Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Delia Latham {Writer Wednesday} + GIVEAWAY

Last week's winner of one of Yvonne Anderson's novels from Gateway to Gannah is...

Sally Davidson

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A little bit about Delia...

Delia Latham is a born-and-bred California gal, raised in a place called Weedpatch and currently living in the lovely mountain town of Tehachapi with her husband, Johnny. She enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She has a "thing" for Dr. Pepper, and loves to hear from her readers. Contact her through her website or send an e-mail to delia@delialatham.net.
How to connect with Delia...

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Author RE:Interview - Getting to know you again 
| Delia Latham 

You and Writing

Who is one of your favorite authors and why?
...It’s hard to choose just one. :) Karen Kingsbury is a current favorite, but I also love Vickie McDonough, Mary Conneally, Cathy Hakes, and a whole slew of wonderful authors who share my publisher, Pelican Book Group.

What is one book or resource you would recommend to other writers? Why?
...Jill Elizabeth Nelson’s Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View. It’s short – in fact, Jill calls it a “handbook.” But it opened my eyes to Deep POV, and changed my writing.

How do you balance your time between writing and other actives? Any helpful tips, tricks, or suggestions?
...I keep trying different things, none of which have proven entirely successful just yet. If you have the perfect answer to this one, please please let me in on it! :)

Your Writing

Tell us a little bit about your book:

...JINGLE BELLE is (in case anyone wondered…lol) a Christmas release. It’s actually the December offering from Pelican Book Group’s Pure Amore Romance: Annual Book of the Month Subscription Club. Pure Amore books promote chastity before marriage, without being preachy or employing literary “tunnel vision.” They’re highly entertaining, sweet romance novels that readers of any age will love, and which we pray will also make young people think before throwing away the precious gift of virginity too soon. They’re available exclusively through the book club, and subscribers receive not only the twelve books included in the subscription, but a bunch of great FREEBIES, whose value nearly matches the subscription price. It’s a great deal.

Here’s a blurb from JINGLE BELLE:
Jingle Belle Knowles is excited about the opportunity to write a Christmas jingle for a new restaurant in Pohono, Oklahoma—until she meets the company’s cocky PR man. Despite an immediate personality clash with much-too-handsome Italian Nick Santini, Belle finds herself irresistibly and unacceptably drawn to her insufferable client.

Nick isn’t pleased about working with the dangerously lovely jingle writer. But with a grand opening date just two weeks before Christmas, he and his brother need something to draw shoppers off the streets and into their Tuscan-themed restaurant. Given Belle's sterling reputation, Nick makes up his mind to grit his teeth and get through the project.

They’re both adults. They’re both Christians. They’re both determined to make the project a success. But when a passionate, self-assured, hard-headed Italian butts heads with a stubborn, auburn-haired, confident Irish spit-fire…the results could make for a highly chaotic Christmas season.

Who is your favorite character and why?
...Well, I always love the hero and heroine, so how about I skip them, since the blurb gives a pretty good idea of who they are?

...Belle’s mom was a fun character to write. She didn’t have a huge “part” in the story, but she had a huge impact on Belle’s actions and reactions. She’s a real prayer warrior, and Belle depends on her mother’s spiritual wisdom more than even she realizes at first.


What is one take-away from your book that you hope readers identify with?
...Very simply, that prayer changes things. But in order to pray with any kind of confidence, you have to trust that God is in control and He knows what He’s doing in your life.

You

Favorite writing snack:
...Dr. Pepper. Favorite writing drink? Dr. Pepper. :) I really don’t do a lot of snacking while I write. I never understood how people do that…aren’t your fingers busy on the keyboard? Mine are! But I don’t do much of anything without a Dr. Pepper at hand.

Book you’re reading right now:
...I just finished Karen Kingsbury’s Even Now and Everafter. Wonderful!

If you could go anywhere in the world for one month (for free) where would it be and why?
...Ireland and/or New Zealand. My mother had Irish roots, and I’ve always wanted to go there. But I fell in love with the opening scene in Lord of the Rings, and now New Zealand is also a travel goal. Everybody needs a dream, right? :)



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Just realized you live in Tehachapi when I read your bio again! One of my best friends lives there with her husband - it's such a small world :) And I love that you're honest about the struggle to balance the writing life and...real life! I face the same challenges. And great choice for your destination - I think both places sound amazing.