Friday, March 11, 2011


“Twenty Years from now
You will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than the things
that you did.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds
in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.”

~~Mark Twain~~

Julie here, and today I have the privilege to welcome a very special guest, Laurie Alice Eakes, whose story below is not only an amazing journey to publication, but all the more inspirational given that this precious lady is blind! So please join me in welcoming Laurie Alice today, and I hope her story inspires you as much as it inspired me! Without further ado, I give you Laurie Alice Eakes ...

When we’re children, we think we can do anything—fly, become rock stars, have all the power in the world once we’re adults. Then we become adults and our wings fall off, we’re too shy to get behind a microphone, let alone in front of a crowd and sing, and we realize that being an adult only means more responsibilities and an understanding of how little power we have. We tell ourselves that dreams are only for those who sleep and sleeping gets no one anywhere. In short, we become averse to taking risks.

That is the story of my life for far too long. I didn’t want to be a rock star; I wanted to be a writer. Books had been part of my life since I can remember and probably before then, knowing my family. Stories flowed through my head—with me as the heroine, of course—and I wanted to write them down. When I was twelve, I actually outlined and started writing what would now be considered a young adult Christian novel. I’d never even heard of a Christian novel at the time, let alone read one. I just knew it felt right.

Then my big sister got ahold of it, read it to her friends, made fun of it… And it went into the trash.

In high school, a teacher simultaneously encouraged and discouraged me from being a writer. On her advice, I read a book on publishing and realized I needed to do something more practical. Getting published was too unlikely. I couldn’t risk my future on these crazy characters running around in my head. I was on my way to being an adult. I’d forgotten how to fly, that I could be a rock star if only I got behind that microphone. Being a writer was just too risky. It meant rejection and people making fun of me; it meant being told I wasn’t good enough, and it meant little monetary reward for a great deal of work.

What I’d forgotten was that serving God more often than not means taking risks, facing rejection, being made fun of, often receiving little earthly reward for a great deal of work. I doubt David knew he’d be king when he killed Goliath. I’ll bet soldiers made fun of him when he walked up with a slingshot. And Peter getting out of the boat in the middle of the lake. Yikes! Sure the other disciples may have stared at him in awe. But don’t you think a few were snickering behind their hands just waiting for him to sink, saying, “Told you so” when he did? What was up with that guy Benaiah chasing after a lion? Chasing a full-grown lion? I played with a lion cub once, and that forty-pound kitty of a few months old took me down. We had fun, but he was declawed. I doubt Benaiah’s lion was either a cub or declawed.

The list of risk-takers serving God goes on and on and beyond Scripture. I picked two of the most famous here. We know what David continued risking after his feat with the slingshot—angering a king, often running for his life, a lifetime of battles to preserve God’s nation. Being king is a risky business in itself.

Peter was a fisherman not known for his eloquence. Yet he risked speaking in front of thousands and the kingdom of God grew because Peter dared speak out about the Resurrection.

Then we come to Benaiah. Although I’ve read the Old Testament several times, the significance of what Benaiah did meant nothing to me until I walked into a new—for me—church in the autumn of 2006 and heard a sermon series based on Benaiah that changed my life.

Not taking risks is risky. To serve God we often have to look foolish. Seize opportunities that come to us. In other words, answering the call to serve God is risky business. You can find the series here:
Chase the Lion.

Though I had had both of those important calls for an author—from God to be an author and from my agent saying I’d made that first sale—I’d been playing safe. In short, I hadn’t been writing anything else. A couple nasty rejections had left me gun-shy and I was only going to write what was safe, write what was a sure thing to get published.

Yes, I hear many of you laughing at me. A sure thing in this business? A sure thing in life period?

OK, as close to a sure thing as it gets—writing what I thought the market wanted.

Unfortunately, it was neither what I wanted nor what I liked, and the lackluster prose reflected it. I wasn’t willing to risk having my writer’s tender heart broken again with laying my true love out for the world to poke fun at, mock, all those things I feared that kept me from doing what the Lord wanted me to do—write for Him with all my heart.

Write for Him, not necessarily be published for Him.

“To win you have to risk loss.”--Jean-Claude Killy

And that was a risk in itself—to hang out with writers, let them know I was writing, and perhaps never sell again. Talk about looking foolish, looking like a failure. A one-book wonder and not even a Christian book at that.

