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Showing posts with label #hope #Hartline Literary Agencey. Show all posts

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Author Interview with Elaine Stock

Online, I meet a lot of excellent writers. I love that part of writing. Elaine Stock is a new online writing friend. I learned about her newest release and wanted to know more about her and her book. She agreed to visit the Writing with God's hope blog today. I asked her lots of questions. You may have questions of your own. If so, leave a comment, and ask away.


Where did you get the idea for your book?


One facet of human behavior I’ve always had trouble coming to grips with is how people treat each other in the negative sense. I’ve grown up with a lot of prejudice hauled at me for a myriad of reasons and have tried my best to beat the drum of respect across the lines of faiths and races. With that in mind, the basis of Always With You began on a light note during a workshop…


Years ago, as part of a writing workshop in Saratoga, NY (a horse racing Mecca), I was given a horse’s name and assigned to develop a story idea. Racehorses have long names! My horse was named Don’t-Tell-Isabelle, which became my story’s original title because so many people have kept family secrets from Isabelle. Throughout her childhood Isabelle had always heard her dad and grandmother whispering Don’t Tell Isabelle. A BTW: I don’t go to the track or gamble on horses!


But then, what really fueled the passion for this story happened when 9-11 occurred. I felt compelled to write a story of how love and faith could conquer horror, and how we all need to love each other no matter our races or faiths.


Always With You was slowly written and re-written a few years after these two influences. It’s faith premise is: A mighty big God can lead people to overcome evil in this world, and that this same powerful faith can help one to overcome past or current trials. The title change came about when my sharp editor, Deb Haggerty, suggested the change and I agreed, believing the title now not only reflects more about the love between the two central characters, but even better—the love between an Almighty God and His believers.


How did you find your publisher?


Always With You is published by Elk Lake Publishing. It was submitted by my fabulous agent, Linda S. Glaz, of Hartline Literary Agency. I’m blessed that both my agent and publisher believe in this story!


Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?


I’m finishing up a story that involves 3 different family members that all need rescuing within 1 week’s time and for different reasons.


What kind of books do you enjoy reading?


I love a story that can sweep me away from every day life—full of tension and life truths revealed by the characters, and plots full of suspense. I tend to read more contemporary these past few years than historicals, and definitely more fiction than non-fiction.


What has your writing journey been like so far?


Long, and I won’t even try to disguise that into something more pretty. Looking back, I think I’d begun in the wrong genre—it took years of trying different formats, learning craft, attending writing conferences, interacting with other authors socially, and learning the art/magic of revision to point me in the direction I’m most comfortable in writing. Honestly though, that’s not to say that when I sit down to write the writing comes at a snap of the fingers because I’m so talented and a genius… Not! It’s a lot of hard work and now that I’m published I’m learning that it does NOT get easier.


Where is your favorite place to vacation?


Some years ago my husband and I went to Nova Scotia and loved it. I’d enjoy going back there, but would also like to visit British Columbia in Canada sooner than later. My husband is dreaming aloud lately about traveling to Ireland, and he’s not a lover of planes. We shall see.

If you could be a song, what would it be?


I’d be a Bach oratorio. LOL—not that anyone would want to hear me sing!


 Find Elaine online at:


website/blog: Everyone's Story




Can she move forward without knowing her past?

Will he enjoy his present if he can’t free himself from what he left behind?

In the heart of the Adirondacks, Isabelle lives in the shadow of a dark family secret whose silent burden strips her family of emotional warmth and faith in God. Tyler belongs to the religious sect called The Faithful, which Isabelle’s father dislikes immensely. Yet, because Tyler belongs to this group, Isabelle sees only a man devoted to his family and faith.

She wants it; she gets it; they marry.

And when the truth comes out, Isabelle faces two choices:


Staying could endanger her child.

Leaving could cost her life.

That sounds fascinating, Elaine. I need to read that one.
Purchase Elaine's book at:

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A former Brooklyn gal, Elaine Stock lives in the Northeast with her husband where she enjoys spring, summer, autumn, and puts up with the winter. A member of several writing associations, she also is a contributing author to the international “Happy Sis Magazine.” In addition to Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, she hangs out on her active blog, Everyone’s Story, dedicated to uplifting and encouraging all readers through the power of story and hope.

