Pat Jeanne Davis: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Pat Jeanne DavisPAT JEANNE DAVIS is our newest honored guest. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her British-born husband, John. They have two grown sons. She enjoys flower gardening, genealogy research and traveling with her husband. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Historical Novel Society. Pat loves to hear from her readers. Subscribe to her newsletter at www.patjeannedavis.com.

Pat Jeanne Davis has published essays, short stories and articles online and in print. She has a keen interest in twentieth-century American and British history, particularly the period of World War II. Pat Jeanne Davis’s father-in-law served in the British Eighth Army during the war. When Valleys Bloom Again is her debut historical romance set in that era.

Pat is offering a print copy of When Valleys Bloom Again to one U.S. resident who joins the chat below.

When Valleys Bloom Again

Pat Jeanne Davis
A Wartime Romance Set On Two Continents

 After fleeing impending war in England, nineteen-year-old Abby Stapleton works to correct her stammer and to become a teacher in America, only to discover this conflict has no boundaries and that a rejected suitor is intent on destroying her name, fiancé, and fragile faith.

As war approaches in 1939 Abby Stapleton’s safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London—but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling herself isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-torn London too? Abby becomes friendly with Jim, a gardener on her uncle’s estate.

Jim can’t get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in England? Was it foolish to think she’d consider him? He curses his poverty and the disgrace of his father’s desertion and drunkenness haunts him. Can he learn to believe in love for a lifetime and to hope for a happy marriage?

Abby couldn’t know the war would last a long time, nor that she would fall in love with Jim—soon to be drafted by the U.S. Army—or that she’d have to confront Henri, a rejected suitor, determined by his lies to ruin her reputation and destroy her faith in God’s providence. Will she discover the true meaning of home and find happiness with Jim?

Pat Jeanne Davis

How Writing Began for Pat Jeanne Davis

My desire to write for publication began when I became convinced I had a personal story to share that would encourage other women. This realization motivated me to enroll in a creative writing course. There I was introduced to the basic steps in the writing process. My essay on my experiences while struggling with infertility was critiqued in class.

“Continue to polish your piece and find a publication for it,” my writing instructor advised. So began my journey on the road toward publication.

Many times I reminded myself this writing experience was also part of my walk of faith and that, too, required patience, perseverance and prayer. This passage in God’s Word has been a favorite. “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart…” (Psalm 37:4, NKJV).

My teacher suggested that I apply for a scholarship to the conference where she was on the board of directors. At the same time, I submitted the story I had worked on in her class to a national magazine for their Mother’s Day writing competition. I sent both the application for the scholarship and the story out in December. I didn’t think anymore about them.

A Blessed Surprise for Pat Jeanne

Five months later and just before Mother’s Day, I went for the first time to GRIT Magazine’s website. To my surprise jumping out at me on the front cover was my piece, Mommy to You Both. There was no mention of the contest or any winners. Two weeks later a check and five copies arrived in my mailbox. This success gave me much needed encouragement and a desire to continue submitting more of my work.

At the end of May I received word that I was awarded an all paid scholarship to the writer’s conference in June. So with renewed enthusiasm and much excitement I attended my first conference. I knew my instructor would be there too. As I was browsing through the free literature provided at this event, I saw a stack of GRIT Magazines. There on the table was the issue with my story. It was an exciting moment as I once more realized that I was not wasting my time trying to become a published writer. But more importantly I saw this as an indication that God was pleased with my efforts to encourage others with my words.

Eventually more of my work was accepted elsewhere. I began to use those clips when querying or submitting to other markets. Since then my essays, short stories and articles have been accepted by other publications.

Another Cherished Dream for Pat Jeanne Davis

Pat Jeanne Davis

But I had another cherished dream as yet unrealized. I wanted to write an inspirational historical novel—the story of my heart. This would take much longer and require a different set of skills.

After more than 10 years spent in learning how to write fiction, writing and then rewriting to improve my novel, and then searching for an agent and finally a publisher, eventually my inspirational World War II romance, When Valleys Bloom Again, released earlier this year. The days since then have been exciting, but at the same time overwhelming with promoting and marketing my debut novel.

Today, I’ve come to even more fully realize that I’m in sync with God’s perfect timing when I ask Him to direct my paths. And it’s never too late to realize your heart’s desire if you don’t abandon your dream.

Pat Jean Davis Purchase Links:

When Valleys Bloom Again can be purchased here:

 Amazon: https://amzn.to/2njPfy5

Barnes & Noble:http://bit.ly/2lBAVAu                                     

Social Media Links to Pat Jeanne Davis:  

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Amazon Author Page:https://amazon.com/author/patjeannedavis   

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/pat-jeanne-davis-34290422/                   

Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/patjeannedavis/   

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Lord, we offer praises to Your name, for You and You alone are good. Remind us of this when we don’t understand Your ways. Please bless each word Pat Jeanne Davis writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

28 thoughts on “Pat Jeanne Davis: Let’s Chat!

