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BLOGWORDS – Monday 22 July 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – ELIZABETH MADDREY – GIVEAWAY WINNER

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – ELIZABETH MADDREY – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

TRACY URSCHLER

Elizabeth will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Elizabeth Maddrey is a semi-reformed computer geek and homeschooling mother of two who lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace on their way to their own romantic happily ever after.

 

http://www.ElizabethMaddrey.com

http://www.Facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

http://www.instagram.com/ElizabethMaddrey

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/elizabeth-maddrey

https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Maddrey/e/B00A11QGME/

 

 

GIVEAWAY

One winner will win their choice of one of Elizabeth’s e-books.

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Face, Guest Post, Elizabeth Maddrey, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 15 July 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – ELIZABETH MADDREY

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – ELIZABETH MADDREY

 

Indie vs Trad Publishing

 

When I first started seriously considering publication, the popularity of indie publishing was just starting to rise. People still laughed scornfully if you mentioned the idea of self-publishing, and the term “indie” had yet to take hold. The overwhelming majority in the writing world looked at self-publishing as the last resort of people who couldn’t let go of the idea of writing a book, even though they clearly lacked the talent to get a contract.

 

Thankfully, that mindset is mostly gone.

 

Oh sure, you’ll still find pockets of people who will insist that a traditional publishing contract is the only way to go, but they are not the only voices you’ll hear anymore.

 

The reality is that it’s a great time to be a writer. There are options available today that didn’t exist even ten years ago, so writers can think, research, and pray about the best path to publication. The one that is going to work best for them and their goals.

 

I’ve dabbled in both sides of the river.

 

My first six books were published with a small, traditional press. I wrote the book, they paid me royalties. Unlike with a larger publisher (one of the Big 5), I didn’t get an advance – smaller presses often don’t have the money for that – but I did get a higher royalty percentage. I was very happy with that situation, because the publisher handled the lion’s share of the marketing. I wanted to write. I wanted to be published. I did not want to wear all the business-oriented hats of book publishing.

 

After a time, unfortunately, the owner of the small press had serious problems in her personal life and the better choice for her safety and sanity was to close the business. I was sad, but I understood. I’d already gone the “try to get an agent” route with no success, and I wasn’t super excited about trying it again, so I decided to take the plunge and go completely indie.

 

I wish I could say I’ve never looked back, but I’ll be honest and admit that there are days when I wonder if I should dust off my query letter skills and try the traditional route again. Being an indie author can be hard. Mostly, it’s because indie authors wear all the hats.

 

And there are a lot of hats.

 

Obviously, the best hat is the author hat. (Well, at least, it’s my favorite one!) I love to write. I love to get lost in my stories as they work their way from my brain to my fingertips. Since I don’t do extensive plotting before I start writing, I love the surprises that come along as I discover the story. In an ideal world, that would be the only hat I’d ever put on.

 

But indie authors are not only authors, we’re publishers, too. This means I’m responsible for getting my story edited and formatted for publication. (Thankfully, there are wonderful editors out there who work with indies so we don’t also have to dig up an English degree somewhere. I tell anyone who’s interested in writing and going indie that a good editor is worth his or her weight in gold. Never skip the editing process!)

 

We’re also responsible for covers. When I was with my small press, I got a lot of input into my cover. Much more than I hear about being typical for a traditionally published author. So I was blessed there – and I was already somewhat familiar with the cover process. Still . . . wanna know a secret? I’m terrible at choosing what should be on the cover of my books. I honestly wish I could just send the book to someone who understands covers, they’d read it, and then they’d say, “Oh, of course, this is the best cover that could exist for the story inside!” Even though I hire a cover designer, and I adore my covers, getting from concept to final cover is always like running uphill backwards. While avoiding crocodiles. (Point being, it’s hard, and I sometimes envy trad authors who get to foist that off on someone else.)

 

The list of hats goes on: back cover copy? All up to me. Uploading to retailers? Me. Marketing plan? Me. Implementing the plan? Also me.

 

You get the idea.

 

The thing is, as hard as it is some days? I love it. And while sure, there are hats I wish I could pass along to someone else, there’s a lot of satisfaction that comes from knowing that win or lose, success or failure, I have no one to blame but me. And that, in my mind, is one of the best things about being indie – and it’s a sentiment shared by most of my fellow indie authors (at least the ones I know.)