Thank you, Elaine, for visiting with us today. I enjoyed it. Your books sounds amazing.
Okay, now any questions or comments?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Welcome, Author Peggy Blann Phifer

Regular Writing with God's Hope blog followers know that I cherish the opportunity to introduce you to some of my favorite writers. Hope abounds in Christian books, both fiction and non-fiction. Today, I'm honored to interview a great "online" friend, Peggy Blann Phifer. I've read her fiction and heartily recommend it. She offers an entertaining read with a Christian worldview. 

Peg, tell us something about yourself.

I was born in Upstate New York and have lived in Connecticut, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Michigan, and Nevada. I'm now back in Wisconsin. It wasn't until I passed the half-century mark that I started taking my random scribblings seriously.
Did you ever feel like giving up on your writing? 
And how did you press through this?
Oh, yeah, I wanted to quit more than a few times. What writer hasn't? But I'd been bitten by the writing bug by then and pushed on through. Especially after I was sure God had given me a task to write the stories He gave me.
What gave you the idea for this book? How did you find your publisher?

I combined these two questions together because they're intertwined.
In late 2013, Kathi Macias approached me to write a short story for a compilation she was working on called "Twelve Days of Christmas." I jumped at the opportunity, signed a contract and ended up writing my story called "Best Laid Plans. The publisher was Helping Hands Press.
Since then I have signed four more contracts with HHP, the current one being a series of my own called "Sweetwater River."  This stemmed from a character I created in my second contract for 'Summer in Sweetland' and carried on through the next two series' ''Tis the Season in Sweetland' and 'Sonrise in Sweetland.' All of these focus around foster care and adoption.
At the end of that series, my publisher asked if I wanted to do a series of my own, and the rest is, as they say, history.
I am currently writing Volume 3 in this series.
How do you feel your latest release will encourage readers, or did you have something in mind like this when you wrote it?

I'm hoping my readers will not only enjoy this series, but realize the trauma that is the result of being in the foster care system. And the joys of being a foster care mom, and the delight of adopting these kids-even the older teens, providing them with a forever home they'd never had.
If you were a song, what would it be?
Oh boy. It would have to be 'Amazing Grace' or perhaps an old, old chorus we sang years ago, 'Thank You, Lord, for saving my soul.'
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read-on my Kindle-my eyes are no longer good enough to read print books anymore. I used to do a lot of craft work, and crochet, but arthritis has put a crimp in that.
Tell us about your book.
     I've already mentioned some of it above. The Sweetwater River Series is about Rozene Gentry, a widowed, middle-aged woman, who finds herself involved with four girls in the foster care system. Troubled teens, three of them about to graduate from high school, which essentially disqualifies them from foster care, and they have to leave the Youth Acres Group Home where they've been living, and Rozene takes them into her own home until they can get on their feet and learn how to cope in the real world on their own.
And of course we have some romance and tragedy along the way. Saying more at this point would be spoilers.
Volume 1: 'Ripples,' and Volume 2: 'Undercurrents,' have already been published. Their buy links are embedded in their titles. I'm currently working on Volume 3: 'Moorings' and hope to have it released soon.
Author Peggy Blann Phifer, a retired executive assistant after twenty-one years in the Electrical Wholesale Industry, lives in the ‘boonies’ of NW Wisconsin. A late bloomer as far as writing is concerned, Peg’s first published work was a prayer that appeared in 2000 in a Guideposts Book compilation called Prayers for Every Need. Her debut novel, To See the Sun, a contemporary romantic suspense, released in January 2012. A novella, Somehow, Christmas Will Come, contemporary women’s fiction, released in November 2014, re-released in late 2015. Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies and she is currently writing a series of her own called Sweetwater River. Peg is represented by Jim Hart, of Hartline Literary Agency.
Social Media Links:
TWITTER: @pegphifer

What an honor to have you visit the Writing with God's Hope  blog, Peg. Thank you. I'm eager to dive into this Sweetwater River Series.