Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Dance

with guest Mary  Alford


About a year ago, my seven year old granddaughter was certain she wanted to be a dancer after she watched Angelina Ballerina.

Unfortunately for the dancing world, that changed when the movie Frozen came out. She heard Idina Menzel sing Let It Go. Now she wants to be a singer.

I was about my granddaughter’s age when I read my first Nancy Drew mystery and knew that I wanted to create stories when I grew up. That was it. Career settled. Life put into place.

If only it were that easy. Fast forward six years and then I discovered Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt and became hooked on the romantic suspense genre.

I had no idea when I decided to write that I was about to embark on the dance of a lifetime.

 Just like dancing, writing requires a lot of discipline and training. 

First, you must learn the proper steps: There is nothing scarier than sitting in front of a blank computer screen for the first time and trying to write…something. It’s a huge leap to go from reading inspirational romantic suspense to actually writing it. When I wrote my first story, I had no idea all the intricate steps involved in creating a suspense story, but I wrote, I read about my craft, and I found a great network of seasoned authors who willingly shared their knowledge. 

Practice, Practice, Practice: It you don’t use it you lose it. In other words, to improve as a dancer or a writer, you have to work through all the self-doubt and times when life gets in the way.

In the beginning, writing was a trial and error experience for me. I confess I tried other genres in the process before I came back to my first love, inspirational romantic suspense. Some wise author once told me, write what you enjoy reading and then perfect it. In other words, if you don’t read contemporary romance, then don’t try to write it.

Submitting a manuscript the first time can be a frightening experience. After you’ve polished and perfected your baby, it’s time to send it out into the world and let it stand on its own. And that’s just the beginning. You wait and wait until one day you receive news about your baby. Only it’s not what you were hoping. The dreaded rejection letter arrives and it feels as if someone slugged you in the stomach hard. This wasn’t what I expected. To quote my granddaughter, “Now what”? Well, some rejection letters are form letters. Those you file away. Others have comments from the editor who reviewed it. Those you can gain little pearls of wisdom to help you along your way…but you have to put aside your hurt feelings and listen. You can’t take it personal. Publishing is a business. A very hard one at that.

It’s finally Showtime! What do you mean I’ll be dancing by myself?

 


For me, ten years of writing came down to five minutes in the spotlight. In 2012, I entered the Speed Dating Contest that editor Emily Rodmell hosted and I was one of the lucky ones who got an appointment to chat with Emily. On the day of the pitch, I was on vacation in Colorado. At our cabin, internet service is nonexistent. I could have given up and said, well, that’s it, better luck next time, but I didn’t. My husband and I drove into the small town of Pagosa Springs where I did the entire chat on my laptop in the parking lot of the Ace Hardware Store.

Emily was kind enough to request a synopsis although I was so nervous she probably didn’t understand anything I told her. I promptly sent the synopsis out to her. Then she requested the first three chapters followed by the full manuscript. With each request, I tried not to get my hopes up.

In December 2012, Emily called. To this day, I can’t tell you what she said to me other than that she wanted to buy FORGOTTEN PAST for Love Inspired Suspense. It was a surreal moment. One that still hasn’t fully sunken in yet. It's a great feeling to have your dream become a reality and even greater to hold your book in your hands.         
 
Is There A Second Dance? Let’s hope so. I’ve certainly learned some wonderful lessons during the editing process of FORGOTTEN PAST. As I polish my second Love Inspired Romance, I’m remembering the dance that got me here.    



To quote Garth Brooks’ famous song, The Dance, “I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance.” 

And what a dance it is.

What about you? What dream are you dancing to obtain? Whether it is becoming a published author or something else, I’d love to hear how you’ve overcome the obstacles along the way to your Showtime?

I’ll be giving away a signed print copy of FORGOTTEN PAST, my first Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, to one random person who comments. Thanks for stopping by! 

~ Mary - 


Mary Alford is a Texan whose debut novel, FORGOTTEN PAST is now available at Love Inspired Suspense.  

When Mary’s not dreaming up people in dangerous situations and writing them down, she’s also a mom, wife, grandmother, avid reader, a proud geek-girl.


For occasional updates and news about upcoming publications, please go to the contact form on her website: www.MaryAlford.net and subscribe to her newsletter!

Mary can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mary.alford.1272. Her twitter handle is @MaryAlford12. 


Or on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/29757134-mary-alford


Forgotten Memories

 How can you have a future if you can’t remember your past? 


Two years ago, Faith McKenzie died. The woman who came back to life after a brutal attack that took her memory and the life of her best friend, Rachel Jennings, wasn’t the same person who died. Faith doesn’t recognize the woman she’s become. In fact, she doesn’t remember a single thing about her life before waking up in a hospital room in Austin, Texas and being told how close to death she’d come. Although her doctors believe the amnesia is temporary, when weeks turn into months, the detectives working her case are convinced Faith is hiding something significant about Rachel’s murder. A few days after her release from the hospital, someone begins calling Faith’s apartment. At first, it’s just a couple of random hang-ups, until one day Faith hears the words that send her running for her life.


 Forgotten Past 

Romantic Times: 4 1/2 Stars!

Fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action and false leads make this a keeper that gets more engaging as the story progresses. Faith is a strong character who shows that, despite insurmountable odds, God is in control. --Marion Faith Laird


90 comments:

CatMom said...

Welcome Mary! Congratulations on your debut novel---it sounds amazing.
I enjoyed your post, and like the comparison of dance to writing---SO true.
Thanks for sharing with us, and blessings as you write for the Lord.

Tina Radcliffe said...

MARY!!! Welcome to Seekerville! What a kick to finally have you here.

What an inspiring story too!

I'll be back in the early am with Homemade Cheese Danish

Marianne Barkman said...

Mary...your story is wonderful! And the debut novel? I'm looking forward to reading it!

Cindy W. said...

Congratulations on your debut novel Mary! I love reading the books from Love Inspired Suspense.

I enjoyed your post and the synopsis for your book. I would love to win a copy! thank you for the opportunity.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Mary, huge congrats to you!!!!

AMNESIA!!!!!!!!!!

LOVE IT!!!! But how scary, her friend died, (of course she doesn't remember her...) but, ouch, this is a tough, strong, ingrained plot.

Good for you!!!!!!!!

There's a suspense writer buried deep inside me, generally arguing merit with the fantasy writer buried deep inside me, the girl who loved Ray Bradbury and Star Trek and Star Wars, the one who looks beyond the haze and knows something... or someone... lingers, waiting.

BUT you're right, write what you love and Contemporary and historical romance won the race!!!

You go, girl, this is awesome and I love this set-up. Do you want to tell us about the second book at all? Or are you keeping that one on the down-low until it's contracted?

Thank you for being here!!!

Ruthy

Kav said...

Mary -- I LOVED Forgotten Past!!! (so don't enter me in the draw.) Scary good...my nails still haven't grown back! Curious to know where you got the idea for the book? Unique in a twisty, turny kind of way. :-)

I'm doing the dance towards becoming a published author...more like a jig right now as I step up my writing productivity. Love the dance analogy, by the way.

Jackie said...

Welcome Mary and congratulations!

I always think of Garth Brooks when I hear the phrase, The Dance. I think your story does fit his song perfectly. Thanks for sharing with us, and I'd love to be entered in the contest. Your story sounds great! Can't wait to read it.

Mary Curry said...

Good morning, Mary. Thanks for being here at Seekerville today. I love your story and your post (except now I'll be singing Let it Go all day).

Can't wait to read Forgotten Past. I have it in eBook, but I'm in for the drawing anyway.

Best of luck to you in writing for LIS. I'm so thrilled the Speed Dating worked for you. I'm waiting to hear on Killer Voices now.

Tracey Hagwood said...

Very inspirational post Mary. I'm a reader not a writer but I have a strong imagination and my husband is always laughing at me as a I talk and says "You always write your your own story don't you?" I tell him, "Of course, that's the way I get the ending I want!" and we both laugh. May be a story in me yet. Seekerville is really educating me on all the aspects of writing and I'm finding some great books in the process!Looking forward to reading your book!

DebH said...

hi Mary
Congrats on your debut novel, and thanks for sharing about your Dance to get there.

I've always been a Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew aficionado (and Ruthy... Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov fan...). I can't say that I ever thought I'd write romantic suspense, but, like Mary Curry - I'm waiting to hear the fate of my first ms with Killer Voices.

I'd love an opportunity to win your debut book. It's on my wish list to purchase - just hadn't gotten around to it because of life stuff (and bills *sigh*- sticking to budget plans can be a bummer sometimes...)

anyway, thanks so much for sharing with Seekerville and Congratulations! again on your debut novel.

Naomi Rawlings said...

It's so exciting to see that first baby in print, isn't it, Mary? Congrats on your wonderful release!

I have to confess I'm much more romance than suspense. I occasionally pick up a few suspense or romantic suspense stories, but not many.

Mary Alford said...

Thanks so much for the warn welcome. I am very excited to be here today. I am glad you enjoyed Forgotten Past Kav.

Mary Alford said...

Ruthy, my second work in progress is a spy story, I absolutely love spy stories. My heroine has information that someone believes is worth killing for. She travels thousands of miles to find to the one person who can help her. The only problem is according to the CIA, he is a dead man.

Mary Alford said...

I can't wait fOr the Danish, Tina. Mary, I"ll be singing Let It Go today as well. I have two of my granddaughters with me today.

Mary Alford said...

Kav, Forgotten Past came out of the idea of ,what if you woke up one day and couldn't remember your past. From there I added the idea of the heroine running from the man who attacked her and killed two other people. When you can't remember your attacker, everyone is a possible threat.

Mary Alford said...

Mary, I am keeping my fingers crossed for you on Killer Voices.

Mary Hicks said...

Congratulations, Mary! I look forward to reading your debut novel. Enjoyed your post, thank you for sharing your publishing journey.

I stepped back in time yesterday and read an old Phyllis Whitney. I still like her writing—don't mind all the 'telling', she did it so well! :-)

I'd love to win a copy of your book. :-)

Rhonda Starnes said...

Congratulations on your debut Mary! My reward to myself for meeting my KV deadline was to read Forgotten Past. It was fabulous!! I look forward to reading more books from you in the future.

Tina Radcliffe said...

I'm baaaaack! Cheese and raspberry Danish. Homemade.

Have to prime Mary to ask her the really good questions.

So Mary, tell us about your writing day. And...what are you working on next? The next dance??

Missy Tippens said...

Mary, welcome! It's so fun and exciting to read your first stale story! Did you cry when you got your first box of author copies like I did?? :) :)

Julie Lessman said...

MARY, WELCOME TO SEEKERVILLE, GIRLFRIEND!!!

LOVE the analogy of "the dance" because it is SO incredibly accurate for writing for all the excellent reasons you mention AND because you definitely need rhythm to do it! ;)

You said: "I’d love to hear how you’ve overcome the obstacles along the way to your Showtime?"

One word. Gratitude. Sure, each of us wants a lead role on stage to showcase our fancy footwork, but the truth is we are blessed to even be in the show. There's a whole audience watching out there that never get to be on stage, but we do. We may not all have speaking parts, but the truth is if one Rockette is out of sync, the whole line suffers. So each and every one of us -- from the chorus to the leads to the piccolo in the pit -- are critical to the symphony that God is trying to create. And I for one have found that focusing on Him with gratitude is the ONLY way to make beautiful music, both of the heart and the soul!!

Hugs,
Julie

Sandra Leesmith said...

Morning Mary and welcome to Seekerville.

Congratulations on your debut novel. It is so exciting to see your first book in print. Well any book actually. smile

Great anaolgy of writing to dancing. I like what you said about using it so you don't lose it. Very true words. That would be my advice to overcome obstacles is to keep on writing through it, even if it is just one page that day.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Overcoming obstacles? I'm just THAT stubborn, I keep chipping away at the obstacle, determined to prove I can move that boulder. It may take ten years, but I do get through eventually.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Oooh, I just saw Mary's reply to Ruthy that her next story is a spy story. How cool is that?????

Tina Radcliffe said...

Mary, I like your blogger profile picture with the glasses.

Laurel Hawkes said...

I love your tenacity! Parking lot of Ace Hardware! Definitely unforgettable. Well done!

S. Trietsch said...

Beautifully written; thoroughly enjoyed! Thank you.

Stephanie

Meghan Carver said...

Hi, Mary, and congratulations! Your debut novel sounds terrific. The second as well! Thank you for sharing your story of persistence in participating in the Speed Dating pitch session from the Ace Hardware parking lot. Great encouragement today! :-)

(I thought I left this comment already but it wasn't showing up. My apologies if it appears twice.)

Sally Shupe said...

Thank you so much for your post! What inspiration! Congratulations on your debut novel! I would love to win a copy of your book. How can you move forward if you don't know where you've been? Forgotten Past sounds like a great book! I am new to writing, but like you say, you have to practice to perfect your craft. I've written some short stories that have a Goosebumps feel to them lol. I've always loved Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys books and Louis L'Amour westerns. Then I discovered inspirational romance. Love reading them, but then I think, what about if this happened? Looking forward to reading your new book!

Myra Johnson said...

MARY, thanks so much for joining us today, and your book sounds so intriguing!

The writing biz really is a crazy dance, isn't it? One step forward, two steps back, a sidestep here and there, a few spins and dips . . .

The Garth Brooks line really sums it up, though. Thanks for the reminder!

Mary Connealy said...

Loved the 'five minutes in the spotlight' story.

I think editors expect writers to be nervous so you probably didn't upset her a bit.

It's the writing they're interested in and YAY! That it got you the contract!!!

Mary Alford said...

Tina, the cheesecake sounds wonderful. I'm all in. Yes, my next story is a spy story. I think if I could be anything else in the world, I'd be a spy. I love the suspense and the intrigue.

Mary Connealy said...

Forgotten Past sounds terrific. I bought it and it is right now on my Kindle calling to me!!!!!!!!!

I wrote a book with a heroine with amnesia once. It is incredibly HARD to keep her from remembering things.

All the thoughts in her head have to be examined for any reactions that are based in the past.

I finally just had her get her memory back to put an end to my own suffering!!!

Mary Alford said...

Missy, when I got my first batch of books it was surreal. I thought this is my book...to be honest, it still hasn't sunk in yet. I'm ineradicably blessed to be part of the Love Inspired family.

Carol Garvin said...

Congratulations on your debut novel, Mary! It's so encouraging to hear how your 'dance' has turned out. Inspy romantic suspense is my favourite genre, both to read and to write (although my current WIP is a cosy mystery), so I'm looking forward to reading Forgotten Past.

Mary Alford said...

Julie, so true. I've felt God's guidance in my writing career even through all the mistakes I've made and there have been many. For a long time, I tried to write to please the crowd instead of trying to please Him. I'm so grateful that I finally let go and let Him lead me.

Mary Alford said...

Julie, truer words were never spoken. I have felt God's guidance through my writing career, even through the mistakes and there have been plenty, like trying to write to please the crowd instead of Him. I'm so grateful that I can trust Him to keep me where I need to be.

Mary Alford said...

Mary C. It is hard to write when you're heroine can't remember her past. You keep trying to have her do or say something and then you realize, wait, she doesn't remember that. It's hard to keep all the ducks in a row.

Mary Alford said...

Thanks, Tina. The glasses are needed more and more lately. Especially the bifocal part of them.

Mary Alford said...

CatMom, thanks so much for the encouragement. Sometimes, the dance feels more like a really fast paced jitterbug, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Mary Alford said...

Cindy W. It's so nice to see so many Love Inspired fans here.

Jeanne T said...

I love your story, Mary. :) I am slow dancing my way to publication. With young kids at home (and it being summer), writing time is at a premium. But, I'm working my stories and writing my blog and taking baby steps forward, in the hopes of one day being published. We'll see what God's plans are for me. :)

Wilani Wahl said...

I enjoyed your post. I enjoy writing and creating stories, but have had no clue how to go about it until this year. Now I am working on my first novel and loving it.

I saw your book last week in Walmart but didn't have enough to buy it. Hopefully I will be able to get it next week.

Thanks for inspiring me to continue with my dream.

Mary Alford said...

Jeanne T, It's hard at times when life gets in the way. Keep going. Don't give up. you'll get there.

Mary Alford said...

Wilani, thanks so much. I was like that as well. I really taught myself a lot of things but I also had a lot of support from some wonderful authors who were more than willing to share their stories with me.

Jan Drexler said...

Hi Mary,

Thanks for your post! A great analogy.

And congrats on your debut. You've given a shot of hope to a lot of aspiring authors :)

Looking forward to reading your stories!

Jennifer Smith said...

Thanks for sharing, Mary! I enjoyed reading about your journey to publication. Very inspiring! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Mary,
So good to have you in Seekerville today. Loved your blog and dance analogy.

I'm on deadline...getting close to dress rehearsal time! :)

Your debut sounds so, so good. Amnesia! Gives me chills, good ones, of course. Couple that with a spy story. Great suspense.

Your character travels to find the the so-called dead guy? Does your second story have a foreign setting?

I brought cantaloupe right off the vine. So ripe and yummy sweet. Enjoy!

Elaine Manders said...

Hi Mary,

I love mysteries and suspense. I'm putting Forgotten Past in my beach reads. Looking forward to the spy story. The heroine in my first manuscript was a spy for the Hapsburg court during the Napoleonic Wars. I've also done research on spying during WWII. It'll be interesting reading about modern spying.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Mary, are you a plotter or a pantser? Or do you dare to tell us?

Mary Alford said...

Jan, thanks so much for the kind words. It's so hard when you first start out. I was blessed to have some wonderful authors who I could ask anything, even this silliest questions. I hope that I can repay their generosity to someone else.

Mary Alford said...

Thanks, Jennifer Smith. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Mary Alford said...

Debby, I love fresh cantaloupe. Unfortunately where I live it's so hard to come by. Believe it or not, my character who is looking for a dead man only has to travel to Colorado. I love stories involving the rugged mountains of Colorado. That's a perfect setting for a suspense story.

Mary Alford said...

Elaine, I loved hearing about all those WWII spy stories. I think that's what got me hooked on writing about them. I love the idea of placing love and life on the line for a greater cause.

Mary Alford said...

Elaine, I loved hearing about all those WWII spy stories. I think that's what got me hooked on writing about them. I love the idea of placing love and life on the line for a greater cause.

Mary Alford said...

Tina, I so tried to be a plotter, but I just couldn't do it. I'm the kind of gal who sits down at her computer and then lets the ideas flow.

Keli Gwyn said...

Congratulations on the release of your debut novel, Mary! I love that your perseverance paid off.

If we writers listened every time the Voice of Doubt spoke, there would be very few books on the shelves. That pesky fellow needs a gag in his mouth, right?

Mary Alford said...

Thanks, Keli. One thing I've learned from everything is that you have to develop strong skin, otherwise self doubt can eat you alive.

Debby Giusti said...

Mary, a pantser who writes suspense! Amazing. Do you ever get in trouble about mid-point...or do you see it all play out in your head?

I over plot and wish I could change. :)

The grass is always greener, right? Even with writing.

Love Keli's comment about that pesky Voice of Doubt.

Stephanie Queen Ludwig said...

Hi Mary! I love your analogy of The Dance. I'm still in the "practice" stage right now, perfecting every word as I finish the third draft of my first novel and write the first draft of my second.

I'd love to read your novel! I'm a huge fan of suspense and mystery. In fact, my second novel is a cozy murder mystery. The next scene I write will literally be the discovery of THE BODY.

Have a great day!

Mary Alford said...

Stephanie Queen Ludwig, how exciting. Finding the body. I already want to read it.

Mary Alford said...

Debby, I usually have an idea of how I want the story to end, but it never fails, my characters do not like to follow along with the plan.

Terri said...

Hi Mary - congratulations on your first LIS and the great RT review! The book sounds so suspenseful. I'm excited to read it.

Mary Alford said...

Thanks, Terri.

Becke said...

Mary,
Compelling excerpt. Best of luck for success.

After so many years in the game, I think I'm just grateful to still be dancing.

b

Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Glad you didn't get discouraged by the hard realities of learning the writing dance steps.Thank you for your inspiring story.
I get the connection you've made here. My niece trained to be a professional dancer. She's an example for me of someone committed to a passion. Her success came after years of intense training along with personal sacrifices. I must remember that if I want success.
I love suspense stories. All the very best with your debut, Mary.

Debby Giusti said...

Mary,

So your characters write your story!
Sounds so easy, doesn't it! LOL!

Waving to Becke...will you be dancing at RWA this year? Hoping to see you in San Antonio.

Mary, will you be there? Hope so!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Good question! All those attending RWA and/or ACFW, raise your hands.

Clari Dees said...

I love the analogy of writing to dancing, and congratulations on your new release.

I also had to chime in and say that the lovely couple you have pictured in your post... The gentleman is my cousin and his then-fiance. Their photographer did the photo shoot for free (I believe) in exchange for photo rights. Their pictures have wound up everywhere over the last five years, and it's always so fun to see where they pop up next.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Is that a new MYRA JOHNSON pic??? Or is it me (typical...) not noticing she changed it.....?????

