Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2) CAN Beth Goddard Greetings from Sarah Sundin in northern California, where the weather is actually cooler than the rest of the country. Go figure. Today I have the honor of interviewing author Elizabeth (Beth) Goddard. Beth’s a busy woman with Exposing Amber now available from Heartsong Presents, A Riverwalk Christmas coming from Barbour in September, The Camera Never Lies from Barbour in December, and Praying for Rayne from Heartsong Presents in December. Oh. My. Goodness.

Beth, how did you get into writing?

A voracious reader, I’ve always wanted to write but wasn’t sure that’s where God wanted me. In 2001, I met DiAnn Mills and joined then American Christian ROMANCE Writers (Now Fiction writers) and began submitting a chapter a week to my ACRW critique group. That’s when I knew I was heading in the right direction. The members of that original group, btw, are all published now. Meredith Efken, Lisa Harris, Jeanne Leach, Deborah Vogts, Tammy Alexander.

That must have been a fantastic critique group!

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BioPicBlues Jan here, writing to you from the sizzling Sierra foothills of California. It feels like a great time to retreat to a cool place and write . . . or venture out and engage in a strong interview.

Today I’m continuing my series on interviewing for writing. Handled professionally and well, interviewing can yield long-term relationships which impact both your writing and your marketing.

Looking at those moments of the interview, let’s talk about when the story gets difficult.

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Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2) CAN Ronie Kendig Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California, where I’m recovering from vacation and my son’s high school graduation. Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Ronie Kendig. Ronie’s first two novels released this year – an espionage thriller and a military thriller. She’s received rave reviews, such as, “Nightshade kept me up all night! A tight plot, heartthrob heroes, and description so rich I could hear the jungle noise, feel the heat slide down my back.” ~Susan May Warren, Rita-award winning author of Nothing But Trouble. Ooh, doesn’t that sound good?

Welcome, Ronie! How did you get into writing?

I discovered my love of crafting stories in the fifth grade but it wasn’t until after I got married and had my second child that I really delved into writing. Then my husband challenged me to seek publication.

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Aloha from Karen, treasurer of CAN,

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I’m at the International Christian Retail Show in St Louis, MO this week. This is where store owners, publishers, editors, authors, and agents come together to show case new books and products and interact.

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BioPicBlues Hi! Jan here continuing the conversation about interviewing. And yes, let’s make this a conversation. Join in!

In my last post, in sharing interview tips, I included the following two:

– Treat each person you interview as a person, with compassion and dignity.
– Be aware when some aspect of their story may be a struggle for them to tell.

What about those?

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