Monday, October 15, 2018

Candid Moments with CFRR author Jean C. Gordon

Thanks for sending this great candid of you at your church book sale, Jean!

About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR?

JG: I participated as an author in the speed chat and signing at the 2016 Retreat. I was under deadline when the 2017 Retreat was announced and signed up too late to get a spot. I’m really looking forward to 2019.

Beth: I sat behind you in 2016! We're looking forward to having you back in 2019!

What part of CFRR are you most excited about?

JG: My favorite aspect of CFRR is the fellowship—meeting and really talking with readers and other Christian authors.

Beth: YES!

Just for fun...

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't yet?
JG: I have so many. I’d like to visit every state in the US. I’ve been to or through 35. I’m missing Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana in the south and Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, Alaska, and Hawaii in the west. But my one place is Prague, Czech Republic, where my paternal grandparents came from, preferably traveling there on a river cruise from Scotland, where my mother’s family came from.

Beth: Great travel goals! I adore the Pacific Northwest area of our country. A river cruise sounds fabulous!

What secret talents do you have?

JG: I once won a competition for who could balance a teaspoon balancing off the tip of their nose the longest. Also, this isn’t so secret among people who know me, but I can create a spreadsheet, with formulas, for almost any purpose.

Beth: Balance and spreadsheet skills?! You are a force to be reckoned with!

About reading...

What's your favorite genre to read? 

JG: Historical fiction—romance and nonromance—is my favorite genre.

Beth: Historical fiction is my first love.

When reading, do you block out the world around you or seek a quiet retreat?

JG: Definitely block out the world. I can and do read just about anywhere.

Beth: Me too! But you know, if a quiet retreat is available, sign me up!

How often do you pleasure-read?

JG: I read for pleasure every evening while “watching” television with my husband.

Beth: LOL! I "watched" a movie with my husband last night.

About writing...

How many books have you written? Published?

JG: I’ve written and published 17 books and two novellas. I’ll have another book and a novella out between now and the retreat.

Beth: Go, Jean! 

What genres do you write?

JG: I write inspirational and sweet contemporary romance. I did write and have one historical romance published. Please don’t look for it. It’s neither Christian nor that well-written.

Beth: You've found your happy place in contemporary romance!

What are you working on now? What is your next release?

JG: I’m working on a sweet romance, No Time for Apologies, for The No Brides Club series from Sweet Promise Press and a new inspirational romance proposal for Harlequin Love Inspired. My next release will be a novella, “Christmas Pizza to the Rescue,” in Sweet Christmas Kisses 5. It officially released September 25, 2018.

Beth: Busy, busy, busy!

Why do you think writing Christian fiction is important?

JG: From a personal “selfish” viewpoint, it’s important to me because I believe writing Christian and sweet romance gives me a way to use my talents for God’s purposes.

Beth: Not at all selfish! Use that gift! 

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

JG: While not really writing habits, I find I get the best ideas and solutions to story problems in the bathtub and driving by myself in the car.

Beth: Ah, that makes sense! It's quiet enough to hear yourself think!

Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd?

JG: I’m just as comfortable with either, but a lot more productive working in solitude, which can be at my desk at home, in a cubical at the library, in the car waiting for our grandson to get out of swim practice, at a table at the bowling alley waiting for our son if I’m picking him up from bowling league, or any place else where I’m not surrounded by people I know. But, maybe because I write full-time at home now, get me in a room with other writer/friends, ostensibly to group write, and I’d much rather visit.

Beth: Yes! Work among a crowd by necessity, work alone to really get stuff done! 

About the author...

For Amazon Bestselling inspirational and sweet romance author Jean C. Gordon, writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native small-town Upstate New York, where she sets her books.

They share a 175-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.

A founding member of the Capital Region Romance Writers (Albany, NY), Jean currently serves as membership chair. She’s also a member of the Romance Writers of America and its Faith, Hope and Love Chapter, the American Christian Fiction Writers, and Novelists, Inc.

