Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Writers' Wednesday Welcomes Selena Fulton

On Wednesdays, we meet an author who is published or on the journey to publication, who shares a writing tip with everyone.

This week, I’m happy to welcome Selena Fulton. Selena won the 2009 Golden Acorn Excellence in Writing. She finaled in the 2010 Beacon contest. Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to talk with us Selena.

Thank you for having me.

Your current work is an inspirational. Could you please tell us a little about it and what draws you to this genre?

THE LONG WAY HOME is a contemporary inspirational romance set in Florida. I write about Christians dealing with real life situations and their journey as they grow in their faith. I try to show that no matter how far you may have strayed from God, He will always welcome you back. Being Christian doesn’t mean you’re perfect, it means you’re forgiven.

Here’s a blurb:
Mindy Stanley is far from home in every sense of the word. Not only has her husband, Joe, stolen their grocery and rent money again, he is in jail for killing two people when he wrecked the company truck. She refuses to divorce him, however. She is the daughter of a minister and even though she walked away from the church years ago, to divorce Joe would prove that her daddy was right.

Forced to cope on her own with two small children, she feels abandoned by God and everyone else. When she goes home for her sister’s wedding, she must face her parents, her past and the ex-boyfriend she didn’t wait for.

This sounds like a wonderful story, Selena. Forgiveness and redemption are universal themes. Faith can give us the strength to persevere and overcome any adversity.

What are you working on now?

One project is a time travel romance, which is a novella. I have always been fascinated with the idea of time travel, and “what if,” and soul mates. I also have a few YA ideas I’m working on.

Will you do another inspirational?

Oh, yes. I like to write stories that Christian people can relate to, about the real problems they face in the world.

What tip would you offer writers?

Keep submitting and learning! You are never too old to learn, and you will never be published if your story never makes it off your hard drive.

I love that advice. Is there anything you might add for writers just starting out?

Find a local chapter. Being around other writers provides a wealth of knowledge and is very encouraging. Take courses on writing; some of them are free. Read, read, read. You get a feel for what is selling as well as filling the creative well.

Very true. There's nothing like other writers for understanding and support. Thanks, again, for joining us Selena. We look forward to seeing your work.

Please visit Selena’s blog: http://www.selenafulton.wordpress.com/

13 comments:

  1. Selena, I'm anxious to read the inspirational you've been working on. Is it published yet, or do you have a date for it? Inspirationals have come a long way in the last 20 or so years. Congrats.
    Diana Locke

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  2. Selena, what wonderful advice! It's so hard to put yourself out there and some folks just need that little nudge.

    Good luck with your writing!

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  3. Selena,
    I too love the idea of time travel! What era in time will your H/h travel to?
    Great post, ladies! :)

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  4. Hi Selena,
    Welcome. So glad you're here today.

    I love your inspirational story blurb. As Diana said, the inspirational market has come so far in the past years. It's exciting to see the variety offered there.

    You're fortunate to be able to write in various genres. That takes a lot of energy.

    Looking forward to seeing your books in print!

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  5. Great Post Selena,

    Your story sounds wonderful and rich. I look forward to reading your books!

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  6. Hey Selena, Since I've read some of this story as your crit partner, I can say you captured my interest at the first chapter.

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  7. Selena - Great post. And loads of luck on your inspirationals. They sound amazing.

    Lynn

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  8. That really is the best advice! :) Great interview!

    ~Madeline

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  9. Nice to meet you Selena! Your book sounds really good. Much more success to you :)

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  10. Nice interview and good advice. We all need that little push to get our material out.
    We are too protective of our writing and our ego.
    Thanks,

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  11. Best wishes, Selena!! And good for you on keeping all those irons in the fire!

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  12. Wonderful premise, Selena! I love a reunion story. Great advice about never getting published if your story doesn't make it off your hard drive too.

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  13. Thank you all for your comments. My time travel takes place during the Civil War.

    Selena

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