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Meet Terri Weldon!

Friends, I can’t wait for you to meet my friend, Terri Weldon. She’s an author, blogger extraordinaire, and she’s awesome! So grab a cup of coffee, or tea, or soda (no judgment here) and let’s talk!

Terri Weldon 2SHAREE: Seriously Write Blogspot is a great help to writers. Can you tell us a little about how you got involved with the team?

TERRI: White Rose, a division of Pelican, published my first novella, Mistletoe Magic, in 2013. Annette Irby was my editor, and she asked me to guest blog on Seriously Write. I began reading the blog on a regular basis once I discovered what a great resource it is for writers. Dora Heirs, a team member at the time, asked me to be a regular contributor. So for a while I posted once a month. Well, to make a long story short if it isn’t already too late, when Dora left the team, they asked me to step into her shoes. Big shoes to fill but the other gals haven’t kicked me off the team yet. I thoroughly enjoy being involved with Seriously Write.

SHAREE: Your bio says your day job is lead analyst. What does that entail? If it’s top secret, that’s even more exciting!

TERRI: Oh, Sharee, if my day job was that exciting I wouldn’t need to write novels. I’d be living the adventures. Instead my day job entails a lot of math and decision making. The absolute best thing about my day job is I’ll be leaving it the end of August. Once that happens I plan to devote more time to my writing.

SHAREE: Writers are some of the greatest people I’ve ever met. Many (including myself) have strange writing habits. What are some of yours (food, drink, lighting, music, etc.)

TERRI: Hmm, that’s a tough one. To begin with I’m a night owl. My creativity comes out in the wee hours. I get a second burst of energy after 10:00 p.m. If I’m working in my office I like to light a vanilla candle and either listen to Praise and Worship music or Rod Stewart. My food preference would be anything chocolate, but since sitting at a desk burns very few calories, well, I have to limit the chocolate intake.

SHAREE: Summertime is the perfect time to celebrate romance. Please share a short back cover blurb with us.

TERRI: Natalie Benton bounced from one foster home to another until she landed on Ellie Alexander’s doorstep. Her vagabond childhood caused her to yearn for a secure life, which led to Natalie’s five-year plan: complete her law degree, marry the perfect man, become a partner at Montgomery, Haynes, and Preston, and produce one child. Getting arrested wasn’t in Natalie’s plan. Needing a public defender wasn’t in her plan. Falling for Grady Hunter, her public defender, definitely wasn’t in her plan. Can Grady convince Natalie there is more to life than her five-year plan? Is Ellie the only one who sees a future for Natalie and Grady? Amazon Buy Link: The Matchmakers

SHAREE: OOOOOh Terri that sounds fabulous! Sold! 

SHAREE: Do you have a favorite character in this story? What makes him/her extra special or different from other characters you’ve written in the past?

TERRI: Well, in this case my favorite character is the bad guy – Jason Whitney. He is just bad through and through, which actually made him kind of fun to write. Jason never did feel bad about how he deceived Natalie. In fact, he acted like she shouldn’t have been gullible enough to fall for him and his scheme. Since poor Natalie did, Jason acted like, tough luck kid. But if you aren’t a fan of bad guys don’t despair. Grady Hunter, the hero, definitely makes up for Jason’s bad behavior.

SHAREE:  Do you have any guilty pleasures when you’re not writing? Binge watching TV or eating a whole carton of chocolate ice cream for instance?

TERRI: I don’t watch a lot of current television programs, but I do tend to binge watch BBC – Phryne Fisher, Lord Peter Wimsey, Miss Marple, Rosemary and Thyme. And I binge watch my favorite movies such as Send Me No Flowers and Pillow Talk. Plus I love going to the movies. My sister and I have been known to go to the show, eat lunch, and go back to the show. Totally fun!

Another area I binge on is reading. Is there a writer alive who doesn’t love to read?

As far as ice cream, well, I’m taking the 5th.

SHAREE: What’s the greatest message you hope readers gain from this book?

TERRI: No matter what has happened to you in life God loves you and He has placed other people in your life to love you as well. You don’t have to live your entire life holding people at arm’s length. Sure some people will let you down, but others will love you forever – friends as well as family.

SHAREE: Please feel free to share anything else you think will be helpful or fun.

TERRI: Even though I mentioned Jason Whitney, my bad guy, and being willing to take a chance on love no matter what has happened in your life, this isn’t a “heavy” book. It is actually a light hearted read with what I hope you will agree is a good message. Also, this is in an anthology with Jean C. Gordon and Lisa Belcastro so if you decide to purchase the book you are guaranteed two additional great novellas.
TERRI!! Thank you so much for hanging out with us today. I can’t wait to read The Matchmakers. Friends, if you want more information about Terri (and you know you do), here’s her social media links!

WEBSITE:  www.terriweldon.com

BLOG: www.seriouslywrite.blogspot.com

Please check out her blog post https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/im-busy-today-but-by-terri-weldon/ for a chance to win The Matchmakers! 

Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and shopping for shoes – a habit she really needs to break. Problem is they make new, cute ones every season. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has two adorable Westies – or they have her, she’s never sure which. Terri is a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her dream of becoming a published author came true when her novella Mistletoe Magic was published.

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Latayne Scott

I’m absolutely thrilled to have Ms. Latayne Scott here with us today. I first “met” Latayne through her book, Latter Day Cipher several years ago. Today, she’s with us to talk about her latest book A Conspiracy of Breath. GQ0T1072RT.jpg

SHAREE:

You have such an interesting writing history. Tell us how long you’ve been writing and what do you enjoy most about writing fiction?

LATAYNE:

I’ve been writing since early in grade school. For instance, when the teacher would give us students a list of spelling words, I’d make them into a story.

I believe that just as God’s mind is infinite, and He “calls things that are not, as though they were,” there is great delight in imagining things.  I love to think, “What if” about situations. I love hearing about an interesting, little-known fact of history, and supposing the backstory to it, the possibilities, the clashes and conjunctions of characters.

Actually, I pretty much entertain myself. Even though I live alone (my husband is disabled and lives in a care facility), and because I’m always writing something, I never get lonely, never get bored.

SHAREE:

I enjoy playing “what if” games when I’m writing, too. Makes my character’s lives more interesting 🙂

What do you hope readers of A Conspiracy of Breath takeaway from the story?

LATAYNE:

A lot of people think the “point” of the book was about a woman receiving revelation and writing Scripture. However, I want people to appreciate the sacrifices of early Christians, the “most-favored” people of history who lived around the time of Jesus, and yet suffered so grievously.  I also want people to gain from my book some tools and strategies for dealing with the possible loss of faith when readers encounter trials in their own lives. I think we Christians are in for a rough future.

SHAREE:

I’d give a hearty AMEN to that.

Have you received pushback about the idea of a woman writing the Book of Hebrews?

LATAYNE:

I recently did a recorded debate with someone with an opposing view. I’m a rotten debater. I defended my premise (and there’s lots of scholarly support for the idea that Priscilla wrote Hebrews), but also spent a lot of time responding to my opponent by saying, “Oh, gosh, really?  That’s interesting!  I didn’t know that!” etc.

I have found to my disappointment that people in general don’t want to push back about the idea.  Maybe it’s because of things like the title of Hebrews in the King James Version, which says Paul is the author and therefore people don’t know what other possibilities there might be.

SHAREE:

It’s definitely something I’d never considered before but I found your research fascinating.

What do you enjoy reading just for fun?

LATAYNE:

Well, the good news is I love the Bible.  The bad news is I love suspense and murder mysteries. Well, not really bad news. I learn a lot about pacing and plotting doing that.  I also learn what I won’t put up with in fiction, and try not to subject my readers to such things.

SHAREE:

I love suspense and mysteries too and appreciate a clean read.

On page 175 of A Conspiracy of Breath you mention Melchizedek not being a part of Abraham’s line. Was Melchizedek a Gentile?

LATAYNE:

I guess anyone who wasn’t in Abraham’s family was a Gentile.  So, I guess so – but never thought of it before!  That would make the priesthood of Jesus—the Melchizedek priesthood—not only NOT the Levitical priesthood, but not even Jewish!  Whoa!

By the way, my coauthor Dr. Steve Collins with whom I co-wrote Discovering the City of Sodom (Howard, 2012) has a very interesting theory. He says that Melchizedek was actually a local warlord as well as a priest.

SHAREE:

Wow! That’s wild!

Who is your favorite character in the story?

LATAYNE:

Oh, Cordelia. What a woman. She could maintain her faith in God, and wrangle with a stubborn best friend like Priscilla, and never become bitter. In fact, now that I think about it, I just realized she reminds me of another favorite heroine of fiction, Betsie Ten Boom from the non-fiction The Hiding Place. (Parenthetically, I’d like to mention that I got to meet Corrie Ten Boom before she passed to glory. What a woman, there, too.)

SHAREE:

No way! I’d start every conversation that way if I’d met Corrie Ten Boom. I must admit, Cordelia was my favorite too.

What was the biggest struggle you had in writing A Conspiracy of Breath?

LATAYNE:

Chronology. As far as I know, nobody before had ever developed a timeline of her life. I researched where her life intersected with that of Paul, but also how it intersected with such things as the reign of Nero and the building of the Roman Coliseum. (As it turns out, the Coliseum was finished after the time I wrote that Priscilla lived, so there was a no-intersection there.)  I also worked very hard on researching Roman names and customs, and also the writings of early Christian writers about Priscilla. I also found out that her family had a tomb complex in Rome which still exists today.

SHAREE:

How interesting! Roman history is very interesting to me.

**spoiler alert!!!***

What was Cordelia’s medical condition?

LATAYNE:

Cordelia was pregnant for decades.  Her pregnancy was ectopic (the fertilized egg developed outside the uterus, the fetus grew for months but died inside her and the body protected itself against it by calcifying it.)  In fact, this situation is a real medical condition and has happened just a few years ago and throughout history.

 

SHAREE:

Poor Cordelia!

Latayne, thank you so much for being here today!!!

 

Read more about Latayne and visit her on her website: http://latayne.com/

Latayne C. Scott writes controversial books. Her newest one, the critically acclaimed A Conspiracy of Breath, is based on the scholarly theory that a woman wrote part of the Bible. She has won awards for her writing, including from Pepperdine University, its “Distinguished Service Award.” Her first book, The Mormon Mirage – also controversial – has stayed in print almost continuously for almost 40 years. She has nearly two dozen other published books.

One notable recent book is about the discovery of the ancient Biblical city of Sodom (Discovering the City of Sodom). Her first novel is a murder mystery revolving around a code developed by the early Mormon church. Both are . . . controversial.

She’s also won a national award for humor. Her kids say she’s not so funny, but she just holds up the prize check.

With her sole-authored theological books, she is patron-supported and publishes those books exclusively with TSU Press.

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