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Interview with Cynthia Carlisle Fields about Indie Writing and The Temecula Valley Indie Christian Writers Conference

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Elk Jerky for the Soul: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Cynthia Carlisle Fields (CCF): I am an author/screenwriter from San Diego, CA. and a graduate of San Diego State University. I am a mother of 1 son, a recent Law School Graduate. I have published 2 books and I am currently working on my first novel. I also host/publish 2 websites; The Derek Morgan Chronicles (www.thederekmorganchronicles) and Writers Stew (www.writersstew.com).

My Feelings on Indie…

I’m proud to say that I am an Indie writer. It gives me the freedom to be as creative and as aggressive as I want to be in marketing my work and myself. For years there has been a stigma against indie writers and many believe that our work or our method of publishing somehow is inferior to traditional methods. That can’t be further from the truth. Indie simply means that we have accepted full responsibility for publishing and marketing our work. In fact, most of books that you see on bookshelves today are authored by indie writers.

I am confident in my gifts as a writer and I don’t feel that it is necessary to wait for a few publishing houses with a limited staff to validate me as an author. I prefer to eliminate the wait and cut the middleman. While traditional publishers have their merits, when they handle the cost of publishing and marketing it could take up to 2 years or more for your book to reach the retailer.

My books look and feel just like any other publisher’s, they meet all industry standards for publishing and when you walk in the bookstore they represent me like any other book represents its author. Indie authors are enjoying impressive sales at the counter of retailers worldwide and I encourage writers to consider the Indie market.

As an Indie writer I have learned to be aggressive in my pursuit of my craft, because of the pursuit and God’s blessings, I am so excited to see that my work is being accepted throughout the industry and I have even sold a script for a feature film that will begin production in 2016.

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Elk Jerky: When is this conference? And what kind of conference is it? Who is it tailored to?

CCF: The Temecula Valley Indie Christian Writers Conference will be held March 18-20, 2016. This is a conference for writers or those with a desire to become writers. It is designed to assist Indie writers by sharing information and tools that will help assist in finding publishing opportunities, exposure for their work and to take their careers as writers to the next level. The conference is tailored to the Indie Christian writer however, the workshops, networking opportunities and publishing information can be used by any and all writers regardless of genre.

Elk Jerky: What made you decide to coordinate an indie writers’ conference?

CCF: Navigating the mysterious waters of publishing and careers in writing can be scary, murky and often the doors are not only closed but they are invisible for the indie writer. When you add being a Christian writer it can be even more daunting in pursuing a career as a writer. The number of indie writers is growing by leaps and bounds and with traditional publishing houses publishing fewer and fewer new authors each year, writers need an alternative to ways of publishing and working in the ever-changing field of writing. Ginger and I, both indie writers wanted to provide a way to help writers because knowledge is power!

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Elk Jerky: Why did you choose Temecula as a host city?

CCF: Why not Temecula? When conferences and opportunities present themselves, it’s often in larger well-known parts of the country. Temecula, which is a part of Riverside County, is ripe with talented writers. I’m from San Diego but I spend most of my time in Temecula and I am impressed by all of the writers and those wanting to write that I’ve met here over the last few years. Plus, we are only an hour from Orange County and Los Angeles, so we are hoping to attract writers from those areas as well. The fact that we are in the heart of Temecula’s amazing wine country with almost 80 wineries, along with some of the finest restaurants and eateries in the country and a hopping nightlife in Old Town, Temecula is the perfect location for our conference.

Elk Jerky: What kind of workshops are available?

CCF: We will have workshops on: Publishing, Editing, Dialogue, Effective use of Social Media, Screenwriting, How to get an agent, Writing for Worship, How to Write a Query letter, Humor, Poetry and more. We will also have a full day of workshops for young writers grades 6-12.

Elk Jerky: Who are some of the workshop instructors?

