Wisdom Wednesday: Gail Kittleson

How do you organize all of your story information, and how do you respond to negative reviews?

Today we have author Gail Kittleson on Wisdom Wednesday to share her favorite writing tips for authors and new writers.

Thanks for joining us, Gail!


Name: Gail Kittleson

Genre: Historical Romance

Latest Release: Kiss Me Once Again

Writing Tip for Authors:

Pay no attention to negative reviews unless your publisher brings up a concern. Why read them and expend all that emotional energy, when there are POSITIVE ones to focus on?

I think you bring up a good point that unless there’s something that we can learn from them and do better, there’s no reason to focus on those negative reviews. What you write won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay! You will find readers who love your genre and will enjoy your writing. 

Writing Tip for New Writers:

If you’re a character-driven writer, the plot may evolve in snitches and snatches as you do your research. It really helps to keep a little notebook with sections for each character. For me, it’s difficult to remember dates and connections that might come in handy later, as the story develops.

“Alice’s family sailed from Germany on the PROVOST the first time, when she was eight. Sea was wild.”

“Next trip was on the Heinrich, and the main thing she remembers is the food. Her youngest brother got sick, and she had to care for him. This was when she determined to become a nurse.”  (That younger brother became a medic in WWII…)

Without notes like this, I tend to get the trips or the brothers mixed up. These jottings can also be very helpful in writing a flashback later.

This a such a helpful tip! I have so many notebooks sitting on my desk right now. I like to dedicate one journal for each story. I keep notes on my computer as well, but I really like having those notebooks handy. 

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No one ever accused Glenora Carson of being a breathtaking beauty. Her tall, gangly figure and angular face are more solid midwestern stock than Hollywood glamour. But Joe liked her. He even told her, “You’re the one for me.” He gave her a locket with his picture inside, to remind her of him while he was away, serving his country on the U.S.S. Arizona. After December 7, 1941, Glenora shelves her dreams of attending college on the scholarship she was offered by Iowa State University, locks her heart away, and focuses on holding down the home front by helping out the family business – Carson’s Garage. The grease-stained overalls didn’t do much to compliment her female figure, but they cover her female heart well enough. That is, until Hank Anderson, a wounded warrior back from battle, walks into the garage and into Glenora’s life. Is an old maid’s future Glenora’s fate, or will Cupid throw a wrench in her plans?


 

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Gail writes from northern Iowa. She and her husband enjoy their grandchildren and exploring WWII sites.

The writing bug bit Gail later in life, along with a love for the World War II era. She’s hopelessly addicted. Her historical fiction honors Greatest Generation women who made a difference despite great odds. Her second love, teaching, leads to facilitating writing workshops and retreats, where she loves cheering others on.

 

 


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Thank you for joining us today for Wisdom Wednesday. Don’t forget to check out Gail’s book, Kiss Me Once Again and connect with her on social media. Do you have an organization tip or how to deal with negative reviews? Share it with us in the comment section!

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Wisdom Wednesday: Normandie Fischer

When you think about writing, do you think about the whole process or do you dream about your story but never seem to get anywhere? While we should always have a dream to achieve, it’s what comes in the middle that makes that dream come true. 

Today, author Normandie Fischer is here to tell us what exactly it takes to make that dream come true. Welcome to Wisdom Wednesday, Normandie!


Name: Normandie Fischer 

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Latest Novel: The Sea Prayers

Writing Tip for New Writers:

You’ve heard it from myriad sources, the same advice, the same words of encouragement. Keep writing. Keep going. Persevere.

Since my first book released, I’ve had folk approach me: “I’m going to write a novel someday.” Or, “I could write a novel if I chose to.” Or, “I have a perfect idea for a book.”

The I’m-going-to, the I-could-if, and the perfect-idea folk have one strike against them. All their writing is dream-based, when what they need is to begin. Just begin. And then—oh, and this is the hard part—keep going.

Bringing a novel to completion and then to publication is hard work. It takes determination and perseverance, especially if you care about quality. Quality is hard-won. Quality takes time and a willingness to listen and learn.

Back when I was editing for a small press, I ran into writers with good ideas who were convinced they knew far more than I—or any other editor. Convinced they’d written a great piece, they weren’t willing to learn. They knew better. They didn’t need an editor. They didn’t need to listen.

Well, fine, but that’s never true for anyone. We all need other eyes, other perspectives, an editor’s honing skills. I use both a content editor and a copyeditor because I want my work to be the best it can be.

Writing is hard work. Sticking with it, learning and growing, is even harder. Oh, and then there’s the miserable part that involves rejection—from agents and publishers, from readers. No one wants to hear that her story isn’t good enough, but I don’t know a single author who hasn’t had to cope with rejection along the way. It’s part of the process.

How you handle it depends, in large part, on your reasons for writing. If you write for glory and fame—and actually think you deserve both—the devastation of rejection will be a lot more painful than if you write because it’s your passion, your calling.

I’m convinced I’m supposed to write. I love to do it, and even without an audience, I’d continue. As a woman of faith, I also write to please my Lord, which means I adhere to the command in Ecclesiastes 9:10: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might.”

