Saturday, May 30, 2009
1. Tell us about your path to publication -- how you sold your first book.
For me, the path to publication was all about making contacts. At a Bayou Writer’s Conference, I pitched an idea to Anna Darclon, Editor for Wild Rose Press. I should have been better prepared with a ready to go manuscript. She liked my idea, I e-mailed her my draft and she helped me through the process. I have learned so much.
2. What is your background? (education, work, etc.) And how long have you been writing.
I always wrote as a way to stay in touch with family and friends, we moved a lot. I began writing plays for my classroom when I could not find what I needed. I have a Master’s degree in education. I’ve written travel articles and devotionals. This was my first foray into romance.
3. What is your writing process? Do you outline or just sit down and start writing?
My writing process depends on what I am working on. For my self-help, I outline. For the romance story, I just sit down and write then review to be sure I have enough details and etc.
Then I do research to be sure that for the Vintage, I haven’t added something that shouldn’t be there. I like the research part.
4. What does a typical day look like for you?
Read in the morning, write a while, check e-mail, do some checking of facts and things, write and print out what I wrote so I can read it up close. Have to cram in all the other things: cooking, washing, dishes, cleaning and going to town. We live in the country.
5. What is your favorite self-marketing idea?Marketing has been the hardest for me. I e-mail a lot and ask them to send the notices on to others. I do a newsletter of sorts that I send out as a bonus. I love writing it.
6. What is the biggest challenge you face in writing and publishing? Marketing, I am getting better at time management. As my name gets out there, I hope to spend more time on writing or be able to hire someone to do the marketing for me.
7. What are the biggest surprises you've encountered as a writer?Writing is work. It’s a good thing I am passionate about what I do. I struggle with editing. I take classes in that area to improve my skills. I was surprised how long it takes to get something out from contract to publication.
8. How do you inspire yourself? What are your sources of creativity?For devotionals, if I read something that strikes a cord, I write it down. I look for scenes and study people when I travel. People have stories to tell and I want to tell them. Watching a sunset reves up my spirit.
10. What is your proudest writer moment?
My first contract had to be the best, so far.
11. What's the best advice you were given about writing and do you belong/believe in critique groups?.
Don’t give up. Believe in yourself and keep after it. I would write if no one read it. I wrote to cheer up my military family. The critique group told me I “could use big words and long sentences.” Too many years teaching first grade and special ed had me in a certain mine set, hard to break the cycle.
12. How much (and what) do you read for pleasure?
I like to read the Newberry and Caldecott Medal Winners. If you can write for children, you have accomplished something. They are fair in their assessments of a work.
14. What are you currently working on?
Caribbean Soul, a romance novella set in Belize and an exercise book to go with my workshop that I do on women’s issues. My workshop, ‘Reclaiming Me’ deals with such topics as forgiveness, making a place for yourself and taking charge of your life. I have been asked to do something with mentoring.
15) What professional organizations do you belong to and why?
National Press Women because I have always been interested in newspapers since high school when I wrote for the clubs I attended. I am thinking of joining Romance Writers of America for the things that they offer their membership.
Wrap it up, Dorris. Anything exciting happening in your publishing world? And be sure to list your blog sites/websites, etc.
The Wild Rose Press is releasing two Rosettes, “Shadows in the Fog” on May 27, 2009 and ‘Liv’s Struggle’ out June 17, 2009. I have also had some interest in doing my workshop as a self-help book. I'm considering other options for the workshop. I am still writing romance and have a mystery that I just finished.
Shadows in the Fog by Dorris Jean
Amanda yearns for adventure--to drive an automobile or ride in a flying machine--but her parents expect her to marry well. When she won’t cooperate, they order her to a mountain spa to cure her 'nervous disorder.' Unhappy and alone, Amanda watches out her window every day as a solitary stranger appears at the foot of the mountain like a shadow in the fog. Amanda knows nothing about him except she must meet him. Iaon has his own scars from The Great War and believes he has nothing left to offer anyone. In each other, they glimpse the happiness missing from both their lives. Can they let go of the past and make a future together?
Liv's Struggle by Dorris Jean
Liv married Sal after a short courtship. He made her feel like she had never felt before. Her own father had kicked her out, rejected her. Would Sal do the same or could Liv find a way to ask the question that haunted her? When the old dog has puppies in the midst of the storm, Liv finds the courage to grasp for the life she wants.
Note: Dorris' blog site and website are under construction but you can order her books from the Wild Rose Press. If you would like to receive Dorris Jean Shaw's newsletter contact her at email@example.com
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I'm proud of all that she is and all that she will become.
Happy Birthday, Chaney!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
This is what it looked like a month or so ago. I love it when it blooms like this. This year our bridal wreath shrub really outdid itself. For that matter, so did our azaleas. And they stayed this way for quite awhile. I think it was because my husband did some serious pruning last year. QUESTION FOR YOU: IF THIS WAS YOUR COURTYARD, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT? Today it's colorless.
I've been re-potting some plants. I like to buy them half-dead at the store and see if I can save them. Dumb, huh? Sometimes I can't. We've planted some tomatoes, squash, and peppers. We've birthed several little tomatoes. What fun. I hope they make it . . .