CCF: Some of our instructors include: Author Sharon Elliot; Farrell J. Foreman, Professor and Award winning Playwright, Actor and Poet; and Nikia Chaney, Professor, Editor, Award winning Poet and Cave Canum Fellow, to name a few.

Elk Jerky: Who is the keynote speaker? Could you share a little bit about her?

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CCF: We are excited to announce that Cheri Fuller, the author of 42 books, will be our keynote speaker!

Cheri Fuller is a gifted, inspiring communicator who speaks nationally and internationally. From the east coast to the west coast and as far away as South Africa, Brazil, Switzerland, and Singapore, Cheri presents encouraging programs that impact people. Through her engaging storytelling style and practical wisdom, audiences leave inspired and challenged to face life’s struggles with hope and purpose. She keynotes at women’s retreats and conferences, writers’ conferences, Christmas events, and national parenting seminars.

Cheri is an award-winning author of forty two books including her newest, Mother-Daughter Duet and The One Year Women’s Friendship Devotional.

A former Oklahoma Mother of the Year, Cheri has been a frequent media guest on Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, NBC Radio News, Moody Broadcasting, and other national radio and TV programs. Her articles have appeared in Family Circle, ParentLife, Guideposts, Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman, Better Homes & Gardens Faith & Spirit, and other publications.

Cheri’s passion is encouraging women and inspiring and equipping people of all ages to connect with God in their busy life and impact their world through prayer, as they live life to the fullest, focus on what really matters, and build loving connections with family and friends no matter what their circumstances.

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Elk Jerky: Are there any other events taking place at this conference? (prizes, drawings, contests, book fair, etc.)

CCF: Friday night will feature a spoken word showcase and Saturday night will showcase the work created during our Young Writers workshops. The winners of our monologue contest will also have an opportunity to demonstrate their work on Saturday evening. We will also have a community book fair all day Saturday featuring the works of local and national authors including conference instructors and attendees. Sunday, we will close the conference with a morning worship service lead by one of our local pastors!

We are running contests throughout our registration period. Currently we are sponsoring a Monologue contest and an Anthology contest in which writers are invited to enter, poetry, and short stories in all genres. The winner will be featured in our Conference Anthology publication.

Elk Jerky: At most writers’ conferences writers would love the chance of meeting industry professionals. Will there be agents, publishers, and editors available for consultations?

CCF: Yes, attendees will have an opportunity to network with industry professionals. A special meet-and-greet will be hosted by Ink and Keys on Thursday evening before the official opening of the conference. Attendees are encouraged to register early for the conference and take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Space is limited but attendees will have a chance to meet and talk to conference instructors and industry professionals over dinner at one of Temecula’s finest eateries.

Elk Jerky: Are there scholarships available?

CCF: Yes! Ink and Keys is offering a limited number of scholarships that will be awarded on a needs basis. We are also encouraging individuals, businesses and churches to consider sponsoring an attendee(s) through our sponsorship opportunity. More information can be found on our website at: www.inkandkeys.org.

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Elk Jerky: What do you hope the people attending will come away with?

CCF: I’m hoping that people will walk away with the courage to pursue their dreams of writing. With the tools and exposure that attendees will receive it is my hope that they will return home and begin writing, and believing that they have what it takes to write, to publish, to see their words come alive. The dream of becoming a writer is very possible and the only limits are those we put on ourselves.

Ink and Keys is proud and excited to bring to the Temecula Valley this amazing, timely and necessary event to the writers in the Inland Empire and surrounding areas. We pray that writers, and industry professionals will take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn and network amongst each other as we work to open doors to the Indie Christian writer.

For more information visit our website at: www.inkandkeys.org.

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CYNTHIA CARLISLE FIELDS BIOGRAPHY

Author** Screenwriter** Actor**Producer

Co-Creator/Host- Temecula Valley Indie Christian Writers Conference: 3/18-20, 2016: 3 day conference and book fair will offer opportunities for writers/authors to network with industry leaders in all writing genres. One-on-one meetings, workshops and breakout sessions to discuss, publishing, marketing, enhancing writing skills, mastering social networking and other tools to help take their writing careers to the next level.

