Monday, January 20, 2014

Hang in There by Kara Lynn Russell

Hey writers, have your writing plans ever been derailed by life? Today's guest knows the challenge of interrupted plans. If you're facing trials that displace your writing, you're not alone. May this post encourage you this week. ~ Annette

Hang in There
by Kara Lynn Russell
I have always, for as long as I can remember, wanted to be a writer. I worked hard at learning the craft, submitted my work and eventually, began to be published. I had short stories and even a couple of novels published by a few different publishers. White Rose Publishing still has a lot of my work available, and I loved working with that company. This month my Orchard Hill Romance series are featured there for a dollar each. This series was one of my favorite projects.
So what happened to my writing career? It looked like my dream was finally coming true, but then life threw some surprises my way. The details don’t matter. It was a combination of illness in myself and other family members, deaths in immediate and extended family, and financial woes from doctor’s bills that slowed me down. I couldn’t make deadlines any more and finally had to cancel my contracts and take a break from the writing world.
For a while I definitely felt "if it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all," to quote an old song. But eventually things got better and then better still. Life is never perfect but our home no longer feels like a crisis center. I started thinking about writing again. Starting over is never easy. I've abandoned half a dozen half- finished stories over the last year or so but I'm determined that 2014 will be my year.  
Let me tell you about one project. Last year I started a blog for the purpose of learning WordPress. The library where I work was getting a new WordPress website and I needed to be able to update it myself.
In my practice blog, Cuppa Cozy, I posted cozy mystery reviews. I abandoned the blog when I learned enough to tackle my library blog. But I missed posting my reviews and other thoughts on the mystery genre.  So, after a lot of thought, I've decided to go back to blogging on Cuppa Cozy. It is my "comeback" project for 2014.
Our journeys as writers are bound to be filled with stumbling blocks and setbacks. Sometimes we may even have to set aside our journey for a time. But that doesn't have to mean failure. Lillian Jackson Braun, author of the Cat Who mysteries published the first three books in this series between 1966 and 1968. She didn't publish another book until 1986! It took her eighteen years to make a comeback, and she wound up being a regular on the bestseller list. So why should I worry?
What obstacles are you facing in 2014, and how do you plan to overcome them?

Orchard Hill Residents – Lock Up Your Hearts!
Pansy Parker and Misty Green are rivals in romance. Each belives she is the town’s best matchmaker. Now they’re going to settle the question once and for all. They’re keeping track to see who can make the most matches in a year’s time.
No Heart is Safe in Orchard Hill – Not even their own.
Saving Gracie: Orchard Hill #1 – Riley O’Neil and Grace Randall have been best friends since kindergarten and Pansy knows they belong together.
After Grace’s fiancĂ© leaves her at the alter, Riley decides it’s time to tell her he wants to be more than friends. Grace is still reeling from her fiancĂ©’s betrayal. She fears that if she and Riley start dating, it will ruin their friendship—and right now Riley’s friendship is something she can’t spare. A new year is coming and it’s the perfect time for a fresh start.
Will Grace take a chance on love with Riley?
KaraLynn Russell is a wife, mother, librarian, top reviewer, and writer. She lives in the heart of Wisconsin’s dairy land. You can find her online at


  1. Hi KaraLynn, I don't think we are ever free of obstacles, are we LOL?
    I had some publishing roadblocks, I felt, but an honest letter to the ed in chief kinda helped set all that straight from both our perspectives, and things greatly improved.. I'm also writing for another small press who is eager for my work So that nas been a feel-good career development.

    That said, I receive much encouragement and support from some of the authors of this blog. who have become dear friends, as well as the authors they feature here, such as you. Thanks for this thoughtful post today. I hope and pray 2014 brings all of us much support and success. And I know first hand that success is NOT fame or money.

  2. Tanya, I agree that success is not fame or money. I'd say it's more like being able to use God-given talents to produce meaningful work and to know your work is appreciated, no matter what size your audience.

    And yes, there will always be roadblocks but as we don't allow them to make us quit we'll be successful. Am I right?

    1. You are so right, KaraLynn. It was our very own Dora Hiers who has kept my spirits up and my goals in place with her prayers and love! And I like to think SOMEONE has found at least one sentence of my stories meaningful :).

      God bless!

  3. Thank you Annette and everyone here at Seriously Write for inviting me to post. It really moved me to stop thinking about what to write and just write!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Kara! Great to have you. Sometimes that's what we have to do, isn't it? Just get past all that over-thinking.

  4. Life can get in the way, but then we don't want our writing to make us miss our life. Best to you in 2014!


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