Today I want to introduce you to Anna Dynowski, author of For Better, For Worse, Forever, which will be released in just a couple of days from Wings Press.
Hi, Anna! Thanks for joining us today!
Your book, For Better, For Worse, Forever, is scheduled to be released in November. How long did it take you to write this book?
The rough first draft of the book took about a year to write…after I managed to bulldoze my way through the writer’s block. That’s the only way I can describe it. I had the premise for the story but I couldn’t write it no how. I couldn’t plot or outline it. Nothing. Never have I prayed so much over any book as I did for this one. At first, I thought it was something personal blocking my writing. You see, my husband and I have no children and I thought I’d laid my Isaac down, years ago. It turned out God just wanted to get my attention, for me to learn something new about myself and have a fresh revelation of Him.
Where did you get the idea for this intriguing story?
As I was finishing up my second book, Appointment With Destiny, the idea for For Better, For Worse, Forever popped into my head. I’m so glad my publisher, Wings ePress, Inc., didn’t suffer from any writer’s block. I love the blurb they have written for my book:
One thirty-something woman, desperate to silence her clanging biological clock, and one husband, terrified of becoming the tool to silence, clash until amnesia offers them both a chance to lay down their selfish wants and desires and take a leap of faith.
As an inspirational author, how do you balance the religious aspects of the story with the romance aspects?
I’m heavy on the romance, taking great pains to ensure my characters are far from perfect, even in their spiritual walk. But I am an overt Christian writer so my stories are laced throughout with prayers, scriptures, church services (and not always in church!).
Is there a “moral” to For Better, For Worse, Forever? A truth you’d like your readers to take away from it?
To trust God no matter what your circumstances are or how painful they may appear to be. He will give you the resources, not to go over, around, or beneath your mountain, but through it, to victory and blessing.
How long have you been writing fiction?Since 2000, with my first book, Full Circle being published in 2005.
What made you want to write inspirationals?I want to encourage and entertain readers with the truth love never fails, and Inspirational Romance is just the perfect match for me: I can write what’s in my heart–love–and what’s in my soul–faith in God.
You’ve been married for 23 years. Congratulations! Is your husband supportive of your writing?He’s awesome! Henry is my most ardent supporter, a great cheerleader. He believes in my ability and encourages me to keep on. And he’s very understanding when I hole up in my home office for hours at a time.
What is your writing routine?As I have a full-time day job in the Human Resources of my company, my writing is limited to evenings and weekend afternoons.
Do you have any tricks to get you into a writing mode?There’s nothing like a fast-approaching deadline to jumpstart the creative juices! When there’s the luxury of time, then a good book will do the trick. Or gardening.
Who are your favorite authors? What are your favorite kinds of books to read?My favorite kinds of books are romances, naturally. (I’m an incurable romantic.) I love character-driven books. A couple of my favorite authors are Nora Roberts and Robin Lee Hatcher. They do such a great job of creating characters, on paper, who are real and vibrant and demand you get caught up in their emotions and come along for the ride. Something I try to do with my characters.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?Never give up. Keep on learning and practicing the craft. Read in the genre you want to write in. And always remember the promise of Psalm 27:13-14
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait I say on the Lord…for slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. It it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient.”
Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?
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Check out my books:
For Better, For Worse, Forever, Wings ePress, Inc., November, 2007, 4.5 Ribbon rating-Romance Junkies
Appointment With Destiny, Write Words, Inc., 5 Roses rating-A Romance Review
Full Circle, Write Words, Inc., 5 Ribbon rating-Romance Junkies
Thanks for joining us today!
“Pretend you’re happily married.”
Toronto bookseller, Catharine Taylor, is spunky. Smart. And separated from her husband of ten years. With her biological clock banging away, all she wanted from her husband was a baby–just one baby–but what she got instead was a pending divorce.
When an accident befalls construction boss, Hudson Taylor, she is summoned to his bedside and to her surprise, he now wants to start a family. Great! There’s just one little incidental marring her joy: he suffers from amnesia and doesn’t remember filing for divorce or not wanting children.