Saturday, October 31, 2015

Last Post for October Book of the Month Club Sandi Rog's Out of the Ashes

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By: Susan Elliott

Sandi Rog's Out of the Ashes was phenomenal! I wasn't quite sure how to run a fiction book of the month club. I think the non-fiction club posts were much easier, because with fiction we all read at different speeds. So, the next time we do a fiction book of the month, I think I will do an initial book post, and then a month end book post about the book.

If you haven't read Out of the Ashes make sure to check it out. It's a really great book. I know that this book is the first in the series, and I for one am looking forward to reading the next book.

So readers, what were your thoughts about this book? Did you start it with any preconceived ideas, and if so did it live up to your expectations or surpass them? I for one didn't know what to expect, but the characters were dynamic and I really enjoyed the way they interacted with each other. I didn't have any notions about the book before I read it, because I hadn't yet read any of Sandi's books; although, I knew it would be good because she is an award winning author!

At any rate let me know what you're thinking. And if you want to participate in the November Book of the Month Club reading we are reading Heather Pryor's Purer in Heart. (It's a nonfiction devotional book) Hopefully, Heather will find some time to stop by the blog and engage us with a few comments. I'll post the reading schedule on November, 1, 2015.

Purer in Heart by Heather Pryor

"What does it take to be purer in heart? This 13 lesson study for teen-aged girls and women explores possessing purity in every area of our lives so that we may stand before the Lord with "clean hands and a pure heart". (Psalm 24:3-4) Each lesson includes discussion questions, a personal challenge, prayer requests, and a scripture to commit to memory. Chapter topics include: Purity in our speech, Purity in our thoughts, Purity in our motives, Purity in our religion, and more. The book is designed to be used for either personal or group Bible study. Grab a Bible and prepare your heart to delve into the Scriptures to search for the answers to growing purer in heart." (Amazon)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Two New Daily Devos on the COCWA YouTube Channel

(c) Susan Elliott
I hope that you are full of food and have had as much daily bread as you need to fill full. I also hope you've had an opportunity to study God's word today and to teach others. Just as our physical food keeps us nourished, our spiritual food keeps our souls nourished. So, with that in mind, I wanted to let you know that there are two new devotionals on the Church of Christ Women Authors Blog YouTube Channel, and several more you may have not listened to.

I hope you take the time to check them out and share them with your friends. I really love making these little devos, and I hope you're getting something out of them. I also want to remind you that everything you do means a lot! I can't tell you how much it means to me that you are reading this blog, contacting me and adding your voice to this content. It has truly made my life better. I hope it has yours, too.

Thanks again!


The Newest Church of Christ Women Authors Blog Daily Devos

Let Your Light Shine

Let it Go

Meet the Author Dorothy Drulman

By: Susan Elliott

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
It never occurred to me that I had a talent for writing. I taught mostly twelfth grade in the public schools,and it seemed I never had time to write because I was always marking essays. When I retired, I took a camping trip to Colorado with my first husband (deceased). I kept a journal for my elderly mother about our trips. Her remarks about my ability to describe made me think I might be able to write a story.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It took two years to write Wago because it was a new thing for me. It took about three months to write Norman. I knew the subject very well and the background for that story was my childhood playground. The Bankhead National Forest.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I write best when I am in woods, sitting on pine needles or a log, floating in a canoe, or just looking out the RV window. I am retired so my conflict is my social life. It really does get in the way sometimes.

Do you have an interesting writing quirk?
All I have to do to write is sit down, put the keypad in my lap, and the words roll all over the page. Sometimes I am surprised at what I have written when I read it. Sometimes that is good; other times a bit of editing is required.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I state my objective at the beginning and then the story just rolls. I have found the notebook thing to be very helpful. When I get to a snag, I just pull that little book out and look at the ideas I have jotted down on the way to Walmart or wherever and see what's going to propel the story forward.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like to travel, anywhere, but I am mostly interested in people. Third World Countries are a great source for gaining such insight. It makes me realize how very much alike we all are and how similar poor people anywhere are very much like the people I grew up around who were poor but didn't know it.

What would you tell other Christian woman who want to write?
Everybody has a story. Write on it everyday until you are finished. No excuses.

