Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Interview with Fellow Blogger Susan J Reinhardt

I am so very excited to have Susan J. Reinhardt at my blog today. She and I have been blogging buddies for several years and she is a true inspiration. Not only for her caring heart, but for her tenacity. She has quite the writing story and now her book, The Moses Conspiracy, has been contracted and is available! I can't wait to read it. The cover is amazing and I know the story is going to rock!!
Susan was kind enough to do a short interview with me. :-)

1. How long have you been writing fiction with the intent of publication?
Thanks for having me on your blog, Jess! I've been writing fiction since August of 2005. Originally, I wrote non-fiction and still submit to periodicals/devotionals/compilations on occasion. The switch occurred in 2005 after a trip to Gettysburg with my late husband. While standing in an old town square, I "heard" the voices of the forefathers. They were fading like a distant echo. After several attempts to write a non-fiction piece based on that experience, I put the idea aside. Beloved popped up one day and said, "That's it! That's your book." The rest, as they say, is history.

2. Was there a turning point in your writing, where you think you went from unpublishable to ready?
I attend a conference every year and present my work to various agents and editors. At some point, they began saying things like, "You can write," and expressing interest. Of course, there's always room for improvement.

3. What advice do you think every writer should know?
Pay attention to the details. If you have problems with the nuts and bolts of writing, work on that aspect. Editors and agents appreciate a clean manuscript.

4. Do you have any other projects in the works?
The Moses Conspiracy is the first book of a trilogy. Each book is a stand-alone novel, but features another character. Book 2 has a working title of, "The Scent of Fear," while Book 3 is presently called, "Lost and Found."

A trip to post-terrorized Washington, D.C. in 2025 and a buggy accident in Bird-in-Hand, PA set in motion events that expose a diabolical plan to destroy the Christian community. Ellie and John Zimmerman find themselves embroiled in a life-threatening investigation, fighting a shadowy enemy.
Convinced it's now safe to visit D.C., Ellie and her 8-year-old son, Peter, travel to the nation's capital. Both mother and child make an effort to enjoy the sights, but they're unprepared for the challenges they face. Her nightmares come true when she and Peter are separated.
Back home, John witnesses a neighbor's buggy accident. The suspicious circumstances and law enforcement's refusal to take them seriously prompt him to take on the role of detective. He and a tenacious reporter band together and vow to find out what's happening in Bird-in-Hand.
Extended family squabbles erupt when John's sister, Annaliese, faces off with Ellie for blowing her D.C. experiences out of proportion. She'd rather ignore the warnings than deal with the growing danger.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Time for Writing

It has come to my attention that if I ever want to get any writing done, I need to do it in the morning. Before laundry, vaccuming, dusting...before everything, or I just won't do it.
My goal this year is to complete one rough draft and one submissible book.
Needless to say, my house is looking less than pristine.

What are your goals this year? Have you had to reavaluate how you're prioritizing?

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Big Question in the Book

I'm reading Stephen King.

Yes, the horror master is actually...pretty amazing! Ever since I read King's memoir On Writing I've been fascinated and have wanted to read one of his books, one that wouldn't freak me out though. A trusted acquaintance recommended King's fantasy series The Dark Tower and I've been sucked in. I'm on the third book and am loving the characters, the dialogue, the big words, the awesome premise.

But I also noticed something else.

The main character, Roland the Gunslinger, has quite a character arc that translates into A Very Big Question. This is posed in the first book and it's a thread that is seemingly going to run through the entire series.

Is the sacrifice of one (or a few) good/right/justified by the saving of the world?

This one, general and yet moral question has hooked me right along with everything else. Do you have A Big Question in your work? Is there a particular moral or theme that always hooks you, no matter the genre?

Monday, March 4, 2013

Interview with Suspense Author Loretta Boyett

Paralegal Beth Thompson grew up in Ocala, Florida, the
only child of doting parents. Although her childhood was
a sheltered one, the terrifying nightmare that has dogged
her for as long as she can remember continues to haunt her.
Joseph P. Hill, an unscrupulous Sarasota Attorney, doesn’t
care how he makes a buck as long as he makes lots of them.
When he unearths a missing link to Beth’s past, Joe concocts
the perfect scheme to make this discovery pay off and lures
an unsuspecting Beth to Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Angry that
her boss, Attorney Alan Knight, does not return her feelings,
she takes the bait.
The night Beth arrives, a man is murdered at the airport.
What is her connection to him, and why did he die holding
a locket identical to the one she wore—and lost— on her
As the truth unfolds, each step draws Beth closer to a dark
secret hidden from her since childhood, plunging her deeper
into danger, deceit, and deadly betrayal.

Welcome Loretta!

1. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing non-fiction since high school (more years ago than I care to say), but I began writing fiction full-time in 2010 after retiring from a 32-year high school teaching career as an administrator and computer science/mathematics teacher.

2. What was the biggest obstacle you faced while pursuing publication?
Writing the proposal seemed almost harder than writing the book. (I totally agree with that!)

3. How did you get the idea for Deadly Betrayal?
The idea came to me several years ago when some new advances in forensic technology emerged.

4. Do you have advice for the writer still working to be published?
Attend writers’ conferences, join a critique group, and keep writing, learning, and submitting.
Great advice. Thank you!

5. When you sit down to write, what is always nearby?
I usually write on a laptop roll cart beside my kitchen table where I always have either a glass of water or a Lemon La Croix (lemon-flavored sparkling water). My notepads containing notes on my characters, plot, etc. stay on a pull-out shelf next to my computer.

Loretta Boyett is a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, retired educator, author, and member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband in northeast Florida. Although she has written non-fiction most of her life, she began writing fiction full-time in 2011 after retiring from a 32-year high school teaching career as an administrator and computer science/mathematics teacher. Her debut novel, Deadly Betrayal, an inspirational suspense-thriller, is the first in her Hidden Danger Trilogy and is currently available in both eBook and Paperback format on at Also available is an ePoem Prequel to Deadly Betrayal: The Killer’s Heart. Loretta loves spending time with her family—three grown sons, their wives, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She and her husband also enjoy travelling and have visited almost all states in the U. S., from Toronto to Quebec in Canada, and most of Europe. Summers include a few weeks with her children and grandchildren at Florida beaches on Marco Island and Ft. Myers Beach, as well as getting together with her many other relatives at their annual family reunion in the Carolinas when possible.
Learn more about Loretta on Facebook, Twitter (@lorettaboyett), Linkedin, Pinterest, Goodreads, and

Do you have any questions for Loretta? What do you need nearby when you're writing?