Let’s Chat! Chloe S. Flanagan

Welcome, Everyone!

Chloe FlanaganChloe S. Flanagan is our honored guest this week. Chloe, a young author with wisdom beyond her years, writes Christian Romantic Suspense.

Chloe is offering BOTH her books in digital format. Is that an offer or what!

Here’s Chloe in her own words.

Chloe S. Flanagan: Before Authorship

First of all, I’m a hopeless bookworm and have been for most of my life. When I was growing up, my family lived in several different places, including Oklahoma, Texas, Atlanta, the Gulf Coast, and Hawaii. All that moving provided some wonderful experiences, and yet it could also be lonely at times. But books were the friends I had with me no matter where I went.

Chloe Flanagan
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t’s probably not a surprise, then, that when I first went to college at New York University, I wanted to study English and one day write fiction. But a bad economy at the time prompted me to switch to a major I thought would be more practical. Not long afterwards, though, multiple family crises required me to leave school for several years.

A Time to Listen

Chloe S. FlanaganIn the wake of these crises, I went through a period of depression. I stopped reading, and my writer’s voice fell silent because I didn’t believe I had anything worthwhile to say.

During this season, I spent a lot of time struggling to figure out what God was doing in my life and what He wanted me to do. That was a question that, sadly, I hadn’t asked as much as I should have.

A Time to Explore

At one of the gloomiest points of my struggle, I discovered a number of Christian fiction authors that I had never read before. One of the first of these was Jamie Langston Turner. Her books impressed me so much, that I decided to write her an email to express my appreciation. I was thrilled when she actually responded to my message. She thanked me and told me a little bit more about her books. She closed her note by telling me that my email was so well written, that I could be an author myself.

Ms. Turner’s response touched and humbled me, of course, but her kind words also stunned me. Reading them was like receiving a visit from an old dream—a dream that I thought had died.

A Time to Write

Chloe S. FlanaganNot long after that email exchange, God began pulling me back into writing. I was finally in college again, researching and composing papers. Next, I received numerous freelance writing opportunities that led to me getting a job as a technical writer in the aerospace industry.

Now that I was back in the habit of writing, I decided to document some of the struggles and joys of my faith journey by starting my own blog, The Candid Corinthian. The blog brought a wonderful opportunity to connect with other believers for honest, loving conversations about God and the faith community.

Chloe S. Flanagan, Author

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F
inally, around eighteen months ago, I began work on my first novel, a Christian Romantic Suspense novel called Forward to What Lies Ahead. I self-published it in November 2017 and released its sequel, A Time For Every Matter, in August of 2018. These two books, along with a third that I’m currently working on, form the “An Offer of Grace Series.” Each story features characters that accept a unique opportunity that causes them to encounter God’s grace in a new way. Consequently, my characters learn, as I have learned, that God has a loving purpose for all of us, and He often reveals it in life’s darkest moments.

Chloe Flanagan

Looking Ahead

Once I’ve completed my current series, I have several contemporary and historical fiction projects on the horizon. In the meantime, Lord willing, I will continue to share thoughts and dialogue on The Candid Corinthian blog.

Chloe S. Flanagan

A Gift from Chloe

I want to thank you, Linda, for creating a space for other Christian authors to discuss their writing journey. I’m so grateful to be included. To show my appreciation, I’d like to offer one commenter a digital copy of both of my books, Forward to What Lies Ahead and A Time For Every Matter.

How to Find Chloe and Her Books

Here are my websites:

https://chloesflanagan.weebly.com

https://candidcorinthian.blogspot.com

Here are my social media pages:

https://www.goodreads.com/chloeflan

https://www.facebook.com/candidcorinthian/

https://twitter.com/candidcorinth

https://www.instagram.com/candid_corinthian

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Lord, we come to you in gratitude and praise for Your kind hand of blessing. We thank You for calling writers like Chloe to create stories that bring honor to You name. Thank You for readers who are looking for stories such as these. Bless each word readers of Christian fiction store in their hearts. And bless each word Chloe writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

14 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Chloe S. Flanagan

  1. Arletta

    What a powerful testimony! Do you need to read the books in order for the third to make sense?

     
     
    1. Chloe Flanagan

      Great question!

      You will be able to read the third book as a stand-alone. Characters from the first two books will figure prominently in this one but you won’t need to know their stories to understand this one.

      Blessings!

       
       
  2. JANE QUAIL

    It is very humbling for me to admit, Chloe, how your story moves my heart. In a small space we cannot include everything about ourselves that we might like to tell. You succeed in uplifting others of us who’ve had some disappointments. Self-published like you, it has been difficult for me to get further into my storytelling. Apparently, you’ve written some studies as well, and I have one coming, “Under the Cover of His Word”. Hoping for God’s lifting you up richly in times to come…

     
     
    1. Jane,

      We face so many challenges as writers, including some unique ones when we’re self-published. It’s so easy to be discouraged. But I’m glad we can support and lift one another up on this road.