Restored Me Feature Film & Soundtrack: 2/14- Present: Worked as independent contractor assisting the Executive Producers in casting background/extras; Worked with project Marketing and Public Relations Director by writing the Production Notes.

Night of Life Issues: 2/14-Lead actor in role of Lady #1-“At the Kitchen Table”. “Night of Life Issues” is a stage play that explores the many life altering issues facing women of all ages. The evening begins with several teen girls sharing their struggles with family, peer pressure and drug and alcohol abuse. At the Kitchen Table, finds five women who have been friends since childhood reconnecting one evening at the kitchen table. During the evening, secrets are revealed that will both challenge their faith and their friendship.

The Glenn Ford Story: 9/14-Present: Author & Screenwriter. In 1983, Glenn Ford was tried, convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Isadore Rozeman. Wrongly convicted, Ford served 30 years on death row making him Louisiana’s longest-serving prisoner on death row. Approaching the first anniversary of his freedom, Ford finds himself battling cancer that was originally diagnosed while in prison but was not treated due to his death-row status.

I have recently signed an agreement with Mr. Ford and his family to tell his life story and I am currently in pre-production on the film entitled, “Thirty Years of Tears.”

The Derek Morgan Chronicles: Creator & Writer: The Derek Morgan Chronicles is a Collection of Fan Fiction Stories based on the CBS Procedural Crime Drama, Criminal Minds. The stories feature the show’s original character, Derek Morgan. Nicknamed, “Fan Fiction on Steroids,” these stories explore the mind and life of the characters while interjecting new characters to create amazing and thought-provoking drama. Originally written as a blog, the chronicles is now a full-blown website that has found new life and a growing following on the Internet with nearly 150,000 views to date. (See links below).

http://thederekmorganchronicles.com
https://www.fanfiction.net/u/5113402/ddgorgeous

Writers Stew: Creator & Writer: Writers Stew is a website filled with inspirational, motivating and creative writings. The main purpose is to share my work and encourage emerging writers to pursue their passion for writing.

Priscilla Jones Shares It All: Creator/Writer. Priscilla Jones is a successful advice columnist who finds herself suddenly divorced after thirty years of marriage. Now alone she suddenly realizes that she must take the advice that she has so willingly given others as she embarks on her own quest for love and happiness (Pilot script complete and registered with WGA-West).

Cold Day: Writer. Cold day is a screenplay written for a feature film. The comedy looks into Hell on the one day that it actually freezes over! The words, “It’ll be a cold day in hell before I…” is a phrase that has been spoken with great conviction by many. Cold Day looks into the lives of three such people as Satan himself witnesses their lives from the discomfort of his frosty digs on a particularly cold day in Hell. (Pilot script is complete and registered with WGA-West.). Tentatively scheduled for pre-production, Dec. 2015.

In My Mother’s Shoes, published in March 2007 is a collection of poetry, short stories and psalms which pay tribute to my mother; it’s a book that virtually every reader can connect with as they reflect upon their mother or the person who filled the role as a mother in their lives.

Tribute to Mother, published in March 2009 is a follow up to my first book, “In My Mother’s Shoes.” This book is a collection of poetry, short stories and testimonials written by men, women and youth and original writings of mine that again pay tribute to mothers. The collection is an emotional journey through the eyes of so many who wanted to take a moment to say thank you, mother.

Recent Writing Awards:
2014 Profiler Choice Awards: Awards given for writing excellence in Fan Fiction for Criminal Minds.

