Thursday, June 25, 2015

Trying New Things by Terri Weldon

Terri Weldon
It may be Thursday, but it isn’t my usual Thursday so I hope you’ll give me a minute to get settled in. Thanks to Dora for switching weeks with me, when I had some unexpected events crop up. Hmm, maybe that’s where I came up with the idea for today’s post.

Most authors, myself included, have a specific genre we like to write. Suspense is my favorite genre and it is the publishing path I’m pursuing. Almost all the ideas for stories that pop into my head are suspense. Now, I’m not sure what that says about me, but since I know plenty of other normal suspense authors I’m not going to worry. When I stop to think about it, my penchant for suspense shouldn’t surprise me. I’ve long been a reader of suspense novels and I love television shows that are police procedural dramas. Sherlock Holmes is playing in the background while I write this post.

However, my published Christmas novella is a lighthearted contemporary romance. I had a blast writing it and I’d love to do more, time allowing. Romance has been a staple in my library for years. Christmas books, especially novellas are some of my favorite reads. Plus, my all-time favorite movie is Pillow Talk. Definitely a romantic comedy.

But lately I’ve had a yen to write something totally off the wall – for me. Speculative fiction. That’s what I really want to discuss with you guys today. I’ve read speculative fiction, but it isn’t one of my favorite genres to read. Help me out, how did the idea pop into my head? How in the world would I go about writing a speculative fiction book? Right now I don’t even have a story idea. I just have this niggling inside me that says it would be fun to try. A few thousand words into the story and that feeling may well change! As much fun as it sounds, it also sounds off the wall and a little scary. Is this my idea or God’s plan? If the desire to write this book is from the Lord, I believe He will provide the idea.

How about you? Have you ever desired or felt called to write something totally different? Did you do it? Please let me know if you have and how it worked out.

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Misty Winslow is determined to find her prince, and she meets the man of her dreams through an Internet dating service. Or is he, because the new dentist in town also sets her heart aflutter.

It's love at first sight for Tyler Davenport, but before he can finish his first root canal, Misty is involved in an exclusive online romance with Wes99—Tyler’s online persona. How can he tell her he’s the man she’s been waiting to meet, and how rational is it for him to be jealous of Wes99! Soon Tyler's pulling out all the stops to woo Misty.

As Christmas approaches, Wes99 and Tyler both ask her to meet them under the mistletoe. Which man will she choose?


Terri is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and playing in the hand bell choir. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction.

She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has three dogs – a lovable mutt and two adorable Westies.

Terri is a member of ACFW and OCFW, a local chapter of ACFW. Her dream of becoming a published novelist came true in November 2013 when Mistletoe Magic, released from White Rose Publishing. To learn more about Terri visit her website at www.TerriWeldon.com.

12 comments:

  1. Great post, Terri, and I hope you will follow your heart and try something new. I read this fabulous quote yesterday by @DavidRoads, "I'd rather have a life of 'OH WELLS' than a life of 'WHAT IFS.'" That's my motto, too! Go for it!

    All my published books to date are inspy romance, but recently I felt compelled to venture out of my comfort zone and write for the mainstream market. Still working out the details, so nothing to share yet, but I'm excited to try something new! :)

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  2. Dora - that sounds exciting! Keep me posted on how your endeavor goes. Love the quote. I need to work on an idea for my story.

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  3. I would love to write some short historical novels but the research scares me. I do have several ideas but at this point, I just think about it and make notes.

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    1. Jess - historicals terrify me! That said, I have every confidence you could do it. Let me know how the research goes. I will add that my current contemporary has taken a ton of research and I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  4. Thought-provoking, Terri, I wonder if all writers have this itch to explore other options and other worlds. Perhaps it is our insatiable curiosity about everything in general. I have to admit I never had figured out what speculative fiction is but if you have an itch to write it, go for it. You just never can tell what God may have in store.

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    1. Linda, I've read some speculative fiction, but I've been spoiled by reading what I consider some of the best. Maybe that's what has me tempted to try it.

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  5. Great post, Terri. And while I have written a few stories with a twist of mystery/suspense, I can't imagine writing one that was heavily suspense. However, I would love to write long family sagas. :) One day ...
    So while speculative is something I've never read, I say go for it and enjoy the writing!

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    1. Thanks, Janet and I think you should pen a long family saga. As good as your historicals are, I know you'd nail it.

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  6. Good luck to you, Terri! I'm thinking about more middle grade stories now that my grandbabies aren't babies anymore. You should indeed follow your heart. Best of luck to you! 💗

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  7. Tanya - there is a real need for good middle grade stories. I'd love to see you write them.

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  8. Hi Terri! I love suspense but have to admit speculative fiction sounds interesting. I say go for it!

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  9. Thanks Love To Read - I may try something in a novella length. Test the waters so to speak.

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