A FAMILIAR SHORE
by Jennifer Fromke
Published by Write Integrity Press
ABOUT THE BOOK
Meg Marks is a young lawyer raised off the coast of the Carolinas. An anonymous client hires her to arrange his will, and sends her to meet his estranged family at their lake home in northern Michigan. After a shocking discovery, she finds herself caught between his suspicious family and a deathbed promise her conscience demands that she keep. Will she sacrifice her own dreams for revenge, or will she choose something more?
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AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR FEATURE AUTHOR
I’m a lover, not a fighter.
I’m a reader, not a writer.
Wait a minute, I am a writer. Some days it’s like I have a split personality. I’ll sit in my chair, laptop in my lap, and stare across the room at my e-reader. My mind will travel to that place I left the night before sometime after midnight, where my new best friend was in the middle of a war, bombs crashing around her, and she learned that her one true love had just succumbed while rescuing their only child from . . . well, you get the point. I want to leave the world I’m in and get back to that story.
To read or to write, that is the question. But reading IS writing some days. I read things for research, non-fiction books, blogs, websites, letters, etc . . . I also read novels that carry with them a “feel” similar to the “feel” I’m hoping to convey in my book. Mostly I read novels for “story.” When I say “story,” I am looking at the plot, characters, and the experience of the reader in that story. At least that’s my goal.
But when I read a book I truly love, sometimes I forget to analyze it. I find myself finishing the last page and thinking to myself, Uh oh, that research just turned into a delightful distraction from work. So then I force myself to go back and think about what I just read.
Since I began life as a reader, my natural tendency is to read first, write second. As a writer with deadlines, this becomes a challenge. I write in the cracks of my normal life, which looks like this: mornings while kids are at school, in the carpool line, at the barn, at the tennis courts, during the piano lessons and late at night. Incidentally, those times coincide exactly with my free-time previously filled with personal reading.
When I’m reading, I could be writing. When I’m writing, I could be reading. Both activities are my favorite thing to do, so I fight this battle within. Both are good, but at any given time, both things are not necessarily beneficial. For instance, after 11pm, the writing will suffer. Also, snippets of time shorter than 20 minutes are better for reading. There’s nothing worse than being on a roll, having a thought you MUST get out of your head before you forget it, and having to pull forward in the carpool line and suffering dirty looks from the traffic controllers. (I exaggerate)
So I’m learning to enjoy the book before me, whether it’s the one I’m writing or the one I’m reading. Forget looking across the room at the lonely laptop. I am blessed to be steeped in story, mine and others’. But ultimately, it’s the story I live that must come first and that Author knows what He’s doing better than anyone.
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Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing with us today.
Guest Question: So, are you a reader, or a writer? Even if you've never written a novel or article, and your writing has only been in a journal, which do you prefer more? To read or to write? Why?
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