Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mini Blog Tour

By Ada Brownell

Dear Friends, I'm honored to have been invited by author Mary L, Ball, to participate in this book tag. 

 Mary L. Ball writes Christian fiction.  She lives in North Carolina and weaves stories about real life problems, blended with romance. Mary hopes to encourage people to see the wonder of love and a divine guidance. Her novels include, Escape to Big Fork LakeStone of Destiny and Redemption in Big Fork Lake.  When she’s not working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, and singing with her husband at various functions. Readers can connect with her on Face Book and Twitter. 

Since I (Ada Brownell) agreed to join the blog tour and even after contacting four blogger friends, I ended up with no one interested in joining the tag. So I'll answer the questions and my portion of this tour will end with me. Writers are busy people and have to choose where they will spend their time.

Here are the tag questions and my answers:

1) What am I working on? 
I've been proofing the paperback version of The Lady Fugitive which was released by Elk Lake Publishers for Kindle on July 18. I've also been marketing the new book, a Christian historical romance, but have barely touched the surface of all I need to do. Several folks are waiting for the paperback. I also am doing a blog tour, writing inspirational pieces, testimonies or posts on writing techniques. I'd like to have time to write op-ed pieces for newspapers and stories and articles for Christian publications. I'll get back to that soon, as well as start on sequels.

2) How does my work differ from others in its genre? It's different because it's a woman whose face appears on the Wanted posters. My work in general is more faith building and encouraging than most. Although I hope it's not preachy, my goal is to give people engaging suspenseful stories in my fiction, and facts for faith in my non-fiction, which I don't generalize, but show and document. Preachy is a person's attitude and approach, not sharing the gospel. Frank Luntz says in his book, Words that Work, “Tell the truth,” he said, “but don’t do it in a condescending manner.”

3. Why do I write what I do?

I didn't intend to be a writer, but I had a burning in me to share what the Lord taught me from the Word, and testimonies of how he blessed me and others. Over the years I've written many wonderful testimonies from other people, using my experience as a newspaper reporter. As a reporter I also learned about most of the problems and interviewed people from almost all levels of society.  I've been a student of the Bible since my teens. This gives me a viewpoint of life that helps me and others see what is important and what really makes a difference, and I feel called to share the ideas and the insight I feel God has given me and apparently it met a need because I've been selling to Christian publications since my teens. Yet, I'm still learning, still seeking God every day, because without Jesus and God's redemption I am nothing.

4) How does my writing process work? 

I've always grabbed time when I could get it. One time I wrote an article on the arm of the chair while I rocked a colicky baby. An idea, complete with the hook and illustrations popped my mind and I asked the older kids for paper and pencil. I wrote it in long hand, got up early the next morning and typed it, sent it out that day, and in six weeks it was on the back page of The Pentecostal Evangel where they often placed articles for the unsaved.

What helps me is a drive to complete what I start (usually) and stopping mid-sentence so it's easier to pick up a thought. But, when I have an idea I often create a document and write the lead I have in my head at the moment, although I'm interrupted. Right now my husband is in the kitchen wanting breakfast. So, I'll go, do breakfast, shower and hopefully have a few minutes to write before we go to have teeth cleaned and meet relatives for lunch.

Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and sold articles and stories to 45 publications. She spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. She also is a veteran youth Christian education teacher. After moving to Missouri in her retirement, she continues to write books, free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers. and blogs with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She is critique group leader of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Among her books: The Lady Fugitive, released July 18, 2014, Imagine the Future You, a youth Bible study (November 2013). Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, (Jan. 15, 2013); Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, (Dec. 6, 2011); and Confessions of a Pentecostal, out of print but released in 2012 for Kindle; All the books are available in paper or for Kindle.
Imagine the Future You audiobook is available at www.Audible.com  Free book with new Audible membership.
Amazon Ada Brownell author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06 
Twitter: @adellerella
Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement
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