Behind the Scenes: What It’s Like to Be a Love Inspired Author
As we head into the season of fresh starts and new beginnings, we invited authors to reflect on what it means to be a part of the Love Inspired community. Read on for a peek “beyond the page” and see what it’s really like to write for Love Inspired:
Writers Supporting Writers
“It’s incredible how everyone in the Love Inspired community cheers each other on; there’s none of that competitive stinginess you sometimes find among writers. For example, as a first-time Love Inspired author who was also new to social media, I was immediately followed on Twitter by a bunch of fellow authors and editors. So now when I hear about a new author in the same position, I can’t wait to welcome and support them, too. The Love Inspired readers I’ve interacted with online or through book giveaways, etc., are the most uplifting, friendly, appreciative readers an author could hope to have.” —Carrie Lighte
“My favorite thing about the Love Inspired community is that it’s such a positive, encouraging group. These days you never know who you’re going to run into online or what negative things they’ll have to say. But this community is the opposite. The readers are gracious and so much fun to interact with. And my fellow Love Inspired authors lift each other up. While there could easily be a mindset of competition, there really isn’t. Instead, authors help each other brainstorm, read each other’s books and encourage each other. It’s a beautiful thing!” —Jill Lynn
“The Love Inspired authors are a tight-knit group. We spend time together at writing conferences and stay in touch the rest of the year by email and social media. Whether in person or online, we celebrate our successes, provide encouragement and support, and share information about publishing trends and industry news. I’m honored to be a part of the Love Inspired community of authors.” —Debby Giusti
“I have met many wonderful people and made lasting friendships. Not only is it a pleasure to work with such professional, talented writers, it’s a privilege to pray for and with them for things outside the scope of our books. We are true friends. Children of the same heavenly Father who are thankful for the opportunities to share our faith and help each other through trials. These women are blessed and know it. We are a sisterhood.” —Valerie Hansen
A Not-So-Lonely Business
“Writing can be a lonely business…at least that used to be true. Now it’s only true if we let it happen. Social media has brought me into readers’ homes. Not to sell books (I do love it when folks buy my books!), but to get to know one another. To chat, laugh, pray, support and encourage. In this time of instant communication, we can gather with readers on Facebook, on blogs, through emails and newsletters. It’s fun to be able to contact them quickly! And you couldn’t ask for a better support group than the Christian writing community. I have made so many dear friends among the authors. In a business that changes rapidly, that support is huge.” —Ruth Logan Herne
“Our readers just seem to have so much heart! They’re thoughtful and they take the time to tell an author how much a book meant to them. When I’m writing a book, it feels like I’m writing it for a friend.” —Patricia Johns
“I have made lasting friendships with the other authors and I’ve made great friendships with our readers, who are loyal and supportive. I can have a bad day and hear from a reader and I instantly feel better.” —Lenora Worth
Ready to connect with our Love Inspired authors? Check out these uplifting and inspiring reads:
Her Twins’ Cowboy Dad by Patricia Johns – on sale April 16!
Thanks to his dysfunctional family, cowboy-to-the-bone Colt Hardin insists marriage and fatherhood aren’t for him. But then his uncle dies, leaving Colt the ranch he’s always wanted—and the herd to his late cousin’s mischievous twin toddlers. Now Colt must find a solution with their pretty mother, Jane Marshall. Can these little cherubs show Jane and Colt what a family can truly be?
Her New Amish Family by Carrie Lighte – on sale April 16!
Widower Seth Helmuth needs a mother for his sons, but for now, hiring the Englischer next door as their nanny will have to do. Trina Smith plans to stay in Amish country only long enough to claim her inheritance and sell her grandfather’s house. But as she falls for Seth, his twin boys and Amish life, will she inherit a home and a family?
Healing the Cowboy’s Heart by Ruth Logan Herne – on sale June 18!
Horse breeder Isaiah Woods can’t believe his only ally in helping a neglected mare is the descendant of his family’s bitter enemy—veterinarian Charlotte Fitzgerald. Despite the feud, Charlotte risks everything to save the horse. But as she falls for Isaiah—and the orphaned niece and nephew in his care—the mare isn’t the only one who needs saving.
Deep Undercover by Lenora Worth – on sale July 2!
To take down a serial bomber, NYPD K-9 officers Brianne Hayes and Gavin Sutherland must go undercover—as a married couple. But now the bomber is targeting them to halt the investigation. As the clock ticks down, can Brianne, Gavin and their K-9 partners find the culprit in time to save the city—and their own lives?