Here is another great post. This one from Fay Lamb, author of the suspense book (and yes, I do mean suspense) Because of Me.
Life in a Cocoon
By God’s design, I am a loner, content to spend hours in a small room, laptop open and fingers gliding across the keys.
As a teenager—yes, in the dark ages—you know, the era when Bill Gates took his sweet time in his basement or garage developing the technology that would change the world—I’d write twenty or thirty pages a night by hand. While cheerleaders lifted their pom poms in salute to my athletic schoolmates like Cris Collinsworth and Wilber Marshall, I sat in my room making up my own universe.
Most kids in high school tend to see life in a cocoon. While working their way out of the trappings of high school peer pressure and the little cliques that make up the student body, they have no idea what they will blossom into. That wasn’t true for me. I never doubted that I would be a writer. The security of my writing cocoon suited me.
When Bill Gates got his act together, came out of his basement with a new toy that changed history my playground was easier to access. I’d taken typing in school—no fool this one. I knew what my future held. So, the slow tap, tap, tap of “words per minute” became “computer words per minute,” and well, not to brag, but my fingers, aided by the quickest backspace maneuver you’ll ever see, are faster than Jessica Rabbitt or Mae West or even Katherine Turner in the movie, Body Heat. Stories flew onto the white pages of my computer.
With the invention of personal computers and the Internet (thank you Al Gore, you lovable global-warming fool, you), I began to broaden my horizons. My writing cocoon began to fall away. I met people online. Not just any group of people but a subculture of amazing lovers of words . . individuals with intangible friends in equally intangible worlds.
I became a social-network butterfly. And I found I could make folks laugh not at me but with me.
Still, I get the impression that my cyber friends expect to find a Blue Monarch when in reality I’m just a simple mothy-like creature made so much better online. Think Jason Alexander in the Brad Paisley video.
Still, the girl who sat alone in her room during high school did manage to nab one of the most popular guys from the rival high school across town, and that great fellow helped me to realize my dreams by basically believing in his lunatic of a wife. Not so bad for a mothy writer slowly emerging from her cocoon, huh?
Because of Me – Not your typical Christian fiction.
Michael’s fiancée, Issie Putnam, was brutally attacked and Michael was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s home to set things right.
Two people stand in his way: Issie’s son, Cole, and a madman.
Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart and protect him from the man who took everything from Michael so long ago?
Available through all fine book retailers, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Mountainview Publishing (http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb), a division of Treble Heart Books. Autographed copies may also be purchased through Fay’s website at http://www.faylamb.com.
Fay Lamb works as an acquisition editor for Pelican Book Group, offers services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is available at all book retailers. Her second release, Stalking Willow, will be available from Write Integrity Press in May 2013.
Fay has served as secretary for American Christian Fiction Writer’s operating board and as a moderator for ACFW’s critique group, Scribes. For her volunteer efforts for ACFW, she received the Service Members Award in 2010.
Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.
Stalking Willow, coming soon from Fay Lamb!
I feel like I’m made a little more fabulous online, too. LOL!
PJ: Ain’t that the truth. I do try to be the real me–but somehow I find that sharing the funny things in life, help others to see life that way through their own eyes. God has an awesome sense of humor, and it is one of my favorite attributes of His. I think of the magicians in Egypt. They have a plague of frogs, and what do they do? They show that they can make more frogs, compounding the problem. That’s the funny side of God peeking through.
And since Kathy has been so gracious to host me today, I did want to let her readers know that I’m having a buy one get one sale on Because of Me: If you purchase a print book anywhere and send the receipt to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’ll send you an autographed copy of the book for free-I’ll even pay the postage on the free book. If you want two autographed books, order one through my website, and I’ll send you the second one free. You’ll only pay postage on the first one.
Thank you so much! I added my buy one/get one in the comments. I appreciate you allowing me to share.
Front cvr_edited-1Stalking Willow FRONT Cover FINAL
Fay Lamb – http://www.faylamb.com
Author of Because of Me (Released 2012 by Treble Heart Books)
Watch the Book Trailer at http://bit.ly/Zgwwh0
and Stalking Willow (Release Date: May, 2013, Word Integrity Press)
Faywrites@cfl.rr.com or email@example.com
Hello, fellow philologer. Because of Me sounds like my kind of read. Such a pleasure to get to know you better.
LoRee, “Because of Me” is an excellent book. It’ll also keep you on the edge of your seat.
LoRee, thank you!
Thanks PJ for stopping by.
Great post, becuase I can totally relate. I love living in my writing cocoon (or, as I call it, my writing grotto…LOL!)
Marianne, I think most writers can relate. I love “writing grotto”. Really puts it in perspective.