I’m over 50, married for 35 years this July, and have two wonderful children, Marnee and Steven. I’m active at our small church, serving on staff with my miisterial license and working with women in a counseling/ministering capacity. My husband and I are looking forward to full retirement soon and taking off for a few months at a time on our 51′ sailboat, where my writing will take on an entirely new creativity. We have a horse, a dog and three cats that my daughter and her husband will inherit while we’re gone. Thankfully, they live on the adjoining property and are animals lovers.
- 1. Tell us a bit about your first sale: who is the publisher? Which book? Genre, etc.
My premiere novel is The Other Daughter-the story of David and Susanne Carson, a couple with an already fragile marriage that’s rocked to its foundation when a young teenaged girl appears at the door….
Here’s a brief summary:
The girl standing at the door took a deep breath, pulling her suitcase a little closer to her trembling legs. “My mama’s dead. He’s my daddy.”Susanne Carson knew that she could trust the love of her life-her husband, David-until she discovered a strange, unkempt young girl on their doorstep, claiming to be David’s daughter.Not that their marriage had ever been perfect-David’s decision to embrace the Christian faith had strained their relationship. Susanne may not have agreed with his beliefs, but at least she trusted him. Had David been hiding this not-so-little secret from his past? He wanted Susanne to believe in his God, but believing hadn’t done much to keep David out of another woman’s arms.As David confronts the truth of his past, Susanne must face her own moment of truth as her marriage is taken to the breaking point and the life of one young girl is left in her hands. It’s women’s contemporary fiction that’s set in the North West, and is being published by Kregel Publications, a well known Christian publishing house.How did you come up with this story? Was there a specific ‘what if’ moment?
An editor friend and I were brainstorming about what I could do for my first book, and she suggested using something I knew, possibly from my own life. That triggered the idea of using an episode from me and my hubby’s personal life-we received a letter from an 18 yr old girl a number of years ago, claiming to be my husband’s daughter. After investigating and meeting Trisha, we accepted her into our lives and hearts, and have continued a relationship with her. The basis for the book came from that episode, but the balance of the book is fiction, other than the setting-I live in the Pacific N.W., in the area where the book takes place.
•2. How did you get the call?
It was rather unexpected. My agent submitted the manuscript to six different houses, then a few weeks later, I requested that she ask each to wait on completing their review, as I decided to make several major changes to the first few chapters. Five of the houses replied affirmatively, but we didn’t hear from Kregel. We assumed they hadn’t started reviewing it yet, and I moved forward with my revisions. Just as I was finalizing my changes the publisher from Kregel contacted my agent and made the offer.
•3. What was your reaction to the news that your first baby had been purchased?
Stunned and a bit worried at first. I know that sounds strange and I should’ve been bouncing around the house, but my first thought was, Oh no! They read the old version and I’ve made all these changes! What if they don’t like what I’ve done and want to keep the old one? I knew the new version was much stronger, as did the editor I’d been working with on the first 1/3 of the book, so I prayed and my agent asked Dennis, my soon to be publisher, if they’d take a look at the changes. They did, they liked what they saw, and the offer extended to the new book. THEN reality set in and the explosion of joy and incredulity hit me. It took several weeks before I really took in that it was sold.
•4. Did you have an agent?
Yes, Tamela Hancock-Murray from the Hartline Literary Agency. The Lord put us together and I feel tremendously blessed to have her for my agent. She’s been a joy to work with and goes the extra mile in working for me.
•5. How long did it take from first word to sale? What were some of the steps along the journey?
It took me five weeks to write the first draft, then the next six months of revising, editing and polishing before it was presentable. This was such new territory for me. I’d written several non-fiction short stories that were published in magazines just prior to starting off in fiction, but I had no clue what I was doing when I began to write this novel. I’d never read a book on writing, had no teaching on structure, plot, POV, characterization, dialogue, or anything else. It wasn’t until three months before Kregel made their offer that I discovered ACFW and joined. My sister, who has done some professional editing, and a friend who is an editor and author, both helped tremendously, mentoring and supporting me through the first two drafts, or I wouldn’t have made it this far.