How may books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written three books: Wago, Norman, and Creagh. Norman is my favorite because it is more personal than the other two. I had different goals for each book. In Wago, I spend a little time teaching about nature. In Norman, I wanted to explore the adventure that can be had in a forest. In Creagh,I wanted to have a heroine that could equal the strength of a hero in character and resolve.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Everybody is different. My suggestion is similar to teaching one to learn. I always told my students that they had to search for how they learn best if they wanted to be an outstanding student. For, example, I learn best by repetition, chewing small bits of information over a long period of time. That bores some people to distraction. The same is true for writing, you have to for a self evaluation. If the drive is there, you will find it.

What do you like to read?
I like the older classics and biographies. I still go back to my favorites now and then and reread them. There is always something new to be discovered, similar to reading and rereading the Bible. I don't think there is a better odyssey than Rudyard Kipling's Kim.  I know the original The Odyssey and Mark Twain's trip down the The Odyssey are favored by the masses, but if you find such a love in a book, you have arrived!

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
There were few options when I grew up. The choices were being a nurse, a teacher, or a secretary. I was terrible at transcribing letters. I didn't like sticking needles in people, so I became a teacher.

Fun Fact.
I like to write journals about observations I make of situations. I like to keep photo albums of my nine grandchildren. I have made three for each so that makes 27. I try retire them when they are age 16. I like to take trips to places I haven't been before. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cabin on Pinto Creek (Cedar Ridge Chronicles Book 1) by A J Hawke

I have to tell you how exciting it is to have a new author on here! A J Hawke writes western romance and has a plethora of books on Amazon. This is just the first listing of many more books to come. So, if you will, please help me welcome AJ Hawke to the blog! You can read more about AJ on her webpage, and you can also follow her on Facebook at AJ Hawke Books.

Cabin On Pinto Creek by AJ Hawke (This is book one in the Cedar Ridge Chronicles)

About Cabin on Pinto Creek, "Elisha Evans is out of luck. By the age of twenty-five, he’d planned to have his own ranch. Instead, he’s forced to beg for a job, destroying his dreams of having a family he can provide for and protect. Betrayal and loss bring him to a cabin on Pinto Creek in the high Colorado Rockies. Just before winter hits, he finds a broken-down wagon in the snow with precious cargo inside. Perhaps, his luck is about to change.

Susana Jamison doesn’t feel so lucky. Despite being rescued by Elisha, she is challenged to the limit of her strength, both physically and spiritually, when faced with the brutal conditions of frontier living and the dangers she encounters. Can she hold on to her faith in the midst of this desperate situation, especially when she’s forced to marry a man she’s doesn’t love?" (Amazon)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Norman: The Not-So-Ordinary Life of Benjamin Allen Farley by Dorothy Drulman

Norman: The Not-So-Ordinary Life of Benjamin Allen Farley by Dorothy Drulman

"If Ben had ever felt more lonely, he could not remember when. He was new to the Bankhead National Forest, and he was without friends, even acquaintances, there.   His attempt to befriend the strange Norman was rejected. He felt enormous relief when his friend Jason came from Mississippi to spend the summer with him. They found themselves deep in the forest on an unexpected adventure of a lifetime. What they could not explain was why Norman kept showing up where one would least expect him. They had several questions about him and the unusual events that they witnessed from secret places. They suspected Norman was deeply involved." (Amazon)

Monday, October 19, 2015

You Can Be Blessed Beyond Measure

(c) Charles Elliott
What a blessing to be up today and to see the sun rays bouncing off the leaves. It’s starting to get colder and the leaves are changing. It is truly beautiful! I look at the world around me and see how much I’ve been given. I have a family, friends, and a beautiful place to live. But, amidst all the beauty and love in my life there is one blessing that stands out above the others. One blessing that I have that is wonderful beyond measure. It is a blessing that is offered to the entire world, but unfortunately most people turn their back on it, even those who think they have reached a hold of life eternal. (Matthew 7:13-14) What is this blessing you ask? I am a New Testament Christian -- just like those you read about in the Bible.  Are you?

The Church

You may have asked yourself where can I find the New Testament church that I read about in the Bible? After all, there are over 33,000 denominations in this world. How can I find the church in all its simplicity, that teaches only what the Bible teaches, that adheres to the New Testament pattern of worship,  that doesn't use a creed book or have councils and uses the Bible only? Would it surprise you to learn that there is a New Testament church that even predates the Catholic church? Now, it is true that the Catholic church teaches that it began in the first century, and that may be true to some extent; however, even their name suggests apostasy.

