Thursday, January 31, 2019

Hey, Reese Witherspoon Book Club, I’ve Got a Book for You



By Annette Cole Mastron, Communications Director for Southern Writers Magazine


Did you know actress, Reese Witherspoon, is an author and started a book club in 2017? Her book, Whiskey in a Teacup, released in September. It is a must for anyone’s coffee table, Southern or not. It solves the mystery of why everything that doesn’t move in the south is monogrammed from flask to combs. There is a whole chapter on “The Magic of Sweet Tea,” our blog title’s play on words. Here is a Southern Living Magazine link with more information on her book. I sat in our local Barnes & Noble and flipped through the beautiful pages of her book that I purchased for my daughter’s birthday. I was so delighted with each page that I texted my daughter who finally said “stop, Mom-I want to be surprised, too.” Confession, I’m buying my own copy for my coffee table.

In 2017, Reese started a book club called Hello Sunshine. You can check out all her recommendations. My daughter introduced me to Reese’s book club monthly picks. Thank you!

Reese’s newest book in her own words, “Ready for my first book pick of 2019?! This month, we’re reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean. This book is like a love letter to libraries, and made me nostalgic for the long hours I used to spend there when I was a kid. The story follows the investigation of the huge fire that destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986, and the mystery, history and people that surround it. It’s a captivating story and I can’t wait for y’all to read it with me!”  Susan Orlean is also the author of The Orchid Thief which was a fascinating read. I can’t wait to read The Library Book, but I’ll have to read it after my daughter, who ordered it first.

I’ve read 10 of Reese’s monthly picks and have loved them all. Her book club introduced me to authors that I was unfamiliar with like British author Ruth Ware. I devoured all of Ms. Ware’s books. They left me hungry for more. The books Reese picks tend to have a strong female protagonist with flaws that may or may not be resolved. The books also tend to be by authors who are wordsmiths of painting a vivid picture that plays like a movie in your mind’s eye. Maybe Reese is drawn to books that read more like a screenplay.

I recently read Mourning Dove by author, Claire Fullerton, her third book. It is an upmarket fiction book. After reading it in one sitting, I thought it would be the perfect fit for Reece’s monthly book pick. It’s a coming of age story set in Memphis in the 1970’s. One of my favorite quotes from Claire’s book states, “Your heart breaks only once in a lifetime. Every offense in its wake is only a variation of the original laceration. Only once can you say you have no frame of reference. Only once you're knocked to your knees by an intractable powerlessness, where the only option is surrender in listless defeat. Subsequent infractions are damaging in their own right, but they’re only a visitation of the original wound, which remains half-healed forever, with scar tissue that defines you for the rest of your life.” I found this passage to be so poetically descriptive, I know everyone can relate to their first heartbreak that forever changes one’s life.

My second favorite quote from Claire’s book is, “It’s life’s choices that scare me the most. Those critical crossroads that direct or redirect the course of a life. And what unsettles me to no end is the recognition that the choices that shape our lives are not always of our making. Sometimes we’re on the bitter end of somebody else’s.”  Ain’t that the truth, as we say in the South.

Claire has appeared as a guest author blog poster on this blog several times. She gives great insight for authors with her blog posts, “On Giving an Author's Speech” read it here at these links, “Writer’s Block...Nope,”  “CreativeSide?,”  “Rooted as a Southern Writer,” and  “Surprise at a Book Signing.” 

Claire will appear tomorrow on this blog and tell of her recent adventures at the weekend with the legendary Texas book club, The Pulpwood Queens. It’s definitely on my bucket list to attend after scheduling Claire’s guest author blog post. By the way, have you appeared on SWM’s blog, Suite T? It’s a great way to layer your branding if yourself as an author. Here is a link to the guidelines for submissions as a guest author on this blog.

Claire’s Story “Burn” was a finalist in Southern Writers Magazine’s 2017 contest. You can read “Burn”at this linkWith a previous career as a DJ, Claire recorded Mourning Dove for the audio book release. She also provides the first chapter to pique readers, here is the linkMourning Dove has been awarded finalist in both, The Independent Authors Network 2018 and Literary Classics Book of the Year 2018. It also received the 2018 Bronze Medal in the Southern Fiction for Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews and Awards Contest. The book was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Faulkner Society William Wisdom Contest.

