I’m participating in the World Wide Blog Hop this week with several other writer friends.
Thanks to Lynn Chandler Willis, a friend and fellow writer, for inviting me to take part. Please take a moment and check out her blog and books. She’s an excellent writer and you’ll find her books are hard to put down. Lynn Chandler Willis is the author of the best-selling true crime, Unholy Covenant (Addicus Books 2000), inspirational mystery/suspense novel The Rising, (Pelican Book Group 2013) and a private eye novel Wink of an Eye, releasing Nov. 18 2014 from Minotaur Books. Wink was chosen as the winner of the 2013 Minotaur Books/Private Eye Writers of America Best First PI Novel Competition. Her WIP is Nobody’s Baby, a story she can’t wait to share… She is the mother of two adult kids with great spouses who have blessed her with nine grandkids. She was born, raised, and continues to live in the heart of North Carolina – within walking distance of the kids and all the grands! She shares her home and couch with Sam the cocker spaniel, who sometimes reminds her it’s okay to sometimes just sit and watch TV. Her website is: www.Lynnchandlerwillis.com.
Now as I was requested to do, I’ll tell you about my writing. I am the author of 22 books written under the name Lynette Hall Hampton. My debut novel, Jilted by Death was a mystery featuring a female Methodist Minister and came out in 2004 from Silver Dagger Publishing. Silver Dagger went out of business and I searched for other publishers for my writing. The second book in the Rev. Hinshaw series, Echoes of Mercy was published by Alabaster Book Publishing. Both of these books were picked up by Harlequin for their World Wide Mystery Series. As well as Alabaster, my other books have been published by Cambridge Books and Wings ePress.
In 2012 my first Western Historical Romance, Fiona’s Journey was published by Whiskey Creek Press under the name Agnes Alexander. It was followed by 5 more western romances. In March, April and May my five books ranked 1 through 5 on the Whiskey Creek’s best seller list. In June, three of my westerns were ranked 1, 2 and 3 with the company. Whiskey Creek has been sold to Start Publishing in New York and they have 2 more of my books under contract, so I’ll see how this new publisher works out.
In the meantime, I have signed a contract with a new publishing company, Prairie Rose Publishers. The book they’ve bought is Drina’s Choice the first book in the Hamilton Sisters series and it will be out sometime this year. Currently, I’m working on a several western romances. Hannah’s Wishes is the sequel to Drina’s Choice. A third book is planned for this series, but I haven’t started it. I’m also working on Grace’s Dream, which is the second book in my Settlers Ridge series. The first in that series, Amelia’s Marriage, is scheduled to come out this year.
I have the beginnings of other westerns and I plan to write 26 in all. Each book’s title will have a woman’s name beginning with one of the 26 letters in the alphabet, but I decided not to go in order. I write the book about the woman who seems to want her story told next. I love to write these books because I have so much respect for the people who risk their lives to settle this wonderful country of ours.
I will try to finish some of my contemporary books before I work on the other westerns that I’ve only sketched out. This year I plan to do the third book in my Ferrington Men Series for Wings Press and the fourth in the Coverton Mills Romance series for Cambridge Books. Since so many readers have requested it, I’ve started work on the third and last book in the Reverend Willa Hinshaw series.
Why do I write? It sounds simple when I say it, but it’s the truth. I mainly write because I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love to tell stories and I feel compelled to write them down. To me one of the most important things in writing is telling a good story. And for me, good stories start with characters that we can love or even hate, but not ones we feel indifferent about. To start my writing day, I always read what I wrote the day before, edit some and then go forward with it. After I have several chapters written, I’ll edit those then go on. By the time I finish a novel it has been written and re-written several times. My daily writing schedule varies almost as much as my books, but one thing I stick to is that I write most every day, even weekends. I might not write more than a few words, but I write. If I can’t get to my computer, where I do most of my work, I will jot down good lines I think of or gather names for characters or even work out a plot that is giving me some trouble. Most days I’m able to get in five to six hours of writing, but going for as many as ten isn’t unheard of. I’m a night person so a lot of my work is done when all my neighbors have gone to bed. When the words are flowing and I’m typing as fast as I can, I sometimes haven’t realized how late it is and then I see the sun come up before I call it a day. Though rare, I consider these times gifts.
That’s about it for my writing and my work. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a free autographed book.
Now let me introduce you to three of my writing friends who I’ve asked to join me on this world wide blog hop.
Susan Whitfield is a native of North Carolina, where she sets all of her novels. She is the author of five published mysteries, Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck, Hell Swamp, Sin Creek and Sticking Point. She also authored Killer Recipes, a unique cookbook that includes recipes from mystery writers around the country. Slightly Cracked is her first women’s fiction, set in Wayne County where she lives with her husband. Their two sons live nearby with their families. Susan’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Coastal Carolina Mystery Writers, and North Carolina Writers Network. Her books are available in print and ebook formats. Susan is currently researching a medieval ancestor for an historical mystery. Learn more at www.susanwhitfieldonline.com
Sandy Bruney is a native of New York State, but has lived for the last 40 years in North Carolina. A graduate of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University where she majored in fine arts, she taught art in the public schools until moving to North Carolina. After the move, she worked in banking before entering the newspaper field as a reporter and then editor of a local weekly until she left to accept the position of administrative assistant at the chamber of commerce. A few years later, she and a former colleague combined their skills to form a media consulting company which they managed until both retired to write full time. The two co-authored a novel, “Plotz” under the name Marshall Bruney. Sandy has since published three additional novels (Angels Unaware, The Lunch Club, and The Almost Bride) and is under contract for a fourth, A Question of Boundaries. She and her husband Jim have three adult sons and three grandchildren. She enjoys reading, volunteering in her community and church, and visiting her family. http://sandybruney.blogspot.com to learn more about Sandy and her work.
Ruth Zavitsanos: I began writing at the age of 12. Growing up outside of New York City, I attended many Broadway plays and musicals that served to stimulate my imagination. While attaining my Journalism degree at Marshall University I received numerous writing awards. After graduation, I maintained my desire to write by editing and writing for corporate bulletins, preschool/elementary school newsletters and the local newspaper. As a stay at home mom, I am able to devote my mornings to writing, something that is now coming to fruition. enjoy Pilates and long walks with my dogs. I also enjoy cooking, reading, music, photography and travel. I am both fortunate and blessed to have a loving family and some amazing friends enriching my life on a daily basis. Check Ruth’s Site: www.ruthzonline.com/