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It's amazing when my 5-year-old comes home talking about the history behind MLK day. When I was in Kindergarten, we learned our color...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Meet the Set Director For Finding Kylie

Okay - I admit - this is a hhhhhooorrrible photo of me, but I had to introduce you to my set director for the reading of Finding Kylie.

The date is set for October 3rd, and she has such vision and passion that I know it's going to turn out great!  We met for lunch today and she (upon meeting me for the first time) enveloped me in a huge hug.  I knew I loved her ... she has heart and a bright smile.

We talked about the visuals she's going to put in place and then in turn asked me about who each character was.  Not just 'what does Timothy look like?' but 'Who is he and what makes him tick?'

This way when casting they would put the right actor in place to make each character as authentic as possible.

By the questions she asked I could tell she'd poured over the script, not just perused it.  So I had to ask her ... what she thought.  Her words blew me away.  In essence, she loved it.  This is a well versed professional, who knows her stuff, and she loved the message and the writing of our script.

Now - I know it shouldn't matter if she loves it.  The project will happen with our without her approval, but to know she has put heart into it because she loves it means a whole lot more.

On Oct 3rd, we'll be filming some of it, periscoping, and taking a ton of pics.  I'll keep you posted as time draws near.

On a side note - SAVING GRACE is doing very well.  I'm blown away at the response.  So thank you to each one of you who has taken time to read it.  Heres a lovely review I received on GoodReads.  I don't know she is but she is one of my new favorite people.  If I ever meet her, I'd love to give her a big hug.  Kind words ...

Saturday, August 15, 2015

When Readers Talk Back

From time to time, someone will leave a review stating what they didn't like about my books.  Hey, it happens.  No one is going to like the same thing all the time.  And even when I get a review that is less than stellar, I'm still honored that someone has taken time to leave their opinion, as that is just what it is.

Recently, I got a review saying there were typos in one on my books, which happens.  Unfortunately not every proof reader will catch everything.  Even James Patterson will have a typo or two.  What I found hilarious is that when this person left her comment on my book - she had a typo in her review.

The last sentence in her review read like this: I will not be reading the remainder, nor will I bother will the follow-up. 

Hmmm - is it just me or shouldn't that read - 'nor will I bother WITH the follow-up?

Comments like this make my day.  Not just because they help me get better, but because it's humbling.  Those that choose the author path and actually write often get harsh critique from those that really want to - but don't follow their dream. The phrase arm-chair quarterback comes to mind.    It reminds me to always be understanding and never criticize others, as we don't always know the full story.

For example -  the version she was talking about did have quite a few errors, as my computer crashed and the wrong version was uploaded.  Since, I changed computers midstream it left me with a formatting nightmare.  Even after an editor had finalized through the original, the new version on the new computer had a ton of random characters kept popping up within the manuscript.  We didn't catch it all obviously, so I was happy to receive this review so I could fix the last few issues.

All day I've chuckled over her review though ... if you're going to review something that talks about typos -- make sure your words are not misspelled or phrased incorrectly.

SECONDLY - I got an amazing review today - which happened to be on the same book.  From time to time, I'll receive feedback that Christians have issues about my talking about sex.  

(WARNING! Side note and soap box coming up) Well,  I believe Christians are sinners and we're saved by God's grace.  We're NOT going to be white as the driven snow, and if you think Christians should be you're kidding yourself.  HOWEVER, I believe by accepting Jesus - that God gives us the strength and desire to be more like Him when when we're searching for His influence in our lives.  We're not all going to be there out of the gate and even when we do finally reach that point -  we're going to fall and stumble.  Why?  Because we sin.  It's human nature.  Even if we don't want to - we're going to mess up.

SO, I write about characters that struggle with real life issues.  My characters, to date, have never done the deed.  In fact they've chosen the right path with abstaining from their desire for the right reasons.  THIS IS A GOOD MESSAGE!  If anything, I'm the anti-50 shades of grey, but there are some that see it differently.  And that's okay.  They have a right to their opinions, just as those who misspell their reviews do can't get past a couple typos (which are fixed now by the way).

However, today I got another review that not only stated her love of my books, but it started with a line of defense speaking to those who have commented on such things in the past.

To whomever you are ... thank you for talking back and bringing me an exciting afternoon!

Friday, August 07, 2015

Humbling to Say the Least ...

 Today, I released Saving Grace.  I didn't expect a lot as I didn't do a ton to spread the word on this book compared to previous novels that I've released.  However, today it's slowly climbed in the best sellers list to reach #18 in the top #25 in the Best Sellers in Christian Mystery & Suspense Romance category.

I am super humbled to see how many of you have downloaded the Kindle version of this book.  THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.