Yet while risking the embarrassment of being a brief bride and then forever the widowed matron of honor in the writing world, I was imparting the wisdom about writing God gave me and the knowledge I gained in grad school. In other words, I was helping others achieve their goals, kind of like Benaiah being head of the army helping the king stay king, advancing God’s message to the world without receiving any of the glory. Humbling. I will even go so far as to say humiliating. Surely I misunderstood God and He really wanted me to do something else now.

No, I did sell another book and this time to a Christian publisher. My first secular book won an amazing award. A-ha! By-by obscurity. Unlike Benaiah, I was going to be king, not just support the monarch.


Worse than nothing happened. Two different editors questioned my ability to write. Safe mode: give up and risk not following God’s calling.

Risk mode: Accepting the idea that I was supposed to be serving God in a different way. I accepted the idea that I might never sell another book, accepted the idea that I was supposed to only serve God as an encourager and teacher, a mentor and prayer partner so others could have a ministry through publication.

And after risking that this was what God really wanted from me and nothing more, I sent off the manuscript for a story I’d wanted to write for five years. Then the proposal for a story I’d been wanting to tell for ten. Yes, I kept taking that risk of rejection because risk had become safe to me—my peace that, at last, God was in charge of my writing career. I then had one full manuscript and a three-book proposal with editors. Then we sent out two more proposals. “After all,” I told my agent, “what’s the risk? That they’ll buy all of them?”

Somewhere in my willingness, my eagerness, to serve God whatever the cost to my desires, I’d discovered that my wings hadn’t fallen off. They were a bit crumpled and squashed, but I was ready to try them out again.

No, I’m not a rock star, though, since 2008, when I finally put everything together and risked losing all my dreams to God’s perfect plan for my life, I have been given several opportunities to get behind a microphone and speak about my faith and writing.

And remember that slightly sardonic remark to my agent about the editors buying all my proposals? The joke was on me—they did. By January of 2010, I’d signed contracts for thirteen books to Heartsong, Avalon, and Baker/Revell, and in January, 2011, I signed two more for novellas with Barbour.

“Many great ideas have been lost

because the people who had them could not stand

being laughed at.” (Author unknown)

Whether you’re a writer or not, the same principles apply—not taking the risk of giving up everything you want to what God wants you to have is seriously risky business. I honestly believe if I hadn’t been willing to give up being published, and then risked sending out a few stories that didn’t quite fit into the mold of what I was told publishers wanted, I’d still be frustrated, probably even a little bitter, that others were succeeding whereas I was not.

It doesn’t end there, of course. Every day as a writer, every day serving God, has risks—the risk of being resented, of being hurt, of being laughed at. As difficult as I find dealing with all that is some days, I wouldn’t go back to my risk-averse writing for anything.

“A ship in harbor is safe - but that is not what ships are for.”

(John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic)

To celebrate the re-emergence of my wings, I am giving away a copy of Jersey Brides. This includes The Glassblower (2010 Carol Award finalist for best short historical romance), The Heiress, and The Newcomer, the sale to Heartsong Presents that showed me that God had been waiting for me to turn my writing career over to Him regardless of the consequences to my own dreams.

About the Author:

Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added two novella sales to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and three of her books chosen for large print editions by Thorndike Press. She has been a public speaker for as long as she can remember; thus, only suffers enough stage fright to keep her sharp. In 2002, while in graduate school for writing fiction, she began to teach fiction in person and online. She lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and too many cats even for her. Laurie Alice's website is:

Laurie Alice Eakes Website


Helen Gray said...

Whew! I'm tired just following you around in my mind. But what a journey.

I've been cranking out stories for over 20 years. The early ones STUNK, but I'm learning and improving. And I'm taking risks by sending stuff out there.

The king size coffee pot is set for morning.


Linda said...

If Jersey Brides is anything like Lady in the Mist, this will be a great prize! Please enter me.

I don't have the ability to write books, but I do admire those who do. You put in a lot of hard work and time. Having Christian novels to read is a God-send. Keep them coming!

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Vince said...

Hi Laurie:

Thanks for the inspiring message. I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m so happy I did so many of the things I did when I did them. I spent a lot of time and money on travel and I’m so glad I did.

When you get older the things you always wanted to do may no longer be there. Things might cost too much or your health might not allow you to do them.

