Wisdom Wednesday: Tabitha Bouldin

Wednesday’s are one of my favorite days of the week because it gives me that boost that I usually need by this time each week. Anyone else start the week off with high expectations in your writing goals and then start to slack as the week rolls on? Author Tabitha Bouldin is here to help us kick it into gear. 

Welcome, Tabitha!


Name: Tabitha Bouldin

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Latest Release: Trial by Faith

Writing Tip for Authors: 

I think my favorite Writing Tip is one I only recently discovered. Miranda July says, “Don’t worry about the bad drafts.” Every rough draft is going to be bad. They’re good, because we finally got the idea down on paper. But they’re bad because there are many, many rewrites needed to make that bad draft into a worthy novel. Just because the draft is bad doesn’t mean you shouldn’t press on. You believed in the story enough to write it once, it deserves to be worked over until it’s exactly what you wanted.

I always say to learn to love the editing phase. Everything that you were unsure of at first, or were dying to fix while you were writing can be fixed in this phase. This is where the real writing happens. 

Writing Tip for New Writers:

Believe in yourself. No one else can give you the confidence you’re going to need when you place that manuscript into the wide world of readers. Don’t set your heart by the reviews. Reviews are great. We all love reviews. But don’t let a bad review set the tone for your belief in yourself. It is impossible to please every reader all the time. Believe in your story, told your way. Only you have the experiences to make that story come to life in the way that you see it.

I think this is important for every writer to learn early on. You will not be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay! Like you said, there’s no way to please every reader all the time. Get excited about the ones that are excited about your story. They are your target readers. 


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Two years after Cheyenne saw him shot while in active duty with the military, Kane is finally home for good. While on his way to pay Cheyenne a visit, catastrophe throws him together with Faith Graystone. Faith needs to get home. Her two boys are counting on her to come back, but the road is impassable. As a former soldier, the one thing Kane cannot do is walk away from someone who needs his help.

 

 

 


authorpic2Tabitha was born, raised, and still lives in the same small town in middle Tennessee. A member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), she has been writing for nearly five years but only recently began publishing her work. She is currently working on achieving her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing with a specification in fiction. Her books are meant to encourage others through the trials of life. While the stories are fiction, they come from situations that many of us face.

 


Before you go, take a moment and check out Tabitha’s book, Trial by Faith and connect with her on social media. 

Contact Info/Social Media Links:

www.facebook.com/tabithabouldinauthor

www.twitter.com/tabithabouldin

www.instagram.com/tabithabouldin

https://tabithabouldinauthor.home.blog

 We would love to hear from you! Do you enjoy the editing phase? How easy is it for you to wait until this phase to start editing? Do you have a hard time with negative reviews? 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Sandra Ardoin

Good morning, everyone! I’m back at my computer today, still a little swollen and itchy from my crazy allergic reaction. I still have no idea what caused it, but I have two more days of medicines, so hopefully, it will help. 

Today, we have author Sandra Ardoin with us to talk about her favorite writing tip, so settle in and join in the conversation. 

Welcome, Sandra!


Name: Sandra Ardoin

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Debut Release: A Love Most Worthy

Writing Tip for Authors: 

Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, “Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” He also said, “…never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Churchill hadn’t meant those words specifically for writers, but I think they apply. Perseverance is one of the keys that unlocks the door to writing success. Rejections can send us scurrying for a corner in which to curl up, and poor sales can have us wanting to throw in the towel, but…don’t. Keep believing in your abilities and keep submitting!

This is a great reminder to stay committed to doing something that you love. Your story keeps coming back to you for a reason, so write it!

Writing Tip for New Writers:

If you’re serious about publishing and plan to be in it for the long haul, realize it takes time to reach your goals. Study and learn the craft, learn how to market, and develop the relationships that will prove vital to you when your first book releases. Don’t expect 1) to be an overnight sensation and 2) to write, edit, submit, and hold your first book baby within six months after deciding to write it—even if you choose to self-publish. If you intend this as a career, understand that it is a business and treat it with the same respect and skill that a doctor or lawyer would treat their chosen profession.

This is great advice. Writing takes time, and it’s something that you don’t ever stop learning about. If you’re serious about writing, stop thinking and start working towards it. You can do it!


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She didn’t know which was colder, an Arctic winter or her new husband’s heart.

