Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Welcome Bell Bridge Books Debut Author, Lindi Peterson

Missy, here. And I'm thrilled to have with us today my good friend, frequent writers conference roomie and critique partner, Lindi Peterson. Lindi, welcome! And congrats on the release of your debut novel, Her Best Catch! I'm hoping that by the time this post goes live, there will be a link to click on to purchase Lindi's book. If not, please try again later! It's supposed to be out any day now. It's fun, humorous and touching. You don't want to miss it!

Lindi will be giving away a copy of her book today, so please be sure to let her know you want to be entered.'s Lindi...

First and Third: Voice...and a Little Bit of Baseball
By Lindi Peterson

I’m in Seekerville! Yay!!!

What a great place to be. So many friendly, talented people here. I know Helen has the coffee on, so it’s time to start, my friends.

Some facts about me.

Name: Lindi Peterson
Age: ? (Ha. Did you really think I would tell?)
Writing genre: Inspirational contemporary romance.
Debut Novel: Her Best Catch

Okay, now we have the basics covered. Needless to say I’m thrilled to be here as a guest blogger today. I know most of these ladies personally and I love them!

But even though I’m thrilled to be here I am a little nervous. I mean, this is SEEKERVILLE. So many readers and writers visit this blog regularly. So, there’s only one thing to do. Take a deep breath and dive right in.


I’ve been doing this writing thing for a few years. A lot of years. They say perseverance pays off, and I guess it does. Maybe I’m also a slow learner in some ways. But I will say that for all the years I’ve been writing, I keep learning. (I know I have A LOT to learn.)

There are so many aspects of writing to cultivate. But today I’m going to talk about the one thing that drastically changed my writing life.


Yes, that ever elusive voice thing. I remember sitting in workshops and meetings and listening to the speaker talk about voice. What they were saying made sense if you could figure out exactly what voice was.

So I kept writing. Then I read Judy Baer-The Whitney Chronicles. I loved it. Immediately I read Kristin Billerbeck’s What A Girl Wants. Loved it as well. But, I thought, I could never write a book like that. First person, one POV. Long.

Hmmm. Something kept nagging me. I sat down at my computer one day with the nagging in the back of my mind. This is how it went.

What if there was a girl and her best friend and they had a guy best friend. Yeah, then the heroine will see her best friend and the guy friend falling in love. Then she’ll realize she’s loved the guy friend all along. Yeah. That’s it. That’ll work.

I started typing First person, present tense. I kept typing for about five pages. Then these thoughts came to mind.

Okay, this is clichéd. This is what always happens. So how can I make this story different? I know, I’ll keep the best friend and guy friend of the heroine falling in love, but I’ll have another guy for the heroine. Hmmm. Who? And where’s the conflict? This won’t work.

But I decided to go with the above story line and see where/how/if any conflict developed. Can you say pantser?

I soon found my heroine, Allison Doll, felt left out of everything. Her world was being turned upside down, not just with her best friends dating, but with other obstacles as well. Then, wouldn’t you know, a really cute baseball player comes to Sunday school. He is drawn to Allison, but she’s got too much going on to truly think about him. Until he takes her to a really nice place for lunch then uses the oldest excuse ever to stand her up for Sunday school. (My grandmother was sick.) When Allison realizes his grandmother is truly sick and he wasn’t lying, Ashton becomes vulnerable and hurting and, well, Allison can’t stay away.

Back to voice.

So I kept typing. 74 days later I had a 360 page, first person, present tense novel completed. I sent the manuscript off to my critique partners, Meg, Maureen and Missy. All three of them came back with one comment...

“You’ve found your voice.”

Really? The elusive voice? I found it?

I wish I could say everything was easier from that point on. But it wasn’t. I had people telling me first person is nearly impossible to sell for an unpublished author. I tried my hand at 2 more hero/heroine third person novels. (One of which is now a first person novel.) I was finaling and winning contests, but there was no interest in publication.

I struggled with voice even after I’d been told I found my voice. I wrote against my voice. I tried to maneuver my voice this way and that in hopes of attracting an editor. I approached agents with the question, “Do you like to read first person?” I had a contest judge tell me she dreaded reading my entry when she saw it was first person, but I pulled her in and she really enjoyed the story.

I’m only giving the above example because I think there are people who seem to shy away from reading first person. Personally I love reading first person and third person. I look for the story. I think if a writer has found their voice a great story can be told either way.

I know I wouldn’t be here posting this post if it wasn’t for God. Above voice and everything else I had to keep faith at the forefront of this writing venture. 

So I did. Then I had an opportunity to submit to BelleBooks.

And they said yes!

What I wanted to share here today is this:
Learn like crazy.
Follow your gut.
Learn like crazy.
Pray—well, you get my point.