I think it is wise to be making down-payments on your dreams all your life long. The risks only get bigger as you get older and have less time to recover from mistakes.

I hope you take some time off from your writing and pursue your other dreams while you can.

I grew up in the Morristown, New Jersey area. I’d love to win your Jersey book. :)


vmres (at) swbell (dot) net

Jan said...

Laurie, you have no idea what an encouraging post this is. Just 2 weeks ago I spent the day questioning whether or not I am a writer. Wondering if I was just fooling myself and wasting time pursuing a writing career when it seemed likely that I would never be published again. (I had 2 books published about 12 years ago, then nothing.)

I feared that writing was just a distraction, keeping me from doing what I really should be doing for God, but not knowing what that might be.

Your post reminds me to be who I know in my heart God has called me to be and to leave the results in His capable hands.

Thanks for sharing your story!

CarolM said...

Laurie - I'm in awe.

I don't know what else to say ;).

I won't be around much tomorrow so I'll set out some breakfast. Full buffet. Anything you want.

Gotta get to bed so I can get a million things done tomorrow...

KC Frantzen said...


I literally laughed out loud at this: By January of 2010, I’d signed contracts for thirteen books

Isn't that just the BEST?

Be faithful in the little things, then He can trust you with the bigger things - like getting behind that microphone as an adult!! Way to fly Laurie!

Thanks for the inspirational post. Loved it! Would enjoy being entered: may at maythek9spy dot com

Christine said...

As I read, I heard background music. It was the song "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha. If God has given you a dream, He's given it for a purpose. I'm so glad you didn't give up on that dream!

I am encouraged by journeys like yours. I know I have a long road ahead of me. I know it will take time. I also know it will happen in God's timing and in His perfect plan.

Thank you for sharing your journey. I would love to win your book.
teaching by writing at yahoo dot com

Roseanna White said...

I've said this before, and I'll say it again--I want to be you when I grow up, Laurie Alice. =) I always love it when you share insights from your journey!

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D. said...

Laurie Alice, Blogger is acting up for me this morning, not posting comments on my own blog so I pray it will do fine for you. Thanks for your transparency and sharing your journey. Glad you took the risk and have gotten your books out there for us all to enjoy. Starting tomorrow, the next ten days will be Laurie Alice Eakes days on my own blog Looking forward to Azkaban transfer/release on Wednesday.

Naomi Rawlings said...

What a journey you've traveled, Laurie Alice. Thank you so much for sharing. As an aspiring writer, there's much to learn. I'm glad you took the time to share.

Rose said...


Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and reminding us to take risks!

Vickie McDonough said...

At one of the first writers' conference I attended, nine years ago, I found an inspiring note card that said: "What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn't fail?" I still have that card taped on my computer desk, and it still inspires me to push further and harder in my writing and the things I want to do with my life. Great post!!


Gina Welborn said...

Laurie, thank you for challenging me to take more risks.

Laney4 said...

You have given me food for thought - and I'm trying to lose weight, LOL! Seriously, thanks for the eye opener and I wish you all the best life has to offer.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Welcome Laurie, Thanks for joining us in Seekerville. I see you're a fellow Avalon author. woo hoo

And congrats on the pick=up with Crossings Book Club. That's huge. I know you'll be delighted with the results of that.

Have a blessed day.

Debby Giusti said...

Thanks for such a heartfelt blog post today. You said what I often feel...that hesitation before stepping out in faith. If I were doing this for my own glory, I would have given up long ago. Still huddle behind my computer at times and don't want to take the next step forward.

Guess writers are all alike. We stress and fret and worry and wonder if or why anyone would ever want to read what we write.

Luckily, God gives us the strength and courage to continue. To Him be the Glory!

Kirsten Arnold said...


Thank you for such an inspirational post and the reminder that God cares about our dreams, but we have to take the risk.
I'm also grateful I had parents who encouraged their children to go big or go home.


DebbieLynne said...

Laurie Alice,

You are such an inspiration to me! What an awesome challenge for writers and for Christians. Taking risks. Something many of us shy away from. Who wants to be laughed at, ridiculed, or disliked. But God didn't call us to be popular. In light of all the things going on in the world today alone, I'd say it is time we all stepped out and took a risk. The world needs to hear the good news.

Debby Giusti said...

Sending hugs to Jan today!

