Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Interview with Ada Brownell - Day Two

Ada Brownell has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to write articles and books with stick-to-your-soul encouragement: Imagine the Future You; Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult; Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal; and Confessions of a Pentecostal, out of print but released in 2012 for Kindle.

What do you consider the best resources for historical research?

When you've lived a long time, experience is valid. I don't trust a lot of research. I keep running into controversy where more than one person or their relatives try to take credit for something. I enjoy books where the author has done a lot of good research, but in my historical romance, The Lady Fugitive, I create fictional communities, used some things I learned from my grandparents' era, and researched the remainder in books and on the internet. With my planned sequel to Joe the Dreamer, I will have real places in Colorado and I'll need to be sure I know what I'm talking about, although I'm a Colorado native and have visited or lived in some of those locations.

What or who inspired you to write inspirational fiction? How does that keep you plodding ahead with your writing each day?

I've written inspirational fiction most of my life, but I heard early in my career that only about one out of 1,000 novels are accepted by a traditional publisher, so I've always written more non-fiction.
Yet, I enjoy inspirational fiction so much and I have ideas for these stories. Writing fiction is work, but it's also is such an enjoyable experience. My characters sometimes make me feel as if I'm reading someone else's book as everything unfolds.

What helps you maintain productivity as a writer? And what do you find most challenging about the business of being an author?

The urgency to share the gospel is what keeps me going. Marketing is by far the most challenging.

When writing fiction, do you feel you are more of a character driven or plot driven writer? How do you think it comes across in your writing?

When I begin, I have a plot in mind, but soon the characters drive the story. I'm often amazed how a new character comes in and brings in humor, twists, turns, and new life into a story, even after we're several chapters into a book.

Would you like to share about what you are working on now?

The last decisions about my historical novel, The Lady Fugitive, which I'm hoping will be out soon.

Do you have any last words of wisdom to share with aspiring authors?

If you feel called by God to write, pray for wisdom constantly, study, learn from others, write every day if possible. Examine carefully the writing of those published in the genre in which you hope to be published. See how they handle back story, show vs. tell, viewpoint, description, emotion. Never quit, but don't let go of anything until you know it's the best you can create.

Thank you, Ada, for joining us at Novel PASTimes. It has been a privilege to interview you.

Thank you for inviting me to be your guest.

For U.S. readers only this week, answer Ada's question
for a chance to win Joe the Dreamer. Leave your answer
and email addy in the form name[at]domain[dot]com to
qualify for the drawing by this Friday morning before 9 a.m. ET.

Here we go with Ada's excellent question:
Why do you still believe the gospel despite the growing unbelief in America and the secularist ideas promoted in our learning institutions and the media?

Other places to connect with Ada.

     Twitter: @adellerella

1 comment:

Kathleen Rouser said...

Thanks, Ada, for visiting us at Novel PASTimes
these last two days and sharing with our readers
about your interesting writing journey.

I still believe in the gospel, because it comes from
God's infallible word, the Bible! As Hebrews
11:1 says, "Faith is the confidence that what we
hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance
about things we cannot see." Jesus is our firm
foundation and the Holy Spirit attests to that
in our hearts.