We often learn the same thing over and over in this crazy world of writing. But depending on where we are along the journey each opportunity to learn will affect us differently.

My moment came when I found my “voice.” What about you? What aspect of writing did you learn that absolutely made a difference in your novels?

Leave a comment with your email address to be entered in a drawing for a copy of Her Best Catch.

Thank you for having me here in Seekerville.

Oh, and here’s the little bit of baseball I promised in my post title:

Allison Doll’s mother is rebelliously turning fifty, her two best friends have started dating and gorgeous injured relief pitcher, Ashton Boyd, has joined her Sunday school class rocking her world into confusion, heartache and temptation, places she hasn’t visited in a long time, much less all at once.
But with the help of family, old friends she really hasn’t lost, a new friend she really can count on, and God, she finds herself no longer a girl waiting for life to happen, but a woman who’s ready to commit to her best catch!

Visit Lindi at
Late Breaking News! Her Best Catch is now available on Amazon as well! Click here to check it out.


  1. Yes, Helen has the coffee on. It'll be ready at 4 a.m.

    Enjoyable post, Lindi. I've not had the pleasure of having anyone tell me I've found my voice, but I think I'm getting my vocal chords warmed up.

    helengray AT boycomonline DOT com

  2. Thanks, Helen! You're always on the ball.

    I didn't even know the post was up until I saw Mary's tweet. I had no idea it was already after midnight! LOL

  3. Missy:

    It's NOT after mignight where I am. It's 11:29.

  4. Thank you for the great interview. Voice is always an interesting aspect of writing to discover. I love it when my students find their voice. That's something that I find challenging too. The aspect of writing that I've been working on is show and not telling. I often have to rewrite scenes in order not to tell.

    Thank you for the giveaway. Please enter me.
    cynthiakchow (at) earthlink (dot) net

  5. Hello Lindi,

    Good to see you here. And thanks so much for sharing your voice with us. And reminding us to write with the one God gave each of us.

    I fully agree, we should 'SING' unto the Lord and he knows the best tone.


    Tina Pinson

  6. Ugh. I hate voice. I think I have a middle school/ YA/ snarky voice but I don't have a single plot to go with. :D

  7. Virginia, spew alert needed!!!

    Oh my stars, woman! Start reading EVERY YA/Middle school thing you can get from the library and go for it. Really. It will evolve naturally from what you like and don't like about the others.


    Oh happy dancing for you in upstate NY AND... Loving that this book is coming available! Oh YAY!!!!

    Welcome to Seekerville again, darling girl, and I have crepes for us this morning. I decided last night that EVERY morning is special enough for crepes, so strawberry and cottage cheese crepes are available at the breakfast bar.

    And TOTAL cereal for those of you who can't even PRETEND to indulge. Seriously? You need therapy.

    Lindi, bless you!!! Can't wait to read this!


  8. Good Morning, Seekers!
    In honor of Lindi's guest spot today, I made a dark chocolate cake with double-thick icing. It's never too early for Chocolate! Or, Cake!

    Oh, but half the pot of coffee is gone (Sorry to have drank it all!) Helen, can you make some more?

    Lindi, I loved reading your story of publication!

    Y'all, Lindi is a great mentor and encourager! I'm so excited her book is out and I love the cover!

  9. Thanks for sharing your journey, Lindi. I enjoy reading a first person novel. If it's well written, I feel like I'm in the characters head. Love your cover!

  10. It's always encouraging to hear of a writer finding her "voice" and blessings others with it! Your novel sounds charming, Lindi. Please include me in this giveaway. Thanks and blessings!

    reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  11. Helen,
    I knew I could count on you for the coffee!
    Keep warming those vocals. It took me quite a while to warm mine.

  12. Cynthia, Showing and telling is something I deal with a lot. I'm always having to rewrite scenes in that regard.

  13. Tina,
    You're so right about singing unto the Lord with what voice he gave us. I was once in a church where the worship leader told us to sing loud. She said God gave us our voices and it's a melody to His ears. Now I feel sorry for the people around me!

  14. Virginia---I agree with Ruthy-spew alert. Find a plot. Quickly. And write that voice.

  15. Ruthy! My friend. Thanks for the crepes. And I adore strawberries. Good job.

  16. Christy--shame on you--except the coffee must be really great-oh it is! I'm drinking some now.
    Thanks for the kind words. You know I totally believe in your stories. They're awesome.


    Can you hear me shouting clear across the Rio Grande?

    I'm sooooo happy for you.

    No one has mentioned that cover. I love, love, love it.

    Will I see you at RWA? I'll give you a BIG hug.

