin.

I love it when other authors remind us to read. I feel like sometimes we get caught up in writing, that we push that to the side, but it’s so very important. You have to read to continue to grow.

Developing thick skin is also important. Not everyone is going to love your genre that you write, or the story that you write and that’s okay! Critique groups are here to help you learn, so listen with an open heart. This is not always easy to do, but we must keep at it and keep learning.


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After her fiancé dies in a buggy accident, Lydia Hershberger is invited to Jamesport to manage her Mennonite aunt’s gift store while her aunt and uncle are on a mission trip. While there, Lydia gets acquainted with her aentie’s best friend, Bethel Bontrager, and her grown son, Caleb. Lydia is surprised to find herself drawn to handsome clockmaker, Caleb Bontrager. But in spite of an instant flame of attraction between them, he doesn’t seem interested. In fact, pesky Caleb treats her like he doesn’t even like her.

Bright and sparkly. That’s Caleb’s first impression of Lydia. He’s always been attracted to sparkly things. In fact, his affinity for those things, and the trouble they can cause, are exactly why he’s determined to change his ways and settle down. With Lydia’s aentie gone, he is handling the books for the gift shop and is forced to spend too much time in her presence.

When God offers Lydia a second chance at love and family, will she take it? Or will the secret Caleb harbors cause her even more heartbreak?


Laura pictureLaura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.


Thank you for joining us this week, Laura! 

Take a moment and connect with Laura on social media, and check out her latest book, Love By the Numbers.  You can find it here on Amazon: Click here


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Wisdom Wednesday: Heather Greer

Joining us today on Wisdom Wednesday is Heather Greer.

Genre:  Contemporary Christian Romance

Latest Novel: Faith’s Journey, releases on February 13, 2018.

Writing Tip:

I think one of the things that has meant the most to me in my writing came from a writers’ conference I attended. Kristen Heitzmann was speaking, and she mentioned she is not a plotter. This meant a lot to me because every other conference I attended preached the necessity of planning out every detail before writing, knowing the characters and their backstories from the start, and things like that. I felt like this was the first time I was not only given permission but encouraged to write the way I write instead of trying to write like everyone else.

 

That’s great! You have to write in a way that works for you.  I’ve heard other authors say they are either a panster {“flies by the seat of their pants”} or plotter, but I feel like I’m both! I like to plot, but once I get my basic ideas and such, I like to let the characters take over. 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Always keep learning. There is always some area of your writing that can improve.

So true! Learn new ways to do things, and improve your writing by reading other authors and books written about the craft.


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Katie McGowan left her parents and their faith behind years ago. However, when faced with a devastating betrayal, Katie is ready to go back to Carbondale, Illinois to help her elderly parents despite their tempestuous relationship. Drained by the constant friction, Katie finds emotional support and encouragement in Austin. His practical, simple faith speaks to Katie, and she finds herself yearning for a new connection to God. As their friendship grows, so does the attraction between Katie and Austin.

Before her fledgling faith and thoughts of romance have a chance to take root, Katie’s cheating fiancé returns, remorseful and promising change. Can her tentative faith strengthen their past love? And if her heart breaks again, will Katie’s journey to faith end before it has really begun?


thumbnailAs a preacher’s kid from Southern Illinois, Heather was well acquainted with ministry life in a small town before her husband became a pastor fifteen years ago. She started serving in youth and children’s ministries when her daughter was still a child. Now, those ministries and wrangling the schedules of her three teenage boys takes a lot of her time and energy, but Heather still tries to carve out a little time for herself to read a good book, bake, or occasionally binge watch her favorite television shows.

Heather has a heart to see women of faith encouraged and growing in their relationships with God. As believers grow closer to God and begin living out His truths in everyday life, others will see their need for the Savior and long for relationship with Him. It is Heather’s prayer that God will use her love of writing to foster this encouragement and growth in the lives of Christian women.


Thanks for joining me today, Heather! I’ve enjoyed having you on the blog this week, and I can’t read your new release!

Everyone take a moment and pre-order her book, Faith’s Journey, and make sure to check out Heather’s blog and social media pages. 

Heather’s Blog: Click here

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Author, Hope Dougherty will be joining us next week for Wisdom Wednesday!
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