3 Questions Wednesday with Jo Huddleston

Happy Wednesday! Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories and our guest.  She’s offered to give away an eBook copy of With Good Intentions. So read on and see how you can win…(There’s also a short excerpt of her book at the end of the interview)

First Question:

What inspires you?

Jo: Along the way, I’ve known people who have inspired me with their principles and work ethics. Four come to mind—a seventh grade teacher, my high school principal, an employer, and an editor. The messages in books by Andy Andrews have inspired me. However, if this question asks what inspires me to write, then my answer would be this: What writing ability I have comes from God and I must be the best steward of that gift that I can be. How could I not write?

A good question to ponder. Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Jo: I would be cobalt blue. That is my favorite color in my clothes and in any room in my home. I don’t favor beige and blending in, but as an adult prefer an electric cobalt blue.

How true. We should all be ourselves. 🙂

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Jo: A librarian. In the seventh grade, a teacher assigned me to work in the school library, helping the librarian there. I had always loved everything about attending school. Now I had a new world to discover—a room full of books. It was many years later that I realized I had grown into an adult who treasured being organized and loved to read, both probably as an extension of my days working in that school library.

Working in a library would be a dream job. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Make sure and leave a comment if you’d like to be entered in the giveaway of With Good Intentions.


With Good Intentions

A sweet romance spiced with deception, set in 1959.

Jean Stewart and her mama stand firm to protect their family business from a big-city developer’s takeover. Oscar Wainworth sends his son William to convince the ladies to sell their property. William has an instant attraction to Jean, believes he shouldn’t be the one to discuss the sale with the Stewarts, and gives them a fake name. If they know he’s a Wainworth, he’s likely to find himself out on the sidewalk.

One lie leads to another until William may have dug a hole too deep to escape. By stealth he learns that Jean can’t associate with anyone who is dishonest. To win Jean’s love, William must convince her that his lies flowed from good intentions.

 Book’s Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/2lTR7LF


Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Novels in her West Virginia Mountains series, her Caney Creek series, and her standalone novel, Tidewater Summer, are sweet Southern historical romances. Jo is a member of ACFW and the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN). Learn more at www.johuddleston.com where you can read first chapters of her novels and novellas and also sign up for her mailing list.

Links to Huddleston Online:

Website and blog (Read novel first chapters here): http://www.johuddleston.com

Sign up for Jo’s mailing list: http://bit.ly/1ZFaZwG

Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2cfSroU

Facebook author page: http://bit.ly/2aqFEeT

Facebook personal page: http://on.fb.me/1Ubic69

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1QAPtFv

Inspirational blog: http://bit.ly/2gttKVr

BookBub Profile: http://bit.ly/2liB0G3


With Good Intentions

Chapter 1

October 1959—Birmingham, Alabama

William Wainworth shifted in his chair, stretched his long legs beneath the massive conference table, and braced for the impending reprimand from the CEO. This regular Monday morning meeting of Wainworth Development sales staff had gone on longer than he’d expected.

He would loosen his necktie but doing so would violate the expectations Wainworth’s CEO held for his male employees: wear a coat and tie when representing Wainworth Development. His daddy being the CEO of Wainworth Development, William had that rule ingrained in him from an early age.

Among other stellar traits, his daddy dressed immaculately, and he expected his workforce to follow his example. His appearance had favorably impressed many clients who sat with him in his Birmingham office. Every weekday, he never ventured outside his home without the requisite coat and necktie. William had never seen him wear wrinkled pants or curled-up shirt collars.

Now, Oscar Wainworth stood tall, slender, and good-looking between the head of the table and an easel, his index finger tapping on a sketch positioned there. William moved his attention from his daddy to the sketch, a street-level drawing of storefronts along a sidewalk in Conroy, Alabama.

Wainworth Development sought to purchase that entire block of businesses, demolish the buildings, and replace them with an apartment complex having a bookstore on the first floor. Sitting across the street from a growing college, the location proved ideal for Wainworth’s purpose.

The building plans had received the city’s approval. Wainworth representatives had successfully gained signatures on real estate contracts to acquire all the properties except one. The smallest business on the block refused to sell, despite repeated overtures from Wainworth Development.

