Wednesday’s Writer with Barbara Britton

Today I’m interviewing fellow Pelican Book Group author, Barbara Britton. Welcome Barbara!

Some people listen to music when they write. Some people write outside, near a window, etc. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I’m an old school writer. I draft my novels with a pen and a pad of paper. I’m a terrible typist, so my hands would never be able to keep up with the action that is running through my brain. Writing this way makes my job very portable.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I have three books releasing in thirteen months, so it may seem like I am a fast writer, but I’m not! It takes me about nine months to a year to finish a book. I had a two year lag from the time I finished my first Tribes of Israel novel until I sold it to Pelican. At the time, I wasn’t happy about the wait. Now, I realize it was a big help to have my sophomore novel almost finished when my first novel was snatched up.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Writing books and marketing them can take up a ton of time. I’m still a wife, mom, and daughter, so I have the usual family responsibilities—cleaning, yard work, cooking, etc. Those responsibilities haven’t gone away. I do like to read and bake in my spare time. I also teach a Bible study at my church.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Actually, teaching a Bible study is great for getting story ideas. Ladies always say, “Barb, you should write this,” or “I want to know what happened to this character.” And away I go.

Is there a message in your book you hope readers will relate to?

Naomi is thrust into a scary situation in the book of Judges. She is basically kidnapped to be a wife of a Benjamite, so the tribe can survive becoming extinct. Naomi never forgets her values, or what she believes, during difficult circumstances. We see a faithful remnant to God throughout the Old Testament. I like to think a faithful couple like Naomi and Eliab existed in the chaos of Judges 19-21. The apostle Paul was from the tribe of Benjamin, so I’m glad the tribe survived.

What are your future projects?

I have a book releasing this fall that follows a girl who helped rebuild the wall around Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s day—“Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey.” I am currently writing a story from the Old Testament because a woman in my Bible study said, “Hey Barb, write about these women.”

What kinds of research do you do for your books?

I study Bible passages and read commentaries on the Scripture I’m using for my story. Sometimes I can find historical writings about the time period. If I need to find out about say how a fire burns, I can Google it, or watch YouTube videos. The internet is great for gathering information.

Did you always want to be a writer?

No. The job of “writer” wasn’t brought up during career planning days at my high school. I began writing stories in my forties. I was teaching chapel and I prayed, “Lord, hit me with some creativity.” I needed ideas for my chapel curriculum, but I got a prompting to write books as well. My first books were clean mainstream books (try selling those!). Later, I started writing Biblical fiction and the rest is history.

Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog. I’m glad we are both part of the PBG family.


Building Benjamin blurb:

Love Grows Where God Grafts the Tender Shoot.

Naomi desires to dance well enough to catch the eye of a wealthy landowner. Her father needs a substantial bride price due to the deaths of her brothers at the hands of the tribe of Benjamin. But when Benjamites raid the Ephraimite feast and capture young girls, Naomi is bound and carried from her home by Eliab, a troubled shepherd who needs a wife.

As Naomi awaits rescue, she finds Eliab has a strong faith in God and a just reason for abducting her. A reason that affects all the tribes of Israel. The future of the tribe of Benjamin hangs in the balance, but if Naomi follows her heart and stays with Eliab to rebuild his lineage, she must forfeit her family and become a traitor to her tribe.

“Building Benjamin” can be purchased on Amazon or B&N



Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb kicked off her Tribes of Israel series in October with the release of “Providence: Hannah’s Journey.” Naomi’s journey, “Building Benjamin” is out now. Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America.

 

 

Friday’s Feature with Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Keri’s Christmas Wish

For as long as she can remember, Keri Jackson has despised the hype and commercialism around Christmas so much she seldom enjoys the holiday. Will she get her wish and be free of the angst to truly enjoy Christmas this year?

