Thursday, August 31, 2017

We're Eight Years Old!



It all started eight years ago. At that time, there were fourteen of us. Only one had a book published, but we were all hungry to make this dream of being a writer come true. Since then, we've been through a lot! We've gained new friends and added new members as we said goodbye to others. Our dear sister, Connie Marquis, now cheers us on from heaven after a hard battle with cancer. We've cried and laughed together. We've studied our craft, gone to conferences, and lost a bit of our naivete about the business end of things. Through it all, we've supported each other, prayed together, and become a tight-knit family. And every single one of us is published.

Inkwell Inspirations has been a blessing to us, as we hope it has been to you. We wouldn't be where we are today without each other, and that includes you, our lovely readers. As a thank you, we're sharing a little bit about each of the current Inkies and giving away a super prize package. Leave a comment to be entered!



Way back when (2009 to be precise), Gina Welborn enjoyed the social life over on Seekerville Island. A RWA Golden Heart finalist and an ACFW Genesis finalist, she had secured representation with Tamela Hancock Murray, but something was missing. Ah, publication! Yes, but that would have to wait until 2012. What about a team blog? Great idea! So Gina enlisted friends who enlisted friends (no animals were harmed in the process) and Inkwell Inspirations was born. Since then she's written for Barbour Publishing, Abingdon Press, Harlequin Love Inspired Heartsong Presents, and Forget Me Not Romances. Gina is currently writing two historical romance series for Kensington Publishing. Say Hi! on Facebook and be sure to check out her Pinterest storyboards and oh-I-need-a-board-for-this boards.




Suzie Johnson had four releases in the last eight years! 




Debra E. Marvin is paddling as fast as she can.  Eight years ago, she was working on the book of her heart. (Sighs) Now, she has published five novellas and one novel with more on the horizon. In eight years, she'll have published that book-of-the-heart and maybe, just maybe, found her niche. Mystery? Gothic? Sweet Romance, Historical Romance or Contemporary. Or she might just be quilting and taking naps.

For now, there are far too many places to find her on the internet. Start with Twitter.






DeAnna Julie Dodson writes under her own name and the pen name Julianna Deering. Consequently, she is twice as busy as she used to be. Eight years ago . . . she had only three published books and didn't know the Inkwell existed. Today . . . she's working on book number eighteen and so happy to be a part of this blog.  Eight years from now . . . only God knows. Can Drew have a movie? A TV series? Visit her websites, deannajuliedodson.com or juliannadeering.com, or drop her a line at MissWrite@sbcglobal.net






Eight years ago Niki Turner had just completed her first manuscript. It won a second place award and is still sitting in her files, waiting for revision and attention someday. She was a pastor's wife and had four kids at home. Since then, she's moved twice, had a radical hysterectomy, married off two of her kids, and welcomed four grandbabies. A year ago she bought the weekly newspaper where she'd worked part-time since 2000, and now she's the editor-in-chief and publisher. In the midst of it all, her lifelong dream of being a published author has come to pass not once, but nine times. Another Christmas novella is coming this fall and two more stories in 2018. Eight years from now? "Lord, keep ordering my steps, my times are in Your hand!" Say "hi" on her Facebook page!





Since 2009, C.J. Chase published these two wonderful historical romances at Love Inspired Historicals!



In 2009, Susanne Dietze was a clueless-but-eager contest finalist, writing a series about a family in Regency England and Scotland and hoping to someday write a mail-order bride story set in the old west. Shortly thereafter, she won a few contests, signed with agent Tamela Hancock Murray, and won the ACFW Genesis award for Historical Romance in 2013. She kept plugging along, and today, she's an ECPA and Publisher's Weekly bestseller. By the end of 2018, she'll have 14 works published: three novels and eleven novellas with Barbour, Love Inspired Historical, WhiteFire, and Forget Me Not Romances (those aforementioned Regencies and mail-order bride story are included in this list! She can't wait to see her next LIH Regency cover!). What's coming in the next eight years? She isn't sure what God has in store, but historical or contemporary, novel or novella, it's a given that Susanne's stories will be full of romance and all about the happily-ever-after. Come say hi on Facebook!






















Eight years ago, Anita Mae Draper was entering the world of publishing via the contest and rejection route. Her heart had always been on writing Historical Romance set in the pioneer and Old West days, yet her Contemporary contest entries became finalists as well. Her writing caught the attention of an agent, which led to her first two publications - Christmas short stories with the first being a Historical in the Edwardian period, and the next being Contemporary. The publication of Austen in Austin was her first novella project, which was followed by two more, both set in the west. Anita's agent recently retired which has opened a bright new world of possibilities. Yet through all the years of change, Anita's greatest blessing on her writing journey thus far has been the friendship, love and support of the other members of the Inkwell Inspirations blog. You're invited to visit Anita through any of the social media links found on her website.