Oscar Wainworth faced the dozen or so men seated around the table in chairs upholstered in rich, brown leather. He put his palms on the gleaming tabletop and leaned forward. “Gentlemen, this one small store is the monkey wrench in this whole deal. We’ve bought up all the properties on the block, yet here’s this little hole-in-the-wall ice cream shop smack-dab in the middle that you’ve not convinced to sell. Why is that? Why this one store?”

3 Questions Wednesday with Kathy C. Houser

Welcome my friend, Kathy Houser, a local children’s author with her debut children’s book, Houser Post Office. 

With great pleasure, we welcome her to 3 Questions Wednesday!

First question–

What inspires you?

Kathy: The laughter of children, their imagination and their love. I’m also inspired by all God’s creations. Sometimes one word can start a story, sometimes one glance at beauty can start a story.

That’s so true. 🙂 Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Kathy: Rainbow, because all the colors you see are beautiful. Like a butterfly, each a beauty in its own way!

I love a rainbow, especially while it’s still raining and the sun peeking in. Last question…

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Kathy: Veterinarian, because of my love of animals.

My granddaughter, Sadie, wants to be a veterinarian also. Thanks so much for stopping in, Kathy!

Kathy will soon be releasing her second children’s book, Dino’s Adventure. Read more about it below…


Dino Adventure

 I was inspired to write because my son, Jamie and his daughter, Ellie have such a love for the giant creatures. While doing research, I found myself intrigued by the mystery of the dinosaurs. I wanted to know more about these creatures and I even took a biblical look into the creation of these giants that roamed our earth so long ago. Research on dinosaurs brings out the imagination and intriguing aspects of how they existed and how they evolved into some creatures that still exist today!

During the writing of this story, I put together dinosaurs that were plant eaters and could have possibly traveled together in the same period of time. Even though Dino Adventure is completed, I still enjoy reading about them. Join me on this awesome journey of your imagination into the world of dinosaurs!


Houser Post Office

One day, the arts council asked me to read a story at the Chicken and Egg Festival that would be held in a small town that I lived in. I asked them if I could just write a short story to read to the children instead. So this is how the story about mail on a farm started!

I started on the story one night. I thought about how unhappy some of my customers were when they didn’t get any mail. Then I thought about how happy my son was when I would read animal stories to him. The combination of the two inspired me to write this story!


Author Kathy C. Houser

Kathy C. Houser, after I grew up, I worked full-time with the Post Office as a City Carrier and raised my son.  After thirty-two years, I retired and here I am, six months later, with two new books! My debut book is Houser Post Office and my second one is Dino’s Adventure. It thrills me to know that children all over the place will be reading my books. I look forward to writing more!

Terry Jo Compton-Illustrator of Dino’s Adventure 

I live in Decatur, Alabama, with my wife, Paula. I became passionate about art at the young age of five years old and spent some of my teenage years working as an artist on signs for businesses, lettering, illustrations, commercial buildings, giant water trucks, and even stage props, stationary, and home decor.

Framed art is my favorite to produce and I love that my art hangs on the walls of someone’s home. I am inspired by fine art, architecture, and old buildings dating back years and years ago. I consider it an honor and privilege to produce artwork that will last for years to come. My love for art has also led me to oils, water colors, and acrylic painting.  The talent I have is all-natural and God-given…no lessons!

Christina Travis-Illustrator of Houser Post Office 

I’m sixteen years old, born in San Marcos, Texas, and raised in Trinity, Alabama. I’ve always had a love for the arts, whether it’s music or drawing. I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember, every day when I would come home from school that was always the first thing I wanted to do. It wasn’t until the seventh grade when I realized that I had talent. I would normally do a quick sketch, but when I really sat down and committed to drawing for hours, from then on I knew that I wanted to draw professionally. So I began drawing portraits for friends and family. I am so thankful for all the love and support I have received while on this journey.

Secrets & Charades by Cindy Ervin Huff

Please welcome Cindy Ervin Huff, multi-published writer and 2014 Editor’s Choice winner for her debut novel Secrets and Charades.

Hi Cindy! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

Cindy: I’ve been married to my soul mate, Charles, for 43 years. We have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.  I’m a pioneer homeschool mom. (By that I mean it was back in the day when people thought it was illegal.)

I grew up a military brat so I am definitely an extrovert. I learned to make friends fast because Dad was usual transferred every few years. Talking to strangers is as natural as breathing for me.

I’ve been writing since junior high off and on. Life interrupted me. Still I managed to get published in a variety of venues. Now that I am in my jubilee years, (over 50- and then some.) I write consistently.