After reading 10 of Reese’s monthly book picks, I have no idea how she picks her books. I do know a book like Mourning Dove would be a great fit for her “Hello Sunshine” book club. So hey, Reese Witherspoon Book Club, I’ve Got a Book for You!

It’s winter, so this is the perfect time to read, write a guest author blog post for Southern Writers Magazine, blog, Suite T and of course, write. We all know every good writer is a reader, first and foremost. 

Has anyone else read books on Reese Witherspoon’s book club? What are your favorites?


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Book Marketing and Other Experiences



By Becky Villareal


As a presenter for the Dallas Independent School District, I was never sure how many people would attend the staff development sessions I prepared. Since the teachers could pick by their area of need, thirty teachers may attend or just one. If only one person arrived, it gave me the chance to sit down with them and find out how I could help them become a more effective teacher. Also, as an attendee of similar staff developments, I would always look for the one thing I could take away with me; the one idea that would help me in my profession as a teacher or presenter.

Little did I know, this would be the best possible training ground for me as a writer. After my books were published and the marketing was in my own hands, I had to make decisions about how to proceed.
One of the first venues I tried was a signing at a local bookstore.  After sitting and waiting for a while, I went out into the store and talked to people about the general theme of my books, genealogy and family history. This did create a few sales, but for the most part, it was very slow. But that didn’t discourage me because I was able to meet some friendly people who were interested in my books enough to invest their time and money and take a chance on a new author.
The next area I tried was book fairs. These can be exhilarating and total disappointments as well. Sometimes the venues are jammed with people all clamoring over the books for sale. Other times, only one or two people will wander through and give your book a second look. Since you are not the only published writer there, getting people interested can be a little more difficult due to information overload. However, I have met some of the most wonderful authors at these places who are willing to share not only their expertise but their enthusiasm as well. I purchased books myself from fellow authors that have helped me sharpen my literary sword.
I have presented at libraries, schools, and genealogical societies throughout the country. Through this, I can share my knowledge and experience and sell books as well.  It also gives me a chance to work with children and adults, something I miss now that I am retired.
Just a bit of advice. Book marketing can be a daunting experience. But by looking for the benefits of each, it allows the writer to gain insight, experience, and new friends. Don’t just "Write On" but "Market On" and look for that one good thing to take away each time.
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Becky Villareal was born in Dallas, Texas in 1954 to Missionary parents who traveled throughout the Southwest. Though her experiences as a child, she has learned the benefit of being multicultural in a diverse society. She loves working on her family history and incorporating her experiences in her writing. Becky travels throughout the country working with libraries and genealogical societies in order to encourage family participation in genealogical research. Becky is the author of three children's books, Gianna the Great, Halito Gianna, and Gianna the Treasure Hunter. Her latest book, The Broken Branches, was released in November and is currently on sale on Amazon.com. Social media; https://beckyvillareal.com twitter: @bvillareal  Facebook: Genealogy for Children 


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Does Observation Help A Writer?



By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Writers Magazine



I like the word ‘Observe’. To me it has a type of flair than intrigues me to want to dig into the word to gain more understanding and knowledge.

When I walk into a room, I observe the people in the room…what they look like, how they are dressed and facial expressions. The second thing I look for is who do I know there. If no one, then I make it a point to look for someone that seems to enjoy talking. I then make it a point to introduce myself to her. The talkers are normally the ones who are delighted to tell you about everyone there. They leave out nothing. After about twenty minutes to a half-hour, I feel like I know each person. 

Which then of course makes it easier for me to go around the room, introducing myself, and by sharing some things I learned about them they are friendly and open themselves happily to talk to me.
If I’ve observed correctly, I now have an entire group of people that I can write down tidbits of dress, expressions and dialogue to use eventually in stories I write.

But observing the people in the room, is only one area of observation. Then I like to observe the room by taking in decorations, color schemes, furniture and lighting––which gives me insight into the owner’s personality that I can use to weave into one of my character/characters.

After observing these two, I turn to observing the food. The food is important because you learn more about your host preferences for a function. They may hold several different functions or parties a year, and they will not serve the same things. This helps give me a deeper understanding of that person. Again, these are things that can be created in your characters too.

