Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Writing Journey by Heidi Glick

Heidi Glick
I’ve been writing since I was 13 years old. I started out writing screenplays and then later began writing novels. I began writing upon the advice of a friend from church.

For some reason, when I started out writing, I had in my head that writers were born and not made. I almost gave up writing because of this belief. Thankfully, someone reminded me that although missionaries are called by God, they still have to acquire skills, for example, in some instances, foreign language acquisition. And so while I felt called by God to write, I still needed to learn more about writing before God would open the door to publication. For example, I needed to learn more about POV; when I first started writing, I didn’t know how to write using deep POV and tended to head hop. Joining a critique group helped me because I received active feedback from other writers. Including several rounds of rewrites, from start to finish, it took me around four years to complete my debut suspense novel, Dog Tags.

During the writing of my novel, I faced several struggles (my dad’s death and infertility). While I do not wish to relive these experiences, I feel like God used them to strengthen me. Also, during these times, I poured a lot of time and energy into writing. I’m not sure I would have done that if I hadn’t gone through the trials and tribulations that I did. Similarly, the characters in Dog Tags face hardships. The heroine, schoolteacher Beth Martindale, has lost her brother, while the hero, former Marine Mark Graham, has lost his best friend and is disabled. My hope is that readers will identify with the main characters and find encouragement from them.
About the Author
Heidi Glick has a B.A. in biology, a minor in Bible from Cedarville University, and a passion for writing Christian fiction. Additionally, she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and has written two articles for Intercom. When not working, Heidi spends time with her husband, son, and two dogs, Cocoa and Sparky. She attends Grace Chapel in Mason, Ohio.

Dog Tags
Dog Tags
by Heidi Glick

When disabled ex-Marine Mark Graham reconnects with his best friend’s sister, he finds himself falling in love. But Beth Martindale’s presence is a constant reminder of events he’d rather forget. Mark wants to move forward, but the secrets surrounding her brother’s death as well as his own confinement to a wheelchair threaten to tear them apart.When a psychopath who calls himself The Knight fixates on Beth, Mark is determined to give her the protection he failed to give her brother on the battlefield, yet he discovers that a wheelchair isn’t the only impediment he has to keeping Beth safe. Will terror win or can Mark find the strength of mind and body to rescue Beth and find his own redemption? Check out this website for a chance to win a copy.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for joining us this morning, Heidi! Love how God has used your writing journey to bring you to this point and your new release.

    So many people think that all they have to do is sit down and write a book. There's a lot to learn, isn't there? Thanks for reminding us how God uses the traumatic times in our lives to enrich our writing.

    So glad you joined us!

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  2. Angie,

    Thanks for having me on Seriously Write!

    Heidi

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  3. Hi Heidi, the blurb is brilliant. I now have another TBR on my list. And as Angie said above, I find traumatic times really teach our writing to grow, as well as our faith. Enjoyed meeting you today.

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  4. Heidi, I find it inspiring to find someone who has struggled so long to complete a novel. I feel like I'm always just one edit away from publication. Love the tagline, by the way.

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  5. Good analogy between missionaries and writers when it comes to the need for preparation. Thanks, Heidi.

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  6. Ron,

    Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad I was able to provide some inspiration. Keep writing!

    Heidi

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  7. Sandra,

    Thanks for commenting!

    Heidi

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  8. So glad you didn't give up, Heidi! I wasn't born with a pen in my hand, either. I didn't get the urge to write until my oldest graduated high school and my youngest didn't want me hanging out at school with him anymore. lol. What a great friend you had to encourage you like that.

    Thanks for sharing your story! Congrats on your debut week!!

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