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5am Flash: Indie Author Books – Non-fiction

Having seen one of my interviewees Rosanne Dingli say on a LinkedIn thread: “someone should write a blog soon about all the wonderful indie books available by very capable writers”, I challenged them to give me a <15-word synopsis for their book(s)… they are accepting the challenge and their books are appearing here. What I’m after is your name (listed within each section alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My free and $0.99-$2.99 eBooks are detailed on the Books – mine page.

Non-Fiction (including auto/biographies)

Click here for Fiction – children’s / Y.A.

Click here for Fiction – novels & novellas

Click here for Fiction – poetry

Click here for Fiction – script

Click here for Fiction – short stories (includes flash fiction)

So what I’m after is your name (listed above alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My books and free short stories are detailed on the Books – mine page. Please note: the chances are that I’ve not read the books listed on this page (much as I would like to have done) so these are therefore not personal recommendations but are, in the main, by authors who I have chatted to, interviewed or got to know… even just a little bit. :) Kindle Fiction recommends a variety of eBooks and if you’ve read any eBooks you’d like to recommend then you can email suggestions to kindlesrp@gmail.com.

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For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.

As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 

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Guest post: 5 Free Ways to Market Your Cozy Mystery + 1 by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Tonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of marketing, is brought to you by Christian and cozy mystery author and interviewee Kathryn Jones.

5 Free Ways to Market Your Cozy Mystery + 1

Cozy mysteries are a mysterious breed. They include a murder, of course, but a sort of prettied up version of the slash murder and guts variety. The murder, with all of its gory details, is not what’s important here but the drawing out of a superb investigation, by an amateur cop no less.

The interesting thing about a cozy, other than the unique writing of it, is the marketing that follows, for not all book reviewers read mysteries, and cozy’s are not for all readers.

But for those who review them and those who read them, marketing your cozy mystery in just the right way will create the interest in your book that you need and want.

According to a recent Verso survey, it was estimated that 49.2% of readers discovered books through personal recommendations, and this beat out bookstore staff recommendations, advertising, search engine results, books reviews, library visits—even blogs. What this tells me is that you have to talk about your book enough that others read it and recommend it to their friends and relatives.

  1. One of my favorite free ways to market my books is to open my mouth. That means when I’m at a restaurant, when I’m standing in line at the post office (sending yet another book off to a reviewer) when I’m at the supermarket, I speak. No, I’m not obnoxious, I just begin a conversation. A good start off point: Have you ever read a cozy mystery? If the answer is yes, you’re off to a good start. You can talk about your book. If the answer is no, you’re still off to a good start. You can share what a cozy is, and if the person still retains interest you can tell him/her about your book.
  2. Focus on mystery reviewers, even cozy mystery reviewers when seeking for reviews of your book. You want a reviewer that has reads cozies before, or at the very least a mystery. Sure, other reviewers can give excellent reviews of your book, but the cozy mystery reviewer can tap into the elements that he/she knows makes a great cozy. Try:
    1. http://www.stepbystepselfpublishing.net/reviewer-list.html
    2. http://karinafabian.com/index.php?name=content&pid=28
    3. http://www.theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/
  3. Get creative at your book signings. There’s nothing worse than going to a book signing with a bored looking author sitting behind an equally boring table. Take a look at your book. My cozy mystery, Scrambled, has scrambled eggs on the cover. So I took an old plate and wrote with permanent marker around the edge of the plate the first line of my book. (If I bake the plate in my oven for 30 minutes at 150 degrees, the writing will never fade and the plate can be eaten off of). I am also giving away free scrambled egg recipes. Yellow paper, of course.
  4. Blogs written with a cozy mystery slant. October is coming up, and with that, all that makes Halloween great. If your book is coming out near October, why not create some blogs of a more spooky nature? Are you also a short story writer? At this site alone, there are numerous ways to get the word out about your book: submit your short story to Morgen Bailey, have it critiqued, and she’ll include links to your website and books. Bailey also offers options to submit flash fictionbook listing, poetry, a spotlight, a guest blog or all of the above options if you choose.
  5. Get some interviews under your belt. These interviews could be with a mystery blog site or with a radio blog owner. Mystery blog sites are many, and radio blogs are increasing in number. Check out The Authors Show at: http://theauthorshow.com.
  6. Try some free video. I have recently discovered a fun site called animoto.com. At the site you choose music, pictures, video and text that fit into a 30 second video. The video is easy to produce and you can share it later with your social media friends. This is a great, fun way to promote your cozy for free.

