KRISTY: At one time, it was my dream to see my Christian fiction published (and I've now sold nine titles). I believe a dream is a God-ordained desire that He's put down in your heart, IF you're walking in His will and asking Him to direct your paths. Whatever your dream is, it's attainable, if you'll pay your do's (misspelling intended):
1. DO rest in your call. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, "He who calls is faithful, who also will do it." Be assured that the Lord will bring about His divine plan for you, even through the hard times (like rejections for writers!).
2. DO everything you know to do and do it diligently, according to Ecclesiastes 9:10. Apply yourself. Study in your field. Work hard. Don't slack. And then keep applying yourself. Keep studying in your field. Keep working hard. Keep determining not to slack.
3. DO not want "it" above the Lord. Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." Put the Savior at the top of your list. Worship Him. Work for Him. Seek Him.
And then remember Habakkuk 2:3: "For the vision is yet for an appointed time. But at the end, it will speak and will not die. Though it tarries, wait for it. Because it will surely come."
Charles Colson said, "Stories change us because as we read we identify with characters who demonstrate courage and self-sacrifice, and in the process our own character is shaped." That's why I write Christian fiction. Through reader letters, I believe I'm doing this. One reader wrote, "I don't generally identify so strongly with stories, nor do they usually cause me to change the way I do things or think. Yours did (my novella in Room At the Inn). Your writing, and in turn, you, are a blessing to me, and I wanted you to know your work did some good." I pray I will always lift up the Lord and bless people's hearts with my fiction.
My dream came true, and your dream can come true too! I'd love to hear from you. Please visit my blog: http://christianlovestories.blogspot.com and leave me a comment.
AISHA: For anyone interested in writing: Keep writing...even if you can only put a few words to paper at a given time, then that's a few more words than you'd previously written. A little on a consistent basis adds up pretty quickly. And don’t stop reading, because the joy of reading a good book transfers over to what you write and makes it even better.
For anyone interested in reading: Keep reading and let the authors know what you think about what they write. We really do listen!
VICKIE: I had the good fortune to be invited to join this anthology when someone else had to drop out, and I'm very grateful to the other team members for inviting me to join them. KISS THE BRIDE is extra special to me because it's my first contemporary sale.
I'd never planned to become a writer. It never even entered my mind until God started pushing in that direction. I admit that I asked Him many times if He was sure, and I still do on occasion. I'm telling you this to encourage you to keep your heart open to new things. I've made a ton of friends, gotten to travel, and had a lot of fun going to conferences, and hopefully have touched lives through my writing. This never would have happened if I hadn't allowed God to push me out of my comfort zone. I hope that you, too, will keep you heart open to the next thing God wants to do in your life.
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CARRIE: KISS THE BRIDE includes a unique traveling apron that unites these four friends and their stories. As each one falls in love, she passes the apron on to the next friend. Weaving our stories together and including a prologue and epilogue was a challenge, but I think this makes our collection even more enjoyable. We also each included a special recipe from our heroine's restaurant. These are delicious!
Please stop by my website for more information about KISS THE BRIDE and my other books: www.carrieturansky.com. Thanks for inviting us to share about our story on your blog! We appreciate you, Tiff!