Everyone’s Story welcomes a new guest this week, Christian fiction author Cindy Patterson. Although I haven’t met Cindy face-to-face, yet, having gotten to know her these past years through social media I can tell we’d have no problem chatting over a cup of Joe at a cafe, sharing about books and our love of God. Please settle back in your cozy chair and read what’s on Cindy’s mind as she speaks up, shares an excerpt from her newest release, and offers her BookGiveaway. We’re looking forward to chatting with you.
Cindy is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter 1 copy of the Chasing Paradise, the winner’s choice between the ebook edition or print (though print is only to a US winner). The winner will be announced here on Friday, February 3rd between 5-6 PM EST.
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Excerpt from Chasing Paradise:
A NEW YEAR, A NEW ATTITUDE by Cindy Patterson
I’m so honored and excited to be here with Elaine today. As I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to post about, my mind has taken me in all different directions. That could be because 2017 is full of things to get excited about.
One of the most exciting things for me this year is my second novel, Chasing Paradise, is releasing today. It has been a crazy few months preparing, but has been worth every single minute.
I’m a few weeks behind for the all the New Year’s Resolutions and goals, but I’ve never been all that great at sticking to something throughout the year anyway. I do have some goals I intend to keep this year.
But I do believe we can improve in anything we do and we’re always learning and growing. And I’m definitely one that loves figuring things out for myself. I will make that crafty thing instead of going to the store to buy it.
And of course one of my favorite ways of learning is reading.
One of my goals this year, is to get that third book that’s been written for several years, edited and published within one year.
We writers definitely need to read books on improving our writing. But do you read other writers’ fiction while working on a project?
Some would say no, but I find it helps stimulate me in different settings, pacing, plotting, and encourages me to evaluate my work with a sharper eye. Experiencing different writers’ techniques also makes me question am I doing the best I can do. And if I’m in a writer’s block, reading a few chapters of a book I’m currently reading helps tremendously.
Of course, it’s easy to get caught up in another’s work and put yours on the back burner. It is for me anyway. I’m going to strive this year to keep a good pace with reading, writing, and editing.
And speaking of those non-fiction books on craft, plotting, editing, etc… I picked up a new list today from some fellow writer friends.
Here are three I intend to purchase and make time to read this year … I have to pace myself in this new year 😉
Dynamic Characters; by Nancy Kress
Story Trumps Structure; by James Scott Bell
Writing for the Soul; by Jerry Jenkins
Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to jump to a whole other topic … A new attitude.
This is a new year and a time when this country needs a new attitude. Including me. Of course making time for reading God’s Holy Word, is the most important thing we can do for our attitude.
Since I recommended some writing craft books, I have to tell you about another type of book that is one of my favorites. It’s actually a Bible Study called Jesus, The One and Only; by Beth Moore.
Y’all, I fell in love with Jesus through this study.
Today, this year, I want to do more than just to love my Savior. I want others to know him too. I want to pray without ceasing, for those around me … for their situations, for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on those hurting. For everyone I come in contact with to feel God’s presence so deeply they won’t be able to deny his presence. For those around me to see Jesus in me. By focusing on others, my complaints with grow dimmer and dimmer each day. That is my prayer for my attitude this year.
What will you do in this new year to gain a better attitude?
Thank you so much for stopping by.
My two novels, Chasing Paradise (that’s releasing today) and Broken Butterfly (The sequel to Chasing Paradise). Yes, I published them out of order, but they also stand alone. You’ll just see some of the same characters. 🙂 They are both Inspirational Romance edged with a little suspense.
Thank you, Elaine, for inviting me to join you today and may God bless all of you in your journeys, whatever they may be, this year.
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Cindy Patterson believes in life changing fiction and happily ever afters that start with Jesus. Her passions include Jesus, her husband, and her family. She’s an ordinary girl wanting to do extraordinary things for Christ. In her stories, she loves to give glimpses of how God can use brokenness and make them whole. Her favorite pastimes are watching her son play baseball and watching her daughter dance. She reads a lot, drinks too much coffee, and wishes she had more time to write. She loves to connect with her readers.
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Cindy and I look forward to your comments.
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