I prayed for four years when I felt called to back out of almost fulltime ministry to devote more time to writing. I kept questioning whether I was doing the Lord's will. Really struggled. It's so much easier to know we're on the right path when we can reach out and touch his people. The isolation of the writing life made me wonder if I was hearing my voice or His.

Keep writing, Jan! You're part of the Seekerville family now! We'll continue to encourage you.

Janet Dean said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Laurie Alice! Thank you for this truly inspiring post! Congratulations on all your sales and the Crossings Book Club!!

Your experiences prove the importance of taking a risk for God. We just need the courage to trust Him. I think of the Isrealites crossing the Jordan River to reach the promised land. The water didn't stop flowing until the priests took that first step. We can take risks one step at a time holding tight to God's hand.

I brought egg bake and fresh fruit this morning. Thanks for the coffee, Helen.


Patsy said...

Love the covers of those books! And count me in on the giveaway. Looking forward to reading your book.


Julie Lessman said...



Welcome to a very special lady and author who as you will see from this truly inspiring blog today, has had quite a publishing journey. I hope it will inspire you as much as it inspires me.

Laurie Alice is sightless and works with a special machine to respond to comments, but unfortunately, Blogger is giving her as much trouble as it did me this morning, so I will be relaying all of Laurie's response to comments, which means you will see my name instead of Laurie's, but the responses are all hers, okay?

So mosey on over to the breakfast buffet where we have peach pancakes, chocolate chip waffles, omelets of every style and color and plenty of smoked sausage and maple cured bacon. Hazelnut coffee is on the sideboard, right next to Helen's old faithful brew, so enjoy both the cyber food AND Laurie Alice Eakes!


Julie Lessman said...


Thank you all for your kind words. Keeping focused on risk isn’t easy, and it is a calling.

Vince: I was in Morristown when I got the call that I’d sold the New Jersey series.

Linda: Jersey Brides is Heartsong books, so shorter and sweeter than Lady in the Mist—amd thank you for liking that book—and they are still precious to me, too, for the promise they represent.

Jan Drexler said...

Laurie - I'm with everyone else in thanking you for your inspirational post!

I'm a great believer in God equipping us to serve where He calls, and obviously He's equipped you well! The risks are only the ones we perceive - life isn't risky at all to Him.

I'd love to read your book -


Missy Tippens said...

A beautiful post, Laurie Alice! Thanks so much for hanging out with us today. And for sharing your story. It's so encouraging.

Kathleen L. Maher said...

This blessed me, Laurie Alice. You are God's hammer hitting the nail on the head. Swak! Thanks, I needed that. :)

Kav said...

This is definitely an encouraging post for me. I've really been wrestling over what's the right thing for me to do and it's extremely comforting to discover that the author of Lady in the Mist struggled along her path as well.

I LOVED Lady in the Mist! The historical detail, the layers and layers of story, the characters, the romance! Blissful sigh!

I know I'd love anything you write, but please don't enter me in the draw. Seekerville has been much too kind to me already the last couple of months.

Joanne Sher said...

Love this encouraging post. Wonderful stuff - please enter me :)


Angela Bell said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Laurie Alice! :-)


Whitney said...

Congratulations on reclaiming your wings and following God's plan for your life. Oh, and for that other thing... selling 13 books?! Haha. Just goes to show you two things. ONE, follow the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart, and TWO, write what you LOVE and if it is in the Lord's plan the rest will follow.

You're an inspiration. Please enter me for a chance to win.



Ruth Logan Herne said...

Lovely post, Laurie Alice and welcome to Seekerville!

Congrats and best wishes for your continued success. What a pleasure it is to have that road unfold before you and I'm glad you stayed the course.

I missed breakfast... Busy playing catch up from yesterday, then heard about the earthquake and tsunami....

We're such silly folks to think we've lassoed earth's power, but I'm thanking God for early detection and warning systems.

God bless and keep all.

Laurie, thanks for the inspiration and the encouragement to others to stay the course.


Debbie Roth said...