    Don't worry Christy, I made some more coffee. Chocolate velvet to go with the cake you brought.

    Cake and crepes. This is going to be a wild morning with all that sugar. smiling.

    Have fun Lindi. Congrats again.

  18. Yes, would love to be entered in for Lindi's new book. I know it will be great. I'm already going to get the coffee.


  19. I loved reading this interview. Thank you for sharing your journey, and for all the good advice you have for us yet-unpublished authors. Congratulations and continued success!

  20. Lindi,

    Congrats on the book! Allison and Ashton's story sounds so good.

    It was such and AH HA moment when I found my voice. And then I wondered why it took so long and why I hadn't been using it all along. But it sure does make a story stronger when sung in the right key.


  21. Hello. My name is Laney and I'm a reader - not a writer. Please don't hold that against me, LOL!
    I had to laugh when I read about turning 50. I am almost 52 and I can attest to life-altering moments from 50 onwards - some rebellious and some not. Thankfully I am in a happy marriage of 30 years (this summer), but if I were single, I can imagine being rebellious about it. We realize our clock is ticking to "get things done" - or at least I did. My scrapbooking has been beefed up in priority (as I'm only on 1991, and at this rate I'll never finish), I initiate situations in which I laugh more often (including more get-togethers with my BFFs), I turn down requests on my time for which I have no desire (no matter how much pleading is involved), and I am trying not to walk like an old lady because of my arthritic knees! The list goes on an on, but suffice to say that I have been there for my family and friends through the years and will continue to be so, but now I am being there for myself too. Big difference.
    seytype at hotmail dot com

  22. Welcome to Seekerville, Lindi!!! Huge congratulations on your debut! I love the cover! I'll be getting a copy of Her Best Catch.

    Voice is important and difficult to nail down. I compare a writer's voice to a singer's voice. There are some beautiful voices trying to make it big but they lack their own sound. The bigtime singers have a unique quality or style listeners either love...or not. But they stand out.

    Best wishes with your book! Hoping to hang out at a conference!


  23. That is a really cool story, Lindi, about persevering and succeeding! Congratulations on your debut novel!

    I didn't realize Belle Books published Inspirationals. Do they have an Inspirational imprint, or do they publish both Inspys and everything else under the same label? Just curious. I know they only do Southern books.

  24. Hey Lindi! So loving your cover! And can't wait to get your book!

    YOUR BOOK! Aren't those lovely words?

    You say discovering your voice made the difference in your writing--well, mine was learning how to plot. I know, not the thing a pantser like you likes to hear. But having an outline helped me stay on course--and gave me the freedom to let the pantser in me go wild at times.

    I don't know about you guys but I'm dying for a chocolate covered donut so I brought a dozen to share with the group.


  25. Lindi, congratulations! I'm unpublished, so I don't know if I've found my voice yet, although one agent said my voice was right on for a cozy, which is what my story is. I do know I enjoy stories in 1st or 3rd person. As a reader, I feel like some stories have to be in 1st person. I'm looking forward to reading HER BEST CATCH.

  26. Good morning Lindi!

    (My photographer cousin is a Linde!)

    Congratulations on your debut! So exciting!!! Tell us about the cover - no baseball? That fella sure does look nice in a tux though... And I love that stance. :) Covers fascinate me. Yes, I'm easily entertained.

    I hear you on first person - mine is in "first dog." (Where are the Grammar Divas when you need them. Doesn't that look weird with the period AFTER the quote in that case? Still struggling with that. Guess I'll go tug on a coattail and ask AGAIN.)

    A challenge to write in first person/dog present tense, but so worth it if the story calls for it! Sounds like your critique partners knew what they were talking about too.

    Just thrilled for you! may at maythek9spy dot com

    Thanks for coffee and cake and crepes. I'll leave some Coke out too since we have this "c" thing going today. :)

  27. First of all, you Seekers are bad for my diet. Ruthy, I LOVE crepes, but never get them.

    Lindi, I'm so proud of you, girlfriend. Don't you love those a-ha moments? And you have a beautiful voice.

  28. Wow - ya'll are busy this morning!

    I, uh, was in bed, sound asleep by 10 last night. Hope no one went hungry! Oh wait, I see crepes, TOTAL [What ARE you thinking Ruthy?! Don't even give 'em a healthy option!] and is that cake I see?!


    One Frasier entry is winging it's way through cyberspace to MBT as we speak. Oy. The other I had a question for them about but no one's answered it yet :p. See? Fear. Did it anyway. Oy.

    I <3 writing 1st person! But past tense. Present? /shudder/ I'm also working on a third person with a suspense aspect to it and... /shudder/ I think it could very well turn out good, but it's not my natural inclination, you know? Whichever Seeker critiqued my MS said something nice about my voice =D.

