Let’s Chat! Author Sheila Hudson

Welcome, Readers. And welcome, Sheila.

This week we’re chatting with super-successful veteran author, Sheila Hudson, a Georgia girl who mainly writes cozy mysteries. I’m honored Sheila has agreed to join us this week. Find a comfortable spot, prop up your feet, and enjoy.

**There’s a prize at stake for the drawing winner—Classic City Murders. Enter by commenting below.**

Congratulations to Melissa Henderson, winner of Sheila’s cozy mystery, Classic City Murders

Before Sheila Hudson Authored

In 1968 I married seminary student Timothy L. Hudson. With graduation we accepted an assignment with our first church along with parenthood. We served several churches before my husband accepted a position as a professor at a Bible college. Both from Georgia, our first winter in West Virginia with an infant proved quite a challenge.

From this background we entered campus  ministry and our first assignment was Northern Kentucky University where we served 5 years. We now had two daughters and spent our time commuting across the river from Covington, KY to Cincinnati, OH where we lived in community with another family from our church.

I tutored and worked for the church until our last move in 1982 back to Georgia where my husband took the position of Senior Campus Minister at the University of Georgia where we served 28 years. We are both alumni of Atlanta Christian College (now Point University). I accepted a position at the University of Georgia and retired in 2007.

Sheila Hudson’s First Steps

My writing career began with a writing course from my husband while recuperating from surgery. I’ve written for the Athens Banner Herald, Athens Magazine, Christian Standard, The Lookout, Chicken Soup, and numerous other publications.

Sheila’s Debut Experience: “Pure Gold” Nonfiction

 

 

 

 

 


In 2014 Dancing with Bear Publishers published my first book, 13 Decisions That Will Change Your Life followed in 2015 by 13 Decisions That Will Transform Your Marriage. It was a thrill like no other to finally reach that milestoneThe first box of books was like receiving pure gold. (Click to Tweet!) 

Sheila Hudson’s Next Steps: Cozy Mysteries

Initially, I experimented with fiction and wrote a short novella – a cozy mystery. When I sent it to a friend to see if I was on the right track, she asked to publish it and two more just like it. (Did I mention she’s an editor and publisher?) That began my fiction career as the author of seven cozy mysteries known as The Thursday Club. I enjoyed these humorous stories about five women (drawn from my circle of friends) so much I later entered another contest by Winged Publications.

My Classic City Murders won that contest, and ThomasMax Publishers in Atlanta, Georgia published it in two volumes.

Since then I have begun a new cozy series called Silent Partners with Winged Publications. Kiss and Make Up is the first book in the series about twins who solve a murder. The second book in the series, Dead Ringer, features the same characters and will be available for the holidays. 

A Little Advice from a Veteran

I advise anyone who wants to write to start with the inner circle. Start small with articles and start local. Pay your dues and take small bites in the writing world. Develop thick skin for critics and those who might be jealous of your successes. The world’s best editor and my writing partner and friend for over twenty years, Amy Munnell, blesses me. Amy introduced me to Southeastern Writers Association where I have been affiliated for over 23 years. I consider serving on the board in many capacities and as President a privilege.

I consider writing a ministry and have mentored others in this capacity. My husband and I served in campus ministries in two universities and currently minister at Classic City Community Church in Athens, Georgia. We have been married 49 years, have 2 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, 1 son, and 7 grandsons. God has blessed us beyond words.

What’s Next for Sheila Hudson?

I plan to continue working with SWA, the church, and a mission that is dear to us – SonSafaris, Inc. Hopefully we will visit their handiwork in South Africa in the coming year—a subject, no doubt, to write about.

About Sheila Hudson

Sheila S. Hudson authored the Thursday Club series: Murder at Golden Palms, Murder at Sea, Murder at the Mandelay, Murder at the Monastery, Murder on the Marquee, and Murder Under the Christmas Tree published by Take Me Away Books.

Furthermore, Sheila also penned Classic City Murders: Volumes I and II published by ThomasMax Publishers, Inc. She first published two nonfiction books: 13 Decisions That Will Change Your Life and 13 Decisions That Will Transform Your Marriage (Dancing with Bear Publishing). Sheila has contributed to Not Your Mother’s Book (2), Chocolate for Women (8), Chicken Soup, Patchwork Path (2), Love Stories (2) plus numerous periodicals.

