Book Title: Journey to Omwana – A Christian Novel
Book Price: $2.99 as an e-book
Where is your book available? Anywhere e-books are sold: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Borders, Diesel, Sony, i-Tunes
How would you describe your book? An intense romance set in the remote jungles of Venezuela. This novel deals with the serious side of our commitment to God and to the person we choose to marry.
Do you have a favorite character? Yes, I love Jake’s mom. She’s this crusty character who has pioneered a mission under extremely difficult circumstances and is now battling a life-threatening disease. I love her tenacious way of tackling any difficulty. When I wrote it, I wished I could be mentored by someone like her.
What gave you a passion for writing Christian Romance novels? I wanted to write the kind of novels I’d like to read. I love wholesome romances, and they are so hard to find. So I had to write one to get what I was looking for.
Where do you get your ideas from? At the time I wrote this novel, our church had a partnership with a church in Venezuela, so I was learning a lot about the culture. I also read this amazing book about missionaries who pioneered a Christian mission in the jungles there. It made me think a lot about the challenges and rewards of such a venture, which led to this book. But, of course, every story is more interesting if it centers around a romance!
How has your experience been with self-publishing? It has been great! I sent my novels out from time to time and they would get a lot of interest, but would never make it through the final stage of approval. I always felt one editor liked them and one didn’t, and the one who didn’t had more seniority. I’d asked people in my writers group and friends to read my novels, and they liked them a lot, so I knew they had merit. I was sure there was an audience for my books. I just needed to find them. And with e-publishing, the initial cost is quite low, which is what I needed.
Do you have any advice for up and coming authors? Join a writers group and take their comments and critiques seriously. Develop a tough skin and keep trying to improve your writing. If you can’t get the attention of a publisher, consider self-publishing an e-book. It’s much lower cost than hard copies and easier to market.