And now, here’s Liz!
I'm at the ACFW conference in Indianapolis this weekend. Three days, 600 writers, and countless beginnings. We start relationships. We start on new roads of learning. We start stories. Many of those stories this weekend are verbal, and they often start with questions. What's your family like? How did you end up living in Alaska? (By the way, that's a real question i asked this weekend.) How did you meet your spouse? My favorite spouse story this weekend is from my friend Michelle, who claims to have spiked a volleyball in her future husband's face. And the rest, as they say, is history.
But all these new starts have me thinking about how a book gets its start. What's the genesis? The germ of an idea that gets the story started? For some authors its a picture or a memory. For some it might be a character or a face, a trip or a nugget of history. Every author has his or her own starting point.
The most basic seed for my latest book, SEAL Under Siege, was planted almost ten years ago when I heard Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer speak about their captivity in a Middle Eastern prison. They'd been missionaries in Afghanastan. Thrown into prison for teaching Christianity. And ultimately rescued by US Special Forces. I loved their story from the moment I heard it. What strength and conviction it must have taken to survive months inside that prison. Months without the ability to communicate with family. Months without hope.
And yet they did have hope. In fact, they called their book Prisoners of Hope.
For years I wondered what it would be like to be in a prison and see a team of SEALs come to the rescue. That wondering led to the first chapter of SEAL Under Siege, where Tistan rescues Staci from prison. That was the seed, but the adventure that follows, well, that's all fictional.
Camy: That’s such a neat story! Thanks for being here today Liz!
Liz is also giving away a copy of her book!
SEAL Under Siege
by Liz Johnson
I (actually, Liz) is giving away a copy of SEAL Under Siege over at the Love Inspired Authors blog!
Click over to the Love Inspired Authors blog to enter.