Bethany Turner Speaks Up!

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Everyone’s Story welcomes former bank manager turned inspirational author, Bethany Turner. Bethany’s newest release is a romantic comedy, The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, which I won a print copy from a Goodreads Book Giveaway–I have two more books to read from my TBR mountain and then will be turning the pages on Bethany’s novel that is receiving some nice acclaim. Can’t wait!  This week, please enjoy Bethany’s blog feature, some very well-phrased and uplifting words that I’m sure you’ll agree with. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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BookGiveaway:

Bethany is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter 1 signed paperback edition of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck. The winner will be announced Friday morning EST on December 1st.

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

 

 

The Moment I “Got It” On My Journey by Bethany Turner

“…for the most part, I just fear I’m a one hit wonder. Without a hit. Or wonder.”

I said those words several months ago, to my editor. I was entrenched in the process of edits. Oh, edits. How you vex me! I generally tend to believe that my first draft is perfect. I mean, if I hadn’t wanted those to be the words in the book, I wouldn’t have written them. Of course by the time the many, many rounds of edits are completed, I’m able to see that my first draft was in fact a disaster, which bore no actual resemblance to anything other than unpublishable drivel. Nevertheless, until that first round of edits sends me careening back to earth from my lofty, delusional perch on Mount I-Deserve-a-Pulitzer, I get to enjoy a brief moment of satisfaction.

By the time I said those words, I couldn’t even spot the foothills of Mount I-Deserve-a-Pulitzer, or its lower-elevation but rockier-terrain Author Mountain Range counterpart, Maybe-I’ll-Earn-Back-My-Advance. No, I had tumbled into the dark shadows of the I-Can’t-Even-Write-a-To-Do-List Valley.

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This book is my shot, you know? And once you get your first real shot, whatever that looks like, you have this brief moment of allowing yourself to breathe – maybe for the first time in a long time. You get the job, you sign the contract, you get the guy or girl, you land the big meeting…whatever it is, it’s enough to allow you to breathe. And then, of course, you begin to hyperventilate, because whatever it is that you’ve been working towards is about to cross over from dream to reality, and the real work is about to begin.

So there I was, in the midst of the 542nd round of official edits (Oh, it was only the third? Hmm. I could have sworn…), and doubt crept in. What are you doing? You don’t know what you’re doing. No one is going to read this book. On and on it goes until I’m convinced I will someday look back on all of this as “That time I tried to be an author.”

“…for the most part, I just fear I’m a one hit wonder. Without a hit. Or wonder.”

Yep.

And then the thought occurs…

So what? So what if I never write a bestseller? So what if the only 5-star review I ever receive is from my husband? So what if I never land another book deal? So what if I never even write another book? Does that make the excitement of actually achieving the dream, of seeing my story in print and on bookshelves, any less real and special? Of course not.

I think that often we get so focused on the achievements that we forget about the importance of the journey. At least I do. But isn’t the journey what God actually tends to use most often? Joseph isn’t a hero of the faith because he became the second most powerful man in Egypt, but rather because he never turned from God when everything went as wrong as it could go. David went from shepherd boy to king, but his sins and mistakes are what impact us most. Moses never got to enter the Promised Land, but that doesn’t mean he never should have left Pharaoh’s household. 

It’s the journey that God uses – to change us, to change others. And so often, the destination isn’t even what we thought it was. Isn’t that funny? While Saul of Tarsus thought he was on the road to Damascus, he was actually on the road to becoming the Apostle Paul. While David thought he was taking lunch to his brothers, he didn’t know there were stones waiting there with his name on them.

He is “able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of.” (Ephesians 3:20) When will I finally get that in my head and, more importantly, my heart? I may never have a hit…that much is true. But I will strive to never let a single day pass without observing the wonder of it all.

Bethany’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

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Author’s Bio:

Bethany Turner has been writing since the second grade, when she won her first writing award for her essay explaining why, if she could have lunch with any person throughout history, she would choose John Stamos. Do-gooders all around her chose Reagan, Thatcher and Gorbachev, but it was Bethany’s ode to Uncle Jesse which walked away with the prize. More than 25 years later, her writing is still infused with pop culture and off-the-beaten-track ideas.

Bethany is a born and bred Kentucky girl who relocated to Colorado in 2001, three years after meeting the love of her life in a chat room, back before anyone knew that wasn’t always a good idea. Thankfully, it worked out in this case, and she and her husband are the proud parents of two boys. In 2014 Bethany walked away from her career as a bank vice president to step out in faith as a writer. Since then, God has not only opened doors in the publishing world, but has also called her to full-time ministry serving on a church staff. She is an innovative systems administrator for a rural church that is passionate about reaching the unchurched.

