Meet Angela Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach is a best-selling author of romance through the ages and host of Lit Up Talk Radio. She’s been writing prayers for writers for over three years as the Weekly Prayer Warrior of the Romance Writers of America/Faith, Hope, and Love Chapter. Angela is the Christian Author Network’s president. And yes, she’s half of the fun fe-lion comedy duo, Muse and Writer. Always family-friendly — Always good for your heart.

Tell us about your newest book.

Worthy to Write! Blank page tying your stomach in knots? 30 prayers to tackle that fear!

Worthy to Write! The book that tackles those fears that holds you back from putting words on the page and submitting your work as a professional. Fears like—I can’t let anyone read my stories. Who cares about what I have to say? Who would read anything I wrote anyway? I’m not special or original enough. Do those fears fly through your mind like a plague of locusts, eating up your confidence each time you sit down to write? All those fears, and more, boil down to one problem—feeling unworthy. But you are worthy! God gave you a voice and all those ideas swirling in your head for a reason: to write them so that you can make a difference in the world.

Presented by the Pencildancers: Angela Breidenbach, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Liz Tolsma, and Jennifer Vander Klipp because we’ve also experienced those fears and worked through them to become best-selling, award-winning authors. We want that for you, too! First in the new Worthy series, Worthy to Write is written for the author on the journey to use God-given talent for His glory!

What genre do you focus on and why?

I actually enjoy writing in several genres including historical and contemporary romance, non-fiction inspirational (devotions and life enhancement which is often called Christian Living in bookstores and libraries), cat comedy, and educational that includes genealogy and technology. I love sharing what I learn in both story form and to help others grow personally. I also like to make people smile with silly or poignant cat comedy social media posts.

Who is your main character?

In this case, the main character is You, the Writer. In Worthy to Write, the four authors came together to help other writers overcome the fears we’d all experienced…and often still do. We felt called to lift up others in order to encourage talented writers to express themselves the way God meant them to and do it in spite of fear. So you, dear hopeful writer, are the main character of this book.

What does a day in your writing world look like?

Do I dare admit it has way too much email time??? Because I volunteer as the president of the Christian Authors Network, I spend a lot of time on email helping manage the organization and helping other writers learn more about technology. I’m also in college for genealogy. So that means my writing time is a lot less than it was in the past few years. I also write a lot of journalistic articles and/or blog posts for larger websites. Since this year started getting crammed I decided to learn how to dictate my books. I’m on a learning curve and discovering how this all might work for me with 1-2 hours of dictation time that rotates with editing that dictation. And a lot of late night college reading…

What is the hardest part of being an author? Why?

I think the hardest part of being an author right now is the crazy rate of speed that things keep changing in the industry. There’s no comfort zone—ever! There’s a constant deluge of learning a new social media platform or figuring out how the new algorithm works or learning a new way to format for a new sales platform… Oh, and don’t forget the amount of new programs and tech and the costs of all of those things… I think you get the picture. It used to be whether a writer could learn to type and then switch to a computer, but then those authors had a tough time finding ways to reach their readers. This new age of technology allows us to reach out in new ways.

What’s the best part of your author’s life? Why?

Getting to be me. When I worked for employers I had to meet their goals. Being an author and radio host, I get to meet my own goals. That’s incredibly freeing both emotionally and physically. I don’t have to work 8-5 p.m. I love setting my own based on the time of day I do the best work for that particular kind of work. So I tend to do radio and business items between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Then I enjoy getting creative later in the day. I’ve often found myself working late into the night completely unaware of passing time.

What is the craziest thing you’ve experienced as an author?

The shock that people think I’m funny with cat comedy! I posted a photo of Muse shortly after he came home from the local pound. (I believe in pet rescue.) I’d posted a short, silly conversation between Writer and Muse. It took off in a way I never expected. Now I’m working on a calendar, gift book, and other ideas. This is one arena—that Muse and Writer are continuing to gain readers—still shocks me four years later! But the private notes I get from readers, that the humorous conversations help them, telling me how, really drives me to figure out this opportunity to share Muse’s amusing quips. This is the hardest learning curve for me because there’s a lot of techie hurdles with photography and publishing software that I have to leap. I did not see cat comedy coming! I certainly had no idea it would be a constant in my writing life. But it’s so much fun!

What are you most proud of?