Hallie Russell believes life should be lived to the fullest. For that reason, she sails to the gold rush town of Nome, Alaska to take her cousin’s place as the mail-order bride of a respected shopkeeper. But when her aloof husband’s wedding-night announcement rocks her plans for their marriage, Hallie sees her desire for a family to call her own vanish as quickly as the dreams of hopeful miners.

Tragedy led Rance Preston to repent of his rowdy ways and open a general store for the miners in Nome. He’s content in his bachelorhood, but his two orphaned nephews deserve a proper and serious-minded mother. Duped once by a vivacious female, he’s determined to never again let his heart overrule his head…until the high spirits of his new bride threaten his resolve.

When a misunderstanding comes to light, will they allow the gale force winds of insecurity to destroy what they each need most?


Sandra Ardoin_HeadshotLooking for heartwarming and award-winning historical romance? Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she’s also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

 

 

 


This was a great reminder today about not giving up on what you love. Sometimes life can get so busy and throw us off track, but if you have a story that keeps coming back to you, don’t delay. Write it! You will be so glad that you did. 

Before you go, take a moment and check out Sandra’s book,  A Love Most Worthy and connect with her on social media. 

Contact Info/Social Media Links:

Visit Sandra on her website at www.sandraardoin.com.

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Connect with her on FacebookTwitterGoodreadsPinterest, and BookBub.

 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Sally Chambers

It’s a cold day here in Western KY. The weather app says 11 degrees and feels like 4, which makes me want to go back to bed, pull the covers up, and finish reading a book that I’ve waited for a long time. But there are homeschool lessons that need to happen and word counts that need to be met. So grab a cup of hot chocolate and let’s see what our Wisdom Wednesday author has for us today. 

Thanks for joining us, Sally!


Name: Sally Chambers

Genre: Inspirational Suspense with a touch of Romance

Debut Release: Out of the Shadows

Writing Tip for Authors: 

Write. Simply, write. Every single day whether a sentence or a chapter, write. If something you experience captures your imagination and speaks to your heart, write it down, date it (you’ll be glad you did). Make notes on things that inspire you or make you laugh. They can become plot ideas. Flashes of unusual scenes might inspire a new slant on something old. Use whatever resource is at hand to help you remember your impressions. Screen shots, your snipping tool, your phone camera, or recorder .  .  . a scrap of paper. File them, review them, utilize them. Filtered through your eyes your writing finds its unique voice as you walk through life.

For example, I recall the warm July day my husband and I drove from our small cabin in Loafers Glory, NC, into Spruce Pine to shop. I sky-gazed at a stormy cloud bank, musing as he drove, and the words came. “A sky, black and blue, bruised with the pummeling of a thousand bolts of lightning.” Because I grabbed a scrap of paper and a pencil, part of that sentence made its way into the first page of my first novel, The Stonekeepers. “Outside Lexi Christensen’s bedroom window, the world shook. The fast-moving storm hurled shards of silver lightning, and thunder bruised the heavens above rain-swept Nantucket Island.”

Why is this my favorite writing tip? Well, at times this busy writer’s mind resembles a sieve. And if I don’t write down those nuggets of thought, ideas, or inspiration, whether it’s midnight or midday, they tend to vanish—those fleeting God-gifted treasures are definitely at risk!

Great sentence! I don’t know how many times I tell myself that I will remember something, but I rarely do. You gave us great ideas on how to jot those nuggets down, so we have no excuse now. LOL! 

Writing Tip for New Writers:

Journal daily or as often as you can. Record your prayers, thoughts, events, anything that you itch to preserve. Journal it. My journals hold the stuff from which novels are built. Yours will too. Real stuff you can bend and stretch into fiction. The bones and flesh of new characters, the bricks and mortar of scenes and settings, the sound and passion of dialogue, and so much more. Journaling keeps you writing. And I can’t help but add: read, read, read, and never, ever give up! Blessings on your new year of writing and journaling.

I dream of journaling. I even have multiple leather books sitting on my desk staring back at me right now. I always want to keep detailed entries about my day, but then I don’t want to mess them up. I’ve started keeping notes in them about the book that I’m currently writing at the time, and that is helping me to get more into this habit. Great advice!


