"IT'S TEA TIME WITH CHERI', COME ON IN AND LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO MY FRIENDS..."
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Saturday, December 31, 2011
I have heard preachers that feel we were just being strengthened to face 2012, and that it may prove to be our worst year so far. Wow. Yeah, that gets me excited...NOT! But it wasn't said to excite us. It was said to remind us of all the "natural disasters" (fires, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes in places never before stricken, new diseases, volcanoes, you name it) are only the beginning of the last days. Some believe we, the true believers will be raptured up before the tribulation and others think it will be after the trials. In either case we have some getting ready to be done. The time is coming when we will look at electricity as a luxury, have to learn to sanitize our water, and how to dispose of our trash without others to do it for us. The days of fast foods, credit cards, stores stocked with everything you can imagine, transportation, and utilities will be a thing of the past. You will long for a copy of Mother Earth News to help you out and teach you how to get back to basics! The richest people wont be in the penthouses or live at Trump Towers...they will be the self sufficient farmer living with solar power and raising his own food that will be looked up to. (For a good series that follows this thought read Terri Blackstock's restoration series).
As for me, I am going to focus on learning to do with less this year, becoming more self sufficient, and appreciating what God has blessed me with. I want to rely on His Grace to give me the strength to endure His trials leading to my growth and perfection in Him.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Next week I will finish with Tricia's story about how she finds all of her stories in real life situations and people.
1. Who died, that inspired Tricia's first publication?
2. How old was Tricia when her first child was born?
3. What ministry did Tricia start based on her own experiences?
4. Name Tricia's first Book published.
5. When did she marry her husband?
6. What town was she born in?
7. What school did her children attend?
8. Who invited her to their reunion?
That's it! Good Luck and have fun!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Things were different back then. Tricia would write the first three chapters and submit them to contest after contest, and agent and editor; meanwhile beginning a new story and send it out too. At that time you didn't have to have a completed manuscript, just the first three chapters, so if one didn't garner the attention of agents she threw it in the pile and started another one...and another one, until she found the one that did. The best advice she ever received was to follow her heart. If she wrote from the heart, she found the words just flowed, and her first contract was offered! After reading her first three chapters they requested three more...and she finally finished a manuscript and turned it into her dream.
She remembers the first time she saw her dream in its finished form in a book store. They were traveling across country and stopped at the store, wearing her sweats and no make up on, she ran in to buy a few things. There on the shelf in the book section sat her book! She was feeling so thrilled, then she saw a woman walk by carrying her book under her arm! She was going to buy her book! John told her to go introduce herself. At first she had her doubts, but then she walked over and asked the lady if she were going to buy that book. When the lady told her she liked what she had read on the back cover and that it sounded interesting, Tricia introduced herself and graciously signed her first sale.
There was much to learn about what she could and couldn't say in the CBA as opposed to secular writing, and there were strict guidelines on what words were allowed and which ones were banned. Can you imagine her surprise when she was told her book had two restricted words and had to be rewritten..."Shoot, and Darn" were almost enough to get her rejected! She found alternatives and they were replaced. Today they are not as rigid and there are many more freedoms than there used to be.
All of Tricia's stories are based on true headlines, and even though she took freedoms with the characters, often placing herself in the situation, she enjoys the research that introduces her to the real people behind the stories.
One of Tricia's bits of advice is to write every chance you can get. write for blogs, write for magazines, write for newspapers, anything to get your words out there and get people acquainted with your work. Tricia had over 30 articles written for "Light and Life" Magazine and she was asked to write a devotion for Women of Faith Study Bible! You never know where something might take you. This month Tricia is featured in Guide Posts Magazine.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
In 2004 Gina started journaling about her path to becoming published. Five years and a name change later, She realized her dream and the world of Novel Journey has become an award winning website, inspiring writers at all stages of their career with tips, secrets, and facinating interviews with such exciting authors as Dean Koontz, Francine Rivers, and Nicholas Sparks. Today her dream has grown into dozens of contributors and includes book reviews, interviews, daily devotions and writing help from some of today's best writers. It was recently recognised by Writers Digest as one of the best websites for writers. You can see for yourself by going to www.writersjourney.blogspot.com or www.novelrocket.com or www.ginaholmes.com
In 2010 she saw the release of her first publication after years of rejections. Gina credits her rejections for the success of this debut award winner. As a child she was a an of Stephen King and loved to read suspense stories, so she assumed that was the directin she would head. After four finished manuscripts that didn't sell, she began a brand new creation that won the hearts of the people who read it. It tugs at your heart, makes you re-evaluate forgiveness, faces death, and fight the pains of wrong doings. Crossing Oceans was a success that took 10 years to be born! In September Gina saw the release of her second literary birth as "Dry as Rain" hits the shelves. Another story written to penetrate your heart and leave you thinking long after the last page has closed, "Dry as Rain" follows the downfall of a marriage taken for granted, and left to dry up and die. The ultimate straw of infidelity breaks the remaining ties until Eric gets a second chance to save his marriage when Kyra is in an accident that leaves her memory fragmented...and no recolections of the events that caused their marriage to fall apart. As forgiveness challenges us along with the couple in question, you will find yourself challenged beyond your normal limits...and wondering if you could forgive...anything, if it was in God's plan. Here's the twist...Gina writes in first person from a man's pont of view! Now that takes talent, and I for one can't wait to read it!