      Your study sounds interesting. I like the title. I haven’t published any of my reflections except in blog format, but I have that in mind as a future project.

      I pray God blesses and encourages you on your future work.

       
       
    2. Thank you for your kind words to Chloe, Jane. You’re a blessing to this blog, friend.

       
       
  3. Candace West Posey

    I loved reading your personal story, Chloe. I already have both of your books, and I’m looking forward to reading the third one. May the Lord continue to bless your writing journey!

     
     
    1. Thanks for reading, Candace! I’m looking forward to reading more of your work too.

       
       
    2. Thanks for stopping by, Candace. Come back now.

       
       
  4. Chloe, it’s cool to hear how your conversation with another author encouraged you to pursue your dream of writing again. I think we often underestimate how much our words mean to each other. May God bless your journey as you continue along the paths He has for you. : )

     
     
    1. Thanks, Given.

      You’re right! Our words are so powerful, and we can use them for harm or for good. I try to use the encouragement I’ve received as a reminder to be positive and uplifting in what I say to others (although I’m sure I slip up sometimes).

      Blessings!

       
       
  5. Lorel Kline

    I was very touched by all that Chloe shared. I know that God takes all of our experiences and what we go through and uses them if we will let Him. I am sure that is what He is doing through her books, her love of reading and reignited love for writing. Continue to be all that He calls you to and we will all benefit from through your books.

     
     
    1. Thanks for chatting with us, Lorel. You’ve encouraged Chloe and me both. Please come back.

       
       
    2. Lorel, (that’s such a lovely name)
      Thank you for your kind words.
      It seems odd to say now, but when I was younger, I loved reading and daydreaming stories so much but I never thought of how God had placed that passion in my heart. I just looked at it as a quirk! haha. That’s why I’m very grateful for creative and faithful role models:mentors who help show me the truth about His calling.

      Have a blessed day!

       
       
    3. Woo Hoo, Lorel! You win Chloe’s two books! (She’ll email you.) Thanks for joining our circle and encouraging us. Please come back!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Marilyn Turk

Welcome, everyone!

Marilyn TurkMarilyn Turk honors us with a visit this week. She authors historical romantic suspense. If you enjoy stories set in the past, romance, and suspense-filled story line. Marilyn’s your gal.

Marilyn is offering an ebook giveaway of any of her books–winner’s choice. You can’t beat that! Join the conversation below, and you name’s in the hat! (LSU tiger fans, heads up!) 

Marilyn Turk Before Writing

I was born and raised in Louisiana, not in the swamp, but close enough to know what a Cajun is and how good food tastes, like example Jambalaya, shrimp creole, crawfish etouffe, gumbo, etc.

Marilyn Turk
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graduated from Louisiana State University (where else?) with a degree in journalism, but don’t let that fool you. Although I had no intention of being a journalist, I wanted to major in advertising and it was in the school of journalism. However, those required journalism courses have helped a little with my writing, such as learning to be on deadline.

I tried my hand in advertising for a few years before I moved to a big city (Atlanta) and went to work for a Fortune 500 company in sales. It was a “good” job that God gave me. During my 25 years with the company, I married and had three sons.

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hen my company was sold, I was laid off (Reduction in Force, they call it). I eventually had to relocate and ended up in Florida. God’s hand? Divorced with a mortgage and three sons in college, I realized God wanted me to move. Four years later I met and married my current husband. God had forced that move so we would meet.

Marilyn Turk, the Writer

Marilyn TurkRebel Light was my first novel, self-published after a contract with a publisher fell through because he was unable to keep his commitment. When my agent didn’t find another publisher for it, I self-published it. The book was to be the first in a four-book series that another editor had suggested. I completed the book, but that editor was no longer with the same publisher. So I wrote the second book and started the third with the intention of self-publishing them, but then my agent said a publisher was looking for a southern gothic story.

More Books for Marilyn Turk

Marilyn TurkI didn’t know what that was, but I brainstormed a story with my husband and I pitched the story to another editor. The story, The Gilded Curse, is set in 1942 on Jekyll Island, GA, and was published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in 2016.

Many who read it asked what happened to the characters afterwards. So I thought about it and wrote the sequel, Shadowed by a Spy, also set in 1942 New York. Lighthouse published it in July 2018.

Marilyn TurkAlso, Forget Me Not Romances contracted me for my series. They republished Rebel Light in May 2018 and published  Revealing Light  in June and Redeeming Light in September. The next in the series is Rekindled Light which will be out at the end of 2018. The series is set in Florida from 1861 to 1883.

As you can tell, they all have the word “light.” When I first began writing, I started a lighthouse blog and posted Marilyn Turkfaithfully on it for five years, once a week. My books feature a lighthouse either as the setting or as a mention in the book, kind of like a “Where’s Waldo?” but with lighthouses. Fittingly, my novella, “The Wrong Survivor,” is part of Barbour’s Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides collection that released November 2018.

