Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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Trailblazing

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Sky Ranch Christian Camp in Van, Texas

I was a camp counselor during my college years at the most amazing place on the planet!  I spent 2 summers there, talking to kids about Jesus, doing crafts, swiming, canoeing, among other campy types of activities.  And, oh yes, horse-back riding! 

Growing up, horses were one of my favorite things in the whole world!  So a full summer at a place where I could be around them all the time was like heaven on earth!  I would get to ride several times a week on the trails and then, at least once a week, the counselors and work staff would take our own ride – off trail.  They called it trail blazing.  Oh, the memories . . .

Well, that’s what I feel like I’m doing now, trying to become a published novelist.  I’ve veered off my comfortable path, the one where I talk mainly to my friends and family, take care of my kids, volunteer for things within my forte.  Now I find myself in a totally new society; one where I’m an unknown, a hopeful. 

So I’ve set off on what I do fairly well – read.  I’ve scanned hundreds of blogs already, and I’ve only been on this path for 3 days.  I’ve learned some specifics of what is expected of me and what I can expect from others.  I’ve learned that I’m not ready to send out any introductory notes, yet.  I hurried that along a couple of decades ago with some poetry.  I did get one poem publish, but it wasn’t really worth wading through all of the rejection letters.  AND, I had no IDEA what I was doing!

I’m much better prepared at this point, just because I have scoured the information available – and there is LOTS of information available!  So I’ll keep analyzing the data I’m finding.  Meanwhile, I’ll take my book through a second revision.  It changed considerably through the first one; I’m betting on more alterations!

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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