Friday, March 27, 2015

Fabulous Friday Feature- Hannah Conway-He Dared Me to Ask




Today we welcome author: 
Hannah Conway

To win a copy
of Hannah's release:
The Wounded Warrior's Wife


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to see how to get your copy.



Mary Vee here. Hanna and I wrote back and forth a few times before we settled on this visit. In this time I saw what a devoted person she is to God's calling.   

I asked Hannah to join us and share how God has led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said:



He Dared Me to Ask


The Young Author award. Anyone remember those from elementary school? I’m not sure what stories I wrote during my formative years, but they put three young-author-genie lamp-trophies on my shelf, and for an eight year old, it didn’t get much better than that.

Since I can remember, I’ve written stories, and imagined countless more. It’s something I love. I see stories everywhere bubbling up from history books, a biography, random artifacts at an antique store, or a conversation with a cashier. Some have never made it to paper, but play in my mind like a movie, perhaps waiting to debut in print. My own life can be a story. Confession:  I mentally narrate real-life events as they happen.

“Hannah reached for the pantry handle. Her stomach grumbled. Grr. Snack-time, but the children played close by. She sighed, shoulders sinking. If only a way existed for her to eat that sugary sweet without being spotted—caught in the clutches of little toddler fingers begging for a bite.”


That is funny, Hannah!

Ha. Yes, I, for real, narrate things in my head. Odd? I admit it’s strange, but true. 

God put this love of writing, and stories inside me. They have to come out, because to keep them in would be to tell Him no, and telling God, no, never pans out well. Anyone else have to learn the hard way?

I never intended to become an author. I mean, that would be awesome, but who can make a living at it? Why pray for a career so improbable anyway? Besides, I’m no Karen Kingsbury. Teaching was a safe bet. Telling stories to my two children, friends, and students in the classroom suited me fine, but I still had a desire—a dream.

Stories kept coming. Life got real. Ever experienced an event that rocked your world? Yeah, me too. My husband, an infantry soldier at the time, struggled with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Our marriage and faith was tested and stretched beyond anything I ever imagined. The need to write, pursue a dream to be an author cried louder during this time of personal turmoil.

“Not now, God.” I’d soak in the bath tub and talk to Him. “Life’s a mess.”

God won, and I wrote. What a therapeutic experience. Out of much effort, groaning, and coffee, a story came forth. I wasn’t sure what to do with it. 

God said, “Ask me.”

"To be an author? For publication? What are the odds of that ever happening?” My stomach turned. Flipped. He dared me to ask. “What if I get rejection letters? What if no one reads it, or what if they read it and then hate it?” Oh the horror!

He asked me to ask for the impossible. Isn’t that what He wants us to do –ask for the things that only He can do?

Oh, the rejection letters came. Some nicer than others. All said, “Great story. Learn to write.” Nice. Thanks. So, I took their advice. I read books in my genre, other genres, countless books on writing fiction, joined ACFW, a critique group, and doors began to open. 

During this time of learning to write, God gave me (and my husband, when available), a speaking ministry on Marriage, Military, and PTSD. We’d been speaking for about a year, when in the spring of 2014, through a chance meeting online, I bumped into Hallee Bridgeman of Olivia Kimbrell Press. After spending time with Hallee, and sharing my story, I was asked to submit my novel to their press. 

Not long after, I signed with Olivia Kimbrell Press, and in September of 2014, The Wounded Warrior’s Wife, a novel, came to life. It attended every single speaking event with me, and has since resulted in numerous message from readers across the nation relating to the marital struggle of the lead characters, Whitleigh and Collier Cromwell. Wedding a Warrior, the novella prequel and free eBook, released in January of this year. 

Wow. Talk about God’s timing.

When God opens a door, sometimes we fly through it. And I’m flying on this new, fast-paced, nothing short of an answered prayer and exciting journey—still a young author. I’m learning as I go, but one lesson I pray sticks, is to continue to ask God for the impossible. I encourage you to do the same.

Ask Him. I dare you.


