Friday, April 5, 2013

The "Dead" in Deadline with Guest Blogger Ginny L. Yttrup

By the grace of God, my third novel, Invisible, released on April 1st.

Okay, I confess, that first sentence is a bit of shameless promotion. However, it’s also truth. I’m convinced that Invisible was written and released only because of God’s incredible grace.

Here’s the back-story: When I signed my first book contract, my agent said, “There’s a reason the word dead is in deadline. If you miss a deadline, your career is dead.” I waited to hear the smile in his voice or a chuckle to indicate he was kidding, but neither came. He was serious.

Could I write a novel in a year and meet that first deadline? It had taken me four years to write my first novel, so all I had to go on was faith. I signed the contract, and agreed to the deadline, trusting God would work through me. And He didn’t disappoint. The manuscript for my second novel, Lost and Found, was turned in on February 1st, the morning of its due date.

I spent the next couple of months promoting my debut novel, Words, which released on that same date. And I began writing my third novel. That summer, B&H Publishing Group, my publisher, booked me for what felt like a whirlwind of opportunity. I attended ICRS in Atlanta, where I spent seven days promoting Words and attended my first Christy Award ceremony.

I then spent two weeks of August in Canada where I did two book signings and spoke.

In early September, I was off to teach a workshop at a Lifeway women’s event in Birmingham, Alabama. From there, I rented a car and drove to Nashville, where I spent the next seven days attending the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference where I had opportunities to promote the upcoming release of Lost and Found.

I returned home in mid-September and two days later went in for a scheduled surgery. Nothing major. The recovery time would be perfect writing time. Though, I’ll confess, I was getting a bit nervous about that next February 1st deadline. Sure, I’d begun writing that third novel back in early spring, but I struggled with it. 

I’d admitted my struggle to my senior editor during that Christy Awards ceremony in July and I shared a new idea with her that same evening. She loved the new book idea and told me to go for it.

So while I’d thought about the idea for the book during the summer, it wasn’t until fall that I’d begin writing.

But that simple surgery? It didn’t go well. In fact, there were complications and a second surgery followed in early October. Then in late October, I had surgery again. This time it was major surgery. And guess what? It didn’t go well. There were complications with that surgery too. Painful complications. In fact, the night before Thanksgiving, my housemate called my doctor, and told her I was in excruciating pain. She told my housemate to get me to her office, where she’d meet us in 15 minutes. My doctor arrived wearing scrubs and a Thanksgiving apron.

Another procedure followed the week after Thanksgiving. During December and January, I attempted to write, but all that anesthesia had muddled my mind.

You see where this is going, right?

I missed my deadline and I knew the career I’d longed for and worked toward for 20 years, would die.  I expected my publisher would cancel my contract.

Everyone I knew was praying for a miracle. Praying that God would write through me and I’d somehow make my new, extended, March 1st deadline. I leaned on my faith, believing God could do all things.

But… God didn’t cooperate.

In fact, the manuscript for Invisible wasn’t turned in until late June. Between March 1st and late June, some interesting things took place.

  •   My publisher offered grace, time and time again.
  •  My agent also offered grace and encouraged me to trust God.
  •  In April both my agent and editor told me to take time away to relax and refresh during the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. It would be my 20th year in attendance. A major dose of grace.
  • During the conference, I met Liz Curtis Higgs who took an interest in my manuscript—my long past due manuscript. She offered to critique it for me and then she endorsed it.
  •   In May, an acquaintance I’d lost touch with, found me via Twitter. She’d read my first novel, Words, and loved it. She wanted to know how she could help further my career. I sent her my past-due manuscript. She read it first as a counselor and checked it for accuracy in my portrayal of deep issues, and then she also endorsed it. That was Marilyn Meberg with Women of Faith.
  •   Finally, somewhere during that time, my editor discovered that Invisible was slated for an April 1st release rather than a February 1st release. At that point, I was contracted for a total of six novels with B&H—every single one was/is scheduled for a February 1st release, except Invisible. No one seemed to know how or why that happened, but it gave us a couple of extra months.

So does my agent still say that the word dead is in deadline for a reason? I suspect he does and I suspect that he speaks from experience.

