Monthly Archives: February 2013

Opportunities | CWBC

Opportunities are what we make of them.

Just recently, the hubs and I discovered ourselves following the fast-paced life’s road returning us to friends and family in the Pacific Northwest. We have enjoyed our time here in NoDak, for the most part, but look forward to the new opportunities.

My hope is that the return will help me get back into the swing of things in regards to my writing and the motivation to push forward. Of course, I am also considering taking a sabbatical/brain break so I can once again find my footing. Find my passion and inspiration. My ‘why’, as it were.

But, again, opportunities are what we make of them. There isn’t necessarily a right or wrong, there is a simple ‘do’ or ‘do not’. Kind of like Yoda, huh?

My challenge will be not to worry and just relax.

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Distractions

For the past two months I’ve been struggling with motivation, wrestling against distraction as well. My WIP slated for release this December begs for attention, as does the expanded edition of my paranormal fantasy. But can I get myself to sit down and do anything other than email and house searching? No.

Of course, that encourages guilt, which nags at my inspiration and motivation as well–the constant, torturous enemy of a writer. Yes, I have been brainstorming how to begin the December-due WIP, hoping that will draw my mind back from the brink of wherever it has dallied, but I’m still here at the beginning.

I’m certain that the obligations and deadlines don’t help. When I functioned solely on inspiration and which project held the most passion for me at that time, I could finish a draft in but a few weeks, daily churning out at least 30 pages of hand-written–yes, HAND-WRITTEN–story later transcribed/edited into the computer.

Now, in order to actually complete and publish projects, I have setup goals and deadlines. I’m not so certain I have done myself any favors.

Nona King

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The Next Big Thing | Blog Hop

Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to five other authors you can explore!

Searching for Sara, design by Taria Reed

My gratitude to fellow author, Lissa Bryan, for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following links to learn more about Ms. Bryan and her books.

Lissa Bryan’s blog: http://lissabryan.blogspot.com

Visit Lissa’s Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009N6CFTQ

In this blog hop, my fellow authors and I, in our respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our current book or work-in-progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?
Searching for Sara

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
Originally, Searching for Sara was the sequel to Broken Angel (not yet released). To be honest, I wanted to experiment with the intense emotions of grief and loss. In the sequel I killed the heroine from the previous book and introduced another love interest for our grieving hero, Robert Trent. My sister, horrified at what I did, demanded I rewrite the book. :) That rewrite gave birth to hero Christopher Lake. I allowed myself to keep his five-year-old daughter, but renamed his dearly departed wife. Sara Little is still the main character, and I was still able to explore grief and loss. More than that, though, Sara became the epitome of what I, myself, wanted to become: a woman able to step forward in faith and obedience even through fear.

3: What genre does your book come under?
Inspirational/Historical Romance

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I never gave much thought to that before. Of course I see the characters in my head, but I haven’t yet seen their equal on the screen. The closest to Sara Little could be Anne Hathaway (Princess Diaries, Les Miserables), Willa Holland (Legion), or Lily Collins (The Blind Side). Dakota Fanning would have made a fantastic Gwyneth Marie Lake, Christopher Lake’s five-year-old daughter, and I doubt it would take much to rewrite the role to account for a change in age. Simon Woods (Pride & Prejudice) or Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Southland) would do Christopher Lake justice in looks as well as the ‘tortured’ affect. :)

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
“Sara has an intimate knowledge of fear; now faith asks her to step beyond all she knows and venture to America.”

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Searching for Sara is published by an independent publisher, Angel Breath Books.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It has been awhile since the first draft, but I believe it took about 6 months. Keep in mind, also, that much of the first draft was written by hand.

Happy Writing and Reading!

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