The New Testament clearly states what Christ wanted his church to be called. It’s important to note that every name listed shows to whom his church belongs. The church is Christ’s and his alone. 

Examples of Bible Names:

Church of God Acts 20:28
Church of the Living God I Timothy 3:15
Church of the Firstborn Hebrews 12:23
Church of Christ Romans 16:16

Notice that Catholic, which means universal, isn’t even on the short list. The Catholic church abandoned New Testament worship, organization and beliefs before they even held their first council in Nicea in 325 (which, by the way, is a practice not authorized in the scripture). If you’re unsure what I said is true, read your Bible and then compare it to the teachings of the Catholic church. Please don’t take my word for it.

An apostasy is mentioned in the New Testament, and it was already starting as early as the first century. Notice 2 Peter 2:1, Jude 1:4, 2 Timothy 4:3, 4.  The Catholic church is a result of that apostasy. How do I know this? Simple. They don’t follow the teachings found in the New Testament. Any body of people who call themselves Christians will fall into the category of apostates if they don’t follow the New Testament pattern – even if they have the proper name on the door.

New Testament Pattern

So, where is this New Testament church that teaches the whole counsel of God? And, how can I know if where I go to worship is that New Testament church (aside from the name)?
Well, it’s really not hard to decide if the church you attend is God’s church. He gave us a pattern in the New Testament. Ask yourself does the place I attend follow the New Testament pattern of the Bible? Do we do things in Bible ways? Do we speak where the Bible speaks and are silent where the Bible is silent? If so, fantastic! If not, you need to look somewhere else.

A couple of years ago an acquaintance told me that she was glad she didn’t have to study the Bible to know what God wanted it would just be too hard, she needed bullet points – and she got those from her pastor. Now, if you aren’t interested in studying the Bible for yourself, you are putting a lot of confidence in one person; not to mention the fate of your soul, because God commands us to study.

The Key to Salvation is in Your Hands

As much as I love my preacher (he’s my hubby) I’m not going to put my salvation in his hands. I’m going to study to shew myself approved unto God, and I am going to rightly divide the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Timothy 3:16:17) I suggest to you that you must not put the fate of your soul in the hands of anyone, but rest upon God, and study for yourself what the scriptures teach. We are all human and we all make mistakes.

With that said, I am providing you a list of bullet points below, in case you’re new to studying. Take those bullet points and look the scriptures up, and study them. I am confident you will see exactly what the scriptures teach and you will see for yourself the New Testament pattern.

New Testament Pattern for Becoming a Christian 
Check out the Article What Must I Do to Be Saved by clicking: here.

Hear: Romans 10: 14-17, Luke 11:28,
Believe: Acts 8:37, John 6:35, Hebrews 11:6, John 8:24
Repent of Sins: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Luke 13:5
Confess that Jesus is the son of God: Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:37, Matthew 10:32-34
Be baptized for the remission of sins: John 3:5-8, Acts 2:28, I Peter 3:21, Romans 6:4, Galatians 3:27

New Testament Pattern for Worship
We are to sing: Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 5:19
We are to pray: I Corinthians 14: 15, 16
We are to take of the Lord’s Supper EVERY first day of the week: Acts 20:7
Sermon and Scripture Reading: Colossians 4:16, Acts 20:7
Giving (a freewill offering of what we have prospered in our heart – not a tithe): I Corinthians 16:2

I hope you too can say that you are blessed beyond measure, because you are a part of Christ's body and belong to the New Testament church for which he died. After reading this post, you may have questions. If you do, please feel free to Email me at

More Resources:
Divine Acceptable Pattern for Worship Part 1
Divine Acceptable Pattern for Worship Part 2 
Muscle and a Shovel by Michael Shank

Friday, October 16, 2015

Meet the Author Kay Talley

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Meet Kay Talley Author of Beyond the Rain, Living Triumphantly in Grief.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
I can’t remember not being passionate about writing and have always dreamed of someday having a book published. I have written many articles for various Christian publications, but this is my first book.

