Writing News and Tips: Susan G. Mathis

I have lots of news to share with you today!

 

Almost 500 people stopped by my jubilee on July 10th!  I am excited about what lies ahead.

Individual stand-alone title #50, Mermaid’s Song, is included in book (stand alone or collection) #100 from Forget Me Not Romances: Love Everlasting (fairytales retold as historical romance.)  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073X28MBF/

 

 

I will be appearing on these blogs:

July 13: Jo Huddleston: http://www.johuddleston.com

July 17: Sarah Ruut: Faith, Fiction, and Fun http://sarahruut.com/

July 24: Donna Schlacter: History through the Ages  http://www.historythrutheages.com/

 

I’m also going to be involved in two Christmas in July Facebook parties:

Christmas Mail Order Angels: https://www.facebook.com/events/110117242965812/

Merry Matchmakers: https://www.facebook.com/events/265731327240789

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Today I’m happy to welcome Susan G. Mathis to the blog.

Susan G Mathis is the vice president of Christian Authors Network. She is a versatile writer, creating both fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Her debut novel, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, came out on St. Patrick’s Day.

Before Susan jumped into the fiction world, her first two books were nonfiction, co-authored with her husband, Dale. Countdown for Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage and The ReMarriage Adventure: Preparing for a Life of Love and Happiness, have helped tens of thousands of couples. She is also the author of two published picture books, Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patient and Princess Madison’s Rainbow Adventure. Please visit www.SusanGMathis.com for more.

Writing Tip

As I began to write my second novel, The Fabric of Hope, I heard a sermon on the beatitudes. I’d heard a dozen or more sermons on that topic before, but as I pondered what the preacher talked about, I couldn’t help but applying it to the writing life.

Matthew 5 says that Jesus taught the multitudes, saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they, which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they, which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

How can we apply the concept of “be-attitudes” to our writing life, our creative life, or just life in general in a new and fresh way? Although not in order of Matthew’s beatitudes, here’s what I came up with:

1. Be patient. Writing is perfected over time.
2. Be content. Enjoy the journey and stop wanting more.
3. Be prepared. Learn all you can about writing.
4. Be proactive. Schedule writing time and remember, you reap what you sow.
5. Be clear. Communicate well.
6. Be tenacious. It doesn’t matter how you feel; if God’s called you to write, never give up.
7. Be doers. Write! Write! Write!
8. Be connected. Find other writers and do life with them.
9. Be dead. Die to your personal plans and live for God’s plans for your writing life.

But Jesus wasn’t finished. He went on to say, “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

And then Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Writers, creatives, and friends, let your light shine!

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About “The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy”

The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy is the story of an 1850s Irish immigrant and a 21st-century single mother who are connected by faith, family, and a quilt. After struggling to accept the changes forced upon her, Margaret Hawkins and her family take a perilous journey on an 1851 immigrant ship to the New World, bringing with her an Irish family quilt she is making. A hundred and sixty years later, her great granddaughter, Maggie, searches for the family quilt after her ex pawns it. But on their way to creating a family legacy, will these women find peace with the past and embrace hope for the future, or will they be imprisoned by fear and faithlessness? NOW available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

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