Shelly's Blog

Writing tips, home schooling rants (LOL), and information on my first novel TWISTED ROOTS, a Christian romance, suspense with a fantasy twist.

Shelly is a winner of Top 25 Book Author Moms - 2012

What tips would you give a mom who wants to write a book?

First thing, write it. Just do it and don't worry about grammar or spelling. The point is to get it all out, from the beginning to the end. Use your second time through to fill in the gaps, and the third to correct mechanical things. Next, find a writing critique group or at least a few friends you know will give you REAL feedback. Then the process of drafting the fourth or fifth copy begins. NEVER SUBMIT a first draft to a publisher, NEVER.

How do you balance writing and motherhood?

The only thing that keep me balanced it staying focused on what God wants from me. I find when I put Him first, everything else just falls into place. Of course staying organized is helpful in all areas. God first, family second, then I write.

Where do you find writing inspiration?

I can write anywhere. Most of my novels have come from dreams. Once I know the characters, they speak to me throughout the day. I write most of my best scenes in my head, before they go on paper.