But here’s the truth of the matter: God is sovereign over all. Even deadlines.

When we loosen our grasp of control and surrender our work to Him, He is faithful. Sure that’s easy to say as Invisible is enjoying a first week of rave reviews. But it could have died before publication and God would still be faithful.

It isn’t the outcome that determines God’s faithfulness. The circumstance has nothing to do with who God is. He has a plan for each of us and there were many, many times during my 17+ year journey to publication when it felt like God had forgotten me. When I was tempted to doubt God’s faithfulness. When it didn’t seem like His grace extended to my writing career.

But if I’d fallen to the temptation of believing those lies, I’d have given up long ago.

God is God.
He is faithful.
And filled with grace.
Whether we meet our deadlines or not.

Bio: Ginny L. Yttrup won a Christy Award for her debut novel, Words, and is the author of Lost and Found, and her recent release, Invisible. She writes issue-driven fiction heavy on healing and redemption. When not writing, Ginny loves spending time with her young adult sons and friends. She also enjoys, gardening, reading, and making jewelry for her business, Bookish Baubles.



Ellyn DeMoss -- chef, café owner, and lover of butter -- is hiding behind her extra weight. But what is she hiding? While Ellyn sees the good in others, she has only condemnation for herself. So when a handsome widower claims he’s attracted to Ellyn, she’s certain there’s something wrong with him.

Sabina Jackson -- tall, slender, and exotic -- left her husband, young adult daughters, and a thriving counseling practice to spend a year in Northern California where she says she’s come to heal. But it seems to Ellyn that Sabina’s doing more hiding than healing. What’s she hiding from? Is it God?

Twila Boaz has come out of hiding and is working to gain back the pounds she lost when her only goal was to disappear. When her eating disorder is triggered again, though she longs to hide, she instead follows God and fights for her own survival. But will she succeed?

As these women’s lives intertwine, their eyes open to the glory within each of them as they begin to recognize themselves as being created in God’s image.

Today, Ginny is giving away a copy of Invisible and a necklace from Bookish Baubles to one commenter. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition.

Here's the lovely necklace. Do yourself a favor and check out Bookish Baubles!!


Virginia Carmichael Munoz said...

What a wonderful post! Life happens, and God is sovereign over all.

Thank you!

CentralEast2 said...

Love to see how things worked out for the best and to see how the process really works

Marianne Barkman said...

Do not enter my name in the draw as I have that book, and reviewed it. But yes, God is good. Whether He answers YES, NO or wait. It is up to us to trust HIM!!!!!!!!

Connie Queen said...


I loved how you waited for your agent to smile, but he didn't...That's when I'd swallow and mumble, "Okay..."

This is great encouragement.

CatMom said...

Welcome Ginny, and what a powerful message in your post. I'm sorry that you experienced such a rough time with those surgeries, but what a wonderful example of how God works ALL things for good.

~ Congratulations on your writing success and Christy Award!

~ Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks again for sharing with us. Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo

Playground Monitor said...

What a wonderful story! I do hope you're recuperating from your surgeries. I know how all that can mess things up. I was in a serious auto accident on December 30, 2011 and had a fractured foot (not diagnosed for a month and then required 6 weeks in a cast with 3 of them no weight-bearing). Then in June after the accident, I went to a neck specialist for pain and he said the accident caused existing bone spurs to start pinching a nerve. Four weeks before the RWA conference I had surgery. I was still a little wobbly at conference but I made it. I leaned a lot on the Lord last year to get me through.

I *LOVE* your jewelry! I have a pendant with FEARLESSNESS stamped on it. I got it when I asked for a divorce and wore it through the whole process. I had to be fearless to survive the ordeal. And again, I leaned on the Lord to get me through. And He did. He gets me through a lot.

Please put my name in the cat dish for the book and necklace.

Thanks for sharing, Ginny.


Lyndee H said...

Convicted by the statement,'God is sovereign over all. Even deadlines.'

Thank you, Ginny, for the pointed reminder.

Lyndee H said...

Convicted by the statement,'God is sovereign over all. Even deadlines.'

Thank you, Ginny, for the pointed reminder.

Ruth Ann Dell said...

Wow, Ginny, what an amazing story. So glad that missing your deadline didn't kill your career because I look forward to reading more of your books. "Words" is an excellent read.