Observation is a great tool for writers. It opens the readers mind to the opportunity to see what you see, hear what you hear, smell what you smell, and feel what you feel. It is like they are right there in the room, with the character or characters––experiencing the things your character is. They are no longer separate from your story but one with it, they are now in that world.

When I finish a book and I am transported back into my reality, I am sad I have finished the book. I go for days recalling scenes, dialogues, characters of the story, wishing there were more to read. That is when I know the author of that book is an excellent writer who drew me into the story and kept me there. You can be assured I will buy more of the author’s books.

So next time you go out, be observant. Wherever you go, keep a notepad so you can write down all you observe for your writing.

Happy Writing.

Monday, January 28, 2019

How to Be Creatively Successful



By Lindsey Brackett


Success is an impossible word to define. Like political boundaries, its rhetoric keeps shifting with the times.

Success is doing what you love.
Success is making a lot of money.
Success is stewarding the money you do have.
Success is raising a family.
Success is a long career.

But I’ve come to learn, as I embrace my publishing journey, it doesn’t matter how I—or the world—defines success. What matters is how I define it for me.

I believe there’s really only one thing I need to be a successful creative. It’s not hoards of social media followers. It’s not an eye for graphic design. It’s not even a bank account padded by royalty checks. It’s not Amazon sales reviews or Goodreads shelvings or bookstore space.

It’s motivation.

The thing I need to be successful comes from me. I am motivated by what matters most to me.

Once you have motivation, you can establish focus. Start simply by asking yourself, “What about publishing matters to me? Sales? Connections? Storytelling?”

While these things are all interrelated, often with strong connections leading to strong sales, you cannot tackle everything at once. Your focus cannot be growing your social media platform while writing the next great American novel. Honestly, how often do you think Anthony Doerr updates his Facebook page? (Answer: Not often because he posted in September that he was busy writing another book.)

Focus will help you narrow your choices in this ever-changing industry. Once you’re focused, you can create a manageable, attainable goal. Remember, in publishing, we control next to nothing. (There’s a life lesson in that, and even indies will tell you, you can’t control sales.) But you do get to control the goals you set for yourself.

Right now, my goal is simple. I’m writing a new book and I want it finished and ready to pitch at a conference next spring. The end. That’s it. If I pick up some social media followers along the way, that’s great. But I can’t put my energy into crafting posts across platforms 1-3 times a day because all my creativity is laser focused on a new story.

For me, creative success is all about accepting the things I cannot change—and being motivated to change the things I can. I can’t make people like me. But I can make myself learn to write better, deeper, and stronger.

Tell me about your creative success in the comments!
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Lindsey P. Brackett writes southern fiction infused with her rural Georgia upbringing and Lowcountry roots. Her debut novel, Still Waters, inspired by family summers at Edisto Beach, released in 2017. Called “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite writing,” Still Waters received 4-stars from Romantic Times and was named 2018 Selah Book of the Year. Connect with Lindsey and get her free newsletter at lindseypbrackett.com or on Instagram and Facebook: @lindseypbrackett.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Adventures in Genre Exploration



By Leigh Ann Thomas


With glazed eyes, I surfed the net and attempted to summon a spark of writing creativity. Without a hint of mercy or compassion, two deadlines hovered and teased my burned-out brain.

I felt I’d written on the same subject in the same format ad nauseum, and a sigh rose from the depths of my weary writer’s soul. What to do, what to do.

That’s when my vision focused on a promotion for a screenplay competition that would kick off in a matter of days. Genre, subject, and setting would be assigned, and entrants would have time and page limits. Advancing through three rounds could lead to heart-stopping cash prizes. Hmm. A screenplay?

Blasted logic popped me on the back of the head. I didn’t have the time. I’d never written a screenplay. The mere thought of being disloyal to my chosen category was ill-advised and irresponsible.

Early in my writing life, I read an article that discouraged a writer from stepping outside their genre. The rationale? If you opened a retail store and sold hammers and nails, why would you stock a shelf of, say, turtleneck sweaters? Shoppers would never enter a building-supply store looking for winter apparel.

As a young writer, I grappled with the concept. Hmm. Makes sense. But what if I get weary of selling hammers and nails?

