Sunday Snippets – January 10

Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Photo copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach

Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at RAnn’s Place for Sunday Snippets where we share posts from the previous week.

I’ve been so busy these past few months that I haven’t been connecting with either 7QT or Sunday Snippets. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things this month. I’ve missed connecting with these wonderful Catholic bloggers!

Here are my posts for the week:

Feast of Epiphany

Georgios Virtual Book Tour

Healthy Habits for the New Year: NFP

My Writing Process Blog Tour

pen and pencilSpecial thanks to Erin McCole Cupp for tagging me in “My Writing Process Blog Tour.”

1) What am I working on?
I just finished the edits for the next FQP novel, The Lion’s Heart by Dena Hunt, which is set to be released in the next few days on Kindle. The print edition will be coming a little later this month.

As well, I’m currently working on two separate novels of my own: Julia’s Gifts, a Christmas novella set to be published on Kindle 2015 and the third O’Donovan Family novel (as yet untitled) which is currently in the outline, characterization stage. I’m continuing the marketing/promotion stage of my fifth book, A Subtle Grace (O’Donovan Family).A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I actually write in a couple of different genres, but if I had to name one, I’d say “Religious Fiction.” How does it differ from others? It’s probably more Catholic than most in this genre.

3) Why do I write what I do?
I write religious fiction because I not only want to entertain readers, I want to give them a positive, life-affirming message. I like to call it Edutainment (although I didn’t actually come up with that word).

4) How does your writing process work?
Depending on what I’m working on…if it’s a new novel, I develop an outline and character studies first. This takes the longest, sometimes two years (given I am usually working on 10 projects at one time). Writing the actual story, for me, is the easiest part of the novel writing process. Editing and polishing are the hardest.

I’m “tagging” the following two writers who will be taking part in the Writing Process Blog Tour next week. Please visit them!

Ann Frailey:
A. K. Frailey is a wonderful writer and homeschooling mother of eight children. Here’s the bio from her website:
Ann has a B. S. in Elementary Education and has taught in Milwaukee, WI, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, Wood River, IL and for Peace Corps in the Philippines. She was married to John Frailey who was an educator for many years. John died from cancer complications December 2013. Ann has eight children and she home educates them while maintaining a mini-farm. Ann devotes her time to writing books that delve into the deep questions of life while entertaining the reader with reflections on the human condition. She is a grateful mother and enjoys spending her time with her children, extended family, and friends.

Imogen Elvis:
Imogen blogs at and this is what she says about herself:
“I am a nineteen year old Australian writer. While currently unpublished, I am working on publishing a Young Adult Fantasy novel in the future. I study writing, and am in my second year of a degree in Professional Writing and Publishing, with the aim of working as an editor. As well as writing, I also enjoy blogging about reading, writing, and procrastination. You can find me at my blog Gossiping with Dragons. In my spare time I explore imaginary worlds, defeat dragons and eating chocolate while curling up with a good book.”

7 Quick Takes Friday – More VBT Links!

7_quick_takes_sm1I’m joining with other Catholic bloggers over at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday.

It’s been a busy week on the Virtual Book Tour! Here are some of the bloggers who hosted me with interviews or reviews this week:A Subtle Grace front cover Nov2013

1. AnnMarie Creedon
AnnMarie Creedon, author of Angela’s Song, posted this wonderful review on Sunday! Her last sentence summarizes my new book brilliantly: “Not merely the story of a young girl’s journey to maturity, A Subtle Grace is a masterfully written illustration of the difference between lust and love, between rashness and fortitude, between mere existence and truly living.” Thank you, AnnMarie!!

2. A.K. Frailey
Ann Frailey is a wonderful author in her own right. On Monday, she posted a reflection on Catholic fiction, information about my book and also her review. Thank you, Ann!

3. Barb @ Franciscan Mom
I’m grateful to Barb for hosting me on Wednesday! I especially enjoyed how Barb focused on my Philly roots with some of her questions regarding three of my novels!

4. Sue @ Sue Elvis Writers
Yesterday, Sue interviewed me about my writing and my new book. Thank you, Sue!!

5. Erin @ Will Write For Tomato Pie
My thanks to Erin McCole Cupp, author of Don’t You Forget About Me, for the intriguing interview questions! A Philly girl herself, Erin also asked some questions regarding the setting of some of my books.

6. Review Shelf
Hana Lani by Christine Sunderland

7. Cartoon
Many hands do make “light” work. I couldn’t have published my book without my editors, beta readers, proofreaders and handsome cover designer (my husband!) I also could not promote my book as well without the help of the many bloggers who stepped forward to host me on my Virtual Book Tour. One more week to go!!

cartoon copyright Full Quiver Publishing/James and Ellen Hrkach Please do not use without permission

cartoon copyright Full Quiver Publishing/James and Ellen Hrkach Please do not use without permission