I published my first book, a time travel romance called, Time’s Embrace, in 1992. Shortly afterwards, the industry took a downswing and my publisher closed my line. That made me an ‘orphan’ with no publisher for the sequel I had already started.
It was very discouraging. I had a great big new house and a great big mortgage so I took a day job. I worked part time and wrote in the mornings before I went to work. I wrote three or four full length manuscripts but didn’t sell any of them. I wrote articles, did press releases even did some advertising but I couldn’t sell a book length fiction. I began to wonder if the Lord wanted me to move into grant writing so I could help so many wonderful non-profits who needed help. Each rejection convinced me even more, especially since when I received another rejection, I felt the work was missing something.
I seriously considered leaving fiction writing for good. I prayed and prayed because writing was all I ever wanted to do. Each time I prayed, I felt that I needed to be doing more, doing the Lord’s work somehow. Writer friends suggested I write Inspirational but my genre was time travels and I didn’t think I would fit into the Christian market so the struggle continued.
I discussed it with my priests and every time I did, they told me that if the Lord had put writing in my heart, He meant for me to do it, just maybe not the way I wanted it to happen.
Taking that to heart, I finally left my day job to write full time. I had a great mainstream idea that I worked up and sent everywhere…even to a book doctor! When I received the last rejection for it, I literally had no place else I could send it. I threw the rejection letter on the floor, picked up my Bible and said to the Lord, “Tell me what else I should do because I’m done!”
I opened the book to a place in Hebrews and the scripture in front of me said “Persistence is thy training.”
I didn’t want to go back, didn’t want to keep hitting my head against a brick wall, but I knew that I needed persistence in my spiritual life as well. Over the days and weeks the Lord’s quiet voice prompted me to go back to my very first manuscript. I took my very first manuscript, changed my hero to a dedicated Christian man, changed my heroine to a fallen away Christian and wrote the book it had always been meant to be. As soon as I was done, I knew this book was finally finished and I sold it in six months.
So now I say to those who are frustrated, “Persistence is thy training.” It, teaches us patience and how to listen to the Lord. If we listen, He will tell us how that book should be!
Tanya, please share your favorite inspirational quote; it doesn’t have to directly apply to the writing craft:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13
I love that verse. It reminds me to continually find my strength in Jesus. We'd love to find out more information about your current release.
My current release is, Tender Touch, published through White Rose Publishing. It's an inspirational historical romance and is available in eBook format. Here is the purchase link: www.whiterosepublishing.com www.Amazon.com
Lacy Butler is graced with the gift of healing. She can save strangers…even those undeserving…yet fails to save her mother. Rejecting her gift, God, and society, she's content to live alone high above the mining town of Harperville. But her solitude is shattered when Royce Darnell builds a water flume through the middle of her mountain. To protect her sanctuary, Lacy sabotages his efforts. Little does she expect Royce to track her through a blizzard and end up half frozen to death on her doorstep. She can heal him, but why should she when he threatens to steal her peace...and her heart? With the livelihood of the miners and their families depending on his project, Royce refuses to stop building, no matter how good the reason or how lovely the masked saboteur turns out to be. Besides, he's convinced God wants Lacy to use her gift for good and not to hole up in her cabin like a reticent recluse afraid of human contact. But first, she must learn to trust, and Lacy doesn't trust anyone, not Royce and especially not God. Soon Royce finds himself in a battle to save the two things he loves the most…Harperville and Lacy. Is his faith strong enough to save them both?
Tanya, thank you so much for stopping by today and sharing your inspirational story of your writing journey. I enjoyed learning more about you and I'm sure your story is a real encouragement to other authors.