As my heart skipped a beat and my competitive spirit kicked into high gear, I knew what I had to do. I held my breath and jumped into the contest fray. After I received my assignment, I binge-watched episodes of the NYC police drama, Blue Bloods, studying scenes and transitions. I grabbed a notebook and dissected each storyline, fascinated by how individual dramatic threads wove around a central theme.

My smoldering artistic fire burst into flame and for weeks, I was a ball of nervous creative energy. My mind refused to shut down—especially at night—as I mentally rehearsed potential story plots. I finished my first entry, created an official title page, and printed a copy to hold in my hands.

To be honest, this giddy girl danced a little. I just wrote a screenplay.

Months later, I danced a little more when I saw my name on the advanced-to-the-next-round list. Out of over 1300 entries, I had made it to the top 240! This led to new assignments, tighter deadlines, and additional sleepless nights.

At the risk of sounding anticlimactic, I eventually crashed and burned before the final round. But what a rush. By stepping outside of my writing normal, I gained unique perspective and stretched my creative muscles. A spark ignited and I wanted to explore. I wanted to be courageous.

I wanted my work to exude excitement, joy, and purpose.

With renewed enthusiasm, I longed to pick up my old hammer and nails and to build something fresh and beautiful.

How has genre exploration rejuvenated your writing life?
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Leigh Ann Thomas is a wife, mother, grammy, writer, and genre explorer. She has penned four books, including Ribbons,Lace, and Moments of Grace—Inspiration for the Mother of the Bride (SonRise Devotionals) and Smack-Dab in the Midlife Zone—Inspiration for Women in the Middle (Elk Lake Publishing Inc., 2019 release). She is a staff writer for the InTheQuiver.com and Just18Summers.com parenting sites and has contributed to 12 books and compilations, including When Calls the Heart to Love: 30 Heartwarming Devotions from Hope Valley by Michelle Cox and Brian Bird. For pure fun, she enjoys writing church drama and short stories and has been featured three times in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Collections. You can find Leigh Ann on her front porch daydreaming story plots or blogging at LeighAThomas.com. Connect on Twitter at @LThomasWrites.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

A Grammar Resolution



By Chris Pepple, Writer-At-Large, Southern Writers Magazine


I’m a proofreader and have been for many years. While working in Georgia as a new proofreader right out of school, I was asked to be part of a team proofing the laws passed by the Georgia legislature. I quickly realized that not all people appreciated being told there was an error in their work. My team had to tell an older state lawmaker that his law trying to protect fish actually did the opposite because of an error in where the comma was placed. He quickly told us he had been in politics for more than thirty years and knew what he was doing. He refused to listen to our advice on punctuation. When the law passed, fishermen off the coast of Georgia could catch as many fish of any size as they wanted because of the placement of the comma. The law was quickly repealed and corrected. 

Here’s what I know for sure: it’s almost impossible to catch all of your own errors. I can’t proofread my own work well. There’s probably plenty of mistakes here. I have others read through my work to catch things I miss. I also know this to be true: just because you see it in print doesn’t make it right. You have to review grammar rules frequently to make sure your writing reflects good grammar. Don’t rely on seeing something in print and taking that as a rule. Make a resolution to get to know the grammar rules well in 2019.

Here are a few tips taken from common errors I find when proofing:

  1. The comma splice error is incredibly common and often difficult for writers to spot because it “sounds” fine. EX: Tim wanted to go to the mall, he wanted to see a movie. This is not correct. Independent clauses cannot be separated by using a comma. The corrections:

Tim wanted to go to the mall, and he wanted to see a movie
or
Tim wanted to go to the mall; he wanted to see a movie.

Independent clauses must be joined by a semicolon or a comma with a conjunction.

  1. Last names don’t have apostrophes unless they are possessive: The Smiths are coming to the party. The Smiths are wishing everyone happy holidays. The Smith’s car was decorated for Christmas.

  1. Decades don’t have apostrophes unless they are possessive: The 1990s brought a lot of changes in the technology industry. The 1960s empowered many people to find their voices and speak against social injustices.



Happy New Year! Hope it’s a good one!



Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Writing Across the Color Line



By Erin Bartels, Author of We Hope for Better Things


When you really stop and think about it, writing is a strange, almost magical act. The thoughts in the writer’s mind are translated through her fingers, becoming black marks on a white ground. Sometime later—sometimes years later—a reader comes along and looks at those black marks and makes meaning from them. More than that, they actually experience something of the same thing the writer experienced while writing.

