Stephanie! You’re the winner of two tickets to the Really Big Cooking Show, this Saturday from 9-1 at Thanksgiving Point. Email me at mhovley (at) gmail (dot) com.
Have you heard about the Really Big Cooking Show? (click here to learn more)
It’s going to be this Saturday, April 13, from 9-1, with tons of great classes. Tickets are $12 or $18 at the door, but!!! I am giving away TWO tickets. Yup. Free, courtesy of my publisher, Covenant Communications, which is a sponsor for the show.
It’s simple. All you need do is leave a comment on this post and you are GOLDEN. The contest will end Thursday morning.
Today at Inklings, I’m interviewing Marlene Sullivan, author of Gaze Into Heaven, a book on near-death experiences of early Latter-Day Saints.
1. Tell us a little about Gaze Into Heaven. Why did you decide to write a book on this fascinating topic?
2. Is Gaze Into Heaven your first published book? What else have you written?
3. Tell us a little about how you fit writing into your schedule? Do you have a special place you like to work on your writing? (home office, hammock, etc. )
4. Does music help you or distract you while you are writing? If you like to listen to music while you write, what is a favorite selection?
5. Who is your favorite author? Can you name a favorite book?
6. How long did it take to write Gaze Into Heaven?
7. How did you learn to write?
8. What is the funnest thing about being an author? The most frustrating thing?
Marlene’s book can be purchased at:
as well as the physical locations for Deseret Book and Seagull Book.
Today I’m sitting down with author Rachel McClellan for a little insight into her writing world.
Rachel is the author of the hysterical–and touching–mommy memoir, Confessions of a Cereal Mother, published by Cedar Fort.
Q: You’ve written two YA paranormal books and now, Confessions of a Cereal Mother, within the space of a fairly short time. Have you always wanted to write, or is this a new passion?
A: I’ve always enjoyed writing, but never took it seriously because I didn’t believe I could ever be an author. Who would want to read what I write? Those were my thoughts anyway. But in 2007 I went on trip to Ireland and something there gave me a burst of confidence and I’ve been writing ever since.
Q: Your mommy memoir Confessions is hilarious! Is life at your home often this funny?
A: Funny, scary….sometimes there isn’t much of a difference. When things are going wrong (i.e. kid throwing up in the car), I’m often thinking, “How can this be happening?” But later, sometimes much later, I can laugh about the events. However, as I grow older, I find just about everything funny and don’t take life so seriously.
Q: With four busy young children, how do you find time to write? Do you have a favorite time of day to sit down and create? Do you have a special place in your home where you can retreat for quiet, or is that sort of a joke? (I know it have been when my kids were little!)
A: My best place to write will probably surprise you. It’s at the gym. Why there? Because they have a place for my kids to play while I “workout”. I drop the kids off then go sit in the lobby and exercise my fingers.
Q: What authors have influenced you the most?
A: When it comes to writing, it was Obert Skye (Leven Thumps) who first showed me how far you can take characters, Markus Zusak (The Book Thief) who showed me how to make words come alive, and Dean Koontz who taught me good story structure. As for authors who influenced my beliefs, I love Ayn Rand and C.S. Lewis.
Q: In what other ways have you learned the craft of writing? Do you enjoy classes, conferences, workshops, etc.?
A: I attended a writers group for a long time in Idaho. They really helped me hone my work. Conferences can be good, too, if you find the right ones. There’s also a couple of killer writing books that helped me immensely like “Writing the Breakout Novel” by Donald Mass and “On Writing” by Stephen King.
Q: Can you name a favorite book/author?
A: I can name several. I love the Odd Thomas series, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Angels are the Repears, Angelfall, Hunger Games, and many, many more.
Q: Any comments on the state of the LDS fiction market?
A: There are some amazing reads that have come from LDS writers, and what’s been wonderful about this is they have proven that you can write a great book free from language and sexual content.
Q: You’ve also written two other books in a young adult paranormal series, Fractured Light and Fractured Soul. Do you enjoy writing fiction?
A: I love it! It is so much fun to create new worlds with all kinds of characters both funny and scary. I like to illicit emotions from my readers and aim hard to do this.
Learn more about Rachel and her books at her website, Rachel McClellan.
On Friday I will do something I’ve dreamed of for years.
I was asked this morning to speak to two Creative Writing classes at Viewmont High School. Eeee! Nervous but excited. Now how do I figure out the right things to say for NINETY MINUTES each? Yikes.
Jonathan Swift: “May you live all the days of your life.”
Jon Foreman: “I want to thrive, not just survive.”