12 December 2012

Blog Hop!

I was nine or ten when I got my first chain letter, but I remember it well. It started out with a story about a girl who'd received a version of the very letter I held in my hand, copied it carefully, passed it on to five friends, and then found a $20 bill that she got to spend on candy! However, the letter continued, her best friend broke the chain and was cut in half before her little sister’s eyes when she rode her bicycle directly into a buzz saw. (Okay, so maybe I don’t remember the story exactly, but that was the gist of it.) I copied the letter! I didn’t find $20, but I wasn’t cut in half either, so I figured it ended well enough, all things considered.

Welcome to week 25 of Blog Hop!

Before Twilight, Stephenie Meyers was just another unknown writer. And before Hunger Games, I had never heard of Suzanne Collins. It stands to reason that there are thousands of fantastic stories out there waiting to be discovered, some published and some still being written. This blog hop is like a big game of tag, and I was tagged by Debra Erfert. I jumped at the chance to give my little blog more readership and to give Deb’s Firestarters a shout out. You can read more about Debra Erfert and her book HERE. Her site is a great place to join the blog hop, already in progress. Check out the other authors. I was impressed by several of them!

This blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress, so here’s a little info about my current project:

What is the title of your book?
My “book” is more like a leaflet since it’s a short short story, but it’s called For God So Loved the One.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
It’s a true account of a life-changing experience I had as a new Relief Society president. (A real Christmas miracle!) It’s also story I’ve long wanted to share, so I’m grateful Covenant gave me the chance this year.

What genre does your book fall under?
Creative nonfiction and inspiration. Creative because I changed peoples’ names and made up dates that I couldn’t clearly remember. Inspiration because the only part that matters – my conversion and that of a woman who became a dear friend – are absolutely true.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
 Since I was young at the time it happened I’d cast . . . um . . . Amanda Seyfried. There is no resemblance whatsoever between us then or now, but she’s adorable.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The title: God truly does love the one – every one.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It was published by the best LDS publishers on the planet: Covenant Communications, Inc.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About an hour--and it was the only draft of my manuscript. But I’m sure my wonderful editor (shout out to Samantha!) spend much more time fixing it!

What other books/authors would you compare this story to within your genre?
It’s not dissimilar from a book I published last Christmas: Angels Bending Near the Earth. (I’m anxiously awaiting a miracle this Christmas. If it doesn’t happen, next year I’ve got nothing!)

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I love that I tend to sell them in sets of 5 – 25 because so many people read it then want to give copies as gifts. I also love that Covenant made them so they they fit into standard social envelopes and are inexpensive to mail. This makes them more economical than any Hallmark card on the market – and you can give friends and family a whole story in a Christmas card!

Upcoming is a list of authors who will be joining the hop for week 26. I hope you’ll visit their blogs next week and learn more about their books. Maybe one of them will become your new favorite author!


David G. Woolley said...

A book? A book from the master? Wow. You've gone and done it again. I remember a few years back you had sworn off writing. For forever. Did they release you from cub scouting again? What to do with all that extra time on your hands, right?

Every fiction author can use your non-fiction books as a bible to figure out the important plots lines in life. And that's the truth, cross my heart and hope to die.

Do you still have your unquenchable thirst to visit cemetaries? Any children serving in the military over seas? Are you planning another move in the near future? Do they have you writing the ward Christmas pagent this year? When are you going to put on another mystery dinner?

I could go on, but you get the jist. You have done so much for so many for so long. A jem of untold worth you are!

Merry Christmas

David G. Woolley said...

PS: How many chicken, goats, hogs, pigs, horses, ponies, toads, and boars do you currently corral at the ranch? I still can't get that song out of my head. "Kerry Blair had a farm, e-eye, e-eye, ohhhh". Did you sing that in primary too?

Kerry Blair said...

David! Thank you for the incredibly nice comment! Just hearing from you has made my Christmas merry and bright!

As for the "book," it really IS just a leaflet and it came about more or less by accident. That said, I AM wavering a little on that "never writing again" thing. You see, I have all these adverbs lying around that I don't know what to do with...not to mention dangling participles...and mountains of ellipses.

Also, the farmville thing didn't exactly work out, either. There are things that farmy-type people really ought to tell us city folk before we move to the boonies and open our gates to stray livestock. After gifting myself with a pony and kidding around for awhile with three goats, I returned to my roots as a poultry-raiser I am now more than content with my chickens, ducks, and turkey.

So, are you blogging? I need to catch up on everything Wooley! In the meantime, hope to see you tomorrow on the Frog Blog. I wouldn't be showing up myself if it weren't for you!

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Marnie Pehrson said...

I read this on a plane flight out to Boise for my son's wedding. You and your touching story were the perfect companions to carry along on this memorable trip. Thank you so much for sharing your wit and wisdom with the world! Love you, my friend!

Kerry Blair said...

Oh, Marnie! Thank you SO much. It's no "Miss Humbug," but I was grateful for the chance to share. A Christmas wedding?! How wonderful! All my very best to you and yours. Love you!