The Over 50 Writer

ARE YOU CALLED TO THE WRITER’S LIFE? by PENNY FROST McGINNIS
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Home Where She Belongs

AUTHOR:  Penny Frost McGinnis

PUBLISHER:  Mt. Zion Ridge Press

GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Book One in the Abbott Island Series

TARGET AGE:  Adults Women 20s+

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR PENNY FROST McGINNIS TO THE OVER 50 WRITER. PENNY OFFERS ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THOSE CALLED TO WRITE.

 

 

 

PENNY IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A PRINT COPY OF HOME WHERE SHE BELONGS. PLUS A HANDMADE FELT BOOKMARK.

 

 

ARE YOU CALLED TO THE WRITER’S LIFE?

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Penny Frost McGinnis

 

 

 

From the outside, the writer's life looks glamorous. Imagine spending all day making stuff up. Yes, imagining story is a large part of writing. Creating characters and setting brings great joy and satisfaction, but writing a story for readers requires so much more. The best words of advice I have for writers who are starting out on the author journey is be prepared to put in the time and the work.

 

 

 

For years I dreamed of being a published author. At one time I wanted to publish a children's book, but that opportunity never happened. In my twenties I was a reader of nonfiction and children's books as I raised my daughters. Then I took a job at the public library and started reading fiction again. I'd read fiction as a young person, but had gotten away from it. The more I read fiction, the more I enjoyed the stories. When Christian Fiction became more available, I embraced it. God changed my heart's desire to writing for women, which led me to pen fiction and work toward publication.

 

 

 

The time-line between my desire to write fiction and actual publication has been twenty-five years. During that time, I wrote devotions and had some published. I also started a blog where I post devotions, book reviews, and encouraging thoughts. I penned ideas and I read, a lot. So many great books have been written by amazing authors who want to help new writers. I joined the American Christian Fiction Writers and got to attend one conference where I connected with seasoned authors. I found smaller conferences to attend and connect. The encouragement spurred me along. I invested money and time for many years because I knew God called me to be faithful to Him and write, and I eventually learned the publication was up to Him.

 

 

 

God called me to be faithful and write—publication was up to Him.

 

 

 

If the dream of publication and the call to write rests on you, put in the time, the work, the tears, the laughter, and the love of the written word and be faithful. Fortunately, my husband, family, and friends supported my long journey. I pray you are surrounded by encouragement.

 

 

 

Now at sixty-four years old, I signed my first contract for my debut novel, Home Where She Belongs. I may not make much money or any for that matter, but I have the satisfaction of knowing I've been faithful to God after He lit the fire in me to write.

 

 

 

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, "and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody," has become my go to verse in life. Put in the work, be faithful, and God will provide.

 

 

 

I waited twenty-five years to see my dream come true, but if publication had never happened, I know I have done what God asked me to do.

 

 

 

If you have the desire to write placed on your heart, keep at it. Be willing to learn from other writers, attend conferences, follow your favorite authors on social media, read books, and write, write, write. Best wishes as you pursue your dream.

 

 

 

Book Blurb for Home Where She Belongs:

Small-town romance with a dash of mystery and the promise of hope.

Tired of being a pawn for her father and an emotional punching bag for her ex-boyfriend, Sadie Stewart escapes to Abbott Island where she spent summers with her grandparents. Would the love and faith she learned from them be enough to fuel her new life? She wants to believe God's promises, yet broken trust holds her back. 

Joel Grayson left the island long enough to train at the Police Academy. The community trusts him, even though he's failed. When he finds Sadie at her grandparents' cottages, his heart skips a beat. He'd love to get to know her again, but no one needs to share the hurt he harbors.

When Sadie discovers someone is sabotaging her future, she seeks Joel's help. As they are drawn together, will Joel let down his guard and let her in? Will Sadie trust the man who loves her and the Father Who cares?

 

 

Home Where She belongs is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other book sellers.

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT COPY OF HOME WHERE SHE BELONGS PLUS A HANDMADE FELT BOOKMARK BETWEEN NOW AND SATURDAY, MAY 7TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

 

If Penny Frost McGinnis could live in a lighthouse or on an island, she would. Instead, she and her husband are content to live in southwest Ohio and visit Lake Erie every chance they get. She adores her family and dogs, indulges in dark chocolate, enjoys fiber arts, and grows flowers and herbs in her tiny garden. She pens romance with a dash of mystery and the promise of hope. Her life's goal is to encourage and uplift through her writing. Connect with Penny:

Website/Blog                          https://www.pennyfrostmcginnis.com/ 

Facebook Author page:           https://www.facebook.com/PennyFrostMcGinnisAuthor

Twitter                                    https://twitter.com/PennyFMcGinnis

Pinterest                                 https://www.pinterest.com/pennyfmcg/hope-for-todays-heart/

 

 

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Comments

Cleo Lampos From Oak Lawn IL At 5/2/2022 10:51:28 AM

Really enjoyed reading about your journal. Keep writing and reaching out. Your life verse is well chosen. Thanks for sharing with us these encouraging words.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Cleo. Thank you for stopping by and joining the conversation.

Dienece From Australia At 4/27/2022 7:14:21 PM

Congratulations! I hope I don't have to wait so long, but then the wait must have made the moment so much sweeter. Wish you well!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Dienece. Thank you so much for joining the conversation, all the way from Australia! WOW! I hope your writing dreams are realized soon.

Penny McGinnis From OH At 4/27/2022 5:15:32 PM

Thanks everyone for all the positive comments. They have brought joy to my day!

Barbara M. Britton From Milwaukee At 4/27/2022 4:03:36 PM

Hi Penny. God's timing is the perfect timing--we wish He would let us in on it. Your book sounds wonderful. Congratulations! (Don't put me in the drawing--I'm a fellow over 50 author).

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Barbara. So true about God's timing. If only He would let us know, but He has his reasons why he doesn't. Thank you so much for joining us today.

Theresa Gustafson From Travelers Rest, SC At 4/27/2022 3:15:24 PM

Great interview! Very encouraging, especially for anyone wanting to pursue writing and publishing a book. By the way, I’ve read Penny’s book already (early E-book copy) and the story is wonderful! The characters and setting draw you in almost immediately. I highly recommend!!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Theresa. Thank you for joining us today and for sharing about Penny's book. It's always a delight to hear praise for an author's work.

Diana Hardt From California At 4/27/2022 2:54:08 PM

It's a beautiful cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Diana. Thank you so much for stopping by ad joining in the conversation.

Penny McGinnis From OH At 4/27/2022 1:59:09 PM

Hi Melissa. I love the colors, too. The book is set in fall and winter, and I think the sky's colors capture the seasons.

Holly Millet From Quincy, Illinois At 4/27/2022 11:10:16 AM

I have known Penny since College Days and I love her heart!! She is such an encourager. Wishing her the very best with her 1st published book and I love the cover of this book. It draws me right in!!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Holly. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us!

Melissa Henderson From Mount Pleasant SC At 4/27/2022 9:49:09 AM

I love the cover of this book. The colors captured my attention. I want to read this story. :-)

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Melissa. Thank you for joining us today and sharing your thoughts. Wishing you the best in the drawing!

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Welcome Author Michal J. Webb
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