Blog Hop Tour

I apologize! I told you that I would post next more about coping with some of the challenges I face to get things done that need to be done. I have that post almost completed; editing remains.

I took part in a Blog Hop with some writer friends, and mine was due yesterday! I’m sorry about the mix-up, but I am posting the Blog Hop now, and the next post will absolutely be the one I promised.

I hope you enjoy the Blog HopTour as much as I am enjoying it, and that you discover some new friends along the way! Have fun!

Blog Hop Tour Answers – about my book in the works

A great friend of mine, and inspiration to me, Carole Lehr Johnson of “The Teacup Journal” invited me to take part in a blog hop tour. The questions are about the book I have written that is being edited right now.

Another friend and blogger will be taking this baton to continue the blog hop tour and answer questions soon. Be sure to check back later and meet a new friend! The information will be forthcoming soon.

1)      What is the working title of your book?

It started out as “From Whence Comes My Help,” after the scripture, Psalm 121, that was so important to us during that time, but an editor has suggested that I consider “Empty Arms.”

2)      Where did the idea come from for the book?

Years ago, my family went through a trying time which built our faith in God even stronger. We found out our very loved unborn baby was very sick. I kept a journal during that time, recording my thoughts, prayers, insights, conversations between my husband and I, and how our family and friends rallied around us. It also tells the story of our little Rachel, our middle child.

3)      What genre does your book fall under?

Inspirational Nonfiction

4)      Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I think Kellie Martin from the hit series Christy could play me. Roy suggested Kevin Cosner for himself, since they have about the same amount of hair. Ron Howard, at the age of young Opie Taylor, would have been perfect to portray Jonathan in both personality and appearance. Kami Cotler, at the age of young Elizabeth Walton might have made a good Liz.

5)      What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Can families really stay together through hard struggle with faith strong enough to share that faith with others who face some of the same struggles?

6)      Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Through an interview, an agent at a writer’s conference has made suggestions for structural corrections that I am making, along with the editing corrections. He said it’s a good book, so I’m hoping that he or another agent will read my manuscript after corrections, and want to represent it!

7)      How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

That’s a good question. Although I wrote in the journal for seven months, I had to take some time to heal. In the years after, God taught us a lot of things that took time to sink in. Our daughter, Liz was born three years after Rachel, and is part of the epilogue. As I typed all of it in manuscript form, I “knew” when it was complete. It took several years  from living it to finishing the first draft.

8)      What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

“The Journals of Rachel Scott: A Journey of Faith of Columbine High (Real Diary of Faith):” Beth Nimmo, Debra Klingsporn is very close in the fact that it is her literal faith walk, and in format. Other books I have read closest like this are in the Dear America Diary series, due to format. Although those books are written based on factual history, and sometimes actual diary entries, mine is fully my journal with minimal changes for clarity.

9)      Who or what inspired you to write this book?

We had never heard of Rachel’s illness before her. I felt I had to share our experience through this time in our lives. We knew there had to be someone else out there who might go through this. Our hope is that by sharing our experience someone else might find comfort and hope, and won’t feel alone. Since that time, we have been able to counsel a couple of families who went through similar experiences by just talking them through it, and with prayer.

10)  What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s part of Roy’s and my love story, and how we came through strong for one another. Also, at the time of this “story,” our son was about three years old. He was aware that Rachel was on her way, and this book tells how he came through this and, remained the same sweet loving boy he had always been, maturing into the kind-natured loving man that he is. Three years after Rachel, we had our daughter, Liz, and this book tells how she has flourished with the knowledge of Rachel and who she is. Liz is an answer to all our prayers for another daughter.  This book is ultimately a book of hope, and love.

Please visit me again soon for the next stop on this Blog Hop Tour! Hopefully I’ll have the destination in the next few days.

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Here are some friends who have “hopped” on this blog tour before who I would like you to meet:

Carole Lehr Johnson “The Teacup Journal”

Morgan Tarpley “Pens on a World Map”


4 thoughts on “Blog Hop Tour

  1. Cindy, what a great post! After reading this, I can’t wait for your book to be published so I can read the entire story. Knowing you, and about your past struggles, you are a great inspiration. God bless you.


  2. Thank you! I’m getting more excited as the process seems to be moving again. Trying to stay in a state of trusting that the book and the right agent will connect. It’s in God’s hands.


  3. Hi! I’m so glad you visited! Thank you! I’m so grateful that I knew Jesus from before then so that I could have Him to lean on. If it weren’t for His strength, I’m so grateful for His strength, too. 🙂 I don’t know how I would have made it through that at times. There were low times, but the times on the summits are indescribable! I wouldn’t trade it, and I can look forward to seeing Rachel in Heaven one day, along with lots of other family members there.
    Thank you again for stopping by!


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