Places to connect with Bethany:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

 

Bethany and I look forward to your comments.

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And You Came Along releases December 2nd, look for buy links next week 🎄

 

28 comments to Bethany Turner Speaks Up!

  • Caitlin

    Bethany, you’re so right. I need to get Ephesians 3:20 into my head and my heart as well. This is an excellent and timely reminder.

    • elaineadmin

      Caitlin, thanks for visiting Everyone’s Story. Isn’t it amazing how His words of comfort always manage to find their way to us!

      Hope to see you again.

    • Thanks, Caitlin! It’s a continual effort for me to remember all that our God is capable of, and yet I never quite understand why I struggle so much! He has proven Himself time after time after time. Part of being human, I suppose! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  • I’ve heard such good things about Bethany’s book! And so get what she’s saying. I remember thinking after I sold my first story and got the edits “But I thought they liked the book. 🙂 And I doubt very seriously the one-hit wonder…

    • elaineadmin

      I think all us authors go through these fears and concerns and can’t help but wonder about the NEXT book. I’m going through a self-generated race (with myself) to get the next work out before readers forget who I am. Just saying.

    • To be totally honest, I’m so honored that you’ve even heard of me, Patricia! (Again…that old nagging author self-doubt…) 🙂 Thank you SO much for your comments. I’m so glad to know I’m not alone in these insecurities!

  • I’ve been eyeing this book! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  • Perrianne Askew

    I love the cover! I’m sure you’re well on your way to a teriffic writing career. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Marilyn R

    Thank you for featuring Bethany Turner. I’ve seen others featuring her book, The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, on their blog. She definitely has a positive outlook that we all need to follow. God designed a specific journey for each one. Thank you for the giveaway.

    • elaineadmin

      I agree, Marilyn. It took me eons to accept and appreciate that I’m “unique” because God made me that way, and if He is confident in me then I’m accepting it 😊

    • You’re so right, Marilyn! We’re all on a specific journey, designed just for us. What a great way to say it! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  • Saara

    Absolutely love the cover of the book, I can’t wait to read this book it’s also on my tbr list

  • Terrill Rosado

    I borrowed Bethany’s book from the library and I’m reading it right now. I have to admit that I have an affinity for rom-coms and this one is amazing. When an author brings humor mixed with poignancy, I’m in reader nirvana. I went down to my best friends house this weekend and kept reading her parts of the book, because she reminds me of the character Sarah. We were laughing so hard, because she completely agreed. I don’t re-read many books, but this one is a keeper-shelf re-read, for sure. 🙂 Congrats to Bethany for a terrific debut.

  • Shamekka S

    Thanks Bethany for this giveaway. I’ve heard great things about your book and let me just say this interview was one of the best I’ve read so far. I love your openness and you point everything back to the Father. Blessings to you and Merry Christmas🎄

    • elaineadmin

      Hi, Shameka and welcome to Everyone’s Story. Hope to see you back… I always have fabulous and exciting authors who visit.

    • Shamekka, you’re so sweet! Thank you. It’s a complete and total honor to be able to tell the stories of what God has done in my life, and it’s one of the greatest blessings of my life to be able to create stories alongside Him! Thanks again for your kind words!

  • Anne L. Rightler

    Sometimes it’s hard to remember that my journey is mine alone and not to compare it to another’s journey. The wonder of a personal God…and One who can do more than I can even imagine. Thank you for the reminder. And continued blessings as you journey with Him, Elaine and Bethany.

    • elaineadmin

      So well said, and sweet words, Anne. Thanks for sharing. And I agree, it’s extremely hard (at least, for me) not to compare myself to others’ journeys, but this past year I’ve been keeping my focus more and more on Him only and it does help.

    • Thank you for your kind, inspiring words, Anne! And thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. God bless!

  • elaineadmin

    A big thank you to my lovely guest, author Bethany Turner. Bethany, it’s been a pleasure to host you and I hope you’ll consider coming back to keep us company. May you be blessed with many adoring readers. And thanks for your BookGiveaway of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck.

    And, the winner of this Giveaway novel is…

    Deanna. Yay, Deanna!! Both Bethany and I will contact you in direct emails. Happy reading!

    Blessings to all.

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