Let’s Chat! Author Bethany Turner

 

Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Bethany!

 

I’m so excited to be welcoming author Bethany Turner to our weekly chat session. Bethany writes contemporary romance/romantic comedy. Just looking at her picture makes me want to smile.

*Join the conversation below, and you may win a copy of her book!

**Congratulations to Naomi Musch, winner of the drawing for Bethany’s fab novel!**


Bethany Turner’s Life Before Writing

I feel like I spent the first 30-something years of my life trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. As a child, I dreamt of being a member of the Disney Studio Chorus (yes, that’s a thing), or perhaps a Presidential Historian.

And then there was the period when I desired nothing more than to be the person who gets to name the tropical storms and hurricanes. (Click to Tweet) I didn’t understand that the task was completed by meteorologists and the like. I thought it was just a separate job.

And then I went to the University of Kentucky and declared my major in psychology. Before long I had shifted to Theatre, with a minor in History.

Bethany Turner, the Banker

Well, I dropped out of college to move to Colorado and get married, and I found a part-time job as a bank teller. Over the next thirteen years I rose through the ranks to Vice President

While I was still in banking, I had turned to writing as a stress reliever. (I was managing the operations side of a corporate merger, so there was a major need for relief!) Though I self-published what I wrote then, it was really just for me. I think I needed to accomplish something, and see it through to the end. Those books were general market women’s fiction, and not really pointed in the direction my writing is headed now, but they unleashed a love of writing that I hadn’t known existed inside of me.

How Bethany Turner’s Writing Life Began


A
nd then in 2014, after thirteen years, God made it abundantly clear it was time to get out of banking. God basically told me, “Okay, that was fun. A nice little warm up. Now let’s get down to business.”

So I wrote The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck. I wrote the first draft in about six weeks. It was the easiest thing I’d ever written. I knew the story from the beginning, and I knew who Sarah was…instantly. And I knew God had a plan for the story.

Almost as quickly I found myself on staff at my church. Now, in addition to following this crazy, amazing author dream, I also get to serve on the church staff full-time.

I think I finally know what I want to be when I grow up!

Bethany Turner’s Debut

When I finished The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenback, I wrestled with what to do. I have so much respect for indie authors who can make it on their own, but I knew I couldn’t. I knew I wasn’t capable of giving Sarah Hollenbeck’s story the opportunity to be heard that it deserved, so I submitted to Writer’s Edge, a Christian manuscript submission service. They accepted the story for their list, and thirteen days later I was contacted by Revell.

It was still a while before I signed my contract with Revell.

Longer still until I got an agent.

Longer still until I really began to believe I actually possessed any skills or talent which could perhaps create a book that anyone would want to read. (Still working on that one, honestly.)

But what I did know was that God had a plan, and my job was to hold on best I could and try not to get in the way!

I had a long period between contract and release (2 ½ years!), and in that time I completed a romantic comedy and got at least three quarters of the way in to two other romances. I was pretty sure I knew what God was up to, and I was pretty sure that those books were coming next.

What’s Next for Bethany?

But then He did something pretty unexpected and remarkable, in a way that only He can, and it’s looking like the next book is actually going to be an idea that my editor and I brainstormed over dinner one night at the ACFW Conference in September. It, like The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, is going to address some issues we don’t typically read about in Christian romance, and it will once again be wrapped up in a rom-com package.

How to Connect With Bethany

I love to connect with readers on Facebook and Instagram, and everyone is welcome to visit my sadly neglected website.

I also love corresponding with readers via good old-fashioned email (bethany@seebethanywrite.com) or snail mail (P.O. Box 209, Cortez, CO 81321). There’s something to be said for occasional hashtag-free communication! (Though, truthfully, I’m just as likely to slip a hashtag into my verbal communication as I am social media!)

You can find various purchase links for The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck at seebethanywrite.com/the-secret-life-of-sarah-hollenbeck, or you can pick it up from your favorite bookseller!

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Lord, every once in awhile, one of your children comes along who exudes Your joy. Thank you for assuring the world of readers has access to Bethany Turner and her books. Bless each word Bethany writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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13 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Bethany Turner

  1. I love that Bethany referred to email as “good, old fashioned email.” How times have changed! I was a child of the ’40s and ’50s, a time when email would have be viewed as something out of the Twilight Zone!