David was mocked, as you surmised Laurie, but not just by anybody. Like your older sister laughed about your efforts with her friends, David's older brother was the one who tried to belittle him, implying he was nothing but a shephard. His brother basically said "What are you doing here pipsqueek, who's watching the sheep?" If that wasn't enough, David spends decades running for his life from the man he felt was like a father to him because Saul's own insecurity made him think David was only interested in taking away his best gig...being king. The insecurities of others can translate into trying to push down those around them. How crushing it must have been for Debbie Macomber to be told by an editor she should throw away the manuscript she typed on a rented typewriter in the early hours of each morning, and just start over. Good thing her inner voice told her to send it elsewhere...the rest is history. Anybody can say "NO!" to you. It takes heart and courage to follow your inner voice. Remembering "Greater is he who is in me, than he who is in the world" helps put it all in perspective.

Jo said...

This has been a very interesting post. When I was younger I wanted to write and did write a bit. Than we got busy with raising family and my writing went to writing letters. Recently I have been thinking that I would like to write again so found this very interesting. I was raised in New York City and went to Jersey quite a bit.


Susan Anne Mason said...


What an amazing person you are! Thanks for sharing your publishing journey as well as your spiritual journey. I think we can all relate!

Taking risks is a scary thing, and a lot of us writers are introverts, making it doubly scary.

Your words today have obviously touched a lot of people - people who needed to hear God's encouragement. So thank you for this.

Best of luck on your continued journey.

sbmason at sympatico dot ca

Julie Lessman said...


To encourage others to follow their dreams and their heart is as much my calling as writing. To know I have done so blesses me.

Thank you, Kav, for what you said about Lady in the Mist. One dream I had was to not just be published, but to write for a non category—a big book—publisher. Lady was that first sale and thus is amazingly special to me. And I kind of have a crush on the hero.

Victoria Bylin said...

Great blog, Laurie Alice . . . Now I know why you're so prolific. A passion for your work. A love of God. A willingness to take risks. Did I mention talent? I thoroughly enjoyed "Lady of the Mist."

Dina Sleiman said...

Thanks, Laurie. This is a great post for an author who spent much of the last year and a half writing a book her agent didn't like. She didn't think the Islamic main character could sell, but that was the story God laid on my heart.

Good news is, I'm close to securing a new agent and the book my old agent thought nobody would want is now sitting at Tyndale, and they are very interested in the Islamic angle.

Can't wait to see you in Yorktown next week :)

Mary Connealy said...

Hi, Laurie Alice. thanks for being on Seekerville. Great post.

Carla Gade said...

Laurie, what a blessing you are to so many! The story of what God is doing in your life is sure to inspire many ~ I know it does me!

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, All, just wanted to drop a quick line to those who have commented:

BLESS YOU, HELEN, thanks for putting coffee on, my friend -- YOU ROCK!!

LINDA!!! Have read excerpts of Lady in the Mist and am dying to read the whole book, which I fully intend to do! I have read Laurie's The Glass Blower, and LOVED it, so I know I will love her Revell release all the more because everybody knows Revell puts out GREAT BOOKS, right???? :)

VINCE!!! Who would have thunk? You, a Jersey boy!!

WOW, JAN, you had two books published before??? Girlfriend, get back in the saddle again and ride like the wind!!

CAROL ... back away from the blogs and get your work done, darlin'--Denver awaits!!

KC ... yeah, 13 books in almost no time at all!! If I didn't love Laurie Alice so darn much, I'd be a wee bit snarky right now!! :)

CHRISTINE ... LOVE Man of La Mancha, so good ear, girl!

ROSEANNA ... I want to be L.A. when I grow up too ... IF I ever grow up ... :/

Hey, CARRIE, good for you, having L.A. on your blog!! Hope it's a hit ... uh, tons of hits, to be exact!!

NAOMI ... thanks for dropping by, and good luck in the contest!


splashesofjoy said...

Thank you Laurie for letting us in on your journey! And congrads on Lady In The Mist being in Crossings Book Club. I find many new books and author (new to me that is) at Crossings.
I'm not a writer like many of you here, but I do have a passion for reading. I usually read 3 to 5 books a week! I am on disability for my back so there are many times I can't do anything but read!
Keep those awesome books coming so I will have something to keep my company!
Blessings......Joy Hannabass

Julie Lessman said...

ROSE ... thanks for swinging by Seekerville to say "hey" to L.A. -- good luck in the contest!

VICKIE SAID: "What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn't fail?" OMIGOSH ... GREAT, GREAT LINE, my friend!! Thanks for sharing.

GINA ... where have you been, darlin'??? Good to see you here ...

