Connie Mann Speaks Up!


Everyone’s Story welcomes this week’s guest, Connie Mann, romantic suspense author plus boat captain (!!). I’ve been watching Connie’s writing career grow and grow and I’m pleased to have her here with us this week. Please check out Connie’s encouraging feature on starting and finishing, her BookGiveaway and the blurb for Tangled Lies. We’re looking forward to chatting with you.






Connie is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter a choice between either a print or ebook edition of Tangled Lies, US only, or if outside US 1 ebook. The winner will be announced here on Friday, January13th between  5-6 PM EST.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.



Blurb of Tangled Lies:

Some family secrets are best left buried at sea.  

Orphaned as a child in Russia, boat captain Sasha Petrov has spent most of her life adrift, anchored only by her loving foster family. So when they beg her to return to the family marina in Safe Harbor, Florida, for Mama’s sixtieth birthday, Sasha complies, hoping to put the past behind her. But Mama has other plans: she wants her three foster daughters to find Tony, the biological son who disappeared twenty years earlier.

Sasha agrees to try, but that’s easier said than done when bad boy Jesse Claybourne shows up, reigniting an old attraction. Back in Safe Harbor on a quest of his own, Jesse gets tangled up in Sasha’s search, and soon the two are close to uncovering an old town secret that some will stop at nothing to protect.

When Jesse is violently beaten and Sasha’s dog is poisoned, they realize the past is hiding something more sinister than they ever imagined. Can they uncover the truth without destroying Sasha’s family and breaking each other’s hearts, or are they sailing against the wind?

Are You a Starter or a Finisher? By Connie Mann

Are you a starter? Or a finisher?

It’s an intriguing question, right? Especially at the beginning of a new year.

I first heard Jonathan Milligan of Blogging Your Passion talk about it during a webinar, and the question stopped me in my tracks. Actually, it did more than that. It settled in and echoed inside me in a big, uncomfortable, gee-I-might-have-to-change-the-way-I-think way.

The truth is that I am most definitely a starter, as those who know me well will tell you. I love to try new things, see new places, eat new food, meet new people, start new projects…and don’t even get me started on the excitement of a new story idea.

…but that’s where I get into trouble. When I get a great idea, I dive in with both feet and then scramble for a plan in midair. Or worse, I wing it without one and then halfway through the home improvement or writing or (fill in the blank) project I hit a small snag—or a really big unmovable roadblock—and everything stops.

In a best case scenario, I can eventually salvage the project. In a worst case, I give up in frustration.


Before long, of course, some shiny new possibility catches my eye and the crazy cycle starts all over again. If I’m not careful, my life (and my story file) ends up littered with half-finished projects. Or with things that seemed like a really good idea at the time, but fizzled out before I hit the finish line.

A friend of mine has the opposite problem. She is definitely a finisher. She has no undone projects in her world. At. All. But when she’s trying to START something? That’s where she struggles. She feels she has to get all the variables covered and have every single possibility accounted for—to the point that it paralyzes her and she can’t seem to get moving.

We’ve learned to laugh at how different we are. But more importantly, we’ve learned to use our strengths to help the other one push through their weaknesses.

She helps me hold back, just a bit, until I have at least a rough plan in place before I dive in. I help her put her detailed plan aside—just for a while—and encourage her to take the plunge and simply get moving. That mutual encouragement has helped us both see the projects we’re most passionate about through—from start to finish.

I love this quote from Arthur Ashe:

“Start where you are.

Use what you have.

Do what you can.”

Whatever you’re working on this year, and whether you’re a starter or a finisher, let me encourage you to make a plan (even a sketchy, barely-there one), take a deep breath, and START. Then just keep swimming and swimming and swimming…you’ll get to the FINISH eventually.

So, what about you? Are you a starter or a finisher? How do you stay on course and keep moving forward? Let me know in the comments and one lucky commenter will win a copy of my latest novel, TANGLED LIES.


Connie’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

Author @CaptConnieMann Speaks Up: Are You a Starter of Finisher? #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)

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Author’s Bio:

Connie Mann is a licensed boat captain and the author of romantic suspense novels Tangled Lies, Angel Falls and Trapped. Hidden Secrets, her next novel set in Safe Harbor, Florida, will be out in May 2017 from Waterfall Press. When she’s not dreaming up plotlines, you’ll find “Captain Connie” on Central Florida’s waterways, introducing boats full of schoolchildren to their first alligator. She’s also passionate about helping women and children in developing countries break the poverty cycle. She and her hubby love traveling and spending time on the water with their grown children and extended family. (Hubby says they are good at fishing, but lousy at catching.)

