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Character interview with Jo Farnsworth

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Today I have a special character interview. Jo Farnsworth from A Journey of Faith, which I am updating during NaNoWriMo as we speak, wishes to share her words of wisdom with us. Take it away, Jo.

Jo: Hello everyone, Tonight I have some news for those of you who have read A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. The story is changing in better ways, and in some ways that you don’t expect. I ain’t gonna spoil it for you, but I’m not the star of the show here. What I can tell you, is that you won’t see me in a paranormal light any more. I’ve said my peace early on. So Stay tuned as my author gets this book edited and rearranged for your reading pleasure.

Ann: Can you tell me how the book will end?

Jo, You’ll have to figure that out for yourself, I’m just the fictional bird singing the song. (Psst! I stole that from your friend’s podcast). Now, get back to work on my Becca’s story, because she’s still got a long way to go in her journey of faith and forgiveness.

Ann: I’m sorry I didn’t add you into the book sooner.

“Jo, You ain’t got nothin’ to be sorry fir. It wasn’t my place to step in the lime light until near the end of the book and you know it. Now, listen to Becca and her friends as the story continues to take shape. I’ll be watchin’ down on her and her brother and sister, and my sister and brother-in-law as they all travel down the road of life you’ve created for them.

“Thanks Jo. Keep us authors in your prayers.

Jo: Will do. She slipps out the door as I make way for the big finish of this book and the accompanying books in the series. Until next time, happy reading and writing. May God richly bless your hearts as you read these posts, as he has blessed me with the ability to write them.
Hugs,
Ann

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Conversation with the Zhinin

I really enjoyd this post about having a conversation with your character while walking alone, but not alone. I often times have character conversations while sitting on the front porch or in the camper with music on low volume. These conversations can be meaningful or they can be a simple word or phrase that helps you add to your work in progress.

How important are your character conversations to you? If you enjoy this post, please leave a comment on the blog and give it a like and a share.

via Conversation with the Zhinin

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Character Interview with Jennifer McCarthy and her Mother

Hello everybody,

Yesterday we had a conversation with a confused, scared Lydia McCarthy. She was holding back a bit of information, because she was afraid that her captors were standing away from the truck, listening to her conversation. However, today, I am having a conversation with Jennifer, her adopted sister. Don’t be surprised if their mother, Genevieve pops in to clear up a few minute details.

 

Ann: Welcome to my blog, Jennifer. What can you tell me about your sister? Was she abused by your father?

 

Jennifer: Wait a minute, you’re asking too many questions, too fast. First of all, Lydia isn’t my biological sister. She was adopted when she was four. I was eight years old at the time, but I remember sitting at the adoption agency, trying to read a story book, while Mom and Dad went into some office to see about adopting a little girl. My parents changed her last name to McCarthy, so she wouldn’t be recognized by who knows what kind of maniac, at least that’s what I was told. The thing is, I really don’t believe it myself.

 

Ann: Was Lydia abused after she came to live with you and your parents?

 

Jennifer: No, but she was a very skittish little girl. Mom protected her quite a lot, because she thought she had some type of disability. She wouldn’t talk until a couple of years after she became part of our family.

 

Ann: Does she have a disability?

 

Jennifer: No, she’s smart as a whip, but she wants to believe the best in everybody. I understand that and so do I, but I know when someone isn’t who he appears to be and when things aren’t on the up and up. Lydia was kidnapped after her accident, because she stood there and searched for her car, instead of going home with me and trying to find the car later. Sometimes she doesn’t use her head.

 

Ann: Do you think Wildebeest could have kidnapped her, no matter whether she’d searched for the vehicle or not? The reason I ask is because he’s the type who strives to get what he wants, no matter what you say.

 

Jennifer: Yeah, he is, but I really can’t answer that. I think her taking time to search for her car was the opening he needed to take her right then and there. I tried to tell her to come and go home with me, but you see where that led. This is not to say that there isn’t more mystery to be solved, because we don’t know who Wildebeest truly is, even though Lydia believes he’s our father. He could be her biological father for all we know, your readers will have to wait for the book to come out to learn all about him.

 

Ann: I did an interview with him and he was very snarky. What he doesn’t realize is that I can take the snarkiness right out of him.

 

Genevieve: Who’s this Wildebeest fellow you’re talking about?

 

Jennifer: You know, Mom! The big burley guy who drives that Chevy pickup truck.

 

Genevieve: Oh yeah, the one always hounding me for money, although I haven’t seen him in a while. I wonder where he’s gotten himself off too.

 

Ann: Well hello there, Genevieve, I didn’t expect you to come walking right into our little chat. What do you have to say to our readers?

 

Genevieve: I just want to say that Lydia did have some sort of disability, because she didn’t talk for the first two years, she was with us.

 

Jennifer: You wouldn’t talk if you’d been abused at an early age either, Mom. You know Lydia is smarter than you give her credit for. Why did you baby her like she was a china doll? You never protected me like that.

 

Genevieve: I had to protect her! She was so fragile as a child. We taught you to be strong, yet Lydia, on the other hand was …

 

Jennifer; She was what? Weak? Stupid? Come on, Mom, out with it!

 

Genevieve: Now, Darling, you know she was none of those things. She was just … fragile, that’s all.

 

Jennifer: Yeah, right! How did you teach me to be strong, by spanking me every time you thought I did something wrong? Dad humiliated me, and you stood there and let him get away with it. I saw plenty of things happen to my sister that he got away with. I won’t explain them here, because that is yet another story and people will have to read the new book coming out to find out.