Praying that you are well now.

Tina Radcliffe said...

WELCOME GINNY!!! Delighted to have you here.

DO go and look at her Bookish Baubles when you get a moment, Seekerville. They are DEELIGHTFUL as well.

Jackie said...

I sit here with tears in my eyes.

It's always so amazing how God's time is the perfect time.
How many times do we struggle and see God there every step of the way?

Thanks so much for sharing. You blessed me today.

I'd love to have my name in the drawing.

I hope everybody has a great weekend!

Jackie L.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Ginny! And thank you for an amazing story of grace.

Coffee is here! And I brought Friday morning Fritatta because we haven't had that in a while and I feel like getting fat...


So hand over the cooking apron, I'm on the job!

Melanie Dickerson said...

Hi, Ginny. I've heard wonderful things about your books!

I'm so happy things worked out for your third book to come out on time! God is amazing and works all things out for our good. Sometimes we can't figure out how that's true, but we get glimpses of his foresight and blessings. Thanks for sharing this story!

Debby Giusti said...

Ginny, what a year! God was in total control, although I'm sure you wondered at times.

Deadlines are important to keep...yet life happens, along with sickness and surgeries. Thank goodness for editors with understanding hearts, who are sensitive to the special needs of their authors.

I'm in the ATL area. You mentioned a number of Southern venues. Are you a neighbor, by chance?

Jeanne T said...

Oh, Ginny, what a beautiful testimony. My favorite line of your blog (and there were many I really liked) was: "It isn’t the outcome that determines God’s faithfulness. The circumstance has nothing to do with who God is." Such true and good words.

I loved reading how God showed His sovereignty in your life and career in the most beautiful of ways. I'm looking forward to finding your books and reading them. Thanks for your transparency here today!

I'd love, LOVE to have my name in the drawing. :)

Jeanne T said...

RUTHY--How did you know I'm craving a good fritatta? I'm starved. Digging in now. :)

Audra Harders said...

What an incredible story, Ginny. God is truly in control. I'm so glad you placed your faith in Him, rather than believing the typical protocol.

Thanks for the encouraging post and acute reminder. Congrats on the release of Invisible!!

Debby Giusti said...

Pouring a second cup of coffee and heading for Ruthy's frittata!

Patti Jo, did you bake something peachy for us today?

Ginny, pardon my bad manners. I should have added my congrats for your Christy! Raising my mug in honor of your win!

Janet Dean said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Ginny! Loved your post! What an encouragement to see God's sovereignty over your deadline. I'm certain God will use your books to bless others.

Often we can't see how beautifully God will work everything out until He does. If you felt pressure with the deadline looming, how did you handle it? Outside of prayer and Bible reading?


Sally said...

Ginny, thanks so much for sharing that. I'm so glad it worked out for you, and I hope your medical issues are behind you.

Looking forward to reading Invisible!

Jan Drexler said...

Ginny, what a testimony to God's grace and perfect timing! I'm looking forward to reading your books :)

Pam Hillman said...

Ginny, so glad to have you in Seekerville!

I loved what you said about God being bigger than a deadline. Yes, deadlines are EXTREMELY important.

Manuscript deadlines are the April 15th of the publishing industry. (It's obvious what I'VE been up to, isn't it?)

But, like you said, God can rearrange things to suit his purposes and teach us much along the way. I smiled when I read where the publication date for Invisible was April instead of Feb.

I imagine God did too when he tweaked the files somewhere in the bowels of the B&H computers.

I wonder if God uses a PC or a Mac? Hmmmm....

Heidi Gaul said...

Thank you for that blog, Ginny. It was an inspiration for me. I can't wait to read Invisible, knowing how hard Satan tried to keep it from being published. It must have a very powerful message. God reigns!

pol said...

Ginny L. Yttrup won a Christy Award for her debut novel, Words, Ginny this sounds like a great accomplishment. Indeed God's Grace is shining on your career. Deadlines, I am sure are some rough times for authors..
I would love to win this book Invisable, have not read your work and am thinking I should. thanks for sharing today with us..
Paula O

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I spelled FRITTATA incorrectly!!!!

