author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: How God uses authors to tell the world about Jesus through storytelling with Heidi Gray McGill

The Holy Spirit orchestrated today’s audio/video podcast episode. Join me as I discuss how God blesses us with the gift of storytelling to minister to the world, with my special guest.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

How God Uses Authors to tell the World about Jesus Through Storytelling with Heidi Gray McGill!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Heidi Gray McGill

WHEN?

Tuesday, July 27,2021

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Heidi Gray McGill…

Heidi writes Christian Fiction. Her stories are engaging, uplifting, clean, and full of adventure.  Reviewers have commented that her books are “page-turners,” “not predictable,” “spiritually uplifting,” “fast-paced with descriptive prose,” and “beautifully written.”

She enjoys living near Charlotte, NC, with her husband of nearly 30 years.  When she isn’t writing, you most likely will find her playing outside with her grandson, scrapbooking, cooking, or reading.

Heidi’s featured book is entitled: Desire of my Heart. The details are as follows:

Description:

Not willing to be auctioned off to the highest bidder for her hand in marriage, Rachel orchestrates a narrow escape to find a man on her own, dragging her younger brother, Charlie, with her into an unseeable future. An uplifting, wholesome, and inspirational book that will keep you engaged to the very end.

Purchase link:

Amazon Kindle (CA): https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08MZLCNH1

Amazon Kindle (UK): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08MZLCNH1

Amazon Kindle (US): https://www.amazon.com/d:p/B08MZLCNH1

Read the first chapter of Desire of my Heart for FREE! Clean Christian Historical Fiction. https://a.co/a7FJ2n5

Connect with Heidi at the following links:

https://bit.ly/freeprequel4you Newsletter signup link

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHeidiGrayMcGill

https://www.instagram.com/choosingjoynovels/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20851872.Heidi_Gray_McGill

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/heidi-gray-mcgill?follow=true

https://heidimcgill822089357.wordpress.com/my-books/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Special updated Character Interview with Diana Peabody, first victim in my soon to be released novel, Shadow of Truth

Hello everyone in the blogosphere:

Since I’ve done some research for Shadow of Truth, I felt that it was important to ask my victim named Diana Peabody to tell us a little about how she was really killed. I know that in real life this wouldn’t be possible, but she is a character in my book, so let’s pretend we’re talking to her before her fatal climb on the stepping stones and that she knows what will happen in the near future. Without further ado, here’s the character interview.

Ann: Thanks for returning to my blog for a story update. Let me start by asking you a very important question. How old were you when you fell off the stepping stones?

Diana: I was 29. My birthday was August 14. I couldn’t celebrate it that weekend.

Ann: How did you celebrate your birthday?

Diana: Becca and I went up to Sweet Water Park for Labor Day to celebrate the official end of Summer. We had planned a big party after climbing our favorite paths, but someone waxed the stones, causing me to go blind and fall to my death.

Ann: Tell me what actually happened out on the stepping stones?

Diana: You know what the stepping stones look like right? It’s an old spiral staircase made of limestone at the base of the stairs and the steps are actually carved out of sandstone. There are a couple of places where the stones turn at a right angle. Ted Morris planned to put rails around the steps to keep people from falling off the sides or the top, but he hadn’t put them up at that time.

Anyway, as I made my way up the stepping stones, I noticed the steps getting slippery the higher I climbed. One time I tripped, but I was able to catch myself. When I climbed up the step above me, my feet slipped out from under me and I face planted, hitting my left eye. When I got up, I couldn’t see out of that eye, but like the adventurer I am, I kept going. I used the vision in my right eye and my memory of the staircase design to navigate up the steps. I fell again on the step below the turnoff near the top of the staircase. When I fell the second time, I hit my right eye. My world went totally dark, but I was too afraid to turn around, so as you might suspect, I trudged ahead. I felt my way up the top step and I stepped off the side, because I didn’t see the turn. The last thing I remember was feeling as though I was floating through the air. I heard Becca call my name, but I couldn’t answer. All I could think was “God help me! God, help me!” My world went totally dark when I landed on the rockface behind the stones. The next thing I knew, my soul was winging its way to heaven. The Lord had taken me home after I fell, so I wouldn’t suffer and die a slow death.

Ann: What was your relationship to Becca Martin?

Diana: She was my best friend.

Ann: How did you and Becca meet?

Diana: We grew up and went to school together.

Ann: I thought you lived in Taderville Arkansas.

Diana: My parents did, but we lost the farm when I was about five years old. After Mom and my older brother found us a new place to live, Daddy ran off after my death, because losing me and the farm was too much for him to handle. You need to ask him about what happened there, because I don’t know all the details.

Ann: Did you go mountain climbing with Becca when you were younger?

Diana: No, this was my first attempt, but my parents took me on hiking trips every summer, so I thought I was brave enough to take the stepping stones.

Ann: Do you have any regrets?

Diana: Yes and no. I regret not heeding Ted Morris’s warnings about the stepping stones, but I don’t regret taking the dare, because it was fun, until I fell the first time and injured my eye.