  1. Janice Laird

    Hi! Thanks for sharing the story of your road to publication as I am new to fiction, too, and am now drafting my second WW2 novel! Throughout, my characters go through the peaks and valleys of faith, like yours! Thank you for including me in your drawing.

     
     
    1. Nice to meet you here, Janice. Thank you for leaving your comment for me. All the best with your WW2 novel. Keep trusting in Him for the results of your hard work. His timing is perfect. You are in the drawing.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Janice. Great to hear from you and to enter you in the drawing.

       
       
  2. Paula Shreckhise

    I love stories about WWII . My father was in the China,Burma, India Theater. I remember him teaching us Indian words for different foods. He was a cook and drove a supply truck.
    paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

     
     
    1. Hi, Paula. I’m always happy to hear from historical fiction readers who love stories set in the WWII era. Your father had such an important job. He helped to move the troops through their bellies. You’re in the drawing too.

       
       
    2. Greetings, Paula. It’s wonderful to see you in our circle and to enter you in the drawing.

       
       
  3. Jane Squires

    Would love to win

     
     
    1. Thank you, Jane, for stopping in and leaving a comment for me. You’re in the drawing for a copy of When Valleys Bloom Again.

       
       
    2. Hi, Jane. You have my middle name 🙂 It’s great to see you in our circle. I hope you’ll come again.

       
       
  4. Vivian Furbay

    I like historical fiction and this sounds like a good one. My Dad was a navigator in planes and flew in WW2.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Vivian, for stopping by and leaving your comment for me. You’re entered in the drawing for a copy of When Valleys Bloom Again.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Vivian! Great to have you in our circle and to enter you in the drawing.

       
       
  5. Bev Knudsen

    I think this sounds like a very intriguing book. I would love to win a copy!!

     
     
    1. I appreciate your stopping in to Let’s Chat and leaving your comment, Bev. You too are entered in the drawing for a copy of my debut WWII inspirational romance. God bless.

       
       
    2. Hi, Bev. Great to see you among the guests. You’re entered in the drawing. Come again!

       
       
  6. Sandy Fuller

    I would love to read your book! World War II is my favorite genre of Christian fiction! Thank you for sharing your story of how you perservered with your writing! Your words are an encouragement for all of us to write our stories and memories to share with our family and friends.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Sandy, for leaving this message for me. Your words here have encouraged me today. Yes, continue to write your stories and memories. There are those who want and need to hear them. God bless you.

       
       
    2. Hi, Sandy. We’re happy to share the chat circle with you. I hope you’ll come again.

       
       
  7. Marybeth Pettitt

    Your book is my absolute favorite time in history and genre, and it is going on my list of must reads! I look forward to reading it!

     
     
    1. I so appreciate your stopping in and leaving your message for me, Marybeth. So many of us love stories set in the WWII era. I hope you will love the story of Abby and Jim. God bless.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Marybeth. We’re honored by your presence and remarks. Please come again.

       
       
  8. Thank you, Alicia, for stopping by Linda’s blog to chat. I appreciate your kind words on my debut WWII novel and the cover too. Many others as well have thought the cover beautiful. My publisher and her designer worked hard to satisfy me there. It was my pleasure to write this post. I’m delighted that you enjoyed hearing about my writing journey towards publication. God bless you too.

     
     
  9. Sounds like a terrific read. I love any book dealing with history. So glad you pursued your dream of writing.Upon reading about the British Eights in you comments, I immediately recalled when Linda Brooks Davis and I played clarinets in our school band. One of our favorite marches was British Eights. Already you triggered a historical memory for me. Keep up the great writing.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Jane, for stopping by to chat. I’m happy to know that something I said here sparked such a wonderful memory from the days when you and Linda played clarinets in the bank. God bless.

       
       
    2. Hi, Jane. It’s always wonderful to see you in our circle. Thanks for the encouraging words.

       
       
  10. Alicia Haney

    Hi, first of all your book sounds like a very good read and a very good page turner! I Love, love the cover, it is Beautiful! I enjoyed reading what the book is about and I truly enjoyed reading such an uplifting inspirational article from the author! Thank you so very much for this article . Have a Great rest of the week . God Bless you.

     
     
    1. Hi, Alicia. I left a reply earlier but don’t see that. So again I want to thank you for leaving your comment for me. I especially appreciate your kind words on the cover for When Valleys Bloom Again. I’m delighted you enjoyed the blog post and found it to be uplifting. God bless you also.

       
       
    2. Hi, Alicia. You’re one of the faithful followers of this blog. I’m glad you could get to know a bit about Pat Jeanne. You have encouraged both of us.

