Friday, February 23, 2018

INTERVIEW WITH COLLEEN SCOTT



Colleen Scott resides in Marysville, Ohio with her husband, four children, two cats and one Border Collie. She enjoys reading, writing, walking, and spending time with her family and friends. She is active in both her church and two home school groups. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Light Brigade (An online writing accountability group). Colleen loves connecting with her readers, and you can find out more information about her books by stopping by her website: www.colleenscottfiction.com



Interview

What do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies?

When I’m not writing, I’m usually hanging out with my family. My mom recently came to live with us, and that has been such a huge blessing to our family. As far as hobbies, I love going for long walks with my dog, Tucker. I also am a huge Cleveland Indians fan.

What was your favorite book as a teen or child?
           
My favorite book as a child was Charlotte’s Web. As an adult, my favorite book is The Atonement Child, by Francine Rivers.

What genre did you start out writing? Have you changed course? Why or why not?
           
I started out writing suspense, and I’ve not changed courses. Writing a novel takes a lot of work, and I found that writing in the genre I enjoy reading helps get me through the rough spots.

What is the most important thing you’d like readers to take away from your books?
           
I’m so very thankful for readers who take time out of their busy lives to read my book. (Book #2 is in progress) I feel it’s an honor to write fiction that draws the reader closer to the Lord. As my book relates to the value of life, it would also be a huge blessing if after finishing Misconceptions the reader realized how very precious and valuable each human life is.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors?
           
Enjoy the journey. Enjoy the successes and set-backs. Each rejection brings you one step closer to publication. Read a lot, write and rewrite, and find some writing friends who can help you out along the way. Then look forward to the day when you can give someone a hand up.


MISCONCEPTIONS: A Suspense Novel (Missteps Book 1)

It’s mysterious. And she’s too curious.

In this pro-life Christian romantic suspense novel, it’s the near future. Dominique, an investigative TV news reporter, is sent to solve the mystery: why the birthrate in the United States has dropped precipitously … everywhere except a few small pockets. Undercover at an Ohio hospital, she sidesteps oddly incompetent police and finds herself in a stew of kidnappings and murder threats.

Her investigation takes a radical turn when she meets Dr. Joseph Armstrong. His attention makes her heart flutter, but his theory about the birthrate decline makes her heart stutter. It’s too strange to even consider, but it’s her only lead. Is it romance, or a mismatch?

Dominique follows the trail into the dangerous underworld of black-market adoptions as Joe and his family are unwittingly drawn into the web of deceit and murder. And when the truth comes out, more than just her story is on the line.
 


Leave a comment, along with your contact information, and you could win a copy of MISCONCEPTIONS! (U.S. only, please) 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Where the bears and dollies might lead....

Do you ever look back through the years to your childhood and remember little things that hinted at what you would become in the future?  Or, see those small signs in your children? What fun it is, to look back at the way those gifts, talents and interests develop in one’s children.

This morning I’m thinking about our daughter Emily, who at three would line up her bears and dollies on the sofa, and then tell them long, complex stories. By four she figured out that a live audience was better, so she would make “tickets” and have her brothers, dad and I on that sofa, and her stories got longer and longer.  I recall needing to repeatedly grab one boy or the other and rope them back into staying put through her performances.  J

Turns out (no big surprise) that Emily grew to love reading, and has loved writing since, well, she learned to write.  When she was old enough, I started taking her with me to regional and national writing conferences, which were such fun!  Those shared mother-daughter experiences of travel, taking workshops and all of the long, late night discussions with other authors have been such a special part of my life, and of hers, too, I hope.  What are some of the memorable experiences you recall with your mom, or with your kids?

Emily (now Emily Vasquez) ended up with a Masters in English and Special Ed, and has finished three full manuscripts. I pray she keeps at it, finds success in the future with her writing career, and that she finds as much joy in writing as I have over the years.  

And in the meantime, she has become an independent content/developmental editor. So you just never know where stories told to the bears and dollies will lead!


I would LOVE to hear about how you might have followed your own, early interests to something you enjoy as an adult....or how you've seen your children's interests develop as they've grown.   

Anyone leaving a comment will be in a drawing for an e-copy of MURDER AT GRANITE FALLS.

Blessings, Roxanne Rustand


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

HOT NEW INSPY SUSPENSE!


THE SHROUD CONSPIRACY
John Heubusch
Howard Books

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Jon Bondurant is determined to decisively prove that the Shroud of Turin is a fake and soon discovers just the opposite. When a blood sample from the fabric disappears from his lab, Bondurant must recover it before evil forces attempt to use DNA to clone Jesus and manipulate the second coming. 



















Monday, February 19, 2018

THIS WEEK ON THE SUSPENSE SISTERS!




We’re planning another great week on the Suspense Sisters. Check out our posts, our interviews, and our awesome giveaways!

THIS WEEK:




On Tuesday Mary Ellis will share What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery.

Wednesday, we’ll hear from Suspense Sister, Roxanne Rustand. She’ll share what it’s like to write with her daughter and her niece in a great column titled: ALL IN THE FAMILY. Roxanne will give away an eBook copy of her book, GRANITE FALLS.


On Friday, we’re interviewing Colleen Scott. She’s giving away a copy of her new book, MISCONCEPTIONS!  

MISCONCEPTIONS: A Suspense Novel (Missteps Book 1)

It’s mysterious. And she’s too curious.
In this pro-life Christian romantic suspense novel, it’s the near future. Dominique, an investigative TV news reporter, is sent to solve the mystery: why the birthrate in the United States has dropped precipitously … everywhere except a few small pockets. Undercover at an Ohio hospital, she sidesteps oddly incompetent police and finds herself in a stew of kidnappings and murder threats.

Her investigation takes a radical turn when she meets Dr. Joseph Armstrong. His attention makes her heart flutter, but his theory about the birthrate decline makes her heart stutter. It’s too strange to even consider, but it’s her only lead. Is it romance, or a mismatch?

Dominique follows the trail into the dangerous underworld of black-market adoptions as Joe and his family are unwittingly drawn into the web of deceit and murder. And when the truth comes out, more than just her story is on the line.

“Colleen Scott has crafted a riveting story that pulls you in from the first page and leaves you hungry for more.” – Christy-Award-winning author Tom Pawlik.

“In her debut novel, Colleen Scott takes readers on a gripping ride through a world desperately broken by infertility, a brutal baby snatching ring, and enough personal sin to sink a city. Numerous plot twists combined with truth-seeking, likeable characters make “Misconceptions” a page-turner readers will enjoy—and think about later. --Linda J. White, award-winning author of FBI thrillers including Seeds of Evidence.

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