Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekend Peek In #15

Welcome to week 15 of my Share the Gift Double Kindle 3G Giveaway. I'll draw the winning name in just four weeks. Keep those entries coming, folks!

This week's reader's question is one I am asked often.

When can we expect a sequel to Delivery or any other books?

At a writers conference, Karen Kingsbury once told me she writes a novel in six weeks. What? At first, I thought I had misheard her. No! She explained that her books usually play like movies in her head, and she just writes them down.

Excuse me while I pick my chin up off the floor.

I'll admit that when I'm writing a scene, it often plays like a movie in my head; however, a scene flowing is far different than an entire story magically unfolding before me.

Unless God performs a miracle on me, I'll never churn out a novel in only six weeks, but I am hard at work on ideas for my next book. When can readers expect it? Since I'm not Karen Kingsbury, only God knows the answer.

But you can help! Please pray that God will put stories on my heart that readers will connect with and be touched by.

I would also love your input. What kind of novels do YOU like to read? What types of stories leave hand prints on YOUR heart? I'll be looking for your answers in the comment section below.


  1. I've heard that about Karen Kingsbury. I can't imagine writing that quickly. My words are always squeezed out. When I'm focused, I may finish a novel in 3 - 4 months.

    I just finished a book that left a hand print on my heart: City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell. It was the fictional journey of a Mennonite missionary couple in China from the beginning of the 1900s to the mid-1900s. The author really showed two people being Jesus to those around them.

    I'll read most any kind of book, but my favorites are usually contemporary or suspense. I love reading books that deal with authentic problems.

    Oh, and I just got a Kindle and Delivery is on it. I'm looking forward to reading it. :)

  2. I like to read many kinds of novels, from middle school suitable to Christian adult suitable. I like sci-fi and imaginative like those by C.S. Lewis, Ted Dekker, Eric Reinhold (who went to school with my daughter), Steven Lawhead, George Polivka, Wayne Batson; dragon novels like those by Bryan Davis, Christopher Paolini (not Christian, but I read to check it out for the grandchildren), Donita K. Paul; Amish novels, historical novels, especially those by Bodie Thoene and Francine Rivers; contemporary, especially those by Karen Kingsbury, Beth Wiseman, Barbara Cameron, Cindy Woodsmall . . . . I love to see what Christian authors are writing. I don't have a Kindle yet, but I look forward to reading DELIVERY at some point.
    Kaye Whitney

  3. Brenda, thank you for sharing your thoughts on City of Tranquil Light with us. It sounds like a book I'd enjoy. I love reading books that deal with authentic problems, too--especially when they inspire me to find hope in the midst of problems. Congrats on your new Kindle. I'm honored that Delivery is part of your e-library. :-)

    Kaye, what an awesome list of favorite authors! How cool that your daughter went to school with Eric Reinhold! One of my sons enjoys Christopher Paolini books, but I have never read one. If you don't own a Kindle yet, this would be a great time to enter my double Kindle 3G giveaway, and keep in mind that you may purchase e-books without an e-reader by downloading a free app from Amazon for PCs, iPhones, Macs, iPads, etc. Thanks so much for sharing about your favorite writers!

  4. Six weeks seems so fast! I will read anything. Literally anything. I'm partial to books with supernatural elements, but I also love books with characters who are relatable, with flaws and strengths, just like the rest of us.

  5. Heather, I can't even imagine writing a novel in six weeks! Sound like you might enjoy Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti novels. I'm with you about characters with flaws and strengths we can relate to. I love when a character feels so real that I can see what she sees and feel what she feels. Thanks for stopping by today!