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Love Divine is available!

My first novel, Love Divine, is now for sale as an ebook on Amazon.com.

Love Divine

You can see it here.

In the next couple of weeks or so, Love Divine should also be available for Nook readers, Kobo readers and through Apple ibooks.

For those of you who prefer an actual book in your hand, I am working on a print on demand option through Create Space. This is bit more complicated and I don’t know when it will be available, but it’s coming along.

To make things a little easier, I am using a new service called draft2digital.com to help with formatting and publishing, which I have been pleased with so far.

If anyone decides to spring for the book, and you find typos or errors, please let me know! I can fix them.

I need to get going now but I will be posting an excerpt from the book sometime soon.

To find out what LeAnne is publishing…

I’ve always been mildly surprised that I don’t like blogging very often. After all, I like to write. I’m also interested in myself, which is what I would be blogging about. But it never works. I lose interest, I forget, I get an idea for a brilliant post, sit down to write it, and start working on a story instead. So I guess there’s something to be said for knowing what you are actually going to do, and a consistent blogger I am just not going to be.

SO, I am going to use this lovely little blog to post info about when my books are published and leave it at that. It will likely be more interesting than my thoughts on myself anyway.

My current plan is to format a Christmas story for Kindle and to make it available before Christmas actually arrives. I will also post it here for free, as my gift to anyone who is interested.

My first novel, Love Divine,will hopefully be ready early in 2013. I’m hoping before Valentine’s day at least. I’m looking forward to my little book making its way in the world, and hope that later projects will go smoother once I have at least one book’s worth of experience behind me. So that’s that!

The Write Time

I have happened to mention to a few people that I am working on writing a novel. (At the moment I’m ignoring the novel and bouncing between a novella, a short story, and something that I don’t know how long it’s going to be yet, but that’s another story.) And occasionally people say, I don’t know how you find the time! And although I know that as a stay at home Mom with three littles, yes I’m busy, but I have the same amount of time as everybody else – 24 hours, seven days a week – I do find that I don’t have as much time as I would like to be quiet and concentrate on what’s in my head.

I just finished reading a lovely blog post by Kristen Lamb on writers and organization, which had some really helpful ideas. You can find it here. I particularly appreciate this:

Yet, I have to say that just because something is our nature doesn’t mean that we are to be a victim to our innate shortcomings. In fact, Bob Mayer gives a wonderful exercise in his workshops. He says to look at our Myers-Briggs personality…then look at the opposite of our personality, and likely that is the area we need the most work.

I’m not big on personality tests – I don’t know what mine is except by experience, and that’s confusing enough without giving it an acronym – but I like the idea of looking at the opposite of my strengths to find my weak spots. Because I often feel that way, and feel a tiny bit stupid about it. You know, if only I could be the opposite of who I am right now, this and that and this problem would just go away. Well, probably not, but it’s encouraging to know that this could be a reasonable and possibly productive train of thought and not just pointless wallowing in self-pity.

I’m not sure I’m ready to apply this to my writing. I’m working on being less critical right now since I spent a few months not writing anything because I couldn’t make anything I was writing into what I wanted it to be.  I will probably have to compensate by being more critical somewhere down the road, when I go back to thinking everything I write is wonderful and award-winning. BUT, I can see how focusing on other areas, (like paying more attention to how I use my time) could benefit from accepting that I have to put some extra effort into the areas I am weakest in, instead of pretending that my weaknesses don’t exist.

Why Write?

n.b. – moved from old blog

Many writers answer this question with, “I have to”, or “I need to”. It is usually written in a more fascinating way, but that is what it typically boils down to. Many writers feel compelled to write. Now, I’m intimidated by the idea of calling myself a ‘writer’ , (with a capital W right?), but I never liked this answer. I think it is rare than anyone feels irresistibly compelled to do anything.

Really, though, I think I was afraid that I had failed to make it into the writing club because I didn’t have some uncontrollable to urge to put one word in front of another.

Well, maybe I do, because although I have not written a lot since I left school, (excepting this past year), I have always written down ideas, beginnings of stories, scraps of dialogue, and so on. But what it really comes down to is this – I like to write. It’s fun. But it is not easy fun. It’s hard fun. Coming up with meaningful fiction ideas that drive me to keep writing is even harder, and has proved to be the real turning point for me I think.

The great thing I have discovered, that for some peculiar reason has eluded me for years, is that writing makes me happy. How did I miss this? I’m not sure. But when I’ve spent some time piecing together my imaginary world on paper, I feel at peace with myself.
I mope a bit when the story is proving difficult, but when things are going more or less okay, I’m okay too. This, to me, is a very sweet gift, that I have finally found the courage to do the thing that makes me happy, and that God made me to be somebody who could love to write.