The Lord brought Tamela (my agent) into my life in a series of miraculous events that only He could have orchestrated, and seven months later I received the offer from Kregel. When the book is released, it will be two years since writing the first draft, and nine months since signing my contract. Kregel graciously put The Other Daughter on the fast track to publication, beating the usual 12-16 months for publication by quite a bit.
Do you ever struggle with writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?
Yes, in the final ¼ of my second book, Past Shadows, I stared at a blank screen more than once when I sat down to write. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I skip ahead and start writing what I DO know, then I’ll come back and link the old and new together. I’ve found that if I can just get writing again, even if it’s several chapters ahead, the rest will come in time. Sometimes I simply need to step away for awhile and not push too hard. Prayer is also a key…ask the Lord to unlock the block and stir up a new creativity in your heart and mind.
•6. Any advice for those of us who are still dreaming of that first sale?
I know what I wish I would’ve had, when I started out. Critique partners…they are invaluable. I didn’t belong to a group until well into the writing of the second book in my series. Through ACFW I was able to get connected and our small group of four is a perfect fit for each of us.
Don’t be too shy to ask for help and don’t be too proud to take constructive criticism of your work, when it’s offered. You don’t have to change everything that’s suggested, but if more than one person points out something wrong, take it seriously and be willing to learn. And most of all, don’t give up. If you believe that God has given you the gift or desire to write, then be obedient, even if it’s never published. When I started out, I thought the best I’d attain would be publication in magazines….having a book published didn’t seem possible. The Lord gave me this story and it needed to be written, and the rest was up to Him. My responsibility was to write it, then keep moving forward in whatever direction He pointed out.
•7. Any exciting things happening before or during the time period while the book is releasing?
Yes! I’m so excited! I received a Four Star review from Romantic Times Review Magazine. I assumed that Five Stars would be the top rating, but I was so blessed when I found out Four and a half was the best you could get, making Four Stars quite good indeed. I’ve also gotten some very good reviews, including a glowing one from Novel Journey, one of the top Christian review blogs. The Other Daughter is also climbing it’s way up the best sellers list on CBD…at the two week mark prior to release (when this was written) it had hit #15 in women’s contemporary fiction and #103 in overall fiction (out of 9,584 books), very respectable for a book not yet released. I’d love to see it reach the top 75 in overall fiction, but am leaving that in the Lord’s hands.
•8. Which fiction book on your shelf has been read the most times? What keeps pulling you back to that story?
I have several authors that keep pulling me back…I discovered Gene Stratton Porter and Harold Bell Wright in high school when I first read Freckles, Girl of the Limberlost, and Shepherd of the Hills. I love anything these early twentieth century authors wrote and own first editions of several of their works. The writing in the early 1900’s had so much more depth than much of what’s being written now. The descriptions were exquisite…that’s the only way I can describe how they wrote. The stories were unusual and you knew the characters personally, and cared about them deeply. H B Wright especially had thought provoking messages woven through his fiction that would stay with a reader for days, if not weeks to come.
•9. What else are you working on?
I’m working on Past Shadows (might also be called “Sheltered”), the sequel to The Other Daughter, and hope to have it ready to turn in to my editor in early November. I’ve also started something new for me, an 1880’s novel set in Washington state…I’m hesitating to say it’s a romance, but it looks like it might be heading that direction. I’m playing around with another idea for a stand-alone women’s contemporary with an unusual twist. I’m hoping to start it as soon as Past Shadows is finished. There could also be a #3 in this series, and if so, we’ll return to Brianna, the 13 yr old girl who arrives at the Carson’s door…at the age of 23.
•10. How did people help you along the journey?
There have been several people who influence and helped me this past two years. My husband has been unwavering in his support, even when he felt I was being unfairly treated, LOL—He didn’t like the initial rejections I was getting and couldn’t understand why publishers weren’t happy with it, after all the work I did. I’m so blessed that he believed in me and kept encouraging me.
I’ve mentioned my sister Jenny and my author friend Elizabeth earlier, but they were a tremendous help with initial editing and suggestions. They both taught me so much about POV and believability. Writing dialogue came very naturally to me, but I struggled at times with other aspects of plot structure, pacing and tension.
