Today is the 2nd Tuesday, and I’m looking forward to talking with author Marie Senter and celebrating your successes!
Interview with Marie Senter
Marie and I first met at the Glorieta Christian Writers‚Äô Conference where I was her writing coach as part of the Get Published Now seminar. She brought a rough copy of the true story of the time she, as an industrial nurse, saved the life of a severely injured worker. She worked hard on the piece and turned it into a print-worthy article.
Be sure to leave a comment for Marie and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book! Don’t forget to return next week to see if you’re the winner!
Welcome to the Christian Writer’s Den, Marie! I’ll never forget how thrilled I was to meet another RN who’s also a writer.
Thank you for having me. As a nurse, I‚Äôm still asking myself Cec Murphey‚Äôs question: Am I a nurse who writes, or am I a writer who nurses? My answer is, ‚ÄúYES!‚ÄĚ I love nursing, and it gives me the economic base to support my writing. Both are God-given passions.
I know what those passions feel like and agree that they’re both God-given! So how long have you been writing?
Mom and Dad would read to us six kids and encouraged us to write our own plays. I believe reading is essential to writing. The combination of memory, wild imagination and the ability to correlate the unrelated defines my style. For instance, one of my high school English assignments turned into a story read over the local 50,000 watt radio station every Christmas Eve for many years.
A high school writing assignment at Christmas time?
Yes, I used a well-known story about a baby born in a stable and placed in a manger. The difference is that my story is told by the straw in the manger with appropriate hay-seed phrases. It has been printed in two different church advent booklets. I‚Äôm told it is still part of many Christmas Eve family gatherings.
The 3-by-5 spiral notebook with my first childhood adaptations still exists. The poems I‚Äôve written have rhyme, rhythm, and a storyline, such as ‚ÄúSuicide‚ÄĚ (a college friend), and ‚ÄúA Woman Is‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ (ideals plus reality). Twice, newspapers printed my reviews of locally produced musicals, and twice, obituaries: My first husband, diagnosed with leukemia, went heavenward 22 months after our marriage. Our story of life and his death is the lead story in I Believe in Heaven, the recent Cec Murphey/Twila Belk book. Five years later, I wrote a second obituary when a blood clot broke loose, and I became a widow again. Chicken Soup for the Soul printed the story I adapted when my sister encountered breast cancer.
What writing projects have you written and what are you working on now?
Following the example of a petite, gifted author from South Carolina who mentored me at my first big writers‚Äô conference, and with encouragement to ‚Äúwrite what you know,‚ÄĚ I am polishing Book Three of a mystery trilogy for kids. My mentor wrote of a girl from a loving family who managed to get into and out of situations that skirted disaster. My adaptation is the Trestle over No Name Creek series set in any small town, l960. Junior high kids form a gang and survive ‚Äúnormal for l960‚ÄĚ society, culture, and grown-up attitudes. Once chapter one is absorbed, the next chapters build until the very last pages answer the mystery: In Book One, was old man Frank‚Äôs death an accident, or was their dark-skinned old friend‚Äôs death a murder?¬† Book Two combines a reclusive old man and a l960‚Äôs delinquent with the Meanderthallers in the middle. Book Three‚Äēread it and ‚Äúgo figure.‚ÄĚ Written for school kids of all ages, the series has no test questions. Instead, the back of each book has an insert with chapter-by-chapter Research Projects. Example: ‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs a trestle?‚ÄĚ
This sounds like an interesting series for kids. You must have had a wise mentor! (Hahahaha!) I’m thrilled to see Trestle Over No Name Creek: Book Two has just been released in Kindle version. Congrats!
And our last question: Would you tell us the quick version of your road to publication of your novels?
All the writers‚Äô conferences I attended, the publishers, agents, and interviews resulted in zero interest. So once again, d.D.i.–direct Divine intervention–stepped in. It came in the form of a local man who had survived a heart attack, had his books rejected, who then studied Publishing101, and formed his own publishing house. He walked up to me at a local writers‚Äô group and said he wanted to publish my book. After prayer and research, I accepted. My editor is a lifetime Bible teacher friend who has ‚Äúcaught my voice‚ÄĚ and shares her gifts of placing punctuation where I do dot-dot-dot.
Yes, I’m very familiar with your dot-dot-dot form of punctuation. ūüôā We writers are thankful for our editors, aren’t we? Thank you again for being with us today, Marie. Blessings as you continue Book Three of your series!
And readers, be sure to leave a comment for Marie and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book, but don’t forget to check back next week to see if you win!
Bio: Writing since grade school, Marie has produced stories, poems, books, and has been published in school and local newspapers. In college, five of her class writing assignments ended up in print. As a professional nurse, she has written, done art work, and designed curriculum for health topics, aiding fellow nurses and other staff, prn. In addition, she has taught child development seminars for child care workers‚Äô accreditation. Adding medical worker in clinics and hospice to speaker, artist, and teacher, Marie continues to serve with God-given abilities.
Our Kudos are Short and Sweet This Month, but It’s a BIG One!
Edie Melson has just signed a contract with Worthy Publishing for her newest book for military families: While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those With a Loved One in the Military. The publication launch date is July 4, 2015.
Congratulations to my long-time writing buddy, Edie!
Who Qualified for a November Entry in the 2014 MoGo7000 Challenge?
Congrats to these four hard-writing writers who wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in the month of November:
#23: Tim Suddeth – 8,483 words
#24: Glenda Mills – 7,200 words
#25: Susan Baganz – 64,746 words
#26: Joan Hall – 20,000 words
Would you believe these four writers wrote 100,429 words in one month! Congratulations, writers!
And readers, if you want to learn how to enter the challenge, simply check out the MoGo7000 Challenge page. You have 1 more opportunity to reach a monthly goal and win an entry before the $100 drawing in January!
Well, that does it for another December Tuesday. I hope today’s post encouraged you to do what it takes to reach your goals in 2015.
Christmas blessings as we celebrate the Gift and the Giver!