When I asked Gina what her personal favorite love story was she never hesitated to say it was her real life love story with her new husband of two years, Adam. She expressed her answer in a way that touched my own heart since I also went through a painful divorce and understand that rejected feeling. Here is what she had to say...
The best love story I've ever heard is my own with my husband, Adam. We've been married a little over 2 years. Both of us coming from really heartbreaking situations that caused both of our previous marriages to fail. We both thought love wasn't in the cards for us but never have two people been more meant for each other. He is my soul mate, my best-friend. In so many ways, I thought I was fatally flawed since my own husband couldn't stand me and then I met Adam who honestly adores me. It's been very healing for both of us and we're so grateful for God's mercy. She forgot to mention how they crawled into a shark cage and swam with the sharks on their honeymoon....or how she wants to go skydiving! I guess they bring out the adventurer in each other as well!
When I asked her if she enjoyed writing and what got her started in something that takes so long to see the rewards she said...
Book Signing-Lifeway Christian Store (Valley View Mall) 5-7 pm
Oct 29–Franklin TN
Book Signing-Lifeway Christian Store-Franklin TN
Nov. 5 –Atlanta, GA
Book Signing-Lifeway Christian Store-Buford (Mall of GA) 1-3 pm
Book Signing-Books A Million- 5900 Sugarloaf Pky, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 5-7 pm
Nov. 12 –Roanoke, VA
Book signing– B&N Valley View Mall (Sat) 6-7pm.
Nov. 19 –Roanoke, VA
Book signing– Books A Million (Sat) time to be established.
Jan 2012–Roanoke, VA
Teaching- Roanoke Regional Writer’s Conference (dates to follow)
May 2012–Asheville, NC
Teaching at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference
Saturday, October 8, 2011
If it is one thing I have learned it is that writers are quick to help one another, whether it be helping with needing research, a phrase we just can't get, or finding that "just right word" that is right beyond the reach of our finger tips...or helping restore balance to blockages! I have also seen them reach deep into their pockets for a sister in need, and help anyone who needs help if they can. Beyond their books they are real people with big hearts, and this is just a part of their ministry. When you buy their books you might be helping support the Wolf Sanctuary in Paradise, Pa. or giving to Wounded Warriors (Loree Lough's favorite charities), or helping someone pay their back taxes as a group of writers did recently after hearing a sister was about to lose her home. You might be helping people rebuild in Joplin, Mo. or buying food and clothing for a family in the other storm ridden areas. They don't get paid a lot, but they are willing to share what they do have with others who need it more. Writers are an interesting breed of people.
In the coming weeks I hope to introduce you to some of these fine people and tell you more about the books they write. Tricia Goyer and Gina Holmes will be my featured author next week, but don't look for a favorite recipe from Gina...she says she cooks like she writes, "From the seat of her pants"! While her husband says she is a good cook, they both agree nothing turns out the same way twice, lol! Til then...keep reading!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Or is it just me that experiences these blockages? I remember when I was little my grandmother would tell me if I ate too much cheese or too many bananas I would get "stopped up" (she was very delicate with words) and I would have to take a little chocolate flavored bite (lousy chocolate too,let me tell you!) to "set me free". As I got older and hated that fake little rectangle of brown lies, I discovered I could get the same results by drinking grape juice or eating prunes...and they were so much tastier! So what have you discovered that works to get your imagination back on track again?
