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Romantic comedy author Lindi Peterson burst onto the book scene last year with the release of Her Best Catch. I’ll be the first to admit that in the past I was never a big fan of this genre. ‘Chick Lit’ or ‘Hen Lit’, as it used to be called, just didn’t interest me. Whenever I heard somebody say ‘chick lit’, I immediately thought of a pack of gum, a gaggle of giggling girls and basically wanted to hightail it in the opposite direction.

I’m so glad somebody came up with the bright idea of simply calling these stories what they are – romantic comedies. God definitely has a sense of humor, because most of the great critique partners I’ve had over the years write in this genre. I’ve slowly learned to love it. And, as fate would have it, Lindi and I ended up becoming critique partners too, and her books have convinced me that I do indeed love romantic comedy! Thankfully she’s not opposed to a little angst and books that’ll deplete your Kleenex supply in a hurry, which is what I tend to write.  Lindi and I have become good friends, as often happens when you find a great CP, and even got to meet in person last year in Atlanta!

If you’re a Jenny B. Jones or Sandie Bricker fan, you’re going to love Lindi Peterson. But enough of my bragging, let me turn you over to Lindi!

The Word of The Year

In strolling around the Internet over the New Year’s holiday, I’ve seen a lot of posts regarding people’s ‘word of the year.’ Either it’s a new thing or I’ve been oblivious in previous years to notice this as a trend.

A trend I must say I like.

I don’t feel confident in stating my specific Word yet. I’ve not prayed on it enough. But there is one word that keeps coming to mind.

Passion.

I have a speaking engagement in January and I had to come up with something to speak about. (A great concept, right?) After much searching and praying the talk ended up being titled, Passion Wins! A little spin on the controversial Rob Bell book title, Love Wins.

As we pen our novels, I do believe sheer passion can get us through the most difficult times. The lagging middle, the subplot that isn’t working, even the days in front of a blank page. I believe that we have a passion for the process as well as the story.  Certainly not all aspects of the process or the story, but the ones we do have a passion for must carry us through the rough spots.

I also believe we all have a core passion that comes across in our works. If you’ve written more than one novel, look into the stories you’ve told. I’m sure there is a consistent theme running through them. When we dig down deep to find our message, our passion, the stories you write will sing with your song. The song only you know the words to.

I’m also a visually inspired person. Don’t give me a manual and tell me to read about how to set up the new DVR. Just SHOW me! One of my bulletin boards I look at while I’m writing inspires this passion. On it are lots of things about my June 2012 release, Summer Song. Britney on the front of People magazine with the headline—My New Life. Summer, in my novel, is a singer who is starting a new life. Perfect! Also, you see a piece of paper with words written on it. Those are words to the song, Trying To Make You Sing, by my favorite band, The David Crowder Band. Those words are the heart of the story. And the couple in the ad at the top right corner totally showed the attitude of my novel.  There’s also some contest finals certificates and a small post card of my first published novel, Her Best Catch, which came out March 2011.

All sorts of inspiration.

All indicators of my passion.

What about you? Do you know your message? Do you know what you are passionate about?

We’re giving away 2 gift copies of my March 2011 release, Her Best Catch. Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

 

A special thanks to Cathy—a fabulous author!! (And a great friend!) I appreciate you having my on your blog.

About Her Best Catch:

Allison Doll’s mother is rebelliously turning fifty, her two best friends have started dating and a gorgeous injured relief pitcher named Ashton Boyd has joined her Sunday school class, rocking her world into confusion, heartache and temptation, places she hasn’t visited in a long time, much less all at once.

But with the help of family, old friends she really hasn’t lost, a new friend she really can count on, and God, she begins to find out whether she’ll always be a girl waiting for life to happen or a woman who’s ready to commit to her best catch.

Lindi Peterson definitely believes happy endings are just the beginning. She lives out her real life romance with her husband in a small Georgia town. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, bowl and spend time with her family.

Visit her at: LindiPeterson.com or TheFaithGirls.com

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