In the Beginning They Were Writers/Tanya Eavenson

2T Pics 010Welcome, Tanya!

How did you get your start writing? I started three years ago when my husband left for Israel. It was the first time he’d gone over seas since our three children were born and honestly, I didn’t know what to do with myself.

What did you do?  I wrote a book while my husband was gone. The title of the story is Live by Faith, Not by Sight. Though it may never see an editor’s desk, that story is dear to my heart, more than any others because of what it represents. The interesting thing is those characters are the same ones in my debut novel Unconditional that is set to release January 10.

Share some of your earlier writing habits. Well, my writing habits haven’t changed much since then. I write late at night while everyone is asleep. There’s nothing better than sitting at the laptop with coffee in hand and words waiting to spill onto the page.

Who inspired you? It wasn’t a person really, but several novels that spoke to me. It started with Author Lori Wick and her series, “The English Garden Series.” I loved the biblical aspects and how the characters felt like family. I read the “Twilight Series” because the youth in my Sunday school class came in week after week discussing the novels. While reading, I found a connection to the characters through their emotional journey. Then to top it off, I read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It had everything the other novels had combined within one. I remember praying that if I was going to write, I wanted to touch people and bring a better understand of God through my characters.

Who encouraged you? I had three people who encouraged me. I would not be a published author if it wasn’t for them. Not only did they read my work, but they were truthful. I learned I knew nothing about the craft, but it never discouraged me. It made me work harder to find my voice and who I am as writer. Not everyone will like my writing, and I know this, but it’s who I am and who’ve they’ve encouraged me to be.

Do you enjoy writing? More than I ever thought possible. I can’t imagine not writing. I still have so much to learn about the craft, but now I know my weaknesses and strengths. I think another part I enjoy about writing is being able to help others in their journeys, encouraging them to never give up and to Live by Faith, Not by Sight.

Tell us about Unconditional and what inspired you to write the story? What inspired me? Brokenness I guess you could say. Brokenness for families, children, and what happens when couples divorce.

I grew up in a family were divorce is common, like most people today, with the idea once you “fall” out of love, and you can’t get along  anymore, it’s time to get a divorce. It was almost engraved in me witnessing everyone in my family get divorced one time or many times. I, too, almost went down that route with divorce papers in hand. I told myself many things at the time, but the truth. I was focused on our failures, not the hope that with God, all things are possible. The question was, were we willing to save our marriage at all costs? Would we fight for each other, whether we felt like it or not?

It is my hope through this story, that no matter the circumstances the reader is facing, a loss of a child, anger, emotional hurt, infidelity, abandonment, etc., they will know there is hope in Christ.

Here is the blurb for Unconditional.Tanya Cover

He will fight for her at any cost…

Elizabeth Roberts can’t remember her past, and the present is too painful. She turns to nightclubs and drinking to forget her infant daughter’s death, her husband’s affair.

When his wife’s coma wiped out the memory of their marriage, Chris Roberts found comfort elsewhere. He can’t erase his betrayal, but with God’s help he’s determined to fight for Elizabeth at any cost.

She wants to forget. He wants to save his marriage. Can they trust God with their future and find a love that’s unconditional?

It’s a very emotional and difficult subject matter, and you handled it nicely. How did you feel while writing it? Thank you, Katherine. I’m what some writers call a “Seat of the Pantster,” a writer that doesn’t really know what’s going to happen from one scene to the other. With this being the case, my emotions were on a roller coaster. I laughed at times, cried several times, became upset, and felt my heart take off like if it was in a race. I love “feeling” my characters and their emotions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Tanya Eavenson and her husband have been in the ministry for fifteen years teaching youth and adults. Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and writes for Christ to the World Ministries sharing the Gospel around the world. You can find her on Twitter at @Tan_eave and contact her at her website www.tanyaeavenson.com  Want to learn more about writing? Stop by her blog http://guidedgirls.blogspot.com

In the Beginning, They Were Writers – Lisa Orchard

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Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! My name is Lisa Orchard and I’m an author for the Young Adult market. Thanks Kay for allowing me to be a guest today. It’s greatly appreciated.

Kay wanted me to take a moment and tell you a little about myself and my writing history. So here we go!

