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Hello everyone, today I am proud to announce the release of my brand new Electric Eclectic Book entitled Inner Vision, an Electric Eclectic Book.
If you think you don’t have time to read, think again! This is one of many charming little books that you can read on your kindle, or the kindle app on your phone, no matter whether you have five minutes, or five hours to yourself. Here’s a bit about the book, and I’ll follow this blurb with a link where the book can be purchased, and I’ll even throw in the cover for your viewing pleasure!
Happy reading and writing, and have a Blessed Friday afternoon everybody.
“The past is but a whirlwind of memories,
there are those you want to capture,
and those you want to forget.
Hold on to the precious ones and let the rest spin away into the abyss.”
These are the words Kelly Dobson wrote after learning how to use her Inner Vision in order to do the creative work God has called her to do.
After awakening in an unusual hospital from an operation she never had, Kelly and her physician, DR. Markey Andrews, work together to find the reason why she ended up in a hospital resembling a hotel, rather than a medical facility.
During the process of solving the mystery at hand, Kelly has strange dreams of being carried away in a whirlwind to places which hold memories she’d rather not relive. In order for her to face her fear of her Charles Bonnet syndrome and the accident that caused her blindness six years before.
After being released from the hospital, Kelly gets a brilliant idea to draw the images she sees in her heart and mind. As she does so, her mother stands in awe as the talent her daughter once had as a child returns in full swing, regardless of her blindness.
Even though Kelly’s father doesn’t want to believe in her talent at first, through the power of prayer and her faith in God, she teaches him how to use his own inner vision.
Available now on amazon at the following link:
Hello readers and fellow writers, today I have the pleasure of speaking with my special guest Mur Lafferty, who is an author, podcaster and editor. Before I begin my interview with her, let me give you a little introduction.
Mur Lafferty is an award-winning author (Shambling Guide to New York City, Ghost Train to New Orleans) of urban fantasy, science fiction thrillers, and nonfiction. Her latest book, Six Wakes, has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel and the Philip K. Dick and Manly Wade Wellman Awards. She has written for Star Wars (short fiction and the upcoming Solo novelization). Her nonfiction book I Should Be Writing is based off her award-winning podcast of the same name. Her other podcast, Ditch Diggers (with cohost Matt Wallace) is a two-time nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Fancast. In 2015 she was inducted into the Podcast Academy Hall of Fame.
Ann: Please tell us a little about yourself.
Mur: I’m a writer, podcaster, and editor. I’m always doing a number of projects. I live in Durham, NC with my family, two dogs and a bunch of board games. I enjoy running but only when zombies are behind me.
Ann: When did you decide that you wanted to become a writer, and what was your source of inspiration?
Mur: I always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t until reading Anne McCaffrey’s Pern novels and Madeline L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time series did I think it was a job I could have. But they were women writing about women and girls having SF/fantasy adventures, and I wanted to do that.
Ann: What tips and tricks did you learn throughout your writing journey? How have these little gems of advice helped you improve your writing or enhance your writing career?
Mur: I took some time off where I wasn’t sure I could ever improve, which was naïve and wasteful. I’ve discovered almost every cliché is true (for me, anyway.) Writing frequently is better than intermittently. Don’t edit until you’re done with the story. Writing terrible stories will still teach you things. And wisdom from the first ghostbusters movie: When someone asks you if you’re a god, you say yes. (Which is what I tell myself when someone has asked me if I can handle an exciting project that I doubt myself over).
Ann: Tell us a little about your most recently published book(s).
Mur: Last year I published Six Wakes, a science fiction murder mystery about clones. It’s been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards, among others. I also published a nonfic book about writing based on my podcast, I Should Be Writing.
Ann: Which is harder, writing or editing? Why?
Mur: Editing, totally. I feel like I enter a sort of zone while writing and can stream story, and editing requires slowing down, focusing, and looking for problems and pondering solutions. Writing is fun. Editing is work.
Ann: Do you have any current or upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?
Mur: The novelization for the movie Solo: A Star Wars story comes out September 4!
Ann: What advice do you have for inspiring authors and new writers?
Mur: Keep writing and don’t quit. Every crappy story you write is like a step up the staircase toward being a better writer. Hard work beats talent, because talent will often quit once things stop being easy.
Ann: What are your reading habits and how have they influenced your writing career today?
Mur: I listen to audiobooks mostly, ever since I started listening to audio fiction via podcasts in 2005. I’m not sure how they directly influence my writing, except that I know that stopping reading will make my writing worse. You always need to “fill the well,” as it were.
Ann: If my readers are meeting you for the first time and want to follow you and learn about your work, where can they find you online?
Mur: People can find me via my website at
and they can follow me on twitter at
Thanks for stopping by my blog for a brief Chat, Mur. I know you are a very busy woman, and I wish you much success.
