This next week, I'm excited to offer my viewers information on three authors and their latest books. You might discover one or two that are new to you. You might want to add to your list of favorites for the new year.
Today, I welcome K. Dawn Byrd to my writing with hope blog. Dawn is an author of inspirational novels in several genres, including, historical, suspense, romance, and young adult. Some of her favorite things are chocolate, cars, and her pets. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and riding down country roads in the passenger seat of her husband's Corvette Stingray. When asked why she writes, her response is, "For the simple joy of placing words on the page!"
Amazing Love is the modern-day version of the Hosea and Gomer story from the Bible. I'd like for readers to take away that God loves us with an unconditional love. My heroine, Dee, does some pretty terrible things and believes that God could never forgive her, but He does.
It was a tough story to write because my heroine suffers severe consequences for her sins, but it was necessary to portray how low we can go and how much God still welcomes us with open arms.
Tell us what it's about?
Gabe Knight, a pastor in a small coastal town, finds his life is turned upside down when Dee Dillow arrives and hires him to remodel an estate she's inherited from her aunt. Dee dashes his plans for wedded bless when on a drunken binge, she divulges that she's the highest paid call girl in Nevada and part-owner of the ritziest brothel in the state.
Gabe falls in love with her, but can't believe he's hearing the voice of God when a still, small voice tells him to marry her. After much questioning, they marry and he is deliriously happy. Until, Dee betrays him.
Gabe soon discovers just how hard it is to have the unconditional love God calls him to have for his wife, the kind of love God has for his children. When faced with losing her, Gabe realizes what true love is, how much it hurts, and just how much God loves and is willing to sacrifice for his children.
What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned that even though the Bible gives us stories about individuals who lived in Bible times, it's vague at times about specifics. This give a fiction writer a lot of leeway to let their imaginations run wild.
What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
Finding time to write. I work a full-time job and also a lot of weekends, which means that I have to be really devoted to my writing time. I set aside at least an hour every night, six days a week if possible. The fact that I start with a well-developed plot makes things move faster.
Which books have helped you most in your writing and why?
It's not really a book, but I'll tell you about it anyway. Margie Lawson's on-line classes made more impact on me and my writing style that anything else I've ever studied. They're very affordable too!
What accomplishment (s) are you most proud of - writing-related or not?
I'm proud of earning a master degree in professional counseling from Liberty University. I believe this degree helps me to understand my characters better and what makes them tick.
What are your favorite writing conferences and why?
The ACFW conference is my favorite because I absolutely love the worship. It blesses my heart. It's also really nice to chat with like-minded people.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
A big time plotter. Because I write all of my books in 30-day marathons, I have to start with a thorough plot. That doesn't mean that sometimes the story doesn't take a life of it's own, surprising me when it takes me down a road I hadn't planned to travel.
What would you be doing if not writing?
Probably still riding a Harley. I sold my bike in order to have more time to write. On weekends, I'd rather curl up with my laptop and the story in my head.
What is your personal definition of success?
My personal definition of success has nothing to do with money. To me, a successful person is one who is happy and enjoys life.
Where can your readers find you?
Twitter: Amazing Love,the story of Hosea & Gomer like never before. #teamjesus #bookbuzzr #amreading #Christfic http://tinyurl.com/cbh4f8z
How much betrayal can a man take from the woman he loves. Amazing Love, modern the Hosea & Gomer story. #jesus http://tinyurl.com/cbh4f8z
Would God really tell a preacher to marry a prostitute? You decide. Amazing Love, a modern Hosea & Gomer novel. http://tinyurl.com/cbh4f8z
What happens when God tells a preacher to take back his cheating wife? #bookbuzzr #christfic #teamjesus #Bible http://tinyurl.com/cbh4f8z
What sin is too big for God to forgive? Prostitution? Cheating? Addiction? Amazing Love, a modern Hosea story. http://tinyurl.com/cbh4f8z
Amazing Love released early. It was supposed to release on November 1, but released on October 24. At the time this press kit was constructed, the only purchase link is Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Love-ebook/dp/B009W5PQJO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351118355&sr=8-2&keywords=byrd+amazing+love)
It will be available in the future at B&N, CBD, and other places in print and ebook formats.
Thank you, Dawn for letting us learn more about you as a person and as an author. Your book sounds very thought-provoking. I'll need to put that on my to-read list now.
Viewers, is this an author you know or is she new to you?
On Wednesday, June 2, Writing with Hope blog will welcome author:
Laurie Alice Eakes
On Saturday, June 5, we'll enjoy a post by Sharon Shrock.
Be sure and check those out this week.