Today, I’m writing to you all from St. Jude. This is my son’s last week of treatment! He had his very last chemo treatment on Monday and will have surgery later this week to remove his port.
I’m glad to have back author June Foster on Wisdom Wednesday. Welcome back, June!
Name: June Foster
Genre: Contemporary romance
Latest Novel: Dreams Deferred
I’m a visual learner so this writing practice is perfect for me. When I begin thinking about my characters, I go on line and google, for example, handsome blond actors in their late twenties. Then I scowl through until one of the pictures “jumps out” at me. And it usually does! I do the same for the heroine and any secondary characters. I make a copy of each and write their names (in the novel) at the bottom. Then I do the same for any major scenes. I usually use Google images for that. If you’re on Pinterest, you can pin them to a board with the name of your novel. I also like to sketch out or make a map of the surrounding area where the story takes place. For example, for my book Misty Hollow, I made a map of every store and house in Misty Hollow, marked the directions, and labeled the main characters’ houses. I placed the surrounding countryside where I imaged it would be. When I’m writing a scene or describing a character, it’s much easier. I even look at the picture of the hero, for example, when the heroine is thinking about him or his features in her POV. I keep all my pictures and drawings in a folder and label it the title of the novel. I have a folder for each of the 20 novels I’ve written so far.
I love making character boards on Pinterest! It helps me as well to have a visual while I’m writing.
Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:
Develop tough skin. You will likely get many rejections from editors and publishers before you get that first contract. A rejection is not a reflection on your ability to write or God’s calling. Keep seeking the Lord. Ask Him to lead. Continue to learn more about the craft and don’t give up.
Frances Matthew Hall is obedient to family tradition: all firstborn sons will serve as a priest. Now Matt officiates at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. But when on Easter Sunday, he notices a beautiful young woman who takes his breath away, he must fight against his attraction to her or leave the priesthood and alienate his entire family.
Mary Louise Graham is a middle school teacher and devout catholic. Yet no amount of service to the community can ease the heavy load of guilt she carries. God can never forgive her unspeakable mistake. But when Father Matt tells her about a forgiving God through His son Jesus Christ, she’s free. Only thing, the Godly priest now means more to her than he should.
Can two people find their way to each other amidst insurmountable obstacles? Dreams Deferred is inspired by the author’s great grandfather and great grandmother’s story.
June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next contemporary romance or romantic suspense. June’s characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. To date June has seen publication of 20 novels and 1 devotional. Find June at junefoster.com.
Social Media Links:
How do you approach coming up with your characters? Do you find a picture that inspires you, or do you search for an image that matches what you already have planned?
Before you go, take a moment to connect with June on social media and check her novel, Dreams Deferred.