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Connie and I look forward to your comments.

24 comments to Connie Mann Speaks Up!

  • Thanks for introducing me to a new-to-me author! Connie’s book sounds really good. I’m not sure if I’m a starter or a finisher or both. lol I do tend to finish what I start.

  • Connie Saunders

    I think that I am a finisher. It sometimes takes me awhile to get motivated but then I do follow through.
    This book sounds great!

    • elaineadmin

      Nice to see you again, Connie. BTW, I deleted your email to prevent spammers from annoying you 😮 However, I do have your email here, “behind the scenes.”

      As for me, I’m kinda a hybrid between a starter and finisher. If I do put down a project temporarily I tend to get right back to it after a necessary detour. Often, I find the detours unexpectedly helpful by giving me room to ponder… and ponder…

  • Hi Everyone,
    I’m delighted to be here! Thanks for having me, Elaine!

    Patricia, so nice to ‘meet’ you here! If you finish, well, then I’d say you’re a finisher, LOL. It’s those, like, ahem, me (sometimes) who get sidetracked by the next shiny distraction that get in trouble.

  • Hi Connie,
    So nice to meet another Connie. 🙂

    Good for you on moving forward and getting things done. Hope you’ll check out Tangled Lies–and let me know what you think!

  • I am a starter but work hard to get the project finished. That is why I have too many gray hairs and my desk has the to-do pile too high. I get excited about new projects and dive right in.
    Your book, Tangled Lies sounds very intriguing.

  • Marilyn R

    Connie is another new author to me. Tangled Lies definitely sounds like a great read. I tend to be a starter and finisher depending on the project or time frame I have. I usually finish a project even it takes me a while once I’ve stopped to get back to it.

  • Hi Karen,
    I hear you on getting excited about new projects! 🙂 Kudos to you for working hard to get your projects done.

    And Elaine, I love that you’re a hybrid. Definitely, pondering time is sometimes what it takes to get refocused and keep moving!

  • Elaine–That guilt is something I face, too, but it’s false guilt. Thinking and pondering is so necessary to write, but as you said, our hurry-up world pushes us to keep moving, every minute. When I don’t give myself permission to stop and think a bit, my writing–and my life–suffers for it. 🙂

    • elaineadmin

      I agree. It’s definitely a constant battle. One second I’m pondering away, the next I’m duking out the screams of go go go. However, I’ve gotten really good at telling that noisy half of me to hush up 😉

  • I’m a starter!! But definitely working my way through being a starter and a finisher … taking it one day at the time! Lovely interview. Looking forward to reading your books. 🙂

  • So nice to ‘meet’ you, Cindy! Kudos for working through starting to finishing! It’s tough, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by–and I hope you’ll let me know what you think of my stories. 🙂

  • Ann Ellison

    I am more of a finisher. Another new to me author and the book sounds like a good one.

  • Hi Ann,
    Thanks for stopping by. Hooray for being a finisher. All you finishers inspire me to keep moving forward consistently.:)

  • elaineadmin

    I’ve personally had an enjoyable week on Everyone’s Story and have my guest, author Connie Mann, to thank. I’m thinking my viewers also had a good time… busy pondering away at Connie’s question on being a starter or finisher. Connie, thanks for giving us all a fresh perspective on how we view ourselves. Even better, thanks for helping us re-respect ourselves and others for our differences.

    Super thanks for your lovely BookGiveaway of Tangles Lies. And the winner is…

    Marilyn. Congratulations, Marilyn 😀 Both Connie and I will be in touch with you shortly.

    Blessings to all.

  • Hi Elaine,
    Many thanks for having me as your guest this week! It was so nice to ‘chat’ with all of you and ‘meet’ so many lovely new folks. What fun.

    May you all start AND finish many projects this year!

    All the best to all of you,

    • elaineadmin

      Connie, it was my pleasure to host you! I will remember your encouragement as I finish up the edits for another novel the next few days 😊

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