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Three months ago, Ali Lamarque’s mother died in an accident Ali is convinced she could have prevented, and what little faith she had is fading. Grief-stricken, her father, a renowned scientist, has sold their California ranch and buried himself in his work. He will soon leave for Brazil’s Amazon rain forest on business. Ali’s relationship with her childhood best friend, Kane, is changing, and suddenly she’s being followed. Insidious and relentless, it’s harassment with no proof it ever happened.

With her life in turmoil, and against her father’s wishes, Ali takes a break from college to go with him, hoping the trip will help heal their grief and her guilt. It will give her time to sort out her feelings for Kane—and leaving would stop the stalking.

But Ali didn’t anticipate the dangers that would confront her or know that her choices would make the difference between living and dying for not only herself, but countless others.


sally chambers-web Sally Chambers writes inspirational young adult fiction though new adults and women of all ages also enjoy her contemporary YA blend of suspense with a touch of romance. A finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s First Impressions contest with her first novel, The Stonekeepers, she has also won awards for her short stories and poetry. Sally and her husband live on Florida’s Space Coast. She braces for hurricanes every year but loves leaving her footprints across damp beach sand and reveling in sea breezes, warmth, and sunshine.


 

 

Alright, my friends, Sally gave us lots of ways to accomplish our writing goals. Whether we utilize a notebook, scrap paper, or use our phone to record or film, there are not any more excuses. What about you? Have you ever had an idea pop into your head but nothing handy to write it down? What’s the most creative tool you’ve used to jot it down? Tell us in the comment section. And don’t forget to connect with Sally on social media and her current release, Out of the Shadows.

 

Contact Info/Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sally.chambers2

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sallychambers22/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sallychambers2

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/SallyChambers

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sallychambers2/

BookBub: http://bit.ly/2F3QV69

Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/2GYLgM1

Website:  https://sallychambers.com/

Blog: https://sallypchambers.wordpress.com/

 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Pam Watts Harris

How well do you know your characters? For me, I create my characters by a motive or trait and then work out the rest of the details after. With my character, Matthias, I knew I wanted a strong, powerful angel. But I wanted one that was a fierce protector and everything he does stems from that protectiveness. Why is that? Well, I don’t want to ruin it for you if you haven’t read The Seer, but there’s a specific reason. 

Today, we have author Pam Watts Harris with us, and I can’t wait for you to delve into her writing tip for the week. 

Welcome, Pam!


Name: Pam Harris for my juvenile books and Pam Watts Harris for my teen/adult books.

Genre: Juvenile mysteries, historical fiction, contemporary romance, contemporary romantic suspense, all with a Christian world view.

Debut Release: Aimee was released last summer, and last fall Smoky Mountain Brides was released, a book containing two novellas, one by Katt Anderson (“Keeper of the Stars”) and the other by me (“Can’t Help Falling in Love”)

Writing Tip for Authors: I don’t know if this is actually a writing tip, but author Patricia Bradley, during a brainstorming session, asked me “What is the lie (character) believes about herself?” I love this question, because it causes me to think about who my characters truly are and understanding their motivations. It is a challenging question but worth considering.

I love this and love Patricia Bradley! It’s crucial that we know what motivates our characters, but asking it in this way makes it more human. We all struggle with some sort of a lie that we believe about ourselves, and if someone reads a book about a character that is going through the same thing, then the reader will connect to the character on a much deeper level. 

Writing Tip for New Writers:

Learn the craft. Read books about writing, be a member of a critique group or local writers group, read books in the same genre with a critical eye. Develop thick skin, because you’ll need it if you want to grow as a writer. Embrace the criticism and learn from it. And if it is what you want to do, never give up.

Having thick skin is hard, isn’t it? Writers have to be vulnerable to get the emotion to come across in writing, but at the same time, you can’t let that vulnerability hinder your progress and learning. It’s a hard thing to balance, but it’s vital to a writers life. 


 

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Aimee Winters has made the bravest decision of her life. Left alone and homeless, she has accepted her father’s offer to stay with him in the Arizona territory and teach at the local school. The problem is she has no memory of her father, having been raised by her mother and taught that her father died when she was a baby. Hungry to know the truth of her past, she leaves Memphis behind and journeys alone to the mountainous region where she faces challenges she never could have anticipated. The rugged living conditions and the isolation of the community are almost more than she can bear, but she is determined to prove she can do things “the Arizona way.” It doesn’t help that the handsome rancher, Levi Raines, seems to take special delight in pointing out her weaknesses. It isn’t long, however, until her heart is woven into the lives of her students, their families, and especially Levi. As their relationship grows, the shadow of their very different backgrounds and goals is ever present. Can they find common ground?