     
     
    1. Ha ha! Even as I wrote that, I realized how absurd it seemed. But it’s absurd because it’s true! I’m always amazed by how quickly things change. When I met my husband in the late-1990’s and we carried on a long-distance relationship, email was a pretty new and convenient way to communicate. I wouldn’t have believed that text messages and FaceTime/Skype were on the horizon. Just 20 years ago…and we were pioneers on the frontier! 🙂 Thanks so much for hosting me, Linda. And for your continual kindness and support of others!

       
       
      1. Aww. It’s my honor, Bethany. I love getting to know other authors and sharing them with readers. It’s just something that brings me joy. I love having you! You’re such a doll.

         
         
  2. I love hearing about the paths people take through life to arrive at their current situation. I have to say, I was amazed. Though I’m sure it happens with some regularity, I don’t think I’ve ever met a fiction writer who was found through Writers’ Edge. How very cool. Congratulations on your success!

     
     
    1. Hi, Naomi. I thought the same thing about Writer’s Edge. How cool is that! Thanks for dropping by. You’re entered in the drawing!

       
       
    2. Thanks, Naomi! I really believe it’s just more evidence that God has an individual path in mind for each of us. It is so remarkable to be able to look back on our journeys and say, “Well, that had to be God. There’s no other explanation.” Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. And thank you for your kind words!

       
       
      1. That’s so true and life affirming, to know that God’s plans are individualized and we can each rest in that. Oftentimes that’s the key to peace that passes understanding. ~Blessings

         
         
  3. Anne L. Rightler

    It is always amazing to see how God works in our lives to get us to where He wants us to be and no two journeys are the same. Thankyou for sharing about yours, Bethany.

     
     
    1. You’ve encourage both Bethany and me, Anne. Thank you! (You’re entered in the drawing too) 🙂

       
       
    2. Thanks, Anne! I’m always honored whenever I get a chance to share bits of my story with others, because I really play SUCH a small role in the story! It’s all God, all the way! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Good luck in the drawing!

       
       
  4. Becky Smith

    I am really glad I had a chance to stop by and read this fun post about Bethany. I had noticed many reviews on her book, and it sounds really good. And yes, her picture even makes me smile! Thanks for a fun post!

     
     
    1. I know … right? You can’t NOT smile at that picture of Bethany. What a gal!

       
       
    2. Aww, thanks, Becky! I really appreciate that. And I really hope that you enjoy The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck when the time comes! Good luck in the giveaway!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Elaine Stock

Welcome, Readers! Welcome, Elaine Stock!

This week we welcome Elaine Stock, an author who fuses romance, family drama, and faith in a clean fiction style. Now that I think of it, I haven’t met a single person who grew up in Brooklyn, which takes me back to that achingly beautiful A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Suddenly, I can’t wait for you to meet Elaine, author of also beautiful Always With You and soon-to-be-released novella, And You Came Along.

*Also, Elaine’s offering a $5 Amazon card for one reader who comments below.*

**Congratulations to Perrianne Askew, winner of this week’s drawing for a $5 Amazon card!**

Elaine Stock’s Pre-Author Life

My pre-author life began with my childhood days growing up in Brooklyn, New York. (Click to Tweet!) First, in the tenement apartments of East NY then in the Flatbush section and finally in the suburbs north of the city. Not to date myself, but those early years were during the US civil rights movement. I lived with many people from varying faiths, nationalities, and backgrounds.

Notably, I believe this was instrumental in teaching me first-hand about the differences and similarities in people. We are all human beings and we all must respect each other, an even more valuable lesson.

Athough these neighborhoods progressively worsened in crime and danger, the reason why my parents relocated, they were invaluable opportunities to learn life lessons. I see a direct correlation between my past and my “author themes” of tolerance, different kinds of prejudice, forgiveness, and the role of faith.

Above, a contemporary photo of my old apartment building. I lived on the 4th floor, facing the street.

Growing Up for Elaine Stock

Subsequently, God had a very interesting role in my life, considering I wasn’t born into a faith-practicing family. My family also was torn apart by mental illness and the stresses of a one-parent income from a 7-day a week business. Perhaps that’s why my early memories were of me searching for a bigger-than-me Ruler of the Universe who loved me for who I was.

