This year, the year of EXPECTATION, I’m trying to be more intentional about my writing career. As part of that, I have been doing some analysis in order to become more focused. Unfortunately, (or fortunately – depending on how one looks at it), I am a bit of a chameleon when it comes to genre. Am I primarily a playwright or a novelist? What about my non-fiction? This can be somewhat of a quandary, especially when it comes to branding. However, I’ve decided not to stress over it too much.
Instead, I came up with five ways I want my writing to serve readers. (Okay, once i started I intentionally stuck to words beginning with ‘E’…)
- Entertain – My primary purpose is to entertain and provide an escape for the reader.
- Encourage – I hope to encourage them in their Christian walk.
- Enlighten – I often bring a potentially difficult or controversial topic/issue to each book such as racism and prejudice; native spirituality and cults; pornography; addictions, abuse, intelligent design, evolutionary conspiracy theory – all topics that are relevant in the church and that Christians may struggle with, but which are not necessarily being talked about openly.
- Expand the reader’s viewpoint. This is tied to number three, since my purpose is not to offer a definitive answer (other than Jesus – period.) I try to stay away from a ‘hardline’ fundamentalist or legalist viewpoint and focus instead on grace. I intentionally try to leave some loose ends and unanswered questions for the reader to ponder, hopefully coming to their own conclusions or delving further into a topic.
- Evangelism is not my primary focus since my assumption is that my target audience is already Christian. However, the gospel message is usually included, so someone could come to Christ or rededicate their life.
Do any of these resonate with you, either as a reader or a writer? I would love to hear your comments.
Either I’m the world’s worst marketer, or I have other important things in my life. (I prefer the latter!) What with new babies and a visit from my sister who lives two provinces away, I forgot to mention that…
my two most recent releases are now available in paperback!
Yup, that’s right!
KEEPING UP WITH THE NEIGHBOURS – COMPLETE SERIES 2
CONSPIRACY OF BONES:AND THE BEAT GOES ON
can both be purchased as paperbacks at Amazon!
I’ve broken all the rules (again) by not saying much about the re-release of my first published book under a new name. (Getting the flu and dealing with some other ‘life interruptions’ will do that sometimes…) BUT HERE IT IS!
CONSPIRACY OF BONES is out in all ebook formats and available everywhere ebooks are sold!
But it gets better…
It is FREE!
Yup. This is the recently revised and re-published version of my first published novel AND THE BEAT GOES ON. (Only with a new name. No more ‘Sonny and Cher’ references!) I received the rights back to this book last year but have finally just gotten to getting it prepped and ready for re-publication. It’s the same gripping story, but with significant improvements. (At least in my mind.) I’ve learned a few things in the past eight years since it first released and I’ve grown as a writer, so I knew that when the time was right, I wanted to revise and re-release it.
For those who haven’t read the first version, here is the blurb:
Canadian born archaeologist Mark Graham unearths a remarkable discovery while at a dig in the mountains of Zimbabwe – pterodactyl remains and giant human bones buried together. Speculation leads to the possible existence of a mythical race known as ‘Nephilim’, a pre-flood people alleged to have descended from both gods and men. But skepticism and sabotage delay Mark and his team as the dig site is compromised, putting their discovery – as well as Mark’s very life – in grave danger. Deceived and framed by trusted friends and colleagues, Mark struggles to safeguard his findings and protect his reputation in order to unearth the mystery behind the bones.
Amazon (still at 79 cents but will soon be free.)
Paperback coming soon!
It’s official! The COMPLETE SERIES is now available as an ebook with the paperback coming next week. Check it out on AMAZON.
Look out! The Malloy family have taken over the neighbourhood, starting with Jed, whom we met in Neighbours Series 1. Jed is a downhome boy from Newfoundland who is a bit rough around the edges, but is the first to lend a helping hand when needed. His colourful and sometimes raucous siblings – Bo, Reba, Pip, Will, and Zeb – join him one by one in the western city of Calgary, Alberta. There’s plenty of laughter, romance, and a few surprises, as the Malloy clan get together. In the midst of the surprises, a greater love than any one of them ever expected comes to call: The love that only God can give.
As always, an honest review is always appreciated!
The last instalment of the NEIGHBOURS Series is out! Here’s the blurb. Look for the complete series in both ebook and paperback – coming soon!
The Malloys have taken over the neighbourhood! This ‘rough around the edges’ family from Newfoundland are back in the final instalment of “Keeping Up With the Neighbours’. Will Jed be admit he has a drinking problem? Will Reba’s strong will keep her from finding true love? Will Pip return to his philandering ways or has he been bitten one too many times? Has Will given up or can he make peace with his feelings? What about Zeb? Will this ginger giant succumb to love or will he stubbornly stick to his vow as a bachelor? And will Bo ever get over the first real love he’s felt? There are no easy answers as the clan set to work solving their troubles in typical Malloy fashion. In the midst of the surprises, a greater love than any one of them ever expected comes to call: The love that only God can give.
Note to readers: This series, although labelled ‘Christian’, does contain elements that may be troubling to some readers, such as the use of alcohol as well as pre-marital sexual encounters. (The latter take place ‘off camera’.) There is, however, a faith based element throughout with a strong redemptive message at the end of the series.