Do you work out?
I wish I had more time to. I always feel better about myself when I've had a workout session. And yoga is a great stress-reliever. But my life is super busy right now, and my jobs have my sitting a lot. I'm going to have to make time soon.
I have several friends who work out at a local spot, including one friend who teaches a 5 am barre class. I definitely don't make it to that one. Too early and the timing doesn't work for me to get kids to school, either. But she was a bit of the inspiration behind my newest heroine, Lennox.
What would a story be without secondary characters? Not as much fun, that's for sure. Especially when those secondary characters are like Sara Beth. She's Lennox's best friend. Has been since ninth grade. And now she's getting married to her sweetheart Brian (Ty's cousin).
Aren't they cute? They took that picture for their "Save the date" cards. ;)
Best friends don't come much better than Sara Beth, except right now, she's got her mind on one thing and one thing only--being married in a few months. And she's dragging Lennox along into the fray as maid of honor.
Tomorrow is the official release day for Window of the Heart. It seems like it's taken forever to get here and only a few moments at the same time. When Heather Greer, Regina Merrick, Erin Howard, and I met back in 2019, we had no idea four years later we'd write a series together. But mine is the third book in the series and we're set to have all four out by the end of the year. Crazy!
This little book started as a writing prompt during KenTen Writers' Retreat. All four of us were sitting at the same table and decided it would be fun to set a story in the chapel there at the park. And because Erin loves fantasy, she included someone falling through the window into a future.
Well, here we are in the real future. And in December, her character will fall through the window of our chapel into a dystopian future, complete with castle and prince. ;)
It's time! Time for the next book in our Stained Glass Legacy series to release.
Regina Rudd Merrick is guesting on my blog today to talk about the memories and research done to write a book set in the time when she was a little girl. Do you think you could do the same?
When I began writing Window of Peace, all I had was a story outline for the Stained Glass Legacy series, of which mine is second. Heather Greer’s Window of Opportunity is book one (1920s), mine is book 2 (1970), Amy’s Window of the Heart is book 3 (current day), and Erin Howard’s Window of Time is book 4(dystopian future).
How hard could it be? I was alive in 1970. I remember it well.
Tip #1. When you think something’s going to be easy, hold that thought.
Yes, I was alive, but I wasn’t an adult in 1970, like my characters. I was six. Six years old. My PARENTS were in their 20’s!
I started researching the time period. The clothes, I remembered. I’d just been going through old photos of my family, so that wasn’t hard.
Every family begins somewhere, right? All the way back to Adam and Eve. Stories are no different. Characters all need a back story, a beginning, a place to come from.
Well, when Heather Greer, Regina Merrick, Erin Howard, and I all started planning out our stories, we realized this. Heather discovered a neat website where you can actually plug in names and dates and make a family tree. Since all of our stories are based on the same family, this was perfect. We could add and update as we wrote, and each could see the other's changes. Some of us even added pictures of our inspiration. Erin's the only one still needing to plug in her people, but hers are way in the future, so this could look interesting. ;)
This is a place for me to tell you about what I'm writing, talk about the process or where some of my ideas came from, or even have other authors come in and talk about their books.
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