Everyone’s Story welcomes contemporary author Norma Budden. I had the pleasure of meeting Norma online a few months back and have become fascinated by where she lives: Arctic Canada! And here I am, relieved to have gotten through a blizzard this past week that covered us with 2.5 feet of snow… I’d love to know more about what it’s like to live where Norma does, and about her novels, and I hope she shares some with us this week! Check out Norma’s amazing BookGiveaway for 10 lucky winners. Yes. That’s 10 winners! Complementing the Giveaway novel is a lovely book trailer she’s sharing with us. And see why she speaks up on the rewards of being a writer. Norma and I look forward to chatting with you.
Norma is offering 10 randomly chosen commenters the Kindle edition of If Only. The winners will be announced here on Friday, March 24th between 5-6 PM EST.
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The Rewards of Being a Writer by Norma Budden
Writing is a painstaking endeavor, yet I love it – crave it – like the air I breathe each day. Unfortunately, with all of my responsibilities, I cannot write as much as I would like most days. That being said, I am thankful for a healthy growing family, and I enjoy my day job of being an Administration Manager, so all is not lost.
You may ask what it is about writing that I enjoy so much. It is simply this: I enjoy the creativity, the ability to create characters whom others can relate to on one level or another. Writing doesn’t feel like work to me at all, until the revision and publishing stages come into play but, even then, I enjoy it. There are so many facets to this wonderful area of my life that I don’t think I could ever grow bored. I even need to write a list sometimes to keep track of everything I would like, or need, to do.
As a writer, I am introduced to wonderful people, some of whom become my dearest friends. Two such friends are Dee Fleischman of Ohio and Michael Phelps of Miami, Florida. Without these two wonderful people in my life, I’m not sure my days would run as smoothly. Even if we don’t touch base every day and circumstances beyond our control prevent us from touching base for long stretches of time, just knowing they are in my life makes all of the difference. We’ve seen each other through various situations and have been a listening ear as many times as needed. I cannot imagine my life without them.
Speaking of friends, I cannot forget the late Michael T. Ingram of Virginia, and the late Bernice Branford Lewis of Maryland. Michael and I wrote a book titled, Finding Tracey, which was later published under the name, As Angels Watch. He was like an older brother and I loved him as such. I even took my daughters (11 and 6, at the time) to meet Michael and his family, flying from Arctic Canada to Manitoba, then driving to Virginia. We had a wonderful time which I shall never forget.
As for Bernice Branford Lewis, shortly after I met Michael and his family in Virginia, she wrote her way into my life when looking for a poem for her Sunday School class on the subject of a secret place. It wasn’t long afterwards when she began referring to herself as “Mama Lewis” and the title certainly fit. She became close to my heart and I shall forever miss her daily presence in my life. However, I will never forget the lessons she taught me, the love she demonstrated toward everyone and the forgiving spirit she carried with her everywhere. It became my mission in life to be as much like her as I could be.
Last, but not least, I enjoy hearing what others feel about my stories. When a woman can read my book, Coming Unglued: A Mother’s Journey into Hell, then gradually introduce her abusive husband to the story to the point he wants to read it for himself, it makes me feel good. When he begins to read it and realizes how much he has hurt his wife over the years, then apologizes and becomes a doting and loving husband, it sends my heart and soul soaring somewhere in the clouds. It makes writing the book worth every tear shed as I painstakingly wrote many scenes.
This is not the only story which has been shared with me about the effect one of my books has had on a person’s life, but it’s the one which comes to the forefront of my mind because abuse is degrading – downright ugly – and when a person can see the error of their ways and make a complete turn-around, it can’t help but stand out in my mind.
All in all, I’ve had some terrific highs over the past few years. I’ve experienced a few devastating lows, too, but having the low points in life definitely makes the high points seem so much sweeter.
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Norma Budden lives in a land of ice and snow for about six to seven months of the year; she has made her home in Arctic Canada since 1992 and cannot make any guarantee as to when she’ll be leaving the north to pursue adventures in the southern Canadian provinces.
Budden’s world involves being an Administration Manager by day and a mother, grandmother, writer, reader – among other things – during the evenings.
Budden has been interested in writing since she was 12 but was 18 when she wrote her first novel, then set it aside for several years. During the ensuing years, she wrote poetry and song, even recorded two of her own music albums – until the writing bug took over again, doing everything in its power to try to consume every spare moment; it’s a war she wages each and every day.
Since September, 2011, Budden had published several titles, five of which belong to her ongoing saga known as the Freedom in Love Series. The titles are An Affair to Remember, When Love Abides, Soul Confessions, Divided Loyalties and The Promise.
Budden has also written stand-alone titles, namely Coming Unglued: A Mother’s Journey into Hell, If Only, Written on the Stars (14,000 words), As Angels Watch (with Michael T. Ingram) and a couple of short stories.
Ultimately, Budden hopes to spend more time focused on writing and the business of writing. She also plans to begin taking road trips so she can meet some of her fans and introduce her writing to others.
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