Keep in mind that the above options for marketing your next cozy are free, but in your searching, paid options will become available. Decide beforehand if you’re going to pay a reviewer or a radio blog personality, or even a video site to help you market your book.

In the end, your cozy will stand out from the crowd the more creative effort you put into promoting your work, while still remaining within your budget.

That was great (especially number five, although I could be biased). Recent interviewee Patricia Rockwell publishes cozy mysteries. :) Thank you, Kathryn!

Kathryn has been a published writer since 1987. She has published various newspaper stories, magazine articles, essays and short stories for teens and adults.

She is the author of A River of Stones, a young adult fiction novel dealing with divorce published in 2002, and Conquering your Goliaths—A Parable of the Five Stones, a Christian novel published in January of 2012.

One of her newest creations, a Conquering your Goliaths—Guidebook, was published in February 2012, followed by Scrambled in September 2012, is her first cozy mystery.

Kathryn graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Mass Communication and a minor in Creative Writing. Her studies included work in creative writing, public relations and journalism. Recently, she has opened the doors to Idea Creations Press, a publishing services company that caters to writers and their writing, publishing and marketing needs.

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If you would like to write a writing-related guest post for my blog then feel free to email me with an outline of what you would like to write about. If it’s writing-related then it’s highly likely I’d email back and say “yes please”.

The blog interviews return as normal tomorrow morning with YA novelist Saskia E. Akyil – the four hundred and ninetieth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, autobiographers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything… and follow me on Twitter where each new posting is automatically announced. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at Smashwords, Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble, iTunes Bookstore, Kobo and Amazon, with more to follow. I have a new forum and you can follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.

Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) :) on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in ebooks, ideas, non-fiction, tips, writing

 

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Author interview no.403 with Christian writer Henry Miranda

Welcome to the four hundred and third of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with Christian author Henry Miranda. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.

Morgen: Hello, Henry. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.

Henry: I was born in Houston, but now I live lives in San Bernardino, California. I went to La Puente high school, graduated in 1963 and became a Christian in 1984 before going to community college for four years, and after 20 years of being a Christian went for four years to Bible College, and earned a Bachelor’s of Christian Ministry degree. I am a Bible teacher, evangelist and author.

I had four daughters, and now I have 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

I was anointed with the gifts of an evangelist with the ministry of healing and deliverance, if you recall the story of Jonah, at first Jonah tried to run away from his responsibilities. But eventually God had Jonah complete the tasks that he had for him.

Since I chose not to get too involved into the ministry the Lord had for me, that is I didn’t pursue it as I should’ve, God took matters into his own hands and so one day as I was driving down the road in 1990 I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to write. I had to pull to the side of the road to write what the Holy Spirit instructed me “I only write when the Lord (Holy Spirit) inspires me and helps me with what to write. God had me write books. I guess you could say that.”It’s my calling of bringing others closer to God via the world of publishing.

By writing these books I am trying to bring people into God’s kingdom. I still went to church, Bible studies, but just not doing the work that God wanted for me to do. But now I am willing and able to do whatever the Lord asked of me. Even though I know the Bible, I just can’t sit and write on my own, but with the help of the Holy Spirit I have written five books.

Morgen: What genre do you generally write?

Henry: Christian for the time being.

Morgen: You mentioned that you have written five books…

Henry: I have and they are all published: Eternal life ISBN 1-58961-157-8 in 2004, Fellowship with God bright lights on the path leading to Jesus ISBN 1-4241-1175-7 in 2006, You’ve been Warned ISBN 978-1-4363-3891-2 in 2008, The Path to Eternal Life ISBN-13:  9781609761103, Beware the Winds of Doctrine ISBN-10:  ISBN10:1465341552.

Morgen: Have you had any rejections?

Henry: Yes, I have had some rejections, but I self-published and try to promote my own books.

Morgen: It’s how many people are going, some paper only, some eBooks only (like me) and some both. Are your books available as eBooks?

Henry: Yes I have two books that are available in e-book form one is “The Path to Eternal Life” and the other one is “Beware the Winds of Doctrine”.

Morgen: How much of the marketing do you do for your books?

Henry: I do all my own marketing, by writing blogs or by using Tweeter, Facebook for example.

Morgen: It does seem to be the way to connect with readers, and that’s the great thing about technology these days. Being self-published, presumably you chose your own titles and covers, how important do you think they are?

Henry: I think that the covers of books are very important because they draw the attention of a prominent buyer.

Morgen: They do, especially online when they’re not much bigger than a couple of postage stamps. What are you working on at the moment / next?

Henry: A book on “The Desires of Your Heart”.

Morgen: :) Do you manage to write every day?

Henry: I always try to write when the Holy Spirit leads me. My books are always dictated to me as to the name of the book and its contents by the Holy Spirit.

Morgen: Do you do a lot of editing or do you find that as time goes on your writing is more fully-formed?

Henry: Yes, I always like my books to be edited or proofread.

Morgen: Every writer, regardless of how experienced, should have a second opinion. We’re always too close to our writing to spot mistakes and inconsistencies. My editor, for example, also comes up with some great ideas. Do you have to do much research?

Henry: Since I use a lot of Scripture in my books, I have to read a lot of verses to get the right verse to go with what I am speaking about. So you can say that I read the Bible a lot.

Morgen: :) What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Henry: I would say to write as you feel and not rely on what others may think of your writing.

Morgen: That’s very true. I’ve had mixed reviews for some of my writing but you’re always going to get differences of opinions. Life would be really dull if everyone liked the same thing (and we wouldn’t be able to write with such variety. Is there a word, phrase or quote you like?

Henry: eternal life— is the goal and nothing else matters you don’t have to please nobody but God and yourself to get there.

Morgen: Are there any writing-related websites and/or books that you find useful?

Henry: Yes, they are: http://www.christianblog.com; http://www.faithwriters.com; http://www.christian-article-bank.com.

Morgen: Where can we find out about you and your work?

Henry: You can look in my website http://www.henrypmiranda.com or http://www.authorsden.com/henrymiranda; where I have written many Christian articles. FacebookTwitter and Facebook Fan Page.

Morgen: Thank you very much, Henry. All the best with ‘The Desires of Your Heart’.

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If you are reading this and you write, in whatever genre, and are thinking “ooh, I’d like to do this” then you can… just email me and I’ll send you the information. They do now (January 2013) carry a fee (£10 / €12.50 / $15) for the new interviews on this blog but everything else (see Opportunities on this blog) is free.

If you go for the interview, it’s very simple; I send you a questionnaire (I have them for novelists, short story authors, children’s authors, non-fiction authors, and poets). You complete the questions, and I let you know when it’s going to go live. Before it does so, I add in comments as if we’re chatting, and then they get posted. When that’s done, I email you with the link so you can share it with your corner of the literary world. And if you have a writing-related blog / podcast and would like to interview me… let me know.

Alternatively, if you’d like a free Q&A-only interview, I now have http://morgensauthorinterviews.wordpress.com on which I’ve rerun the original interviews posted here then posted new interviews which I then reblog here. These interviews are Q&A only, so I don’t add in my comments but they do get exposure on both sites.

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For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.

As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do. I welcome critique for the four new writing groups listed below and / or flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays. For other opportunities see (see Opportunities on this blog).

The full details of the new online writing groups, and their associated Facebook groups, are:

Morgen’s Online Non-Fiction Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group

We look forward to reading your comments.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2012 in ebooks, interview, non-fiction, writing

 

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Author Spotlight no.86 – Kathryn Jones

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the eighty-sixth, is of Christian and cozy mystery author Kathryn Jones.

Kathryn has been a published writer since 1987. She has published various newspaper stories, magazine articles, essays and short stories for teens and adults.  She is the author of: “A River of Stones”, a young adult fiction novel dealing with divorce published in 2002, and “Conquering your Goliaths—A Parable of the Five Stones”, a Christian novel published in January of 2012. Her newest creation, a “Conquering your Goliaths—Guidebook”, was published in February of 2012.

And now from the author herself:

I used to believe in writer’s block. It was a good excuse for not writing; kind of like the excuse I gave (and still give) for neglecting to mop my floors. I hate to mop floors because it takes so much time, and I used to have writer’s block because it took so much time to come up with something to write about. No more.