 

I said earlier that it’s a great time to be a writer and I stand by that. But that also means it’s a fantastic time to be a reader. Indie publishing has opened up opportunities for people like me to release stories filled with realistic struggles in today’s world that, often, traditional publishers won’t touch. But these stories give us a peek into the life of a woman suffering from post-abortion trauma, like Lydia Brown in my book Wisdom to Know. Or twin sisters who, with their husbands, are struggling to conceive like in my Remnants series. And the list goes on and on. Indie authors have so much more freedom with their storylines, which means readers have the chance to be inspired and encouraged in new and exciting ways.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Maddrey is a semi-reformed computer geek and homeschooling mother of two who lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace on their way to their own romantic happily ever after.

 

http://www.ElizabethMaddrey.com

http://www.Facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

http://www.instagram.com/ElizabethMaddrey

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/elizabeth-maddrey

https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Maddrey/e/B00A11QGME/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6585434.Elizabeth_Maddrey

https://twitter.com/ElizabethMaddre

 

GIVEAWAY

Elizabeth is giving away one e-book, winner’s choice from her titles.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 15 July and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 22 July. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

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#Blogwords, New Week New Face, #NWNF, Guest Post and Giveaway, Elizabeth Maddrey

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 15 May 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– HOPE DEFERRED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK – HOPE DEFERRED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

 

NOTE: I read and reviewed this book in June of 2015. Ms. Maddrey has given the series new covers (aren’t they lovely!) and they are on sale today and tomorrow. (Faith Departed is free, Hope Deferred and Love Defined are $0.99)

 https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/review-blitz-week-hope-deferred/

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

 

THE BLURB

Can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?

June and July and their husbands have spent the last year trying to start a family and now they’re desperate for answers. As one couple works with specialists to see how medicine can help them conceive, the other must fight to save their marriage.

Will their deferred hope leave them heart sick, or start them on the path to the fulfillment of their dreams?

Book two in the Christian Women’s Fiction series, Hope Deferred continues the journey begun in Faith Departed. Get your copy today to walk along side these sisters and their husbands as they struggle to find a way to joy.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

Sisters June and July grew up like most little girls, anticipating the day they would become mommies. And like most little girls, they never thought about infertility.

Cold, hard reality is harsh, however, as both sisters face the unthinkable and strive to make the impossible happen. And as the cold, harsh reality sinks in, they both look at the options available to them. Though each of their journeys have been vastly different, the net result it the same: no babies. But can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?

One sister faces decisions that challenge her faith and her pro-life stand, while the other sister’s marriage is crumbling.

Ms. Maddrey addresses a topic that is not typical for fiction, at least in this reviewer’s experience. Infertility is not commonly accepted in conversation, let alone reading material. And yet, Ms. Maddrey has told a compelling story with compassion, her characters are real and genuine, their hearts splayed on every page. As I read the words of the story, I could feel the angst and the sense of defeat—and failure; does society not expect, as “most little girls” do, that women produce offspring?

This story ends neatly, with a happy resolution for both sisters, if not their first choice. It is a journey in faith, trusting Father’s will for our lives and being willing to see things differently, outside the proverbial box.

Hope Deferred is the second in Ms. Maddrey’s ‘Remnants’ series. I look forward to reading the others in this series, and any others Ms. Maddrey has or will write.

 

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Hope Deferred, Elizabeth Maddrey,  Remnants, Faith Departed, Love Defined

#elizabethmaddrey, #hopedeferred, #infertility, #adoption, #longingfulfilled

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 25 January 2019 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY SPECIAL EDITION – TUSCAN LEGACY – LUNA ROSA: BLUSHING MOON by ELIZABETH MADDREY

 

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LUNA ROSA: BLUSHING MOON by ELIZABETH MADDREY

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

She loves the spotlight, he prefers backstage. Can they still play love’s duet?