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

Cindy: I write Historical Fiction. I love placing modern day emotional dilemmas in a historical setting. At the same time, my agent is promoting my Contemporary Romance. My romances are full of surprise twists.

Do you work to an outline or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you?

I am a pantster who jots down ideas and directions as they come to me when I’m not at the keyboard. Lots of scrap paper to collect later. I do a sketchy outline. The characters always take me where I least expect it. And I create a character sketch to keep the basic facts straight on my main characters. My secondary characters are more fluid. They can change a few times throughout the drafting process. Their name, profession, gender aren’t set in stone. Even some scene settings can shift from rough to the final draft.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Cindy: Believing in yourself. Doubts keep a writer from consistently putting words on the page every day. It clogs up the submission process. And slows the whole timeline for becoming the writer God desires.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Cindy: I hope to see five more books published.  Lord willing I’d like to teach some classes and continue to be an encouragement for writers. And who knows maybe Hubby and I can take our bucket list trip to the UK.

Thanks for taking time to drop by, Cindy!


Secrets & Charades 

Jake Marcum’s busy ranch leaves him no time for courting, and his wounded heart has no place for love. When battlefield nightmares disturb his peace and his tomboy niece, Juliet, needs taming, somehow a mail-order bride seems like a logical solution.

Dr. Evangeline Olson has no idea her niece is writing to a rancher on her behalf, and she sure isn’t interested in abandoning her medical practice for a stranger. But when an inheritance threatens to reveal a long-buried secret, she travels west to become Jake’s wife.

Jake soon realizes Evangeline is more than he bargained for, especially when her arrival causes a stir in the community. As the two try to find their way in a marriage of convenience, their fragile relationship is further tested by cattle rustling and kidnapping. Can their hearts overcome past hurts to create a real marriage?


Cindy Huff, a multi-published writer and 2014 Editor’s Choice winner for her first novel Secrets and Charades has a passion to encourage other writers on their journey. Check out her blog Jubilee Writer www.jubileewriter.wordpress.com or visit with her on social media.

Amazon Author page:https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946016144/

Facebook Author page:   https ://www.facebook.com/author.huff11/

Twitter: twitter.com/CindyErvinHuff

Facebook:www.facebook.com/cindy.e.huff.

3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Hallmark

Today’s 3 Questions Wednesday guest is Writing Prompts’  founder and editor-in-chief, Jennifer Hallmark.

Welcome to 3 Questions, Jennifer. You know the drill–

What inspires you?

Jennifer: When I think about what inspires me to write, I go back to my youth. As a shy introvert, books meant so much. I read books like The Pilgrims Progress and Quo Vadis and dreamed of writing books some day that would mean as much to someone else as these and others meant to me. When I get tired of moving forward, I remember.

Most writers know that feeling and would agree with you. We all want to create stories that will touch lives and leave a lasting impression.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Jennifer: A light shade of pink. When I was a kid, it was a draw between purple and pink but eventually pink won out. My study is painted a super pale shade of pink and I love it. I wear a lot of pastel colors and often get my toenails painted bright pink. 🙂

Pink is such a happy color! And bright polish on the toes makes everything better. Final question…

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Jennifer: First, a ballerina. Then I moved on to a singer, singing Donny Osmond tunes into my hairbrush. Then a writer and an artist. The artist won out in my early adult years as I tried all types of arts, crafts, and drawing. After my dad passed suddenly when I was twenty-eight, writing became therapy for me and eventually morphed into more than a hobby.

Jennifer has graciously offered a $10 Amazon gift card to one reader who leaves a comment. 


Jennifer Hallmark is a writer of Southern fiction and also fantasy; a combination that keeps the creative juices flowing.

She’s published over 200 articles and interviews on the internet, short stories in several magazines, and been part of three book compilations: The Heart Seekers Series, Sweet Freedom A La Mode, and Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for Those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage.

Jennifer’s website, Alabama-Inspired Fiction, and the group blog she co-founded, focus on her books, love of the South, and helping writers. She sends out a monthly newsletter, which you can subscribe to at her author page. You can visit her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Jennifer and her husband, Danny, have spent their married life in Alabama and have a basset hound, Max. Their daughter Mandy is married to Tim and they have two beautiful daughters, Ava, and Sadie, and a handsome son, Zeke. Their son, Jonathan, is married to Kristie and they have two beautiful daughters, Phoebe Jill and Rozlyn Claire, and a handsome son, Cohen .

