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Fiction Full of WHAT?

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vc logoMost writers have a tag line. It’s something we put on our website, our business cards, our social media pages…anywhere we can fit it. It’s something that is supposed to describe not just our writing, but our mission as a writer.

My tag line is “Fiction Full of Grace.” Today I thought I’d share what I mean by that.

When I first started writing I was writing romantic suspense. Then my agent asked me to write an Amish romance. Then Harper Collins Christian Publishing asked me to write an Amish mystery. Then Harvest House asked me “if you could write anything, what would it be,” and I submitted The Remnant series which is dystopian.

I’ve also written some contemporary romances, a young adult book, and a western. Those haven’t been published yet, but I plan to publish them independently to supplement what I will be writing for Harlequin/Love Inspired (Amish romances which will begin releasing next year).

What do all of those different genres have in common? What is the one thread running through my stories? I thought about that a long time. I struggled over it and prayed about it and even attended workshops with titles like “What’s Your Brand?”

In the end, the answer–for me, was simple. I write Fiction Full of Grace. I write stories that remind us God is ever present, ever caring, and we don’t need to be afraid or worried or anxious. Our heavenly Father loves us more than we can imagine, and we can rest in that knowledge. God’s grace is my brand, my tagline, and it’s the reason that I write.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me what your favorite KIND of story to read is. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered to receive a $10 Amazon certificate. Last week’s winner was Kate K.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • Light of Dawn has released early. Amazon is already mailing print copies, and the ebook will release on 6-27.
  • My inspirational romantic suspense books are now available on KU, so if you’re a subscriber, please check out Hidden and Protected in the Kindle store.
  • We now have over 60 reviews for What the Bishop Saw on Amazon. Thank you!
  • My new rafflecopter giveaway includes a set of potholders made by one of the Amish women in the Monte Vista community. Details of the giveaway are on my main page.
  • Want to win a copy of Light of Dawn? My publisher is giving away 10 copies on Goodreads.
  • Raging Storm is also on sale for 99 cents in ebook format, and Amazon is offering it for 79 cents.

The State of Christian Fiction

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Carol_Award_Gold_-_no_base_transparent_backgroundACFW Conference and The State of Christian Fiction

Even as I’m writing this post, I’m preparing for the ACFW conference. In fact, I’m writing it early so that you’ll have something to read while I’m gone. ACFW is American Christian Fiction Writers, and it is probably the largest group of Christian fiction writers. Last year I was honored with a Carol Award for Falling to Pieces. Although I wasn’t in attendance, due to family needs, I felt that Continue reading

AFTER “the call”

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THE CALL Blog Hop

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I’m interrupting my regularly scheduled blog to appear this week in my agency’s Blog Hop. If you click here you’ll see the original post and the publishing story of many wonderful authors, all of whom are represented by the Seymour Agency. Click here and you can read my previous post, “Before the Call” and here to read my post “My Call.”

It’s a fairy tale story. Isn’t it? I worked hard, prayed for patience, and had finally Continue reading

My Call

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THE CALL Blog Hop

TheCallBlogHop

I’m interrupting my regularly scheduled blog to appear this week in my agency’s Blog Hop. If you click here you’ll see the original post and all of the other authors from the Seymour Agency who are participating. Click here and you can read my previous post, “Before the Call.”

I’ll tell you what I remember about “my call” from my agent, offering me Continue reading

Before “the call”

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THE CALL Blog Hop

TheCallBlogHop

I’m interrupting my regularly scheduled blog to appear this week in my agency’s Blog Hop. If you click here you’ll see the original post and all of the other authors from the Seymour Agency who are participating. Some of you are aspiring writers and some of you are readers who like to read about the writing life. Either way, I hope you enjoy this week’s posts, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Before I received a call from my agent, Mary Sue Seymour, I was busy writing all Continue reading