Eight years ago, Dina Sleiman had just recently gotten involved in writing circles and earned her first award, Overall Winner of the 2009 Touched by Love contest for unpublished authors. Since then she's published two novels and a novella with WhiteFire Publishing, a novel with Zondervan, and a three book series with Bethany House Publishers. She also found a niche as an editor for WhiteFire Publishing. Although her books have varied from historical to contemporary and from women's fiction to YA action adventure, you can rest assured that all of her novels include plenty of romance, an artistic touch, her unique brand of intimate Christian spirituality, and a happily ever after. At this point she has primarily transferred her writing talents to the nonprofit humanitarian world, but she still serves on the editorial committee at WhiteFire and dabbles in writing novels. Her second book in her Deep Within contemporary series will release in November. To find her on social media, visit here.

























Barb Early, also writing as Beverly Allen has two successful mystery series:



















Eight years ago, Lisa Karon Richardson was on deputation with her family (raising money as missionaries). She dreamed of being a published author and had finished two manuscripts. Had she known how much she did not know, she probably would have quit while she was ahead! As it is, she has 11 published novels and novellas. (And would still be daunted if she knew how much she still needs to learn!) You can read excerpts of all of her novels here.


























From the time she was a little girl living above a mortuary in the heart of Hollywood, California (okay, she was an odd little girl), Jennifer AlLee dreamed of becoming a writer. Eight years ago, she had one novel published and was just beginning to understand how much she didn't know about the business. Today, she has 11 published novels, 3 novella collections, and a bunch of novellas under her belt. Wanting to challenge herself and help other writers see their dreams become reality, she founded Journey Fiction in 2016 and released its first two novels this month. Eight years from now, she hopes to see the publishing company exploding (in a good way) and still be writing fiction of her own.


Don't forget to help yourself to the party treats!

Take a hat, while you're at it!

AND NOW... to celebrate!  We're giving some of those books away as one grand prize!





a Rafflecopter giveaway

61 comments:

  1. Hey Inkies! Hey Friends and followers!

    It's been a very interesting eight years. I'm too tired from lack of sleep to even count how many books we've written in total!

    but 13 are going one one random guest who is chosen by rafflecopter! I had an Expresso Shortbread last night and subsequently 3 hours of sleep. PARTY TIME!

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    1. Congrats on getting another book done, even in the midst of all this planning. So glad you're on our team. :)

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    1. Thanks Gina! I noticed we're trying to go light on the calories for a change.

      WHERE'S THE SNACKS?

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    2. Thanks, Gina! Thanks for joining the party, too!

      Deb...good question. Why did we not bring food? I need to remedy this. Pronto.

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  3. Happy 8th Anniversary. Wishing you all many more years of success.

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    1. Thanks, Millie! So glad you could celebrate with us!

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    2. So glad you dropped in to help us celebrate, Millie. Thank you.

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  4. Happy Birthday to us!!

    It was fun watching the announcements as the unpubbed among us dwindled in number! It's been fun to grow with this group. If we're tallying books, I'm tight against a deadline for what will be my sixth published novel. And when I joined this group, I was just entering contests with hopes of getting noticed.

    Thanks, Deb, for setting this up!

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    1. Jen, Susie and Anita have done most of the work for today's blog!
      Congrats, Barb! (And I recall a novella of yours you didn't mention!)

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    2. This was a team effort, and Deb is our new champion Meme-maker!

      I remember reading Barb's Christmas novella on Christmas Day the year it came out, on the brand new kindle I got for Christmas. LOVED it!

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    3. That's right...Gold, Frankincense, and Murder (Christmas Holiday Extravaganza). I'll never forget that cover.

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  5. I'm sitting here at the newspaper office and this just brought tears to my eyes. Not just because our dreams and prayers have been answered, but because God brought us together from all over the country, different backgrounds, different lives, and made us true sisters in Christ. These friendships have meant so much to me over the last 8 years of dramatic changes in my life and I am eternally grateful to each and every one of my Inky sisters. Love you all!

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    1. Yes, because we've created a place to come to (the Secret Inky Underground Headquarters) when we needed to share, be encouraged and ask for help--not just about writing!

