An Interview with Molly Noble Bull and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am so excited to introduce you to Molly Noble Bull. I so thoroughly enjoyed reading this interview, especially reading about her writing process. It fascinated me how she learned how to do it and how she applies it. I hope you enjoy reading about her scary Christian Gothic novel. Molly is also generously giving away TWO copies of her book, Gatehaven, so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter!

Tell us about your current release. I’d be delighted because hey, this is October. Take a look at the cover of Gatehaven, and see what I mean. A lot of people, especially teenagers, like to read scary books and see scary movies in the month of October, and I’ve been told that Gatehaven will scary the socks off any reader brave enough to read it. But it also has a strong Christian message—spiritual warfare vs. the occult.

Set in Scotland and a scary mansion in the north of England and ending in the state of South Carolina in 1784, Shannon Aimee and her life-long friend, Ian Colquhoun, battle bad guys and evil forces. Will they be able to protect themselves and their loved one? Or will evil win?

Gatehaven051513[1]Tell us a little bit about yourself. A brand notes the kind of books an author writes, and writers know from day one to have only one brand, if they expect to be successful. Write in one genre and stick to it. But some writers ignore that rule. I’m one of them.

I have a Texas ranch background, and when calves are branded, they are given the same brand as the Mama Cow. When calves are sold, the brand is often changed, making it unique to the new owner, and I am like that. I started out writing sweet Christian romances, some historical and some modern day, but Gatehaven, my newest novel, is a scary Christian Gothic historical with a completely different brand.   I married my college sweetheart, a history major, and we are still married after all these years. But all three of our grown sons are cowboys and involved in cattle ranching in Texas today.

My upcoming novel, When the Cowboy Rides Away, is being published by Elk Lake, and will be available in 2015. And what am I working on now?  Another scary novel tentatively titled The Gatehaven Legacy.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? I am a Christian. I write for the Lord. So yes. I would write a book even if my book would benefit only one person. I learn a lot while writing books; so in some cases, that one person could be me.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful?

I read romance novels before the Christian market came to be, and I did it to learn how to write romances. At least, that is what I told myself at the time.

I’d sold a couple of short stories for children early in my writing career, and a friend told me that I needed to forget the children’s book and story market and write adult romances. She also said that the best way to learn to write romances was to read them and outline them chapter by chapter. So I bought a paperback or two with the sweetest covers I could find and began reading. I would read a chapter and then tell in a sentence or two what happened in that chapter, hoping to learn how to outline sweet romances in the process.

The trouble was that you can’t always tell a book by its cover. What I actually learned from reading some of these books was a lot more about sex than I ever wanted to know. I soon realized that if I was going to write romances, I would have to compromise my standards and values and that was something I was not prepared to do.

IMG_7768 copy[1]I stopped reading romances, waiting for something better. Several years later, I found it in the form of Zondervan’s Serenade/Sage series. In 1986, I sold For Always to Zondervan as a Serenade romance and I also sold The Rogue’s Daughter, a western romance, to Zondervan that same year as a part of their historical, Sage series. Now you’ve heard the rest of the story.

Do you have your plot-line and character development already laid out before you begin writing, or do you develop as you write?  When I write a novel, I write the first three chapters by the seat of my pants without any real knowledge of where this novel is going. These three chapters introduce me to the story and to my characters and give me a starting line.

Next, I get a long sheet of paper and number the page or pages depending on the number of chapters I plan to have in my book, and I leave about four or five lines between each number. If it’s a short novel or a novella, I might number from one to eight or ten. If it is going to be a long novel, I number from one to say thirty or more. Then by my number one, I write down what happened in my chapter one just like I did when I outlined the sexy novels all those years ago, and I do the same with chapters two and three. Then I skip to the very last number on the page or pages and write on my outline what will happen in the last chapter of my book, telling in a sentence or two how the story ends. Next I backtrack. I tell what must happen in the next to the last chapter of the book in order for the story to end as I wrote it in my outline, and I continue backtracking until I get to about chapter five. The outline for chapters four and five are blending chapters designed to make the first three chapters make sense with the rest of the book.

Finally, I write the book. Sometimes my chapter outlines must be changed or discarded completely. Scenes and new characters might have to be added as the book progresses, and this could change the focus of the book. Nevertheless, outlining—knowing how, where and when the story will end is worth it because it forces me to stay on track as my story rolls along toward a satisfying ending.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?  Never, never, never, never, never give up.

Which of your characters most reflects your personality?  Gatehaven has some good characters, but it also has some really mean characters. One character, Leon, is down right evil. Some have said that knowing me, they cannot see how I could write the kind of bad guys found in some of my books. Others complain that some of my main characters have unlikable traits, and an example of that would be Shannon Aimee. Shannon is the nineteen-year-old heroine of Gatehaven, and though she is not mean, she is exasperating. Reviewers have told me they wanted to strangle Shannon for being so naïve and for making the same bad decisions over and over.

How many young people have you known who made bad decisions? I guess I would have to say that all my good characters are pictures of what I would like to be, and my bad characters are symbols of the enemy, Satan, and the evil powers that surround him. My middle-of-the-road characters are really more like me because they have problems and struggle to resolve them before Jesus comes.

It is my hope that readers of Gatehaven will learn a little bit about how to fight those evil forces and powers while reading a fast paced novel.

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An interview with Author Jennifer Slattery and a giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am so thrilled to introduce you to Jennifer Slattery. I was excited when I found out that she’d signed up to be interviewed on my blog. I love her heart and everything I’ve ever seen from her. We have quite a bit in common, too, after reading her interview — a love of four seasons, a daughter on the cusp of leaving home, a love for God. Jennifer is graciously giving away a paperback of her new release! Read on to find out more!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Hi! Thanks so much for having me on your blog! I’m a Midwestern transplant who’s fallen in love with Nebraska’s four distinct seasons, including my favorite—fall. I’ve been married to my best friend and greatest supporter for nineteen years and am working up the courage and emotional strength to launch our teenage daughter into adulthood next year. When not trying to hold tight to every last memory-making moment available, you’ll find me at my writing desk, reading, or downing obscene amounts of heavily-flavored coffee.

Tell us about your current release. Beyond I Do is about an insecure woman who’s allowed painful events and shattered relationships to overshadow that still, small Voice calling her to surrender to the great life-adventure He has planned uniquely for her. Running froheadshot2013m wounds from her past, Ainsley Meadows falls into a safe and predictable relationship with Richard, a socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything… including her fiancé.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Absolutely! At least, I hope I would. I try to remind myself, to us, it may seem as if an act reaches but one of many, but if you’re the one, that means everything. When thinking about the “one” and God’s infinite love for each of us, I am reminded of when He reached out to me. Because of His love and grace, the trajectory of my life was forever changed, and that’s huge.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? No, I don’t. I’m so very blessed to have signed with a publisher that puts truth and grace first. I know their entire staff regularly prays for their releases, their staff, and all their writers. Numerous times, in the midst of a crazy deadline, I’ve paused to pray for my publishing house, and each time I do, I receive such a deep and clear peace that New Hope is centered in the palm of God’s hand and that I am precisely where I should be. Along these lines, I also hold very loosely to my writing career,BeyondIDocover understanding that God could close those doors at any time. If He did, that would simply mean He wanted me to share His truth and grace another way.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)?I am an insecure person by nature, so I often feel ill-equipped in tasks I undertake. Writing is no exception. But when I begin to become fearful, I pause, pray, and bring it back to obedience. There’s a phrase I’d often repeat when I first sensed God opening doors for me, and that was, “Just you and me, God.” (Ainsley, the heroine in Beyond I Do uses that same phrase when she first begins to step toward her calling.) This phrase is a tangible and intentional reminder that I belong to Christ, am to serve Him alone, and leave the results to Him. Because I believe He is sovereign and loving, I know whatever He decides to do—whether that leads to my success or “failure”—is for His good purpose, and there is great peace in that.

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember?  As I read this question, my stomach dropped, because an old memory resurfaced. I was in middle school, and it wasn’t a good day. I came to school literally feeling sick to my stomach from a mess of emotions, and I remember walking past televisions that had been placed throughout the school. I had a vague understanding of what was going on, but I was so wrapped up in my emotional mess, nothing else mattered. I felt utterly alone surrounded by a throng of kids. Because of this and other mornings like it, I’m adamant about sending my daughter off to school with a smile and a hug. We might argue, have tense and angry mornings, but when she begins to head for that door, I make sure to regroup and send her off with an “I love you.” Because it matters.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? Oh, could I write a book on this question! But long story short, God made it very clear to me that I was to sign with New Hope Publishers. So clear, in fact, that I even turned down a contract offer while waiting (for three years!) for New Hope to review the manuscript that later became my debut novel. Since then, He continues to draw my heart to this publishing house and their staff, reiterating again and again that I’m exactly where I need to be.

