Are you staying at home due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic that is all over the world? Are you practicing social distancing so you can actively help flatten the curve to prevent a spike in the coronavirus disease in you county or state or country? (Look at me using all these new fancy terms I didn’t usually use in normal life!)
Readers, while you’re staying at home, are you reading new fiction books? Which contemporary Christian romance books are you reading or re-reading? Feel free to comment.
Are you a little bit curious about what authors are doing during the imposed social distancing? What do you think they are doing at home? I thought that our avid readers might want to know how our InspyRomance authors are handling this new normal, so I asked some of our authors here to tell us what they are doing while in isolation or quarantine. How is their writing affected by the coronavirus disease outbreak? Let’s see what some of our illustrious authors say.
“Writing? What writing? LOL. In all honesty, it’s a struggle to get any work done with my family home. I’m trying my best to adjust my expectations of how much I can do and choosing to focus on the good (ie. health, food, toilet paper!). I’m thankful to still be in touch with readers and author friends on social media.” – Liwen Ho, author of the Spark Brothers series
“Last winter, I came up with my writing plan for 2020 to write twice as many books in one year than I ever had before. In order to achieve that goal, I knew I would need to hunker down to write from Feb through May and ignore all distractions. As it turns out, that schedule is what’s keeping me sane and focused with a sense of purpose during self-isolation.” – Laurie Larsen, author of the Matchmaking Moms of Oceanview Church series.
“I used to be able to count on two hours of writing each day when I went to the gym. These days, any writing happens after toddler bedtimes or during the (rare) nap. Those small bits of time are what is keeping me sane. Well, that and video chats with friends and fellow authors who understand the struggle.” – Tara Grace Ericson, author of the Main Street Minden Series
“Quarantine has been both good and bad for my writing. While I’ve had more dedicated time to writing than I usually manage, the amount of distractions and interruptions has increased. I’m not usually a schedule-follower, but having hubby work from home and the kids needing structure for schooling has actually helped me to carve productive writing time while they’re working.” – Jaycee Weaver, author of Whatever Happens Next
“One silver lining for me is that I have missed my son since he left for college (university) two years ago. He only came home at spring breaks, summer breaks, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Since he is our only child, we were suddenly empty nesters, and just like that, motherhood became a long-distance thing for me. Unexpectedly, with his college campus closing and moving the rest of the semester online until this outbreak is over, we’re all in the same house again. I rather like that and thank God for an opportunity to be at-home mom again, even as my book deadlines loom.” – Jan Thompson, author of the Savannah Sweethearts, Vacation Sweethearts, and Seaside Chapel series
As you know, writing can be a lonely career in which writers have to spend time alone writing, writing, writing. My happy place is sitting at my desk and writing my books. So when the pandemic reached my country and everyone is told to stay at home… I mean, I’m already writing at home! However, schools and businesses also closed. So now everybody is really home. Our house cat is probably wondering why everyone is in pajamas, like it’s Christmas season! Except it’s coronavirus season…
As a Christian, I can look to God’s Word, which I am reading a lot during this time of social distancing and war against the COVID-19 disease that has attacked over 184 countries (and counting) worldwide (only the continent of Antartica is spared). Vaccines are still months away. Romans 8:37 comes to mind.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).
Praise the Lord that the biggest news of all is that Christians have hope and protection in God through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Nothing can touch us unless the Lord allows it for a reason. God is also the Great Physician. I pray that He would heal everyone who is inflicted with the coronavirus disease. And that He will heal this world.
I think it’s God’s timing for this week to be our holy week, right when the coronavirus outbreak peaks in the USA. We have stayed at home on Palm Sunday, Passover, Good Friday, and now Easter Resurrection Sunday. It is a reminder to me that life is very fragile. All it takes is for someone with the disease to breath at you for your to risk getting COVID-19. However, we don’t live in fear because we have faith in Jesus Christ, our risen Lord who has conquered death!
Praise the Lord that Christ has risen indeed!
“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again” (Luke 24:1-7).
Happy Resurrection Sunday, everyone! And stay safe!
Serving the Risen Lord,