Hey everybody, I’m excited to share today’s guest post from Kathleen L. Maher, I have enjoyed a few of her books, they were wonderful!
Now on to the guest post.
But first, meet the author of today’s post!
Kathleen L. Maher: Stories where every underdog has his day.
The author’s first crush was Peter Rabbit, and she’s loved conflicted heroes ever since. She has two novellas in BARBOUR BOOKS’ collections: Victorian Christmas Brides and Lessons on Love. Winner 2012 ACFW Genesis Award. Author of Sons of the Shenandoah Series: The Abolitionist’s Daughter and The Chaplain’s Daughter.
Kathleen and her husband live in an old farmhouse in upstate NY with their children and a small menagerie.
Hi, Abigail! And hello to all your awesome readers here on this lovely blog. I’m positively besotted because I get to do something today that I have dreamed of since I was in grade school. (Yeah, that was a LOOONG time ago.) I get to talk about a book that is about to release, and the incredible and amazing thing is, the author of that book is me!
Have you ever held a dream so long in your heart that you wondered if it would ever come to pass? Have you ever entertained hope through life seasons so difficult, that sometimes it was the only motivation to get up in the morning? You tell yourself that one day the Lord will bring your vision to pass, and then a year goes by. Then ten years. Then twenty. Then thirty. You wonder if you missed your real calling, while everyone else you know has careers, steady incomes, vacations to exotic destinations, impressive accomplishments… and you’re tempted to believe you’ve wasted your life waiting on an opportunity that may never manifest.
Scripture has something to say if this is you.
Habakuk 2:2-3 KJV “Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie. Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
Many times I threw out my manuscripts and told myself it was foolish for me to hold onto this idea that I might be a published writer. Yet still, something would draw me back. Maybe it was the vivid dreams I would have, where it was like watching a movie of a story, except no one had written the story yet. And then, there was the encouragement of other writers and friends I’d met along the journey. Their admonishments of “don’t give up” must have resonated. And then, there is that knowing, that sense of calling and the Lord’s leading that compels you on.
I remember praying one day when I had gone as far as I could on the knowledge I had, and the Lord led me to this new thing called google search—yes, I am that old—where I typed in the topic Christian writing groups. I found the ACFW, American Christian Fiction Writers, and immediately joined. From there, things started to fall into place. I honed my craft with the excellent and abundant teaching, I met critique partners—one who has stayed with me and become my best friend. And I eventually won their prestigious Genesis Award for unpublished writers. I signed with a wonderful agent. We queried exciting publishing houses. I released a novella with a small house, hoping that would open doors for my full-length stories.
And then, nothing happened. I had several stories written by then, but my timing seemed off. Either the publishers had already purchased similar stories, or they weren’t acquiring new writers. So my quest continued to feel out of reach.
I began to open my mind to the possibility of self-publishing. I would have to save my pennies to navigate the costs of a cover, formatting, and all the hidden costs of self-publishing. And then my husband lost his job. And I had to return to working full time, putting my writing on hold indefinitely.
By now, I would stop reading my own story because its too frustrating and exhausting, so I will skip forward. Five years pass and suddenly, I am going forward with self-publishing. My wonderful critique partner helped me pay for a cover artist and formatted my novel herself. My dream was really going to happen! And then, another dear writing friend invited me to come in on a Barbour Books novella collection. My first traditionally published contract! From there, I’ve released my second book in my indie series, and another novella with Barbour Books. All in one amazing year!
God has a timing that we often do not understand. But He has always proven faithful to watch over His word to perform it.
Bachelor Buttons is a re-release of my original novella, set in Civil War New York City.
The daughter of immigrants who fled the Irish Potato Famine, Rose Meehan longs for a better life than the tenements of New York City. Courted by two men–a young doctor who represents material security, and a poor violin instructor who has captured her heart–she must choose between the two. When Manhattan explodes in mob rule following Lincoln’s unpopular draft, Rose’s decision could mean the difference between life and death.
Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2Wa4F7i
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Abigail.
Thank you for stopping by, Kathleen!