Friday, August 24, 2018

Empathy for the Dark Side (A Seriously Write Blog)

We’ve all heard it said, “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” In other words, have some empathy. Try to understand how that “someone else” lives, what they deal with on a regular basis, and why that person comes to the conclusions he or she does, whether you agree with those decisions or not.

For us, the author types, there is no position we should have more empathy for than an editor.

That’s right. I said it. In some of your minds, I just slipped on my Darth Vader helmet and asked you to come over to the dark side. But hear me out first before you rally the rebel forces.

Imagine yourself sitting at your desk. You’re the new editor for XYZ Publishing, in charge of making this new division not only solvent, but profitable. You have six months to a year to make that happen. It’s week four, and in your e-mail inbox are two hundred query letters, each complete with a synopsis, a marketing plan, an author bio, and the first few chapters of the work. About sixty pages each, give or take. And these are just the agented but unsolicited manuscripts that have arrived in your inbox. More arrive each day.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

A Chat with MaryAnn Diorio (A CAN Blog)

School is back in session here in Florida. That means there are thousands of mothers out there either breathing into paper bags (because they are first time school parents) or breathing a sigh of relief, looking forward to hours of quiet time with a book, a cup of coffee, and a house filled with silence (because they’ve been there, done that with the whole school thing). So, for those ready to read, I introduce to you novelist MaryAnn Diorio!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Author Behind the Story Series - Molly Noble Bull

It's August now. We're nearing the time of year when the humidity and daunting hurricane forecasts are at an all-time high. However, there is one thing soaring higher than anything else: the frustration levels of parents waiting for school to start again. If you have kids, you know exactly what I'm talking about. So, over the next ten months, send your child's teacher a gift card every month. Vary it. One for coffee. One for lunch. One for dinner. One for a department store. One for a movie. Be creative. Trust me. It's the cheapest babysitting fee you'll ever pay.

Okay, enough of the Teacher Appreciation advertisement. :-)

We're here to meet authors, and I have another one you need to meet. So, without further ado, please welcome to the Florida front porch, Molly Noble Bull!

Hi, Molly! Give us a quick bio. In fifty words or less, who is Mary Noble Bull?

My name is Molly Noble Bull. I am a Christian wife, mother, and grandmother. I write novels. Some have won contests for published authors, and my one and only non-fiction book explains a lot. It’s titled, The Overcomers: Christian Authors Who Conquered Learning Disabilities.

I'm sure you are going to enlighten us later as to which learning disabilities you mean exactly...besides the obvious "writers are crazy and need therapy." :-)

Before you ever got a notion of becoming a writer/author, how old were you, and what were you doing in that time of your life?

As a young child, my mother copied down made-up poems that came to my mind. So, at that time in my life, I attended kindergarten.   

Wow. That's pretty young. What educational background do you have?

As with all dyslexics, school, especially elementary school, was hard for me. But I tried harder, and harder, and harder. I completed four years of high school, and graduated from a local Texas college with a degree in elementary education, a minor in art, and a specialization in early childhood education. I’ve taught in public and private schools, but all these locations will remain private.

If your life was a story, and you were the lead character, what kind of role would you play?

I’d be the heroine, of course. I’d get the handsome prince, and live happily ever after. Despite some bad times during my early years in public school, I married my prince. Though I once had trouble learning to read, now I write books that other people read. Is this happily ever after, or what?   

Of all the stories/books you have written, which one is your favorite? And what compelled you to write this story?

I write because it’s what I do, and my favorite novel is always the one I am working on at the moment. I’m writing three novels now. I work on one for a time; get stuck, and move on to another, It keeps me busy writing even when writers’ block comes to call. This works for me.  

As a writer, if you had one thing you would do over again, what would it be?

I write under the name Molly Noble Bull. Noble is my maiden name. I used Noble to honor them. But if I had it to do over I would be Molly Bull. It easy to remember and has a funny ring to it. Don’t you think? 

Has your writing crossed over into other areas? If so, how? If not, will it?

I have a blog, but don’t use it much anymore. However, I have been posting one Bible scripture or more a day at my page at Facebook since August 30, 2017. That anniversary is coming up soon. I’ve spoken in front of groups on writing, and some time ago, I was a guest on a Christian television station for a grand total of two days.

Why do you live where you live?

I was born in the cattle ranching country of South Texas where my husband and I live today, but we lived in Germany when we first married. He was in the U.S. Army then, and we also traveled to France, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. We also lived in the Texas hill country. But as they say, there is no place like home.   

Those are beautiful countries. Hard to beat that part of Europe. When you look for a new home, what are the things that are important to you?

My father and my grandfather were ranch foremen, real Texas cowboys, and I spent part of my growing up years on a sixty thousand acre cattle ranch in South Texas. Is it any wonder that I like to write Christian westerns? I like country roads, open space, and the sound of cows mooing in the distance, birds chirping, and dogs barking, if not too loud. But I also like to hear the haunting whistle of a train, calling out—breaking the silence on a dark night.

When you are looking for a book to read, what are the things that are important to you?

For me, the first sentence is the most important sentence in the entire book. Dyslexics are easily bored. If the first sentence doesn’t catch my interest, it is unlikely that I will read sentence number two. However, if the first sentence grabs me, I’ll read the first paragraph. If I am still not bored at the end of page one, there is a good chance that I’ll buy the book.

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most, and why?

I love to read the Bible, and look forward to reading it every night. I talk to the Lord when reading the Bible, and during that time, we grow closer together. But it would be hard to choose a favorite verse because I love them all. As readers get to know characters, inside and out, from reading novels, I get to know the Lord better and better from reading the Bible. I would never want the Lord to turn me away because he never knew me.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers about you, or anything we didn’t cover?

I am a born again, spirit-filled Christian, but you already knew that. Some people say I am a funny lady, and some of my books might make you smile. Cinderella Texas and one of the books I am writing now comes to mind. But I might also be called a genre smasher because not all my books are funny. Well, maybe a little amusing via the dialogue, but mostly serious.

Today, I am posting the covers of When the Cowboy Rides Away and Gatehaven because they are two of three books that won contests for published Christian authors. The third is titled, The Secret Place

Sounds like you've been a busy writer of late. Molly, thanks for stopping by and letting our readers get a glimpse of the Author Behind the Story!

Readers, if you wish to learn more about Molly and her writing, you can visit these locations on the web:

Her book: Gatehaven

Until next time, May God bless America, and may America bless God!