Monday, August 15, 2011
Old Slewfoot knows our weaknesses, and isn't afraid to attack them! Mine was my son, and he decided he wanted to move out after graduation. No job, no plans, stay up all night and sleep all day. He left me. Just like his father before him...he left me. He was the man in my life. He protected me when I was afraid, and now he was the one scaring me! He didn't want to talk. What happened to the boy who used to crawl into bed with me when he was sick and let me massage his foot, like I did when he was a baby? Where was the boy with the dimple who smiled so big it would make me tear up with joy? He seemed hardened and I didn't know him anymore. All I could think about was that my family was falling apart, and what a terrible mother I must have been to make him want to leave. He didn't just leave, he left me for another family...another mother, who could take him to the beach and to fun day trips. Places I couldn't afford. He didn't see it that way. To him, he was taking that all important step in life and moving out on his own. Once again....I had been replaced just like his father had replaced me with another woman. Old wounds ripped open and oozed fresh pain. Writing was the farthest thing from my mind!
In the distance a victory cry broke the silence of the evening. Satan's minions moved rhythmically to the bet of the "happy dance". I curled up into a ball and went to sleep instead of working on the books God called me to write. I stopped reading anything...other people's books, my research, even the Bible.
This week my son moved back home, and things started to look up. I knew I had ignored my blogs, nothing seemed important during the attack. I rationed that no one reads my silly ramblings anyway. Then God sent me a message through a most unlikely angel. Not some Fabio look-a-like...no my angel was an old friend...a big cuddly teddy bear who is a bounty hunter, rides a Harley, and works as security for the WWF. (Wrestling Federation for those who didn't know). The last person you would ever expect to read Tea Time wit Cheri. He said, "You haven't been keeping up with your blog much either, have you?" The words could have come straight from God. Ouch! He read my blog, AND he knew! So today I am going to start talking to some of my friends and asking if anything ever stops them from writing. How does the enemy attack them? Does a true writer ever let anything get the way of their calling? Troubles pass. Maybe not as fast as we want them to, but they will pass.
Thanks for sticking with me and still reading...it will get better. And thanks Jack!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I met Janice on a prayer chain we both belong to and thought immediately, "Hey, I really like this gal!". She is the best friend you picture in your mind; the funny friend on a girls' night out; the loyal prayer partner you can always count on. I had no idea when I met her she was also an accomplished screen writer, and had a long string of successful books published...or that she was such a wonderful mentor for many beginning writers needing guidance. She has produced several Christian theater shows such as "Zaney Muldaney, on the Road to Kingdom Come",a fun musical with wild costumes and crazy characters that bring out a new way of understanding the Bible that she co-produced with friend, Brenda White. You can see some of the fun pictures here... https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150457262925386.642170.899110385
Janice Hanna (also published as Janice Thompson) has published more than seventy novels and non-fiction books. She has also published more than fifty magazine articles and several musical comedies for the stage. Janice makes her home in the Houston area near her children and grandchildren.
Her books are enjoyable to read and remind me of simpler times and the old sit-coms of my childhood. I first read "Fools Rush In" after I read about a free download for my Kindle. I had just bought "Love Me Tender" and hadn't had time to read it yet, but with Kindle I could take "Fools Rush In" with me wherever I went. After an hour of reading I knew that would never happen...I wasn't going to put it down until the very last page! Inside the pages of "Fools Rush In" I met two delightful families that reminded me of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Little House on the Prairie". There was a parrot that once belonged to the mob, that Uncle Lazlo wanted to get saved so he could be returned to his mobster friend and lead him to salvation. There was D.J. who became a DeeJay for Bella's wedding facility, the Spendora Sisters who are the epitome of a good Texas woman; Bubba (D.J.'s brother who sings opera) is an award winning BBQ champion, and a whole cast of unique characters that delight the soul and tickle the sense of humor. I had to read the whole series...and am thrilled to hear there are rumors of more Bella books to come! The Splendora sisters even share their favorite beauty secrets with you!
Janice's latest release is one I am really excited about. In 1999 when my kids and I moved East from California we were thrilled to see the giant cross that stood beside the road in a little town in Texas. In 1995 Steve Thomas was so tired of all the XXX adult entertainment billboards along I-40 he decided to build a cross as a testament to his faith, and from there produced an entire sculpture garden of the life of Christ. Although this is NOT in her book, the location is...and what better place for a "Love Finds You" book than in...GROOM, TEXAS?
Without further delay I would like to introduce you to one of MY favorite people, and a terrific writer...Janice Hanna Thompson!
Me: I notice you write under two names (Janice Hanna and Janice Thompson). Why?
My dad was the president of the University of Houston Cougar Cagers Club, so my birthdays, holidays, etc. were spent at basketball games. Our family traveled to Mexico with the U of H Cougars to watch them compete, which was great fun. When I was eleven, I got to play (for fun, of course) with the Harlem Globetrotters, who came to Houston for a visit. To this day, I love a good basketball game.
Me: Tell us a little about your hero? Is he true hero material?
Me: Give us one sentence that shows/tells us something about your heroine as a child.