Friday, December 4, 2015

Fabulous Feature: Lenora Worth, Writing With A Faith Element





Today we welcome author:
Lenora Worth

One commenter will win a copy of
Lenora's book:

 Her Holiday Protector
and a second commenter will win 
Cowboy Who Came for Christmas

Scroll down to see how.



Mary here. I'm so happy to welcome Lenora to Let's Talk this weekend. What I appreciate the most about her post is the sense of discovery. Not everyone can jump in to a career and take off. In fact most of us don't. We need time to figure things out, see which path to take, etc. Wow, Lenora's post is perfect for us! I asked Lenora to tell us how God led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said: 


Writing With A Faith Element

I realized I wanted to be a writer in the fourth grade. My class was assigned a writing project and I dived right in and gleefully put together a short story and some poems. My stern teacher told me I had potential but made me edit out “All That Jazz” from the cover!

After that, I wrote all the time—short stories, poems, essays, letters to friends, newspaper articles. I got married and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. A friend there gave me some romance novels to read. I thought, “I want to write one of these.”

But I didn’t feel comfortable writing too graphic or steamy. My rejection letters said my work was too “traditional”.

I moved to Louisiana and joined a local writers group affiliated with RWA. At one meeting the speaker talked about “inspirational” romance. I didn’t even know what that was but when she explained it allowed the writer to add a faith element, my heart got all warm and I turned to the person next to me and whispered, “I think this is what I want to write.”

Fast-forward a few years. I’d published three books with Avalon and a couple with another publisher, but I still wanted to write inspirational. Back then, the inspirational market hadn’t taken off. But I had an agent who listened and when she heard that Harlequin was opening a new inspirational line, she remembered that I wanted to write this type of story.

She somehow managed to get me an appointment with the editor when there were no appointments left (at the RWA conference). I pitched an idea that had come to me about a week before that. My first Love Inspired “The Wedding Quilt” was published in 1997. I’ve been writing for Love Inspired since then.

Looking back, I can see God’s hand in my journey. I prayed for the opportunity to write sweet, wholesome stories with a faith thread. God heard my prayers.

Even after 65 books, each time I sit down to start a new story, I ask God to help me.


I appreciate all my writer friends and I don’t judge what others choose to write, but I am so blessed that I have a career that allows me to write books that reflect my faith. I love my readers and I love what I do. I’m thankful!

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Lenora Worth writes award-winning romance and romantic suspense for Love Inspired and also writes for Tule, Zondervan and Redbud Press. Three of her books finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards and several of her books have been Romantic Times Book Reviewer’s Choice finalists. “Logan’s Child” won the 1998 Best Love Inspired for RomanticTimes. Her Love Inspired Suspense “Body of Evidence” became a NY Times Bestseller. Her novella in Mistletoe Kisses, along with several other writers, also made her a USA Today Bestselling author. 

With sixty books published and millions of books in print, she goes on adventures with her retired husband, Don. They have two grown children. Lenora enjoys reading, baking and shopping … especially shoe shopping.



Lenora loves to connect with readers. You can find her at her:
  
Website
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Her Holiday Protector

While Investigating a murder at Rikki Allen's house, detective Blain Kent realizes the victim looks a lot like Rikki. Could the secretive widow have been the target? When the killer comes after Rikki at a safe location, Blain finally gets the truth out of her: she's the daughter of Franco Alvanetti--the notorious crime kingpin. A by-the-book former marine, Blain has made it his life mission to put the Alvanetti family out of business. Yet he has to trust Rikki to protect her from a killer who wants her dead by Christmas.



Cowboy Who Came for Christmas
Nothing stands between ranger Adan Harrison and justice. Guided by his principles, swayed by no one, he'll do anything to protect the law. Even if it means tracking a suspect through a winter storm to quirky Crescent Mountain, Arkansas. But Sophie Mitchell, a woman with secrets in her heart and a shotgun in her hands, stops him cold.
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Enter the contest to win a copy of Lenora's book:
Her Holiday Protector
or
The Cowboy Who Came for Christmas

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Thank you, Lenora, for joining us this weekend!

We enjoy chatting with you, Reader, and look forward to reading your comments and questions. Or at least your hi, hello, or hey.


Thanks for stopping by!


Don't forget to comment!

30 comments:

  1. A lovely post thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Good morning, Mary. We are the early risers today. Did you see the sun come up, too? I'm so glad you stopped by. The rest of the gang should be arriving after breakfast. In the mean time you, Lenora, and I can chat. What is it that draws you to faith-based books?

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    2. Hi to both Mary's!! So good to be here!!

