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Monday, August 31, 2009

Michelle Sutton's Bold New Book

I'm so pleased to have Michelle Sutton as my guest for these two weeks. Michelle really has a heart for young people, and her books are bold attempts to make a huge difference in the lives of teens.

Q. Michelle, Tell us a little bit about yourself: family, how long you've written, etc.

A. I've lived in sunny Arizona since 1991 and have two sons and a husband of 19 years. My experiment with writing began in August 2003. I had no idea how difficult it could be. I joined ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and that made a huge difference in my writing.
I love to blog and post book reviews all over the internet as well as giving away one book per week on my blog. I sold my book It's Not About Me to Sheaf House and the novel was released in Sept. 2008. The second book in the series, It's Not About Him, will be released Sept. 2009, and It's Not About Her releases in Sept. 2010. Last, Sheaf House will be publishing Lover of My Soul in 2011.

I've also sold five books to Desert Breeze publishing in 2009. They are all category romance novels, two being romantic suspense and two being cowboy romances. The titles are below. I also sold two titles to Abingdon Press with my friend and co-author Bonnie Calhoun. There is an option for a third title. For now the first two titles are Thicker than Sisters and Thicker than Blood.

In addition to writing, I hold the position as Editor-in-Chief of a new online magazine. The debut issue released in July 2008. The magazine is called Christian Fiction Online Magazine and it's sponsored by the CFBA, which is the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.

Q. What is your "writing vision"? Whom do you want to reach and why?

A. I want to reach young people who have misguided opinions of themselves and of God's plan for their lives. I want to show young readers that there is always a second chance and you can always start over with Jesus. Most importantly, I want to show readers that there is a purpose to every circumstance in our lives. Nothing is wasted in God's economy.

Q. What is your writing day like? Do you have a day job? If so, how do you juggle family, writing, job, etc.?

A. I write when I can. I work full-time for the government. How I juggle everything is that I try to keep the Lord first (I wish I could say I was always successful but that wouldn't be honest), and I don't waste time sitting in front of the television. I'm one of those weird kinds of people that does better and is more efficient the busier I get.

Q. Any last words? Any word of inspiration to unpublished writers?

A. Hang on folks, it's a wild ride.

Here's a blurb about Michelle new release, It's Not about Him:
Susie wakes up after a party knowing something isn't right. When she discovers she is pregnant but has no idea who the father is, she decides to place her baby for adoption with an infertile couple from church. Following through ends up being more challenging than she'd imagined. But she wants to do the right thing. If only Jeff would quit trying to marry her so she'll keep her baby! Why doesn't he understand? It's not about him; it's about what's best for her child. Meanwhile, a man shows up in her life that looks irritatingly familiar. Could he be the father?

For more information about Michelle and her books, visit her Web site at
Michelle has agreed to a book giveaway, BUT we must have twelve entries in order for anyone to win. Tell your friends about this great book and this free giveaway on September 12!

To enter the drawing, click below and leave a commnent AND your email address so I can contact you if your name is drawn.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Michelle Sutton explains her vision


I wanted to write a story that would grip young people's hearts and make them think about their lives. So I took a beautiful girl with a bright future and had everything she thought she wanted in life ripped from her hands. Then I watched what God did in her life through someone who loved her enough to help her heal and to show her what real faith was. It's a romance story with a love triangle, but it's more than that. There are serious conflicts throughout the novel and boy did my characters take me on a wild ride with this novel. I hope you enjoy the story but I don't want to share any spoilers, so you will have to read it to find out what the conflicts entail. Here is a brief synopsis.

About the book: Annie has it all. She's attractive, graduated with honors, was accepted at the college of her choice, has supportive parents, good friends, and a steady boyfriend who loves her. One night when an unexpected visitor appears, Annie's safe world is destroyed. As she tries to recover the pieces of her broken life, a war ensues between two brothers who both claim to have her best interests at heart. But who will Annie choose? Or will she decide to turn her life in a different direction?

About the author: Michelle is a member of ACFW, Volunteer Officer on the ACFW Operating Board, Editor-in-chief for Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Sheaf House Marketing Director, edgy fiction writer, book reviewer, avid blogger/alliance member, CWOW blog mistress, mother of two teenagers, wife, pet owner, social worker by trade, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Michelle Sutton (pen name)
The Edgy Inspirational Author
ACFW Volunteer Officer

It's Not About Me - 4 stars from Romantic Times!

To win a copy of It's Not about Me, tell Michelle how you would use the book to influence others to purchase it. On November 14, Michelle will read all the entries and choose a winner!

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