Archive for June, 2012

On Writing

Meet Author Elaine Miller

(As told to Marsha)

            God surprised me with a writing career that began after my fiftieth birthday.  For years I loved writing. As a gift to my grandchildren, I kept journals and hid them in a file drawer with hopes they would be discovered after I died.

            Being an author never entered my mind until my husband preached on the parable of the talents. In that parable God is angry with the lazy servant who buries his talent. God spoke to my heart. What good are your writings buried in your file cabinet if no one reads them? I knew I was to write a book.

            How does one write a book? Clueless, I attended the Montrose Christian Writers Conference. Eager to not miss a word, I sat in the front row (reserved for faculty). Embarrassing! I didn’t know any better but soon felt comfortable as I learned I’m an “odd duck” and that’s all right.

            The Montrose Writers Conference opened publishing doors for me. Years later I served on the faculty at Montrose. I sat in the second row leaving space in the first row for other odd ducks like me.  

            I am ecstatic about the release of my third book, We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can. I know. I don’t like the word idiots either. You’ll have to read the book or, at least, the back cover to understand why I say, “I married an idiot—and so did my spouse.”

           Dan and I have been married 41 years. Living inRome,NY, on the edge of theAdirondack Mountains, we enjoy anything that takes us outdoors. Three married children and eight lively grandchildren bring us great joy.

            For more information please see my website at http://www.SplashesofSerenity.com.

            Thanks Marsha and writer friends. Keep quacking out those books!

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Meet Author Loree Lough

Loree Lough

 Yes, it’s true. Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough literally sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the Midwest. Now and then even today, she blows dust from her six-string Yamaha to croon a tune or two for her “gran-dorables,” but mostly she just writes.

Over the years, her stories have earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards and a long list of four-and-five-star reviews. With four million plus—yes, that’s four million—copies of her books in circulation, Loree has 88 books (fiction and nonfiction for kids and adults; three novels optioned for movies; more titles slated for release between now and 2013; 68 short stories, 2500+ articles in print; and nearly 12,000 letters from devoted fans. (A carton of books was recently delivered to Nora H. in Altoona, PA, for sending in the 12,001st letter!)

Also a columnist for Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the writing craft and industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite guest lecturer for writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, and college and high school writing programs in the U.S. and abroad.

A writer who believes in giving back some of what the Lord has given to her, Loree dedicates a generous portion of her annual income to Soldiers’ Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the Wolf Sanctuary of PA, and other worthwhile orgs. (Visit her website www.loreelough.com and click on “Giving Back” to see a full list.)

Loree and hubby, her real-life hero, split their time between a humble home in the Baltimore suburbs and a little cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, where she delights in showing off her “identify the critter tracks” skills.

A Man of Honor (Abingdon Press, August, 2012)

by Loree Lough

On a steamy spring morning, Dusty Parker—part-time pastor, part-time search-and-rescue member, and full-time administrator at a school for troubled boys—joins the search for a missing teenage girl. He partners with volunteer and inner-city school teacher, Grace Sinclair, and what they find bonds them in ways neither could have expected. As they begin to build their lives together, a visitor from the past causes Dusty and Grace to further open their hearts and home. But a threat is looming over their seemingly perfect lives, and in one terrifying night… everything changes. (ISBN 978-4267-1462-7 Trade paperback, US $14.99)


Well, I must say Loree has quite a list of credits and just as interesting a personal life. Thanks, Loree, for sharing some of “you” with us on this blog today.

Now, the rest of you Writers of Any Genre, please consider being interviewed and having your gorgeous picture and/or your book cover posted on my blog. I’d be happy to feature you here in one of my upcoming MEET THE AUTHOR blogs. Happy writing!



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