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How to Become a (Romance) Author

Posted by Julie on October 22, 2016 in ACFW, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |
How to Become a (Romance) Author by Julie Arduini
This is part of my Fall Book Club discussion Tuesday nights, 8pm, EDT at http://facebook.com/JulieArduini/Author. I’m going through my first contemporary romance, ENTRUSTED, and also sharing writing tips and behind-the-scenes info on the characters, chapters, plot, and the Adirondack Mountains. I just started, so feel free to grab your copy and join me!

Entrusted, from idea to tangible book, took twenty years. Don’t let that be you!
I’m not sure my journey into contemporary romance is normal, but I thought I’d share my experience into how ENTRUSTED came to be and see if you can glean anything to encourage you.
One thing I know isn’t normal but it seems to mark the authors from the rest of the world is that I was always asking questions. There was one I was constantly putting out there as an observer in life.
“What if?”
What if that goodbye in the airport is a break-up?
What if that phone call in a parking lot is the start of a reunion?
I was, and continue to ask the “what if” question everywhere I go. From there, story ideas take a life of their own. It gets the creative juices flowing. Take it a step further and journal those thoughts.
1. Ask “what if” to people you see in everyday places and let your creativity flow. Journal where your mind takes you.
I was a recent college graduate the first time I visited the village of Speculator in the Adirondack Mountains. As my friend walked me around, I pictured Ben and Jenna and asked myself, “What if Jenna moved here from somewhere else and wanted to belong?” “What if Ben owned the grocery store and had lived here forever, and resented change—including a new girl in town?” That’s the genesis of ENTRUSTED.
Years passed thanks to marriage and kids, but the desire to write never truly went away. About ten years ago I took a course from the Christian Writer’s Guild and I wrote articles and flash fiction for FaithWriters.
2. Never stop learning. Read books on the writing craft. Read books by authors in your genre. For me, I read a lot of craft books by authors associated with Writer’s Digest. I signed up for blogs that featured writing tips and read them. I joined American Christian Fiction Writers, ACFW, and joined critique groups. ENTRUSTED was more than one draft. I think it might have been five. If you truly want this, you will persevere through the red marks, suggestions, and parts you know have to go.
3. Write! It sounds easy, but this remains my biggest challenge. I let my mind get the best of me and convince myself I’m wasting my time. If you are called, you’ll be equipped. You can do it, but only if you actually write. If being at home is a problem, set office hours. Go to the library. But take yourself and your writing seriously. Your book will never be published if you don’t write it. ENTRUSTED, from idea to tangible book, took 20 years. TWENTY. YEARS. That doesn’t have to be your story.
I’d love to hear from you!

Author Julie Arduini
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Don’t Miss This: Sapphire Secrets by Dawn V. Cahill

Posted by Julie on February 23, 2016 in ACFW, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Writing |

Each month I feature an author and release that I think is worth taking note of. This month it is Dawn V. Cahill and her book, SAPPHIRE SECRETS.

Book Description:

Filled with mystery, romance, and unforgettable characters, Sapphire Secrets is the story of a Seattle woman’s relentless pursuit of truth and God’s power to heal and transform broken lives.
Twins Livy and DeeDee McCreary open a dance studio in honor of their late mother, whom they lost when they were six. Problem is, Livy remembers nothing of the day her mother died. The more she questions her family about that awful day, the more she suspects she’s been lied to all her life. While she’s seeking answers to what really happened, she keeps crossing paths with handsome engineer Scott Lorenzo, who compels her to question the New Age philosophy she was raised on. What if there is a personal God out there who cares about her?
Before Livy can discover answers, a brutal accident interrupts her search. Her life flips upside down as she faces a future she is not prepared for. Yet the unanswered questions continue to haunt her. Can she find the strength to keep on with her quest, even if it means losing the two people most dear to her—her twin, and the man she loves?
2015 Finalist, ACFW First Impressions Contest

Don't miss SAPPHIRE SECRETS by Dawn V. Cahill.

Don’t miss SAPPHIRE SECRETS by Dawn V. Cahill.

Although I haven’t read this yet, it is on my TBR (To-be-read) list. I can tell you this, finagling in the ACFW First Impressions Contest isn’t easy. For her to have that honor tells me I am going to love this book.

I think you will, too.

Stay tuned tomorrow when I feature an interview with the characters from SAPPHIRE SECRETS.