Nick Carter’s career as a piano tuner and teacher keeps him off-stage and allows him plenty of time to compose music he has no intention of ever publishing. Enter Louisiana Chalfant, the new symphony pianist who embodies the word diva. She’s exactly the kind of woman Nick has vowed to avoid, but when they’re cajoled into playing a duet he finds there’s more to her than he first thought.
Louisiana settles into her temporary role with the symphony in Washington, D.C., glad for the reprieve from touring professionally. She’s astonished to discover immense talent in the handsome man who keeps her piano in tune. Practicing for a duet at church gives her the perfect opportunity to get to know the real Nick.
As they play together, Nick and Louisiana develop a friendship that begins to morph into something more, but what happens when their diverging goals threaten to upstage their love?

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

Nick Carter’s career as a piano tuner and teacher keeps him off-stage and allows him plenty of time to compose music he has no intention of ever publishing.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Ms. Maddrey’s style drew me into the story from the first word.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Luna Rosa: Blushing Moon, Elizabeth Maddrey, Tuscan Legacy Book 2

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 13 October 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – OOPS

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – OOPS

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, now hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

  I missed it this week guys.

 

THE BLURB:    

 

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

 

GENRE:

 

STARS:

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 6 October 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – HOPE DEFERRED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – HOPE DEFERRED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, now hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

Can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?

June and July and their husbands have spent the last year trying to start a family and now they’re desperate for answers. As one couple works with specialists to see how medicine can help them conceive, the other must fight to save their marriage.

Will their deferred hope leave them heart sick, or start them on the path to the fulfillment of their dreams?

Book two in the Christian Women’s Fiction series, Hope Deferred continues the journey begun in Faith Departed. Get your copy today to walk along side these sisters and their husbands as they struggle to find a way to joy.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

“I’ve done all I can.” Dr. Strong tented her fingers.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

A tough subject not seen in fiction much, at least to this reader’s knowledge. I felt the agony and the angst of two sisters as they struggled with an issue I never dealt with. Well told and beautifully written.

 

GENRE:

Christian Fiction, Family Life

 

STARS:

Five

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Hope Deferred, Elizabeth Maddrey

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 22 August 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – THE LONG SHADOWS OF SUMMER RELEASE FEATURE – BOOK REVIEW – A HEART RESTORED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – A HEART RESTORED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

Who better to share your dating woes with than your best friend? Who better to compare online dating profiles with? And the dates as a result of online dating?

 

Lia Promise’s love life has been stagnant as yesterday’s IV. With no prospects in sight, Lia takes to online sites. And ropes her bestie in for the ride.

 

But Maverick Hoyt doesn’t feel the need-for-speed, and goes along to make Lia happy. That’s what best friends do, right?

 

As they compare notes, and with one bad date after another, will they realize true love has been right in front of them all along? Will they step aside from their own methods and take a look at the hand of God—and what He just might have been up to all along?

 

 

What a fun and adorable story! Watching the friendship between Lia and Maverick, I felt like I was at the next table at the diner, overhearing (not eavesdropping, never eavesdropping) their conversations. Each week as they commiserated, I could feel the frustration mounting. I wanted to punch more than one mouthy date in the nose, and I wanted to offer my shoulder to cry on. I sensed hearts turning and love blooming—and the resistance to it. I laughed as they laughed and watched, from my table in the corner, as love settled—over one of them.

 

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

 

 

 

http://www.elizabethmaddrey.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey/

https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Maddrey/e/B00A11QGME/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_5

https://twitter.com/elizabethmaddre

                                                

 

 

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Author Interview – ELIZABETH MADDREY

 

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Chat Thursday – Elizabeth Maddrey

 

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I’d like to give a big welcome to Elizabeth Maddrey to my blog.  Elizabeth, pull up a chair and let’s have a spot of tea, shall we.

 

rem:  Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

ELIZABETH:  Let’s see, I’m a wife and mom. We homeschool, which either makes us cool or crazy, depending on who you ask (I think we fall somewhere in between on most days.) I was raised in Northern New Mexico and Northern Virginia and, after some detours for college and hubby’s brief stint in the Army, we’re back in Northern Virginia right now.

rem:  Seems I have an inordinate number of friends in Virginia and West Virginia! LOL Tell us three things about yourself.

ELIZABETH:

  1. I love archery (and I’m good at it.) (But I don’t kill living things.)
  2. I have a PhD in computer science that I finished just in time to quit my day job, stay home with kids, and write books. But I still love computers.
  3. Growing up, all the growth projections said I’d end up around 5’10” or 5’11. I’m 5’4”. But I really wish I was tall.

