Marji Laine

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Life Makes Stories by Marie Wells Coutu

For Such A MomentThe Dog Daze of Summer continue! Find all of the books on sale, including Marie’s first novel, For Such a Moment, on Amazon or at Write Integrity Press. Winner of the Books of Hope Contest, For Such a Moment is a contemporary re-imagining of the story of Queen Esther. Her second novel, Thirsting for More, recently placed in the contemporary category of the Selah Awards.
I’m so loving getting to learn a bit more about the other authors that share Write Integrity Press as their publisher. And this Dog Daze project is a perfect time for that. Need a summer read? Oh, we have that covered! WIP link!

From Marie:

13820558_10156312049058647_1198967913_nI believe that stories are life. As I explain on my website, quality fiction has its basis in real life. Readers want to see characters, settings, and situations that seem believable, even if the genre is science fiction or fantasy. They want to identify with and even imagine themselves as one of the characters. And as an inspirational novelist, I want my books to reveal truth, to give readers a compelling story that may change their views about life.

But to be able to tell those compelling and believable stories, writers need to experience life. And everything we do, every place we go, every person we meet provides potential material for our stories. As I write this, I am fortunate to be sitting in the open-air lodge of an African safari camp, looking out over a wide valley with mountains in the background and a water hole down below. I’m watching for impala or kudu—maybe even elephant—to come drink. In the past two days, my husband and I have seen all of those, as well as zebra, giraffes, cape buffalo, a black rhino, a honey badger, and baboons.

Most authors will never have the opportunity to go to Africa. I never thought I would, but once we retired, we decided our savings would allow us to fulfill my husband’s lifelong dream of a safari, combined with a mission trip. (No way would I let him come to the Dark Continent without me!) I don’t know at this point if I will ever use this particular setting in a novel. I will write about the trip with hopes of selling an article to a magazine. But the people, the beauty, and the emotions provide experiences I can draw on for fictional stories, even if they are not set in Africa.

The same is true of a trip to the grocery store or to a child’s school, a vacation at the beach, or a visit with a neighbor. Many times, I have heard a friend tell about a childhood experience and I think, “I can use that in a novel someday.” And when I’m writing and need to create a character or “show” an emotional scene, I close my eyes and remember someone or something from my past that I can recast in a different situation. It helps me write a realistic scene.

As writers, everything we do becomes inspiration for telling our stories. So get out from behind that keyboard and go live your life. When you get back, you’ll be able to convey a more believable story.13819741_10156312051963647_1706474340_n

About Marie Wells Coutu:
Marie Wells Coutu’s new novel, The Secret Heart, will be released in late August from Write Integrity Press. Follow Marie on to be notified when it becomes available. The Secret Heart is the third book in the Mended Vessels series. Books in the series are contemporary re-imaginings of the stories of biblical women, including Esther and the woman at the well.

Her debut novel, For Such a Moment, won the Books of Hope Contest. Thirsting for More, the second book in the series, was a finalist in the 2016 Selah Awards Contest. You can find more about Marie and her novels on her Facebook page (Author Marie Wells Coutu), at her website (, or follow her on Twitter (@mwcoutu).

Marie retired after 15 years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and she and her husband now divide their time between Florida and Iowa.

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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