To purchase SAPPHIRE SECRETS, click here.

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A Walk in the Valley, Christian Encouragement for your Journey through Infertility, Now Available for Pre-Order

Posted by Julie on January 28, 2015 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

I interrupt the winter weather buzz to share something very close to my heart—A Walk in the Valley, Christian Encouragement for your Journey through Infertility, is now available for pre-order through Amazon.

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Everyone’s journey through infertility is different. Even women who have the same physical problems will have different courses of treatment, different responses, and different emotional ups and downs as they walk this path. But we also have so much in common: the hurt, anger, frustration, pain, sorrow, hope and joy that we have experienced along the way.

We are women who have experienced infertility. Some of us have gone on to conceive, others have adopted, and others remain childless. All of us have found peace in the loving arms of our Father God at the end of our journey. We want to share our experiences and thoughts with you. It is our hope and prayer that you’ll be encouraged.

This devotional workbook starts with how each woman discovered her infertility, then explores the diagnostic testing pursued, how they processed the official diagnosis, what decisions had to be explored regarding treatment, their experiences during infertility treatment (including pregnancy, miscarriage, and childbirth), and finishes with their experiences in remaining childless, adoption, foster care, child sponsorship, and the emotional healing regardless of the outcome of their infertility journey.

Each devotional has a Scripture focus and questions for thought and discussion.

This book started as a question on the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) loop and quickly evolved. What I love is none of our stories are the same. Our endings are all different. We are all transparent in our experiences. The one thing I detested in trying to find something, anything that would help me in my pain was patronizing books or authors who were painting a picture that life was rosy, even in this hard time.

It. was. not.

And thank God, our stories reflect that so readers won’t feel alone.

Yet, we also give hope through Scripture and what we learned along the way.

I can’t wait for everyone to read this.

If you or someone you love is walking or has walked through infertility and miscarriage, please pre order this book.  When you aren’t sure what to say, I believe this book will do the talking.

Pre order by clicking here.

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My Introverted Ways

Posted by Julie on August 28, 2014 in About Me, ACFW, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

One of the best parts of being a writer is being part of a community that “gets” you. Writers never stop thinking. You might see a woman walking through a parking lot. Writers? We’ve got her story all figured out and ready to write down.

Part of that community for me is ACFW, American Christian Fiction Writers. Each year they host a huge conference, the highlight of the year. It’s an opportunity to network, learn, seek appointments with agents and more.acfwlogo

And I’ve yet to go.

Because honestly, I don’t want to.

In the beginning, I stated it was finances, and that’s true. Cost is involved. Yet each year I’ve been glad money was an issue, or we were on vacation that week, or there was a wedding. Then a question came up for a post about those who don’t attend.

And I needed to confess.

I’m a classic introvert. If I was presenting or if a publisher asked for my presence, I would be there. But it would be draining. The travel. The logistics. The small talk. The anticipation. It isn’t being shy, and it isn’t being snobby. It’s an introvert thing.

I write all that to say after that first post, Tanya Eavenson wanted to do a follow-up. Were the people that first replied still not attending conference? Did it affect our career?

I shared my update, and I thought I’d let you know what we all said.

I’d love for you to check it out.

Click to read No Conference This Year?

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Interviewed by June Foster

Posted by Julie on June 25, 2014 in About Me, ACFW, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by author June Foster. I consider her a mentor because when we were in the same critique group she spent so much time trying to teach me deeper POV. I’m not a master, but I can tell you, where I am now and where I was are two different books. I have June and fellow critique members to thank for that.Juneblog.jpg

I’d love for you to check out the interview.

You can do so here.

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Video of the Week: Surviving Henry by Erin Taylor Young

Posted by Julie on May 27, 2014 in ACFW, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Writing |

 

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Each week I share a book trailer on my video widget at juliearduini.com. This week is Surviving Henry by Erin Taylor Young.

You don’t always know what you’re getting into when you bring home a puppy. Enter Henry, a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did that God would send this dog to derail her life.

Through his laugh-out-loud antics and escapades, Henry will steal readers’ hearts. Anyone who has ever owned a dog, especially a canine catastrophe like Henry, will enjoy this lighthearted book about a dog who brings new meaning to the concept of unconditional love.

Here’s the book trailer:

Surviving Henry is available for pre order. Check it out!



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