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Hannah Conway, a Kentucky native, Army Wife, Stay at Home Mother of two, Author and Speaker, lives in Clarksville, TN near Fort Campbell, KY with her family. Hannah holds a BA in History from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers.




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The Wounded Warrior’s Wife

Battles Raging Within Are The Ones You Must Fight To Win


Army wife, Whitleigh Cromwell, struggles after an unexpected deployment during the height of the Iraqi war sends her husband, Collier Cromwell, away for another year. Their lives tumble down a path marked with strife, and fatalities, crippling their faith when Collier brings home a war of another kind leaving Whitleigh wondering if some wounds are beyond God’s ability to restore.

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Whitleigh Haynes wrestles with the boundaries of her limited faith after an unexpected marriage proposal leaves her wondering what to say to longtime boyfriend, Collier Cromwell, now Army soldier, who’s asking her to leave everything she’s ever known, loved, and planned.


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12 comments:

  1. This sounds like an interesting read. I downloaded wedding a warrior as well. I am the wife of a retired military man so I can appreciate the struggles that marriages have with PTSD. Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway! I follow your blog, Mary.

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    1. Loraine,
      I am so glad you stopped by today and am proud of you for working through your own situation. I am thankful for your husband's service, but have seen with my dad, brother, and husband, that service can bring home some trying times. They need our love like we need God's love. Thank you for all your efforts, Loraine.

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    2. Hi Loraine! Thank you for stopping by. :) It's always nice to meet other military wives...we can relate without ever having to say a word. Thank you for sticking through the tough times...I'm convinced this makes not only a positive generational impact for families, but also, a Kingdom impact. Many Blessings!!! I hope you enjoy Wedding a Warrior! :)

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  2. Enjoyed reading Wedding A Warrior and looking forward to readIng The Wounded Warriors's Wife. redeemed1ru@comcast.net

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    1. Welcome Ann,
      I'm so glad I was able to meet you and chat with you today. Thank you for downloading and reading Hannah's book Wedding a Warrior. This is such an important topic, don't you think? And having this message in story form really helps us to better understand.
      Hope to see you again.

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    2. Hi Ann! It's very nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping by. :) I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed Wedding a Warrior, and I pray you will enjoy The Wounded Warrior's Wife as well! Many Blessings to you!! :)

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  3. Thanks Mary. And hello to Hannah. This sounds like a good book. None of the servicemen that I knew had all of these mental problems that they have so many of. My oldest brother and two brothers-in-law served in that big war. Also cousins, an uncle, and a lot of close family friends. All came home except two of the friends. But the family that lost them had two others who made it home. I also had a step-son in the Iraq war. I would be happy to win your book. Thanks for a chance. I am a follower of this blog. He was in the communications group. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. :) Thanks for writing and stopping in! :) You know, I never expected my husband to return from Iraq any different than when he left...it was a shocker, for sure. I've been even more shocked and awed by Vietnam Veterans, Korean War Vets, and even WWII Vets who come up to me after I've spoken at conferences, and confess they still struggle with their war. My husband and I have been blessed by the support of these Veterans, our Christian friends and family, and dear readers like yourself who stand by those who have served and are serving. :) Thank you! :) And Many Blessings!

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    2. Hi Maxi!
      So nice to see you today. Like Hannah says, one of the biggest helps that vets have is each other. They've gone through the same basic experience and can say the right words that comfort. I think this is true for any rough experience. Thats why sharing is so very important.

      Thanks for chatting with us today, Maxie. Hope you have an awesome day!

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  4. I am married to a retired Marine who struggles with PTSD. Thank you for your willingness to minister to those affected by this disorder and their families. I look forward to reading your books. I follow your blog and I receive your email updates.
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    1. Melissa,
      This post has touched the heart of several readers. I'm so glad you were able to come today and be a part of our chat. Hopefully this story will bring comfort to you. Blessings.

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    2. Hi Melissa! Thank you for stopping in! I appreciate your willingness to share a part of your story with us...PTSD is quite a journey. For the longest time it was not talked about, but I'm seeing a shift and I do believe people being willing to step forward, like yourself, and identify with the issue is a vital part in the healing process. Many blessings to you and your husband!!

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