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  3. Good morning Mary and Lenora. Lenora, I enjoyed reading how your writing career evolved and I so appreciate you and all of your fellow authors who choose to write for the inspirational market. I have been an avid reader from the time I learned how and I have read many kinds of books but as my faith has deepened (and my age increased!), I find myself wanting to read entertaining fiction that also uplifts. As a former librarian, I watched our Inspirational Fiction collection explode because so many others feel the same. I wish you continued success.

    Mary, thank you again for an excellent interview and a great giveaway.

    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950 (at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Connie,
      I love your word explode. What an encouraging word for today's writers. We have these stories inside heating up like popcorn and ready to burst out to the readers...and to know there are readers ready to read these stories...well, the thought just makes our day. I 'm so glad you stopped by and shared this wonderful comment for Lenora and me. You are a blessing.

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    2. Thank you. Connie. We love our readers. So glad you stopped by!

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  4. Your writing career story is inspirational to me. I have some rough drafts of my own. The crime mystery adds an interesting twist. Can't wait to read.

    Linda
    lbuice@stny. rr.com

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    1. I'm so glad you visited with Lenora and me today. To say Lenora's post inspired you is to say so very much. I hope you find the time to dig into those rough drafts and find the words to complete those stories. Reading other stories are a great help in creating your own stories, too. May God bless you and continue to inspire you to write the stories in your heart.

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  5. Your writing career story is inspirational to me. I have some rough drafts of my own. The crime mystery adds an interesting twist. Can't wait to read.

    Linda
    lbuice@stny. rr.com

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    1. Thanks, Linda!! I hope you will be able to read some of my books.

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  6. I love to read and I much prefer to read something that is uplifting. Thank you for the chance to win one of these books.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. Hi Susan,
      Haven't seen you in a spell. So glad you're back. I have to agree with you about reading stories that are uplifting. These stories take us to interesting places and let us walk with others who experience what we feel. I hope you enjoy Lenora's books.

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  7. Oh these both sound so good!! Can't wait to read them!

    alander87 at allcom dot net

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    1. Hey Abby,
      How you doing?
      I have to agree with you that the description of these books are very inviting. I hope they get to be on your to be read stand soon. Thanks so much for joining our chat today. Loved seeing you.

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  9. Both of these books sound fantastic, especially "Cowboy Who Came For Christmas," since my home state is Arkansas! I will definitely be checking them out.
    imaclogger23 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hope you get a chance to read it, Kim!

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    2. Kim,
      Great to see you again! Yes, these both sound like good stories. I'm glad to see the one book caught your interest. Isn't it fun to meet authors who write stories that have characters from places you know? So glad you joined us today.

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    1. One simple word says it all! So nice to see you, Kim!! Glad you came.

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  11. I so enjoy these interviews and giveaways redeemed1ru (at) comcast (dot) com

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    1. I do, too, Ann. I also enjoying spending time with and chatting with the readers who stop by. Sure hope you're having a happy holiday season. I love this transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas, don't you?

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  12. Hi Lenora & Mary! Your new LIS books sounds like a winner (well all of them are!). I enjoyed the author interview, thanks for sharing today!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com
    Mary, I am subscribed & receive your newsletter! :-)

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    1. Happy advent to you, Trixi. So nice to see you. I actually was still up at midnight. Had I been online we could have chatted back and forth. Guess we'll have to chat today.

      I don't know if readers know that LIS has a formula for authors to follow. Authors are expected to provide certain ingredients at certain times. As you have seen by reading LIS books it is a winning formula. Oh, and the folks who work at LIS are incredibly helpful to authors, guiding them to a best product. Wow! I tell yah, no wonder everyone likes LIS books. They are great stories that are produced with care. So, there yah go, Lenora's books are guaranteed good stories. Her writing + LIS staff.

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    2. Well, hello Mary! It was only 9pm in my neck of the woods, I could never make it to midnight myself...lol! I wasn't aware of a formula, but it does make sense. It certainly works on every one I've read, this is why they are my go-to reads! I kid you not when I say that I probably have over 200 on my shelf...all genres! My top two favorite of the line are the LIH and LIS, they vie for first place :-) I always have a hard time deciding which one of them to read next, it depends on my mood at that moment! I have many "favorite" authors, Lenora being one of them. So I am excited that you are featuring her newest book here, sounds like a thrill ride :-) I'd certainly like to add this to all the other LI titles I have on my shelf, can never have too many books now can you? ;-)

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    3. Totally. I just looked at my stack and got after myself for not getting more read.There are so many awesome stories waiting for me. I need to get busy. Maybe take a car ride to get away from distractions and dive into these characters. I am so with you, Trixi.

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