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A native Tennessean and former Arizona resident, Pam Watts Harris developed an interest in writing at an early age. She writes historical and contemporary fiction for females of all ages and draws on her personal experiences and observations to create characters that reflect the Southern and Western cultures with which she is most familiar.

 


 

Pam has brought us some crucial tips that every writer needs in their toolbox. What about you? Is it hard for you to develop “thick” skin? Do you understand the lie that your characters believe about themselves? Join us in the discussion this week, and check out Pam’s book, Aimee and connect with her on social media. 

 

Contact Info/Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/authorpamharris/

https://authorpamwattsharris.wordpress.com

Follow authorpamwattsharris on Twitter.

 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Barbara Brutt

How is it possible that we are already halfway through January? I look at my endless “to-do” list, and I want to hide under my covers for a while. However, my house is quiet right now, so it’s probably a great time to check off a few of those items. But first, let’s get to know our author this week for Wisdom Wednesday.

Welcome, Barbara!


Name: Barbara Brutt

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Debut Release:  Teal Paisley Tights

Writing Tip for Authors:

Oh, hm, at the moment, I’m thankful that we’ve moved away from using “she said” and “he said” for every speaking tag. I’m currently reading a book that was published a few years ago, and the “she said” and “he said” is weighing the story down. It’s also more fun to come up with action tags to denote who’s speaking.

Action tags are great! They really keep the story moving. I think “he/she said” is still good to use every now and then, but you can do so much more with action tags.

Writing Tip for New Writers:
As a new writer, the advice that has helped me the most is to seek help and training from writers who are further along than I am. Join writing groups, get connected, and listen-in on the conversations that writers are having.

Yes, find ways to get connected to other authors. If you can’t find a writing group in your area, create one. The local group I’m in meets monthly at the library. Local libraries are a great resource to utilize. 


 

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Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of paisley-loving Jadyn’s art career, or at least an art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-paying, buttoned-up consultant position with an impossible boss. When another colleague is dismissed, Jadyn inherits extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she’s fired.

Jadyn people-pleases her way through life, resulting in extra work opportunities and a community classroom of art students. But when two guys appear on her doorstep, she just might not be able to people-please her way out of this love triangle. At the end of the day, she can’t please everyone.

Then, because of a small spending problem, Jadyn is evicted from her apartment, and she must move in with her know-it-all sister. Jadyn needs to decide between a job transfer that would place her near her love interest, or a full-time art career with all its risks.

Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose. Will practicality always win?


headshotBarbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor’s degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two.

Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at barbarabrutt.com.

 


 

What about you? Are you a member of a writing group and in what ways has it helped you in your writing journey? Leave us a comment and join in the discussion, but before you do, check out Barbara’s debut novel, Teal Paisley Tights and connect with her on social media.

Contact Info/Social Media Links:

https://www.instagram.com/cordiallybarbara/

https://twitter.com/barbarabrutt

https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraBruttWriter/

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Wisdom Wednesday: Chad Pettit

 

 

It’s our first Wisdom Wednesday of 2019! I’m excited to be back with you, and our guest authors. Today, we have fellow fantasy author, Chad Pettit with us. Thanks for joining us, Chad!


Name: Chad Pettit

Genre: Christian Fantasy and Biblical Fiction

Current Release:  Fate of the Watchman

Writing Tip for Authors:

Before you write the full story, take the time to write an overview from the point of view of each of your characters. This gives you the bigger picture and helps you see any potential gaps or problems with the story.

This a great idea! No matter how much we think we know about our characters, sometimes, we learn so much more once we start writing. This will be a great exercise to use for my next book. 

Writing Tip for New Writers:

You may be the most talented, natural writer ever born. You still need to study and practice the craft of writing before you can truly write at the top of your game. You also need to live through some things so that you have something worth writing about.

This is the most common advice that I have heard for new writers, and it’s because it’s true! You have to realize that writing comes with studying and practicing. There are no shortcuts. 