With all my might. With all the care I can give it, with all the perseverance it might take, with all that is in me, with humility, as an offering. And the rest is up to my Lord.

I couldn’t agree more!
Normandie, you’ve given a great insight on what is needed to turn those dreams into a reality. 

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A waitress, a megastar, and an ex-addict wage war for the heart of a young girl.

Thirteen years ago, a spiked drink left Agnes with a permanent reminder of the man who date-raped her.

Her daughter looks like him, sounds like him, and even listens to his platinum records (of course, the dude’s a mega star because nothing is fair) but Brisa is everything Agnes has in the world. At least, she is until the day this music star sets his sights on getting himself a ready-made family.

He’s got millions of dollars, millions of fans, a high-powered legal team, and half Brisa’s DNA. Agnes has a run-down house, a friend who’s almost three years sober and afraid to say he loves her, and a lawyer willing to work pro bono.

Oh, and the whole town of Beaufort. That’s right. She’s got all those Beaufort folk at her back, praying to the God she has rejected, and not one of them is going to let Brisa go without a fight.

Another story of faith redemption from the author of Sailing out of Darkness.


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Normandie Fischer is a sailor who writes and a writer who sails. After studying sculpture in Italy, she returned to the States, graduated suma cum laude, and went to work in the publishing field, moving from proofreader up the ladder to senior editor, honing technical tomes, creative non-fiction, and, later, fiction.

She and her husband spent a number of years on board their 50-foot ketch, Sea Venture, sailing from San Francisco to the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, and on through the Panama Canal. They now live in coastal North Carolina, where she takes care of her aging mother and, whenever possible, enjoys her two grown children and two grandchildren. She is the author of six novels.

 


 

Make sure to connect with Normandie on social media and her blog, and check out her latest release, The Sea Prayers.

Website: www.normandiefischer.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WritingOnBoard

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

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Normandie-Fischer/e/B00BSIF2NI/

The Sea Prayers Purchase Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2MWMYC/

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Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-sea-prayers

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sea-prayers-normandie-fischer/1129474278

Ibooks  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1435120402

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Thank you for joining us today!

What kind of writing challenges are you facing? For me, I had to make the decision to sit down and write (from beginning to end) and not worry if it was amazing or if it was junk. I let that fear hold me back for a long time. It was difficult, but I did it, and it was a little easier with the second book. I’m starting my third book this week, I know I may still have those doubts, but I know I’ve done it twice now, and I know you can too!

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Wisdom Wednesday: Julie Arduini

Can you believe that we are cruising through October already? It won’t be long and we will be getting ready for Christmas! I’m determined to start my shopping early this year. I tend to procrastinate and wait to the last minute.

Today, I’m excited to have author Julie Arduini with us, sharing her favorite writing tips and her novel Restoring Christmas, which is part of a Christmas box set. 


Name: Julie Arduini

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Latest Novel: Restoring Christmas, part of the A Christmas to Remember Boxed Set

Writing Tip: 

I have many, but I think as an indie author, the standout is to set deadlines and stick to them. I find when I’m general about when I want a book available, I procrastinate until the date looms and rush. When I set specific word count and chapter deadlines, I force myself to stay on schedule with minimal stress.

I hear you on the procrastination, I tend to do that as well. Setting achievable deadlines is the key to finishing your book on time. I find that when I’m really stressed with my writing, it’s because I’m not setting an achievable deadline.
Writing Tip for New Authors:

I think joining ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and participating in the critique group is wisdom. I started in the large group, and then branched off into two smaller groups. I’ve learned so much from critique groups. They challenge me to be a better writer and one group also shares prayer requests and has brainstorming sessions. It’s an amazing experience.

I totally agree with you on this. The ACFW is a great way to get connected with other authors and get the support that you need. Critique groups are a fabulous way to challenge yourself and to learn more about the craft. Just remember to keep an open mind, wear tough skin, and know that they are only trying to help you grow.

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Laugh, cry, and fall in love as you savor these brand-new Christmas romances from some of your favorite authors. Pair with a peppermint chai, hot chocolate, or your favorite wintry flavors, then snuggle down in front of the fireplace with a quilt over your lap… and maybe a purring cat!

Eight authors have joined together in this Christian romance collection that will leave you celebrating the gift of Christmas.

Restoring Christmas by Julie Arduini
Filled with grief and regret, Holly Christmas returns to Geneseo Valley and the family business, The Christmas Mansion. Can Kevin Holt restore her love for the season and the memories she left behind?


July2018Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past, and ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her latest releases, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER is a boxed set featuring Julie and some of the authors from the Inspy Romance She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.


 

Thank you, Julie, for joining us today and sharing your tips on setting deadlines and finding a critique group.

Make sure you check out Jule’s newest release, Restoring Christmas and connect with her on social media.


 

Don’t forget to join us in the comment section, and leave a question for Julie. Happy Writing!

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Wisdom Wednesday: Beth Steury

Do you ever have one of those weeks where nothing has gone as you planned? Well, I’ve been in bed most of the week due to illness, so I’m definitely going to need our weekly boost of Writing Wisdom this week!