A devout Christian at heart, Jeremy Hinton, a Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Spiritual Mentor and Energy Medicine Practitioner has studied all of the world’s religions and homeopathic healing modalities. But when a rare bacterial infection threatens the life of the woman he loves, will all of his faith and training be for naught?

Find out in Keri’s Christmas Wish

 

 

Excerpt: She turned to face him, took his hands in hers and stood on tiptoe to brush her lips across his. “Thank you. I’ll bet you do wondrous work with your patients. You sure have made me feel better.”

He caressed her cheek with the back of his hand. “I’m not the Healer, love, just the vessel. Not the Source of Wisdom, only the messenger.”

Keri’s insides turned to mush at his use of the term ‘love’ when addressing her. She smiled. “And you do both beautifully.”

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Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

 
 

Links:

Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com

Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux

Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pamelasthibodea/

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Monday’s Manuscript with Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Career Planning for Writers
by Pamela S. Thibodeaux © 2004 (Revised 2017)

Statistics show that those who set goals and write them down are the ones who succeed. Even freelance writers need a career plan. Here are some ideas for short and long-term goals for writers.

Short-term Goals for New or Unpublished Writers

1) Complete manuscripts. Finishing your manuscript would be the most important goal for a new writer.

2) Write to publish. Write at least two or three articles for your writing group’s (or another) newsletter. This gets you name recognition and exposure…two things essential to any writing career.

Take this one step further and get those articles out there on the World Wide Web. There are Ezines, websites and newsletters that pay for reprints of articles. Funds for Writers is a great placed to start, but there are hundreds of options to market your work.

3) Submit and Work Those Rejections! Submit your manuscript—or at least query—two or three editors and/or agents. Books such as Be Your Own Literary Agent by Martin P. Levin and How to be Your Own Literary Agent by Literary Agent, Richard Curtis give you information on how working those rejection letters can benefit you and your career.

Short-term Goals for Published Writers

1) Finish that next project. Every author knows that in order to maintain the coveted title of “published” you must continue to write things that will sell.

2) Focus on Promotion. Spend at least five to 10 hours per week promoting. This goal is as individual as you are but promotion is the key to a successful writing career.

Before setting goals for promotion, every author should also set a budget. Be reasonable and be realistic! Do some research and get the most exposure for your money. For low cost promotional ideas check out places like EbookSoda and The Book Breeze or check out publications like, The Top 100 Websites for Book and Author Promotion. There are also Good Reads and Facebook groups where you can participate in group advertising for free. Also, check with your publisher or fellow authors about co-op ads in publications like RWR or RT.

Remember, Free is always better! List your book at free sites and sign up to receive every newsletter available to you. This provides you with numerous opportunities to promote and write!

3) Speak up. Schedule at least one book signing and/or speaking engagement per month (when possible). These serve two purposes: exposure and sales.

Plan for a Career

If you want to make writing your career, you’ll have to establish longer term goals. Here are two ways you can provide a sure foundation for a writing career.

1) Multiply your efforts. Plan to Write and publish two, three or five books within three to five years. This can be expanded to cover 10 or 20 years. One or two books per year is a very reasonable goal (depending on what you write) especially if you already have a career and a family and are busy promoting yourself and your work.

2) Write full-time. Another goal would be to make enough money from writing to do it full-time. Consider writing and marketing articles, short stories and essays. Check out resources such as Freedom With Writing and Funds For Writers which share lists of paying markets and other ways to increase your writing income.

Live the Dream

Goal setting and career planning are navigational tools for writing success. Is it important to write those goals, check them off, and reevaluate them? Many would answer this question with a resounding yes! Writing is as personal and individual as writers and goals should be tailored as such. Keeping your goals flexible makes them more attainable.

Finally, keep in mind that writing—not goal setting—should be your top priority. If setting goals takes the enjoyment out of your writing, build up to it slowly. But don’t put it off forever. Writing is a business, and every business must establish short- and long-term goals to ensure continued success.


Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

Links:

Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com

Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux

Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib