Let’s Chat! Author Carlene Havel

Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Carlene Havel!

This week we’re welcoming Carlene Havel as guest blogger. Carlene and I have been writers-group friends for several years. 

Carlene Havel writes historical stories set in Biblical times. This week she’s sharing some background on the creation of her latest release, Song of the Shepherd Woman.

**Join in the conversation below to be entered into a drawing for a print copy of Song of the Shepherd Woman.**

Postscript: Congratulations to Leona Atkinson, winner of a print copy of Carlene Havel’s Song of the Shepherd Woman.

In Her Own Words: Carlene Havel

Readers almost always ask authors two questions.  First, how on earth can you write a whole book? And then, where do the ideas come from?

How Carlene Does It

Carlene HavelThe first question is simple: perseverance.  I’ve realized, to my regret, that the fairytale of the shoemaker elves does not play out in real life. Books don’t write themselves!  Therefore, if I want to be an author (and I do, oh, I do!), the price tag is sitting in front of my computer, transferring the thoughts in my head onto a manuscript. I sometimes visualize each word as a snowflake, small and insignificant in and of itself. Yet when enough of them accumulate, they can become an avalanche.

Where Carlene’s Ideas Come From

Carlene HavelFor me, inspiration comes suddenly, unexpected, for no obvious reason. Most often, I imagine a dramatic scene. For no particular reason I can figure out, I see some characters, hear them speak, and feel their emotions. When I see this “method” on paper, it seems crazy. Maybe it is, but it works for me.

For example, my latest release Song of the Shepherd Woman began at Christmastime, although it’s not a Christmas story per se. As I read through the familiar verses from the second chapter of Luke, the shepherds abiding in the fields captured my imagination. How amazed they were to receive Christ’s birth announcement from an angelic choir.  What joy and hope they must have felt as they ran to the stable in Bethlehem.

But then, how did others react to their story afterwards? Was it possible people thought the shepherds drank too much wine? Or simply fabricated a fantastic story? And what if one of the shepherds had a child, a baby boy, who happened to be in Bethlehem when Herod’s henchmen came looking for the Christ child?

Totally without my consent, a character took shape, a disappointed idealist, a man whose life and dreams were shattered early in his life. But suppose, after years of hopelessness, this man was given another chance? What if . . . 

How Carlene Havel Crafted The Shepherd Woman

Carlene HavelI didn’t start writing immediately.  Instead, I bought a book on raising sheep. When I couldn’t put the book down, I knew I was hooked. I kept thinking about the old shepherd, somehow reluctantly accepting responsibility for an innocent child. I felt his conflicting emotions, and I knew I had to tell his story.

Writing Song of the Shepherd Woman, like all of my books, was a labor of love. Sharon Faucheux wove her historical research into my narrative, resulting in a story we hope readers will love as much as we do.

Song of the Shepherd Woman

Carlene HavelIn the first century, Channa’s stepfather gives her to her maternal great-uncle Avram to raise. He is known to be a peculiar, perhaps dangerous, man with a wife who cannot speak.  Nevertheless, they are kind to Channah and teach her how to care for sheep. When her stepfather unexpectedly announces her betrothal to a Jerusalem tanner, the girl is forced to leave the only home she knows. 

Channah looks forward to a loving husband, but soon learns she is to be Enos the tanner’s second wife. The beautiful first wife is barren, and she resents her youthful rival. Channa struggles to adjust to marriage and city life, cherishing the hope of someday having her own child to love.

How You Can Connect With Carlene

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarleneHavel

http://www.chavelbooks.com   

https://twitter.com/authorcarlene

You can purchase Song of the Shepherd Woman on Amazon.

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Dear Lord, we bow before you in submission, trusting You as our Good Shepherd You feed us, sustain us, and protect us. You and You alone are worthy of our praise. As authors and readers, we thank You for the gift of words and the messages they transmit. We thank You for calling Carlene to write messages of the Savior. Please bless each word she writes for You.
~For Jesus’ sake

19 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Carlene Havel

  1. Carlene delves into the Bible and other research materials for her books. She never disappoints with her stories. I’ve read them all.

     
     
  2. Marilyn R

    Nice meeting Carlene Havel her on your blog, Linda. Perseverance and praying will always win when God is in it. “Song of the Shepherd Woman” calls my name. I enjoy Biblical fiction and how God inspires authors to write them. Blessings.

     
     
    1. I’m with you 100%, Marilyn! Thanks for joining us.

       
       
  3. I love Carlene’s books! I highly recommend this one as well as her others.

     
     
    1. It’s great to have you in our circle, Gail. You’ve encouraged us both!

       
       
  4. I have never read one of Charlene’s books but I surely hope to now. I love reading historical biblical fiction and look forward to reading this book Song of the Shepherd Woman.