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An interview with Author Winnie Griggs

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m so pleased to introduce to you author Winnie Griggs. Winnie is from an area of the country that my husband and I fell in love with while on vacation there last year. We’re actually contemplating building our retirement home there. I was fascinated with her interview and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  Let’s see. I grew up in a small town situated across the Mississippi from New Orleans and near the bayous of Laffite and Barataria. I was a geeky bookworm growing up and was more at home in a library than a playground. In fact, one of my very first summer jobs was working in our local library. Later, I went to college where I majored in Mathematics and met my very own Prince Charming, who I later married. We’ve raised four wonderful kids who are now out in the world living their own adventures. Meanwhile, my prince and I are still happily living out our happily ever after.

Tell us about your current release.  Her Holiday Family is a story I’ve wanted to write for quite some time. Eileen Pierce, the heroine, showed up in the very first book of my Texas Grooms series, though not in a very flattering way. She’s popped in as a secondary character in most of the other books, but has always remained very enigmatic. I knew there was an intriguing backstory in there, and that there was more to her than appeared on the surface. When I finally figured her out it was time to write her story. Here is the back cover blurb:

@Photo WGHER HOLIDAY FAMILY
What happens when a straight-laced young widow’s home is invaded by ten rambunctious orphans and their handsome caretaker just in time for the holidays…
Reserved widow Eileen Pierce never considered herself the kind of woman who was cut out to be a mother. She wouldn’t know what to do with one child, much less ten. But when handyman Simon Tucker is stranded in town with a group of young orphans just before Thanksgiving, she discovers she can’t just turn them away.
Simon knows there’s more to Eileen than meets the eye. Though his easygoing demeanor immediately clashes with her buttoned-up propriety, Simon’s kindness soon melts Eileen’s stern facade. Simon and the children have already upended Eileen’s quiet, orderly life. Will they do the same to her guarded heart?

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it?  Yes. Once a story plants itself in my mind, and the characters come to life, I feel the need to write it, even if no one else will ever read it.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down?  LOL – my problem is I am an analytical writer. By that I mean I like to fiddle with the words and viewpoint until I feel I’ve captured just the right shades and nuances of character I want to convey. So I’m by no means a speed writer.

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? (ie. Moon Walk, Watergate, Pope being shot)  The Kennedy assassination. I remember distinctly being on the playground at school and all the teachers calling us back to class early. They delivered the news over the intercom and, while I knew death was a very solemn thing, there seemed to be an extra heavy pall over everyone and everything the rest of the day. I spotted one of the teachers actively weeping in the hallway and that brought it home to me as nothing else had.

17 HHF smallWhat inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I’ve enjoyed writing for as far back as I can remember. I often penned stories for the characters from some of my favorite TV shows, with a few of my own, non-fan stories thrown in here and there. My desire to write only deepened when I got to college which was when I really started focusing on wholly original work. After college, when I got married and started a day job as well as a family, the writing got put on hold for the most part. It was only after all my kids were out of diapers, and also when I got my first home computer, that I started toying with dreams of actually writing novel length work that I would let someone else read.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write?  A little of both. Before I begin the actual writing, I have a VERY high level feel for the characters, some of their backstory and how they must grow and change over the course of the story. And the same with the plot – I have an idea of what external circumstances will bring them together and keep them interacting with each other throughout the story. But often that changes as I dig into the writing and get a deeper understanding of who these characters REALLY are. Usually, around chapter 4 or 5 I have to stop and reassess where my story really needs to go..

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book?  Yes and no. My publisher requires my books to come in at 70,000-75,000 words so that is my ultimate target. And to a certain extant I can intuitively feel when my story has the ‘right’ weight to meet that target. But I often come in over 75,000 words on my initial draft and then have to work on tightening the story in subsequent drafts.

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An Interview with Author Holly Michael

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am so honored to have Holly Michael as my guest. For one, I have a six-year-old who is DESPERATE to be the next greatest NFL player, and Holly has two football playing sons — so I already feel some kinship there. But, she also has faced the same struggles within the Christian publishing world I’ve faced – in that the decision to self-publish came out of the fact that our books deal with a reality that traditional Christian fiction tends to be afraid to publish. I love that she is finding success and readership after publishing her book herself, and look forward to seeing more from her. Please enjoy her interview as much as I did.

104 (2) (427x640)Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a wife to Anglican Bishop Leo Michael and mom to three grown kids—two tight end football players (Jake-NFL and Nick-University of Louisiana-Lafayette) and a sweet daughter in grad school. I’m a “hybrid” author–indie and traditionally published as well as a writer of fiction and nonfiction. My diverse writing background includes being published in various national magazines, local newspapers, and in several Guideposts books and magazines. I’ve been a journalist and features writer and has also done corporate writing and editing.

