Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Welcome, Author Jennifer Hallmark

Today, I'm excited to introduce the Writing with God's Hope blog viewers to an online friend, Jennifer Hallmark. She writes, as she states it, Alabama Inspired Fiction. I met her on the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) online writing loop.

This month marks the time for a new release for Hallmark. The title is Unlikely Merger.


 
No longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?



Jennifer, did you ever feel like giving up on your writing?  And how did you press through this?

Does today count? Seriously, the attacks of doubt surface often. I just remind myself how far I’ve come since I took that first writing course. I try to enjoy each step of the journey. No looking back, no regrets. Prayer helps also. Lots of prayer.

I love your answer, and so agree. What gave you the idea for this book?

Unlikely Merger is actually a multi-author collaboration. I was asked by publisher Tracy Ruckman of Write Integrity Press if I’d be interested in the opportunity to participate in this venture. It’s been fun!

How neat! How do you feel this book will encourage readers, or did you have something in mind like this when you wrote it?

Unlikely Merger shows the reader how one woman can overcome timidity and step out of her comfort zone. I feel it gives hope and encouragement through the difficult circumstances Mercy Lacewell deals with.

 How did you find your publisher?

I met Tracy in person at the Atlanta Christian Writers Conference. We had a mutual author friend, Fay Lamb. I received an email earlier this year asking me if I’d be interested in taking part in this compilation.

Oh, I love Fay.  I met her at one of the ACFW conferences.  Now, tell us.  If you were a song, what would it be?

How about some of the beautiful music found on the Lord of the Rings movie soundtrack? Beautiful, haunting melodies intermingled with light, refreshing tunes.

 What do you like to do when you’re not writing?


I baby sit my two granddaughters a couple times a week. I enjoy reading, shopping and dining out with my hubby, and hanging out with family and friends. Also various activities at church.
 
 
Jennifer Hallmark is a writer by nature, artist at heart, and daughter of God by His grace. She’s published over 200 articles and interviews on the internet, short stories in several magazines and been part of four book compilations, A Dozen Apologies, Sweet Freedom A La Mode, Unlikely Merger, and a non-fiction compilation on infertility and miscarriage, the latter to be released in early fall. website and the group blog she co-founded focus on her books, love of the South, and helping writers. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
 

Thank you for visiting this site today, Jennifer. I am honored and blessed that you took the time to stop by. I look forward to getting my copy of Unlikely Merger.

6 comments:

Janet K Brown said...

Loved getting acquainted with you Jennifer. God bless.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for having me! :)

Gail Kittleson said...

I'm a "northern" writer, Jennifer, so it's good to meet you. Your plot sounds great--lucky Mercy to have all those admirers! but acquisitions….what kind? I also like Mercy's name. Hope your writing career keeps burgeoning!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Gail, for dropping by! Mercy has to decide which business out of a number of opportunities including restaurants, a trucking company, and an alligator farm, to name a few. :)

Janet K Brown said...

I like your questions, Gail. Wow, Jennifer, what a decision. I'm especially intrigued with owning an alligator farm. What kind of woman would entertain that idea? Mmmm, may have to read the book.

Jennifer said...

You'll enjoy it, Janet. It's entertaining and easy to read. I actually looked into alligator farming at one time. (We raised chickens, over 40,000 every 6 weeks) but we're too far north in Alabama for it to be feasible. :)