Ann: What would you say to your younger self?

Diana: Don’t go up those stepping stones, because there not safe. Ted hasn’t put the rails up yet, but even if he does, they can still be slicked down with oil and ski wax.

Thanks to Diana Peabody for joining me for an eye-opening conversation. If you like interviewing your characters, why not share them on your own blog and tag me so I can read them and share them in my social circles as well. Until tomorrow, when I’ll have a special podcast guest to introduce you to, happy reading and writing.

Blessings,

Ann

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author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: A Conversation about the Writing Process with Special Guest Robin Lee Hatcher

Today I’m so excited to be speaking with one of my all-time favorite Christian romance authors. Please join me as I have a conversation about the writing process, character development and research with special guest Robin Le Hatcher.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

A conversation about writing, research and character development with special guest Robin Lee Hatcher!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Robin Lee Hatcher

WHEN?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

WHERE?

Podcast Episode

(8) Inspirational Journeys Presents: A Conversation about the Writing process with Robin Lee Hatcher – YouTube

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Robin Lee Hatcher …

Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of 85 novels and novellas with over six million copies of her books in print. Her well-drawn characters and heartwarming stories of faith, courage, and love have earned her both critical acclaim and the devotion of readers. Her numerous awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA® Award for Best Inspirational Romance, Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards for Americana Romance and for Inspirational Fiction, the Carol Award, the 2011 Idahope Writer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of America® (2001) and American Christian Fiction Writers (2014). Catching Katie was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.

Robin began her writing career in the general market, writing mass market romances for Leisure Books, HarperPaperbacks, Avon Books, and Silhouette. In 1997, Robin felt called to write stories of faith and hasn’t looked back since. She has written both contemporary and historical women’s fiction and romance for CBA publishers (Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Revell, Steeple Hill, Tyndale House, Multnomah, and WaterBrook).

When not writing, Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. She makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.

Robin’s latest book entitled, Make You Feel My Love was released on July 12. The details are as follows:

Description:

In 1895, Cora Anderson jumps on a cross-country train to escape New York society and her domineering father. She leaves with only some spare clothing, jewelry that once belonged to her grandmother, her cherished violin, and hopes for an uncertain future. The tiny town of Chickadee Creek is idyllic and welcoming, but it’s only a matter of time before Cora’s new friends discover the secrets of her past.

More than a hundred years later, Chelsea Spencer is fleeing a dangerous situation of her own when her great aunt’s antique shop in Chickadee Creek becomes the perfect haven. At the same time, up-and-coming Hollywood star Liam Chandler has returned to the town of his ancestors to grieve some painful family losses and ponder the direction of his career.

When Chelsea discovers a beautiful violin among her aunt’s antiques, she begins to wonder about its origins. In this heartwarming Idaho town, one precious instrument will connect Liam and Chelsea to each other and to loves long forgotten. There, the captivating history tells them the stories of how to     by faith and live in God’s perfect freedom.

Purchase link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NHY8GB5?tag=novelistrobinlee

https://books.apple.com/us/book/make-you-feel-my-love/id1540516160?id=1540516160&ign-itsct=books_toolbox&ign-itscg=30200&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/make-you-feel-my-love-robin-lee-hatcher/1138270196?ean=9780785241409&st=AFF&SID=www.barnesandnoble.com&2sid=Castle+Media+Group%2C+LLC_7737731_NA&sourceId=AFFCastle+Media+Group%2C+LLC&cjevent=bfa7b32cde9d11eb80f7041b0a1c0e12&dpid=tekz25v83&cjdata=MXxOfDB8WXww

https://www.christianbook.com/make-you-feel-my-love-ebook/9780785241386/pd/114219EB?event=ESRCG

Excerpt:

Available here: https://robinleehatcher.com/books/make-you-feel-my-love/

Connect with Robin at the following links:

https://robinleehatcher.com

https://www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher.novelist

https://www.instagram.com/robinleehatcher/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1

Personal reflections

#SongOfTheDay: Wood by Dan Seals

A blank page for a writer is like a block of wood that a carpenter uses to create his/her masterpiece. As a carpenter measures the wood and envisions the project, he/she will create, so does a writer envision and creates the first draft of his/her story. Let’s call this draft a writer’s blueprint.

In the same way the carpenter carves one piece of wood and uses the tools of the trade to connect it the carving to other pieces to create a work of art, a writer adds and cuts word, sentences, and sometimes even whole scenes and chapters to mold and shape his/her work into a piece of writing that readers will treasure for a lifetime.

As you listen to the song linked below, I challenge you to think about how the lyrics relate to your creative work. Write your reflections in your journal and open your heart and mind to receive inspiration as you write. Feel free to share your reflections on your blog and pingback to this post, so I can read your post and share it in my social circles.

Blessings,

Ann

Wood by Dan Seals

(7) WOOD – Dan Seals (with lyrics) – YouTube