*Winner, Best JJ/Morgan Story (Left Behind)
*Runner Up Best New Author
*Runner Up Best Drama (Family Reunion)

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Best Christian Book Covers of 2014

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These are not my Best of 2014 cover choices. They are just the covers for my 2015 Writing Goals

Recently several author groups shared around a post called “Worst Christian Book Covers of 2014”. I’m not going to link to it, because, frankly, I don’t want to give it one single more view. Many sites are set up to include a “worst of” whatever so that people can make clever but snarky and often cruel comments and feel superior. Instead, please share your “Best of” covers. If you can’t come up with just one, that’s okay too.

But I’d like to set some ground rules so we are not just posting one for our best friend or to promo our cover designer, or other criteria than what really IS the best. I also want to encourage people to offer brief but positive and helpful critiques explaining what makes the cover an excellent one.

Part One: Christian and Independent

I’d like to encourage people to chime in and post the best Independently-published Christian book cover you’ve seen this year. When I say independently-published, I mean not with a big, well-known, famous traditional publisher, but with a small press, or a cover made or purchased or fully-approved for that book by the author him/herself.I am not excluding books where the author purchased a premade cover by saying this. I am excluding books that were made in-house by an employee of a publishing house.

Part Two: Fonts

1. Title Fonts: Are they attractive, contrasting, readable, appropriate for the genre, and well-formed and colored?

2. Subtitle/tagline fonts: Are they compatible with the title, the right size and sort to complement and support the title and genre?

3. Author Fonts: Is the author name readable, strong, but not distracting from the title?

Part Three: Image(s)

Does it use images of good clarity, quality, and that evidence care in the choosing? Are they appropriate to the subject? Are they attention-getting without being simply beautiful or startling or attractive without having any relationship to the book’s title or subject? Are they right for the genre, setting, time period, or otherwise truly “right” for the book?

(Let’s make a separate category for covers with handmade art. Some people just irrationally hate to see anything that looks hand-drawn or colored or painted on a cover, but I think there’s a place for it.)

Part Four: Overall Composition/Design

1. Is the effect clean, organized, and drawing the eyes around to the important elements?

2. Are the colors, shadows, lights, textures pleasing, harmonious, and right for that book? Or, if the purpose is to create suspense, terror, or other emotional responses appropriate to the subject or genre, is it effective in doing that? Do things fit together and seem all to belong in the same composition?

I am hoping many people will participate in this, and make it a celebration of the best in cover design, as well as a learning experience for those who want both to learn to make better covers, and to stop being superior and cruel in our critiques.

Please comment or email us at findleymjmc@gmail.com with covers you’d like to see included. Hopefully by the end of the year we can present a Top 100 Independent Christian Book covers list.

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Book Reviews — Post by Mary C. Findley

Slave Again by Alana Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Freedom and Strength May Not Be What You Think September 7, 2014

Are you looking for an uplifting message of hope? You may have to look hard in this extraordinary story. Mee-Kyong was not someone I ever wanted to hear about again, so I admit I was reluctant to read it when I learned the subject of this book. Still, her story is compelling, because she tries so hard to save herself, and later even sacrifices for and tries to save someone else. Mee-kyong actually gets rescued, but all of these things demonstrate the most surprising and difficult lesson Terry has to teach. What does it really mean to be strong? What does it mean to be free, or to free someone else? What kind of help do people really need to satisfy their physical and spiritual hunger? These are hard, hard questions to answer, but Terry tackles them with strength and grace. It is not an easy book to read, but if you miss the opportunity, you will be poorer in spirit.

Saga of the Everking — Revised Edition by David G. Johnson

5.0 out of 5 stars A loving teacher and a proud king September 1, 2014

The characters, warmth, and humor are great in this short story, as well as the serious lessons. The Everking’s pride demands that he must secure his succession. He fears his warlike people will splinter if he fails to produce a suitable heir. This short story echoes the biblical Abraham and Sarah but has shocking twists and lessons about the price of doing things our own way, and forgetting who the real Everking is.

