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Precarious Yates is one of 10 authors celebrating the upcoming release of Karen Baney’s new contemporary inspirational romance, Nickels, Dec 13-15.

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Thankfulness and the Writing Process

by Precarious Yates

Thankfulness is the currency of eternity. We see this in Revelation in the songs to the Lamb. In 5:12, worshipers give wealth to the Lamb, yet two chapters later, in 7:12, wealth is changed to thanksgiving. A currency exchange happens along the way. I’m trying to do that currency exchange while here on earth.

One thing I’m very grateful for? Writing. Whether people enjoy my books or not, I have such joy in the process of writing that I’m not concerned (as much) with people’s assessment. I love when the ideas begin to flow for the first time, and I love the editing process when I see the novel coming together.

I liked waitressing well enough, but I didn’t have the contentment as a waitress the way that I do as a writer. So I’m also grateful for the time to be a writer.

At the end of the day, I’m thankful that I chose to self publish, even though this wasn’t my first choice. I’ve made some wonderful friends throughout the process of self publishing that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. They inspire me, challenge me, help me to make my work the best it can be. Thank you, Wendy, for being one of those friends!

Remaining thankful through the writing process has helped me keep perspective. The Lord needs to be first and foremost, and I need to put my family before any job or ministry. Some days I focus on numbers and the ins and outs of marketing a book, then someone nudges me back to the real priorities. I can be thankful instead of resentful, since I’d been practicing thankfulness through the joyful moments.

These principles can be expressed through every area of life. I just find it helpful to practice thankfulness in the individual areas instead of as a blanket gratitude: I think it speeds up the currency exchange.

Precarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their mastiff. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

You can learn more about Ms. Yates and about the issues discussed in this novel by visiting www.precariousyates.com

Book 2 of Revelation Special Ops, Pharmacia: Those Magic Arts, is due out in 2012. Book 1 is available now.

Join Precarious and 9 other Christian authors as they celebrate the release of her Karen Baney’s new novel with this great 99 cent eBook event.

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Today we welcome S.L. Pierce, author of The Devil’s Game. She is participating in a Women’s Literary Cafe launch for Andy Hollowman’s debut novel: Shades of Gray.

Your website says “Mystery/Thrillers without all the Prose.” Can you explain a bit about the philosophy behind that?

The main character of The Devil’s Game is Rachel Pendleton.  She is young, about to finish graduate school, and really looking forward to starting her ‘real’ life.  But just when everything is about to be perfect in her eyes, someone starts stalking her and she doesn’t know who to trust.  But before you think ‘another stalker book’ the difference here is this question; what if a stalker had a stalker?  My favorite part of writing her was trying to keep her strong but mixing in the right amount of fear.  It was really challenging.

Tell us about your main character The Devil’s Game. What’s your favorite part about writing her?

The main character of The Devil’s Game is Rachel Pendleton. She is young, about to finish graduate school, and really looking forward to starting her ‘real’ life. But just when everything is about to be perfect in her eyes, someone starts stalking her and she doesn’t know who to trust. But before you think ‘another stalker book’ the difference here is this question; what if a stalker had a stalker? My favorite part of writing her was trying to keep her strong but mixing in the right amount of fear. It was really challenging.

Is she reflection of you in all or part?

Rachel is not a reflection of me at all but I know my co-writer drew on her experience with her two grown daughters to help shape Rachel.

Did you pull in any real-life events?

Oh no, thank goodness. Everything in this story is complete fiction.

I have to ask one of the most popular (and to me, intriguing) questions – are you a panster or a plotter when you write?

Definitely a plotter. I wrote Secrets (my first book) as a panster and had to do so much rewriting to make all the plot points fit together. The problem with pansting, for me, is if you think of something halfway through, you have to go back and make it work throughout the book. So much more work. So now I plot, plot, plot before ever writing a word.

Do you stick to your plot or do you still find yourself changing things once you begin to write the story?

I plot the big picture so there is plenty of room for small things to change. It would be crazy NOT to listen to the voices in my head, right 🙂

You’ve been publishing for almost a year now, both by yourself and with a writing partner – do you still find new things to learn about the process of writing and publishing your work?

Absolutely. I feel like such a beginner when it comes to the writing. The good thing is, everything I write gets easier and easier. Less revisions, less rewriting and I’m figuring out the method of writing that works best for me (set a timer and turn off my internal critic). But there is so much to learn and I hope to always be getting better. As far as the publishing, I feel I have the publishing/advertising stuff down now. Which doesn’t mean I am always following through. But I know what I should be doing.

Did you ever consider pursuing the traditional publishing route?

Not really. When I started writing self publishing was turning the corner of acceptance and a lot of things made sense to me – things like keeping the rights, keeping control, and keeping most of the royalties instead of just a small percentage. I still feel self publishing is the right path for me.

What do you feel are the greatest strengths and challenges of being an indie writer?

The strengths are the things I listed above, keeping rights, keeping control. You can write the story YOU want. But with that comes the challenge of having no one guiding you if you get off track. And editing, cover art, and promoting are all up to you and they take a lot of time away from writing. But if you can find a balance, it is really worth it.

What would you say to someone who is considering purchasing an indie book?

I would say forget about all the reviewers and detractors. If a book looks interesting download a sample or read the ‘look inside’ section. It’s free, it’s easy, and you’ll know right away if the book is something you want to read. I’d say give them a chance.wearing. So when I write, I leave most of that out, and just focus on the mystery and the action. It does make the stories shorter, but they end up with a really fast pace.

 S.L. Pierce spent ten years getting a PhD in engineering before deciding engineering wasn’t for her. She now lives in Colorado with her husband and four children.

The short stories “The Hate” and “Manhunt” are her first published works. Her mystery/thriller Secrets came out in March 2011. The Devil’s Game, a psychological thriller co-written with Maren Kaye, was released in June 2011.

You can find her on facebook and twitter @piercebooks or contact her at slpierce2011@hotmail.com

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November is going to be an incredibly busy month! I release Red Sky Warning at the end of the month on November 29th. Just before it I will have appearances on other blogs, TBA (and very open to invites 😉 ).  I also hope to release a short story in the middle of the month if I have the time. And to start it all off, at the beginning of the month I will participate in this launch party, hosted by the Women’s Literary Cafe!

Busy, exciting, wonderful times ahead!

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