This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Her Motherhood Wish, my March release
from Love Inspired Historical.
Learn more about the story below, and then scroll
down to enter the giveaway for a print copy.
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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at My Writing Life
Before I began writing with the goal of publication, I imagined what it would be like to create stories and see them in print. In my mind’s eye, writers lived serene lives with neat desks, clean houses and a deep sense of satisfaction from knowing that their stories were blessing the lives of readers.
Now that I’m a writer with my fifth novel releasing in less than two weeks, my rose-colored images have given way to reality. My office is a mess, my house is in desperate need of a post-deadline cleaning and my laundry hamper is overflowing.
I do, however, feel a sense of excitement as Her Motherhood Wish is making its way into the hands of readers, but that’s tempered by the knowledge that although I worked hard to create characters readers like, their story isn’t going to resonate with everyone who picks it up.
One star-reviews happen. So do mistakes in my stories.
When I receive my author copies, I look forward to sitting down with my latest book and encountering it as a reader. Since I haven’t read the story in several months, I don’t remember everything little thing that happens or the order in which the events take place. I’m often surprised and delighted to see the way the story plays out.
I was hard at work on Their Mistletoe Matchmakers when my copies of Her Motherhood Wish arrived last month, so I didn’t get to read my latest story in print form until this past weekend. I had fun spending time with Chip and Callie again. I laughed at times, cried at others and felt the same sense of frustration with a certain regimented hero that reviewers have.
There were times I cringed, too. Why? Because despite the number of people who read the story before it went to print, there are mistakes. I know they happen, but it’s hard for this recovering perfectionist to see them. I find it hard to believe that they got past me, my three writing partners, my editor, the line editor, the copy editor and the proofreaders, but they did.
In case you’re curious, here are the oopsies I found:
- Page 68 : She glanced at Isaac, smiled at the obvious delight on her brother’s face and retuned her attention to Chip. (What a difference one missing R can make.)
- Page 124: “And how about you, princess? Would you like to see what I brought with me?” (Princess is what Chip calls, Ruby, the little girl in the story, but in this case, Callie is speaking to Ruby. She was supposed to say sweetheart instead. My bad.)
- Page 186: “When I was a younger, I used to read fashion magazines and dream about my next gown. (Extra words sometimes show up. In this case, I’d changed a young girl to younger, but I neglected to remove that little word, A.)
Those are the obvious errors I found, but when I read one of my books, I notice things I wish I’d done differently. For example, there were repetitions of words in Her Motherhood Wish that I would have changed, had I spotted them.
The writer’s life isn’t the blissful experience I envisioned, but there are rewards. Seeing one of my stories in print, hearing that readers are enjoying it and knowing I’ve done my best to glorify God through the faith elements make me happy.
Question for You
How do you envision a writer’s life?
How do you feel when you spot a
mistake in a story you’re reading?
What would you like to know about me,
my writing process or my latest story?
Book Giveaway – Three Copies!
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Giveaway ends Saturday, February 25 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Winners to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, February 27.
Must be 18 to enter. International OK. Void where prohibited.
Congratulations to the winner from my February 13 post.
Nancy B. will receive a copy of
A Temporary Family by Sherri Shackelford.