My pastor and small home group prayed and encouraged me, and my mom loved everything I wrote, of course…family and close friends are rarely a good source for reliable feedback, and I was so thrilled when I found ACFW a few months before my book came under contract, and joined a critique group a couple of months later. They brought another layer of accountability and learning to my writing that I hadn’t had before.
•11. How can we pray for you on the next stage of your writing life?
I so need to be able to stay focused on my writing. Life has a way of distracting me and steering me off my intended writing course. We’ve just completed a year long project of building a new home and are in the process of moving in, so I’m hoping things will settle down and I can get back to some serious keyboard time soon.
Also, at the time of this writing, I’m awaiting the verdict from a major motion picture studio concerning the acquisition of my book as a potential family movie. The studio rep read the book, stated she really liked it and felt it had a strong plot and very memorable characters. She requested a lengthy summary of the book showing how I would soften the faith elements to make it acceptable for a family, rather than Christian, movie, as their studio is not faith based. I’ve done so and she’ll be reviewing the summary over the next few weeks. This isn’t something I or my agent sought-the studio rep came to us when she saw a short summary of the book in a publishers newsletter-so I’m not counting on it or expecting anything at this point. It’s in the Lord’s hands and I’m trusting Him that if He wants to use the book to touch lives in the secular world by making it into a family movie, that’s great. If not, that’s okay too….my book is being published, which is more than I dreamed would happen two years ago.
Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?
I’m very blessed that I have two areas to write, depending on the noise and traffic level. We just completed building our new home and moved in early July. I have my lap top in the kitchen area on a desk for easy access when I want to jot a few notes, do some marketing, check email, etc. When I want to do serious writing and close a door, I go to my new office/library to work. It has a wonderful view of the woods out any of the four windows, and a spacious work area, so is very conducive to writing.
Do you have a word or page goal you set for each day?
I’m afraid I’m not that organized. I have to work my writing into my very busy life, and often find myself writing late at night. If I’m behind schedule, I’ll push myself to stay put till I’ve written a few thousand words to catch up on a couple of lost days, but it’s rare that I get to write every day. Since my first book is nearing release, I’m also spending quite a bit of time on marketing, and of course, just got all the edits, revisions and proofreading behind me.
What does a typical day look like for you?
There really is no typical with my hubby and myself. He’s semi-retired, but still involved in a large project/invention that’s going to market soon, so he’s in and out a lot. I’m involved at our church, but much less than I used to be, and also involved with family. This past few months was taken up with finishing the interior trim in our new home, putting in flower beds, packing and moving, keeping up on the yard work on the old house that hasn’t sold yet, and fitting in writing and marketing when I’m able. Thankfully, I’m not under a strict deadline with the second book.
Take us through your process of writing a novel briefly-from conception to revision.
I’m more of a seat-of-the-pants writer…I get an idea, decide who the main characters are and start writing. I don’t follow a lot of rules, and tend to get better acquainted with my characters as I go. I have a basic overview of the story line in very simple outline form…I’m talking, a few sentences that might fill one page, at most, with very few details.
It does make it a bit more time intensive, in that I probably have more revisions than an organized writer, but I’ve found I can be more creative if everything isn’t mapped out along the way. My characters have more room to grow, change, and make some of their own decisions…I’ve had things happen in my story line that weren’t planned, but that fit beautifully and strengthened the plot. After writing the rough draft, I’ll submit it to my crit group a few chapters at a time, as well as having an editor I trust review the first third to half of the book for plot holes and inconsistencies, then start revising and editing.
What do you wish you’d known early in your career that might have saved you some time and/or frustration in writing? In publishing?
This is a hard one, as I’m still very early in my writing career, having only started writing seriously just over two years ago. I’m growing and learning constantly, and in all honesty, I haven’t had a lot of frustrating times since beginning this journey. I’d have to say that the issue of timing probably stands out more than most other things. I was in too big of a hurry, at first, to send my ‘baby’ out into the world when it wasn’t ready. Had I taken the advice of an author/editor friend on some of the changes she gave me that would have strengthened my book, and not been so sure it was fine the way it was, I probably wouldn’t have had some of my early rejections. Of course, rejections are part of the growing process, and I learned valuable lessons there, too.