Amazing.

Except, what if our meaning is misunderstood? What if we didn’t do the work needed to make sure that what we thought we were saying was what we were actually saying? We live in a world that is quick to jump to conclusions and to think the worst of people. As writers, we are in the business of communicating. We want to make sure we’re not inadvertently miscommunicating, especially when we write about sensitive subjects or about characters who don’t look like us.

When I wrote my debut novel, I knew I needed to submit myself to the scrutiny of early readers who would not only give good feedback about pacing and plot, but who would check up on me. The plot of We Hope for Better Things concerns racism and race relations in the Detroit area over a fairly wide swath of American history. I had done a lot of research—an entire year’s worth—before starting to write. But as a white writer with a cast of characters that was half black, research was not enough. I needed black readers to call me on unintentional stereotypes, characterization problems, and inauthentic voices.

At various stages in the writing of that novel, I asked black friends and writers to critique my manuscript, to let me know what I’d gotten right and what, despite my research and my best intentions, I was getting wrong. These early readers not only helped me make sure that black speech and characterization were authentic, they encouraged me along the way by assuring me that the story was honest, honorable, and needed to be told. And, despite the discomfort they may have had in pointing out where I was falling short and my own discomfort in seeing where I’d gone wrong, our relationships were strengthened as we worked through the sensitive topic of race.

If you’re writing outside your immediate experience, whether race, religion, gender, nationality, or any other way we divide ourselves, I encourage you to reach out to early readers who can tell you where you’re getting it right and where you’re getting it wrong—and to listen with an open heart when they gently correct you.

There were many times along the way when I was nervous about what I was attempting to do in We Hope for Better Things; there were so many ways it could go wrong. But not anymore. Because of the frank feedback of my early readers, I’m confident about this story and excited to send it out to readers.
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Erin Bartels is the author of We Hope for Better Things. A Michigan-based freelance writer and editor, she is a member of Capital City Writers and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Her weekly podcast, Your Face Is Crooked, drops on Monday mornings. Website: erinbartels.com  Facebook: @ErinBartelsAuthor  Twitter: @ErinLBartels
Instagram: @erinbartelswrites.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Have You Checked The Footnotes?



By Doyne Phillips, Managing Editor for Southern Writers Magazine


Brad Meltzer is a bestselling thriller and mystery writer, comic book author and TV show creator. As a fiction writer he has had great success. So why in his latest project did he take on non-fiction. The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington has the historic accounts of the assassination attempt on General Washington’s life during a critical time in the Revolutionary War. Just before the signing of the Declaration of Independence is when this real-life mystery unfolded.

The story goes that Washington discovered the conspirators, rounded them up and took one of the main conspirators and hung him publicly in front of 20,000 people. Meltzer stated this was the largest public execution in North-American history at that point. The question is, “How did such a story get lost to us”. He said it was due to the Signing of the Declaration of Independence and the fact that British Troops were about to invade New York. It was overlooked.   

Meltzer was interviewed recently about the book and specifically about the generally unknown event and was asked how he came across the story. Meltzer said he found it in a footnote. He then took the information to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis and asked him if this really happened? Meltzer was told it really happened. Meltzer went on to tell CBS THIS MORNING, “the best books come from footnotes”. You may want to see his entire interview and can do so at this link.  It is worth the time.

I now find myself checking footnotes for anything that may be of interest. I found some things which have encouraged me to keep looking. Our thanks should go to Brad Meltzer for the insight and, more importantly, for sharing. What have you found in footnotes?


Monday, January 21, 2019

A Voice in a Crowd



By Melody Carlson, Author of Courting Mr. Emerson


Have you ever walked into a bookstore with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves stuffed with every imaginable title . . . and suddenly you wanted to give up? As a book writer, I’ve been overwhelmed like that many a time. I’ve honestly asked myself, why does the world need one more book? And why a book written by me? And yet, I’ve continued to write—for more than three decades now, publishing more than 250 books. What keeps me at it? And what makes me think I have anything new or different to offer the world of readers? I still ask myself that occasionally.