The Karini and Lamek Chronicles 3-Book Bundle by Cynthia P. Willow
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantasy Classic for All Ages August 11, 2014

Book 1 This is a story an adult can read all in one night, but I can imagine it becoming a great bedtime story that will reward your kids for hitting the hay on time. Lamek doesn’t know who he should be loyal to when the only life he knows is mockery and slavery, and the only friend he has is a warped and selfish dragon. Karini’s a timid pink fairy who’s promised to help the cause of freedom, but how do you get free from thirteen dragons? There’s an army you won’t expect, a separation and a sacrifice you won’t soon forget, and, best of all, there are two more books in the series to look forward to!

Book 2 This seems like a great book for children to read for themselves themselves. I enjoyed its simplicity and down-to-earth tone, while still allowing for flights of fantasy and a cast of magical characters. Unlike many that try to be high fantasy with complex language and deep symbolism. It’s a story of friendship, courage, loyalty, and has so many good moral lessons. It doesn’t wallow in the dark side, but clearly portrays evil as evil. It explores grief, personal sacrifice, but still has humor, bright spots, and good guys winning.

Book 3 This final story in the trilogy is about what people do and don’t wish for. You might get your wish, but it might not be what you want or need. Lamek is not the only one who learns that lesson in the climax of the Karini and Lamek Chronicles. Lessons in love, war, and character abound. Natas has no desire to re-unite with someone he thought abandoned him long ago. Parallel characters play off the different ways to look at responsibility, ambition, and true friendship. Sometimes the cost can be very high, before you learn the truth about yourself and how to do the right thing. A little magic doesn’t hurt, either.

 

 

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Just Give Up? Not Me. — Post by Mary C. Findley

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It’s all over for publishing. *sob*

An author friend shared a post made by bestselling author Mary Demuth. She says, “This is why I’m taking a Sabbatical, and why I am having to reevaluate writing and speaking as a profession.” She in turn shared a post by Philip Yancy. You can read it here, along with all the comments, and mine, if they allow it through moderation.  http://www.philipyancey.com/archives/4176 

I expanded my comment a little and posted it on Mary Demuth’s page among the comments she was receiving. Here is what I said:

“How sad that you and the other commenters on this post just accept some mythical “end” to publishing opportunities when they are just beginning. What you described as “golden” was leaving it up to someone else to control everything you write and publish, including how long it takes before anyone ever sees it. We have come into a time of having the freedom to chose your editors, designers, and marketing opportunities, and of potentially reaching a worldwide audience every day on a blog, on Twitter, on Facebook. What is it that’s ended? Control and complacency for traditional publishers. What has begun? The day of writers who educate themselves fully about digital possibilities for serving God. We have over 2000 blog followers and have charted with several Amazon bestsellers. Nothing has ended. It is just beginning for us, even at 55+. I know courageous writers and are pushing through tougher stuff than you can probably even conceive of. It almost makes me angry that you call this discouraging. No, it DOES make me angry.”

All the comments on her fb page and his post are uniformly agreeing, sympathetic, commiserating. I know these are famous, successful authors, and claim to be in the Christian camp. I know they have a more powerful voice than I do. But I want to share with you a response I got from another famous bestselling Christian author,  on Mary Demuth’s page. Julie Patrick-Barnhill (who has been on Oprah, her website says) said this to me:

“We’re all working out our story, Mary. I find your eagerness to diminish another writer’s truth/perspective within their writing/confession to be sad. We’re all making our way and writing out of the truth of said experience.”

I have been dismissed, I see. But I have not been silenced. So here goes. I will give it both barrels and whoever listens, listens. But know that I am not discouraged and no bestselling super-famous people can force me to be.

Many who still think the dream of magic publishers who do everything for you while you just write ever really existed will be discouraged. Those of us who know you can make your own works work know that God, not traditional publishers, determines what we can do. Our influence might not be in bestsellers by the traditional publishing standard. But every month, people are getting our books, reading our blogs, seeing us on Twitter and facebook. We are in the fight. We are contending for the faith. We are learning, growing, reaching out, instead of whining and complaining about how there’s no one to carry us into book publishing.