How long does it take you to write a book? 
This is my first book, and since it is a journal, the time to write would be different from writing some other kind of book.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing? 
I am employed full time and help take care of my aged mother so my writing work schedule is no schedule at all. Grab it when I can.

Do you have an interesting writing quirk? 
Listening to Christian music

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I get most of my ideas from my own experiences and listening to Christian music.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 
I love being with my children and their families I really enjoy reading, gardening, and long predawn walks, my favorite time with God.

What would you tell other Christian women who want to write? 
It takes a lot of courage and determination as well as encouragement from friends.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? 
This is my first book. It might always be my favorite since it has given me a great sense of accomplishment, as well as how God blessed me through very dark days.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer?  If so, what are they? 
Join writing clubs, read a lot, enter contests and learn all you can from other authors.

What do you like to read? 
Christian novels, (Francine Rivers and Karen Witemeyer) I also like the writings of  Lisa TerKeurst. Another one, though not a female writer, is Thomas Williams.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? 
For as long as I remember, I dreamed of being a preacher’s wife, and doing mission work in Russia. I am so blessed to have experienced both.

Fun fact. 
I like a challenge, and often take it on.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wago by Dorothy Drulman

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"Ben lives a charmed life in the various National Forests where his father works. He meets Wago in Homochitto National Forest in southern Mississipppi. He is awe struck with the friendly and intelligent, but shy, dog. When Ben and his buddies stumble upon trespassers on a neighbor's property, they learn why Wago is so strange. Ben carelessly puts himself in harm's way before the case is solved." (Amazon)

From the Author: 

According to Dorothy, her books "are set in national forests and my hero lives in a travel trailer with his parents because his father is a surveyor for the forest service. He has adventures in various forests and learns lessons of life.  I got the inspiration for WAGO, the first one, in Mississippi.  I saw the prototype for the dog there."

On November 7, 2015 Dorothy will be at the Winnsboro, TX  Arts museum. So, if you're in the area stop by and check out all her books!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October Book of the Month Week One: Out of the Ashes by Sandi Rog

Can I just say, WOW! If you're not reading the book of the month club book for October you should be. There is still time to get into this month's book of the month club book.

Let me just say, I've been reading it for about two days and I'm almost through with it. Most of that has been reading through it today. I just can't put it down!

Sandi has written a compelling story and I can't wait to discuss it with you in the comment section. Please let me know what you're favorite part of the story is so far.

I'll start, I love the way Amelia and Nathaniel get together. Fantastic!

Make sure you pick up a copy of Sandi Rog's Out of the Ashes as soon as possible, I promise you won't regret it.

New York City Where Dreams are Made

(c) Susan Elliott
Wow! This past weekend I traveled with one of my best friends and our kids up to New York City. It was a huge experience. I've never really thought of writing a bucket list, but if I'd written one I think this trip would have been on it.

From the moment we stepped into Penn Station (that's in Newark, NJ) and boarded the train to New York, I felt a rush of excitement. It is easy to see why people are drawn to the city life. New York was unbelievable!

Things I Learned in New York that Every Writer Should Know

* The People of New York are friendly. I am a Texas girl, and I can remember being told from an early age that people from New York, and New York City in particular are not very friendly. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that many of the people are not only friendly, but very courteous and helpful. I didn't meet anyone that scared me or made me uncomfortable. I just wish I'd had more time to visit with the locals.

* New York City is surrounded by a lot of wooded area. This is crucial to note if you're writing a story set near the city. Ten miles from the city I actually got lost in the woods when I was driving at night. I had no idea!
(c) Susan Elliott

* Contrary to popular belief the subways (or trains, as a local called them) are not really dirty. (At least where we road them.) They are pleasant. I enjoyed riding the trains from Station A to the World Trade Center. They offered a nice place to sit down and air-conditioning.

(c) Susan Elliott 
If you've ever ridden the Metro in Washington DC, you would be pleasantly surprised by the New York City subway. I found the Metro hot, and dirty, but not the trains in NYC!  Also, they were easy to board, and really there wasn't much of a wait for tickets. (That might be different depending on the day.) It took us an hour to get tickets for the Metro the day we went to DC. I New York we went to the ticket window, got our tickets and went to the platform. Zip.Zip.Zip.

