How Author Barbara Warren Persisted Through Rejection to Publication

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I first got to know Barbara Warren through a writers’ loop. I’ve appreciated her wisdom and sense of humor. I’ve enjoyed reading two of her page turning romantic suspense novels, Deception and her latest, Hidden Danger.

Barbara is also a fellow Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas author and has her own editing business. She has encouraging words for fellow authors on patience for the writing journey.

Barbara Warren is the author of five inspirational romantic suspense novels. She lives on a farm in the beautiful Ozark Mountains and enjoys reading, writing, and being outdoors. She is also a freelance editor with several years’ experience. Barbara enjoys hearing from her fans, and really appreciates a good review.

Barbara, please tell us about your writing journey. How did it start?

I’ve always made up stories and of course, when I was young I was always the heroine. When I grew up, a friend invited me to a writer’s conference in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The conference lit a fire in me, and my friend and I started a local writer’s group. That group is still `willing to listen to other writers’ suggestions and comments, consider them, and be willing to make the necessary changes. We are so close to our writing we sometimes overlook what someone coming to it fresh will see.

It can be a long road from writing a book to seeing it published. But when you hold that first copy of your book in your hands, there’s no other feeling quite like it.

What made you decide to write inspirational fiction? And more specifically romantic suspense?

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I am a Christian and I believe in a strong relationship with God is the most important part of my life, and it seemed natural to include it in my books. Also, almost every life is touched by romantic love and I enjoy developing that sort of relationship between my characters. I try to help them overcome obstacles that might keep them apart, and lead them to a happy ending. I want to help the solve their problems and build a life together. Suspense adds depth, keeps the story moving and builds tension. Our characters need to struggle, survive setbacks, and grow through the difficulties. Suspense plays a big part in that, and holds your reader’s attention. As another writer, (I can’t remember who) once said, “If your character is having a good time, your reader isn’t.”

So true!

How has God guided you through this process?

He has given me the strength and courage to keep writing, keep learning, keep growing as a writer. He also brought writer friends into my life, people who know the difficulties of the writing life who have supported me, encouraged me, and enjoyed what success I’ve had. He’s given me an excellent critique group who have helped me.

God has also helped me deal with the disappointment all writers experience. Rejection is a normal part of a writer’s life. If I’d saved all of mine, I’d have enough to paper a wall, but I never stopped writing. I now have five books published, which wouldn’t have happened if I had stopped. The best advice I can give fellow writers, is believe you can do it, keep learning about the process of writing, trust in God, and never give up.

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That is spot on advice! When we’re in the midst of rejection it hurts, but we can also learn from it.

Do you have any scriptures you’d like to share that have inspired you?

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Hebrews 13:5 – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with what you have. For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

These scriptures remind me that I’m not alone. God has promised to be with me always and has promised to hear and answer my prayers. He has brought me through so many hard times. I couldn’t make it without Him.

 Would you like to tell us about your latest release, Hidden Danger?

Hidden Danger, published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, is set in southwest Missouri.

When Carley Southerland receives a frantic call for help, she rushes to a deserted park to help her best friend. Nancy, the friend, tells her about seeing a man and woman arguing. The morning paper showed a picture of the woman, who was found dead. She starts to show Carley a picture of the woman, but a dark SUV stops in front of the bench where they are sitting. A gunshot rings out and Nancy falls from the bench, dead. Carley runs through the park as the man shoots at her.

Blake Richards, a wounded army veteran, drives through the park sometimes at night because he can’t sleep. He hears the gunshot and his training kicks in. He leaves his car and crouches behind a tree. A woman darts down the dark path. He waits until she is close, then leaps from behind the tree, grabs her and clasps his hand over her mouth, whispering to her to be quiet, he’s trying to help her. Blake knew Carley from high school, but he hasn’t seen her since he left for college and then the army. He’s not in a position to get involved with any woman, particularly one as beautiful and unpredictable as Carley Southerland, but he can’t walk away from her. As the killer haunts Carley, Blake must do all

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he can to keep her safe, regardless of the consequences.

Barbara, I’m so glad you were able to be a guest on my blog this week! Thank you for sharing about your journey and your latest release.

 Barbara Warren is giving away a copy of her latest romantic suspense novel, Hidden Danger. Please leave a comment for a chance to win this intriguing read. To be entered twice, please go to my homepage and scroll down to subscribe to my newsletter. Then let me know that you did along with your comment.

TWEET THIS: What kept author @barbarajowarren going on the road to publication? #bookgiveaway too for Hidden Danger!

More about Barbara Warren:

Barbara Warren is the author of five inspirational romantic suspense novels. She lives on a farm in the beautiful Ozark Mountains and enjoys reading, writing, and being outdoors. She is also a freelance editor with several years’ experience. Barbara enjoys hearing from her fans, and really appreciates a good review.

Connect with Barbara on the Internet at:

 Her website, Amazon author page, Facebook pageTwitter, and buy Hidden Danger HERE.

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  • Maxine Broan
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    Barbara is herself an inspired person & writes with feeling, sharing suspense & her faith.

  • kerouser@gmail.com
    Reply

    Hi Maxine, thank you for stopping by. I agree with you about Barbara and
    appreciate you sharing your thoughts!

  • Beverly Ledenham
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    Barbara has been a friend and we volunteered together years bac. I have read her books and am so anxious to purchase her latest book. She is an encourager and her life shows how much she loves the Lord .

    • kerouser@gmail.com
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      Beverly, that’s wonderful you were able to volunteer together. Thank you for stopping by and sharing how you know Barbara and what an encourager she is. I’m sure you will enjoy Hidden Danger. I know I did!

  • Catherine Brakefield
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    Loved reading your encouraging words. Learning to handle rejection is by far hard to do, but with God we can do all things! Your book, Hidden Danger, looks to be a winner!

    • Kathleen Rouser
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      Cathy, so nice to see you here! Barbara’s words are indeed encouraging. Yes, rejection isn’t
      easy to handle. I’ve had to grow a thicker skin by God’s grace and I agree, He is there to
      help us with all things! What a blessing! Thanks so much for taking the time to share
      your thoughts.

  • Elaine Stock
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    Enjoyed this interview and learning more about Barbara.

    • kerouser@gmail.com
      Reply

      Always so glad when you take the time to stop by, Elaine!

  • kerouser@gmail.com
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    Congratulations to Maxine on winning the random drawing for Barbara Warren’s
    Hidden Danger! I have sent you an email to notify you as well.

  • kerouser@gmail.com
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    Happy reading and thanks to all who participated in the drawing!

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