That's one of those words I mess up regularly and I KNEW I should double check, but as usual... you know, fussin' with creamers, gettin' the cafe fired up for the first arrivals (usually Mr. Grumpy Tax Collector from over on Maple Avenue) I completely misplaced my double T...

Sounds like a ranch in Texas or OK, right?

"The Double T"...

With brothers named Trace and Thomas....

One free-wheeling, devil-may-care...

One staid and solid, born to run cattle.



Got carried away.

Hey, I've brought a second frittata because the first one got hit pretty well... Jeanne, I could just FEEL YOUR NEED way up here!


I love editors with heart... And I think all those old meany-pants editor stories were from Superman comics with Mr. White.... he was grumpy. Mine have been just stinkin' fantastic.

Digging for Pearls said...

What a wonderful story of God's grace. Thank you for sharing it Ginny, and what an encouragement.

Jodie Wolfe

Melanie Pike said...

Wow. His grace is sufficient in all things. It's interesting because I had just seen something on Facebook and shared it--a picture that reads "The Final Authority in all things...PERIOD!" Of course, it's the Bible. God's Word.

And He came through for you, including those multiple surgeries (so sorry about all of that). What a testimony! We (meaning I) need to trust in Him for everything.

Please enter my name in the book drawing--thank you!


Tina Radcliffe said...

Hi Sally Bradley! Good to see you again.

Hi to Central East2. (interesting name.)

And Ruth Ann Dell, where have you been??

Tina Radcliffe said...

Heidi Gaul. Welcome to Seekerville.

DebH said...

wow. what a great testimony of God's grace. it really shows the truth to what my mom has told me "if you know you are in functioning within God's Will, what needs to be done will get done - not necessarily when you think it should, but when God knows it needs to be."

thank you so much for sharing both your testimony and the jewelry (very pretty!). i would love my name to be placed in the drawing.

DebH said...


Ruthy, you're cracking me up today and I do so love a good frittata.

Susan Anne Mason said...

Hi Ginny,

I love hearing stories like this! (Not the painful surgery part - hope you're feeling tip top again!)

But the way God moves in our lives and the whole timing issue. I laughed when I read that it took you 4 years to write your first book. I, too, used to wonder how authors kept writing so many books. But now I know that I can write a 112,000 novel in 2-3 months when the spirit moves me!

Awesome. Congrats on the Christy and all the other wonderful things happening after so many years.

Thanks for the inspiration! Would love a chance to win your book

sbmason at sympatico dot ca

Myra Johnson said...

A beautiful and powerful reminder of God's sovereignty. Thanks for being our guest in Seekerville today, Ginny!

CatMom said...

p.s. DEBBY GIUSTI! Just for you, sweet friend...freshly-baked Georgia Peach Muffins (and a cobbler for later today).

But please don't tell Ruthy I baked anything since she's in charge of baking today *grin*.
Hugs, Patti Jo :)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Isn't this a beautiful testimony to the fact that God is in charge of this writing ride. Amen.

Tina Radcliffe said...

BTW Seekerville is in the middle of a migration to a new photo tool on our webpage and blog. Patience please.

Ginny said...

Wow! I'm just finishing my coffee here on the west coast and decided to check in and see what's going on at Seekerville. Obviously, I'm late to the party! Again! It seems to be a theme with me.

Virginia, You are so right, life happens AND God is sovereign. We can rest in that!

Ginny said...

I'm grateful so many of you found this post encouraging. Thank you for your well wishes-I'm in perpetual recovery from physical ailments. I had major reconstructive back surgery five years ago and have rods and screws in my back from my shoulder blades to my pelvis and deal with chronic pain. BUT that's God's gift to me as it's prevented me from working a full-time job and focusing on writing full-time.

God has a plan for each of us and it doesn't always feel like it's a good plan, but it is! Even in the midst of our suffering, our struggle, our frustration, God is at work weaving all for good and for His glory!

Tina Radcliffe said...

LOL. Virginia. So what's next for you bookish wise. And why the baubles?

A long time passion? They are gorgeous.

Dan Walsh said...

Ginny, sorry to hear about your surgery mishaps. Medical issues are really hard to "fit" into anyone's schedule. I tried to plan a surgery I had last year, so that it would wait until January (since I was promoting a Christmas novel). It was supposed to be just a 3-week recovery period.

