Friday, October 29, 2010
It requires I share 10 things about myself.
1. I have this weird aversion to drive-throughs, if I'm driving, but the drive-through at the bank is just fine (and very essential when you're with kids).
2. I did some ballroom dancing and acting in high school and college, and some days I miss doing them (especially after watching Dancing With the Stars).
3. My husband and I love to quote movies in our conversations or to let the other person know how we're feeling. One of our favorite lines (from Remember the Titans) is "You're cookin' my grits, Yost."
4. Though I consider myself an organized person, the thought of planning out every hour of my day (or every detail of my book) makes me squirm. I like looser outlines (or to-do lists), with wiggle room.
5. I've never had a real positive horse-back riding experience, which is ironic, considering I married a man who loves horses and used to train them for racing. (Still need to put training race horses into a book).
6. I LOVE chocolate, but not citrus, cherry, or raspberry-chocolate combinations.
7. I have a fear of heights and sharks - so parasailing over shark-infested water would probably not be my thing.
8. Despite the fear of heights, I rode in a hot air balloon as a kid, which was pretty cool.
9. I get motion sick very easily (in cars, on planes, watching Mario Kart on the Wii). One time my DH and I were at a movie and I had to go sit on the floor at the side of the theater because I was so sick.
10. My great-grandfather, Leslie Turner White, was an author whose books were published in the 1950's and 60's. One of them, Lord Johnnie, I've read and quite enjoyed. And though he died before I was born, we share the same birthday.
And now to pass the award on to Jolene Perry. I'm fairly new to Jolene's blog, but I love the funny honest way she writes her posts.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I can think of a few obvious life-changing moments: college, marriage, the birth of my first child. Then there's others that are more personal, less obvious: losing a baby, supporting my husband as he started his own business, and writing my first book.
The turning point, the life-changing moment in my writing was that first book. I'd wanted to publish/write a book for a long time, but the year my oldest was born, my husband gave me some plotting software that I used to start writing my first book.
At that point, I'd never been to a writers conference. I knew very little about publishing and even about writing a novel. I read The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing a Novel (which is actually a great book) and some other writing books and I learned as I went! I wrote the book and I finished it. I became a writer. That was one of my life-changing moments.
What moments in your writing journey have been turning points for you?
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The woman on the episode I watched said something I thought was truly profound. She'd been working with a professional organizer to go through all of her stuff and it wasn't easy for her. She said how sad it was when the things in your life block out the people.
I've thought about her words a bunch the last month. And while I don't hoard physical stuff, what "things" do I allow to crowd out the people/relationships in my life?
We all work to strike a balance, trying to keep the scale from tipping too far one way or another. And this stranger's words helped remind me of that. Sometimes the "things" in our lives need to be momentarily set aside, weeded through, or weeded out to make room for what--or who--matters most.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
- Stacy Henrie
- I'm a stay-at-home mom to three kids and an author of inspirational historical romance. I love laughing with my family, reading, interior decorating, and chocolate.
Lady Outlaw, published by Harlequin Love Inspired Historical in 2012, is my first novel.
I am represented by Jessica Alvarez of BookEnds, LLC.
No one would ever imagine a fresh-faced young woman could be robbing stage bandits of their ill-gotten fortunes. But Jennie Jones is desperate to save her family's ranch from foreclosure. And the risks seem worth it, until her upright new ranch hand offers a glimpse of how much is really at stake.
Former bounty hunter Caleb Johnson is ready for a new, clean start. With a woman like Jennie, he could build a future there in Utah territory. But only if his gentle faith can guide her in a choice between the land she's fought so hard to save and a future by his side.
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I blog on Wednesdays - about life, motherhood, writing or my recommendations for inspirational romance books.