The Over 50 Writer

WELCOME AUTHOR HOLLY MICHAEL
Friday, September 4, 2015 by Patti Shene

 

Featured book: Crooked Lines

Author’s name: Holly Michael

Publisher: AMDG Publishing

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Stand alone or series: Stand Alone

Target age: young adult and above

 

IT’S A PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR HOLLY MICHAEL. WHEN SHE BEGAN TO SERIOUSLY PURSUE AN OVER 50 WRITING CAREER AND THOSE DOUBTS STARTED CREEPING IN, GOD PROVIDED THE INSPIRATION SHE NEEDED IN A FEW SIMPLE WORDS.

 

HOLLY IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY OF A COPY OF EITHER CROOKED LINES OR HER DEVOTIONAL FIRST AND GOAL - WHAT FOOTBALL TAUGHT ME ABOUT NEVER GIVING UP*.  CHECK BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FIRST AND GOAL AND SEE HOW TO ENTER TO WIN.

 

A few years ago, I was an empty nester with the big FIVE-OH just a calendar page away. It was time! I was ready to step into the next phase of my life: “career-hood.”

 

I pulled up my old resume. The only additions I could think of adding were “On-Demand Chef, Driver’s Ed Teacher, and Football Stadium Cheerleader.” But those fine skills hadn’t earned me any money…just a few pounds, a few more gray hairs, and strained vocal chords.

 

My writing credits were dated. While raising my kids, I’d done some non-fiction freelancing for magazines and newspapers as well as a short stint as a full time feature writer for a local newspaper. But that had been years earlier. Newspapers weren’t hiring. The magazines I wrote for had gone out of business. My contacts were all old; like me.

 

I considered what I had to do to go forward in my writing career: two completed novels and a good start on a third. I also blogged. But I couldn’t make a living blogging and novel writing wasn’t a career path that brought home much bacon. Not that I had hopes to earn a six-figured salary, but at least I hoped to earn enough to maybe bring home bacon from my local meat market; maybe some milk and eggs too. My highest hope was to supplement my pastor husband’s salary.

 

After some praying and much bemoaning the uncertainty of my career path, I joined the ACFW – American Christian Fiction Writers and made a decision. I’d go to a conference, get an agent, and pitch my fiction and a non-fiction idea that was rolling around in my mind.

 

A few months later, my husband and I drove to Indianapolis to the annual conference. Approaching the city, doubt crept in. With my husband at the wheel, I lowered my head and silently prayed. Lord, can I do this?

 

Then I look up. We had just entered into a lane closure area and orange flashing signs were pointing to the left. A semi truck was ahead of us. In huge letters, on the back of the truck were the words, “AM-CAN”

 

I read it as a message from God! I AM. YOU CAN! The flashing orange lights pointing toward it reminded me over a scene from the movie, Bruce Almighty, where Jim Carrey gets a whole lot of signs from God.

 

God is the I AM. And with the I AM, I said, “I can.”

 

At the conference, I was on fire, approaching editors and agents in hallways and elevators. With the I AM giving me an “I can” boost, I presented my one-sheets with confidence.

 

Shortly after that conference at the age of fifty, I signed with an agent and got a book contract.

 

Slowly, my writing career is taking off and I’m pretty excited. I have one non-fiction book title traditionally published, one non-fiction title indie-published, and one fiction title indie published and 2016 is looking good for about three more published books—some Indie and hopefully one traditionally published book.

 

It took me to the age of fifty to get these firsts: first book published, first agent acquisition, first conference attended, but I’m definitely on a career path that I pray leads to continued success. Powered by the I AM. I can.

 

Back Cover Blurb for Crooked Lines:

On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister’s death, she sets her heart on India, a symbol of peace. Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse cultural and religious milieus, he labors toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers. Traveling similar paths and bridged across oceans through a priest, the two desire peace and their divine destiny. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed…and buried memories, unearthed. Crooked Lines, a beautifully crafted debut novel, threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth.

 

Crooked Lines can be found at Amazon

 

LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A COPY OF CROOKED LINES OR FIRST AND GOAL* BETWEEN NOW AND WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH AT MIDNIGHT MST.

 

*First and Goal - What Football Taught Me About Never Giving Up is a devotional published by Harvest House, written by HollyMichael and her son Jake Byrne, a type one diabetic who played in the NFL.

 

Holly Michael has enjoyed a writing career as a journalist, features writer, and a regular  for Guideposts magazine before authoring novels and nonfiction books. Married to Anglican Bishop, Leo Michael, Holly has three grown children; daughter Betsy and football-playing sons—Jake (NFL) and Nick (University of Louisiana-Lafayette). Kansas City, Missouri is home. She has authored the fiction work, Crooked Lines, the non-ficton Tsunami 2004 -  Still Wading Through Waves of Hope and the devotional First and Goal: What Football Taught Me About Never Giving Up, written with her son Jake Byrne.

Connect with Holly online at her blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

 


Comments

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 9/16/2015 9:13:34 AM

It is amazing how a sign from God can change our whole lives. What's so encouraging is when people like Holly heed the sign and go on to accomplish great things. Thanks for stopping by, Susie!

Susie From Kansas At 9/16/2015 8:59:55 AM

Love this post, Holly! So encouraging!

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 9/9/2015 2:59:02 PM

Hi Janet! Holly has shared a wonderfully motivating message with us. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Janet K. Brown From Wichita Falls, TX At 9/9/2015 2:45:45 PM

I love this, Holly. Hey, Patti, thanks for introducing me to a new author. I love inspirational women's fiction. I'll never forget that AM CAN. He is the I AM, so I CAN do all things. Praise God.

Holly From Kansas City At 9/8/2015 11:26:49 AM

Thanks Gail. Glad you were encouraged! We all need that! :-) Blessings

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 9/7/2015 8:09:15 AM

Wishing you a productive day of laboring on this Labor Day, Gail! Thank you for stopping by.

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 9/7/2015 7:59:10 AM

Holly, that semi message is incredible! Thanks for sharing your story. I can relate to much in it - encourages me in my labor this Labor Day morning.

Holly From kansas City At 9/5/2015 10:43:19 PM

Thanks Elaine, God is Great! I love it when the messages from Him are so clear.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 9/5/2015 8:32:20 AM

Thank you for stopping by, Elaine. If I were eligible to enter, I'd have a hard time choosing which book to pick.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 9/5/2015 8:29:49 AM

Thanks for sharing your story with me and my readers, Holly. Glad you needed the message God had crafted just for you!

Elaine Stock From NY At 9/5/2015 7:43:50 AM

Holly and Patti, I truly enjoyed this interview and its uplifting message of how God has our back. Thanks for sharing. I'd love a chance to win Crooked Lines, a novel I've been wanting to devour for a while now.

Holly Michael From Kansas City At 9/5/2015 7:36:56 AM

Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Patti! Blessings!

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