 

Ann: Ladies, ladies! No need to argue here. All we want to do is give the readers a little outside knowledge about you, before the book comes out. You know, a teaser.

 

Jennifer: I know, but Mother needed to know the truth. You are so lost in your own Little World, Mom that you don’t even know that Lydia has been kidnapped.

 

Genevieve: She’s been what? When?

 

Jennifer: Yesterday after the accident. Wildebeest side swiped her rear passenger door. It’s a wonder her car wasn’t totaled.

 

Genevieve: Oh, dear! Oh, dear! I need to go lie down. (Leaves the room on shaky legs)

 

Jennifer: Well, now you have it. Mom isn’t all she’s cracked up to be. Let me go talk to Becca and Jason for a bit about what’s happened. I’ll see you all later in a book somewhere. (She steps out of the room, closing the door behind her.)

 

I hope you have enjoyed my chat with Jennifer and the character conversation between Genevieve and her. Keep an eye out for Journey to the Mountaintop, the second Stepping Stones mystery to be released in Early 2019. While you wait, I’d encourage you to pick up a copy of A Journey of Faith, if you haven’t already. If you don’t, you’re sure to be lost by picking up the new book, when it comes out and reading it first. If you need the links again, here they are:

 

Kindle:

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H7SCQNM

 

paperback:

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720213240

 

Here’s a question for you, dear readers. Do you want to see more of these character interviews? If you’ve read any of the four books I’ve published on Amazon, tell me which characters you’d like to learn a little more about. Please leave your answers in the comments below.

Until next time, have a blessed day.

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Character conversation

Hello everyone,
Today we’re going to eavesdrop on a conversation between Hannah, the wise old matron of the Big Church, and Becca Martin’s cousin Lizzy Jordah. Won’t you come join me?

Hay Hannah, I have a question.
What’s that my dear?
I wonder why Ann wrote the ending of A Journey of Faith the way she did. Why did that strange s-shaped light just disappear after Becca left my house. It kept shining through my window like I don’t know what. I wish it would just disappear altogether.
Lizzy dear, There are things to come in futhre books, where that light is concerned. The light will snake all the way to the Martin houshold after Mr. Charles Martin has his biking accident. Mr. Billy Bad-boy Billings isn’t through causing havoc on this little neighborhood yet.
What about Becca?
Oh, She’ll have her own trouble to deal with. I don’t want to go into too much detail, because out author hasn’t discovered our next story as of yet.
Well, she’s made some notes, so something is up.
Yeah, but those are few and far between as of yet. Wait until she gets something stuck in her head that ignites a flame of creativity, or the Holy Spirit lays the story upon her heart.

This is Ann once more, and I am going to jump into this little chat and ask Hannah a few questions. Read on to find out what little tidbits I can glean from my characters.

Hey ladies, I overheard you talking about what’s going to happen in my next story. How can you tell what’s going to happen, when I don’t even know?
We’re the characters dear, we tell you the story to relay to your readers, it’s that simple.
Well Miss Hannah, can you give me a hint?
No dear, I don’t want to spoil it for you or your fans. You need to wait until God gives you the story. It will come in due time.
Just do me one favor if you can,.
What’s that Lizzy?”
Take that creepy light out of my window. It’s scaring Haley, and I can’t stand to being in the kitchen alone, for fear it’ll snake its way inside my house.
Don’t worry, I’ll do what I can to get rid of the light for you, or you can simply ignore it. It won’t snake in if you give this problem to God and let Him handle it it.
I’ll do that then.
Well ladies, It’s been fun, but I’ve got to get to bed. My daughter’s here, and she wants to get up early. If I don’t get some sleep, I won’t be worth a toot tomorrow.
Good night and God bless you all.

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What inspired me to write A Journey of Faith

Inspired by dreams

Have you ever been inspired to write a story based on a recurring dream you’ve had over the past few years? To be honest with you, I have had a recurring dream of climbing, which can take on many different forms, from stairs, to ladders of all kinds, to climbing into a building, to climbing up a strange ramp that gets steeper and steeper. Although I always don’t understand what these dreams mean, or I don’t make it to top of the mountain/ladder/ramp etc., the unforgettable factor of these dreams is that I can never climb back down the same way I climbed up. I always have to keep climbing up from where I started, and find my way down another path, or reach my destination in another way.
Dreams inspired my story

After having many such dreams at odd intervals, I sat reading and chatting with someone on skype, when all of a sudden, this story idea began forming in my mind. I opened a word document and began writing. The first title I gave my book was A Mysterious Journey, then I prayed for God to lead me in the direction my story should take, and that’s how I came up with the title A Journey of Faith.
There have been times when I felt as if I were following Becca Martin as she told me her story. She always looked over my shoulder to see if I was following her. Although I made the mental climb, in my waking life, there have been times when I climb in my dreams with her, or with my family and friends.

Questions for discussion/call to action

Have you ever had a recurring dream, or a dream that was so unforgettable that you were inspired or influenced by it? What was the dream, and how did it inspire you. Please help me climb up the latter of book publication, by voting for A Journey of faith at http://tinyurl.com/qe2wwtf. If the short link doesn’t work for you, please vote at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison.
Thank you for reading, and Have a blessed day. Remember, If God uses dreams to inspire you, don’t take them for granted.
Love and Prayers,
Ann