Monday, March 28, 2016

Beth Ziarnik: Never give up!

Dear Friends and Readers~

It's always a treat to host a good friend on my blog. Beth Ziarnik is no exception. Beth and I met about 20 years ago at a Christian Writers Conference at Green Lake Conference Center. Together, we rode together (my husband driving the van) to Write-to-Publish Conference. We also flew to Kansas City together to attend one of the first ACFW (then ACRW) Conferences. Beth stayed overnight at my house in Milwaukee. I can tell you that her story, Her Deadly Inheritance, has been on her heart at least that long. Beth has honed her craft and revised her manuscript several times before getting it to a place where she felt comfortable submitting it.

So my question for Beth is -- Why did you write Her Deadly Inheritance?

"I remember clearly what brought me to writing Her Deadly Inheritance. Wannabe writers are often told:
“Write what you read!” I loved reading romantic suspense, especially Phyllis A. Whitney’s intriguing stories. In her articles on writing, she said a writer should pen the stories that were on her heart, even if no one was publishing that genre yet. She insisted, if the writer were faithful to her dream, the train of opportunity would eventually stop at her station, and she would be ready to board. I took her advice.Though no Christian publisher would touch romantic suspense back then, I started planning my novels. I was sure the Lord wanted me to write romantic suspense with Christians as heroes and heroines. So, I partially wrote six novels and worked on acquiring fiction writing skills—much different from those needed to write the nonfiction articles I was regularly getting published. "It took years, but I was told that if I didn’t quit, I could realize my “impossible” dream. As much as I sometimes wanted to throw the whole thing in the air and run, I stayed. I wrote, learned, rewrote, submitted my efforts for critique and evaluation, rewrote some more, studied, tweaked and polished, and rewrote some more.
"Then one day … an agent, Jim Hart of Hartline Literary Agency, declared he loved my novel and offered a contract to represent me. A year later, Her Deadly Inheritance won an award during the 2014 Write-to-Publish Conference banquet. Six months later, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas offered a contract to publish it. A year after that, on January 2, 2016, my dream came true. My novel debuted."

Beth, what did God teach you through writing Her Deadly Inheritance? 
"To believe in Him and the writing dream He put on my heart. To persevere, no matter what. Most of all, I discovered what a wonderful writing partner the Lord is—leading and guiding to the right resources, providing teachers and encouragers, and making the dream come true in the right way and at the right time—if we don’t quit."
What a wonderful message to other writers who may be struggling with writing their first novel--or even their second. Many times authors can feel discouraged after rejection notices show up in their inboxes or mailboxes.  Thank you, Beth.

Readers, find Beth's book available in online bookstores, including 

You can find out more about Beth, by logging on to her website.

Thank you, Beth, for stopping by Everything Writerly.


Elva Cobb Martin, South Carolina said...

Great testimony!
Elva Martin, Pres. ACFW-SC Chapter and new author with Prism Books for 2017 release

-b9 said...

Lemme add summore thots, dear...

If 'freedom lies in being bold' (Robert Frost), doesn't pushing-the-envelope result in the Elysian Fields? If I'm the sower, we plant the Seed; if I'm an artist, we RITE the symphonies heard Upstairs ☆IF☆ you accept His lead withe orchestra...

Wanna find-out the fax, Jak, in a wurld fulla the 'power of cowards'? Wanna wiseabove to help a 'Plethora Of Wurdz' [POW!] which are look'n for a new home in thy novelty?? Yay!

Q: But [gulp] can anyone tell me the difference between K2/IQ? A: Nthn. In Heaven, we gitt'm both for eternity HA! Need a few more thots, ideers, wild wurdz (whoa, Nelly! easy, girl!) or ironclad iconoclasms?

VERBUM SAT SAPIENTI (Latin: words to [the] wise): As an ex-writer of the sassy, savvy, schizophenia we all go thro in this lifelong demise, I just wanna help U.S. git past the ping-pong-politixx, the whorizontal more!ass! we're in...

"This finite existence is only a test, son," God Almighty told me in my coma. "Far beyond thy earthly tempest is where you'll find tangible, corpulent eloquence". Lemme tella youse without d'New Joisey accent...

I actually saw Seventh-Heaven when we died: you couldn't GET!! any moe curly, party-hardy-endorphins, low-hanging-fruit of the Celestial Paradise, extravagantly-surplus-lush Upstairs (awww! baby kitties, too!!) when my o-so-beautifull, brilliant, bombastic girly passed-away due to those wry, sardonic satires...

"Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the Heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightousness as bright as stars for all eternity" -Daniel 12:3, NJB

Here's also what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you' -the Infant Jesus of Prague.

Go gitt'm, girly. You're incredible. You're indelible. Cya Upstairs. I won't be joining'm in the nasty Abyss where Isis prowls
Revelation 14:13
PS Need summore unique, uncivilized, useless names?? Lemme gonna gitcha started, brudda:

Oak Woods, Franky Sparks, Athena Noble, Autumn Rose, Faith Bishop, Dolly Martin, Willow Rhodes, Cocoa Major, Roman Stone, Bullwark Burnhart, Magnus Wilde, Kardiak Arrest, Will Wright, Goldy Silvers, Penelope Summers, Sophie Sharp, Violet Snow, Lizzy Roach, BoxxaRoxx, Aunty Dotey, Romero Stark, Zacharia Neptoon, Mercurio Morrissey, Fritz & Felix Franz, Victor Payne, Isabella Silverstein, Mercedes Kennedy, Redd Rust, Phoenix Martini, Ivy Squire, Sauer Wolfe, Yankee Cooky, blessed b9...

God blessa youse
-Fr. Sarducci, ol SNL