Snoopy Dancing … Yep, that was me yesterday!
Funny thing is, if you would have told me a couple years ago that my contemporary romance would final in ACFW’s Genesis contest for unpublished authors, I would have laughed at you. You see, my specialty is general/contemporary fiction (think relational dramas) with a male protagonist. I do that very well but, unlike romance, there’s little calling for it. So I convinced myself to try something new, something outside of my box, something that was a stretch.
Oh boy, was it a stretch! That manuscript and I had plenty of boxing matches. When I typed “The End” I figured it was truly The End. It was lousy and headed for the recycle bin, or so I thought. My critique partner Shannon Vannatter knew how I struggled with it and asked to read it. Miracle of miracles, she loved it! Well, maybe it wasn’t headed for the trash.
This past year I’ve worked on it with all my uber-fantastic critique partners, and with their help, some creative wrestling, and a ton of prayer, I’ve turned it into something contest worthy.
I love God’s sense of humor. 🙂
I’m thrilled and humbled to have made it this far. I couldn’t have done it without my great cloud of witnesses.
Thank you all so very, very much! I love Snoopy Dancing with you!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2a
Congratulations to All the ACFW Genesis Finalists!
Kathleen L. Maher
Christen Civiletto Morris
Caleb Jennings Breakey
Amanda G. Stevens
Erin Taylor Young