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    2. I so agree, Niki. I am so grateful God brought us together. We are more than writers on the same path. We are sisters. We've prayed each other through many difficulties and celebrated each others' joys. It's been such a gift.

      HUG!!!

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    3. Amen, Niki! What a special group of gals this is. Y'all bless my socks off!

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    4. Receiving the invitation to join the Inkwell touched every part of my life. The writing is a small part compared to the fun, knowledge, and outreach we've shared. Once again, it confirmed I was doing what God planned for me and that is what drives me onward.

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    1. Congratulations to you as well, Jen, and a special congrats on your work with Journey Fiction. So very happy to see your dream come true.

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  7. Happy Anniversary one and all! I have read a book or two from most all of you! But boy are you s prolific group! Congratulations! Would love to read more!

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    1. Paula, you have lots of chances with the Rafflecopter draw. Hope you have fun entering.

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    2. Hi Paula! Thanks for the good wishes! I hope you're having a great day.

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  8. CONGRATULATIONS, Ladies on 8 years!!! You are AWESOME!

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    1. Thanks, Caryl. A major part of our progress is the support we've received from readers like you, so thank you for inspiring us.

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    2. Caryl, you've been on my mind and in my prayers! Sending you hugs!

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    3. Thanks Caryl! you've had a crazy 8 days, so I'm so appreciative of you stopping in!

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  9. I am humbled and honored to be part of this group. It's beyond anything I imagined.

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  10. Congratulations! And way to follow your dreams.

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  11. Thanks to all of you Inkies for letting me join you. It's been wonderful!

    Thanks to all of our visitors, too. We're so happy to have you. :D

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    1. How could we not when each of us has been Hand-chosen for this team? :) Love the times we share at conference.

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  12. Wow! Things have really changed over the years. Seems like we've all been blessed! Actually, come to think of it, I think the biggest blessing the Inkies have given me is the fellowship. These ladies are amazing!

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    1. So glad you're a part, Lisa. I continue to learn from you.

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  13. Congratulations, ladies on 8 years! A great list of authors!!!

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    1. Thanks, Becky. The great thing about us is that we write a variety of genres, so there's sure to be something for everyone who likes to read about hope, love, and faith.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  14. I wasn't aware of this blog. It looks like a great group of authors. I enjoy reading all the Drew Farthering books by Julianna Deering but am always glad to hear of other authors.

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    1. Thank you, Pam, and thanks for coming by. I think you'd enjoy all these ladies' work. :D

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    2. Yay DeAnna/Julianna! I love it when readers encourage us. :)

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    3. The Drew books are fantastic! I heartily agree!

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  15. oh my. you try to sleep and look what happens. You miss half the comments!

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  16. Happy Anniversary to a wonderful group of very talented authors!
    Merry

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    1. Thanks, Merry. We appreciate you stopping by and sharing our celebration. Blessings.

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  17. Congratulations on 8 years. So exciting!

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    1. Thank you! It is exciting, isn't it? And the way some of our authors are going, I know we're going to have a bigger celebration next year too! OO LA LA. :)

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    2. I have a feeling each one of us considered dropping this writing gig at one time or another. It's a crazy world... but here we are! hanging in!

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  18. Well, the 8th anniversary came the same week as Hurricane Harvey, so I've been slammed at work. Sorry I haven't been around much, but love you ladies and glad to have been on this journey with each one of you!

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    1. Dina, we each do what we can which is why this team has grown together as it has. That's the beauty of having a small group. Praying for wisdom and less stress as you handle what needs to be done. And continued prayers for all those affected in an way to this natural disaster.

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  19. Happy 8th, ladies!! Here's to many more beautiful birthdays full of blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! Blessings to you as well.

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  20. We had a wee car accident yesterday so I've missed all the comments! (We are fine, car is ok, praise the Lord! But I've been busy with insurance etc.)

    Thanks to all for the good wishes! So nice to see you all. Thanks for celebrating with us!

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  21. We're back home after celebrating the last hurrah of summer in SC.

    Congratulations to everyone, and thank you, Deb, for putting this together.

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  22. Okay, folks we have one more day before Rafflecopter closes down. A great number of entries and someone will get a nice big prize. Thanks to all the Inkies for being sisters and providing a safe place to chat and share as we face all the ups and downs of writing and ...life... Thanks for pulling it all together!

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  23. Congratulations on your 8 years!
    Signed,
    a happy follower!

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    1. Yes, Elaine, you've been with us for a long time! thanks for your support!

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    1. Thanks Deana! It feels like quite an accomplishment.

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