 


9781620209158Lester Sharp is a workaholic, obsessed with the success of his business and oblivious to the world around him. All of that changes when a peculiar stranger comes into his shop asking for food and help. Lester soon finds himself on an impossible journey around the world to bear witness to some of the greatest tragedies a person can know, all frozen in a single moment of time.

In this challenging and gripping novel, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse-pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime.


attach5869_20180710_061547Chad Pettit grew up in Oregon with books and the mountains to help his imagination grow. After high school, he spent ten years in the Army, travelling and deploying all over the world, including two combat tours in Iraq. After the military, Chad earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University-Central Texas, and then he started teaching English at an early college high school in central Texas. Chad currently serves in a local church as a deacon and the Sunday school superintendent.

 


Contact Info/Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pettit_chad

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChadPettit.Writer/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chad_pettit_/?hl=en

Before you go, take a moment and connect with Chad on social media, and check out his novel, Fate of the Watchman

Do you struggle with getting to know your characters before you start writing? Have you tried writing the overview from your characters POV? Join in on the conversation today and leave us a comment.

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Wisdom Wednesday: Heather Greer

Did you travel anywhere for Christmas? My husband and I always plot new story ideas or on my current series when we are traveling. We go back and forth to St. Jude every week for my son’s treatment, so we are always in the car for hours. This time, we were going to my parent’s house for Christmas, but we still plotted. Now there are presents to put away, editing/writing to do, but it’s also Wisdom Wednesday. 

Today we have author Heather Greer with us. Thanks for joining us today, Heather!


Name: Heather Greer

Genre:  Contemporary Christian Romance

Upcoming Release: Grasping Hope (available in March)

Current Release: Faith’s Journey 

Writing Tip for Authors:

I’m not one who plots extensively or usually at all. Every time I went to writer’s conferences I heard about how I needed to plot out every detail and develop my characters completely before I even started writing. It was discouraging because I don’t naturally write that way. I went to a conference and my favorite author admitted to the group that she doesn’t plot either. She encouraged us to write in the way that works for us. That was so freeing for me. For the first time, I felt confident that I could be a good writer writing in the way that way that worked for me.

I love that you brought this up because when I first started writing, I didn’t have a single idea planned except for the main plot of the story. I found out that I was waiting for inspiration to hit to continue writing, which never worked. Now, I plan all of my major points of the story, but let the characters surprise me along the way. Experiment until you find what works for you, and then do it! 

Writing Tip for New Writers:

Always be willing to learn and grow. Even without industry changes, there are always areas where we need to improve and implement new techniques in our writing. Don’t wait until you’ve learned it all to start writing or you’ll never do it.

Exactly!

While we wait for Heather’s cover to be ready for her upcoming release, here’s a little more information about Grasping Hope.

 

When dreams turn to nightmares what’s left to hold onto?

Katie McGowan knows her fears are irrational. They’re also beyond her control. Her mind says her fiancé is faithful, but the betrayal of her past love ignites a fear stronger than her trust. Attempts to overcome it are unsuccessful. Nothing banishes her panic attacks for good. Dreading Austin’s response if he finds out about her struggle to trust, Katie hides the truth nearly destroying their relationship.

It takes a lesson in hope to start healing. Katie is released from the nightmare holding her captive to enjoy the blessings God has given. But when tragedies change her life forever, Katie’s understanding of hope is challenged. Unresolved anger and disappointment leave Katie doubting the sincerity of her beliefs. Desperate to prove her faith and minimize her failure as a believer, Katie buries her feelings beneath all the right words.

When she’s faced with losing everything, will Katie abandon her hope or cling to the lifeline God has given?

 


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Heather Greer is a pastor’s wife with a passion for encouraging and challenging women in the body of Christ to grow in faith. In addition to participating in women’s ministry, Heather enjoys directing a week-long youth camp for teenagers each summer. When she’s not busy writing, Heather enjoys reading and baking. And though her nest is nearing the empty stage, she loves spending time with her husband, four kids, and grandson in her hometown of Carbondale, Illinois.

 


 

Contact Info/Social Media Links:

Website: https://heathergreer.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Heather_Greer1

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/1heathergreer/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/1heather.greer/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHeatherGreer/

Thank you for joining us for Wisdom Wednesday. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year. Before we go, how do you plot? Are you a planner or a panster? Maybe a little bit of both? Let us know in the comment section.

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