    The book looks great Lindi! I can imagine it's gonna find it's way into my house at some point.

    You know. After I find Ruthy and Missy's. I'm off to Walmart again today. If they're not there, I'm gonna yell at somebody.

    Okay - probably not. But I'll contemplate crying, then remember that I could just go order them off the website. But there's less instant gratification that way*.

    Would love to be entered!

    carol at carolmoncado dot com

    *Yes, yes, I know. If I'd ordered 'em last week when I first couldn't find them at Walmart they'd probably be here by now. I'm ignoring that...

  29. I'm finally here! Had a storm this morning and everything had to be unplugged (woke at 5:30 to the dog freaking out!)

    then I had a live radio interview. Went well! Whew. I'm always so nervous.

    Okay, time to catch up...

  30. Cynthia, that's a good thing to do on revisions after you get the first draft down. Look to see where you've been telling, then fill in by showing instead. That's somethings tough to get on the first draft. :)

  31. Good morning, Tina P! I imagine your voice is a bit humorous. At least from your posts it is. Is that in you stories?

  32. i'm enjoying a cup of coffee now...thanks for the chance to read lindi's novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  33. LOL, Virginia!! Yes, listen to Ruthy's advice and read, read, read! You'll come up with a plot. :)

  34. Ruthy, you put me to shame. I brought no food. Thank you for covering my rear!


  35. Christy, good morning! Yes, Lindi is an amazing encourager and the most all-around generous person I know. Plus, she tolerates my snoring when we room together at conference! ;)

  36. Mmmmmm....oh, sorry! I'll try to put my crepes down long enough to type my comment...

    Hi Lindi!

    Voice? I understand what you mean about voice being "elusive"! When I go back and read things I've written (months or years later) I can hear the voice - but I still haven't gotten the hang of how to make it consistent.

    I know, I know...practice, practice, practice! And I find myself coveting critiques - can hardly wait to read the critiques on my Genesis entry.

    I'd love to read your book (yes, that does sound good, doesn't it?). Please enter me in the drawing...


  37. Hey, Jillian and Renee Ann! Thanks for stopping by.

  38. Oh, yay! Lindi got to drop by. She can't get on Blogger while she's at work, so we probably won't see her again until this evening.

  39. For me it was reading her on the blog about an author who writes her entire first draft, then deletes it!
    After about a minute of "OMG" I thought... try it. So I did. With a chapter (Although truthfully I knew it was in the recycle bin if I got desperate hehe). And it was fantastic. What would have been days of revisions and tweaking turned into a few more hours of polishing the next day.

    I love a good 1st person, and would like to be entered for the book, and the weekly five page please.

    ntrouble101 (at) hotmail . (com)

  40. Sandra, yes, it's a great cover!
    Patsy, I think I'm going to have another cup, too. Thanks for stopping by!

  41. Good morning, Pam and Kirsten!
    Kirsten, I think my voice developed over a period of several books. When I first started, I think I was tyring to mimic all the novels I'd read. Had to find my own voice--which I think comes from our personal experiences and also from themes we tend to write about.

  42. Laney4, where would we be without readers??!! So thank you!!

    And good for you for taking care of yourself. :)

  43. Janet, that's so true. Think about American Idol. They seem to really like the ones who are unique.

  44. Missy, anytime!

    And try the cinnamon cottage cheese crepes.

    I'm serious, they're to die for.

    Perkins used to have them but they stopped.

    I figured for LINDI'S BIG DAY it was time to resurrect (Easter use firmly intended!!! Go GOD!!!) the crepe recipe.

    Tender. Warm. Delicious blend of texture and flavor.

    And send Michelle anytime, Missy.



    First of all, cannot BELIEVE you are a debut author! Why did I think you were already multi-published?? Maybe it's the name -- you sound like an author. But reading your fun blog today, hearing the premise for Her Best Catch, and there is NO question about it ... you WILL be multi-published and soon.

    LOVE the cover, LOVE the title and seriously can't wait to read it.


  46. I always love talking about finding your voice.

    It's such an elusive thing.

    So much of writing is just really hard to EXPLAIN. So we have these posts everyday on Seekerville and I'll read something I've probably read before many times and suddenly it will click.

    That's why the learning never ends. Because it's all a journey and we never fully reach our destination. And honestly, I think the minute we think we've reached our destination, we probably ought to quit.

  47. And Lindi, it' s a pleasure to have you here.

    Missy is ALWAYS talking about you to the point I think I know you, so welcome to Seekerville. Thanks for spending the day with a bunch of old friends you've mostly never met. :)

  48. Mary's Tweet?

    You mean me?


