Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Insights into Writing with Author, Leeann Betts

Today, I wish to introduce multi-published Christian author, Leeann Betts. Her insights into writing ministered to me. I think this will inspire you, as she asks "Is my book fit for The King?"

 
 

I wrote my dad’s memoirs a couple of years ago. Because we don’t live near each other, we spent time together at Christmas or Thanksgiving working on the book. I used a digital recorder and had a list of questions I needed answered. Once I got the story down, I’d send him several chapters at a time for him to review. Then I sent the final book, printed out in a binder, and he called with changes and corrections. Even once we sent it to a printer, we found errors in the galleys which we corrected.

 

My father held his book in his hand a month before he passed away.

 

He boasted to several people about his life story. The intake counselor at the hospice he went to was astounded he had a book, saying that many people came to this point in their lives wishing they’d written a book. She said she’d never known anybody who had.

 

I was so pleased to have been part of that process, to give my dad a book he was proud to hold in his hand. A book he was proud to have his name on.

 

Which got me to thinking about my other books. Would my Heavenly Father be proud to hold my other books in His hand? Would He be proud to have His Name on those books?

 

That changed the way I looked at my books. Because I realized they weren’t mine at all. He is the author. I simply transcribe the stories for Him.

 

And as such, it’s my job to be as accurate as I can. To show up for work every day. To do the best I can to listen and not inject myself into the story.

 

God’s job is to create the stories. To communicate them to me. To correct me when I get off track.

 

I like the partnership I have with Him. It takes a lot of pressure off me. When I’m staring at the blank page, I simply pray, “Lord, thank You for letting me be the first person you’ve ever shown this story to. Help me hear You correctly and do the work of transcribing.”

 

Knowing what I need to do and what I don’t need to do makes the job a lot easier which means I’m having a lot more fun. I’m working on the next book in my dad’s memoirs, and although he’s with Jesus now, I hope he’d be just as proud to hold this book in his hand as he was with the first one.

 

And I pray God would be proud to have His name on every book I’ve written.

 

Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. No Accounting for Murder and There Was a Crooked Man, books 1 and 2 in her By the Numbers series, released in the fall of 2015 Book 3, Unbalanced, released in January. Book 4, Five and Twenty Blackbirds, is due in April, with more planned for later dates. If you like accountants or are an accountant, check out Counting the Days: a 21-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk.
Leeann and Donna have penned a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold, and Donna has published a book of short stories, Second Chances and Second Cups. You can follow Leeann at www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com and Donna at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com . All books are available at Amazon.com in digital and print, and at Smashwords.com in digital.
 
 
 
 
Thank you, Leeann. I love the thought of God letting us see the words first. We pen His Words. Great thought.
 
I recently received my copy of Nuggets of Writing Gold and am anxious to read it. Watch later for my review. It looks like just what I need.
 
Any questions or comments for Leeann Betts/Donna Schlachter?
 

3 comments:

Leeann Betts said...

Thanks, Janet, for the kind review. I appreciate the opportunity to blog for you today. For your readers: Share some insights into your writing that you've received lately.

Unknown said...

Thanks for being my guest, Leeann. I see my writing as a ministry just like teaching a class, or greeting at the door of my church.

Leeann Betts said...

Hi Janet: That's a great insight. Many years ago, the Lord told me the books are the container, but the message is the ministry. So we are to focus on the message, not on how it's delivered.