Tell us about your current release. CROOKED LINES threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth. The back cover blurb says it best: On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister’s death, she sets her heart on India, a symbol of peace. Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse cultural and religious milieus, he labors toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers. Traveling similar paths and bridged across oceans through a priest, the two desire peace and their divine destiny. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed…and buried memories, unearthed.

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? This is an interesting question because originally I imagined CROOKED LINES would fit best in the mainstream market. After CROOKED LINES became a semifinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novelist Award, I got an agent who suggested we also pitch it to the Christian Market. While I got wonderful comments from some of the major publishers, it was not seen as a “perfect fit” for either market. I ended up having two slightly different versions of CROOKED LINES—a mainstream market version with more graphic scenes and some mild bad language and a clean version made acceptable for the Christian Market. I decided I needed to stick to the version I was most comfortable with—the cleaner version—and self-publish.

Crooked3 (1) (415x640)What do you think is lacking in Christian Fiction? On the Christian Bookstore shelves, I notice a lot of “bonnet fiction” and I’m always up for a good Amish fiction read, but I think Christian Fiction needs to be more diverse. It’s too confined to perfect characters who may struggle, but only grow more perfect. I’d like to see more real characters like Sagai and Rebecca in Crooked Lines who aren’t perfect and come up against religious politics and prejudices. Christian Fiction must honor God, (as does Crooked Lines) but it should be more diverse and maybe a bit edgier and go beyond the typical genres. Characters need to be real. I consider myself a faithful reader of Christian fiction, and yet my life has not been the walk of a perfect Christian. I’ve stumbled, sinned, and grown in my faith over the years. While Christian Fiction must be a “clean read”, I’d like to see a little more blurring of the lines between “Christian” and “Mainstream.”

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? I mentioned a little bit of this above, but I’ve been traditionally published in Guideposts Books and I also have a contract with Harvest House for a devotional that I’m writing with my son, a type one diabetic NFL player. At first, I really wanted the status of being traditionally published and am with my second agent now, but like I said above, Crooked Lines didn’t exactly fit in any genre, which made it difficult to get published traditionally. One Amazon reviewer wrote “it defies a genre” Others call Crooked Lines “Christian Fiction” Another reviewer declared it “literary fiction.” I’ve got reviews from a Hindu and from those who describe themselves as “non-religious” but gave it five stars and found themselves surprised by how much they enjoyed it. So, self-publishing made sense with this book. I guess I must judge each of my works and decide how to publish. Having taken the plunge into self-publishing the pros are being able to get your fiction out there quickly instead of waiting through the two-year process from acceptance to publication. Now, with a sequel to Crooked Lines in the works and other books finished, I don’t think I’m willing to wait it out with the traditional publishing time-lines, even if they offered contracts.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? Ideas develop into plotlines in my head and refuse to be mapped and plotted out. I put up a block in my head, just thinking about outlines and plotting. So, with the ideas and the plotlines in my mind, I just start to write and it works.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Crooked Lines took too long to write. I didn’t stick with it consistently until I decided I wanted my writing to be my career. My advice depends on what the aspiring writer wants. Do you want to write a lot of books? Take your time with one book? Make writing a career, or just a casual hobby? If you decide, like I did, that you want to be a prolific writer and make writing your career, then you have to write full time, every day.

What is your preferred method of writing?  I only use a pen to sign books. I do too much cut and paste and editing as I go to write with pen and paper.

I’m always intrigued by how writers get started…did you always have these books inside you and knew that you wanted to write them or did the idea just pop into your head one day and you decided to put pen to paper? Most of my writing career has been in non-fiction: journalist, features writer, and freelancer—ghostwriting and magazine/newspaper writing…until I was asked by a client to write a novel about his life. He ended up changing his mind, but I was hooked on fiction writing. So….for years I’d heard fascinating stories from my husband and his priest friends who came of age in a strict religious order in India. As young seminarians (80s and into the 1990s and beyond) , they went through some incredible experiences—serving in the slums of India, meeting Mother Teresa, rescuing youth out of radical communist situations, getting over aversions to lepers, working in orphanages and in villages with “untouchables,”, etc. I wanted to offer a glimpse of how life was in this time and place in India. Sagai is the main character from India. And knowing that while not all people have the same cultural or similar experiences, we are all people with similar hearts, emotions, and feelings. So, I used a character—Rebecca—from the United States who is dealing with guilt and grief over the tragic death of her sister (a personal experience). I also wanted to show the truth that God has a plan for our lives, no matter what comes against us. The two character grow into adults, traveling along similar pathways, while being united through a mutual mentor, Father Michael. I’ve also traveled to India several times, to most of the places mentioned in Crooked Lines, and the places did a lot to inspire me as I wrote this story.