For the last few years I have decided there’s no such thing as writer’s block. Instead, I have many great ways to get my writing moving. Here are three of my favorites:

  • I have a binder filled with magazine pictures that I find interesting in one way or another. Most of them are ads. The great thing about ads is the words used to define the picture, words that help me to get started on my writing. The picture helps too because I can visualize a scene associated with it. One of my favorite pictures is of a man and a woman at the spa. Both have cucumbers on their eyes and a drink on a small end table to quench their thirst. They both seem content, but I can’t help wonder if the man is as content as he seems. Is it macho for a man to go to a spa, even with his wife? Would he really put cucumbers on his eyes? Thoughts like these get me writing.
  • A book is a good resource for ideas. Just open the book to any page and point to a sentence without looking at it. These are the first few words of your short story or novel. Just now I picked one up. It read: “Mama kept glancing at Mary Toy and finally dabbed at her face with a lace handkerchief” (Cold Sassy Tree, Page 53). The idea here is not to actually use the line you point to in your final draft; it’s to get you thinking about your own story.
  • When was the last time you rode the bus? When was the last time you wrote about what others said while traveling, how the city looked from the bus windows, and who got on and off the bus? This is a great exercise to get your writing moving. The last time I did this exercise, I came away with two story ideas—the first I wrote almost entirely on the bus. It was about a young girl’s conversation with a homeless man and her offering of her coat to keep him warm during the bitter winter.

Not believing in writer’s block is only half the battle in writing your next piece. The other half must be filled with options to get you writing again. Something all writers want.

Thank you Kathryn. I run a fortnightly writing workshop and we often use magazine pictures. If you know how to get ideas you should be able to never run out of stories. :)

You can find more about Kathryn and her writing via her website: http://www.ariverofstones.com.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with sci-fi and fantasy paranormal author Caron Rider – the three hundred and seventy-fifth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything… and follow me on Twitter where each new posting is automatically announced. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at SmashwordsSony Reader StoreBarnes & NobleiTunes BookstoreKobo and Amazon, with more to follow. I have a new forum and you can follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.  I also now have a new blog creation service especially for, but not limited to, writers.

Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) :) on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 

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Author Spotlight no.84 – Barbara Ann Derksen

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the eighty-fourth, is of author, speaker and photographer Barbara Ann Derksen.

Barbara Ann Derksen is a Canadian with a flair for words. She began writing 20 plus years ago, surprised herself when readers responded to what she wrote, and has been writing in one form or another ever since. She has always been an avid reader and continues to enjoy many emerging writers as well as established ones.

Barbara describes herself first as a Christian. She has been married for 43 years to singer / songwriter HC Derksen, is the mother of four gifted children, and the grandmother of nine. Barbara and her husband travel with Christian Motorcyclists Association so wearing leather and biking across country is part of her current lifestyle. She is a certified scuba diver, and a lover of all things water related.

Her books are something that readers look for each year. They flock to her tables and to the websites when a new one appears. Her recent distribution into the UK, France and Germany has opened the door for Europeans to discover what North Americans already know.

She writes adult fiction and non-fiction, as well as children’s stories, is often invited to speak to women’s groups and has even been invited to speak in Africa at a pastor’s conference.

And now from the author herself:

I love watching the expressions on my reader’s faces when they tell me what they liked about one of my books or that they had a hard time putting it down so they could go to sleep. Answering questions about my characters is a bonus. This is what keeps me writing.

My favorite genre to read and write is murder mystery. In the Wilton / Strait Mystery Series, each book completes the puzzle in my character’s life but leads into the next.

Vanished introduces my readers to the beginning of the Wilton / Strait Mystery Series, with Presumed Dead, Fear Not, and then Silence adding to the collection. In ‘Vanished’, death, fire, and kidnapping send my characters, Andrea Wilton and Brian Strait, to the country of Haiti where voodoo, restavic children, and scuba diving lead them to discover a diabolical plot that sets nerves on edge.

Besides mystery, I write devotionals. Each year, collectors approach to purchase the latest one for their own personal time with God or for church Bible study groups and small group devotions. From Straight Pipes, my first, to Chaps, the latest, my devotions take people to the place where God can touch their heart and leave a lasting impression. 2012 will see the release of the fifth about the Sermon on the Mount. I also plan to add my devotionals to Amazon Kindle for wider distribution.

I was born in Canada, but lived in the US for 12 years. It was in that country where my writing found a voice. I worked as a journalist for six years with over 2500 articles published in newspapers and magazines during that time. In 2005, my first book was published and I have added 10 more since.