The surgery went according to plan, fixed what was broken. But no one mentioned the extra 6 weeks of insomnia that followed. I literally could not sleep at night. My body would be tired, but I just couldn't sleep.

I'm writing 2 novels a year for Revell. Needless to say, not much fudge room there. And this 6 weeks wasn't part of the plan.

Like you, I experienced lots of patience and genuine Christian care from my publishing team.

Ginny said...

I just finished writing my fourth novel. The working title is Flames and it deals with the issue of adultery. it's set in Yosemite National Park-one of God's most gorgeous creations.

The baubles sort of evolved... I need to supplement my writing income and decided it might be fun to make things to go along with my books and sell them at my book table when I speak. Now, I'm making things for other authors to coincide with their books. I just completed an order for Carla Stewart-8 bracelets to go along with the release of her book, Sweet Dreams, in May.

I realized this morning that my Bookish Baubles site has been neglected. I don't even have pictures up yet of the pieces I've made to go along with Invisible! I need to catch up.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Dan!! So nice to see you.

Ginny said...

Dan, isn't it great to write for the Christian market and experience God's grace through our publishing teams?

By the way, I love your books!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Well I am loving the Baubles site and am budgeting to splurge as we speak.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Hope you're much improved, Dan. We look forward to your next release as well.

PatriciaW said...

Congratulations, Ginny, on the release of Invisible. Life has a way of teaching us the lessons we need to learn, even when we don't think we do. God is sovereign, and when I find myself in worry or doubt, I try to remember that.

And congratulations on the additional contracted books. I loved Lost and Found (no, I haven't read Words yet, but it's on my Kindle) so I look forward to Invisible.

Ginny said...

Thank you, Patricia. Like you, I want to remember that I'm not in control, rather God is sovereign and I can let go of my doubts and worry.

So glad you enjoyed Lost and Found. Thanks for taking the time to read it. :-)

Playground Monitor said...

LOL Ruthy with your Texas ranch scenario!

Just plain scrambled eggs for me if you don't mind. I started on Weight Watchers this week. I'm determined to be a little lighter by RWA in July.

It's gonna hurt to pass up PattiJo's peach cobbler but I must remain strong.

Off to work! TGIF! We have a jazz vespers service at church tonight and I can't wait. We have some amazing musicians in our little congregation including one woman who's a member of the Alabama Jazz Music Hall of Fame.


Missy Tippens said...

Ginny, welcome! What a wonderful story of God providing just what we need, right when we need it.

Why do we ever doubt? (I'm speaking as one who has to continually be taught this lesson!).

Thanks so much for sharing with us today!

Ginny said...

Thank you for the welcome, Missy. I'm enjoying being here. And it does seem like a continual lesson-that must come with our humanity.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Ah, eggs, no potatoes, hold the grease...

I go high protein/no carb fairly regularly and I actually feel BETTER then, but I miss chocolate. And sugar. And cake.

I'm a head case.

DAN! Good to see you and I knew you were having health issues from Facebook, but not the insomnia... You're on a new balance right now, and I'm not talking sneakers. I'm talking life/ministry/midlife career opps.

It can be a juggling act when you toss health issues into the mix. God bless you!


Tina Radcliffe said...

I am so excited to have "found" Ginny but she is playing havoc with my budget. Baubles and now all her backlist for my Kindle.

But wow, they all look fantastic.

Ginny said...

Sorry, Tina. :-) I am holding a contest on the Bookish Baubles site for a book and a 20% off your total BB purchase Maybe that will help? LOL!

Janet Dean said...

Dan, sorry about your insomnia. Hope you're back into the groove, sleep-wise. Your publisher's reaction just proves, as Ginny's experience did, that editors care about their authors. The dead in deadline probably refers to those who are dawdling and don't take it seriously.


Tina Radcliffe said...

LOL. Ginny, you are so cute. I think Bauble giveaways is a great idea for a book launch too!!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Blurb from Invisible.

Ellyn DeMoss -- chef, café owner, and lover of butter -- is hiding behind her extra weight. But what is she hiding? While Ellyn sees the good in others, she has only condemnation for herself. So when a handsome widower claims he’s attracted to Ellyn, she’s certain there’s something wrong with him.