Taking the chance on my dreams. I changed from standard business, chasing someone else’s dream for them, to this crazy business of public creativity. I was terrified. I went through a lot of challenges. Challenges happen in every stage. But, I thank God for being there with me through it all and giving me the courage to leap.

What is your favorite pastime? Right now, and it changes, I really love my college classes in English/Scottish genealogical studies. The classes are fascinating and often lead me off on wild tangents of curiosity.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

Yes, thanks for asking. I’m working on book #17. But here are a few current titles:

Historical Romance

The Captive Brides Collection

Second Chance Brides Collection

The Debutante Queen (1st in the Montana Beginnings series)

Non-Fiction

Gems of Wisdom: The Treasure of Experience

Contemporary Romance:

Out of Their Element (releasing Feb. 1st, 2018 with authors Robin Lee Hatcher, Vickie McDonough, and Deborah Raney). Full length novels exploring four couples that find romance in totally unexpected ways.

What are you working on now?

We have another “Worthy” devotion in the works for this series.

 

Website: http://www.AngelaBreidenbach.com

Book Link (avail Kindle or Paperback): http://amzn.to/2gFTe1c

 

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https://Toginet.com/shows/litup/

Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram: @AngBreidenbach

 

 

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Meet Jen Turano

Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, had two of her books named top ten romances from Booklist, and was named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside Denver, CO.

 

 

Tell us about your newest book.

Out of the Ordinary, released yesterday and is the second book in the Apart from the Crowd series.

Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people’s trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene—until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society.

When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he’s unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail.

What genre do you focus on and why?

I write historical romance set in the Gilded Age, having fallen in love with that time period after reading about Alva Vanderbilt’s famed costume ball of 1883. I’ve always been drawn to high society, and the New York Four-Hundred as it was called was filled with so many outlandish members that I have enough fodder for stories for years to come.

Why do you write? What drives you?

I’ve always had stories in my head and I’ve always had a knack for the written word—it just took me a long time to figure that out. As for what drives me—deadlines drive me these days. As long as I keep my writing steady, I can normally avoid chaos, but I have to maintain a pretty strict writing schedule in order to keep my sanity.

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

Miss Gertrude Cadwallader is my heroine. I found her name in a book about the New York Four-Hundred and knew I just had to have her in a story.

What does a day in your writing world look like?

I’m normally at my computer around 7:30. I take a five-mile walk before that, which seems to get me settled for the day. And then I work until I meet my word-count or chapter goal—which means I do about a chapter and a half a day—sometimes more, sometimes less. When I’m doing a content edit—that’s what I get after I’ve turned in the story and my editors go through it and make…suggestions, my days are a little different and are usually a lot longer. Last week I worked one day from 6:00 am until after midnight because I was on a roll and didn’t want to lose that momentum.

What is the hardest part of being an author? Why?

First drafts—facing those pesky blank pages is a little daunting day after day.

What’s the best part of your author’s life? Why?

The readers—I never even thought about how many people I’d come to know by being an author. But I’ve made wonderful friends with so many readers, and that’s just been the coolest thing ever.

What are you most proud of?

My son.

What is your favorite pastime?

Al (husband) and I love to socialize with our friends.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

I do have other books, thank you for asking. From earliest release date to latest –

First Series – Ladies of Distinction – In order

(Gentleman of Her Dreams – e-book only – free novella)

A Change of Fortune – book one

A Most Peculiar Circumstance – book two

A Talent for Trouble – book three

A Match of Wits – book four

Series Two – A Class of Their Own

After a Fashion – book one

In Good Company – book two

Playing the Part – book three

Series Three – Apart from the Crowd

(At Your Request – e-book only – novella – free download)

Behind the Scenes –book one

Out of the Ordinary – book two – releases November 7, 2017

Caught by Surprise – book three – releases late spring 2018

What are you working on now?

I just turned in the content edits for Caught by Surprise, so I’ll be returning to a first draft of my next series come Monday. That series is sort of an American Heiress gone rogue thing—the first book is Miss Isadora Delafield’s story—and the story concept came about with a What If —What if Consuelo Vanderbilt flatly refused to marry the Duke of Marlborough even though her mother was threatening her with dire consequences if she didn’t marry the man—we’ll see how it goes.

Website: www.jenturano.com

Link to book: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/authors/jen-turano/1761

Social media links: https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/

Twitter – JenTurano@JenTurano

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5765468.Jen_Turano

 

 

 

 

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Meet Carrie Fancett Pagels

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances, including ECPA bestsellers. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper,” in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.