    If it's me it must be autoloading.

  49. And Seekerville loads for me at 11 p.m. central time.

  50. Melanie, BelleBooks and Bell Bridge don't have an inspy inprint. I think Lindi's may be the first one they've picked up that is inspirational. So, yay! Maybe it'll open up for them to buy more.

    They just market it, though, as sweet contemporary romance, I think.

  51. Oh, Patty, you're torturing me! Are those chocolate doughnuts carb free??? :)

  52. Sylvia, that's great that you have an agent to guide you. Sometime we just need that extra affirmation.

  53. KC, you have a unique point of view/voice! :)

    Thanks for the Coke. I hope you have a diet version. I need diet if I'm going to eat crepes and chocolate doughnuts. :)

  54. Hey, Mindy! So glad you stopped by to celebrate with us today. :)

  55. Carol, you should be able to find them today! I saw them last night at our Walmart. Got a photo of me holding my book and Ruthy's. Now, if I can just figure out my new camera and see about getting the photo uploaded to my computer to share!

    For making another trip to Walmart for out books...Bless you!


    You said to say it. ;)

    And I'm one too, so I SO know what you mean.

    But I LOVE first person- which is what I write in too. I do like third, but really love first. :)

    What a fun post, thanks for sharing, it does have a great VOICE. Your book sounds like a really fun premise. :)


  57. Karen, thanks for stopping by!
    Jan, you know, I don't think voice is something you really practice as much as it is something that shines through when you're writing the right stories. Writing something you enjoy and are passionate about. I think finding that perfect story showcases it. It isn't forced, and it fits who you are and where you are in life. :)

  58. So, Nancy, you're saying that once you had the story (chapter) down on paper, then you deleted it and re-wrote it?

    if I understood that right, it's a very interesting idea! Do you think it comes out better, more true to your voice, the second time?

  59. Julie, you're right! I just critiqued her next book, and it's amazing. I think they'll snatch it up in about 5 minutes. :)

  60. Mary, it was you! And yes, that's about right for the time I read the Tweet. You're so on the ball and didn't even know it. :)

  61. Casey, I'm such a plotter and Lindi is a pantser, and we tease each other about our methods all the time. :) So now I can tease you!! Bwwwaaa!


    You're going to love her book. So funny. :)

  62. Lindi's book is definitely available. I just went and bought it. It's up on the BelleBooks site and on Amazon.

  63. Thank you, Lindi, for your post. I am an unpublished author and a novice to the writing world, but not really a new writer.
    I haven't found my voice, yet. I'm sure it's out there somewhere. I thank you for your encouragement to find it.
    Your book sounds captivating and I can't wait to read it. :)
    Congratulations on your debut.

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  66. Congratulations on the release of your debut novel, Lindi. Enjoy the thrill.

    Thanks for sharing the tale of how you found your voice. That element can be so elusive.

    When I stopped looking for my voice and asked the Lord to reveal it in His time, He did. What's funny is that it's not at all what I would've expected it to be. I read what I write and continually shake my head. Apparently, writing brings out a side of stuffy ol' me I didn't know existed. Go figure!

  67. Mary, thank you! It wasn't available when I checked on Monday. I added a link to Amazon at the end of the post.

  68. Ginger, I'm sure you'll find it! :) Thanks for stopping by.

  69. Awesome post, Lindi! Don't think I have my voice (guessing I'd know if I did, eh? LOL) - but loved hearing about yours!

    Enter me please :) joanne(at)joannesher(dot)com

  70. Keli, very interesting that your voice surprised you. :) Maybe it's the historical you--the you you'd be if you lived back then. :)

  71. Hey, Joanne. Thanks for stopping by!

    Lindi just emailed me from work. She said she'd be back as soon as she can. Please join me in praying her modem works when she gets home! We've had some terrible storms the last few days here in GA. Lindi's modem got zapped on Saturday night and internet connection has been spotty at best. It went out on her this morning while she was answering posts.

  72. Thanks for a great interview:) As I'm pushing forward in this writing journey, I personally have not found my voice yet...but I'll keep following those steps; Pray. Work like crazy. Pray. Follow my gut. Pray. Network. Pray. Learn like crazy. Pray:) I'm putting that up on my desk...thanks needed the reminder!

    I'd love to be entered for a chance to win your book...sounds like a great one!

    lornafaith at gmail dot com

  73. Virginia~

    A great YA series with good snark is Percy Jackson and the Olympians. If you haven't read it, I'll warn you it's not a Christian series. It's all about Greek mythology come to life. The title character is a funny sarcastic 12 year old in the first book. The series follows him through his 16th birthday (when he is the subject of a 70 year old prophecy either to save the world or destroy it). If the mythology thing bothers you, avoid it by all means. But if not, read them all, Quick! I know several teenagers who are huge Harry Potter fans, but like Percy Jackson better.