Sabina Jackson -- tall, slender, and exotic -- left her husband, young adult daughters, and a thriving counseling practice to spend a year in Northern California where she says she’s come to heal. But it seems to Ellyn that Sabina’s doing more hiding than healing. What’s she hiding from? Is it God?

Twila Boaz has come out of hiding and is working to gain back the pounds she lost when her only goal was to disappear. When her eating disorder is triggered again, though she longs to hide, she instead follows God and fights for her own survival. But will she succeed?

As these women’s lives intertwine, their eyes open to the glory within each of them as they begin to recognize themselves as being created in God’s image.

Tina Radcliffe said...

I am curious as to the research assistance you had, Ginny for the chef character in Invisible.

Ginny said...

Tina, my brother is a chef and I love to cook and love great restaurants. I've heard kitchen terms thrown around by my brother and I, as always, used the internet quite a bit. I also spent a month living in the setting of Invisible and talked to a couple of local chefs/restaurant owners. And I watched what they did.

I find with my novels that I think I need to do a lot more research than i actually end up needing. Research is my least favorite part of writing a novel because I'm still shy and I hate "bothering" someone by asking them questions. Most people love talking about themselves and what they do, but I still struggle to ask. It's something I'm learning to overcome.

My books are so character based that I'm learning if I throw in a few terms and scenarios about whatever the topic is, it is enough. I don't have enough room to add much of the research I've done.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Next time you deal with food give me a holler. I am happy to be your research assistant.

Patty said...

Thanks for sharing some of your journey Ginny. I've not read any of your books, but just checked them out on Amazon. they all sound really interesting. Especially Words.
Also on, love the Scrabble coasters!

Missy Tippens said...

Ginny, I think your website is beautiful! You've inspired me to do an update soon.

Missy Tippens said...

BTW, who designed and maintains your site--if you don't mind sharing?

Ginny said...

Thank you, Patty. My books deal with some tough issues, but they are first and foremost stories of hope and redemption.

The Scrabble coasters and lots of fun to make. :-)

Ginny said...

Missy, THANK YOU for the comment about my website. It's new and just went live yesterday! I have a local group (Granite Bay, California) design the site. It's a group of great Christian guys who specialize in branding. They've also developed an Apple app that released last week called Snippet (snippet app) and is, I think, really going to take off. It's a new reading venue--snippets of material by various authors--1,000 words max and includes media content, like a song, or movie clip, etc. Very cool. It's also a great new venue for writers. You can write for Snippet and are paid based on the number of clicks/purchases your posts receive.

There's the long answer to your question! In terms of maintaining the site, I'll do it myself. I prefer to have the illusion of control!

Tina Radcliffe said...

OH. My. I've been checking your website out nearly daily and missed this. Gorgeous new site.

Julie Lessman said...


I am publicly announcing right now that I will never complain about deadlines again ... not after reading your story!!

Obviously your books are powerful tools for God to effect change in people's lives because the enemy was working overtime on you, girl, and I rejoice that you came through, not only unscathed, but stronger and better and a more versatile tool in God's hand than ever before.

I wish you and your maximum blessings!!


Ginny said...

Thank you, Tina. There are still a few glitches to work out on the site and lots I want to add, but it's getting there. I'm happy with the foundation.

Ginny said...

Julie, thank you so much for your encouraging words. Yep, God can be trusted...even with our deadlines! :-)

CatMom said...

P.P.S. Ginny, just now read your comment about your reconstructive back surgery....I can SO relate. I had 4 spinal surgeries in 2010 and now have rods, screws, etc.etc. and also live with pain---BUT nothing like the pain I had pre-surgeries! So God definitely used my wonderful Neurosurgeon to work miracles on my spine/back. And...because I had to retire early from teaching, now I am at home writing full-time---so God definitely has a PLAN for us! Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo

Ginny said...

Wow! Patti Jo, thank you for sharing... I haven't met anyone else with hardware in their back. I too have less pain now than I did. Plus, I can walk...and that's a benefit! :-) By the time I was 40, I could barely walk a block because of pain (pinched nerves).

