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Here’s a new book from my fellow Covenant author, Marlene Bateman:
An interview with Marlene:
1. How long have you been interested in writing?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, ever since I was in elementary school. I think a large part of my wanting to be a writer came from reading so much. As a child, I was a voracious reader. For three years in a row in elementary school, I won the award for reading the most books. And the prize was: A book! I was delighted, of course. Sometimes I wonder if writers are born, because I’ve certainly always wanted to write. However, once I got married, I had to cut back because—let’s face it—you can’t do everything at one time. To everything there is a season. When my children were little, I concentrated on writing for short articles and stories for magazines. Then, as the children got older and I had more time, I started writing books.
2. Tell us about your previous publications.
My first non-fiction book was Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, which is a compilation of true stories about people in early Church history who risked their life in defense of the gospel.
My next three books are also compilations of true stories in early Church History, and are about angelic experiences. The first book is, And There Were Angels Among Them. The second book is, Visits From Beyond the Veil, and the third is; By the Ministering of Angels. Researching and writing these books made me realize how much Heavenly Father loves his children and that He is aware of us and our lives.
I then wrote Brigham’s Boys, which tells the life stories of sixteen men who worked closely with Brigham Young as he brought the Saints across the plains and colonized the Great Basin area.
I had two non-fiction books come out last year. Heroes of Faith is a collection of true stories about people who stood firm in the faith despite mobs, bullets and overwhelming trials. Gaze into Heaven, Near-Death Experiences in Early Church History, is a collection of true, carefully documented near death experience, which occurred to people in the early days of the church.
My first novel, Light on Fire Island, a romance/mystery, came next. My second novel was Motive for Murder, which is the first in the Erica Coleman series.
3. You’ve written both nonfiction and fiction books. Which comes easier for you? Is it hard to switch from one to the other?
For me, writing non-fiction is easier than writing novels. Researching takes a lot of time, but then, I love that part. Since I’ve done a number of non-fiction books, I’ve settled into a comfortable routine. It’s harder to get into a routine with fiction. I’m always striving to come up with an interesting plot, figure out scenes and the characters, and all of that can be stressful. Fortunately, once I get to the revising process, writing becomes easier. I derive a great sense of satisfaction when all the editing and revising makes a polished, intriguing mystery.
4. Tell us about your family. How do they like having a writer in the family?
When my children were little, I wrote for magazines but even so, they had a hard time understanding why mommy was on the computer so much. They were happy for me when I started publishing books, but took it a bit for granted—it was nothing special. Probably this came because they grew up with it. My oldest daughter, who is in her thirties, still hasn’t read any of my novels, though she’s read most of my non-fiction. My sons are proud of me, but are too busy to read my books! Fortunately, I have one daughter who reads everything I write. Yay! My daughters-in-law are proud of me and one day, one of them took her children into Seagull Book. When she pointed out my books on the front table to my grand-daughter, My sweet granddaughter told the employee, “My grandma wrote that!”
Here are some purchase links:
A Death in the Family is available at physical bookstores such as Deseret Book and Seagull Book, as well as other LDS bookstores. Marlene’s website is: www.marlenebateman.info
The book launch this past Saturday went REALLY WELL, exceeding all expectations. Thank you so much to my dear friends and family who show me so much love and support.
Here’s me and my momsie…she’s the best…
There are still two more chances to come to a book signing for Glimmering. March 29th, 10-noon at the Centerville Seagull bookstore, and April 5th, 6-8pm at the Bountiful Deseret Book (Ladies Night). I would love to see you in person and say hi.
I got this package in the mail day before yesterday:
Holding the book in my hands was such a surreal but happy moment.
I also learned I am scheduled to sign books at two additional times in connection with General Conference. Yay!
March 29, 10am-noon–the Celebrating Sisterhood event at the Centerville Seagull bookstore
April 5, 6pm-8pm–the Ladies Night event at the Bountiful Deseret Book store
(The book launch is this Saturday, March 15th, 1-3pm.)
I would love to see and greet you at any of these events. Let me know if you require directions or bribery to attend!