    Ruthy~ I'm so after those crepes.

    I certainly haven't discovered my voice, but I think it probably takes more than a few chapters to do that. A few chapters is all I have written.

    I did write last night for the first time in months. What I wrote was a huge backstory dump masquerading as conversation. It drags terribly, but it's important info. Hopefully I'll stay on the ball and be able to sprinkle it liberally through the rest of the novel when I start the rewrites/ the near future (from my fingertips to God's ears).

    Lindi~ Thanks for a great encouraging post. The words "debut author" are always uplifting to me. I'd love to be in the drawing for the book.

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

  74. Hi, Lindi! I'm so glad you're here today!

    I have to say that I am one of those people who DREADS!!! 1st person POV.


    When I find a book that is written well, I LOVE it!

    I think you are right in that the author should write with their own voice. I'm actually looking forward to reading your book.

    I've read some really bad 1st person stories and some okay, but there's something that's just not right.

    So. PLEASE include me in the drawing. I am as anxious as can be to see if you are one of the great 1st person POV writers.

    If you are, I guarantee I'll be shouting your book from the rooftops!


    Ask anybody here who really knows me. When I promote a book, I really go to town. :D

    Here's my email:
    lr dot mullin at live dot com



  75. Lorna, I'm glad you liked that quote as much as I did! She'll be tickled to know you did.

  76. Andrea, good for you!! Once you get the book finished, you can copy and paste all those juicy tidbits and place them where you need them. :) For now, just keep plowing through! You can do it.

  77. Linnette (and anyone else interested), if you click on the link to the Bell Bridge site, you'll find an excerpt there! You can check out the story now!

  78. Lindi!

    I really enjoyed reading about how you found your voice and I am so excited to read your book! Congrats! Love you!

    You are so inspiring and I'm lucky to know you!

  79. Oh, Lindi, your debut!!! And such a beautiful cover. My gosh! It's drop dead gorgeous. And that guy in pants looks like a dream come true. Which is probably how you're feeling right about now.

    So, so thrilled for your success!!! You're a wonderful writer, and the Lord is using you to touch his people with love.

    Hope your drive home in ATL traffic and the ongoing storms will be safe and uneventful! We want you back on the blog so we can learn more about your journey...and the next book in the works.

  80. Waving to Mindy!

    Love your new pic!

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  82. Hey, Sarah and Debby! Thanks for stopping by!

  83. Congrats, Lindi!!! Your book sounds great, and I would like to be entered in the drawing! THANKS!!

  84. Congratulations Lindi!

    I think the best thing I learned about writing is that it doesn't have to come out perfect the first time. Just write and then love the process of editing and revising.

    Lindi, are you working on another novel for Bell Bridge Books?

    Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

  85. Missy, lolol!

    I have never liked outlines, so tease all you want! I'm happy as the panster I am. :)

  86. Lindi, I'm a big baseball fan and you hooked me with that. I'm always curious to see other books that sold with pro athletes in them. Obviously, I'm working on my own.

    sallybradleywrites AT gmail Dot com

  87. Congratulations, Linda, on finding your voice and on your debut! I love the cover.

  88. Missy...
    It was light years better. And what was originally three chapters of *gasp* tell, not show, with mired pacing, ended up one brilliant (okay... at least I think so, hehe) chapter with two scenes.

    I can't take credit for the original idea, I read it on a post here on seekerville as a recount of a conference speaker's method.

    I actually found that I eliminated one minor character, tons of erroneous narrative that stole the emotion and experience of the scene from the reader and gave it to my main character.

    Writing from only the memory of what was supposed to have been accomplished in that chapter narrowed my focus and for me was MUCH EASIER than looking at each line, paragraph, deciding... do you advance plot, contribute to characterization or setting?

    I was amused when some of the stronger better lines emerged in both drafts without me being conscious of it until after the fact.

    I still don't know if I've found my voice... I think someone else will have to tell me one day and then depending on who they are... then I'll know ;-)

  89. And something else Casey and I have in common...

    I am so a pantser!!!

    Surprise elopement in the last book. Seriously. Not the main characters, but a sibling.

    And just for Missy and Ruthy...

  90. And yes - Mr. Baseball Player looks very very nice... =D

  91. Lindi,

    Congratulations! I'm so excited for you and would love to read the book!


  92. Keli Gwyn, I'm dying laughing here...

    I love that inside stuffy old you lurks this funny snark...

    The snark and I are closely acquainted, LOL!

    So funny. Delightfully in your face. From such a NICE, GENTEEL woman.

