Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Reading and Writing

I’ve been working on writing my first novel for the last several months. Today I reached the 30,000-word mile mark. I’m very excited. I need to get to at least 80,000 words, eventually. I’ve learned so much since I got started, and I must say that the writing community here in Utah is incredible. There is an abundance of support out there for aspiring authors, like myself. I’ve met published authors and new beginners, as well as everyone in between, and they all have the same thing in common. They love to write, and they love to support anyone else who loves to write. What a great community.
A few weeks ago I attended a writers class at a local library, taught by published author Michele Ashman Bell. She took time out of her schedule to meet with people like me, who hope to someday be published. I learned a few new things that night, but most importantly, I came away with confidence and motivation to keep going.
I follow several writer’s blogs, all out there to offer support and encouragement to fellow writers.
As I’ve submerged myself into the writing world, I’ve discovered authors I had never heard of before, as well as re-discovered some I’ve read. Recently, I’ve read some exciting new books, and wanted to pass them along to you. They are all in the LDS Genre, which is what I'm writing in as well.

Mini Book Reviews:

Lemon Tart and English Trifle,
by Josi Kilpack (LDS Fiction – Mystery)
I loved the main character of this book. Sadie is a spunky middle age woman who feels it is her personal responsibility to know all of the going-ons of her neighbors. And she’s tends to be a trouble magnet. I look forward to the 3rd book in this series, when it comes out next year.

Eyes Like Mine, by Julie Wright (LDS Fiction)
With a half-pioneer/ half modern world time setting, this book was a lot of fun to read. Julie Wright used this story to show the importance of how family is here to support us through our trials. Not just our living family members, but also those who are on the other side of the veil.

Abinadi, by H.B. Moore (LDS Historical Fiction- Book of Mormon Fiction)
This is my most recent read. Heather Moore has an incredible way of bringing the story of Abinadi to life. I recommend it to anyone who wants a better look into this Book of Mormon story. I’ve already started reading her newest novel, the second in the series, called Alma, and love it.

I’ll continue to post my latest reads, and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.


Andrea said...

I'm looking forward to some great reads! ;) Thanks.

Corrine said...

I am impressed as always! Keep it up- I can't wait to read your book! BTW I loved Lemon Tart! I haven't read English Trifle yet, but can't wait until school is done so I can! You go girl!

Josi said...

Thanks for the shout out, I appreciate it very much and BIG congrats on 30K--that's a heck of a milestone!

Anonymous said...

Oops - I realized something. I classified the Lemon Tart and English Trifle books as LDS fiction. I don't actually think they have any LDS content in them. They are a good read for anyone who likes a good fun, and clean, mystery.

Betty said...

I finished "Eyes Like Mine' and am half way through with 'Lemon Tart'. Excellent books. Thanks for the recommendation!