LOVE IT!!!!

Mary Alford, a spy book.... A SPY BOOK.... I love spy books, I love intrigue and the international flavor of it all!!!!!

Clari Dees, I'm dying laughing at the idea of your cousin's wedding/engagement photos popping up here and there! That rocks. We have a couple like that, our son Seth and his wife Lacey. The photographer liked their rustic autumn wedding at the museum so well that he uses them all over and then folks pick them up from their brochures and re-use them.

It's a hoot and such a good memory every time we run across one of those wedding pictures unexpectedly!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I'm in total agreement with the Keli Gwynster.... That Voice of Doubt has no relation to the Voice of Reason and should never be allowed sit-down space beside us.

Get 'er done!

Ruthy

Tina Radcliffe said...

Seriously, Clari. You know the photo couple????? HOW COOL IS THAT???



And where have you been all summer, young lady????

Clari Dees said...

Yep. I know the couple. His name is Tyler and she's Megan. :-) And they have two adorably cute little boys. And I've been either buried at work, banging out a rough draft (and I mean banging my head against a story wall), or outside away from my computer, enjoying our beautiful spring after such a nasty winter. I've been popping in to read the blog, though. Just hadn't had much time to comment. :-)

Mary Alford said...

Becke, I'm glad your still dancing...

Mary Alford said...

Pat Jeanne, thank you for sharing your story about your niece. What an inspiration. It just proves, no matter what your dream is, you have to commit to it fully.

Mary Alford said...

Debby, I wish that I was going to the RWA this year, but unfortunately, my plans with my grandbabies will end up preventing me from doing so. I can't wait to hear all about it though.

Tanya Agler said...

Dear Mary, I love hearing stories of how authors persevere. Thanks for sharing your story.

I love romantic suspense. My favorite Hitchcock movies are his romantic suspense ones like Notorious and Suspicion. I have spent more than one night reading romantic suspense novels way later than I should.

Thanks for the post.

Natalie Monk said...

Having trouble with blogger here... Maybe it'll work this time. :)

Hi, Mary! I enjoyed reading about your journey to publication!I'm in that submission stage where I'm dreading hearing back about my "baby."

What an attention-grabbing plot!! Looks like a great one!

Heidi Robbins said...

Great analogy and advice! Your book sounds like quite a suspense! Thanks for the giveaway and best wishes on your current WIP!

http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com

Jana Vanderslice said...

Mary! Thanks for sharing your story. I'm glad you kept going!! I can't wait to read your book & all of the other books you will be publishing!

And Hook Em Horns!! from a fellow Texan!! I lived in Austin for a while, but now I'm on our family ranch near Tyler in East Texas. I loved Austin!!

Mary Preston said...

What a lovely post. Good for you!!

Mary Alford said...

Tanya, I love Hitchcock too. Notorious and Suspicion are two of my favorites. I can watch them over and over again.

Mary Alford said...

Natalie, Thanks so much. I'm glad you were able to get blogger to cooperate. Good luck with your baby.

Mary Alford said...

Thanks so much Heidi.

Mary Alford said...

Thanks, Jana. I live in a small town about 45 minutes from Austin. We have a granddaughter who lives close to Austin as well so we go there about once a week. Austin is growing by leaps and bounds.

Mary Alford said...

Thanks, Mary Preston.

Mary Alford said...

Thanks to everyone at Seekerville for making me feel so welcome. I couldn't decide between these two random ladies' posts so I'd like to send them both a print copy of FORGOTTEN PAST. CindyW and DebH, can you each email me at maryjalford@netzero.com with your mailing address and I'll mail you a copy of the book.
Again, thanks for the warm welcome. You are all wonderful. I'll continue to learn from all the wonderful advice that is provided here.

Dana McNeely said...

What a great story of talent, luck, and perseverance. Love the Pagosa Springs parking lot story! Congratulations on your debut novel and best wishes for your writing.

Chris Bailey said...

What a great personal story! I really, really, want to read your novel.

Preslaysa Williams said...

Oh wow. This is such a beautiful post. I've tried my hand at dacing a long, long time ago and I'm now a writer, so I "got it" Lovely!