* New York City is much more than tall buildings and concrete. We walked from the World Trade Center Memorial through Tribeca, Soho, and Greenwich Village. (A good walk!) I can't even tell you how many garden parks there were. We saw buildings with gorgeous gardens encased with old iron bar fences. Some were open and we walked through them, others were padlocked and we imagined what it would be like to walk through their gardens. It's easy to see why someone would write a story in that setting!
(c) Susan Elliott

* The city has a life of its own. It almost seems to breathe. The towering buildings, narrow row houses and the hum of traffic almost seem alive. One thing I really found interesting is how the ground itself feels like its got a beating heart. I think this is because you can actually feel the vibration of the subway trains as they move beneath your feet. It's almost magical!

*Eating at an outdoor cafe is amazing. My best friend, several of our kids and I ate at a place called the Square Diner. It was fantastic. We just happened upon it. I think that's how you could refer to our New York City trip in general, it just happened. No plans, no driving need to go here or there, just a great walk in an amazing city!

Writer friends, I want to encourage you to take a trip to New York City and absorb as much as you can. I know there were several moments that I longed to just sit and write. I am already planning my next trip back, this time I'm bringing the hubs! I can now say, without hesitation that I LOVE New York City!

(c) Susan Elliott

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Beyond the Rain: Living Triumphantly in Grief by Kay Talley

Beyond The Rain: Living Triumphantly in Grief is available exclusively from Ketch Publishing.

"Beyond the Rain is the product of Kay Talley's personal journal and creative writing skills, written during the illness and death of her husband Hollis Talley. Published in the tenth anniversary year of his death, this book conveys the ways God taught Kay, and delivered Kay through the storm of grief and loss.

Kay works as the Donor Management Coordinator for Hope of Life, a ministry of Herald of Truth." (Ketch Publishing)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Meet The Author Dr. Wyveta Kirk

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Wyveta Kirck to the Church of Christ Women Authors Blog! She has an incredible story that I think you will find a compelling read. Make sure to check out her books!


Meet the Author Dr. Wyveta Kirk

When did you decide you wanted to be an author? 
Years ago in college, I made an A in creative writing, and I think that instilled a desire to write. After my first submission to Christian Bible Teacher was published, I was hooked. I wrote for them until they stopped publishing. Later I began writing for Christian Woman Magazine, and have done so off and on for about ten years. While teaching university students, I published in professional journals, a requirement for promotions and wrote the text book for a class I taught.

Last year I had heart surgery that did not go well. I awoke on the operating table screaming with pain. Throughout the night, my husband and doctor feared I was dying. Four weeks later, I developed large blood clots in both lungs. The physicians quarantined me for five months and prescribed steroids which do not let you sleep. I went to bed at 9:00 each evening and was up at midnight until nine the following evening.  That’s when I began to take writing seriously. I couldn’t leave the house or let others visit so I decided to write what I had learned in my school work, experience counseling couples, and what God’s Word says about marriage. What else could I do to be quiet and not interrupt my husband’s sleep and still work for the Lord? The result was Women Talk Men Walk (Have the marriage you crave: God tells how, hormones explain why).

Once this book was completed, I sent query letters to 15 agents and received a rejection slip from eight, five never responded, and two answered with a request to read the manuscript. I quickly eliminated one agent, and the remaining one taught me a lot. He said the major thing a publisher wanted was a solid marketing plan. He explained that publishers used to do extensive marketing for you, but now there are too many authors. He said that publishers help a little for four to six months and then some new author replaces you. Meanwhile, I worked to meet the agent’s requirement of describing the book in one sentence, in three sentences, in a long paragraph, and a focused marketing plan. He asked for 15% of sales and 12 months to find a publisher and another year and half for the publisher to turn my words into print and 45% of sales.  After the heart trauma I had experienced, I wasn’t sure I had three years to live. I just could not sign his contract. Besides, if I was required to do all the marketing, why would I pay an agent and publisher more than I would make?

I then contacted a publisher who prints books written by members of the church of Christ but they also required 18 months. After all my time writing, I wanted to ensure that I saw it in print. I thanked them for their interest and spend the next few weeks researching how to self-publish so my book was not only listed by Amazon but was available through Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million. Since then all my books are self-published, and I have not regretted this decision.

I advertise Women Talk Men Walk at my book promotions by posting:  “When you say, Honey, we need to talk,” does your husband say, “Oh, good. I’ve been dying to talk too?”  If not, you need to read Women Talk Men Walk.