This week, YA author, Beth Steury is our guest. Thanks for joining us, Beth.


Name: Beth Steury

Genre: YA – realistic contemporary

Latest Novel: before I knew you

Writing Tip: 

Just write! Don’t worry about getting it all right, just write. If the beginning alludes you, that’s okay. Whatever thoughts or ideas are fighting to be recorded, start with that. Just write. Thanks to the wonder of word processing, rearranging sentences and paragraphs to achieve the best beginning, middle, and end is a snap. Just write.

I’ve always been the type of writer that likes to write in order, from start to finish. I’ve finally learned how to let go of my “internal editor” and just write, but this is the next step for me. Skipping around when I feel stuck. I’m not sure why this trips me up, but it does. Thanks for the reminder that it’s okay to do so!
Writing Tip for New Authors:

Don’t labor over every word. Doing so greatly hampers creativity. Once the initial thoughts and ideas have been recorded, then it’s time to edit and improve and fine tune every word.

I’m finding that I like the revision stage so much more now that I’ve practiced getting the rough draft down before perfecting anything. 

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After a series of bad choices rocked his world, seventeen-year-old Preston charts a new course as far from his ladies’ man ways as he can get. He distances himself from the dating scene and avoids his party-loving friends—the things that once dominated his life. Then he meets Maggie, the new girl in town, the first day of their junior year. She’s beautiful on the inside and out, knows nothing of his past, and he can’t get her out of his mind.

When a disastrous first date leaves her skeptical about the guys at Madison High, Maggie slows down her pursuit of a guy to trust with her white-wedding-dress future. She wants a boyfriend, sure, but he’d have to be nothing like the jerk who forced her first kiss. Someone more like Preston, who’s been nothing but sweet and helpful, not to mention, easy on the eyes. But he is so out of her league.

Can Maggie afford to let her guard down around the charming Preston? Will Preston’s last jeopardize his chances with the one girl who could anchor his future?

 


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Beth immerses herself in the world of YA via substitute teaching, by connecting with the teenage staff and patrons at the fast food joint where she claims the back booth as her office, and by reading YA fiction.

She’s a “cheerleader” for saving sex for marriage and an even bigger supporter of “renewed waiting” because it’s never too late to make wiser, healthier choices. She welcomes questions and topic suggestions for the “Waiting Matters … Because YOU Matter” blog that inspired the Waiting Matters series.

Check out her Choices Matter series that follows Preston and Maggie as they navigate the choppy waters of high school, guy/girl relationships, and sex.

Beth is also active in the adoption community where she writes and speaks about her experiences as a “foundling” who located her birth parents and is enjoying making up for lost time with her biological family.


 

Make sure you check out Beth’s newest release, before i knew you and connect with her on social media.


 

I hope you all have a wonderful writing week and don’t forget to join us next week for another piece of Wisdom Wednesday.

I would like to know, do you struggle with what Beth spoke about today? Do you get stuck wanting to edit as you write or want to write the story in order? Leave a comment for us!

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Wisdom Wednesday: Joi Copeland

It’s Wednesday! The best time of the week to get recharged and continue to push through the rest of the week. What’s your writing goals look like this week? Starting a new story? Finishing a story? Revising your story? Whatever you have going on, leave a comment below and let us know. 


Name: Joi Copeland

Genre: Christian Fiction

Latest NovelChristmas in Stoney Brook

Writing Tip: 

Deep point of view is a great way to write because it draws the reader into the mind of the character and shows what the character is feeling and thinking.
I LOVE deep POV, and it is what I used in The Seer, and my upcoming novel, The Soul Searcher. I love knowing what the character is thinking and feeling, but also, it helps the reader emotionally connect with the characters, which is essential.
Writing Tip for New Authors:
Get a great editor!
Yes, take the time to find someone who really understands grammar, and also find a Developmental Editor. You will be glad that you did!

Christmas in Stoney Brook

He was hunting for revenge.

She was fleeing from the past.

Austin Birch wanted one thing and one thing only: seek revenge on the man who stole everything from his family.  No matter what it took, he would see it come to pass. When his plans go awry, he is forced to settle in Stoney Brook, Colorado.

Addison McClave only wanted to live her life in peace, away from the man who took everything from her. When their paths collide, Addison is forced to deal with her past and face the one who turned her world upside down.

 

 


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Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She lives in Denver, Colorado, but within the year, hopes to be living in Galway, Ireland.

Joi’s love of writing began at a young age. She wrote short stories for several years, and in 2009, she began writing her first novel, Hope for Tomorrow.


 

Make sure you check out Joi’s newest release, Christmas in Stoney Brook and connect with her on social media.


 

Thanks for joining us today! If you haven’t written in a deep POV before, you should try it. You may find that you like it, and help you find that emotional connection that may be missing from your writing.

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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: 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. 


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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?


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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 www.mantlerockpublishingllc.com

 

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

 

Connect with Kathy on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/kattanderson,author

 https://www.facebook.com/kathycretsinger

https://www.facebook.com/mantlerockpublishing


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