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Homeland’s Hope is Now Available!!

The Third Reich Seeks to Extract the Information She Alone Knows

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cover_9781939603463_front_640The exciting Virtues and Valor serialized story continues with book 2.

Stage and screen legend VIRGINIA BENOIT performs for standing room only crowds in her adopted home of France. When the Nazis roll into Paris, she flees to Casablanca, taking the heart of a enemy General with her. While in there, Virginia devises a plan to use her position, talent, and influence with the high ranking Axis officer to aid the Allied cause.

Virginia joins the Virtues team, assigned the code-name HOPE. Her keen mind trains in the craft of espionage. After staging a rift with the US, she returns to Paris, hiding undercover in plain sight, and spies on the enemy. All is well until the Third Reich imprisons the Virtues wireless operator, code named Temperance.

As the Virtues engineer a plan to rescue Temperance from the Gestapo’s clutches, Virginia takes to the stage to play her part in the daring mission. Will the murderous racism of the Nazi High Command prevent her from fulfilling her duties?

HOMELAND’S HOPE is part two of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series.

In 1941 Great Britain a special war department assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues’ radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith, and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.

Introducing the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Seven serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery. Book 2, Homeland’s Hope, is now available at the following locations:

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An interview with Author Betty Thomason Owens and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am so excited to introduce you to Betty Thomason Owens. Betty is one of Olivia Kimbrell Press’s authors, and we were thrilled to published her Jael of Rogan series. She is also someone I consider friend, and I always look forward to seeing her at the American Christian Fiction local meetings. Please enjoy her interview as much as I did.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  I’m a stay-at-home empty nester, and busier than I’ve ever been.

cover-front_9781939603203_2400 (533x800)Tell us about your current release. I have two.  My Jael of Rogan novels--The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles–are fantasy-adventure novels with a hint of romance. Jael is a healer, forced into exile by an evil magistrate. She returns to her home in answer to a “leading” in her spirit, arriving just in time to aid a fallen warrior. She nurses him back to health and helps him escape. When her own life is once again threatened, she sets off on a journey over the mountains, searching for him.  –   And if I hadn’t already written this story, Debi Warford’s beautiful cover art would have inspired me to write it!

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? I would treasure that one and it would certainly be worth it.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? I’m looking way back. I’ll never forget Kurt Russell in Disney’s “The Littlest Rebel.” He was probably ten. I was eight. He was so cute!

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I usually have a sketch. I don’t usually outline, but I do think it through. The story progresses and changes and I follow along. I like the adventure.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child?  Dr. Seuss! Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, Louisa May Alcott’s books, Laura Ingalls Wilder

27009781939603234frontcover (533x800)I’m always intrigued by how writers get started…did you always have these books inside you and knew that you wanted to write them or did the idea just pop into your head one day and you decided to put pen to paper? I had a dream. I think it may have been inspired by The Lord of the Rings or double pepperoni pizza, or a combination of both. The opening scene of The Lady of the Haven played in my mind like a scene from a movie. The desire to write the scene was overwhelming.

Which of your characters most reflects your personality? There’s a little bit of me in all of my characters. In Jael of Rogan, I tried to create a character who was completely different from me. Physically, she is my polar opposite, but inside…well, I didn’t really achieve my goal. She lives in her head just like me.

Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when you started this story? I was working as an Office Manager. I had some spare time and was told to look busy. A few minutes later, my boss stepped back in, “to see what that whirring noise was…” –It was me, typing as fast as my fingers could fly!

BIO

2014-09-17Born in the Pacific Northwest, Owens grew up in such exotic places as West Tennessee and San Diego, California. She lives in Kentucky with her husband. They have three grown and married sons living in the area, along with their daughters-in-law, four beautiful granddaughters, and two handsome grandsons.

Though she’s always had an interest in storytelling, her writing career began to take off in 1986. As a busy homeschooling mom, she needed an outlet for all the extra joy in the house. A few years passed, and she had several novel-length manuscripts squirreled away. She has two fantasy-adventure novels in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale Books, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press.

Now semiretired, Betty spends most of her time writing, studying about writing, and critiquing other peoples’ writing. She is one of twelve authors featured in the romantic novella, A Dozen Apologies, released Valentine’s Day, 2014 by Write Integrity Press. She recently contracted with Write Integrity Press for her three-book Legacy Series. Watch for her first novel, Amelia’s Legacy, late 2014.

Betty is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and Bluegrass Christian Writers, a lively group of Kentucky writers, who meet quarterly in a Lexington, Kentucky bookstore.
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