Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California, where the plum and nectarine trees bloom in the rain. One of my favorite March happenings is the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Last year I was at Mount Hermon to see Susanne Lakin (writing as C.S. Lakin) win Zondervan's First Novel contest and receive her first contract. That novel, Someone to Blame, will release in August 2010. Today we hear from Susanne and see what exciting things have happened since winning that contest.
Susanne, how did you get into writing?
I was raised by a Hollywood screenwriter. Both my brother and mother were successful TV writers and producers, so I was raised collating scripts, helping with storylines, and developing series for TV with my mother. I wrote my first TV show pitch at age twelve, which got turned down. I wrote my first novel twenty-two years ago, which was picked up by the first agent I contacted – a top ABA agent, who assured me he could sell my book in a New York minute. But that never happened. I'm on books ten and eleven now, and I've had six or seven agents. Currently I have two agents – one for my fantasy books and one for my psychological mysteries. They are both ABA agents who sell to New York houses. I'm trying hard to break into ABA, as I want to write to nonbelievers and work my way into issues of faith and God.
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Tomorrow, on New Year’s Eve, we’ll have the second full moon in one month – sometimes called a “blue moon.” How appropriate that I get to interview multi-published author Leanna Ellis, whose next book, Once in a Blue Moon, will release in March 2010.
Leanna’s books are known for quirky humor and lively writing. You’ll get a taste of this in her interview – and be sure to check out her website. It’s a blast!
Leanna, how did you get into writing? How many books do you have published?
I started writing way back in 1991. At the time I was a teacher trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. My sister suggested writing because I was always scribbling in my journal. So I did. I quit teaching and started writing. I don’t necessarily recommend that, but it eventually worked for me. I submerged myself in learning all about writing and the publishing industry, only subsititute teaching when I had to earn a few dollars. After three years, I sold my first book to Silhouette Romance. Twelve books, one husband, and three kids later, I wanted to spread my wings a little. God took me on a different path of writing which eventually led to the inspirational market. Today I write women’s fiction for B&H Publishing.
I guess there’s an exception to every rule, even “Don’t Quit Your Day Job.”
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Jeanne Dennis here. Since June, I’ve been a member of the CAN Board. Even though you haven't heard from me personally for several months, I post the CAN book releases on this blog every Tuesday and help keep the CAN website up to date.
During this holy season, I wanted to touch base with you again and express what’s in my heart. We live in a time of personal, political, and financial uncertainty. Countless people now struggle with poor health or finances; suffer the loss of loved ones, jobs, or homes; or deal with other crises. Pain and loss often feel more acute during this traditional time of joy, hope, and peace.
People need our words as writers and speakers now more than ever. So even if the paragraph above describes our lives, let’s make this Christmastime a season of trust – trust in the One who knows all things perfectly, does all things well, and makes all things beautiful in His time.
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My article last month was titled Organization to go.
Wouldn’t it be nice if things were that simple? Organization could be handed to
us the same way we’re able to get our clothes from the dry cleaners, fast food
from McDonald’s, and prescriptions from Walgreens. But it’s not that simple. We
have to work for it.
As mentioned in last month’s article, we all have the same
twenty-four hours in a day. Have you ever been amazed at how some people can
get so much done during the day? I’m a big fan of to do lists and prioritizing.
With the explosion of PDA’s and smartphones there are many ways to organize
your time, you could even call it organization-to-go, after all. Some hold the
opinion that it takes too much time to figure out these devices and instead,
they rely on the old tried and true method of pen and paper. As long as you
have the list, the format doesn’t matter.
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Hi everyone! Sarah Sundin here, and I’m loving this fall weather. Makes me think of Christmas. Okay, so I live in California, where we have two seasons – hot and not, and my kids still talk about The Day It Snowed (back in ’98) – but let’s embrace the Christmas spirit for today’s interview. I had the privilege of meeting Myra Johnson last month at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Denver, where she
was signing her just-released first novel, One ImPerfect Christmas. Myra’s second book, Autumn Rains, releases this
month. This will be one memorable autumn for Myra.
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