I’m so happy to have debut award-winning author Barbara M. Britton as a guest. She’s an amazing friend and writer, and I’m so eager to read her book, which is on pre-order now! Here’s Barb!
Just Keep Swimming!
One of my favorite Pixar movies is Finding Nemo. I love the carefree nature of Dory—a reef fish—who accompanies a friend on a journey to find his son. Dory keeps swimming into one adventure after another and merrily forgets just about everything. My critique partner and I have adopted Dory’s phrase “Just keep swimming” as our writing mantra.
Occasionally you hear the incredible story of the writer who finishes a book in a month—usually their first story attempt—and it gets a high-powered agent and a “significant deal” with a major publishing house. That is not my story. And it’s not the story told by many faithful writers. My first novel is under my proverbial bed. My second and third novels were “too sweet” for many agents. But I kept on swimming.
By my fourth book, I wrote my passion—a Biblical Romantic Adventure—in the top-selling genre of Biblical Fiction (not!). At the time, I didn’t even know that genre existed. I was teaching chapel to elementary school students and thought my weekly lesson may make an interesting book. After all, God has bestselling storylines. I finished “Providence: Hannah’s Journey” in 2013 and won my first contest. I was on a roll. Or not. Friends, agents, and contest judges loved it, but the manuscript camped out on my computer for another two years. Through Pitch Wars—a terrific mentoring program—an acquiring editor for Pelican Book Group noticed my story. The rest they say is history, a long, winding road history.
Hannah will have her debut in October which is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I chuckle at the date as last October I was newly diagnosed with breast cancer. I had to keep swimming through surgeries and radiation and edits and galleys. The publishing stuff was way more fun than battling cancer and it didn’t come with sunburn.
This June, Dory has a movie of her own, Finding Dory. I love the tag line: an adventure she probably won’t remember. I will remember my publishing journey. Next October I can celebrate my debut release and being a breast cancer survivor all in one month.
What favorite phrases – or songs – help you during tough times?
PROVIDENCE: HANNAH’S JOURNEY is available for pre-order now.
When the prophet of Israel refuses to heal Hannah’s deformities, her father betroths her to the only man bold enough to wed her—a priest three times her age with numerous children.
Hannah flees Jerusalem to track down the prophet and find out what she needs to do to be healed. On her way to Mahanaim, she is captured by a band of raiders and forced to serve in the household of the commander of the Aramean army who is in need of healing himself.
When Hannah discovers her Hebrew escort, Gilead, has been captured and is being used as sword practice for the Aramean soldiers, Hannah must act fast to save herself and Gilead. But survival may mean finding the prophet of Israel and coaxing him to heal an enemy army commander.
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Find out more about Barbara at her website.