How much marketing do you do? What have you found that particularly works well for you?
I’m one of those rarities in the writing world who actually enjoys the marketing part of writing. A lot of authors I know prefer to hole up in their office and write and not mess with promotion and marketing…not me. I love it. In fact, I probably spend too much time on it, and not enough on writing. Currently, I have a blog, web site, ShoutLife profile and moderate a marriage group there, as my book deals with marriage issues, a My Space site, a 60 second book trailer on God Tube and My Tube, an email campaign, free book drawings, and try to stay active on a couple different writer’s groups. I also keep in touch with about 300 people who’ve signed my guest book on my web site, and offered to help with marketing. Those people have been amazing in passing along the word to their friends. I decided I didn’t want to put out the money to have someone else put a blog tour together, so jumped in and made that happen, too. I can tell you one thing, there’s not enough hours in a day for writing, marketing, husbands, houses, animals, friends, church and all the other things I’m supposed to be doing…but thankfully, I’ve not been kicked out of church, my family and husband haven’t disowned me, and my house isn’t falling down around my ears… yet, LOL!
Do you have any parting words of advice?
Keep your priorities in order…God first, family next, ministry and others (including your writing) third. Write for the Lord, and yourself, rather than to be published. It will cut way down on the disappointment and frustration level, and bring a deep sense of joy and accomplishment.
1. Congratulations on the release of your debut novel, The Other Daughter! I know you’re excited, and we’re all excited for you. As a reader, I’m fascinated by the primary topic in your book – that of an unknown daughter showing up on the doorstep, and the unavoidable upheaval in the lives of those people her appearance impacts. What prompted you to write about this type of circumstance?
Thanks and yes, I’m very excited as it’s just a few days now. A friend suggested that my first book be based on something true from my life, if possible, as I’d have an easier time fleshing it out. I began to brainstorm a few ‘what ifs’ from our marriage. What if the 18 yr. old girl who’d written my husband a letter claiming to be his daughter, had been a young teen without a mother instead, and we had to raise her? What if her conception had happened while he and I were dating, rather than prior to our meeting, as was the case? What if I were NOT a Christian and he was, and I struggled with Christianity and his faith? Hmmm….well, that’s exactly what it took to ignite the story within and it grew from there and became, The Other Daughter. And to answer anyone panting to know, LOL—yes…the 18 yr old girl WAS his daughter from his ‘Before Christ’ days and yes, we keep in touch and have a solid relationship with her and her family.
2. Now … as a writer, I’m interested in your character development. How did you go about choosing the various personalities, quirks and habits of your characters? Are they based on actual people you know?
Excellent question and one I’ll enjoy answering. In this book, the two main characters both have some aspects of my husband’s and my personality or outlook on life. Susanne is much more of my hubby Allen, than me. He struggled with Christianity for years, even though he got saved prior to our engagement. His main issue was the need to be in control of his life and not bow to an outside authority, even God. He also dealt with some drinking issues, as did Susanne, and some of her arguments at one time or the other, came from his lips.
Josh and Megan, the two children of David and Susanne are very similar in personality and interests as our son Steven and daughter Marnee. Steven loved to dismantle things as a child and Marnee was horse crazy (still is as an adult).
I’m in there somewhere….probably more in the frustration David felt in dealing with Susanne’s attitudes toward his faith and drinking.
3. How long did it take you to write the book, from the first spark of an idea to delivering the manuscript to a publisher?
The rough draft flew out of my head and onto my computer….5 weeks from the first word to the last, of an almost 100,000 word document. It was one year later that I submitted to several houses for consideration, and part of that time was spent hunting an agent and sending it out to a couple of houses on my own, prior to signing with Hartline Agency.
4. That said, how much time do you devote to writing on a daily basis?
I always cringe when someone asks this question!! I know writers are supposed to write EVERY DAY….but I just can’t. My life is pretty crazy most of the time. We spent the last full year building a new home, with the final four months mostly on our shoulders, as we did almost all of the interior finish work and it’s a custom home. Since we moved in, we’ve been trying to get a yard and flower beds in, get a son married off, attended ACFW conference….the list goes on. When I do write, I make it count. I normally write 1,500 to 3,000 words in a sitting, sometimes more. But much of my time is spent on other types of writing…the promotional part, which eats a lot of my time at the computer.