Then my search took me into my high school years when, through literature and the arts, I became exposed to Christianity. Not until I met and married my first and only true love during my college years did I actively seek to become a Christian. I’m forever saying that if it weren’t for my Father holding my hand I’d never be brave enough to get out of bed and face the world.

Elaine’s Debut Experience

First, my debut book was Always With You. The story of Isabelle and Tyler’s confrontation of the evil of hatred and its threat to people, love, and faith, began to brew in mind after a writing workshop. However, I didn’t start putting words to the page until after the 9-11 attacks when. Like many, I tried even harder to understand the why behind hatred.

Yet, Life 101 happened. I became a very active member of my community group fighting a proposed 100-year mining project that threatened to remove 2 prominent hills only thousands of feet away from my doorstep. Praise God, we citizens won on the supreme court level of the state.

But then, Life 101 struck again and I needed outside employment (from my husband’s business). This took a heavy toll of adjustment. Finally, but slowly, I finished my novel and then learned the many lessons of editing.

Subsequently, I published two short stories and hooked up with my amazing agent Linda S. Glaz of Hardline Literary. I received a call from the publisher of Elk Lake Publishing who believed in the story and wanted others to read it.

The moral of my story: If you want to achieve something, with God’s grace and your fixed determination, you will!

On the left, the south hill proposed for mining. This photo was taken from my doorstep.

What’s Up With Elaine Stock Now?

What’s up with me now? I have a romance series under consideration at a publishing house. And I accepted an invitation to write a romance novella, And You Came Along, as part of the Winter’s Kiss novella collection.  

I’m excited to be releasing my novella, And You Came Along, individually on December 2nd.

All single mom Jacey Tucker wants for Christmas is for her young son to have a home and a smile. What she never expected was an eviction notice from her apartment, or the loss of her job. Now she can’t leave Kindred Lake, Pennsylvania fast enough.

Zander Paxton, wounded on duty while trying to save the life of his partner, needs a new residence for the second half of his recovery. His hometown of Kindred Lake offers promises, but it may be too late to make up for his past.

Jacey heads south. Zander heads north. In the middle of a blizzard, five days before Christmas, they collide and wreck their vehicles, and nearly each other, on an ice-covered road. The kindness of two strangers provides a cabin for shelter, a place where pain is soothed and hope is renewed . . . until their pasts catch up to their present and a forever separation threatens. Is true love ever mistaken?

Where to Find Elaine Stock

Website/Blog: Everyone’s Story  
Twitter  
Facebook 
Goodreads  
Amazon 

Lord, how amazing! You bring together Your children from different backgrounds and locales to communicate Your message. Elaine’s life story demonstrates this vividly. Thank you for plucking her up from Brooklyn and leading her to write clean stories of love, family drama, and faith. Please bless each word Elaine writes for You. 
~ For Jesus’ sake

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31 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Elaine Stock

  1. KayM

    Elaine, what a great post. I loved reading this. I’m so happy for you as an author. I have so enjoyed your stories so far and I know God will direct your life for His glory.
    Blessings…

     
     
    1. Kay, you’ve blessed me with your kind words and support through the years. I’m glad we’ve met. Thanks for visiting us.

       
       
    2. How encouraging, Kay! Please stop by again.

       
       
  2. Elaine, I’m looking forward to reading your new book!

     
     
    1. Thanks, AnnaLee!! I hope Jacey and Zander’s story brightens your heart. Thanks for your visit to Linda’s blog.

       
       
    2. So glad to welcome you to our chat circle, AnnaLee. Please come again.

       
       
  3. Penny

    I’m intrigued by your work, Elaine. My roots are in New York and both of my parents grew up in Brooklyn. God bless you as you continue to write for Him.

     
     
    1. Hi, Penny. What lovely words to hear/read. Thank you. It’s been many years since I’ve lived in NYC, and although I’ve come to love country life, there’s a huge chunk of me that’s distinctly city. LOL. I hope the good part!

      And You Came Along will release December 2nd, plus I have a family drama stand-alone novel, Her Good Girl, coming out in January. Hope you’ll check them out.

