Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Who Do You Write For? Is Your Writing a Calling or Offering?

A team effort in writing the newly released primer for Christian Fiction Writers

TERRY BURNS  ~ an agent with Hartline Literary Agency for more than five years, but he's been with the agency as a client for ten.
He has a substantial list of clients, and he's a reputation for presenting to conferences all over the country. He's taught at least one online course through the month-long  ACFW Course Loop and the fact he wears a cowboy hat has something to do with that particular course. Ask him about that.
Terry has over forty books of his own in print.

~ And Co-Author~

LINDA W. YEZAK ~ In case you've read some of the other books Linda has authored, you'll not be surprised that she's in love with horses and someday would LOVE to own her own stable full of them. . .in the mean time she manages to coral them into the books she writes.
Linda holds a BA in English, a graduate certificate in Paralegal Studies, and she says she has a bucket list as long as her arm.
Linda is under contract to Harborlight Books and has been a freelance editor for sweveral years.  She hopes and plans to continue with her writing and editing careers until she can retire with  her husband to their land in Central Texas where she'll ride to her heart's content.



This easy-to-read and easy-to-understand book is FULL of great depth and information EVERY writer ~ creative person ~ should read. Although it's primarily for the Christian Fiction Writer ~ I found that anyone who does something using their God-given talents and gifts is going to benefit from having read this very special book~

I learned some valuable information while reading this book and I have to admit - there are more red lines under scoring sentences in this book than there are in many of the books I had to read for school, college, or writing study. 

I learned things about myself while reading this book ~ learned things I'm sure God intended I glean right NOW at this very point with my own writing ~ BUT ~ I learned MORE than how to determine if I'm writing in accordance to God's will or mandate. God has used WRITING IN OBEDIENCE as an affirmation and confirmation in some of those dot-to-dots He's been connecting in my life over the last few years. One more dot in my personal Journey To Joy ~ One more "I've got you in the palm of My hand, Joy."

When I responded to Linda's request for a review or influence for this book, I was immediately prompted to do it, although I'd had all the books I'd planned to review on my blog this year sitting in a pile at the end of my desk. I've not reviewed many Non-fiction books ~ BUT GOD ~ gave me a head-thwack as only He can do, and I emailed Linda right away. She graciously extended me the privilege to choose a date and time for my blog post and sent me material I requested.

Part One:
Decision Time
Writing Under a Calling
A Lifetime of Offering
Just Say Yes
How Do You Define Success?
What Is Christian Fiction?
How much Christian Content?
Writing To Reach Unbelievers
Writing for the Different Types of Readers


check out the list there!

A book I HIGHLY recommend to anyone desiring to KNOW God's will for them and their writing.

Is available in print from your local bookstore, online or from the publisher at : 
For more information on this book AND the authors visit:
www.terryburns.net  and  lindayezak.com
Be sure to leave a comment for Terry and Linda - welcoming them to JourneysToJoy.net


Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Welcoming Teresa Slack and Runaway Heart ~

Welcome to Journeys To Joy, Teresa!   

I want to share with my followers that I was privileged to meet you in St  Louis in 2011 at an ACFW Conference. A GOD-THING for sure! Nothing I'd planned or plotted - but - GOD had it all in His plan all along. 


Tell us about TERESA SLACK ~

Teresa Slack began creating stories and characters about the time she learned to hold a pencil. Her first novel, Streams of Mercy, won the Bay Area Independent Publishers’ Assn award for Best First Novel. The third book in her Jenna’s Creek Series, Evidence of Grace, debuted nationwide according to Christian Retailing Magazine. Her latest novel, Runaway Heart, is set for official release March 7, 2014.  She grew up in rural southern Ohio, which provides the background for much of her writing. Her down-to-earth characters and writing style have endeared her to readers and reviewers alike. Teresa believes people who think nothing ever happens in a small town just aren’t paying attention. She loves writing in many genres, especially suspense, mystery and romance with a touch of humor stirred in. Someday she even hopes to write a historical.  

My links:
Website: www.teresaslack.com 
Tell Us A Bit About Your Writing ~  

  Why do you write? I write because I love making an impact on people through stories. I love creating characters and story worlds and inviting a reader in to get to know them. I love to entertain and encourage people. Doing it with stories just comes naturally. But the main reason I write as I race toward the ½ century marks is because life is short and I don’t want to leave anything undone. 
What is your favorite genre to write? My favorite is suspense, though I love romance and humor. I’ve even tried my hand at a historical western in the last year and I loved it. I hope to create a western series by the end of the year. 

           Why did you decide to self-publish? Life is short. Over the last few years I’d gotten so far away from writing, I didn’t even feel like a writer anymore. I hated that feeling. I don’t want to be a busy person who writes books. I want to be a busy writer. I’m tired of spinning my wheels waiting for something to happen in my writing career. If it’s going to happen, I have to make it happen. 

          Are you a plotter or pantser? Definitely a pantster. One of my most popular titles, A TENDER REED, (which is being re-released as an ebook at the end of March) was inspired one night when my barking dog wouldn’t let me sleep. So I started a book. I was 3 chapters in before the heroine had a first name. I’m not quite that undisciplined anymore. It’s a very inefficient way to write. But I love sitting down with a nugget of an idea and going crazy. To me, that’s when I feel the most creative.

      What is your favorite marketing task that has resulted in a sale or sales? Bleh… I can’t think of any marketing task I enjoy. Unless you include talks or presentations. I absolutely love doing library talks and I always sell books there. They are a blast.

       Can you share your long term goals for your writing career? Are there more romances on the way or are you working on a suspense? Deciding on which book to work on next is one of my favorite decisions to make. I have some potential romances stirring around in my head, but there are a couple suspense novels I have wanted to focus on for way too long. I’ve completed the first mystery in a series, but I want to get a handle on the other books before I pursue publication. The very first task, though, on my to-do list is to release all my traditionally published novels to ebooks. 

 Tell Us A Bit About RUNAWAY HEART ~ 
     Running at the first sign of opposition is nothing new to Kyla
     Parrish. She’s never held onto a relationship for more than
     a few months, and she’s quit more jobs than most people apply for. Until Will Lachland. He’s the first man who ever made her think of getting serious about something, about putting down roots. He seems like a dream come true, but like every other man she’s ever met, he expects more than she’s willing to give.

Kyla is determined not to end up like her mother with a string of bad relationships and dead end jobs behind her, but she can’t find a balance between trusting someone with her heart and losing control of her life. But she’s tired of running. Running from life and running from love.

A new man and a new life on the farm where she spent her childhood summers seem like the answer to her prayers. But things are never as simple as they seem. Her heart yearns for love and security. Can she find it even though she can’t forget Will? Or is something else, something greater, calling her heart toward home? 

    Tell us one thing about your heroine that may or may not have come out in the book. She never told anyone, but she always dreamed of being part of a big family. She’s afraid of making the same mistakes as her parents and hurting any children she might bring into the world. It easier to avoid the whole situation than figure out a way to break the cycle. Though she’ll never admit it, she’s not as courageous as she likes to think.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading RUNAWAY HEART? Life doesn’t come with guarantees, no matter how much we wish it did. We have to trust in something. People and circumstances will let us down or not measure up to our expectations. God is always there in our fear and disappointment. He won’t let us down if we call on him.

Thank you so much for taking time to answer questions, for sharing your story with my followers, and for encouraging my heart with what GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU and YOUR WRITING!