I will close by commenting on Julie Barnhill’s post. She said I made her sad by questioning “another writer’s truth.” Is there more than one kind of truth? Do I smell a secularist new-age unbiblical rat in the house? But wait, she’s been on Oprah, the queen of New Age. Nuff said.

 

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Only 2 More Days in the CIA “Love Is … ” Bloghop! — Post by Mary C. Findley

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Click the graphic to visit all the authors’ blogs. Hop, hop!

Remember, if you comment on my blog here, you can receive a copy of Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion, free. If you are having trouble commenting, drop me an email at findleymjmc@gmail.com, make your comment, and let me know what format you would like. One of our fellow hopping authors, Samantha Fury, said this:

“Mary, thanks for being one of my Angels at Christian Indie Authors, and Happy Valentines day to you and yours. This book sounds like your MC has two valentines to chose from.
“… a strange, nameless knight who pledges his aid, and the man who wants to kill her.
I think if I was her I would take the Knight over the guy that wants to EEEK kill her oh my.”

Samantha has the Street Justice series of Crime Romances, and as Samantha Lovern she has Maid For Martin, which I have read, and I think you’ll find very romantic. Here’s her blog. http://samanthafury-authorsden.blogspot.com/

Krystine Kercher is another author friend who commented on the story, and hers got through. Here’s her blog so you can check out her books. She has the Legends of Astarkand series, and also designs her own book covers. http://krystinekercher.com/love-is-cia-blog-hop/

“I dropped by to say hi and offer you best wishes for a good blog hop! I love the way your cover turned out… Hope looks like a really neat story, Mary! Now I’m very curious to find out which man is which!”

Ruthie Madison has her books here: http://madisonbook.blogspot.com/2014/02/cia-blog-hop-love-is.html, including The Past Hunter. She said, “Hi, Mary! I still haven’t read your sample, but this one sounds interesting! Good luck on your blog!”

Hope’s two Valentines are not the bad guy and the good guy, though. One is Robert, the handsome young earl’s son who wants her, and doesn’t necessarily want to wait for marriage. The other is her missing cousin Richard, a much older man who went to the Crusades almost twenty years ago after disgracing the family name. “Hope” is a recurring theme in the story, as well as the heroine’s name. She really hopes Richard never comes back.

The mysterious knight, who lets her call him Sir Chris, starts to capture her attention, though. He is resolved to help her find her missing family and swears to protect her from Hugo Brun de March, the disgraced French knight the earl protects. Sir Chris alternates between strength almost like Samson and a weakness he won’t explain. Hope doesn’t know if she can trust him to be her true knight, but she has no one else, when even Robert thinks she is mad for claiming that Hugo Brun attacked her home. Please check the book out, and comment if you’d like a copy.

You can find a free sample of Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion in this short story, Home to my Father: A Knight’s Diary”. Hope reads these excerpts from a Crusader’s diary in the course of the novel. Click the image to see the book on Amazon.

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Interview With Ada Brownell — Author of Imagine the Future You

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I haven’t read Ada’s books, but please take a look and see if they are what you are looking for!

1. Many people say that authors can’t or don’t do well with more than one genre. You have a biography about your life as a Pentecostal, a Bible study about the eternal, a teen suspense novel, a YA Bible study, and now you’re working on a historical romance. What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write these different types of books?

Study and a burning desire to communicate the gospel. I’ve written for half a century and I still study techniques and learn. I’ve also learned much by paying attention, research, interviewing experts and ordinary people, and drawing on experiences from teaching youth, being a newspaper reporter where in the years I worked and the probably thousands of stories I wrote, my pen touched almost every segment of society in that city of 100,000.

2. Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

I think now that I’m retired and devote many hours to writing that it touches every part of me, and the people I meet and the things around me touch my writing. You’ll easily see that in my new book, Imagine the Future You, released on Oct. 23.

3. Tell us about working with any people who help you create your books — Do you use Beta readers? Hire an editor or proofreader? How do you get your covers?

My first book, Confessions of a Pentecostal, was published by Radiant Books, a division of the Assemblies of God and was in galley proofs before I had a contract or knew it was accepted. I’ve worked with CreateSpace editors the last three books and all of them had good suggestions for changes, but didn’t do much to my copy except change my in-grown AP style to Chicago Manual of Style. I should be thankful all three editors commented on my clean copy, but every time there were typos after all the editing, approved corrections and proofs.

4. Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?

I talked to a Christian bookstore owner yesterday who carries my titles. I complained how almost everyone at a ladies conference where I was a vendor wanted e-books instead of paperback. He said his book sales are really down this year, but there are people buying CDs, greeting cards, and gifts.

For promotion, I try anything to get my name out there. I’m just beginning promotion for the new book on Twitter, Facebook, and guest blogs. I have a newsletter almost ready to go and I’ll create News Releases soon. I’ve developed a mailing list for News Releases with all the small newspapers in my city, but I also include the large paper as well.

Another thing I do and plan to keep doing, is write for Christian publications, and I write op-ed pieces occasionally for newspapers. I don’t know if it creates sales, but some publish my blog link, but with these I reach 50,000, 60,000, and 200,000. Since I want to spread the gospel, an op-ed piece or a story in a Christian publication reaches far more readers than any of my books so far. Yet, I wouldn’t mind a best seller.

5. Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

I want to live forever, I want my children and grandchildren to live forever, and if I didn’t know Jesus I’d want someone to give me a book like Imagine the Future You. Here’s the way the back cover copy starts.

Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares?

You don’t need a fortune teller to reveal your future. You are the person who determines who you will be, what your life will be like, and how your hopes and dreams will be fulfilled. This book will show how to make the right connections, how to grow you talents, and how to begin believing in yourself and things greater than yourself—for a wonderful Future You!

The book is a motivational Bible Study for youth, but older people can be impacted by much of it, such as the chapter on why you can believe in God and avoid the brainwashing of our schools and society.

6. Share something that makes you laugh, with just plain humor, or happiness, or because it’s so stupid.

My friend is always teasing her husband when the four of us are together. One day she asked me, “Did you notice his new rainbow tie? There’s a pot at the end of it.”

Another day she said, “My husband is well balanced. He has a bubble in the middle.”

7. Share something that’s amazing, touching, or that makes you angry.

This touched me. Today at Bible study a beautiful Chinese woman shared the testimony of her conversion. Although she had success in learning English and teaching it as a second language in China, and even was asked to join the Communist party, she had a gnawing emptiness inside. She heard the gospel through missionary/teachers in China, and had a vision of heaven the day she accepted Jesus as Savior. But when she came to America to attend Central Bible College, loneliness for her family, culture and Chinese friends plagued her. Sometimes she was tempted to go back to China. She was fond of an unusual variety of mushroom that grew in her homeland, and one day feeling unloved she looked into the back yard and a cluster of those mushrooms grew there. She picked them, had one delicious meal, and they never grew again. But the love message God sent to her remains.

8. What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

The Lady Fugitive. I can’t wait to get back to it. I’m hoping to have it out in two or three months.

In 1907 Jenny Louise Parks, 17, escapes from her abusive uncle, a judge, and tries to run away. He locks her in her room. When she goes out the window and down the trellis, he puts her in the coal cellar. She gets free through the delivery slot, jumps on her horse and heads for the train in a disguise.

The judge and his men follow. She takes off in another direction. She’d rather die than go back to her home with the judge in it. Everywhere she goes Wanted posters with her picture offer a $500 reward. The judge won’t inherit Jenny’s parents’ ranch unless he keeps her until age 21.

The evening before her escape, Jenny meets William O’Casey, a young peddler. O’Casey travels, peddling household goods, looking for his missing brother, and showing a Passion of the Christ picture show (one of the first created). He had wanted to meet Jenny since attending her elocution performances in Peachville, Colo.
In an abandoned house, the first night after leaving home, Jenny encounters a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Her screams reach O’Casey, traveling on a nearby road. He shoots the reptile and assures her God is looking after her as He does the birds and His sheep, but she thinks, “Where was God when Papa and Mama died?”

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IMAGINE REVIEW

Ada Brownell pens a book challenging young readers to imagine themselves in the future based on the choices they’re making today. In 13 thought-provoking chapters, Brownell writes in a way that not only resonates with her teenage audience, but also encourages them. Giving insights into her life as a teen and providing timely morsels of truth about God’s Word will leave any reader (adults included) inspired and dedicated to living a life for Christ and growing in their walk with Him. Highly recommended! ~ Penny Zeller, Christian Author and Speaker

Ada Brownell bio

Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines and write books. She is author of three non-fiction works, one novel, and is critique group leader of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers.

Among her books: Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, released Jan. 15, 2013; Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, released Dec. 6, 2011; and Confessions of a Pentecostal, published by the Assemblies of God’s Gospel Publishing House in 1978, out- of-print but released in 2012 for Kindle; Imagine the Future You, a youth Bible study, became available October 2011. All the books are available in paper or for Kindle.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/AdaBrownellWritingMinistries
Twitter: @adellerella
Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement
Amazon Ada Brownell author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06
Imagine the Future You: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1489558284

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Four Stars: Dana Pratola’s “The Covering”

“Praying for the Leader of the Pack”

This is a formula romance that defies the formulas. Good girl attracted to bad boy — Check. Bad boy tortures himself over what is and isn’t his fault about his past — Check. But then there’s that prayer thing, unleashing the Power of God. That power doesn’t take a back seat to anything in this story. It’s not tacked on, it’s not preachy, it’s persistent, flowing into all the cracks in everybody’s armor, especially Gunnar’s, but even Tessa’s got some armor God needs to seep through. I almost thought it was really going formula when tragedy struck, but hey, even that was a surprise. Way to shake up the “Leader of the Pack” stereotype, Dana Pratola. Thanks for a great ride!

Four Stars: Laura J. Marshall’s Faith, Love, and Fried Chicken

“When Things Don’t Go Like You Planned … ”

Warning! This is a serial, which means the story’s not finished with this short episode. And it seems like a pretty predictable, old-fashioned romance at first. But the Jock from high school and the quiet girl dreaming of adventure away from tiny town USA have some surprises for us. Dash’s secret recipe for romance will make you smile, even when he’s not the one who makes the fried chicken part of the story a reality. Pretend you live back in the days where magazines had serial stories and you couldn’t wait for the next installment.

**** Dave King’s “The Curse”
“A Stranger Changes Everything”
I saw some parallels with biblical story of Elijah in this short story. A three-year famine, a stranger in town, and a family in need of hope. This short story is still full of good lessons, about the dangers of gossip and the difference between a sin and a curse. it’s a great allegory about what people think they know about right and wrong, and how wrong they can be.
**** Cynthia P. Willow’s “Land of Flames”
“A Misfit and a Magical Destiny”
This is a story an adult can read all in one night, but I can imagine it becoming a great bedtime story that will reward your kids for hitting the hay on time. Lamek doesn’t know who he should be loyal to when the only life he knows is mockery and slavery, and the only friend he has is a warped and selfish dragon. Karini’s a timid pink fairy who’s promised to help the cause of freedom, but how do you get free from thirteen dragons? There’s an army you won’t expect, a separation and a sacrifice you won’t soon forget, and, best of all, there are two more books in the series to look forward to!

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