    Still waters run deep, chickie!

    I love Lindi's voice in person. Can't wait to see how delightful it is in print.

    Hey, fresh chocolate brownies made by Kyle. With chocolate chips. Ghirardelli, of course. And homemade Hershey's dark glossy chocolate frosting.

    These are bakery-style brownies and YUM...

    Lindi is worth it all.

  93. Jackie, thanks for stopping by!
    Eva Maria, she has another one ready to send them. Any day now, right, Lindi??!! (Yes, I'm telling her to send that thing out the door asap. It's wonderful!)

  94. That's great, Sally! Have fun with it. Love those strong, athletic guys. :)

  95. Very cool, Nancy! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to try to figure out who posted that and go look at it.

    One thing I just thought of after clicking over to CarolM's blog (so, so cute!) is that you should try looking at your blog posts. I bet you'll find your voice. I think Carol's is right there on her blog pages. :)

  96. Edwina, thanks for stopping by!
    Ruthy, honey, you know if you didn't feed me I'd waste away. I'd be a skinny as a bean pole. So bring on those brownies! (Oh, is my nose growing??)

  97. Missy's right, as usual. :) Blog posts are a great way to determine someone's voice. Even emails reflect how we write.

    Notice Ruthy's voice, which always comes through on her comments.

    Mary's too.

  98. Congratulations, Lindi, on such a wonderful first book. I read your Seekerville blog and the excerpt from your book. Wow! Had to go directly to Amazon to buy the book before I could make a comment here.

    Your blog is as inspirational as you are.

    Congrats again.

    KC--quote marks are excellent. Tell May she gets a homemade treat from the Grammar Divas for such good work.

  99. Oh, Debby, I love you! Please tell my husband that I'm always right. ;)

    Hey, Darlene! Thanks so much for stopping by! I was hoping you'd answer KC's question. It looked right to me. And even thought I'm always right (wink, wink), I wasn't sure on that one. :)

  100. I'm off to hand bell practice, quick dinner, then choir practice. I hope Lindi can make it soon! Fingers crossed for her Internet service to work!!

    I'll check back later. Keep the great comments coming!

  101. Yea, Lindi....found your voice, Belle Books said yes, and you made it to Seekerville. Only one place to go from here- UP! I'm so excited for you (your book coming out) and for me (I get to read it).

    Would love to read your book, and I believe you have my addy, although I could probably give you a couple more if you wanted them ;-)

  102. Lindi,

    How exciting! Your first book and it's available now! Congratulations. It sounds wonderful.

    I think I've found my voice - still waiting to hear for sure! LOL.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    sbmason at sympatico dot ca

  103. Hi all--Thanks for all the encouraging words and comments. Seekerville is a great place to be. And I'm glad Kyle made brownies this afternoon--sounds like the food is going quickly!

  104. Okay--KC, first dog? Love it!

    Melanie-Jacquelyn Cook also writes inspirationals and is pubbed by BB.

    Casey-pansters unite!

    Nancy--writing then deleting? On purpose? Lynnette Eason--where are you!! Missy, we have to find her.

  105. Mary--thanks for the Amazon shout. And I love your picture.

    Linnette--I hope I can make you VERY happy!

    Debby G--I made it home. Internet is still spotty and no modem like the guy promised. Oh well.

    Sandra-thanks for loving the cover. Yours is great as well.

  106. Jillian--I like being in someone's head to--regarding first person.

    Renee Ann--I love the word charming. Thank you for using it!

    Pam--thanks for stopping by!

    Kirsten-finding voice is an Ah-ha moment, indeed.

  107. Laney--where would writers be without readers? I like your lease on life. You go girl!

    Hi Janet--I agree about voice. Have you watched AI this year. A couple of very distinctive voices.

    Patty--It's P-A-N-S-T-E-R. You don't spell it P-L-O-T. Ruthy where's Capt Jack--we have a traitor!

  108. Sylvia--Great word from an agent--keep writing and going!

    Mindy-A big Hello to you my friend.

    Carol--I love Missy and Ruthy's books.

  109. Karenk-thanks for reading.

    Jan--Yes, practice is the way to go.Good luck in the Genesis.

    Julie--Somebody once told me I looked like a published author--so hey, with the name as well--ha! I still haven't won A Hope Undaunted. Can I enter to win today? :)

  110. Hi, Lindi! Thanks for coming to Seekerville! I'm so excited about your debut book. It sounds wonderful and I can't wait to read it.

  111. Ginger-yes, your voice is out there. Keep writing!

    Hi Joanne!

    Lorna--You don't know how inspiring you were to me today. :)

    Andrea--glad you got back to your writing. Keep going.