5. What have you learned throughout the process of writing, pitching – and now, promoting – a novel?
I didn’t come down the usual path that many writer’s come….I started writing Christian fiction just two years ago, when I started The Other Daughter, and didn’t belong to any writer’s groups, hadn’t read a single writing book, didn’t have a crit partner, and only had my sister and one other gal who’s an editor of E-books, that helped keep me on the path. They both had experience in editing and pointed out many of the mistakes I made…common ones such as Point of View and telling the reader what was happening rather than showing.
Marketing on the other hand, is a joy and very easy for me, as I worked in sales much of my adult life before starting to write. I spend anywhere from 2-4 hrs per day on the computer with marketing…not every day or every month, but that’s been the average per day since about two months ago when I began to push hard on marketing The Other Daughter.
What have I learned? That other Christian writer’s are some of the most unselfish, caring, giving people on the face of the earth. Instead of competing and trying to cut one another off at the knees, they practically break their necks to help.
I’ve also learned that if you’re not giving God the glory and asking Him to keep your priorities straight, writing will become an albatross around your neck instead of the joyful journey He means it to be. HE is the one who has brought me success in my book by acquiring an agent, then a contract, so quickly, I can claim no credit for that. I’ve written a summary of my entire journey from start to contract on my website….HE is an amazing God and I write for Him. If I wrote for myself or for the readers, I’d probably have given up by now.
1. You have a book about forgiveness, secrets, healing and faith. What gave you the inspiration for this story?
Great question and one has a very personal answer. I was brainstorming with a friend who suggested I use an experience from my life as the basis or theme for my first novel. I ran through several scenarios in my head, as we’ve had many interesting things happen in our marriage…some great, some not. This personal incident did indeed capture the essense of secrets, forgiveness and healing…not as much in my life as in our marriage and the life of an 18 yr old girl. About 17 yrs ago my husband received a letter stating a young woman believed him to be her biological father she’d never met. We agreed to meet and hear her story, and after some investigation came to believe he probably was her dad. The episode was similar to that of David in the book…a one night stand prior to his becoming a Christian, but that’s where the similarity stops. He was not dating me at the time, and I had a strong relationship with the Lord and didn’t have a problem accepting Trish into our lives.
2. How much of your own experiences influenced the characters of Susanne and David? What aspects became traits that were theirs and theirs alone?
David’s character and responses are much more me than my husband, and the way Susanne deals with stress depicted my husband in the earlier years of marriage. He struggled with alcohol and ‘kicked against the pricks’ to use a biblical term….or just plain fought against anyone’s authority being above his, including God. That’s since changed and our marriage is strong and stable, but it wasn’t always. We did have a divided household where the aspect of our faith was involved and many times it was tough. Very tough. Some of David’s frustrations with Susanne and her way of dealing with life came from my memories of the same type of circumstances.
3. What themes exist in The Other Daughter that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren’t overt but developed as the story progressed?
The most important theme to me is the one of releasing control of your life to your Heavenly Father, and seeing that He cares more about your future than you ever can. Until a person bows their will to His and falls into His arms, there will be no true, lasting peace….and it’s tough to find real forgiveness, or give it to others.
The character of Grandfather, a part Native American relative of David’s, didn’t exist in the first rough draft, but came quite some time after. He was brought into the picture to help both David and Susanne examine their motives and reactions to one another and to Brianna on a deeper level. He’s a picture of unconditional love that we all wish for in our lives and the type of person we could all use, when we’re heading the wrong direction.
4. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?
The most difficult parts were the revising. I didn’t really experience any struggles in the initial writing…it flew from my fingers and mind onto the computer screen as fast as I was able to type. I did the initial rough draft in five weeks, but the revising and editing and additional scenes took several times that long, as I had so much to learn. I found it difficult to tone down a couple of people who needed to be rude and or snotty, but also had to do so in a believable way. My first attempt was very sad….they were straight out of a Grade B movie, LOL!
Once David Carson’s secret shows up on his front door, does he discover more freedom in his life and faith?
