What happens when an ordinary girl meets the man of everyone’s dreams?
Keeping secrets is never easy, especially since Ryan Spalding is on the cover of every magazine and this year’s “Hottest Hunk under 30.” Good thing busy lawyer Carly Sparks is so out of the loop when it comes to celebrity affairs, or she’d realize she was in one!
Leading man Ryan Spalding tempts Carly Sparks in ways she’s only ever seen in the movies. She’s drifted away from a promise she made to God as a teenager, but Carly must rely on her faith when her relationship with Ryan is put to the test. Will it be enough to keep them together, or will theirs be just another failed Hollywood romance?
I’ve never had one tried and true method for writing. Breathless came to me as a dream over several months, and I finally gave in and wrote it down for National Novel Writing Month in November 2011. My writing pace was frenzied–trying to get fifty thousand words written in a month meant long nights and early mornings, and a lot of time away from my family. The end result was an editor’s nightmare, but it was my baby.
Since the first release of Breathless, my writing style has become much more relaxed, taking months to get a book to print (and sometimes longer). I’m able to enjoy the storylines and love stories, falling as much in love with the characters as I hope my readers have.
I’m a sort-of outliner. I get the idea of where the book should go, although I don’t hesitate to change what simply doesn’t work. I love knowing where I’m going and how fast I need to get there, pacing the story and (hopefully) making it coherent. I love having an idea of the direction of the books, mostly because I jump around in my writing. Sometimes I want to write, but I simply don’t have it in me to write an emotional scene, or a piece of dialogue, or whatever it is that comes next in the story. Instead, I skip ahead to another section of the book, sometimes writing the beginning and end–then filling in the middle. You can’t pick when inspiration hits, and it’s not always in a chronological order. I’ve heard so many other authors say “I’m stuck!” I tell them my method of skipping ahead, and I know it’s helped several. It doesn’t matter what you write; it only matters that you take time (preferably daily) to write. As for the rest of my process, well…it mostly includes sitting up in bed long after my husband is asleep, getting a thousand words or so on paper before succumbing to sleep. I’d love to say I sit at my lovely Civil War era desk and devote hours of each day to writing, but I’d be lying. I’m a bed-typer.
As an indie author, I would write a first draft and then edit, edit, edit, usually with the help of my husband. A grammar stickler if there ever was one, he was my saving grace. I would then quickly schedule some marketing, all done with hard work and word of mouth, never a single dollar spent. I thought if I hadn’t yet earned it, I couldn’t yet spend It. From final draft to publication date, there was often less than two weeks.
Now that I’m with a publisher, the fabulous Vox Dei Publishing, I realize there is so much more that goes into publishing. Not creating a book in its entirety on my own, from cover to “The End,” has been a relief (and a test of patience). The difference in the end results, however, is remarkable. As Breathless comes up on its re-release under Vox Dei, I know that this version of my baby is so much better than anything I did on my own. The cover is prettier, the editing is crisper, and the storyline is tighter. My baby got a makeover, and I’m so proud to show it off to the world.
About Becki Brannen
Becki Brannen is a thirty-something writer born and raised in the heart of Georgia. Her debut novel, Breathless, is the result of NaNoWriMo 2011, having been written in just twenty-nine days. Becki primarily writes “chick lit with a Christian twist,” marrying one of her favorite genres with her Christian faith. Her life verses are Jeremiah 29:11 and Isaiah 41:10. Becki and her husband have twin daughters and a poodle, Sophie.
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Our name rhymes with Fox Day. We’re an imprint of Booktrope, a new type of publishing company founded in 2011 in Seattle, WA that’s pioneering a model called team publishing. Our mission at Vox Dei is to provide books for a primarily Christian audience that edify and entertain, encourage and inspire. While Christian themes are woven throughout our fiction, our purpose is not to preach a sermon but rather provide a quality alternative to the secular market for entertainment. Our non-fiction titles are intended to help readers explore the Bible in a more personal way and grow in their walk with Christ, while being informal in voice and approach. Whether fiction or non, our goal is to shine the light and love that is central to the Christian faith into a dark and messy world. Learn more at voxdeipublishing.com.