Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Renee-Ann Giggie's "Emma's Prayer"





What are your favorite writing conferences and why?
 Somebody once told me how important it is for every writer to attend these conferences, but I never saw vital they truly were until I attended my first one. It’s very hard to narrow down my favorite ones because they’re all awesome. I loved Mt Hermon, in CA, ACFW – that one moves around, it’s not always in the same place – and Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, in NC. Writers’ conferences are where we learn from other writers who’ve been there/done that. Most of those who teach the classes are today bestselling authors. They want you to have what they have: a successful writing career. Conferences are much more than that, though. It’s where deep bonds form between writers, and you leave with a slew of business cards, many of which maybe from editors and/or agents who want to read/hear more about your story. 

Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
 I’m totally a pantzer. I can’t plot far in advance because it’ll change a thousand times. Someone I know, who’s not a writer once told me, “You have to know where the chapter is going.” No, I don’t. I develop it as I go. “Well then,” she added, “you should at least know where the scene is going.” Again, no, I don’t. I put fingers to keyboard, start with an idea, and type what happens as I watch it develop in my mind’s eyes. That’s how I write. When I wrote Stella’s Plea, I didn’t even know who the kidnapper was until about half way through the book. Until I figured it out, and why, she was “the young woman.” No spoiler there… the fact that it’s a kidnapping story is in the book blurb.


What are you working on right now?
 A very emotional story. This will probably be the hardest story I’ve written. I’m reconstructing the events of a tragedy that happened in our family in 1984, but adding a major twist to it to make it a thrilling fictional suspense. Moving the events to today’s timeline. It might be interesting to leave it in the 80s though, where technology wasn’t so big as it is today.

What do you do for fun when not writing?
I work full time outside the home in a call center. Outside of work and writing, I love to spend quality time with my husband. We go for long drives, eat out, or just get away for a weekend. OR I’m going to a writers’ conference. Which one I’m going next is ALWAYS in the back of my mind. I never can wait to get there, and once I return home, I can’t wait to go again.  

Tell us about your latest release and what you think readers will enjoy about it. 

 I feel that anyone who loves emotional stories will love Emma’s Prayer. Emma is a teen mom who puts her son up for adoption, but soon misses him so much, she wants him back. Is it too late?
I show my readers that none of us are perfect, we all make mistakes. Even pastors kids, like Emma, aren’t immune to sin. We can, however, receive God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness. All we need to do is confess and ask earnestly.
 
How can readers get in contact with you?
 I love to hear from my readers.
My facebook page is: www.facebook.com/ragiggie

Link to Emma's Prayer: amzn.to/1RW11oZ

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Award-winning author June Foster and "What God Knew"


We're happy to have June Foster with us today talking about her book, What God Knew, book three in the Almond Tree Series. 

Neonatal specialist Dr. Michael Clark is passionate about saving the lives of premature babies. But the pediatrics department at El Camino General can't provide the care many of his preemies require. Now he wants to build a specialty hospital where he can better offer medical treatment for his young patients.
Tammy Crawford is an accomplished geriatrics RN who wants nothing to do with her sister Joella's religious beliefs. She's independent and doesn't need anyone, including God in pursuing a new job as a nurse practitioner.
When she falls in love with the intriguing Michael Clark, she must reconsider her resolve to devote herself completely to her career and not become distracted by a romantic relationship. Now the obstacles are insurmountable. She's in love with a man from another culture and a different race.
Michael acknowledges his growing affection for the beautiful nurse yet can't ignore his brother's deep racial prejudices.
Can two people who are as different as night and day find a life together?




What would you like readers to take away from your book?
I'd like readers to discover through the lives of my characters that God 
has the answers to any issue we experience. All we need is to humble ourselves before Him and seek first His kingdom.

Why did you choose to write this book?
In recent days, racial tension in our nation has worried me. I spoke with a lovely black woman who said the young, angry rioters are filled with hate, blaming others for their plight instead of finding a relationship with the Lord and putting him first in their lives. What God Knew speaks of racial tension. I figured what better way to deliver the message but to create a romance between a white woman and black man.
 
What did you learn while writing this book?
I had an interesting experience while during research. One day at church I had opportunity to speak to a young, professional black man, not unlike my Dr. Michael Clark. I asked him what he considered the most difficult aspect of a biracial romance. His answer had nothing to do with race, but he said socio-economic issues might be the greatest obstacle. I found that quite interesting.  

What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
I think trying not to compare myself with other writers. And stay positive when the rejection letters come in.


Which books on writing have been the most helpful to you and why?
I think James Scott Bell's Plot & Structure. When I first began writing, I had no idea how to devise a plot. I followed this book religiously.

What are you working on right now?
I'm writing a novel centered on the homeless situation in the US. A lovely young volunteer falls in love with a homeless man. When the idea first came to me, I thought it might be a stretch, but so far I'm pleased with the way the story is falling into place. It is called Almond Street Mission.

Bio: An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. Her characters find themselves in tough situations but overcome through God's power and the Word. She writes edgy topics wrapped in a good story. To date, she's seen ten contemporary romances published. Find June online at junefoster.com.

website: junefoster.com
email: junefoster11@gmail.com

Link to What God Knew: amzn.to/1TzffgL