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Teacher's Plans ~
When Amanda Manning, an exhausted, short-handed special education teacher, is given an assistant, things don't turn out as she planned. Her new assistant is anything but what Amanda expected—most strikingly, a male.
Tracy Atkins secured a job as a teacher's assistant, but will he be able to secure the hand of the woman he is falling in love with? Especially when she finds out about the secret he is hiding?
Come join their adventure as both Amanda and Tracy learn that God's plans are far better than their own. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Mary Manner's said, “JoAnn Carter weaves a lovely romance that will sweep readers away from the very first page.
When Amanda's new teaching assistant, Tracy, causes her heart to sing...romance blooms. Two faith-filled people following God's call begin a journey of twists and turns that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.
JoAnn Carter never fails to please. As a middle-school teacher, I especially enjoyed the way Ms. Carter wove the aspects of a school year into the chapters.
Don't miss Teacher's Plans...plan on reading it and enjoy the ride!"
Available as both an e-book and as a paperback.
When Harrison Beckman meets his father’s secretary, Daniella Duncan, she’s shy and self-conscious. Harrison, however, is determined to get to know her better. Before he gets to do that a rival comes along to steal Dani’s heart as quickly and thoroughly as the company’s contracts, which have been disappearing.
As the mystery unfolds, Harrison has to fight for the woman he loves, even though this means crossing swords with his father and his determined adversary. Will Harrison be able to find the love that could await them or will it be too late?
Marianne Evans said, "Daniella is a tale of hope for every person who has ever doubted themselves - for any reason. "Daniella" affirms the truth that love sees beyond all things - and that God, and the man of her dreams, love her just as she is, and without condition.
There's suspense here as well - corporate intrigue and machinations that keep the pages turning, yet never lead the reader away from a wonderful romance. I love the fact that the hero, Harrison, who is handsome and successful, is completely attuned to a God Daniella seeks - but not with a fullness of heart and belief. Further, she doubts Harrison would ever be able to see past her size to the heart beneath. But he does!
I strongly recommend this heart felt and heart warming romance from the skilled pen of JoAnn Carter."
(Also available to purchase at White Rose Publishing, Amazon, and B&N: Smuggler of the Heart, By the Book, and Sweet Rest)
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
Some people seem to be born with a pen in their hands and have written for as long as they can remember. That’s not the case with me. In fact if my Jr. High teacher’s knew how much I enjoy writing now- well, let’s just say I’m sure they would get a kick out of it.
In 1996 my husband (a Youth Pastor) and I discovered we were going to have our first child. I knew as I stopped working as an LPN and transitioned into motherhood, I’d be home alone many nights. It was then, without ever having tackled anything like it, I wrote my first manuscript with the desire to encourage others as I have been.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction? (Daniella)
While in the middle of writing this story, I heard the song MIRROR MIRROR by Barlow Girl on the radio. As I listened to the lyrics, it hit me how many women like Dani, (the heroine in DANIELLA) struggles with self-image.
As the plot develops, and Dani comes to the realization God loves her the way he made her. I had to be honest and ask myself, "Do I believe that?" It’s easy for me to nod my head while I’m writing this, but it’s another story when I’m standing in one of those dinky changing rooms try to find a bathing suit for the summer!
Accepting myself is sometimes a daily struggle. In the same way this story has challenged me, as you experience Dani’s growth reading this book, it’s my prayer that it will draw you closer to God as well. (If you’d like to hear Mirror Mirror, click onto this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZgq8pA-ipY&feature=related )
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
I think I tend to do a blend of both.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
I think it's for the project that I'm working on right now. I've been researching the early 1920's. People, times, the history of War they lived through, medicine, and such. It's been fascinating.
Where do you go to do your research?
We have a great little library with lots of DVD's and tapes. I also went to a museum that houses the steamboat, Ticonderoga where my story is set. Then of course there's the Internet. What a blessing this nifty tool is!
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
As I mentioned above, I'm working on a series of Historical/Inspirational Romances. I have a contract for three books with Desert Breeze Publishing. The first book is due out July 15, 2010. Want to take a peek? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDcuTF8v9bg
Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Hmm. I recently wrote this post for my blog. I hope you won't mind my sharing it here...
Following a Dream...
Perhaps you've written one story—or a hundred—but I think we've all reach times when we feel like we're at the end of our rope and want to give up, or at least question will I ever sell this book?!
I know I've been there, even quite recently. I kept waiting for news—good news—not the pile of growing rejection slips. But it wasn't happening. Even worse, I found that instead of focusing on the joy of writing I had become side tracked. Somewhere along the line, my goals had shifted from enjoying the writing process to making a sale. Instead of rejoicing with my friends over a contract awarded, I began to cringe and wonder will my turn ever come? That's when I knew something was wrong—dreadfully wrong. Where did the love for writing—not to mention my fellow writers—go?
It wasn't until I hit this place, going full speed mind you, that I realized God was up to something. Whether I was ever offered another contract or not, He was using this time to tenderly teach me some hard lessons.
1. Love: I can't let the rejection letter's pull me down. Instead, I need to embrace to love of writing. Write for the love the craft and out of my love for the Lord.
2. Hope: With each new proposal I send out, I'm not going to give up on hope. Writing is fickle. What one person loves, another may reject. It’s about finding the right person as God allows. You never know when a window or door will open.
3. Patience: Writing has stretched me in areas of patience. Instead of cringing over the length of time a publisher is holding my story, I can use this time to work on another project.
4. Joy: I don't want to loose the joy of my project and get bogged down with the passing of time. Instead, I'll choose to enjoy each and every moment of this growing process and seek out lessons that the Lord wants me to learn
5. Peace: This gives me great peace...knowing as I alluded to above, if God wants my story published; it will in be--in His good and perfect timing.
6. Kindness: It's now always easy showing kindness to folks who criticize your work. (I'm not referring to the helpful edits that editors do, rather the general remarks that are made, which make you feel like your manuscript is only fit for the trash.) I have found in writing, I need to have thick skin. I'll glean what I can from their comments, perhaps they have a valid point(s)—but if that's not the case, I'm choosing to let their personal opinion go. After all, what is one man's trash is another man's treasure.
Did you ever think God could use the writing process to help us learn more about the Fruits of the Spirit? What a totally creative and awesome God we serve! Don't grow weary in your writing. Instead, let’s choose today to do our best for the Lord—and allow Him to accomplish His purposes in our lives.
Best wishes on your personal writing success.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
I have a wonderful family that is so supportive! Although the "romance genre" isn't popular in a household full of males, they still are proud of me, their mother and wife, for pursing my dreams. I get such a kick out if it when my sons tell their English teachers that I am an author and that I could come and speak to the class if they'd like. Friends and family truly are a blessing for those days when the road seems so long and dark.