LANEY ... "food for thought," eh? We're all about cyber calories here, sweetie, which means plenty of nutrition with little or no fat!!

SANDRA ... YES, Crossings Book Club is a HUGE deal, so I echo Sandra's congrats, L.A. on getting into CBC.

DEB ... writers fret and worry if anyone will like what they write??? Gosh, not me ... NOT!!

KIRSTEN ... "go big or go home"???? LOVE that line, sweetie -- sounds like some pretty special parents, my friend.

DEBBIELYNN ... So glad L.A. inspired you as much as she has me. Truly a motivating blog today!!

JANET ... thanks for the egg bake and fresh fruit, sweetie -- MUCH appreciated!!

PATSY ... Lady in the Mist is my favorite cover of so many I have seen -- it just draws you in, doesn't it??


Julie Lessman said...

JAN SAID: "I'm a great believer in God equipping us to serve where He calls." AMEN to that, my friend, and THANK GOD He does too!!

MISSY ... you're throwing me off, sweetie, coming by so early ... did you go to bed last night, I hope???

KATHLEEN SAID: "God's hammer hitting the nail on the head." YOU "nailed" it on that one, Kathleen!!

KAV ... oh, you lucky dog -- having already read Lady in the Mist!!

JOANNE ... thanks for coming by and good luck in the contest, my friend!!

ANGELA ... glad you got encouraged today, sweetie!

WHITNEY ... "Write what you love," is the #1 thing that jumped out at me today, so YES, I totally agree!!

RUTHY ... uh, yeah, playing catchup is no surprise with all the commotion you caused here yesterday, lady-loo!!

DEBBIE ... your post is an inspiration blog all it's own -- you go, girl!!


SUE ... no question this post today is touching lives and inspiring hope to special people who need it more than others right now. Thank you, God!!

VICTORIA ... oh man, I am getting SO jealous here, hearing about those who have already read Lady in the Mist. Patience, Julie ...


HEY, MARE ... stay up late last night reading anything good???? I was up late reading something GREAT!!


Julie Lessman said...


Sorry I’ve been delinquent in getting back with you all and apologies for missing a few of you. I’ve been on the phone making last-minute arrangements for my trip to Virginia next week for a workshop on Friday, speaking at an elementary school, and then a multi-author book signing in Hampton Roads on Saturday. And maybe a bit of research for my novellas at Colonial Williamsburg and possibly a road trip to see my family in VA.

Whitney, Yes, definitely seek the Lord and the rest will follow.

Jo, if you are thinking about writing, I encourage you to do so. Seekerville is a great resource and supportive place to start on the path.

Ruth: I’m honored to be here. Remember when you and I were struggling to even get beyond the query letter stage? I know you ere an encouragement to me then.

And, yes, let us keep the tsunami and earthquake victims in our prayers.

Debbie, absolutely. I have had editors tell me I can’t write, that my plot is implausible (I was told a blind woman wouldn’t possibly do X) and had an agent drop me because she found out I was blind.

Jo, if you want to write, then go for it.

Thank you, Sue.

Thank you for the plug, Vicki. You’re no slouch yourself, you know, but I was a fan before I met you.

Mary, thank you for having me here.

Dina: Really looking forward to coming out there and some face-to-face time with you all.

Carla, hey, you’ve helped me out, too. It’s what we are exhorted to do: encourage one another. Everyone, Carla asked me to be in a novella collection with her that sold within a couple of weeks of submission.

Thank you, Julie for the shout-out to the other ladies. So many here are my posse, my rocks like Debbie Lynne, Kathy M, Roseanna, Gina,. Carrie… And all my readers, too. Still amazes me I have them. LOL

Joy, bless you. Back pain is awful. Books do tend to help us take our minds off of our pain. What would the world be like without them?

Nora said...

Thanks for this post!! I've read Lady in the Mist and really enjoyed it. It was fascinating to learn about midwives and what was expected of them back then, especially when no Dr. was in sight!I also enjoyed the suspense, drama and humor! I was pleasantly surprised!

I really enjoyed this book and getting to know the author. Please don't enter me in the give away. I just wanted to say that This is a really good book and I look forward to the next book in this series.

Cara Lynn James said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Laurie Alice! Thanks for such an encouraging post.

Deborah Matthews said...

Wonderful words, Laurie Alice. So inspiring. God bless you for taking risks.