As for you readers out there, all I can say is check out I should be writing and Ditch Diggers, I love these podcasts myself. If you’d like to be a guest on my blog, simply fill out the contact form, which is the third page you’ll see when you hop onto my site. Send me your name, email address, a link to your website if you have one, and let me know what type of writing you love to do, and I will send you the same interview questions, so you and I can have a virtual cup of coffee while we chat.
Happy writing, and God bless.
Photo: curtesy of JR Blackwell
As per the topic for this year’s Middle Georgia Indie Book festival, I would like to share with you the writers who have influenced my writing career thus far. However, I couldn’t pick just one author or writer in particular; therefore, I will list three writers and how they have become such an inspiration to me
The first is Lee Smith, who not only is a talented writer from the South, but she also edited the “New Stories of the South” 2001 edition. Her introduction where she talks about one of her writing students, not having anything to write about, was the fuel that ignited my creative writing fire. Although I dabbled in writing when I was in high school, it was after I read that anthology that I took my writing seriously. Since that time, I’ve made many mistakes, and learned a lot of dos and don’ts as I honed my craft and improved my writing skills.
The second of these authors is Karen Kingsbury. Her Life changing fiction helped me to draw closer to God, and her stories have inspired me. Part of my book entitled A Journey of Faith, A Stepping Stones Mystery was inspired by a scene, where the teenaged drunk driver was imprisoned for hitting a family and killing the little Christian Kids Theater actress. The scene where the protagonist visits the teen in jail and brings him closer to God, was the pivotal scene that inspired one of my scenes in my full-length novel.
The final author who was an inspiration to me, is Janette Oke. Ms. Oke has written several historical Christian romances that have touched my life, and she has also written several series that I have loved through the years. One series was especially inspirational to me, although I don’t remember the name of it, I do remember the scene that got my creative juices flowing. In this scene, one character is in the hospital, waiting to visit a family member who had been in a terrible accident. She meets one of the doctors, who shows her to a family waiting room, which is much more comfortable than the main waiting room on the first floor. As she waits, she hears an old familiar hymn on the radio. This scene was the inspiration for a scene I wrote, concerning Jason Miller, one of my characters in the book mentioned above. Although this particular scene wasn’t included in my book, I will include it or one similar to it in a future story
Although there’s not enough space to thank each writer and author that has supported and encouraged me on an individual basis, please note that your help is greatly appreciated.
Before I end this post however, I do have one brief question for you: What writers have influenced your writing career and why?
Blessings to you all, and happy writing.
This is why we indie authors can’t get honest reviews on Amazon, because they are so strict with their review policy. I can’t even review vooks that I ordered for free, or bought with an amazon gift card. Please share this, and if you really want to review a book, my suggestion is that you review it on Goodreads.
Please take these tips and put them in your writing and publishing tool box. I know I will.
As an author or a writer, have you ever been interviewed by another blogger? I have, and the following link is my first time being interviewed by another author on her blog. I must admit I had a bit of fun with this, and if you enjoy it, please come back and tell me what you think in the comments below.
Now that I’ve shared this interview with you, I have a question to ask. Is there any author who is interested in interviewing me, or being interviewed by me? If so, let me know in the comments, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll put together a set of questions for you, or answer your questions.
Until next time, happy reading, writing, and God Bless.
Hello everybody, How are you on this very cold February morning?
Today I am talking with Amanda Martin, Becca’s sister from my novel entitled A Journey of Faith. Amanda is very shy, so she may not have much to say, bot she graciously offered to give me a brief character interview, so here goes.
Ann. Why good Morning Amanda, it’s nice to have you here today.
Amanda. Hey yall.
Ann. I understand that you are a registered nurse, is that right?
Ann. So will we see you much in A Journey of Faith or in The Chosen path series at all?
Amanda. Well, you won’t see me much until the second book, when I end up being my dad’s nurse. You see, I work in the ER, but Doctor Andrew Martin, (a very distant cosin) decided that he wanted me to nurse my father back to health. Usually, nurses don’t work on patients who are family members, but I guess Daddy was the exception to the rule.
Ann: Ah, I see. Well, to change the subject, do you still go rock climbing?
Amanda. All the time.
Ann. Did you see the incident that scared your sister off the mountain?
Amanda. No, I did not. I tried to get her to finish racing me to the top of the mountain, but when I looked back, Becca just stood frozen in place, for a few moments, then she turned and ran back to the car, as you already know. After that, she was very quiet, like she was hiding in her own little shell.
Ann. Oh, ok. Well, can you tell me more about that day on the rocky slopes at Sweet Water Park?
Amanda. No, I don’t want to get into that, because it would ruin the story. Listen, I’m getting a call, I got to go back to the hospital. I’ll talk to you later. (runs from the room.)
Well, I don’t know what that says about Amanda Martin, but we’ll have to learn a bit more about her in the next installment of The Chosen path series. In the meantime, please help me get A Journey of Faith published by voting for it at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison. Stay tuned for more character interviews in future posts.
For, now, I will say so long, until we meet again.