Because of my publisher’s new policy, these will likely be the only signings I’ll be doing for this book.
Yay! It’s happening!
GLIMMERING LIGHT will hit stores sometime toward the end of this week. Oh goodness, I can hardly believe it.
The official book launch party is March 15, 1-3PM, at the Centerville Seagull bookstore. I would adore it if you would stop by. I can’t say enough about how much that would mean to me. Let me know if you need directions. (It’s in the cluster of stores just north of Target)
No need to buy anything…just come and say hi…and eat one of my auntie’s famous cream cheese brownies.
Other stuff: I spoke at the Viewmont High School creative writing classes last week, and both were tons of fun. I am so impressed with the high quality of these classes. I would have LOVED having such classes back in the olden days when I was in school. They are learning much the same things that are being taught at high level writing conferences that cost $$$. I also am constantly amazed and impressed by the talent of these young people.
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I’m thrilled to show you the cover for Glimmering Light, coming out in March from Covenant Communications.
I don’t believe it gives away too much to tell you that the cover depicts Zack Allman. The story features alternating points of view between Amèlie and Zack, so when you look at it this way:
It sort of all makes sense.
My favorite part is the way the designer took a modern day view of a Salt Lake City street and made it desolate. Cool!
Covers for me give me so much anxiety since I don’t get to give input on them. I was ever so nervous to see this cover but the more I look at it, the more it grows on me. Neither of the main characters look quite like I pictured them but I realize that would be pretty much impossible. So I’m excited. It’s happening!
(Inside joke: perhaps there is a red bicycle in that street scene somewhere)
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Come and hear me speak on using setting to make your story sparkle.
January 21, 2014 6:30 pm
Home of Deloa Sharp
315 N 400 E, Bountiful
I’d love to see you there. Nonmembers are welcome to visit free of charge and see how they like the group.
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One of the things people are the most surprised about when they ask me about traditional publishing is that the author doesn’t select the title. The author can SUGGEST a title, and is usually asked to suggest more than one, but ultimately–with most publishers, that is–the title is a marketing decision.
When it was time to pick a name for my first novel, they picked the title for the sequel at the same time. Like this:
The End Begins: Sudden Darkness
The End Begins: Glimmer of Light
Apparently they can also change their minds. They’ve named the sequel The End Begins: Glimmering Light. I don’t like it as well but it’s okay. Best part of all is that the book is turned in and it’s out of my hands. Whew!
I had a little book signing for the Christmas anthology (With Wondering Awe) that I’m a part of. Krista Jensen was there with me and it was way fun. One of the favorite parts was meeting an internet friend in real life…Annette Jensen, who drove all the way down from Tremonton to meet me. I was so touched.
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I’m excited to share my friend Tonya’s beautiful new book.
Tonya and I were once part of an Author’s Way study group and I loved her instantly. So talented..yet kind, honest, and real.
Tell us a little about yourself. Family, education, hometown, etc.
I’m originally from Minnesota but I grew up in Oklahoma, so technically I’m a midwestern girl. I grew up in a small town in western Oklahoma called Weatherford. After graduating high school, I attended St. Cloud State University and earned a degree in Public Relations. Eventually I moved to Utah (for a job) and met my husband, Jeff. I went back to school at Utah State University and earned a Master’s degree in Interior Design. We have three wild and crazy boys, Spencer (23), Zach (14) and Aiden (13). I also own an interior design/furniture showroom in Bountiful called LIV Showroom and I am the lead designer for Rainey Homes.
How long have you worked with interior design?
I have always, always enjoyed interior design. On my blog, myroomrecipes.com, I talk about my first design project, my bedroom, when I was 8. My parents always let me decorate my bedroom and eventually relied on my direction for decorating the whole house. I had second thoughts about interior design when I was in college because I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make a living at it. So, I got my undergraduate degree in public relations and got a “safe” 9-5 office job with a steady paycheck, benefits and a 401K. I was miserable! After getting married, I was able to go back to school and get my Master’s degree in Interior Design, and I have never looked back. It’s interesting how life works out because my degree in public relations, which requires a large amount of writing, came to benefit me when I was approached by my publisher, Cedar Fort, to write a book.