I still struggle if God wants me to write fiction.

Walt Mussell said...

Laurie Alice, if it's okay, I would love to hear about the special machine that you use to help you with your writing. That's got to be an amazing bit of technology.

I'd also be up for a book. :-)

Julie Lessman said...


Nora, thank you for your kind words on Lady in the Mist. The subject endlessly fascinates me.

Cara, thank you for the welcome. I’m honored to be here.

Deborah, I think it’s a normal struggle when things don’t go the way we think they should. All we can do is press on and wait for Him to either show us a new direction or make the path clear.

Walt, I have all sorts of toys around here. My computer is a standard lap top, but I have two really special pieces of software—JAWS and Kurzweil. JAWS reads all the text on a screen. I can do captias because they’re in a graphic and right now the audible on isn’t working. JAWS isn’t perfect, and it does all right. I’m a bit slow at some things and without it, couldn’t work at all. Kurzweil scans and turns it into speech. I still have to type, which is why I’m so error prone. My typing is awful. Brain-finger disconnect. I also have a machine that turns the text into Braille.

Eva Maria Hamilton said...

Laurie, so glad you overcame your fears! And thanks for sharing your story with us.

I think that when someone is afraid of something, it is all the more reason to go out and do it. Of course that is within reason, if a person is scared of cliff jumping, maybe that's a good thing, you know, life preservation and all :)

Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

Faye Rhys said...

Laurie, I have just read your book, "Lady in the Mist," and recommended it to all my bookworm friends, who cannot wait to read it! Your story is so amazing, it is an inspiration. I just love your book and am hoping to read the other ones you've written. God has given you this amazing gift, keep writing. I am aready a huge fan.

Karen Lange said...

Appreciate all this info. Thanks, Julie and Laurie! I need to check both of these books out!
Karen :)

Courtney said...

What an amazing story!! I would love a chance to win this book! Please sign me up!!


Courtney said...

What an amazing story!! I would love a chance to win this book! Please sign me up!!


CatMom said...

Wonderful post, Laurie Alice!! You gave some excellent words of wisdom that apply not just to our writing but to life, in general. Thank you so much, and a BIG congratulations on your successful career!!
Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo P.S. Was thrilled to read that you have lots of cats *smile*. I can certainly relate! ;)

Julie Lessman said...


Eva Maria, yes, fear keeps us safe; it’s when we play safe over success—or the potential success—that we get ourselves into trouble and don’t move forward to where the Lord wants us.

Faye, thank you so much. I’m glad you loved Lady and spread the word. This is, as I’m sure many here can attest, music to a writer’s heart.

Karen: You can find excerpts of my books on my web site at (live link listed in my blog above). Thank you for your interest.

Courtney: Good luck with the drawing and I hope you enjoy the stories if you’re the winner,

Patti: Yes, I want to reach everyone, not just writers, since the same matters of risk and trust apply regardless of one’s career. And, yes, cats are wonderful. I usually have at least one in my office while I’m working, often one on my desk and one on my lap.

Maggie Brendan said...

Wonderful interview! I have Lady in the Midst and would love to win your new book! What a fabulous cover, Laurie. Congratulations!

Jackie S. said...

Laurie Alice, I enjoyed your post! Would love read any of your books.....they all sound great.

Pam Hillman said...

Wowsers! I just read the opening scenes of Lady in the Mist and it's riveting!!

I want to know more!

Thanks for giving us another wonderful historical romance, Laurie Alice.

goalmom said...

Wow, such an encouraging story! It's so hard to face rejection and continue on a chosen path. I'm so glad you stuck with it. You're an inspiration to many!

Debra E. Marvin said...

I'm currently waiting for Lady in the Mist to show up at my door so I can see what all the fuss is about!! Seriously, with all the writing Laurie Alice does (ya think?) she is also quick to help and mentor and critique. She's a fabulous resource of writing experience and historical knowledge.

Patty said...

Laurie Alice, as I said before, great post!

I don't know if there are enough words to describe how much I appreciate having Laurie Alice as my friend and mentor. I just know I'm very blessed.

Andrea Strong said...

Earlier in the week, Julie had me itching to work on all those latent story files collecting dust on my hard drive. Today Laurie Alice is reminding me that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

I needed this kick in the pants. Thanks ladies.