That’s when I remind myself that each writer is unique. Every writer has their own individual voice. Like a thumbprint, we’re all one-of-a-kind and not reproducible. Try as you might, you cannot convincingly duplicate the voice of a Nicolas Sparks, Barbara Kingsolver . . . Flannery O’Conner. Oh, you might imitate their style, setting, genre . . . but you’ll never fully capture their voice. Why would you even try? An attempt to emulate another writer usually results in a muddy replica that no one fully enjoys.

But I must confess that, as simple as the concept of distinct writer’s voice seems, it took time for me to fully grasp this phenomenon. Oh, I could recognize characteristic traits in the voices of other writers, but for some reason I couldn’t seem to ‘hear’ my own writing voice. Even after I’d published a number of novels, I questioned whether I even had a voice. Perhaps I was the one and only ‘voiceless’ writer. Not a title I relished.

Then one time, I wrote an anonymous letter of endorsement to a publishing associate (hoping to help a friend’s book into print). My publishing friend informed me that he knew I’d written that letter. When I questioned how he knew, he said he could clearly hear my voice. The incident made me laugh, both with relief and irony. So maybe I did have a voice after all. It helped me realize that, as a writer, it can be hard to ‘hear’ our own voices. Another good excuse for good editors, savvy critique groups and honest readers.

Besides having a voice to set us apart and make us unique, we all have our own stories to tell. Stories comprised of diverse backgrounds, unique challenges, individual experiences, not to mention our one-of-a-kind DNA. All of this contributes to making our writing truly distinctive. Just one more reason not to be concerned over the fact that there are so many writers, or that more than a million books get published around the world annually. So next time you feel overwhelmed in a big bookstore, just remember that no one has a voice quite like yours. You are in good company!
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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than seven million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.


Friday, January 18, 2019

Finding Your Writing Path Through Rejection


By Susan Neal 


Writers understand rejection. But sometimes the doors that close and those that open may be divinely ordained. Persevering through the ups and downs of this career is key to success.

The writing life surges with rejection. Part of it has to do with learning the craft. It takes a while to grasp grammar, learn plotting, or appropriately research a topic. Even choosing the right genre can be challenging.

At first, I tried young adult fiction, then Chicken Soup stories, Upper Room devotions, and a multitude of magazine articles. I received a rejection letter with everything I tried. However, I read that Stephen King nailed a spike to a wall and hung each rejection letter on the spike. That gave me hope, so I kept writing.

Year after year, I continued to hone my craft. I joined a Word Weaver writing group and attended writers’ conferences. I pitched my book ideas to publishers and agents, all to no avail. Finally, I self-published my books. My first two books sold very few copies, definitely nothing to write home about.

Nevertheless, I kept trying because I felt spiritually lead to pursue this career. One day, I got the idea to write a book to help others quit eating sugar and refined carbohydrates. I intertwined my personal story of how I lost and regained my health and my sister’s story of getting off sugar and gluten into the book. Currently, this book sells over 400 copies per month.

Suddenly, the doors of opportunity opened. Now, magazines publish my health-related articles instead of rejecting them (see January 2019 Southern Writers article “How to Sell One Thousand Books in Three Months”). Last month, a dream came true when my interview on Christian Television Network’s Bridges Show aired across the nation.

All those years of rejection ultimately led to a path where I could use my nursing background and own heartfelt experience to help others regain their health. I am finally pursuing a divine direction, but it took me years to figure it out. I wasn’t supposed to be a fiction or devotional author; I was supposed to use my background to assist others with health issues. I encountered much rejection along the way, but I continued to persevere. Have you determined the spiritual writing path that you should pursue? 
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Susan U. Neal, RN, MBA, MHS, has a mission is to improve the health of the body of Christ. She has her RN and MBA degrees, as well as a master’s in health science. She published five books, the Selah award winner 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and CarbohydratesChristian Study Guide for 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar and CarbohydratesHealthy Living JournalScripture Yoga a #1 Amazon best-selling yoga book, and Yoga for Beginners. She published two sets of Christian Yoga Card Decks and two Christian Yoga DVDs. To learn more visit SusanUNeal.comSusan blogs and provides healthy menus, recipes, and corresponding grocery lists on HealthyLivingSeriesBlog.com.You can follow Susan on:https://www.facebook.com/SusanUllrichNeal
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