The Old Fashion Chain Letter as Blog
Pat Zick contacted me about participating in this Author Blog Chain. Being a child during the old chain letter era, I told her it made me feel 16 again, so I would. Pat and I met when she invited me to write a guest blog for her Author Wednesday blog post, and we’ve kept in touch since. I relate to her love of natural places and her voice, often speaking through her novels, which encourages greater stewardship of the natural world. She writes in many genres but where we crossed paths was a novel, TRAILS IN THE SAND, wrapped around the Gulf oil spill and its effect on the sea turtle population, while the protagonist struggles with an equally challenging extended family situation.
Pat explained to me that this blog asked each participant to answer four questions, so here we go.
1. What am I currently working on?
I am currently readying a trilogy I finished last fall for publication now on kindle. This work explores the irony that the most critical factor determining our lives is in fact wholly governed by happenstance, where and to whom we are born. In ACCIDENTS OF BIRTH (coming out in late February), the story centers around the lives of a quirky black housekeeper and one of white charges and how the choices they make in the last half of the 20th century mark them for life.
2. How does my work differ from others’ in the same genre?
If I could just pinpoint my genre, it would be easier to answer this question. I’m one of those who doesn’t generally fit in any of the offered boxes, thus having to check off Literary Fiction if I want to play. But I will say this, unlike a lot of writers, my characters spend much time pondering life and how it could be different. In SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN the question explored is what is it we do that drives our children from us. In DYING TO KNOW, the protagonist, when faced with a life threatening disease is determined to save herself by finding a whole different understanding of the nature of health and well-being. In ACCIDENTS OF BIRTH, there are several questions but the overlying one explores the nature of unconditional love.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I am a fiercely curious person, and I use my writing to explore questions and issues that I want to understand more fully. I love doing this in the context of fiction because it then invites the reader to take the trip with me. I used to write non-fiction, but then I saw the power that a story offers. Not only does the reader the thought-provoking aspect of ideas examined, but he or she also gets to experience the effect such an exploration has on an individual.
4. How does my writing process work?
I start with a question and usually a title. Then the story and the characters fall out of that. I can’t stand outlines. I write what to me is a natural flow of events of what would have to happen for that question ultimately to be answered.
Now let me introduce you to the people who kindly agreed to be a part of this experience.
First is author and teacher, Beca Lewis.
I’ve known Beca for years back when husband Bert, and I published a daily inspirational message which she subscribed to. We became fast friends. Being kindred spirits, she and I stayed in touch. Beca’s kind heart and unique way of perceiving the world along with her resulting insights make her a successful and endearing teacher to many. I asked her to supply a short bio and here it is so you can know her better.
From Beca: As an author, coach, and speaker, I am dedicated to bringing Universal Spiritual Principles and Laws into clear focus, to shift perceptions to enhance and expand daily life in practical and meaningful ways.
I am owner of The Shift Center and Perception Publishing, and the founder of The Shift® System, a practical spiritual guidance system.
My intention is to share the unbreakable principle that what we perceive to be reality magnifies and that nothing changes until we do, and then it will change in the direction we have chosen; and since we have the ability to make that choice, why not choose to shift to the perception of infinite Good.
Beca is an author and teacher. She offers not only books but also articles and Ecourses. Her work with perception could truly change your life.
Visit her blog . Enjoy her insights and the courses she offers.
Visit her Amazon Author’s Page and see the books that her students rave about.
My other participant is author and blogger, Renée Pawlish
Renée and I met through my husband who met Renée first as we slogged into social media as newbies. She had been a friend since then and we’ve shared ideas and experiences back and forth, and most important none of us quit. Investigative and determined, Renee is a good example of what it takes to be an indie writer. I’ll let her fill you in on her background.
From Renée: Master wordsmith Renée Pawlish is the award-winning author of the bestselling horror book Nephilim Genesis of Evil, the first novel in the Nephilim trilogy.
She has been called a “promising new voice in the comic/murder mystery genre” and “a powerful storyteller”. Nephilim Genesis of Evil has been favorably compared to the early works of Stephen King and also Frank Peretti.
Renée was born in California, but has lived most of her life in Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado Boulder, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History. A few years later, she graduated from Denver Seminary with a Master of Arts in Counseling.
She loves to travel and has visited numerous countries around the world. She has also spent many summer days at her parents’ cabin in the hills outside of Boulder, which was the inspiration for the setting of Taylor Crossing in her novel Nephilim: Genesis of Evil.
Renee’s other interests include collecting sports memorabilia, cycling, hiking, reading, and playing guitar.
Renee’s blog is a great source of information on many aspects of indie publishing. She helps keep us all up to date. While her novels are dark and spooky and her mysteries entertaining with a hint of humor.
You can visit her blog here and bookmark it for future reference.
Become familiar with her books by traveling to her Amazon Author’s Page.
Next week, both Beca and Renée will host Author Blog Chain posts on their own sites, (the links above) and let you get to know more about them as they answer the four questions and share other writers with you as well.
A sincere thank you to you both for participating with me in this little adventure.
May you know great success in your writing careers and happiness in your lives.