Jennifer loves to read detective fiction from the Golden Age, watch movies like LOTR, and play with all her grandchildren. At times, she writes.

Save

3 Questions Wednesday with Clarice G. James

Today, we welcome author Clarice G. James, to 3 Questions Wednesday. She enjoys writing smart, fun, relatable contemporary fiction with a dash of humor, love, and mystery.  Clarice is also graciously offering you a choice of Double Header or Party of One (print copy) to one person who leaves a comment.

So let’s get to the first question:

What inspires you?

Clarice: Most of my inspiration to write stems from interacting with people. All kinds: odd, serious, funny, sad, bubbly, shallow, super intelligent and not-so-much, and a little bit weird. I love to listen to their stories. Another good chunk of my inspiration comes from the wacky and challenging conversations I have with my husband. He’s a bright man with a quirky sense of humor and a quick wit. We laugh every day. I love our times together.

He sounds like a great source of inspiration, and conveniently close by. Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Clarice: I would be a neutral color, like “fresh cream” or “warm gray,” because that would allow me to use every other color in the box to make my life pop! I have this thing about colors. I love mixing and matching them to find new complimentary combinations. You should see how long it takes me to match my coffee mugs, cereal bowls, and Tupperware tumblers each morning! (I fall under the “little bit weird” people category. 🙂

Sounds very festive! 🙂 Last question: 

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Clarice: As a pre-teen, I wanted to be almost every character I read about in dusty library books: Cherry Ames, nurse (Helen Wells and Julie Tatham); Nancy Drew, detective; Peggy Lane, actress (Virginia Hughes); Sally Baxter, reporter (Sylvia Edwards); Kit Hunter, horseman and show jumper (Peter Grey); and Vicki Barr, flight stewardess (Helen Wells, Julie Tatham, and Trixie Bedlen).

That’s certainly a wide variety of occupations, and great imagination.  Thanks, Clarice, for dropping by…

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win. Here’s more information about Double Header…


Double Header 

After learning she has a brother no one knew existed, a rising Boston sports columnist fears losing the unblemished memories of her father, but soon discovers that God’s playbook is less about her well-ordered plans and more about His. 

Casey Gallagher credits a carefully crafted game plan for her wins: her solid marriage to Sam; her lucrative marketing career in Boston; and her popular sports column, Double Header, which she writes with her brother, Griffin McGee. When Casey discovers that her late father, the one man she idolized, had an affair which produced a son even he didn’t know about, she’s determined to find him before he can do any harm.

She narrows the field to three: two Boston Red Sox rookies who’ve recently befriended her and a rookie state cop who works with her husband. When Casey attempts to fit the changes that life throws at her into her idealistic plan, she’s challenged by the dialogue running in her head. Is it her conscience or her imagination? Or is it the voice of the God she’s not sure she believes in?


After years of writing and editing for business and ministry, Clarice G. James now enjoys writing smart, fun, relatable contemporary fiction with a dash of humor, love, and mystery to keep things interesting.

Double Header [Published by Mountainview Books LLC] was one of three winners in the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel contest. Her next novel, Party of One [Published by Elk Lake Publishing Inc.] has a Spring 2017 release date.

Clarice and her husband, David, live in Southern New Hampshire. Together they have five children and ten grandchildren. She has been a follower of Jesus Christ for over 36 years.

Website: https://claricejames.com

Blog: https://claricejames.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14592059.Clarice_G_James

Facebook: Clarice Gregoire James https://www.facebook.com/clarice.g.james

Twitter: Clarice G James https://twitter.com/ClariceGJames

 Email: cjames@claricejames.com

Save

The Organized Writer

Would you like to win a $40 Etsy gift card? We have a fun way to do just that during the month of April.  We are looking for six-word stories. Yes. You heard right. We want a full story in six words.

Hemingway inspired us with his famous six-word tale, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

And the best part is we supply the first three words. So enter every Monday and Friday. At the end of April, we’ll choose our favorite. And you can go shopping…

The Organized Writer

**First published on Seriously Write, a great blog which equips writers.

By Jennifer Hallmark

Congratulations! The magazine article you worked so hard on finally sold. And they need a 100-word bio. You pull up folder after folder in your computer. Where is it?

