Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Priority: Narelle Atkins

I’m so happy to welcome Narelle Atkins to Faith Driven Fiction to share how her priorities fit into her daily life.

Narelle2Setting Priorities in a Busy Schedule

What is a typical day like in your life? Is your schedule crazy, with a to-do list that seems to grow longer no matter how hard you work to tick items off the list?

I’m a wife, mother, author, and I have a part-time day job. My main writing priority at the moment is to write proposals for my next contract.

During the week, my early morning routine is focused on ensuring my children aren’t late to school. They’re usually organized and they’re old enough to take make their own breakfast, pack their lunch and get ready without my assistance.

Today, after my breakfast and quiet time, I finished answering interview questions for a blog post. I checked my email and did a few household chores before driving into the city. I’d purchased a pair of sandals on the weekend that I needed to exchange at the store. I decided to have an early lunch at a café in the mall. This gave me forty-five minutes of uninterrupted time to work on my proposals.

I’m behind on my book proposal schedule because I’ve had a few health issues to deal with over the past six weeks. I had an appointment scheduled for 1pm with a doctor on the other side of town. My parents live near the city and they returned home yesterday from an interstate trip. I stopped by their home and my mother came with me to the medical appointment. It was great opportunity to chat and she made sure I didn’t get lost in a part of town I rarely visit.

I had a fifty minute wait for my appointment, and I used some of that time to catch up on social media and check email on my phone. I also messaged one of my critique partners and we discussed a plot point in her story.

My kids play sports after school and I have a one hour wait in the car. I parked under a shady tree, opened the car windows and continued working on my proposals. I often write in the car, and I find it’s another place where I can ignore my phone and work with no distractions. I finished the brainstorming chat via messenger with my critique partner and I wrote down more ideas for my proposals.

Early evening is always a busy time in my household. I drove home in peak hour traffic, watered the garden and started preparing dinner.

I spent time with my family during and after dinner. I had blog comments to answer, links to share on social media, and I started working on another batch of blog interview questions. I did squeeze in an hour of television later in the evening.

Today I completed a number of items on my to-do list and, more importantly, moved forward with my proposals. I find I often snatch small chunks of time between other activities to work on my writing.  Thinking time is important, and I had the freedom to ponder new story ideas while I was driving around town.

Marji, thanks for the opportunity to visit your blog and share with your readers. So glad you could join me here! 🙂


About Narelle and her recent release, Her Tycoon Hero.

A fun loving Aussie girl at heart, Narelle was born and raised on the beautiful northern beaches in Sydney, Australia. She has settled in Canberra with her husband and children. A lifelong romance reader, she found the perfect genre to write when she discovered inspirational romance. Narelle’s contemporary stories of faith and romance are set in Australia. She sold her debut novel, Falling for the Farmer, to Harlequin’s Love Inspired Heartsong Presents line in a 6-book contract. Her Tycoon Hero is her fourth release and the first book in her Sydney series.

She blogs regularly with Australasian Christian Writers, International Christian Fiction Writers and Inspy Romance.

Narelle is also a co-founder of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance (ACRBA).

Her Tycoon Hero coverHer Tycoon Hero – Book Description:

Cassie Beaumont Believes in Second Chances

Set on proving to everyone that she’s no longer a party girl, Cassie is focused on her career as an event planner. But her dad’s top executive, Ryan Mitchell, proves to be a handsome distraction. Especially when someone from Cassie’s wild past tries to get her tangled in the life she’s worked hard to escape.

Ryan is taken with his boss’s beautiful daughter. But having been fooled by a brother who ran in her same circles, he is slow to trust. When Cassie’s newfound faith works its way into his heart, Ryan soon finds he wants to claim both her faith and Cassie as his own.

Your Turn: On a daily day, like this was for Narelle, what makes you the most satisfied?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. 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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