  112. Glad you're home safe and sound, Lindi!

    So excited about your book! Whoo-hoo! I want a copy. Will you be signing at GRW?

  113. Saree!! I love you! Glad you came by. (future dil) Praying hard.

    Sally--Ashton's injured so he doesn't play much baseball--but he loves the game and it's part of the conflict.


    Carolyn--another panster--I see you met Casey.

    Hi Edwina--It's always good to 'see' you.

  114. Darlene--Much thanks!! I miss seeing you.

    Diane--I am ready for a lunch, girl.

    Susan--I'm sure you've found your voice--good luck in your writing.

    Hi Cara--it's great to be here in Seekerville.

  115. Hi Debby,

    I'm not sure if I'm signing at GRW--which reminds me I need to go and sign up for the April workshop.

  116. A big THANKS to Missy for being such a great hostess! I don't know what I'd do without you Missy T. :)

  117. You're on, Lindi. How about next week for lunch?

  118. I'm glad you perservered, Lindi. It is such fun to discover new authors. I enjoyed your discussion of "voice." I'm not sure why some people don't like reading books written in first person. If the book is well written with a good plot, it doesn't matter to me how the story is told.
    It would be fun to win your book.
    Thanks for sharing.

  119. Kids! I was interrupted and couldn't finish the excerpt. I didn't read enough to make a judgement, but enough to know I want to read more before I make one.

    In the middle of revisions right now, but wanted to pop in.

  120. WHOA, LINDI ... you're ROCKIN' this place, girlfriend!!!

    And, Missy, you lucky dog -- you get to read Lindi's ms. ahead of time???

    Hey, Lindi ... I don't have many giveaways until August through October usually when I have TONS (gave away over close to 70 books last year during the same time period). BUT ... ironically, I have two blog giveaways I am doing this week and next where I'm giving away reader's choice of signed book, so if you are interested, you can find the dates and links on my website calendar. One way or another, we HAVE to get that book in your hands, girlfriend! :)


  121. Great post, Lindi! And CONGRATS on the release of your debut novel - WOW!!! ~ I think I've "found my voice" but still have so much to learn. I LOVED your list toward the end of your post--great reminders of what writers should really be doing! ~ Blessings from a fellow Georgian, Patti Jo :)

  122. I'm back! It looks like Lindi has been holding down the fort. :) I'm glad you made it, Lindi and that your modem cooperated for a bit. :)

    Y'all keep commenting. I won't draw a name until tomorrow.

  123. Pam K-I'm with you--first or third-well written I love them both.

    Patty Jo-Hi!! Thanks for your kind comments.

    Julie, I'll be on the blog giveaways--trust me. I'm gonna win that book.

    Linnette--Keep me posted.

  124. So instead of doing things I needed to be doing [like writing reviews :p], I uh cuddled up with the Man of Allegany County [because there's only one so far]. All this talk about voice and Missy's mention of Ruthy's voice coming through in her comments etc. led me to NY instead of... well, just my laptop.

    Ruthy dear - I think I love you. And I loved the Wassermans. ;)

    And Missy - I may have had a flash of humorous inspiration. Casey gets at least part of the blam.. er credit. But I'm a pantser remember? Can't just sit down and write an outline... =D. But I do have a nice paragraph long synopsis all done!!!

    I could so do it as a series of short installments somewhere, but dunno if I've got what it takes to pull it off novel length...

    Pay no attention to the night vision goggles. None at all...

    /whistles innocently/

  125. Ah, I am SO late today, and it's Lindi's day. Where are my manners?

    Lindi, congrats your novel. I can't wait to read it.


  126. Lindi,

    I am sooo late. Forgive me. Welcome to Seekerville and I am so excited about your release. What a gorgeous cover!!!! Congratulations.

  127. Nice work, Carol! Maybe you can go from there and write it. :)

    Hey, Walt and Teenster! We love seeing you anytime. :)

  128. Good Morning Helen,

    I know what you mean when you say trying to find your voice. I am struggling with POV and it sometimes gets the best of me but then I think my writing is my world. I love it, I breath it so whatever it takes do not ever give up.

    I wish there was some magic to learning POV but you have to keep writing.

    Thanks and please enter me into your drawing

    Here is my email:

    Walk in harmony,

  129. What a great post! I hope it's not too late to be entered for a chance to win. I would LOVE to read this book! I am also kind of wary when it comes to reading first person, but I've been getting into it a little more lately, and have found that when I write, it comes out better in first person as well!


  130. I really enjoyed your post, Lindi! It must be very exciting for you to publish the first novel! Have a wonderful day!


  131. Hey, Lindi! Cheering you on!! So thrilled for you, my friend. So glad Missy interviewed you~~