Say "hi" to Jean in the comments and let's chat in the comments about some of the moments we've enjoyed with her here and in her stories!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Candid Moments with CFRR author Amber Lynn Perry

Thank you for providing such a great candid photo!
About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR?
ALP: I haven’t yet, but I’m so excited to be part of it for 2019!
Rachel: I can't believe we live in the same region, but will be meeting you in D.C.!!! Haha!
What part of CFRR are you most excited about?
ALP: I’m just so excited to meet everyone! I feel as much a reader-fan as I do a writer. Can’t wait to meet and fan-girl with everyone else. 😉💜
Rachel: Oh there will be plenty freaking out and flailing about for sure! Are you a hugger?
ALP: I can be. 😉
Rachel: Ok good! Haha!
Just for fun...
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
ALP: I haven’t been to Italy and I would LOVE to go there. I studied Italian history and art extensively in college but I have never actually traveled there, can you believe it?!
Rachel: Oh I would LOVE to visit Italy too!!! If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?
ALP: I loooove me some Australian and Irish accents. Can’t do either very well but I do a killer Spanish accent, though. LOL
Rachel: All of the above please! Hehe! If you were a spy, what would your code name be?
ALP: Miss Prism. <3
Rachel: Oooooooh I love that!

About reading...

What's your favorite genre to read?
ALP: Historical romance. Bar none.
Rachel: I second that! When reading, do you block out the world around you or seek a quiet retreat?
ALP: I can block out the world pretty well, but quiet is sooooo very nice.
Rachel: Getting lost in a book is so easy for me....especially with noise cancelling headphones on. HAHA! Describe your favorite reading spot.
ALP: Picture a big fluffy chair next to a window with a little table for my cinnamon roll, still hot from the oven. Rain is flicking the glass, and there’s a fire crackling in the fireplace. Pure. Heaven. That rarely happens for me though, since it never rains where I live. Cry for me. LOL
Rachel: I think we get more rain than you, but it hasn't rained all.summer. How often do you pleasure-read?
ALP: Not often enough.
Rachel: This makes me sad for you!

About writing...

How many books have you written?
ALP: Right now, 4 novels and 1 novella. By the time CFRR rolls around, I hope to have even more!
What genres do you write?
ALP: Historical Romance
What is your next release?
ALP: Currently working on my 5th novel in my Daughters of His Kingdom Series, titled: So Bright a Hope. Slated to release in Dec of this year!
Rachel: Eeeeep! The covers of all your books are STUNNING!!!! I can't wait to read this one! Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
ALP: LOL! No, but I ALWAYS write in my bed. I never write at a desk.
Rachel: Ok, that is strange.... What part of the publishing/writing process do you most struggle with? Which aspect is most natural for you?
ALP: Marketing is my nemesis. I get hives just thinking about it. As for what comes natural, I don’t know really. Probably just my love of creativity and imagining stuff. (So eloquent right? But really, a writer needs a good imagination so...HAHA!)
Rachel: I love this so much! Eeeeep marketing....SHUDDER... Are you more comfortable working in solitude or among a crowd?
ALP: I prefer solitude fo sho. LOL But I actually do bring my laptop to places when I know I need to get my word count in, etc.
Rachel: I admire you! I've got to get out of the house every once in awhile to focus lol!

I LOVED chatting with you today Amber! Thanks for sharing!

About the author...
A Pacific Northwest native, Amber Lynn Perry lives in Washington state with her husband and two daughters. She studied humanities at Portland State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree focused on art history. As a homeschooling mom, Amber spends much of her time teaching everything from Shakespeare to science.

When she isn’t crafting with her kids, making dinner or driving to dance classes, Amber is either reading or writing about her favorite time in American history. The Revolutionary era has captured her imagination from the time she was in middle school. Through her books, Amber hopes to not only give readers a glimpse into the past, but to instill in them a lasting love of liberty.

Say "hi" to Amber Lynn Perry in the comments and let's chat about some of the moments we've enjoyed with her and her stories!