Find Sheila’s books at www.amazon.com or on her website  www.sheilahudsonwriter.com

Also, her byline appears in Purple Pros and Costumer Magazine. Bright Ideas, the parent company, was established to bring hope and inspiration through the written/spoken word.

Contact Sheila at sheilahudson.writer@gmail.com; Sheila@13decisions.com or visit www.13decisions.com or www.sheilahudsonwriter.com for information on speaking engagements and forthcoming books.

How faithful You are, Lord! You lead and direct and surprise us at times. Your ways are perfect. We ask You to remind us of that eternal truth and bless every word Sheila writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

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6 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Sheila Hudson

  1. Marilyn R

    I’ll have to be checking out Sheila’s Christian Cozy Mysteries. Thank you for introducing Sheila Hudson and her amazing story of ministry and writing.

     
     
    1. Sheila’s led quite an interesting life, hasn’t she, Marilyn? And had time to write too. So glad you joined our circle this week. You’re entered in the drawing!

       
       
  2. Paula

    This looks like an interesting combination: Christian cozy fiction! I love cozies. Have to add Sheila to by TBR pile! Thanks Linda.

     
     
    1. You and me both, Paula! Sheila’s quite an author. You’re entered in next week’s drawing! Thanks for joining the conversation. 🙂

       
       
  3. I enjoyed learning about Shelia. I, too, consider writing a ministry. 🙂

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Melissa. Writing is a ministry to most Christian authors. The log is one for me. I love sharing other authors with readers. You’re entered in the drawing!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Debra Sue Brice

Welcome, Readers! Welcome, Debra Sue Brice!

Debra Sue Brice honors us with a visit to this week’s chat circle. A busy teacher and author, Debra exudes joy and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to get to know her.

Comment below to be entered into the drawing for Debra’s romance novel, Icing.

Congratulations to Shoba Sadler, winner of the drawing for Debra’s novel, Icing

Who Is Debra Sue Brice?

I grew up in the small township of Columbia Station, Ohio. I loved it so much that I stuck around and now have my own home two doors down from my parents. Oh, and my sister lives between us!

I own a horse boarding barn. Currently, I’m training two adorable three year old horse. They bring such joy and entertainment to my everyday life!

Speaking of everyday life, I teach first graders but have always had a passion for writing. I scribbled notes to my sister from her favorite actors and dropped them off in her locker in high school. I wrote my first novel when I was in high school but never thought I could do anything with a silly story about teenagers stuck in a blizzard. Now, I’m determined to find it, polish it up and send it off to a publisher!

As a teacher, I encourage my kiddos to write and be creative. (Tweet That!) We write anything from mysteries to plays. I dream that they’ll pick up one of my books when they are older and be proud they had me as their teacher.



Debra Sue Brice’s Debut Experience 

My first novel, Crossing Boarders, contains a hint of mystery and a bit of suspense. It tells the story of a young woman and her adventures in Canada with her horse.

At first I feared sending my manuscript out into the world, but my mom encouraged me, and I took the leap of faith. The first small press publisher I sent it to picked it up and worked with me throughout the entire process. He even let me be on the front cover with my horse! What a blessing!

An eternity, it seemed, passed  before the novel was actually printed, but when the proof copy finally arrived I snapped so many pictures you would have thought I was a New York Time’s best seller! 

What’s Happening With Debra Sue Brice Today?

The publication of Crossing Boarders encouraged me to keep writing and sending out my manuscripts. After Crossing Boarders, I wrote Icing, a romance novel, and self-published Danni Girl Mysteries, a cozy mystery series.

My wonderful publicist, aka my mom, blesses me. She encourages me to keep pressing on and pursuing my passion of writing. I dreamed of seeing my name on the front of a book, and I intend to keep doing what I love. 

Like other authors, I dream of having my books turned into movies. I know there are a lot of non-readers our there, but with a wholesome movie the whole family can enjoy a good, clean storyline.

What Are Debra Sue Brice’s Future Goals?

