Who are My Favorite Authors?

I thought about who has been my favorite authors through the years and who are mentors (unofficially) when it comes to writing. These are some of them. Most of them are top writers but some most people probably won’t know unless you are in the Christian Fiction genre.

*Francine Rivers

*Veronica Roth

*Stephanie Meyer

*Ted Dekker

*Suzanne Collins

*L.A. Kelly

And there are many others. But these are my favorites.

The cool thing about each one is that they are all so different. When I started to write, everything I did was third person. I tried first person but it someone how always transferred to third person so I gave up. But when I read Divergent by Veronica Roth and Twilight By Stephanie Meyer the first person bell rang in my head. They gave me the understanding on how a first person book works.

This book is in third person but there are a few others I will be putting out that are in first. So we will see how that goes. 🙂

Clouds

This morning I went on another walk with my mom and Emma in the desert of Lake Havasu City AZ. There were these amazing clouds out there that I just had to tell you about.                                                                IMG_20150719_065142040_HDR

Aren’t they beautiful? In my book there is a scene where the heroine goes to a landing and is swept away by the creation of God around her. If I was able to paste this in the book for how the sky would look like this would be it.

The layers of the clouds are so beautiful that they look like they are doing a dog pile against each other. But if you look closely there are patterns in the sky as well. They make a magnificent quilt that is attempting to block the sun. But the sun is persistent and manages to peek its way through as it illuminates the surrounding mountains and valleys.

It’s as if God was sewing them together as a patch work quilt that was so nice and fluffy for the angels to rest upon. I know that’s not how it works but for my imagination it is fun.

I hope you enjoyed the picture. I loved it so much that I stopped holding my daughter’s stroller with my foot in order to grab just the right angle. It makes me smile and I hope it does the same for you.

I can’t wait for everyone to read the scene in my book at the launch in a matter of days now. I think you all will really like it 🙂

The Desert Sun

Hello all my wonderful readers! It’s a beautiful day here in the desert.

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We are on a trip to see my grandparents like I said in a previous post but today was the first day I went for a walk. It’s about 107 degrees in the afternoon so its a tad toasty, but my mom and I still thought it a good day for a walk.

This doesn’t have a lot to do with writing but I just wanted to share a little bit of me. Maybe this will interlace with writing some where.

I have an amazing family support system all over the west coast. One of which are my grandparents on my mom’s side. Right now they are reading my proof for me and marking areas that need help still. Or at least they said they would. My grandpa said he couldn’t find anything so I will see what my grandma says.

And it’s nice to have the support. I feel blessed since I know that so many people don’t have such a support system. So I guess this is just a thank you post for my family.

My parents have been there for me since my first story that scribbled into a notebook. They can’t wait to read this one but are waiting until it is fully published. But they are for me all the way.

And my sister and husband have been there for me too as I have gone over scenario after scenario with asking if the direction the boom was going made any sense.

I love you all! There are many others too like my aunt and uncle in So Cal and my in-laws who are excited but I can’t mention everyone. But thank you to everyone who has been there beside me through this whole process. You are the best.

Now how did that tie into the walk? Well when you walk in the desert its pretty ugly in the dark. But when the sun begins to rise the rocks seem to change colors and the cacti make for pretty 3d effects. The quail come out and the jack rabbits start looking for something to munch on. The ugly turns into something beautiful.

That’s how I have felt about my writing at times. I think I have something great but sometimes it’s actually pretty ugly. Then I start to work on it and its like the sun starts to shine on my desert. When the sun is fully up and the work is done then you can see the beauty that you couldn’t see before.

So there, I tied it into writing 🙂 thank you for reading and stay tuned. The book launch is almost here!

Which Way to Go?

What do you do when you don’t have anything to write about? I have been travelling with my 15 month old daughter and I am so exhausted that I honestly don’t have a brain. But I wanted to write something today.

I have read books and watched movies about families travelling with young children but I always said that was never going to be me. Well as they say “Never say never”. Here I am at my grandparents learning a whole new set of patience as a mom.

I love my daughter, don’t get me wrong. She is my whole world and love of my life (besides my husband), but still as a mom there are times where you still are at your whits end. It can be the same with writing.

You work to hard to keep things going but then things happen where all you want to do is throw the computer out the window. It doesn’t happen often but it still happens.

Like my daughter who doesn’t always  want to go in the direction I want her too, my stories don’t always want to behave either. I work with them in one direction but then they seem to have a mind of their own and go completely in an other direction no matter how hard I want to stay on the track I have them.

I know this is a strange post and not probably my best, but it was what came to my mind today, I guess my inspiration isn’t just life but also my daughter for the good and the not so good 🙂 But I wouldn’t have it any  other way. I love her so much and would take a bullet for her any day. Just like my stories. They aren’t perfect all the time but as they grow and mature they become something beautiful. Just like my daughter as she grows up into a beautiful woman.

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The Proofing Process

The proofing process is such a slow process. I want to make sure that my book is as good as it can be but I want it to get published just as fast. I can’t have it both ways.

If I want it to be shown its best I have to take my time. I know seasoned authors are rolling their eyes right now since it is just common sense. That is where my greeness as a writer is showing. I need to exercise patience if I want to give my book the best chance it can get.

The good news is that the changes are mild so far still so it won’t take long to submit a new review copy. So stay tuned still. I appreciate your patience as I go down this journey ❤