Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Power of Friends

Ever feel like you’re all alone? Like you have to do everything yourself? A lot of writers do, but that’s not my friend, Barbara M. Britton’s, experience. She’s a good friend and a gifted writer, who knows how important writing buddies, critique partners and being part of groups, chapters and organizations can be. Here’s what she has to say--

One of the best pieces of advice I received when I first started writing was to join a professional organization. I am so glad that one of the first organizations I joined was RWA, Romance Writers of America, and subsequently I joined their local chapter WisRWA-Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. That’s where I met Mia many years ago. Yay!

I met my critique partner(CP). Betsy, through WisRWA and she has been my CP through four books now. Mia and several of my WisRWA pals made up my launch team for Providence. One lone person tweeting in today’s social media world just doesn’t cut it. You need a team of tweeters and Facebook sharers.

WisRWA was instrumental in my book deal. I received an e-mail from my fiend Liz S. (we have several Lizzes in WisRWA). She e-mailed me and wondered if I was doing Pitch Wars because an author wanted to mentor a pre-pubbed writer writing Bible-themed YA (Young Adult). I knew nothing about Pitch Wars. But Liz had my back and she knew what I wrote.
Pitch Wars is a mentoring program and I was chosen by New Adult author Molly Lee. Molly and I tweaked Providence, and it happened that Molly had another mentee who was an acquiring editor for Pelican Book Group. The rest they say is history. Pelican contracted my debut novel, and they contracted my second book which will be out this spring--“Building Benjamin: Naomi’s Journey.” So being involved in a professional writing organization has been a tremendous help to me.
I mentioned above that I was writing Bible-themed YA. That genre doesn’t actually exist. If you walk into the teen section of a bookstore, you won’t find any Bible characters there. Sad, but true. My novel was placed in Pelican’s adult line for action and adventure, Harbourlight Books. But I still tackle a first love, a first kiss, and dealing with parents. Here's the blurb--

As the sole daughter of the chief priest, Hannah is publicly shamed when the prophet of Israel refuses to heal her.
Determined to restore her family’s honor, Hannah escapes Jerusalem in hopes of finding the prophet and convincing him to heal her deformities. Gilead, a young Hebrew guard sympathetic to her plight, willingly accompanies her. On their way, they are captured by a band of raiders.
Hannah is forced to serve in the household of the commander of the Aramean army, an officer who is in need of healing himself. Meanwhile Gilead is being used as sword practice for the Aramean soldiers.
Hannah must act fast to save Gilead and herself. But survival means coaxing the prophet of Israel to heal an enemy commander.

Hannah’s story came from the Bible. I had finished teaching a chapel series on young people in the Bible who did brave things and I wondered what happened to the confident and outspoken servant girl in II Kings 5. The captured servant girl became my Hannah, and of course, I had to give her a love interest and a happily-ever-after.

I hope you enjoy my Biblical fiction as much as I enjoy writing it. Thanks for having me on your blog today Brenda. We have traveled this writing journey together for several years and now we both have books coming out. What a blessing!

Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb kicks off her Tribes of Israel series in October with the release of “Providence: Hannah’s Journey.” Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America.

If you'd like to find out more about Barb or her new release Providence, you can visit any of these links.
Book Trailer

If you'd like to purchase Providence, you can use these links. Amazon  B&N  or Pelican


  1. This is a new genre to me. We used to have a really good writer's workshop here in Floyd.

    1. Colleen, I think it is new for many, and I think it will grow quickly.

  2. The world of Christian Fiction and Biblical Fiction was new to me, too. I was trying to get faith-based stories published in the mainstream market and it wasn't going well. Now, I can't imagine writing anything else.
    Thanks for stopping by Colleen.

    1. Barbara, I'm glad you've found your sweet spot. I can't wait to read more of your stories.

    2. Thank you, Mia. Thank you for hosting me at the diner today.

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    1. Thanks, Heather. You'd think I would have found it sooner since my husband is an ordained minister.

  4. That sounds very intriguing. I wish you much success.

  5. Thank you CountryDew. It's been a long road, but I've made wonderful friends along the way.

  6. Thank you CountryDew. It's been a long road, but I've made wonderful friends along the way.

  7. Wishing you ever more success and popularity in your writing.

    1. Thank you! Writing can be difficult at times, but I wouldn't trade those "A-ha" moments for anything. Thanks for stopping by the diner Zippi.

    2. Thank you! Writing can be difficult at times, but I wouldn't trade those "A-ha" moments for anything. Thanks for stopping by the diner Zippi.