How long does it take you to write a book?  
My writing of Women Talk Men Walk took about ten months. I contacted a book club to learn whom they recommended to edit their books. The woman they suggested was available, and I emailed her a copy while I hunted someone to do my cover. I Googled book cover design awards and the winning covers that I found especially attractive were by a woman in Sydney, Australia. I spent the next two weeks trying to locate her and was thrilled when she agreed to do my cover.

While waiting on the editor to finish, I wrote a short Christian novella called Little Rock Secret about a politician whose wife dies and the struggles his second wife faces as she tries to compete as a less noted wife of a politician.  I found I enjoyed writing fiction. After the stress of writing nonfiction, it was fun to be able to let the main characters be good one time and bad the next.

I immediately wrote another fiction, called Ashamed, about young, single twin daughters of a minister. When one became pregnant, the struggles she encountered caused her sister serious distress and her hurt turned to anger to rage to revenge. It’s how she finally resolved her sinfulness. This book took me approximately five weeks to write.

About six months ago, I met a woman on Facebook who posted that she had two to four months to live, was a member of church of Christ, and was terrified of dying and meeting the Lord. When I told her I would pray for her, she asked if I thought she needed to be baptized again. Answering that, she asked another and another question. This continued until she died. Upon her death, I realized how dramatically my faith had grown and especially how my prayer life had changed. I decided to put her questions and my changes in a book, thinking another might be facing the same fear of death. This book has been out three weeks, and is called, God Wants to Say YES.

What do you do when you are not writing?  
Travel with my husband. My prayers during our recent trip to the Holy Land is covered in chapter one of God Wants to Say YES.  In it, I admit praying about things I would not have considered had I not met the dying woman on Facebook.

What do you like to do other than writing? 
I LOVE doing retreats and programs for churches. It is my passion. I am doing one for Las Vegas church of Christ October 23 and 24.  My topics are:   anger management, marriage, and parenting in that order. I will tie these topics together in each session because who do we become the most upset with?  Our husbands and kids.  So I cover how to manage anger, how to avoid doing the things that cause our husbands the most hurt, and what helps ensure our children feel loved and remain faithful to the Lord.  My parenting seminar is based on extensive research I did with multiple grandmothers, mothers, and children of the same families in three states to learn how often mothers model their mothers parenting styles or how they change the way they parent and why.  My husband travels with me and does the set up and advance preparations for my programs.

Which if your favorite book?
God Wants to Say YES has changed me so very much, I would have to say it is my favorite, but Women Talk Men Walk seems to get me more programs to conduct, which I like.  However, writing fiction is fun. Nonfiction references and research need to be perfect, and that requires hours of study while fiction is just a flow of words on the screen with no way to be wrong.

What would you tell others who want to write?
(1) Write what you know and have experienced. Put some of yourself into your stories.  If doing nonfiction, do quality research and be accurate.

(2) Find an editor – always!  Editors are expensive but worth every dollar. If readers find that your grammar reeks of errors, you need not bother writing another. I am blessed with a husband who reads my rough drafts before I send then to an editor. Then he reads the proof copy before I give the okay to print, and we still find errors in the proof copy after all the editing.

(3) Definitely buy your own ISBN numbers to ensure your book is listed in the government’s Books in Print and to ensure there is never a question of who owns your work. I have read of lawsuits over publishers owning the book while authors own only the words on their paper. I have a friend who cannot use the same words any other paper bound pages. That’s a huge blunder after all her hours of writing. For a couple of hundred dollars she could own it all.  It is cheaper to buy 10 numbers if you plan to write more than two books or if you plan on having a print copy and an e-copy of the same title. You must have a different number for each. Self-publishers will supply you a free ISBN, but why take that risk? Someday you may want to take it from them and go with another and you want to ensure you can.

(4) Consider self-publishing and make Google your best friend. You can find any information you need through them. I learned a lot from the agent but used Goggle to learn how to self-publish and to find help I needed.

(5) Before you are ready to download your manuscript for print, read, read, read the requirements so you aren’t frustrated and eventually give up. They demand very specific margins and type, etc. and must be followed, but it is all detailed on their websites.

(6) Above all, decide to whom you plan to sell, and how. When you write, you are the salesperson of your finished product. How will others know you have a book? After your mother, who will pay for a copy?