At first he believes it’s bringing yet more bondage, and possibly destruction. As is so often in our lives, we’re unable to see the big picture as God sees it…we see the tapestry from the back side, with all it’s broken treads, knots and mistakes, while God sees the beautiful colors and patterns showing up on the front. It will take David a while to understand that this tapestry of his life is in God’s hands, not his, and that God desires that we all walk in freedom, not bondage.
The Other Daughter is doing so well on the CBA charts. What is your marketing strategy?
I have to confess, I’m a bit of a marketing addict. I can spend WAY too much time on marketing and not enough working on my new novel, as I truly enjoy the marketing aspect of writing. I spent years in a sales career before deciding to stay home, then still continued to do some work from my home office until I began writing 2 1/2 years ago.
I began a web site months before landing my contract, and a blog about the same time I signed my contract, all in anticipation that I’d need the exposure and connections someday. I’m SO glad I didn’t wait until I had the contract, as I had no idea how much work comes after the manuscript is turned in!
My favorite parts I think, were developing the characters….especially the children and Grandfather. They came alive for me. Of course, the two younger kids, Josh and Megan, were very similar to my kids, Steven and Marnee at that age, so they sprang to life with little effort. There are no similarities to anyone else real besides those two people, and David and Susanne. But characterization comes easy to me, regardless and my greatest joy is working to develop characters the reader will feel they know. That’s what I look for in a book and what I’m trying to give to my readers.
5. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?
That’s up to Kregel and my readers, quite literally. They choose not to give multiple book contracts to a new author, with good reason….they’d like to see some sales figures from book 1 before signing for book 2. So far I’ve had pretty good results, with my ranking steadily rising on CBD, but the jury’s still out.
The second book is nearly finished and ready to present to Kregel and my editor there is excited about the story line. It follows a secondary character in The Other Daughter named Jeena….pronounced Gina…. She’s a bit of a pill—not a Christian, a bit worldly and very career minded, but has had some very hard knocks growing up and a couple of devastating ones as an adult. So far my advance readers have wanted to spank her, hug her, cry with her and shake her….but the few that I’ve allowed to see it so far have been rooting for her to make it through the dark shadows that are rolling in around her. Sorry, wish I could tell you more, but don’t want to spoil it! Not sure of the title yet…but considering Past Shadows or Sheltered…again, that will ultimately be Kregel’s decision.
Thanks so much for having me here, it’s been a lot of fun talking about some things that I’m not often asked.
Many new writers like myself need lots of encouragement to keep plugging away! Tell us how your writing journey began and developed.
I know a lot of writer’s say the Lord told them to start writing, and I’m among them, but my circumstances were a little out of the ordinary. Two-and-a-half years ago I attended a church service and sat under a visiting minister who I trust and respect. I went forward for a small prayer need, can’t even remember what, now. He began to pray for me and stopped and looked me in the eye. “The Lord just told me you’re supposed to be writing. I have no idea what…short stories, poetry, fiction…but it needs to be published.” That was the jist of his message and I took it home and spent two weeks praying it through.
I decided it witnessed to my spirit and lined up with what other’s had gently suggested in the past, but I’d disregarded, as I didn’t feel I had any particular talent in that area. I spent the first 3 months writing my auto-biography covering the time period from my marriage to the present, but from a mostly spiritual viewpoint. After talking to a few people I discovered there was no market for something like that, so began writing short-story, non fiction and sold a few pieces to magazines. I was too new and green to realize how fast everything was happening and soared on in to someone else’s suggestion that I try my hand at Christian fiction.
The idea for The Other Daughter exploded in my heart and the entire rough draft was completed 5 weeks later. It took several more months to refine and revise it, and another couple of months beyond that to secure an agent. From that point on, as He’d done so far, the Lord was in control. He brought my agent into my life, and orchestrated the circumstances for the contacts I made that landed me a contract with Kregel. I take no credit for anything that’s been done so far….after all, God told me through a visiting pastor I should be writing, or I’d still be selling stuff on Ebay and puttering around the house, wondering what to do with my time, LOL!
Congratulations on the success of you first novel, The Other Daughter! We are so excited for you! You can find Miralee at:
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