Let’s Chat! Author Joy Palmer

Welcome, Readers and V. Joy Palmer!

Our guest this week is Joy Palmer (a.k.a. V. Joy Palmer) who writes inspirational romantic comedy.

Joy is the author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Also, she’s an avid blogger and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions

Joy is offering a copy of her debut novel, Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations, to someone who joins to conversation below. So … take it away, Joy!

Joy Palmer’s Pre-Author Life

So, I’m Joy. *waves awkwardly*

First, my life began as a bald book-hoarder. My mother likes to tell everyone how I was nearly bald until I was three-years-old and how I loved, loved, loved, my books.


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ot a lot has changed. Well, I have hair now, but I’m still a hoarder of all things bookish.

When I was six years old, I wanted to be school teacher…or a bus driver. Yeah, I’m serious. However, I always loved telling stories, writing songs, and reading. So I started (and stopped) writing several stories while growing up, never showing them to anyone. I filled notebook after notebook with songs I had written. Yes, I wanted to be a singer/songwriter, but fear held me back.

How Joy’s Writing Began

Janet SimcicHowever, God is awesome. He took that dream and helped me fully realize another dream – writing books. In my senior year of high school, I realized I actually liked writing assignments. They made me downright giddy. Yeah, I’m a weirdo, but that’s when I knew I wanted to be an author.

When I wasn’t writing, I volunteered as a youth leader, and I still love mentoring teens. I discovered the coolest writer’s conference in the world – the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference, and I married my warrior knight in August of 2013.

If you and I were hanging out, I’d drag you to a coffee shop with a stack of books in my purse that you MUST read. (And yes, my purse is that big.) We’d gush about our favorite authors, Gilmore Girls, cheesecake and everything under the sun as we drank all the coffee, tea, and hot chocolate the establishment had in stock.

And then the book stuff happened…

Joy Palmer’s Debut 


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t took me four years to complete my first novel, and I did some major revisions (translation: weeping and gnashing of teeth) right before my second ACFW Conference, where I pitched that novel.

 Afterwards, I came home and waited.

Waited…

And waited.

Some rejections followed, and I drowned my sorrows with salty chocolate.

I mean, I tried to drown them. Rejections are hard. We know they’re not personal, but because we put so much of our heart and soul into our stories, sometimes it feels personal. God spent many hours whispering to my heart during this season. Not condolences, but to be me.

I distracted myself by writing and, goody, more waiting. Then I received notice my proposal was going to committee.

Thank God, I got the answer the next day because I could. not. sleep. that night!

My book baby, Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations, released from WhiteFire Publishing in June of 2016.

Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations

Isabel “Izze” Vez, bridal consultant extraordinaire, has been helping brides find The Dress for years. She loves nothing more than helping make wedding dreams come true.

But sometimes the happy endings grate on her. How many times can a girl discover someone else’s gown without dreaming of the day it’ll be her turn to wear one?

When James Miles Clayton walks into her life, he represents everything Izze can’t handle: change. He’s determined to bring the Ever After Bridal Boutique into the black…and prove to Izze she should give him a chance.

But if there’s anything Izze handles worse than change, it’s trust. She may have a few issues—fine, she knows she does. But will they keep getting in the way of any chance of her own Happily Ever After? She wants to trust God to give her those dreams of love and lace, but that’s going to require some…minor alterations.

Post-Debut for Joy Palmer

Remember that whispered message? It hadn’t sunk in. Not completely because things started getting really stressful.

First, there was the pressure of sales. The pressure of making every story even better. The pressure of following all the rules of all the social media outlets. The pressure of doing the author thing perfectly. And because I’m a perfectionist.

Finally, God’s voice broke through my stubborn, stressed heart in a blub session at another ACFW conference.

Be me. Write with Him. With. Him. Not me trying to do everything a certain way. Write with Him.

And that’s made all the difference for my heart.

What’s up with Joy Palmer now? 

Then about two weeks after I found out about my book baby, I found out I was pregnant. So honestly, the last few years have passed in a sleep deprived blur. Zzzz.

Now I’m working on two projects. All I can tell you about the first one is that while I absolutely love these characters now, for a while they made me want to pull my hair out by the roots!

The other is a Christmas novella I plan to release next year. Yay! I’m super excited for readers to meet these friends. So check my blog and social media pages for updates!

In my spare time, I’m an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and I love acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens I mentor. (Click to Tweet!) 

When I’m not urging the elves that live in my computer to write, I’m hanging out with my husband, our adorable baby girl, and our socially awkward pets.

How to Find Joy

Purchase Links

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Lord, You are Love and the Author of Romance. You’re the Author of Everything, including laughter. Thank you for authors like Joy who add the lovely spice labeled humor to love stories that inspire readers to look to You for their everything.
Bless each word Joy Palmer writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake ~

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14 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Joy Palmer

  1. Marilyn R

    Thank you Joy for sharing your journey in being published. Comedy in a book is perfect when life is so busy. Blessings as you continue to write “With Him”.

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn. We all need as many occasions as possible to laugh, chuckle, or smile, don’t we? You can smile about being entered in this week’s drawing! 😊

       
       
    2. I feel honored to share this crazy, wonderful journey. <3 Thank you, Marilyn! 🙂

       
       
  2. Jane Theriot

    Comedy is exactly what our hearts need. Think about how many times we are told to rejoice in the Bible. Keep up the great writing and mentoring.

     
     
    1. Amen to that, Jane! You’re entered, by the way, friend. 🙂

       
       
    2. Exactly! <3 Thank you so much, Jane! 🙂

       
       
  3. Ann Ellison

    I enjoyed reading about Joy’s writing journey. Her book sounds like a fun read.

     
     
    1. Joy AND her book seem like they’re delightful! You’re entered, Ann, friend.

       
       
    2. Thank you, Ann! 🙂

       
       
  4. Kim G.

    Hey Joy!

    Great interview. I follow you on Instagram and your blog. I haven’t read your book yet but your humor on your blog and on Instagram has put it in my overly massive TBR! And lunch sounds like the most perfect lunch. 😉

     
     
    1. I’m very glad to “meet” you here on this blog, Kim. You’re entered for the drawing!

       
       
    2. Hi Kim! *waves* Awesome to see you here!!

      I know a thing or two about massive TBR piles! I hope you enjoy the story when your TBR stops threatening to attack!

      Oh, wait… That’s my TBR. Hopefully yours is much nicer. 😉

       
       
  5. Thank you for hosting me! Your prayer blessed my heart! <3

     
     
    1. I’m honored to host you, Joy!

       
       

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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


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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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