I am a member of The Word Guild, Manitoba Writer’s Guild, The Writer’s Collective, and Christian Motorcyclists Association. I have spoken across the US and in Manitoba, Canada for women’s groups and in church services on topics such as The Writing Experience, working in the ministry of Christian Motorcyclists Association, Love, Parenting, Time Management, and a host of others.

I believe in learning and honing my skills so with 11 books to my credit, I have attended several writers conference and a host of workshops. According to my readers, it’s working because they feel that each book is better than the last. This summer, with the release of Silence, the fourth in the Wilton / Strait mystery series, and Road Trip, my fifth devotional, I begin work on a new series. I plan to let some new characters tell their story in Finders Keepers, a series of books, each one solving the mystery of a missing child.

Developing a social media presence, getting published at Amazon.com and adding my books to Amazon.ca has kept me busy this year. I’ve also added my books to Amazon’s Kindle collection making them available in Canada, the US, Great Britain, France and Germany.

Wow, Barbara, you’re a busy lady. Thank you for taking time out today.

You can find more about Barbara and her writing via…

Her books can be found at Amazon (Vanished is also available at Amazon.co.uk) and her website is http://www.barbaraannderksen.com where she posts to her blog at least twice a week and has sample pages of all her books available. Past interviews are also posted on the media tab.

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with non-fiction author Charles Shingledecker – the three hundred and sixty-eighth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything… and follow me on Twitter where each new posting is automatically announced. You can also read / download my eBooks and free eShorts at SmashwordsSony Reader StoreBarnes & NobleiTunes BookstoreKobo and Amazon, with more to follow. I have a new forum and you can follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, like me on Facebook, connect with me on LinkedIn, find me on Tumblr, complete my website’s Contact me page or plain and simple, email me.  I also now have a new blog creation service especially for, but not limited to, writers.

Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) :) on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

 

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Author Spotlight no.52 – Deborah McCarragher

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the fifty-second, is of Deborah McCarragher.

Deborah McCarragher began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior in 1989 and enjoys using her spiritual gifts of encouragement and teaching as she shares her personal testimony with others. Deborah has been a small business owner for over 25 years and formed Alabaster Box Publishing several years ago as a vehicle for producing and promoting her Christian writing projects.  She is a devotional contributor to the e-magazine Ruby for Women and Living Better at 50+, as well as for the print magazine An Encouraging Word.

And now from the author herself:

Writing a Christian non-fiction book for women in a spiritually uneven marriage is not something that I decided to do one day.  It was quite literally born out of an intense time of prayer.  God was speaking to my heart about my marriage, and I was compelled to write down my story for the benefit of others.

When I talk with women about my book, here’s what I ask them during our time together:   Are you tired of attending church alone? Do you yearn for a relationship with your husband that’s spiritually satisfying?   Is living with your unbelieving husband like being on a teeter-totter, up and down, depending upon his moods and your unmet needs?  I’ve got good news: You can influence your home for Christ, even within a spiritually mismatched marriage.

Mission Possible is a unique book in the Christian marketplace.  It addresses a subject that is often overlooked and misunderstood.  It is a candid look at my struggles and quest to reach my husband for Christ.  It applies Scripture and biblical principles to everyday struggles encountered within a spiritually mismatched marriage.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to stand in the gap for your mate’s soul.  Mission Possible is a powerful tool for any woman who is married to a man who does not share her passion for Jesus. It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.

Mission Possible was awarded the Readers Favorite 2010 Gold Seal Best Book for Christian Non-Fiction.

Everyone has at least ONE friend who needs this book! In Mission Possible you will:
— Discover how to believe with radical faith for your spouse’s salvation.
— Learn the secret to “staying the course” while you wait for your promise.
— Find out why many women don’t like to share their “secret sorrow”.
— Overcome your own fears and doubts about your husband’s future with God.
— Join other women in the knowledge that God has a perfect plan of unity for you and your spouse.

“For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy…For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband whether you will save your wife?”   I Corinthians 7:14, 16

You can reach Deborah on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/Godmissionpossible) and on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/unequalmarriage)

Visit her website at http://www.Spirituallyunevenmarriage.com

She also maintains an inspirational Blog at http://www.Godmissionpossible.blogspot.com.

Her book is available on her website, as well as Amazon (http://amzn.to/Missionpossible).

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with historical novelist Emma Darwin – the two hundred and seventieth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me. You can read / download my eBooks from Smashwords (Amazon to follow).

 
 

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