You once had a great story idea about a basset hound, vanilla scented candles, and a high school reunion. What file did I place it in? You spend hours rummaging through paper folders crammed in a desk drawer with no luck.

Does this sound like you? I’ve struggled in the past to find many files, folders, and ideas. Though I still occasionally misplace items, over the years, I’ve developed a system. Maybe it will help you. But first, I want to show you some products that are out there for print or computer.

Paper systems

Freedom Filer-This system is versatile and you can add as much or as little as you need. And the prices are reasonable. There are also many testimonials by bloggers who like this system.

The Paper Tiger-This system is powered by Google Docs and can help you with paper or digital filing or a combination of both.

Digital systems

When it comes to filing your research for a specific book, I found this article on the ten best software systems for 2017 helpful. You can then choose which is right for you.

Here is another article again mentioning twenty-five writing software programs that might help you. Some are even free.

What do I use to organize my writing? I’ll be honest. There is so much out there, it will boggle the mind. With paper, I prefer the idea of buying certain pieces that are right for me. My desk has a hanging file drawer in it that I use for receipts and such and is very practical. I also buy clear cover binders so I can make my own cover like Marketing Tips I Like or Publishers I Want to Research. Below are some pieces I found during the research for this article that are now on my wish list. 🙂

Vertical Desktop Sorter

Vertical Desktop Organizer

Mobile Filing Cabinet

I do most of my organization now digitally. One quick word of advice here. Make sure everything is backed up. I invested in Carbonite about two years ago and I cannot tell you how much it eased my mind from the fear of losing important material. At only $5 a month, it’s been well worth my investment.

The bulk of my work is stored in My Documents on my computer. I keep a separate file for each of my blogs, each book compilation I’m involved in, and each book I have written or a book idea well-established enough to have its own file. I have a book idea file and an article idea file. I have one file entitled Good Articles on Writing by Other Writers, filled with invaluable advice I can pull up quickly.

Other important files for me are: Short Stories, Published Articles, My Newsletter, and My Book Info (which contains bios, pitches, one sheets, blurbs, etc.) I try once a year to purge files also. Get rid of files or documents no longer relevant and reorganize as needed.

For example: If you open My Newsletter, you’ll see another file for main articles. Each month, I write a new main article. By filing it, I don’t repeat ideas and might use the idea for other articles. I also have separate documents for My Master Email Subscriber List, a PDF sheet for physical signups at live events, monthly recipes, Constant Contact hints (that’s who I use to create my newsletter) and a recipe booklet I created to send to new subscribers. Everything about my newsletter in one place.

Click to tweet: What’s most important to becoming an organized writer is finding the perfect fit for you.

Whether in paper files or digital or a mixture of both, life can be much easier for the writer when time is taken to put things in order.

Writing Prompt: Jayne organized the…

hlcs.org

Save

3 Questions Wednesday Needs You!

April has arrived in a hurry and we’re still excited about our plans for the blog for the rest of 2017.We’ve been talking about YOU! We still have several interview spots and also some guest post spots to fill. One of the ways we can help you is through the online presence and publicity you gain when you’re a part of our blog.

Th Writing Prompts blog has scattered places open for Wednesday interviews from May through December. And also spots where you take our monthly topic and write a guest post. That’s good for all of you writers, bloggers, and authors. Why?

  • Visibility
  • Free publicity
  • Expanded reach
  • Book releases
  • Books & WIPs on virtual display
  • Advertise with buy links
  • New readers via book giveaways
  • Readers getting to know you
  • Makes it easy for potential readers to find and connect with you

Would any of these marketing strategies help you? Well, we offer these for a very low price. Absolutely FREE. All you have to do is contact us through a comment below, or use our contact tab [Click Here]. Let us know you’re interested in participating in 3 Questions Wednesday or write a guest post.

A few facts about 3 Questions Wednesday interviews:

There are only three questions, so it’s quick and easy. We’ll need the following: publicity photo, short bio, book cover, book blurb, buy links, and links to you (your social media, author page, etc.).

Contact us today. Spaces fill quickly.

And let’s not forget our readers! If you’re not a published writer, you are a reader. Many of our authors give away free books. All you have to do is leave a comment on their 3 Questions Wednesday post to be entered in the giveaway. It’s that easy. And the authors respond to your comments. We encourage you to ask questions about their work. This is your opportunity to get to know them even better. Then follow them on their author page, and check out their other books, or works-in-progress.


Thank you!