As a child, what did you plan to be when you grew up?
I was definitely going to be a cowgirl. I guess I saw too many Roy Roger movies. My heroine was Dale Evans, but I quickly learned there is no longer a demand for cowgirls. Besides I don’t know how to ride a horse. So I became a professional student and eventually taught college, a licensed psychologist and did counseling, had a seminar company, and I retired to care for my mother as she was dying.  Now I spend some time writing Monday through Friday when we aren’t traveling. Saturday is hubby and wife fun day, and without fail, Sunday is time for worshiping the Lord with others.

I expect to have a children’s book by Christmas about Santa, an elf, and a puppy. The theme is keeping promises. My illustrator is a young girl from Italy who does beautiful drawings, another discovered helper on Goggle. Once it is published, my next book is for older children that I call Turn the Other Cheek. The rough draft of my managing anger book should be polished for publication in February or March.  I want it dated 2016 so it can wait. I welcome creative ideas for titles for the anger book. Usually I know the title when I begin writing, but not for this one.

Monday, October 5, 2015

New Exclusive Content on YouTube

By: Susan Elliott

Have you seen our new exclusive content on YouTube? I'm working hard posting devotionals and author interviews.

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Meet the Author Tammy S. Knox

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Welcome Author Tammy S. Knox! 

I always love getting to know authors better. Now, here's your chance. Spend a few minutes getting to know Tammy, and don't forget to read  more about her book Trapped on The Titanic. It's available on Amazon in print and Ebook. If you have a Kindle unlimited account, it's also free! So, check it out today.


Meet the Author Tammy S. Knox

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I first decided that I wanted to be an author when I was 13. In fact, that is when I first began writing part of my book, Trapped on the Titanic.  I worked on it off and on and as kids do, lost interest, then renewed my interested in my story in 1995 after seeing the traveling Titanic exhibit.  I worked on my story again off and on mainly as a hobby, never really believing that I could get it published. It wasn't till 2011, when my father told me about an article on self publishing, that I really finished my story that I had started so long ago.  It was perfect timing, as my story deals with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic which occurred in 2012.  With the help of my husband (he inserted photos and helped design my cover) and our two oldest daughters (they were the models for the main characters of the book), we were able to self publish before April 2012.

How long does it take you to write a book?
Well, the first book took a long time. I am currently working on other fiction books and a Bible workbook as well.  It is hard to say how long it will take me to finish, because I homeschool our two oldest daughters and in 2012 we were surprised and blessed with a third daughter.  She keeps me wonderfully busy.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
When I finally get a chance to sit down and write, it is normally after everyone is in bed.

Do you have an interesting writing quirk?
I have an old sweatshirt that I wear a lot when I write in the cooler months.  It is frayed around the neck, wrist bands, and waist from where I have pulled at strings and twisted them into knots.  If I am not wearing that sweatshirt I will twiddle my hair while I think.  Sounds silly but it helps me think.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Many of my ideas come from some of my own experiences or experiences of my girls.  I base a lot of my characters and their traits on myself and my family.  Since I write historical fiction, I use many sources to check facts.  I love old history books and the internet is a very valuable tool as well.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
When I am not writing, I am busy being a stay at home mommy.  I also enjoy traveling with my family, sewing, making crafts, decorating cakes and gardening.

What would you tell other Christian women who want to write? 
When I have met other Christian women who want to write or are in the process of writing, I always encourage them to research self publishing.  Self publishing has made it easy and affordable for anyone who wants to write.  You have to do your own marketing of yourself, which can be a challenge, but can also have many rewards.  I contacted the Titanic Museum Attractions in both Branson, MO and Pigeon Forge, TN and they are regular carriers of my book plus I have had many book signings at both places.

What do you like to read?
I love reading mystery stories, ghost stories, historical fiction, history books, and children's books. Some of my favorite authors and books are Sir Arthur Connan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart, Anne Perry, Betty Ren Wright, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Robert McCloskey (the Homer Price books), and so many others.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
As a child I wanted to be an author, a detective, an astronaut, an Air Force pilot, and a mommy.  I am a mommy, a preacher's wife, and now an author.  I don't think there is any hope anymore of me becoming an Air Force pilot or astronaut. ;)