     
     
    1. You’re entered in the drawing, Leona. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll come again.

       
       
  5. I’ve enjoyed all of Carlene’s books. Great interview!

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining us, Kim!

       
       
  6. Inspiration comes the same way for me, Carlene! It could be just a word I read, a person I see, or something else entirely. Great interview, ladies! 🙂

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining us, Emily.

       
       
  7. Julie Cosgrove

    I love Charlene’s Biblical character books. They really bring the time period to life. I think Song of the Shepherd Woman is my favorite…or maybe The Scarlet Chord…or the Daughter of the King. I can’t decide. Don;t make me decide!! Just keep writing them.

     
     
    1. Love it, Julie! How can anyone resist such a recommendation? I can’t!

       
       
  8. All of Carlene’s books are awe inspiring. Lovely writing, descriptive scenes and believable characters.

     
     
    1. So good to have you in our circle, Vicki. You’ve encouraged Carlene and me both. And you’re entered.

       
       
  9. I loved The song of the Shepherd Woman. The characters and setting seemed so real.

     
     
    1. Hi, Billie. I loved Carlene’s description of how inspiration comes to her. It inspired me 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

       
       
  10. I love your comment about perseverance. It is the first and maybe an author’s most important discipline.

     
     
    1. Agreed, Pat. Thanks so much for popping in. You’re entered!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Toni Shiloh

Welcome, Readers and Toni Shiloh!

This week we’re chatting with Toni Shiloh, author of eight novels. The latest is a yummy-looking Christian contemporary romance, Enduring Love.

Toni is giving away a digital version of Enduring Love to someone who joins our chat circle below. So pull up a chair, ya’ll!

Take it away, Toni!

Life, Toni Shiloh Style

Janet SimcicI’m a happy mom of two and a wife of thirteen years. Our family makes our home in Virginia and has for the past six years.

Prior to becoming an author, I served 6 years in the military. Afterward, I decided to get my bachelor’s in English and after taking a few creative writing classes, I knew what I wanted to do.

Toni Shiloh’s Debut

Toni ShilohMy first book was the novella, A Life to Live. I decided to write the novella because I felt like the word goal was something I could achieve for first time writing. Unfortunately, the company I wrote it for—who had an open call for submissions—declined my manuscript.

After much thought and prayer, I decided to Indie publish it. From there, I made the journey to become traditionally publish which has now lead me to be a hybrid author—publishing traditionally and independentaly.

What’s up With Toni Shiloh Now?

Right now I’m preparing for the launch of my eighth book, Enduring Love. It’s book three in my Maple Run series, which is published by Celebrate Lit Publishing. I’m excited to hear what readers think because I poured a lot of my heart into this one.

Maple Run Series, Books 2 & 3

The first book in the Maple Run series is Buying Love. And the second is Finding Love

How to Find Toni Shiloh and her Books

To purchase: 

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Social media links:

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Lord, You are Love. You are the Author of romance. We’re grateful as readers for authors like Toni who write stories showcasing the purity of Your style of romance. Bless every single word Toni writes for You.

~ For Jesus’ sake ~

15 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Toni Shiloh

  1. Anita

    I’m excited to read Toni’s work. Looking forward to more new authors.

     
     
    1. It’s a delight to welcome you to the circle, Anita. You’re entered in the drawing! Winner announced tomorrow night here and on Facebook. I hope you’ll come back to visit.

       
       
  2. Marilyn

    Nice to see Toni on your blog, Linda. Congratulations to .Toni on her upcoming release with CL. God always know what is needed for His children who are following His Perfect Will for their life. Blessings to both of you.

     
     
    1. And it’s wonderful to see you here, Marilyn. Thanks for encouraging us!

       
       
    2. Blessings to you, Marilyn!

       
       
  3. Always fun to learn more about one of my favorite authors! Congratulations on your latest book, Toni. 🙂

     
     
    1. Thanks, Linda!

       
       
    2. It’s great to welcome you, Linda! Thank you for encouraging Toni—and me too.

       
       
  4. Thank you so much for having me!

     
     
  5. Sometimes an author knows themselves better than a publisher. Glad you were persistent and did not lose sight of your goal. My aunt, a poet, did the same as you. Matters not how the work gets out,but rather the importance that it did get published for others to enjoy. Hope to read your publications.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Jane!

       
       
    2. What wise, encouraging comments, Jane. Thank you.

       
       
  6. Enduring Love is a great story, filled with hope and love.

     
     
    1. Never too much hope and love, is there, Melissa? Thanks for joining us this morning.

       
       
    2. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, Melissa!

       
       

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