Friday, May 31, 2013

Returning to the Loft, Elizabeth Maddrey

We welcome back contemporary romance writer, Elizabeth Maddey.

Hello again, Elizabeth, and congratulations on your second book of the Grant Us Grace series.

Is there a story behind Courage to Change?

Not really for the main plot. As I was writing Wisdom to Know, I kind of fell in love with Allison (she’s a minor character in the first book) and I knew I wanted to write her a happily ever after next. When I got started with this story, in came Lindsey. She wasn’t anyone I’d ever planned on writing into a book, but she needed to be there. Lindsey is the pregnant teen that Allison and Phil work with during the development of their romance – and she’s very dear to my heart because she has pieces of my son’s birthmother in her.

What’s your favorite genre of writing?

This is hard for me. I love contemporary romance (probably semi-obvious since that’s what my first two published novels have been.) But I also really enjoy speculative fiction. When the initial 3 novels in the Grant Us Grace series are wrapped, I may dust off one of my spec fic ideas and see if I can get it finished – it’s been percolating for a while and I’m starting to itch to get back to it. Though I have several more ideas for romances percolating too – so we’ll see what ends up getting the priority.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?

You know, I do believe in writer’s block. But I also acknowledge that it’s more a function of getting in my own way than anything else. I face a few minutes of it every time I sit down at the computer. It feels like every doubt and fear crashes down on my head and I think to myself, “Who am I kidding?” Then I start typing. I just make myself write – once I’m started, everything else gets pushed to the back and I can move on. What I crank out those first few minutes isn’t always worth reading, but hey, that’s what editing is for.

Have you ever written fan fiction?

It’s almost embarrassing to admit, but I have – it was a collaborative effort though. My sister and I wrote several Transformers episodes when I was in middle school. We both loved that cartoon. Of course, being girls, we introduced some female transformers (Autobots only) to make it a little more balanced.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?

I do – frequently! My first book, Wisdom to Know, was actually an idea I started in 2001 and abandoned about 30,000 words in. I went back to it for NaNoWriMo in 2010. I did rewrite a bunch of those first chapters, but the core idea was the same.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

I am. I’m just a tad too much of a perfectionist to do otherwise. I have finally gotten out of the habit of trying to edit while I write (that doesn’t work for me – I won’t get anything done if I let myself critique as I go), but when that red squiggle comes up under a word, I have to go fix it. Thankfully, I’m kind of a spelling and grammar nerd, so I don’t get too many issues out of the gate.

How do you find the time to write?

I have to go out of my way to make the time or it doesn’t happen. Most days I use at least part of nap and quiet time (I have two young boys) for writing (or writing related activities.) Then once they’re in bed, if my husband and I aren’t going to do something together, he’ll usually play a video game on his computer and I’ll write. Our desks are right next to each other, so it still counts as being together in my world – and we’ll chat while we’re each doing our thing. With those two block of time, I can usually manage at least 2 hours, and if I’m on a roll, 2 hours will get me 1,500 – 3,000 words.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Serenity to Accept, the third book in the Grant Us Grace series, is due out September 10, 2013. It’s the story of Phil’s (from Courage to Change) sister, Karin. She’s never had much use for God – there’s been too much pain in her life for her to accept that God is anything other than, at best, disinterested or, at worst, sadistic. Until she meets Jason Garcia. After his own mistakes of the past, Jason is committed to dating only Christians, but decides to bend his rule for her if she’ll come to church with him. Karin figures it’s worth finding out more if it means she gets to spend time with Jason. As their friendship grows, both will have to decide if they’ll accept the path God has for them, even if it means losing each other.
This sounds like a great series. Thanks for sharing with us!
Connect with Elizabeth Maddey at:

Her Website
Pinterest for Courage To Change

Elizabeth Maddrey is giving away a copy of Courage To ChangeTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


sharon m said...

I think COURAGE TO CHANGE sounds very good. I would love to win this book. sharon, CA

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel

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cjajsmommy said...

I want to read this book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win

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Joy Hannabass said...

Would love to win this interesting book!
Thanks for the interesting post!

Jo said...

Courage to Change sounds like a good book that I want to read. Thanks for the giveaway!


Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Boos Mum said...

My husband and I also have our desks together, and I count that as time together too. Please enter me. Thanks.

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Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book the interview was interesting. Please put my name in.
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Teela said...

KUDOS to anyone that can get something done (ESP. WRITING!!) w/2 small boys. Would really like to read your book Courage to Change! Thank you for this giveaway, teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Rose Milligan said...

Great interview. Thanks for having the giveaway.


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