Today on Story Matters I’m delighted to introduce up-and-coming author, Deanne Wilsted–who also happens to be a recent transplant to the Seattle area. She has a few books to talk about here, plus one to giveaway. So keep reading, and be sure to enter her Rafflecopter contest at the end of this post.
Thanks so much, Katherine, for having me on your blog. I am such a fan of your posts and your book reviews! [Editor’s note: Many thanks for the kind words. :) ]
I write a blog called, Overheard at …. Usually they are snippets of conversations I overhear while writing at Starbucks. So I have huge respect for others who keep things fresh and interesting.
It’s probably also why I love being asked to join you today. I was thinking the other day about what people might overhear me say, and I realized it is probably all about my writing. So I’m thrilled I get to talk about my favorite topic. Story truly does matter for the window it shines into our hearts. And now is a great time to be an author because so many stories get to be heard.
I grew up with a mom who was an English teacher. So, yeah… I didn’t ever get to use words like ‘yeah’. It’s also taken me a long time to not say sorry to the computer whenever Microsoft Word automatically corrects my fragment sentences.
Now I live in Seattle with a husband who supports my writing, a dog who steals time from my writing, and a daughter who has taken the place of my mom and now corrects my writing.
I write stories about Journeys Inspired by Love – So usually you’ll find me taking my characters to interesting places. It also means I take them to places inside of themselves. Untangling the Knot, is a contemporary women’s fiction novel with lots of romance. The characters in this one made me cry—their lives were so poignant. In fact, I learned the hard way to never do my writing at Starbucks when I was PMSing. Because this story is set in a Catholic Church, with the church wedding coordinator, Gabriella, as the female lead, I got to overhear lots of advice from God on what my characters should be doing. Some of my favorite scenes in this book came after a lot of prayer. One scene in particular, where Gabriella compares creation to a crouton, well, it reminded me that God has a wonderful sense of humor.
My own favorite place to journey to in the real world is Italy! Sneaky fact about writing- authors get to write off research expenses on their taxes. Untangling the Knot has a bit about Italy… but my new book, Molto Mayhem is set entirely there. It’s filled with fun characters, beautiful descriptions of place, yummy scenes with food, and a journey by my main character to learn about embracing love.
You can’t find Molto Mayhem on the shelves yet, but you can help me get it there. I was thrilled when Molto Mayhem was accepted by Inkshares Publishing and set up for the funding stage. Inkshares selects only those projects they think will succeed, helps them raise money for all of the services required to publish a book, and then handles all of the publication, distribution, and publicity much as a large NY publisher would. They are backed by Ingram, the largest distributor of books worldwide, and for their covers they work with the design company who does all of the Chronicle Books. So I know once I reach my funding goal that my book is going to be amazing.
If you click here you can find out more about Inkshares and my project. You can also pre-order, which will help bring Molto Mayhem to life. This also gets you a recipe derived from a scene in the book, Uncle Gianni’s Caciocavallo, Caramelized Onion and Roast Beef Sandwich. :)
I am sincerely grateful for anything you can contribute towards the project’s success.
I won’t tell you yet where my next journey takes me. I’ll just hint that in this place the natives use words like ‘queue’ and ‘loo’ and ‘bloody’ and the story may have something to do with two very well-known, literary figures from this country.
Thanks for letting me share this journey with you. You can find me at all the normal places:
Here’s to many Happy Journeys Inspired by Love!
Postscript: Thank you, Deanne, for sharing your story from the heart.
Friends, for more of Deanne and her writing, you may read here for a review of Untangling the Knot from the Catholic Sentinel. And for a chance to win Deanne’s e-book Untangling the Knot, enter here. Contest ends November 3. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway.