Writing Tip — Favorite Story: From the Lake to the River

From the Lake to the RiverI am very excited to announce the upcoming publication on September 1 of my first short story in From the Lake to the River: Buckeye Christian Fiction Authors 2018 Anthology. The theme for the nine stories is that they are all set in Ohio, whether in the present or the past. To give you a hint of what’s inside, here are four summaries:

Soldier’s Heart by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Noah Andrews, a soldier with the Ohio Seventh Regiment can’t wait to get home now that his three year enlistment is coming to an end. He plans to start a new life with his young wife. Molly was only sixteen when she married her hero husband. She prayed every day for him to return home safe and take over the burden of running a farm. But they can’t keep the war from following Noah home. Can they build a life together when his soldier’s heart comes between them? 150 years ago the history of America changed forever.

Surprised by Love by Sandra Merville Hart

Set during the tragic 1913 Great Miami River Flood in Troy, Ohio.

Lottie’s feelings for an old school crush blossom again during the worst flood her town has endured in years.

Desperate circumstances throw Lottie and Joe together. Can tragedy unite the couple to make her long-buried dream of winning his love come true?

Summer Song by Michelle Levgine

Dani has growing doubts about mixing marriage and a music ministry on the road. Then again, with as little time as she and Kurt can spend together, despite working for the same ministry, she might never see that engagement ring. Four weeks at a teen music boot camp gives them time together, but the egos and politics that converge in one place might threaten everything.

Debt to Pay by JPC Allen

While cutting wood near their home in Wayne National Forest, a teenager and his older brother stumble across a dying millionaire, who claims his plane was rigged to crash. Do the brothers seek justice or cash in?

As you can see, our anthology offers a romance and history, as well as crime fiction. In fact my story qualifies as “country noir”. What is country noir? I’m so glad you asked! It’s a sub-genre of crime fiction which I will discuss in my next post.

I am a huge fan of anthologies because I can sample the works of many different authors. What are some of your favorite anthologies?

Writing Tip — Just For Fun

rainw-228855_1280This quote from Sylvia Plath perfectly sums up August for me. I try to pack in a few more summer activities, but time is running out. I’m not ready to start the school year, yet much of the freshness of summer fun has worn thin. August truly is an “odd uneven time.”

Monday Sparks — Writing Prompt: How Would You Use This Scene?

seaplanew-1149100_1280Since August is the last full month of summer, I will post prompts that can be associated with the season during the month.

How would you use this scene? For a mystery? An adventure? Science fiction? Family drama? Because my mind seems to have a criminal bent, I would use the discovery of the plane for a mystery. Perhaps the three divers uncover a treasure that bad guys are after. Or maybe they find an object they don’t realize has value. The bad guys pursue them and they don’t know why.

I could do a dual mystery — one set in the present, and one set in the past, when the plane went down. Jamie Jo Wright specializes in this kind of mystery.

Let me know how you would use this scene!

Writing Tip — Writing in Time: August as Writing Inspiration

willoww-2568232_1280Although this is one of my favorite months, as my family and I try to cram in some last few moments of summer fun, August as writing inspiration doesn’t provide me with. many ideas.

Where I live, no major holidays or events occur in August. School will start for my kids — not that we’re talking about it or even thinking about it — but I think school should start in September, so that’s when I’ll write about it as inspiration.

August, more than December, feels like the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. It’s the last, full month of summer. Summer vacations and pursuit end as school and all its associated activities gear up.

The month can be a symbol for a character coming to the end of some major life event — a relationship, a job, some kind of goal that’s he has met or failed to meet. The character can be looking forward to or dreading this change in his life . The golden evenings in August are the perfect setting to end a story on a bittersweet note. It also works as a setting for character who is reflecting on past events.

Is August more exciting where you live? How would you use August as writing inspiration?


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