 

rem:  I’m fascinated with archery; I’ve built computers and I’m aces on used end, but never quite got the techie stuff; and I’ve got the opposite problem—I’m 5’8”! What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? What’s your favorite cookie?

ELIZABETH:  Jamoca Almond Fudge (it’s at Baskin Robbins, I realize that’s a very specific flavor.) Cookies are easier – chocolate chip.

rem:  I know that flavor, Baskin Robbins was my first job! Superman or Batman?

ELIZABETH:  Batman (though I’m more of a Marvel girl at heart, so I’m not super invested either way.)

rem:  Vacation: beach or mountains?

ELIZABETH:  Depends on the time of year. Mountains in the summer, beach in the fall.

rem:  That’s a good plan. What is your greatest fear?

ELIZABETH:  Snakes.

rem:  You are not alone in that! What do you most value in a friend? What quality do you most admire in a man or woman?

ELIZABETH:  Loyalty. To me if someone is loyal, it sets the stage for everything else.

rem:  I agree. When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?  

ELIZABETH:  I’m such an easy reader, it’s really REALLY hard to break a story, but I do get annoyed with heroines (it’s always the women) who keep doing stupid things and I have to wonder when it’s going to catch up with them because they are clearly too stupid to live. You see this most in thrillers and cozy mysteries. If it’s too bad, I’ll finish the book but not go back to the series.

rem:  LOL Which is more important: plot or characters?

ELIZABETH:  I guess I lean toward plot. I love well written, well rounded characters, but if they’re not doing something interesting…that kind of makes the book a flop to me.

rem:  What would you do if you weren’t writing?

ELIZABETH:  Read even more. (Since I’m home raising kids, writing is my bonus time activity, so replacing it would be with another bonus time activity. And for me, that default is always going to be reading.)

rem:  I hear ya! Can’t ever get enough time to read, “bonus” activity or not! Tell us a little about your writing journey.

ELIZABETH:  I can’t think of when I didn’t write. Maybe not in a disciplined, every day manner, but there were always stories and I would type them up and they’d live on my hard drive. About four years ago, I finished a book and thought…you know, that’s not so bad. Maybe I should look into getting it published. So I did what every aspiring author does, I started querying agents and I went to a writer’s conference. At the conference, I had a paid critique and the woman absolutely HATED my book. So that was disheartening. But I also talked to a small press and they were interested in it. Writer’s conferences are kind of a merry-go-round of emotional upheaval. Anyway, I decided to give the small press a chance and the rest is history.

rem:  And a classic example of not every book is going to appeal to all readers—or critique-rs! What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

ELIZABETH: My routine. That’s funny. My process is fairly ad hoc – I work in writing in between herding my cats, er, kids and doing all those mom/wife things that simply don’t do themselves. Generally speaking, I write at the dining room table or in a recliner in the basement theater. My most consistent writing time is at night, after the kids are in bed. But I can also sometimes squeeze in an hour or two in the afternoon during quiet/nap time. (But sometimes I need that quiet/nap time for myself!)

rem:  I do NOT envy moms of kids who are still at home trying to write! What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?

ELIZABETH:  Honestly, I think my biggest struggle is with self-doubt. Are my books really worth reading? Why would people want to read them? That sort of thing. I’m not completely sure I handle it all that well, but I do a lot of praying. That at least gives me the peace I need to push through and finish what I’m working on.

rem:  Peace sure goes a long way, doesn’t it.(by the way, I’ve read Hope Deferred, and you tell the story quite well!)  Do you prefer the creating or editing aspect of writing? Why?

ELIZABETH:  Creating. When I’m creating I can let the words fly and the story kind of just flows. Editing is so…critical. It really ramps up my already huge quantity of self-doubt. (Though the end result is certainly better than the pre-edited draft, but it’s hard, hard work.)

rem:  No doubt about that! What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

ELIZABETH:  I love putting down the stories living in my head and sharing them with others. Because there are always a handful of people who end up enjoying my books. And it makes me happy that the words I write mean something to someone other than me.

rem:  Well said, and I would tend to agree. What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?