      Blessings right back to you… to all of Linda’s lovely viewers.

       
       
    2. How wonderful to make the Brooklyn connection with Elaine. Bless you. And come again.

       
       
  4. Perrianne Askew

    Enjoyed the interview. She would be a new author for me. Thank you formthe giveaway opportunity.

     
     
    1. Perrianne, I hope you will have the opportunity to read and enjoy me stories. If you do, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

       
       
    2. Hi and welcome, Perrianne! You’re entered in the drawing! Blessings!

       
       
  5. Anne L. Rightler

    Thank you for the interview w/ Elaine. It was good to read her background and how she came to faith in Christ. Look forward to reading her newest book.

     
     
    1. Anne, thanks for your visit. My background was definitely instrumental in leading me to God, as well as shaping the type of stories I write. Lately, I’ve stopped wondering why certain things have happened–or not happened–in my life and have been choosing to praise my Father instead. Wondering drains; praising invigorates!

       
       
    2. Wonderful, seeing you in our circle this week, Anne. Join us every Wednesday by signing up at http://www.lindabrooksdavis.com. Blessings!

       
       
  6. Linda, fresh home from the new day job, I’m here now at your lovely blog. Thanks so much for hosting me. The feature is wonderful!! I’m excited to meet your viewers!

     
     
  7. Paula

    These look like interesting stories. I’ll be looking forward to them. Thanksfor the interview and reviews.

     
     
    1. Hi, Paula. Welcome. And thanks for adding to the conversation. I hope you’ll be able to read Elaine’s stories. God bless you!

       
       
    2. Paula, thanks for visiting today. I hope you’ll have a chance to read my stories and enjoy them. I’ll love to know what you think.

       
       
  8. Lucy Reynolds

    Enjoyed your interview with Elaine. Blessings

     
     
    1. Hi, Lucy. It’s so great to see you here and to have you a part of the chat. God bless you!

       
       
    2. Hi, Lucy. And I enjoyed your visit

       
       
  9. Ann Ellison

    Wonderful interview with Elaine. I love her writing and feel blessed to count her as a FB friend.

     
     
    1. Hi, Ann, my ever-so-faithful follower and friend. How I love seeing you in our circle. Thank you for sharing your enjoyment of Elaine’s books. God bless you!

       
       
    2. Ann, I’m delighted to see you here, my friend. I’m fortunate to have gotten to know you through the years and considering how much Christian fiction you read, am honored, truly, that you’ve enjoyed my stories.

       
       
  10. I enjoyed Elaine’s book, “Always With You”. I need to get “And You Came Along” and read it. Elaine and I have messaged back and forth, but someday I hope to meet up in person and discuss writing! 🙂 Well … we can talk about other things, but thoughts about writing stories would be the most important. Ha.

     
     
    1. Hi, Karen. It’s great to hear from a reader how enjoyable Elaine’s “Always With You” is. I hope you do get to meet Elaine in person one day. Thanks for joining our conversation. God bless you!

       
       
    2. Karen, I’m so touched to see you here, and that you enjoyed Always With You. I hope you’ll also like Jacey and Zander’s story.

      I must meet with you, and a handful of other wonderful people… we need to have a friends-get-together where we can gather for coffee and chat about writing, books, and whatever else comes to mind. Sooner than later, I hope!

       
       
  11. Marilyn R

    Welcome, Elaine to Linda Brooks Davis Storyteller blog. I’ve had the honor of meeting Elaine in 2016. She’s a beautiful Christian and friend. Always With You is a true to life family drama, romance and faith interwoven with realistic characters. A novel that readers will connect with societal issues today. The recent released novella, And You Came Along, in the box set Winter’s Kiss is a delightful tale to read. I’m glad to see it’ll be released individually in December.

    Thank you for featuring Elaine, Linda. Blessings to both of you as you continue writing bringing the Christian message to life through amazing books.

     
     
    1. I know you’re blessed to know Elaine personally, Marilyn. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge of her with us. God bless you!

       
       
    2. Marilyn, thanks for your visit. God certainly knew what He was doing when He brought the two of us together… like the ACFW conference when I had the thrill of watching Linda win her Carol Award and He bringing me here to her lovely blog!!

       
       

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