My ultimate goal is to continue sharing my passion through my stories. You don’t have to love horses to enjoy Crossing Boarders, but you’ll find a character you’ll want to see succeed. Not a Cleveland Monsters hockey You will definitely find a relatable character in Icing. You don’t have to like murder to enjoy the Danni Girl Mysteries … Well, maybe you like it a little.

I want to see everyone enjoying the beauty reading can bring to their lives! (Tweet That!) 

Where Can We Find Debra Sue Brice’s Books?

Amazon
Facebook
Twitter
Website

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Reader Friends,
How can anyone not want to snatch up one of Debra’s books? Does she exude joy or what?

Debra,
Thank you for painting our world with enthusiasm. Please come again.

P.S. May I be one of your students?

Lord, You have the Words of Life. You are Creativity. You gift us and inspire us to use our gifts in creative ways. Bless Debra’s words designed to offer entertainment approved by You. Bless readers who hold her books and read her words. May they inspire us as they entertain, and may they reach hearts in need of encouragement.
~ For Jesus’ sake 

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24 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Debra Sue Brice

  1. Marilyn R

    Debra’s interview definitely contained joy and enthusiasm. Encouraging children to write at a young age is awesome. I have a young friend who won for her story this spring. A future writer maybe for her.
    Thank you for sharing and giveaway. Icing and rest of Debra’s books sounds amazing.

     
     
    1. Debra Sue Brice

      Thank you Marilyn for the positive encouragement for our young authors!

       
       
    2. Hi, Marilyn. So good to see your comments. You brighten my day—and Debras’s, too, I’m sure.

       
       
  2. I can’t wait to read icing. It is the only one of your books I don’t have yet. I started reading Crossing Borders and didn’t put it down for a day and a half until I finished it. I love being able to have books around that I don’t have to be fearful of my children picking up and thumbing through. I am anxiously awaiting a sequel to Crossing Borders, like your Danni Girl Mysteries I can’t wait to see what happens next.

     
     
    1. Debra Sue Brice

      Thank you Stephanie! That really means a lot to me!!

       
       
    2. Wow. I loved reading your comments, Stephanie. Thanks so much for contributing to the conversation and for encouraging Debra and me both with your observations. Please stop by again.

       
       
  3. Trixi

    I love that you’re teaching kids to write & be creative with their words! They have such an imagination. Maybe you are feeding a future author’s mind…who knows? 😉

    Fun interview, thanks for sharing!

     
     
    1. Debra Sue Brice

      Hi Trixi! It is such a blessing to work with young children…they do have quite the imaginations!! I hope to one day read one of my student’s novels!

       
       
    2. Thanks for joining our chat circle, Trixi. You’re right—Debra may be training a future bestselling author. Please stop by again.

       
       
  4. I’ve read Crossing Boarders and love it! How lovely to learn more about the background of the author and the road she followed to publication of her first book and now several under her belt. So inspiring. I also agree that we need more wholesome movies

     
     
    1. Debra Sue Brice

      Thank you for the kind words, Shoba!

       
       
    2. I love that you stopped in for a visit, Shoba. You have put a smile on our faces. Please come again. New interview each Wednesday.

       
       
  5. Jacquelyn

    These books sound so interesting! Looking forward to reading these!

     
     
    1. Debra Sue Brice

      Although they are fictional books, many of the characters are inspired by some of my best friends. I think you’ll enjoy them!

       
       
    2. So good to have you in our circle, Jacquelyn. You have honored both of us.

       
       
  6. Kathryn

    These books look fantastic!

     
     
    1. Debra Sue Brice

      Thanks Kathryn! My talented mom designed the front covers for my books. I am so blessed to have such support from my family and friends!

       
       
    2. Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn. You’ve encouraged both of us with four simple words 🙂

       
       
  7. Jane Theriot

    I can’t wait to read your books. I love books that involve mystery, inspiration and animals. Good clean literature is a rarity in this day. Perhaps Hallmark channel will pick up your books for movies.

     
     
    1. So glad you stopped by, Jane. Your name’s in the hat for one of Sue’s good, clean books!!

       
       
    2. Debra Sue Brice

      Thank you Jane!

       
       
  8. What a wonderful interview! Read all of the books, and can’t wait for more!

     
     
    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Linda B!

       
       
    2. Debra Sue Brice

      I’m so glad you have enjoyed the books! Thank you!

       
       

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