Friday, January 10, 2014

Author Spotlight: Paulette Harper

LIVING SEPARATE LIVES by Paulette Harper
Genre: Christian Fiction, Novella
ASIN: B00GLF5BW0
ISBN: 978-0989969109
Publisher: Thy Word Publishing (November 10, 2013)

Four Friends, One Secret and The Weekend That Changed Their Destiny

Candace Walker, Kaylan Smith, Jordan Tate, and Tiffany Thomas have their share of sorrows, but neither of them realizes how deep the sorrow goes. What happens when they agree to meet for a weekend of relaxation in beautiful Napa County? Which one will leave the same or worse?

For Candace Walker, life has left her battered and bruised. Kaylan Smith has struggled with prejudice from her in-laws. After fifteen years of marriage, bitterness is trying to raise its ugly head for Jordan Tate, whose husband wants to call it quits. And for Tiffany Thomas, dealing with rejection has never been one of her greatest feats.

Although they have been friends for years, they thought they knew each other well. But will a secret destroy their relationship and bring the sisterhood to a complete halt? Will they be able to forgive and allow God to mend that which might be torn?

Buy LIVING SEPARATE LIVES:
-Amazon E-book
-Amazon Paperback

About The Author

Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008. Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole and The Sanctuary. Her articles have appeared on-line and in print.

Find Paulette on...
-Facebook
-Twitter @pauletteharper
-Linkedin
-Pinterest
-Website
-Goodreads

AN INTERVIEW WITH PAULETTE
-Introduce us to your book and the main characters.

Living Separate Lives, a Christian Novella, centers around four high school friends, who have not seen each other in years. Candace Walker, Kaylan Smith, Jordan Tate, and Tiffany Thomas have agreed to come together for a mini retreat in Napa County. A well-planned out weekend of fun, relaxation and a reunion turned into a nightmare.

What makes each one special? Each of the characters is dealing with their own personal issues. For Candace Walker, life has left her battered and bruised. Kaylan Smith has struggled with prejudice from her in-laws. After fifteen years of marriage, bitterness is trying to raise its ugly head for Jordan Tate, whose husband wants to call it quits. And for Tiffany Thomas, dealing with rejection has never been one of her greatest feats. Each one of the characters is compelling people living their own individual stories. A novella that displays the sad realities of the world we live in, but through the perspectives of four Christian women at different stages in their faith.

-Do you have any favorites?

I would have to say Tiffany Thomas. She is very successful, opinionated, and knows exactly what she wants. Her strength as a woman is something I truly admire.

-Which character or topic in the book can you identify with the most? Why?

I am able to identify with each of the characters in Living Separate Lives. The book opens up by introducing Candace, who is reflecting on her life, her troubled family and the consequences of the decisions she has made. There are other characters such as Kaylan, who is a giving person and only believes the best in people. She demonstrates the character of Christ. Tiffany is in a league of her own. She’s independent and strong, yet she recognizes her weaknesses. The innocence of Jordan leads her into unfamiliar territory that will rock her faith and cause her to take a step back and evaluate the one person she thought she knew well.

-Does your faith or education inspire your writing?

Yes. Absolutely! Each of the characters will always have faith as their foundation. As a believer in Christ, I believe it’s important to share my faith in my stories.

-What are your goals as a writer? Do you set out to educate? Entertain? Illuminate? Inspire?

My goals as a writer are to hone my skills and become the best writer I possibly can.

-Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?

As an inspirational and fiction writer, I write to inspire and empower readers. I write because I feel I have message to share with readers, not only to entertain readers but to help them grow spiritually. I love to mix real life stories into my fiction. Although each story is unique, we experience some of the same feelings, situations, and challenges in life in which the reader can identity. With the ability to craft fiction books, it gives me the opportunity to live through each character.

-When did you get your first inkling to write, and how did you advance the call for writing?

I actually started my publishing journey in my mid-forties. It was during a major transition in my life that the passion and desire to write became apparent. I wrote my first non-fiction book in 2007, and it was released in 2008; and I have continued to release a book each year thereafter.

-Ten Lessons I’ve learned on becoming an author
1. Marketing is a full-time job
2. Everyone will not buy my book
3. Writing the book is easy
4. No one will promote my book like me
5.The publishers will only do so much marketing
6. Self-publishing has created more opportunities for authors
7. Networking is essential
8. I must think outside the box for book signings
9. The cost of self-publishing can be expensive
10. Do not wait until the last minute to launch your book

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