The last couple of weeks, I’ve been chatting about priorities and what the Lord means by taking up my cross, daily, to follow Him. Last week, I shared that for me it meant giving up something I’d planned for and expected to do. And He used the time that opened up to be an unexpected blessing to my family and a friend in trouble. So enough about me. How do other authors make the daily walk? I asked a few to share their right-now priorities and how they have to “take up their own crosses.”
From Patricia Bradley, author of A Promise to Protect and the Logan Point series:
My #1 Priority right now is getting the first draft of my 4th Logan Point book on paper. It’s not due until the first of April, but so is another book for Harlequin Heartwarming. I don’t quite know how I got myself into this mess…yes, I do. I signed contracts. That means I made commitments. Commitments I will honor, barring a trip to the hospital.
It also means I must be very serious about writing for the next four or five months…oh, better make that more like eight or nine months because I have another book due the first of October. And I’m not complaining. This problem is what I have dreamed of for more years than I can count. God has blessed me and He knows these deadlines loom—He gave them to me. And now my job is to write.
So what do you do when the story won’t come together? I don’t know about you, but I pray. A Lot. I’m praying now as I write this. But I also take time each morning to be in His word, to sit still in His presence. To ask to be His transcriber of the story He wants me to tell.
The words will come. But I have to be where I can hear them.
Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series—Shadows of the Past and A Promise to Protect—and Matthew’s Choice a Heartwarming romance. Her workshops on writing include an online course with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Midsouth Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When she’s not writing, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.
An excerpt from A Promise to Protect, the second in the Logan’s Point series:
In a steamy small town riddled with broken promises, one woman’s secret could change everything.
Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn’t heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn’t mean he can get her—or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago—out of his head. When she calls out of the blue, it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But all too soon, Ben is charged with a different task—protecting Leigh from the people after her brother. With Leigh doing everything in her power to avoid Ben, it’s no easy task. And the secret she is keeping just may change their lives forever.
Sounds like an enticing story! I loved the first book in the Logan’s Point series. Looking forward to jumping into this one!
Your Turn: What is your priority right now? Is it different from yesterday’s priority?