I love to find new authors who write Christian fiction. It’s so exciting to discover a gem you didn’t know existed, one that makes you stay up well past your bedtime because you can’t put their book down. Last month, I started one of Linda J. White’s books and I couldn’t put it down.
I had the opportunity to meet this author at a conference this year, and purchased Bloody Point at a book signing. When I turned to the first page of Linda’s book I couldn’t wait to delve into the work of someone I’d met. I love suspense, and this novel was in that category. From the first page, I knew I wasn’t getting any sleep that night. I’m a night owl by nature, so it was no surprise to me that the fast pace of this storyline was going to keep me up.
Right away, I liked the characters and cared what happened to them. To my writing friends, we all know how important it is that our characters are likeable. I was intriqued by the back story to Cassie McKenna, the main character.
The detail Linda used to show the community at marinas and life aboard a ship was new to me. I had no before hand knowledge, yet she made it all so easy to imagine. And the insight into FBI protocol and work was also intriguing and very realistic.
This fast-paced novel won five out of five stars with me. If you haven’t had an opportunity to read any of her books, it’s well worth your time.
It’s that time of year when the trees are brilliant colors and the fall air is cool and delicious with the smell of leaves. It’s my most favorite season. I watch for the leaves to change day by day, and I find myself outdoors with my kids more. The windows are opened almost every morning to allow the breeze to flutter through my house. I even seem to find more inspiration to write.
This fall seemed to come earlier with the colder temperatures, yet the leaves refused to turn. As I usually do, I watched for them each morning. But this fall I found myself fighting disappointment. Why haven’t the usual signs begun to show? Why isn’t my lawn littered with beautiful red and yellow leaves yet?
The anticipation has been killing me. Then today I noticed all of a sudden the street is lined with reds, oranges, yellows, and even purples as the season comes into full bloom. My hands raised to the heavens in thankfulness to our Savior for knowing when the right time was. It reminded me of other things I’ve been waiting on, one of which is whether or not to start my next manuscript. The idea hasn’t come to me as it usually does. I figured it was because I’m in the midst of a lot of change, including a move in two weeks. But perhaps it’s because it isn’t time yet.
I’m reminded to look to God today. To wait on Him for His time when I can set forth on a new and wonderful journey with the next novel from my imagination. Or maybe to rework one of my other manuscripts and get it out to the agents.
Happy Harvest Time dear readers. May your weekend be filled with the wonder of this picturesque season.
Writing Christian fiction has opened my eyes to the enormity of the writing world. As a writer, there are so many avenues to learn the craft, meet other authors who struggle as we do, and to work toward getting published.
I’d been writing for a couple years before I found the community of authors I now know. It’s a lonely world out there without them. I didn’t realize how much I needed them to become the writer I am today. It’s that connection that we all need in this tough world. They’ve been there to encourage and edify me. They were there when I needed help composing a proposal for the first time. And, they were there when I started looking for an agent.
With the internet, it’s so much easier to find groups and others like ourselves. It’s amazing how God can connect someone from across the country to us in a very personal way. We should utilize these associations to help us continue forward. There are others ways to join that world.
- As hard as blogging and social media can be, it’s a vital tool to hook us up to our audience, whether that’s your readers or support for writers. Start one if you haven’t already, and stick to it.
- Local writing groups are a great way to meet people face to face who have a common goal. I loved it when I got a chance to attend a meeting with one of my friends recently. I left refreshed and ready to get back to my computer to get some work done.
- Book signings are also a great way to meet authors and to make new connections. Authors love to share their journey, and many are eager to help fellow writers.
Step out and create some new connections. You’ll gain more than advice or education, you’ll gain new friends and relationships that can move you forward in your writing journey.