       
       

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DiAnn Mills Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

DiAnn MillsI’m honored to welcome best-selling, award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, to our chat circle. I know you’ll love getting to know a bit more about this outstanding author of contemporary, historical, middle-grade fantasy, and non-fiction works.

DiAnn Mills: Author and Mentor

I met DiAnn over a decade ago at an ACFW Conference. Later, she mentored me in a Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild’s Craftsman Class. DiAnn has held a special place in my heart since those early days. 

Take it away, DiAnn!

Writer’s Life – Eccentric, Bizarre, and Sometimes Weird

Years ago, a good friend introduced me as her eccentric, bizarre, and weird writing friend. I loved it! Writers are a bit quirky because those distinguishing traits come with a creative mind.

Wherever we go from the grocery to the hardware store, we see material for our writing. Not a second of time is wasted. In every breath we are churning what we see, hear, smell, taste, and feel into prose.

Our mode of written expression ranges from fiction, devotions, nonfiction, poetry, song lyrics, and everything in between. Our passion for a topic draws us to fashion words into meaningful expression.

         We love the twist of a phrase.

         Treasure the way a word rolls off our tongue.

         Add value to every piece of written material to insure it’s new and dynamic. 

         We find well-written projects a thrill.

         Long to create our own unique expressions.

         And simply love what we do.

We journey through life with a different perspective that translates words into—beauty, color, insight, emotion, adventure, compassion, encouragement, inspiration, and unforgettable experiences.

What does eccentric, bizarre, and weird mean to a writer?

Eccentric

Our behavior is unconventional and often viewed as strange by “normal” people. We’ll go to any length to research our writing projects and spend hours alone perfecting one sentence. But how can we continue on our projects when an area drives us crazy?

Bizarre

Our behavior can be viewed as odd, even humorous. Frankly, I prefer extraordinary. We can stand outside in the pouring rain to understand the way it affects our senses and to discover metaphors and similes that fit. We act out our scenes and play all the characters’ parts. You see, normal can be so boring.

Weird

This descriptor of writers thrills me. I consider it a compliment when someone refers to me as peculiar, mysterious, and at times odd. Normal means others don’t have anything to talk about.

Dear writer, don’t fret when family and friends giggle about us or whisper behind our backs. One day they can say, “I knew that writer when …”

What unusual trait do you possess?

All About DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills Fatal StrikeDiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She weaves memorable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. You see, DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story. So why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure?

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. In addition, she is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and the Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson. Through these venues she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online. She would love to connect with readers on Facebook, Twitter, or any of the social media platforms listed at diannmills.com.

Other Recent Books by DiAnn Mills

                          HIGH TREASON – Tyndale February 2018
 
                        BURDEN OF PROOF – Tyndale October 2018
 
                 LONG WALK HOME e-book – Tyndale June 2019

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Lord, You give your creation unique gifts and smile when they use them for You. DiAnn is doing so, and I know You smile. Please bless each word she writes to Your glory. ~ For Jesus’ sake

14 thoughts on “DiAnn Mills Let’s Chat!

  1. Marilyn

    I enjoyed this interview with DiAnn Mills. I rather read than go to s movie or even watch TV so others think I’m dull. If they only knew the amazing adventures I’ve been on via lovable characters.
    Blessings to you both.

     
     
    1. Me too, Marilyn. Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
  2. Susanne

    Great interview! Love all of DiAnn’s books!

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne!

       
       
    2. Thanks, Susanne! I appreciate readers!

       
       
  3. Sarah Snider

    Hello! I find myself chuckling as I read your interview because I’ve always been the odd one. The one who had no interest in sports or parties and who just wanted to read, always carrying a book around (ok, ok, more than one!). And I haven’t changed!

     
     
    1. You and me both, Sarah! Reading was my favorite pastime even as a girl. Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
    2. My favorite is “should you be on meds?” Thanks, Sarah.

       
       
  4. Jeannie Holderfield

    I just finished Burden of Proof, my first of your work. Loved it! It was a great read and totally held my attention. I wasn’t even tempted to skip ahead and see “who did it” lol

     
     
    1. I loved Burden of Proof too. Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
    2. Oh, thank you, Jeannie. It was a fun story to write – and research.

       
       
  5. Alicia Haney

    Hi I enjoyed reading this interview and getting to know an awesome author even more. Your books sound like very good reads and they sound just like the kind of books I would Love to read. Thank you for sharing this interview. Have a Great rest of the week. God Bless you.

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining in the chat, Alicia. God bless you too.

       
       
    2. Thanks, Alicia, I write fiction because I’m driven to show a Christian worldview through at least one character. The idea of entertaining with wholesome stories is my passion.

       
       

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