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Yesterday, daughter and I took off to Cameron Parish for another interview. We needed to be at the courthouse by 9:00 A.M. Everyone knows there isn't much left of Cameron Parish after the hurricane so I thought nothing of it when I printed out google-maps and the driving instructions pointed us down Highway 82 in the direction of Texas. I figured we were going to make-shift offices while the real courthouse was being re-built. We traveled a desolate area. No cell phone reception. An hour later, we were still driving, still looking for Smith Circle.
An hour, one port 'O pottie, and a ferry ride later, we arrived in downtown Cameron. Whew! What an adventure.
Today, daughter scheduled a photography shoot in the same area. Thankfully, the woman warned her: "Now if you have a GPS in your car, it's going to send you to Johnson Bayou. You don't want to go there." She's right. Been there, done that!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
KATHLEEN MILLER Y’BARBO is a tenth-generation Texan and a mother of three grown sons and a teenage daughter. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and an award-winning novelist of Christian fiction whose first published work jumped onto the Christian Booksellers Association bestseller list in its first month of release. Kathleen is a former treasurer for the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a member of the Author’s Guild, Inspirational Writers Alive, Words for the Journey Christian Writers Guild, and the Fellowship of Christian Authors. In addition, she is a sought-after speaker, and her kids think she’s a pretty cool mom, too…most of the time, anyway.
ABOUT THE BOOK
LOVE CAN COVER A MUTITUDE OF SINS
Washed ashore on Fairweather Key, Ruby O’Shea and her three nieces─the offspring of the pirate Thomas Hawkins and Ruby’s late sister─have a chance for a new beginning as Ruby takes a job in a boardinghouse and the girls are passed off as her daughters. But will Ruby be able to confess all when she falls for Micah Tate, a widower, wrecher, and soon-to-be preacher?
Micah is determined to marry the young woman who has captured his heart despite knowing she has something to hide. But will he be able to remain true to his vows when his lady love’s shady past comes to light?
Captain Thomas Hawkins will go to any length to discover the whereabouts of his daughters. What will his determination cost the folks of Fairweather Key?
When Ruby finds herself bereft of her newfound love and protector, will she run away in an attempt to escape her present as she did her past? Will Micah’s love cover the multitude of Ruby’s sins, or will Ruby’s duplicity cost her everything?
If you would like to read the first chapter of Beloved Counterfeit, go HERE
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The other picture is Susan and her husband, Raymond. I can't imagine why he's in a cowboy hat. I've never seen him dress like a wrangler, but I love the pic. It reminds me of a romantic hero and heroine I might enjoy reading about. I think it shows how much they love each other. Look at her smile. See how he's gazing down at her? Usually when we go to Longview, we'll call Susan and Raymond to meet us at Bodacious Bar BQ for a quick meal before we get with the rest of the family. We're going to Longview this week but things will be different this visit. We're going in for Susan's funeral. We're in shock from her unexpected death. We're in denial because it just doesn't make sense. I can only imagine what trips home will be like from now on. Different. Empty. Forever sad. There will always be something sweet missing.
Thank God for my sweet sister-in-law, Susan Wingerd. I hope she knew how much I loved her.
I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth in me,
though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me
shall never die
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Amanda Susan Ferguson Wingerd
Amanda Susan Ferguson Wingerd went to be with her Lord and Savior on the 5th day of May, 2009, surrounded by her precious sons and loving husband. She was born in Longview, Texas, on October 21, 1954, to Travis and Flora Ferguson. She graduated from Longview High School in 1972 and attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches where she graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. On June 12, 1976, shortly after graduating from college, she married Raymond Earl Wingerd at the First Assembly of God Church in Longview. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Earl Wingerd, and their four sons and families, Zachary Daniel Wingerd wife, Lindsey, and grandson, Joshua Alexander Wingerd all of Jacksonville, Texas,Taylor Aaron Ferguson Wingerd of Longview, Pierce Caleb Wingerd of Longview, and Lincoln Joseph Wingerd of Longview. She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters and their families, Jim Ferguson wife, Jessica, and children, Brian and Chaney, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Thomas Ferguson wife, Cynthia, and children James, Sommer, Skye, and Storey, of Carrollton, Texas, Janet Traylor husband, Gary, and children, Matthew, Caroline, Lucas and Rebecca of Dallas, Texas, Carol Ferguson and son, Trey Wilson of Frisco, Texas, Samuel Ferguson wife, Lisa and children, Olivia and Levi of Longview. Susan also is survived by niece, Jennifer Lynn Ferguson, of East Mountain, Texas. Susan taught Economics, History, French I and II, Bible, and Geography at Grace Christian School, Maranatha Christian High School and most recently at Longview Christian School from 1990 through May, 2009, where she will be remembered as a teacher who loved her students and took an interest in their lives outside of the classroom. She was a member of Victory Assembly of God Church in Longview and been active in church ministries all her life.
Funeral services are to b e held at 10 a.m. today, May 9, 2009, at First Assembly of God Church, 2900 Fourth Street, in Longview with Pastor Curtis Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Rosewood Park. She was preceded in death by her mother, Flora Ferguson, and grandson, James Darcy Wingerd. She will be sorely missed by all.
A memorial guestbook may be signed at http://www.raderfh.com/