ELIZABETH:  Now that I’m an indie, the hardest thing for me is balancing all the hats that go into being author and publisher. Marketing, in particular, is probably my biggest Achilles Heel. Easiest is coming up with stories. I usually have three or four story nuggets rattling around in my head, percolating, and waiting for their chance to be written.

rem:  (again) No doubt about that! What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?

ELIZABETH:  Top three are easy: keep writing and perfecting your craft, read (I contend you can’t be the best writer you can be if you’re not reading), don’t panic (remember that God’s got this and you only need to do the things you can control and then leave the rest to Him.)

What not to do? Compare yourself and your writing journey to other people’s.  Dwell on your reviews – good or bad. And finally, don’t stop writing – when your book is finished, start the next, don’t wait.

rem:  All so true! Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

ELIZABETH:  This is hard – I’m not sure I can consciously pin that down. They come to me while I’m doing my thing day to day. Sometimes it’s something I overhear or something I observe and it gets me asking “Hmmm…what if?” I think it boils down to that “what if.”

rem:  I think those are the best ideas. As authors we sometimes give our characters one or more of our personal traits. Have you ever taken on a trait of your character that you didn’t have before?

ELIZABETH:  Hmmm…I don’t think so. But I’ll keep an eye out in the future!

rem:  Do you have a favorite book or work that you’ve written? If so, why?

ELIZABETH:  This is funny, I started to write down a title and then was like, “Oh, wait what about…” It’s hard to choose a favorite. I love them all for various reasons.

rem:  I know, kind of like which kids is your favorite… Which character in the story is most like/least like you?

ELIZABETH:  I think all of my characters have a tiny bit of me in them – a quirk here or there. But if I had to choose a character who was most like me, it’d probably be Jen from A Handful of Hope. Least like me? Lydia in Wisdom to Know.

rem:  So now I know what to look for when I read those… LOL I’ve read your story, Hope Deferred, from your Remnants series. I understand that’s drawn from personal struggle. What can you share about that?

ELIZABETH:  The Remnants series wasn’t one I planned to write, honestly. My husband and I went through more than ten years of infertility treatment before ultimately adopting. And it occurred to me that those struggles certainly weren’t unique to us, but they weren’t things that I saw addressed—at least not in a real, gritty way—in fiction. So I thought I’d play around with those experiences and struggles and see if I could also turn it into something that people might want to read. And that became the Remnants series.

rem:  I truly enjoy reading “real and gritty” in fiction! And your Grant Us Grace series is also based on your experiences serving at crisis pregnancy centers. Tell us about that.

ELIZABETH:  Working alongside my mom as she ran a crisis pregnancy center for twenty years opened my eyes to the fact that out of wedlock pregnancy, abortion, and so forth aren’t relegated to outside the church. But the church very often overlooks the folks in their congregation who are dealing with an unwed pregnancy or the aftermath of abortion. So I wanted to show a little of what the church ought to look like—how Christians should be looking at these issues and loving the people in their midst as they struggle—all cushioned in happily-ever-after romance.

rem:  Thank you for that! It is very much needed, especially in our world today! Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

ELIZABETH:  I released A Handful of Hope earlier this month. This is book 4 in my Taste of Romance series. It ended up being a completely different book than I intended when I started writing it, but I’m super happy with the direction it went (now, I wasn’t super excited when I was trying to get my story to conform to my original plan.) In addition to being a clean, inspiration romance, it takes a peek at the topic of depression (and I promise you, just because Jen struggles with depression, the book itself isn’t depressing.)

Now that A Handful of Hope is out in the world, I’m busily working away on Operation Fireworks, book three in my Operation Romance series. I hope to release it in early July.

rem:  Oh, depression is a topic I am well too familiar with. What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

ELIZABETH:  Overall, I hope readers see people who struggle with living out their faith in the face of the real world we live in – and who come out on top. Because if the characters in a book can work through a real-world challenge, then I hope readers will be encouraged to hang on and realize that they can, too.

rem:  That’s a wonderful thing to give to anyone! Anything else you’d like to add?

ELIZABETH:  Thanks so much for having me!

rem:  Delighted to have you join me today, Elizabeth! Please come again soon.

 

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Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.

 

Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website www.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Maddrey, Author Interview, Chat Thursday, Faith Departed, Hope Deferred, Love Defined

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