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Guest blogger: Inspirational Romance Author, Marie Higgins

25 Jul
Guest blogger: Inspirational Romance Author, Marie Higgins

I want to thank The Gem State Writers for giving me the chance to be a guest blogger today. I’m so excited to share with you what I know! (or at least think I know…lol)

HOW TO WRITE A GREAT INSPY

 When I first decided to start writing Inspirationals, my critique partners groaned at the idea. No kidding! They didn’t want me to do it because they said most Christian romances were boring. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I hadn’t read an Inspy in several years, and the ones I’d read were boring!

So, I decided to take a chance and start a new trend – if I could, anyway. I decided that my stories wouldn’t just be hero meets heroine, learns about Christ, has a faith-promoting experience, and they live happily ever after. Instead…I write action and adventure. I write humor. I write about the deep attraction felt between man and woman. I believe that just because my stories are labeled ‘Inspirationals’, they don’t have to be a Sunday School lesson. Christians are people too. We are human, and we experience the same things that non-Christians experience. We are tempted just like everyone else. And…we live normal lives.

When I start creating a story, I figure out the plot first – a normal plot between a man and woman who are going to fall in love but things will stand in their way. I think about all the obstacles they’ll overcome along their journey. THEN I will figure out how to add a Christian element into the mix. My characters are not Holier-than-Thou type of people. They are regular people you meet on the street who have regular problems.

Since August 2010, I’ve had three books published with a Christian publisher, Walnut Springs Press. Two were Inspies, and my latest release was a sweet romance. I’ve received numerous reviews and comments. The main theme of these comments boils down to – Ms. Higgins’ stories do not read like most Christian romances. What’s fun is to realize this surprises most readers. Go figure!

Inspirationals are on the rise, my friends. For years I’d been writing a different genre, but I wasn’t going anywhere in my writing career. In the beginning years, I competed with so many writers who write in the same genre and I couldn’t get noticed. When I decided to finally ‘write what I know’, I couldn’t believe how my career turned around. FINALLY, I got my foot in the door with a good publisher. FINALLY, I signed with an agent. FINALLY, I’m getting the recognition I have craved for nearly 15 years. And FINALLY I’m happy with the stories I write.

My books are available at most bookstores, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble – as well was Kindle. Check out my Inspies –

Winning Mr. Wrong (romantic comedy)  – http://mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com/p/winning-mr-wrong.html 

Heart Of A Hero (historical romance)http://mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com/p/heart-of-hero.html  

Hearts Through Time (paranormal / time travel / mystery)http://mariehiggins84302.blogspot.com/p/hearts-through-time-paranormal-mystery.html

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Idaho, inspirational romance, writing

 

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16 responses to “Guest blogger: Inspirational Romance Author, Marie Higgins

  1. Liz Fredericks

    July 25, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Thank you for blogging with us today, Marie. It’s always a good idea to evaluate one’s genre from time to time. Stretching our writerly muscle is as important as exercising our bodies.

     
  2. Peggy Staggs

    July 25, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    Marie, thanks for blogging. I always enjoy a new point of view. I’m always interested in a new market.

     
  3. Janis

    July 25, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Marie, finding your genre is so important. Congratulations and good job. Thanks for blogging at Gem State Writers.

     
  4. Marie Higgins

    July 25, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Thanks, Liz, Peggy, and Janis. I was thrilled to be invited to this blog. So much fun to meet new people. And Liz, if stretching our writerly muscle is as important as exercising, then I’m in GREAT shape! (grins)

     
  5. Clarissa Southwick

    July 25, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Hi Marie, I’m liking this new definition of stretching. It’s always fun to try out a new genre. 🙂 Thank you for guest blogging for us today

     
  6. Meredith Conner

    July 25, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Thanks for blogging with us today Marie. I love your story and how you took a chance with your version of inspirational romances! What a wonderful story!!

     
  7. Danielle Thorne

    July 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    I totally agree this fun genre is on the rise. Your books are a great example that romance and life can be fun–and clean. Great article and good luck with your releases!

    Danielle Thorne
    http://www.daniellethorne.com

     
  8. Marie Higgins

    July 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Thanks Meredith! If you knew what I wrote before, you would definitely know I was taking a ‘leap’. But it is slowly paying off. I love writing this way now!!

     
  9. Marie Higgins

    July 25, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Danielle – you are an Inspiration to me! Thanks for commenting!

     
  10. Marie Higgins

    July 25, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    **waving madly** Hi Clarissa! Thanks so much for inviting me here to this blog!

     
  11. Leigh Bale

    July 25, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Marie, Thanks for talking about this topic. I think there is an erroneous perception “out there” that because inspirational romances don’t slather sex throughout the book, they must be boring. On the contrary, I’ve discovered that a good, well written inspie delves deeper into character point of view while still showing the physical attraction two people have for each other resorting to gratuitous sex. For me, a well written inspie makes for a much more personal read and a lasting story the stays with me for a very long time. Thanks for your post! Leigh Bale http://www.LeighBale.com

     
  12. Anna del C. Dye

    July 25, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    I am glad you didn’t listen to your partners. Look what we would be noising. Great post.
    Anna del C. Dye
    Author of “The Silent Warrior Trilogy”
    http://www.annadelc.com

     
  13. Leigh Bale

    July 25, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Marie, Thanks for talking about this topic. I think there is an erroneous perception “out there” that because inspirational romances don’t slather sex throughout the book, they must be boring. On the contrary, they deal with very real, current situations. And I’ve discovered that a well written inspie delves deeper into character point of view while still showing the physical attraction two people have for each other without resorting to gratuitous sex. For me, a well written inspie makes for a more personal read and a lasting story the stays with me for a very long time. Thanks for your post! Leigh Bale http://www.LeighBale.com

     
  14. Mary Vine

    July 25, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Thanks for blogging, Marie. My last book, that just came out, turned into a historical with inspirational elements. It didn’t start out that way, but I needed a way to help a doctor heal from the Civil War and I felt that the something inspirational was the only way for me to do that. Glad your finding your niche.

     
  15. Marie Higgins

    July 25, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Mary, the inspirational element in this story came very easy! There is even a scene in there where heroine and her father are arguing and quoting Bible verses. Boy, I did a lot of research then. lol

     
  16. Mary Walling

    July 25, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Way to go Marie. Your book Hearts Through Time was great and I loved it. Can’t wait to read more of your works.

     

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