Jude Urbanski writes women's fiction featuring strong inspirational romance elements. She invites you to stories of heroes and heroines who spin tragedy into triumph with help from God. First published in nonfiction, Jude now has two electronic novels, The Chronicles of Chanute Crossing Series, offered by Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a columnist for Maximum Living, a magazine focusing on spirituality and wellness for women. Jude has a Master’s Degree in Nursing. She is a member of national and area chapters of American Christian Fiction Writers and National League of American Pen Women. Jude and her husband live in Indiana.
NURTURED IN PURPLE
by Jude Urbanski
Published by Desert Breeze Publishing
ABOUT THE BOOK
Nurtured in Purple, Book Two in The Chronicles of Chanute Crossing, continues the now-married love story of Seth Orbin and Kate Davidson of Joy Restored, Book One, but nemesis' Willard Wittenberg and Elizabeth Koger come center stage still pursuing personal vendettas against Seth and Kate.
Seth again faces potential loss of wife and child with Kate's life-threatening pregnancy complication, while Willard maneuvers to ruin Seth's business. Willard and Elizabeth, once lovers, engage and marry, but her flame for Seth has never died. Married life proves ragged.
Late-blooming love comes to Ninville Cornelius and Margie Craig and new characters of Ruby Moody, alcoholic wife of a deceased Vietnam vet, and her small son Bobo are introduced.
Can Seth and Kate, modeling God's grace and forgiveness, bring hope and light to Willard and Elizabeth and Ruby and Bobo, all so needy of God's redeeming love?
Readers, buy your copy of Nurtured in Purple today!
AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR FEATURE AUTHOR
What a Writer Looks Like
Years ago, I remember a lovely friend who bopped into my house and announced she had just gotten her dream job in a doctor’s office and she asked me, in sincerity, how she could become a nurse in one easy lesson.
I just looked at her. It took me eight years after high school to earn my nurse practitioner credentials and she wanted me to tell her in K-mart terms and in one easy lesson how to be a nurse. I’ve never forgotten Irene’s request.
As much as we may want to, we cannot wish ourselves or beam ourselves up to be writers. We can’t learn all we need to know in one easy lesson. Yes, I know, we can debate whether the ability to write is a God-given gift, and hence, nothing else is needed. I won’t deny a few souls fit that category, whether God is the blame or the credit.
Some of us are more gifted or talented than others. All brains are not equal, but writing is a craft that can be learned. Whether we’re good or mediocre, we can hone our craft and become better, always better.
Why else, are there writing conferences, on-line classes, books written on the craft? Do they know something we do not? I don’t think so. They only know that to be better, we need to study our craft. Writers embrace this concept.
How do you feel when someone, who is not willing to invest in what it takes to learn writing skills, expects success overnight? A little charitable? Not charitable at all? Our best answer is that we should want to mentor them, to share what we’ve learned, to bring them along. They simply do not know the writing industry at this point in their journey.
This willing-to-share scene is just what I see in the writing loops to which I belong. It is really a precious thing. I see seasoned writers taking the time to respond, with infinite patience, to beginners’ questions. Before long, beginners realize their responsibility to dig into those books, to join groups and to educate themselves as much as possible on their chosen craft. Very soon, they know they can’t continue to be spoon fed, don’t even want to be, and instinctively learn to write from their own secret place, in their own voice and for their own reasons.
So, friends, here is what a writer looks like. Give me a little editorial liberty, please. A serious writer has made a decision to write. For whatever reason, they are committed. They learn everything they can about the field. They buy needed books or they use the library. They devote time each day or each week to this quest. They do as much as their life circumstances allow (if they are a young mother or father with heavy responsibilities, there is a special place in writer’s heaven for them!), but they desire to write. Quickly, they glean the point is not just to write, but to rewrite.
A writer never looks at a film or book in the same way again. Their mind studies not just films and books, but seizes every encounter with expectant eyes for writing snippets. One writer said she saw her hero at Wal-Mart. Love this! We always carry pen and paper. We even sleep close to it. Writers’ spirits resonate with one another.
Writers quit comparing their skills to others and write their best. They accept rejections as part of the game and learn all they can from them, knowing rejections mean activity. This is not to say writers can’t or don’t suffer self- doubt. We all do, but press forward. We all get writer’s block, but press forward. We know publication doesn’t validate who we are as a person.
We celebrate with one another, knowing our time is coming. Joy shared is joy doubled.
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Thank you, Jude, for sharing with us today.
Guest Question: Have you ever thought an author leads a glorious life full of acclaim, abundant royalties and money, or fame? What led you this belief? Has any of your perception changed as a result of this blog post?
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