What’s up with Marilyn Turk now?

I have another book contracted by Forget Me Not. And another book, a split-time novel contracted by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

Marilyn TurkThree years ago, God led me to host a small writers conference for our area. The Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat debuted in 2017. Intended to be a small, quality, affordable conference that was as much a spiritual retreat as a writers conference, it surpassed my exceptions. Response was great. So in 2018, the Blue Lake CWR was held again. The retreat was exactly as I’d hoped. God delivered over and above what I asked, and it blessed all who Marilyn Turkattended, including faculty. The 2019 retreat will be March 27-30. The website for the retreat is  http://bluelakecwr.com/

I also wrote a book of devotions called Lighthouse Devotions. I plan to update it and re-release it next year.

How can we find Marilyn Turk?

Blog: http://pathwayheart.com,

Website: marilynturk.com 

Facebook

Twitter: @MarilynTurk

Amazon

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Lord, we honor You as our only true love. We thank You for revealing Yourself as Love in the face of Jesus. We pray You’ll shine a light on Yourself
through Christian fiction such as Marilyn’s books.
Please bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

25 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Marilyn Turk

  1. Shonda

    I’ve not read any of your books but they look good! Thank you for a chance to win one. I love reading about the different books you have written. I like that they have the word light in the titles.

     
     
    1. Hi Shonda,
      Thanks for your comment! I hope you get to read my books. Let me know how you like them!

       
       
  2. I love to meet new authors and your books sounds very intriguing… !

     
     
    1. Hi,Tanja! I’m smiling big at seeing you here with us. Thanks for stopping by. You’re entered in the drawing, friend! (Hug your family for me.)

       
       
    2. Hi Tanja,
      Thanks for your comment! Hope you get to read my books!
      Blessings,
      Marilyn

       
       
      1. Marilyn, Tanja and I “met” via my website contact form–all the way from Switzerland, her home. And then we met face to face at ACFW in DFW. What a delight!

         
         
  3. Hi Linda,
    Looks like the website is letting me in now. Thank you for having me on your site and thank you to everyone who commented!

     
     
  4. Your books sound so intriguing. I married a Louisiana Cajun man myself. Lived there three years before we returned back to Texas. Your mention of Cajun foods makes me want to get busy cooking an etouffe or gumbo. The subject matter of the Germans following a woman to New York captivates my interest level…makes me imagine what the outcome will be. Sounds like you found the purpose God had for you.
    May you continue to be blessed with your writing.

     
     
    1. Hi Jane! Where else would someone named Theriot be from but Louisiana! Hope you cooked up some good gumbo or etoufee! I look forward to hearing how you liked my books.

       
       
  5. Perrianne Askew

    Your writing has been quite a journey! I did enjoy your novella in The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides collection.

     
     
    1. Hi, Perrianne! It’s great to see you. We’re really blessed by Marilyn’s visit.

       
       
    2. Hi Perianne,
      So glad you enjoyed The Wrong Survivor in the Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides collection. Hope you get to read some of my other books.

       
       
  6. Hey Everybody! Waving here. Thanks for commenting. Sorry the site won’t accept my comments. That’s never happened before! Hope y’all enjoy my books!

     
     
  7. Hi, all! Unfortunately, Marilyn has been unable to reply to your comments so far for no reason of her own. It has to do with some “techy” issue between her/me/this site. My site creator/maintainer hasn’t been able to replicate the problem Marilyn is having. So I told her I’d let you know she’s reading your comments and appreciates them and you!

     
     
  8. Susan Wallace

    Wow! These books sound intriguing. Thanks for info.

     
     
    1. Yes! Marilyn is a great writer. Come by, Cuz!

       
       
    2. Hi Susan, Hope you get to read them! Thanks for your comment.

       
       
  9. Faith Creech

    Thanks for the conversation and getting to know you. Would love to read your books!

     
     
    1. Hi, Faith. It’s great to see you in our midst this week. You’re entered in the drawing!

       
       
  10. Paula Shreckhise

    I won Rebel Light . I just haven’t started to read it yet. The book about the Gilded Curse and Jekyll Island looks great! Thanks for your story. It was so interesting.

     
     
    1. Hi, Paula. Welcome! You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

       
       
  11. Marilyn R

    Hello Linda and Marilyn, I enjoyed reading more about Marilyn Turk’s upcoming books. I have read and reviewed all of her books to date, so I do not need to be included in the giveaway.

    Have a blessed week. Keep letting “the light shine for Jesus” as you both write.

     
     
    1. Hi, Marilyn. Welcome! You have a blessed weekend.

       
       
  12. Brandi

    Wow! What a journey. Thank you for sharing your story and remaining open to the Spirit’s movement and guidance.

     
     
    1. Hi, Brandi. Welcome! It’s great to have you in our circle. I hope you’ll return. 🙂

       
       

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