 

Tell us about your newest book.

My latest novel is My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring which earned a Romantic Times Book Reviews Top Pick in July, when it released! This story I consider a legacy book for me. It is set on Mackinac Island, which I love, at the turn of the century (in 1895) a time period I really enjoy, and I had the privilege of researching at the Grand Hotel, a gorgeous place! The hardcover releases from Thorndike in October!

My upcoming novella, “Love’s Escape” is in The Captive Brides Collection (Barbour Publishing, October, 2017). This is a freedom story, with my heroine, Letitia, being conducted north on the Underground Railroad. Unfortunately, poor Lettie starts her journey in a coffin!

What genre do you focus on and why?

Christian Historical Romance. I love history, love romance, and love a spiritual story arc in fiction.

Why do you write? What drives you?

I write because God has called me to do so, and I do it to please Him. And, thankfully, He has given me joy for the journey! I was a psychologist for 25 years until my Rheumatoid Arthritis disabled me. I pictured myself writing after retiring when I was maybe 70 or so, but that timeline got moved up when I could no longer work.

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

Maude Welling is named for my grandmother, Maude Carrie Williams Fancett, who was born in 1895 (which is why I picked that year for the story.)

What does a day in your writing world look like?

I have this habit of running laundry while writing – like almost always. I prefer to write outside on our deck. Since I live in Virginia, where I can do this for many months of the year, that’s my favorite place to write, at our picnic table! With my physical impairments, I can only write for short periods of time. So, I’ll write for maybe two half hours sessions in the morning and the same later in the afternoon, maybe three days a week. Any more than that and I’m risking increased pain. I also blog and of course have to respond to writerly things, so I’m on the computer for other things, too, in between and usually on alternate days.

What is the hardest part of being an author? Why?

There are so many authorly things I’d like to do that I’m physically unable to do. But I’ve been trying to work my way around them with God’s help. For instance, two years ago I tried doing a research, book signing, research, and library speaking trip in just over a week and it nearly did me in! So, this past July, I promoted Maude’s Mooring on Mackinac Island and in Northern Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula, but we stayed the whole month so that I could rest between speaking engagements, research, and book signings. That was much more manageable. And I do enjoy traveling for research.

What’s the best part of your author’s life? Why?

I’m a history geek and especially if it involves traveling to my home state of Michigan.

What is the craziest thing you’ve experienced as an author?

Crazy, in an excellent way, was having a planned single book signing at the Island Bookstore morph into three signings and eleven cases of books signed! That was amazing in the extreme!

What are you most proud of?

I’m very pleased with this novel! I thank God for my “Problem Child” manuscript turning out so beautifully in the end!

What is your favorite pastime?

I like to do beadwork. I also enjoy listening to audiobooks. And baking. And visiting cool places.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

Yes, I have eleven other books (novels, novellas, short story) in print and another upcoming four releases in collections (all from Barbour). I also have contributed to a nonfiction book and have an award-winning short story in a collection from Family Fiction.

What are you working on now?

I am writing “The Sugarplum Ladies” a novella in A Victorian Christmas collection which will release from Barbour in 2018.

 

Website: www.CarrieFancettPagels.com

Link to book: Links to purchase My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring (Barbour Publishing, July 2017)

Barbour Publishing http://www.barbourbooks.com/product/My-Heart-Belongs-on-Mackinac-Island,14733.aspx?Tab=Books&sj=0

 

Social media links: Website: www.carriefancettpagels.com

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Meet Nancy Mehl

Nancy Mehl is a best-selling, award winning author who lives in Missouri. She’s authored almost thirty books and is currently writing a series for Bethany House Publishing based on the U.S. Marshals. She is also working on a new cozy mystery series for Guideposts, The Mysteries of Martha’s Vineyard.

Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: www.nancymehl.com. She is part of The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors.

 

Tell us about your newest book.

Dark Deception: Book Two – Defenders of Justice Series is a story about Kate O’Brien’s quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she’s been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn’t the murderer, she’s subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis.

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate’s beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate’s safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

What genre do you focus on and why?

Mystery and suspense. I’ve always been drawn to mysteries. When I was a kid, I had all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. That passion has never left me.

Why do you write? What drives you?

