Gina Conroy is founder of Writer…Interrupted and is still learning how to balance a career with raising a family. Represented by Chip MacGregor, she writes fun, quirky mysteries full of twists and turns. Her first book Cherry Blossom Capers, released from Barbour Publishing in January 2012, and Digging Up Death is available now .
write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes watching their
story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two
sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush –
since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of
Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake, and a portion of the proceeds
benefits cancer research and awareness.
take you to get published?
in May of 2008, and I got my first publishing contract through a contest in
January of 2010; however, that didn’t end up working out as the publisher
closed its doors. Crescent Moon press snatched up Wasteland March of 2011. It
was an up and down journey, but that’s part of any dream, right? Totally worth
January 15th, 2013. I was sad to see the stories end, but it was fun
to write Jessica and Durk’s love story. I’d introduced Jessica in that very
first book when she wasn’t even sixteen. Durk had a brief mention, but he
played a bigger role in book two, Awaited. In book three, they finally get the
be walking down the street and a story idea will spark at any given time. But,
as I looked back at Wasteland, it was about being out of control. I was
unemployed, something I didn’t want or ask for. Things were just out of my
control, much like the main character, David. He didn’t ask to be a half demon,
didn’t want to be, but it was beyond his control.
writing your book?
interesting. My heroine is mute. So, I had to learn/research sign language for
some phrases. That was really fun. I’d always wanted to learn sign language,
just never took the time, so this was a nice taste.
Map of my characters. Sometimes I don’t even do that. Just sit in front of a
blank word document and start writing. I love that rush!
My characters just don’t shut up. So, I pretty much spend every waking hour
writing to get the story out. It’s a VERY rough draft. Some have called it an
80,000-word outline. I’ve been known to write an entire first draft without a
character name. Just blank lines throughout until the idea of a name hits me.
block? If so, how did you overcome it?
a run, bike ride, or jam out to some really loud, rocking music. After a while,
things usually work themselves out. Especially when I’m on a four-hour bike
ride. That’s TONS of time to think things through for sure!
visuals do you use?
everything in my mind like a movie. I’m not so much visual in the sense I like
to look at something while I write or to inspire me. After I write the first
draft and it’s sat for a while, I’ll go back and edit, it’s then I start doing
note cards for each character, doing time lines, calendars, etc.
implausible plots, flat characters or a host of other problems. What’s the most
difficult part of writing for you?
out I can’t go that direction, so I’ll just change. Totally different
direction, but I’ll make notes about how I need to get to the beginning and
tweak things to make it start working. The most difficult part for me…crutch
words. If I didn’t have awesome editors and crit partners, I’d have stones
thrown at me for how many times I use the same words. I love editing, but
sometimes it’s tough because I glaze over my own weaknesses, so that’s
sometimes the most difficult part. But when an editor/crit partner points
things out, then I can get on it and fix. THAT part of editing is great. I
don’t mind getting editorial letters or suggestions from crit partners. I know
it’s for the best!
as character, description, etc)?
that I have deep characters. I have an MA in psych and worked as a therapist
for a few years, and I really think that helps me dive into a character’s mind.
moment, but Violet Midnight (which released October 2012) I had some big plot
holes and issues that were revealed during editing. It took a big rewrite to
get everything straightened out, but it was worth it. I love the end product!!
other work you do?
whack, I can really tell. But for the most part, I write as much as I can while
my hubby’s at work or out training (he’s a triathlete) so when he’s home, I’m
freed up to be with him. I work at a bookstore, so I have my “weekend” during
the week since retail’s busiest times are on the weekends. So, I get two full
days to focus solely on writing. The others, I just fit it in when I can. I
don’t have kids, so that leaves a bunch of free time. J
always possible. But if you can’t write, at least do some editing or blogging
to keep the juices flowing. J
people and their journeys, but don’t. Your path is what it’s supposed to be.
Keep taking the next step. You never know where it’ll lead you. I’d never
planned on being an author. It’d never been an aspiration of mine, but look
where I am today…it’s because I took the first step (which was really scary)
and then just kept on taking the next step.
all. Walked away from everything when his mate, Jessica, was brutally murdered.
Yet he has no recollection of anything since that gruesome day.
Guardians until a former brother in arms joins him and his cause. Visions of
his lost love start appearing in the most unlikely places, until Durk learns
imagined tear them apart.
a hot tortured hero that will keep you turning pages late into the night…” –Lisa Kessler, author of the award-winning Night
Hi all, Gina Holmes here. My third, and best yet I think, novel, Wings of Glass has released. I’m trying to get the word out and can use your help. If you can participate you will be entered to win 1 of 3 prize packs, which include autographed copies of all 3 of my novels: Crossing Oceans, Dry as Rain and Wings of Glass.
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Welcome to the world of Christian writers.
the difference between “Christian writers” and every other kind of
writer? For starters, they’re forever dragging God into the biz. And
usually hanging the blame on Him, too. Like the person who believes
God’s “called” them to write (#5), but not provided the schedule to do
so. Because of the kids, their job, their health — whatever — they just
can’t follow through. They’re “waiting on God” for the “right timing” (another Christian cliché).
Listen, if God’s really “called you to write,” He wants YOU to find the
time to do so. He “called” Abraham but didn’t do the walking for him. Maybe you should stop “waiting on God” and put one foot in front of the other. That’s just one example of the unique, sometimes screwy
approach that Christian novelists bring to their craft.
Having frequented Christian writing circles for some time now, I’ve
heard all the spiritualized slogans we believers like to regurgitate.
Here’s my Top 5 clichés that Christian writers use.
how God never “calls” Christians to be sales assistants, lay reviewers,
work in circulation, be an advertising manager, or write obituaries for
the local newspaper. You’d think that writing novels was the top of the
Christian publishing holiness hierarchy.
“God’s will” is a favorite “out” for Christian writers. Most often, the
saying is followed by things like “find an agent,” “sell a lot of
books,” “finish the manuscript,” or “advertize aggressively.” Poor God. I
wish He’d get His act together so your career can finally flourish.
you might reconsider #5. Unless God’s also “gifted” you with spare
change to hire publicists and marketing strategists, it’s best to assume
that if God wants you to write novels, He also wants you to find
readers. Funny how hard work can make up for the absence of “spiritual
this is code for “clean,” alternative, G-rated fare containing
redemptive resolutions, biblical references, salvation events, spiritual
themes, or subliminal Bible messages imbedded in the story. The
question I have is whether God is also “glorified” in a good,
well-crafted story. If we can only “glorify God” by specifically writing
about God, we reduce God-honoring lit to religious tracts.
great. But unless He’s also giving you direct revelations, critiquing
your novels, correcting your grammar, dialog, characterization, and plot
elements, and buying your books, all this means is that you never have
to answer to anyone but yourself.
So there you have it! A quintet of cop-outs. My advice to Christian
writers: Maybe it’s time to stop over-spiritualizing the craft and just
start digging in. Anyway, can you think of some other overused Christian
Mike Duran is a monthly contributor to Novel Rocket, and is represented by the rockin’ Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary. Mike’s novels include The Telling, The Resurrection, an ebook novella, Winterland, and his newly released short story anthology Subterranea You can visit his website at www.mikeduran.com.