How long did it take you to create your new book Room Recipes?
It took me approximately three months from start to finish! This was during Christmas, New Year’s and two bouts of the flu!
What was the biggest challenge in writing the book?
The biggest challenge was finding projects for the book that were complete. I originally only wanted to include projects I’d done, but most of them were only partially finished. I even attempted an entire home renovation with a client during the time I was writing the book, hoping it would be ready and meet the deadline, but it didn’t get finished in time. I also had another designer lined up for the book, but the project she worked on was a nightmare! She’d designed a gorgeous bathroom for one of my clients but it seems that everything from the paint, to the tile, to the plumbing, to the electrical had issues so her project didn’t make it in the book either.
Do you have any other writing projects in the works?
I have two or three ideas that I will be proposing to Cedar Fort for my next project, but I’m so busy with my store, Rainey Homes and the book launch that it may be a few weeks (or months?) before I can officially put something together.
What’s your favorite thing to do besides your interior design work?
Wow. That’s a good question! Hmmmm… I love to hang out with my family, read, shop and sleep!
How does the look and feel of an interior space affect the people who use it?
Interior design affects every space whether we know it or not. We intuitively know when a space “feels” right or wrong. It comes down to the basics elements of design including balance, proportion, color, etc. Interiors, especially in our homes, is vital to our overall comfort, happiness and peace of mind. That doesn’t mean our homes have to be filled with expensive, worldy items. In fact, it’s the opposite. Our homes should reflect who we are, what we represent and our personal character.
In your opinion, how have the popularity of TV shows like “Trading Spaces” changed the interior design world?
There’s certainly a renewed interest in interior design! But similar to how Photoshop and Instagram have affected graphic design and photography, HGTV and similar networks and shows have influenced interior design – everyone thinks they can do it themselves! Which they can, which is why I wrote my book, but it’s still good to be aware when a job requires the assistance of a professional interior designer.
In your experience, what is the most common error people make in decorating their homes?
I’m not sure if there’s one common error, but I do see a lot of people try really hard to match everything with the intent of making their home feel and look like a model home. Homes should be personal and eclectic. The items in a home should reflect the people who live there. Homes should include a collection of items with history, personality and uniqueness. Stuffy, matching, boring homes lack character!
Buy Room Recipes here: Amazon. It’s also available on Kindle.
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The sequel for Sudden Darkness has been accepted by my publisher, and has been scheduled for a March release. I’m so very happy about that. The road to publication is sometimes long and uncertain, so this feels marvelous.
The tentative title is Glimmer of Light. In a week or so we will begin edits. It’s all starting to feel like a REAL BOOK is happening. Jump!
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Behold the new film guide from Jonathan Decker.
I thought this was a great little book. While movies will always be a matter of opinion, there are plenty of ideas here for people looking for movie suggestions that won’t burn their eyes out.
The author started a blog, mormonmovieguy.com, to help people find movie reviews with a Mormon perspective. This is more or less a compilation of some positive reviews. (The blog has both positive and negative reviews)
First comes an introduction about media, and then the criteria used for choosing the movies. The author looked at artistic merit, the presence of potentially offensive content, and how the film compared to the teachings of the Gospel. He includes scriptures and general authority quotes with the reviews, plus quotes and scriptures which expand on each film’s major themes.
The information is nicely organized. Films are listed alphabetically. Decker talks first about the film in a general way–the “artistic merit” part of the review–and assigns it a letter grade. Next are sections called Content Overview and Messages to Discuss.
There are plenty of kids’ shows here, but there are titles for grownups as well, from the Mormon cinema offering 17 Miracles to 2011’s We Bought A Zoo. Many suggestions are classics, like Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn and State Fair. A hefty percentage are cartoons.
I found several things I hadn’t seen and now plan to because of Decker’s praise.
My review is based on a complimentary PDF version of the ARC. Hopefully, the finished version will include an index. I miss the colorful movie posters that the blog provides, but that would greatly increase the cost of the book.
Buy the book here: Cedar Fort or Amazon