Deadlines. Publishers get upset if you ignore them. LOL! Just kidding…kind of. Actually, I love writing. Like breathing. I have no idea what I’d do if I couldn’t write. I believe it’s my calling.

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

My main character is Kate O’Brien. If I’d had a daughter, I would have named her Kathleen after my grandmother. And I would have called her Kate. That’s the reason I chose the name for this book.

What does a day in your writing world look like?

Up around six a.m. Breakfast, Bible teaching from TV, Bible reading, prayer. By 8:00 a.m., I’m in my office. I spend the morning writing. Then I have lunch and come back to do the “other things” writers have to do. Mondays, however, I don’t write. I work on my blog, the Suspense Sisters, and organize my week, clean my office, etc.

What is the hardest part of being an author? Why?

Staying on schedule. Life gets in the way sometimes.

What’s the best part of your author’s life? Why?

Hearing from readers who really love one of my books. Especially when it touches them in some way. I will never forget the woman who said my books got her through chemotherapy. That kind of feedback keeps me going.

What is the craziest thing you’ve experienced as an author?

Wow. Too many things to mention. Some of the strangest come from reviews. Like the woman who decided I hate Canada because of something I wrote in an acknowledgement to one of my editors. It was just crazy. Or being slammed for using profanity. Something I’ve never done and never will do. There are some strange people out there…and they read. LOL!

What is your favorite pastime?

I love going to yard sales! It’s like a treasure hunt. I also do some embroidery. Very relaxing.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

Yes, too many to mention here. You’ll find most of them on my website.

What are you working on now?

Something very exciting. A new series based on the FBI. It’s something I’ve wanted to write for years. Now I get the chance to do it. I hope readers like it.

Website: www.nancymehl.com

Link to book: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Deception-Defenders-Justice-Book-ebook/dp/B01MZGN0ZU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1505482512&sr=8-2&keywords=nancy+mehl+defenders+of+justice

Social media links:

Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nancy-Mehl-Fan-Page-124075957622557/

 

 

 

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Meet Megan Alexander

Megan is a correspondent for “Inside Edition”, the longest-running tv newsmagazine. She covered Thursday Night Football for CBS for two years. She is an author, speaker, producer, actress, and married mother of two.

 

 

 

Tell us about your newest book.

“Faith in the Spotlight – thriving in your career while staying true to your beliefs”. This is my motivational guide to this next generation of ambitious women. Its very practical and talks about things like negotiating a contract, climbing the ladder, body image, marriage, mentors, and more.

What genre do you focus on and why?

There are very few books for the young business woman of faith. Go to any bookstore and you will see plenty for MEN- but virtually none for women. Instead, women are given books by Bible study teachers or on being a wife and mother. I was starved for this kind of book and I think others are, too. The church has not done the best job supporting Christian businesswomen.

Why do you write? What drives you?

The need for this book. Every day I work in a busy newsroom in New York City. The secular work is FULL of opportunities for ambitous women, but not the church. I finally stopped looking for answers and decided to write about the solution, myself. I also collected insight from major influencers in culture – people like Roma Downey, Kirk Cousins, Gabby Douglas, and more.

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

The main character is me. I received an email from a church in Seattle. The pastor wrote to me and said he has a church full of young, ambitious women of faith. They have big career goals and dreams, but they are worried they will need to compromise their values to get ahead. He said “ I have few role models to point them toward, but I know of you. Will you come speak to us?” I knew I needed to do more. This book is my story, but it is also motivation for every young women.

What does a day in your writing world look like?

I commute every week from Nashville to New York, so I wrote this book on my lap top, on the plane. It took about two years.

What is the hardest part of being an author? Why?

There is not enough room to always share everything you want to.

What’s the best part of your author’s life? Why?

Learning that your book has inspired another person – that is the greatest gift!

What is the craziest thing you’ve experienced as an author?

It’s not crazy, but men tell me they are inspired by my book. As a mother of two young boys, I love that!

What are you most proud of?

I wrote this book myself. A lot of people have co-writers or ghost writers. I did not.

What is your favorite pastime?

Working out, eating and traveling with loved ones.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

I am working on a children’s book!

 

Website:www.MeganAlexander.com

Link to book:www.FaithInTheSpotlight.com

https://www.amazon.com/Faith-Spotlight-Thriving-Staying-Beliefs/dp/1501143050

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Instagram: @MeganJAlexander1

 

 

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