I’ve been writing since fifth grade. I was an avid reader and I loved The Bobbsey Twins, Trixie Belden, and Nancy Drew. I loved mysteries. So, my family wasn’t surprised when I started writing my own. I illustrated them too…but my talent is really writing. My pictures were a little scary to say the least! (wink) That’s when I knew I wanted to be a writer.

So, I kept writing my little stories and in school I took as many English, Mythology and Creative Writing classes that were available. I earned all A’s in those courses…I was sure I was a natural.

It was during this time that I developed strong bonds with some of my classmates.  My friends and I not only loved reading about Nancy Drew…we wanted to be Nancy Drew. And wouldn’t you know it there was a neighborhood mystery that needed to be solved. Of course, we were on the case. It was a case of vandalism and we never did solve it, but that summer stands out as being one of my best memories.

Well…the Nancy Drew phase passed… but the desire to become an author never dampened. It burned bright all throughout my high school and college career.

I kept writing, but there were times when I had to put it aside because life does get busy. It wasn’t until I decided to stay home with the kids that I thought about chasing the old author dream again. I picked up my pen and began my novel “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”.

I finished “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer” and decided to go for the next step.  Publication.  And here I am today…with two published novels for the upper middle grade/lower YA market.

And wouldn’t you know it…they’re both mysteries!  So, anyone who loves Nancy Drew will love my books. Here’s what one young reader said about my first book.  She really enjoyed it!

See what fans are saying!

The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer by Lisa Orchard is an absolutely amazing book. 5 out of 5 bookworms for sure.

The whole time it keeps you guessing and thinking about what is going to happen. It also has a little hint of humor. This story of great friends takes you on a mysterious and suspenseful journey through a town of weirdos. It was very hard to put down. Every chapter there was a new twist that kept me up late at night reading. The characters were very different some serious, scary, and most of all silly! All ages would love this book and never want to stop reading.

The book is a great mystery and almost seems real. If you get scared or disgusted easily I would not suggest this book but if you’re like me and are not scared very easily you will love it as much as I do.

The Super Spies are like Nancy Drew of the twenty first century but MORE FABULOUS!!! This book is a must read for all ages.

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This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Super-Spies-Lady-Killer-ebook/dp/B007JZH61K/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-super-spies-and-the-cat-lady-killer-lisa-orchard/1109518725?ean=2940014338202

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This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Super-Spies-School-Bomber-ebook/dp/B008P8O7OY

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-super-spies-and-the-high-school-bomber-lisa-orchard/1112263058?ean=2940014992244

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You can find me at these social media sites:

Website:  http://www.lisaorchard.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Orchard/328536613877060?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lisaorchard1

So, if you’re interested in a new series for your tween/teen. Check out the Super Spies! Thanks for taking the time to read my post! Leave a comment; I’d love to hear from you!

In the Beginning They Were Writers – J.F. Jenkins

J.F. Jenkins is a multi-published author, who has no less than three series with Astraea Press. She lives in Minneapolis Minnesota with her husband, son, and two cats. She graduated from Bethel University in 2006 with a degree in Media Communication with minors in both writing and film. When she is not busy writing, she spends her free time playing games, reading, and spending time with her family.

Says J.F. of her beginnings:

My first story I ever wrote was called “Adventures in Nightmare Land”. It was written in third grade and an illustrated paper book. Each page had one sentence and artwork that hasn’t improved much over the years. The story itself was about a paranormal investigator who had to battle the evil villains of horror movies. It was a pretty big hit in the classroom. Not sure what my teacher thought of it of course, but I had a lot of fun writing it.

Find J.F. on Amazon! Or on Barnes & Noble!

In the Beginning, They Were Writers – Kristin Vayden

When I was younger I loved writing for my literature and creative writing classes, but was basically told that my writing was only passable.  I completely accepted that and never tried to explore it further.  My writing story begins at the same time as my sister, but in a different way.  I’ve always loved, loved LOVED to read, and when my sister began writing I would babysit my computer for her next chapter of whatever story she was working on.  Eventually, she pestered me enough to try to write on my own.  I took a joke we had made about ourselves and ran with it.  “Living London” was created and I still can’t believe that it’s going to be published.  Now I can’t imagine not writing, I enjoy it so much.

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http://kristinvayden.weebly.com
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@KristinVayden
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