Carol here! Please give a warm InspyRomance to Candace Calvert! She was my VERY FIRST writing friend when I got serious about this whole writing business, and I simply adore her! (Plus she’s handy to have around when you have medical questions – like why doesn’t half of my face work? Then you get like seven emails before you wake up asking if you’ve been to the doctor yet ;). Fortunately, it was Bells’ Palsy and nothing more serious. I do love that gal!)
The story heroine in my newest release, Step by Step, has a bit of an issue with control—right down to logging each calorie in a serving of hospital oatmeal . . . and every step she takes, via an activity tracking bracelet. Taylor Cabot is determined to get her life back in order:
ER nurse Taylor Cabot has a survival checklist. She’s on target to complete it by the third anniversary of her widowhood—finally put grief behind. Then a dedicated and compassionate crisis chaplain steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s traumatic death.
Seth Donovan’s come to train community volunteers. And to learn why Taylor’s backing away from the crisis team. She’s been a natural fit; aided so many survivors of tragedy. Now she seems intent on rigid control, as if moving on with life requires leaving much of herself behind. Including her friendship with Seth.
When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high–and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?
Most writers will admit there’s a bit of our own DNA in the characters we create. Folks who follow me on Facebook know that I wear a Fitbit bracelet. And set daily word counts with my writing. Okay, and maybe alphabetize my kitchen spices and color organize my clothes closet.
On the flip side, I seem to have an uncanny knack for plunging headfirst into Blooper Land.
Like last fall, when I was given a fabulous opportunity to take part in the “Transformed Through Story” event in Dallas. I still get goosebumps recalling my company that evening. I think you may recognize some of these fellow Tyndale House authors:
Amazing venue, mega star comrades, bright lights, and an eager audience of 700-plus Christian fiction fans.
My goosebumps have goosebumps.
So my turn to speak comes, I walk out on stage, and THIS happens. The wardrobe malfunction that turns my tailored slacks into one-legged knickers. Attacked by static cling, “step by step:”
I never knew about my blooper until afterward when I saw the photos. And heard the stories from my fellow authors (and publishing team) of how they struggled to find a way to save me.
Fortunately, God blessed me with a gift that balances this ridiculous need for control: a sense of humor. After all, what can you really do, but laugh?
That skill came into play recently, when we filmed my very first author video
With my need for control, of course I’d over-rehearsed and fussed about every detail. Fortunately, my videographer is my (very talented) daughter. Who knows her mother very well. AND inherited my sense of humor.
I think this short Author Blooper video proves it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2A0K909QtQ&feature=youtu.be
But it all worked out.
We got a great finished video. The Dallas reader event was fabulous (Francine Rivers!), and in the realm of “wardrobe malfunctions,” mine was pretty tame, you know?
This writing journey (this earthly life!) is going to be full of bloopers. Despite all efforts, it will defy our control. And more often than not, as Step by Step heroine Taylor Cabot learns, that can be a good thing—even divine intervention:
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
So, yes, deep breath, try not to over control, remember to laugh—and maybe tuck a can of Static Guard into your suitcase for the next public appearance.
How about you? Care to share a blooper?