Friday, September 25, 2020

What Are You Waiting For? by Pattie Frampton

The other night a friend stopped over to visit. He ended up staying for dinner and after the meal was finished, he turned to me and asked, “Pattie, when is your next book coming out?”

I didn’t have an answer, but it’s nice to be asked, and it wasn’t the first time this month. It was the third or fourth. I’d honestly lost count.

In the cycle of the first drafts, rewrites, edits, rewrites, edits, rinse and repeat, I often forget the most important element. The reader.

Of course. I want to deliver the best book I can. Funny. Emotional. Cozy. Inspiring. Thought-provoking with the words spelled correctly and commas in the right place.

While I’m wrestling with plot, characters who have a will of their own, timelines, pacing, and research, I forget there is a finish line on the horizon. Somewhere, there is a reader waiting for my book.

In keeping my eyes on the One for whom I’m doing this, the One who called me and equips me, I’m forgetting the why of it. Someone needs to hear this message. Be encouraged. Given hope.

That’s a lot of pressure.

But I also need to consider why God has me writing romance books that inspire not only a warm, heartfelt story of two people finding their way to each other, but to show the importance of God in their happily ever after.

He has me writing such things because somewhere, someone needs to read it. Someone needs to be entertained. Given hope. To forget the horrible day they had at work. The long drive home. The sick kids or grumpy husband. The in-laws who made a surprise visit. A trip to the emergency vet in the middle of the night. Someone needs to get lost in your world with your characters. Someone needs to see His light in a dark moment.

Why isn’t my next book done? Is this God’s perfect timing? Or me being lazy? This is a question I often ask myself. Is God saying, “Pattie, you have more work to do”? Or am I denying myself and others the work he has entrusted me with? Does it really matter? Does anyone really care?

Then I’m asked, “Pattie, when is your next book coming out?”

And I’m reminded it does. The work I’ve been called to, am sometimes kept in easy pursuit of, matters to someone. My thinking otherwise is second-guessing not only myself but also God, who called me to serve Him with words.

To whom do I owe this work? My reader? God? Myself? Is there an “all of the above” option? I’ll pick that.

While I write in service to God, I also want my reader to gleefully anticipate my next book. I want to write good stories that offer hope, that entertain, that make it worth the wait. 



In the cycle of the first drafts, rewrites, edits, rewrites, edits, rinse and repeat, I often forget the most important element. The reader. #seriouslywrite #encouragementforwriters via @lovesportslove

Why isn’t my next book done? Is this God’s perfect timing? Or me being lazy? #seriouslywrite #encouragementforwriters via @lovesportslove

To whom do I owe this work? My reader? God? Myself? Is there an “all of the above” option? I’ll pick that. #seriouslywrite #encouragementforwriters via @lovesportslove




Repossessing Christmas

A public man hiding from his pain.

Major league shortstop Max Southerton returns home each offseason to drive a tow truck for his uncle. Here he finds solace with his faith and the only family he has left. While repossessing a car, he meets a tenacious young woman down on her luck, and his heart starts yearning for something he shouldn’t want and doesn’t deserve.

A private woman outrunning an ugly past.

After four years in prison, Jenner Kincaid is starting her life over with a second shift job and God on her side. While her optimism outweighs her fortunes, she’s convinced it’s enough until she meets a stubborn tow truck driver who won’t take no for an answer. Can a moment of God’s grace bring two guarded hearts together?

As their friendship grows and hearts entangle, Jenner comes face to face with her greatest mistake. Can she let Max go before her past destroys him? 



Pattie Frampton is a tea drinker living in the coffee capital of the world. Married for over thirty years, she is the mother of four children and soon-to-be grandmother of two. When she’s not penning Christian romance, because who doesn’t love a happily-ever-after, she is the family genealogist, an award-winning quilter, and a rescue dog mom.

Her first book, a Christmas novella, was released in Oct. 2017. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Northwest Christian Writer’s Association and Novel Academy.

You can find Pattie at:

Author Website: www.pattieframpton.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PattieFramptonAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/

Twitter @lovesportslove

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36366969-repossessing-christmas?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=td73e8J9mz&rank=1

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Pattie-Frampton/e/B07647R2WS/ 





3 comments:

  1. I think many writers/authors, like me, are trying to figure out what to do in this current social and publishing climate. But you are right, there are readers out there who need to read our message - a message that is important to hear more than ever before. I'm still trying to decide how to proceed with my historical fiction in a time when American history is under fire. Challenges ahead for all authors! We can do it.

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  2. Thank you for drawing necessary attention to...the reader. They are waiting and in great need of laughter, hope, encouragement delivered by inspirational fiction. God is good in that the writing does the same for us before it lands in the reader's hands and heart. Great post, Pattie!

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  3. Great post, Pattie!
    I frequently remind myself that first and foremost, I'm writing to glorify God, and pray that He would use my words to uplift someone.
    I'm trying to also remember to pray for my readers, and that my words will touch someone's heart---or even give someone a much-needed chuckle!
    Thanks for sharing today. :)
    Blessings, Patti Jo

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