I would love to ask you a couple of questions, if you're open to that. If so, maybe you could email me then I'd have your email address.

YES! God has a plan!! :=)

Ginny said...

As I'm interacting with all you wonderful people, I'm also cleaning my office. Am I the only writer who can't see the top of her desk by the time she's finishing a manuscript? Good grief!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Actually, I am suspicious of anyone who doesn't have a buried manuscript after they finish a book. I pull out a card table for during the process and then it goes away for a week or to after the book is done. Just so I can prove that I can see the floor.

Michelle Fidler said...

Glad you finally got better and that everything worked out. It's great that your doctor was able to see you right away when you were in terrible pain and that you didn't have to go to the E.R.

Debra E. Marvin said...

What an amazing story Ginny. God is so good. Why do we often forget he's bigger than all the overwhelming things that come at us. That change in deadline was so sweet!
This has really blessed me. thank you!

Ginny said...

Debra, I'm so grateful you felt blessed by the story. God is so faithful! Funny, how they say "hindsight is 20/20." I did trust God in the midst of the missed deadline, but I really did think it was all about me. :-) When in reality God was glorifying HIMSELF through the circumstances and timing. I love that!

Debby Giusti said...

Pattie Jo,
The peach muffins are...correction: WERE...delicious. Of course, I ate too many. Must follow Marilyn to Weight Watchers! :)

Ginny, sorry about your back pain. Sending gentle hugs and prayers for strength.

Thanks, Tina, for posting the blurb for Invisible. Love the three characters, each with their own struggle.

Waving to Dan. Hope you're sleeping like a baby these days.

Must check out Ginny's website and baubles! I'm in the mood to shop!

Hugs to all. Enjoy the weekend.

Chill N said...

Haven't had time to read the comments but will come back to do that later ...

Years ago I had a cartoon positioned near my computer that showed a huge, menacing monster with it's hands outstretched standing behind a frazzled woman hunched over a computer keyboard. The cartoon was titled "The Looming Deadline." :-)

Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story, Ginny. Wonderful that everything worked out!

Nancy C

Ginny said...

The peach muffins... If only they were gluten free. :-) I hope you'll enjoy my websites, Patti Jo. Thanks for the hug.

Ginny said...

Thank you, Nancy. I've seen that cartoon. It's great and feels so true sometimes!

Cindy W. said...

Wow! Ellyn sounds like she was crafted after me. I would LOVE to win this book. Thank you for the chance.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

Ginny said...

Cindy, I hope a lot of women will relate to Ellyn. I think she may be my favorite character from my novels thus far. I just love her. :-)

Kara Isaac said...

Hi Ginny. I absolutely adored Words so am so excited you have a new release and how I managed to miss Lost and Found I have no idea, so that makes two great books for holiday reading :)


Ginny said...

Thank you, Kara! I hope you'll enjoy both books.

Deb said...

I would love to read this book.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Ginny, thank you so much for spending the day with us!! We pray continued success for you and that your books will continue to touch lives.

Ginny said...

Thanks, Tina!

Mary Preston said...

It seems like you took a long road, but you got there.

Suzy Parish said...

I really enjoyed your story about publication. I especially related to the surgery part. This past year I have been working on my novel and I had two surgeries. I was amazed at how difficult it was to get my brain back in gear from the anesthesia, and had thought it would have provided a wonderful time to do more writing. The opposite happened and I spent weeks watching mindless tv because I could not focus on much else. When people asked me how the book was coming along and I told them I could not focus they looked at me like "yeah" they thought I was just making excuses. It was very embarrassing.Thank you for writing about that part of your year. It really helped me feel normal! :-) God bless your sales and your readers!!

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...


Thank you ever so much for sharing your story. It's true, but somehow I'm still amazed by Grace.

Thanks for writing this post. Sure needed it today!!!

All the best to you and congratulations on your career!!

Sarah said...

I love to be entered!!!
Thanks the for giveaway and God Bless!!
Sarah Richmond

Crystal Benedict said...

Oh my goodness what a story behind the story. I'm so glad things worked out for you. The book sounds really great! I hope things continue to go better for you :)

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Edwina said...

What a beautiful testimony you have! Truly, God is good. Can't wait to read "Invisible!"