Laurie Alice, I wanted to shake my fist when I read that an agent dropped you because you are blind. I hate prejudice and try very hard not to be guilty of it. My sense of fair play was deeply offended on your behalf. I guess you showed that agent just what blind can do.

I have Lady in the Mist in my to be read stack, and I would love to have Jersey Brides sitting next to it.

Whitney said...

Laurie Alice, I also wanted to tell you that my mom is legally blind. She has a form of macular degeneration that she got at age 14 called Stargardt's. She can see some, but uses a software program called Zoom Text. She has also used JAWS before and it definitely has its quirks. She takes college classes online from Regent University, and has been a writer for years. Stories, or rather testimonies, like yours are I think especially significant and inspiring for people will disabilities.

My mom is my hero.

We were at Wal-Mart today and I like to go by the Inspirational Book part "just to look." They had your book "Jersey Brides" and I proceeded to tell Mom about you. I've wanted to read Lady in the Mist for a while.

What a gift and witness you have.


BevSchwind said...

Hi Laurie, Thanks for the lifting testimony. Writing for God touches our hearts.I would love to read the book.Please enter me. Bevscwind(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Lorna Faith said...

Thanks for sharing from your heart! Totally cool God-journey...and just perfect timing. I've been questioning the whole journey lately and needed to hear yours:) Thanks...I'll keep putting another foot forward!

I would love to be entered to win one of your books:)


LoRee Peery said...

Laurie Alice, this was not blather at all. What a success story. Or rather, a God-inspired story. Every time I see Lady in the Mist I sigh inside, such a lovely cover. And it's still on my To Purchase list. Keep up the good fight.

Sue said...

Laurie--You have touched my heart! I too write for the Lord. I never thought God would choose me to be an author. I'm on quite an adventure with Him. The risk God wants of me next is public speaking. I have fibromyalgia so my body is screaming "NO!" But I want to be obedient to Him and follow His direction. I will begin this Thursday standing behind a microphone but I won't be alone. Jesus will be right beside me. Laurie, your reward is waiting for you in heaven. Please enter me for the prize.
Sue Schmidt
Finding Faith through Fibromyalgia

Nia for Jesus said...

I'd love to win!


Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Hi Laurie, Your words here have uplifted and inspired me today. Your story is a great illustration of the inner peace that comes from a surrendered life. May God continue his richest blessings daily. I have a copy of Jersey Brides and look forward to getting to it soon.

by Pegg Thomas said...

Wow, what a story of perseverance! Very inspiring.

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Maggie/Brenda, I’ve really learned the importance of great covers in this business. People do judge a book by it.

Jackie, Thank you. Of course I’d love you to read any or all of them. J

Pam, Thank you. Opening scenes are really difficult for me. This one went through a few revisions, so I’m glad it caught your attention.

“Goalmom”, yes, rejection is really difficult and what holds us back whether it’s as a writer or knocking on a door to give cookies to a new neighbor. Yet the reward can outweigh the fear a gazillion fold.

Debra, thank you. You put me to the blush.

Patty, You’ve gotten me through some tough times, too. And are an author who will no doubt surpass the teacher.

Andrea, Guess the laugh is on that agent—she got fired not long afterward. No idea what she’s doing now.

Whitney: That’s great about your mom—taking classes, not the VI issues. My husband uses Zoomtext. He graduated from Georgetown Law two years ago with honors. He’s my hero, so I do understand what you mean.

Bev, Thank you. That’s what I want to do—touch hearts.

Lorna, Sometimes putting that foot forward can feel like you first must lift from half-dried cement, and we don’t have to take that step alone.

LoRee, thank you. Being open like this is a new thing for me, and it’s where God is definitely leading me.

Sue, That’s right. Remember that Jesus chose simple men for His disciples, men not raised to speak to crowds, yet they did.

Pat, Yes, a surrendered life brings peace—if only I keep remembering that I surrendered it.

Pegg, I didn’t do it alone, that’s for sure.


apple blossom said...

Oh, I'd love to be included in this book giveaway Jersey brides. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

authorkathyeberly said...

Hi Laurie Alice,
In reading your story I can see so many similarities of my life. Praise the Lord for His leading in your life. We never understand just why He works the way He does but praise the Lord for the fact that He does use His children. Your books are a testament to that!
Kathy Eberly

Sarita said...

What a great post! Learned so much, thank you.