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18 March 2011

Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Reveal Day (Sort of)

This week's host: Jennifer Slattery

Our month long clash continues. I have been impressed by the quality of writing our unpubb'ed have produced! As is often the case, both competing excerpts were phenomenal, but unfortunately, only one can advance to the final round. Today we reveal our latest runner up. Our winner will remain anonymous and will advance to the next round. On Monday, the finaling excerpts will be posted for the final round.

I know what you're thinking...get on with it already.

The runner up is excerpt F, which belongs to...

Donna Fawcet, writing as Donna Dawson!

Donna Fawcett is a creative writing instructor at a local college in Ontario, Canada and an award winning writer. She writes romance, mystery, suspense and thriller novels. She is also a freelance writer and has been published in national and international magazines. Donna loves to run, garden and bore people with completely useless pieces of information she has gleaned from history books. She is a professional member of The Word Guild, Canada’s largest writing guild for Christians. She is a wife, mother and grandmother and has still kept her sanity. In spite of everyone else’s insistence otherwise.

Wednesday we discussed the perseverance necessary to make it as a writer. I believe you've seen this to be true in your own life, haven't you? How long have you been writing?

Informally, I have been writing stories since I was old enough to write. Formally, for approximately 12 years. Three years ago I began teaching writing at the college level.

Tell us about this story.

This story is a suspense/romance with a purpose. There actually is a solution to the abortion issue. It just hasn't been adapted for human use. This novel has begun to catch the interest of both pro-life and pro-choice advocates and both sides agree that they could live with this as a solution. The story starts with a teen pregnancy--one that is a danger to the life of the teen. She chooses to become the guinea pig for an experimental procedure where her embryo is removed and transplanted into the womb of a woman who can't conceive. Through out the suspense story runs the growing love story between the doctor who discovered the procedure and his assistant who has always believed in him and his work. I worked hard to keep the story from sounding too good to be true while trying to present the embryo transplant solution.

Where did you get the idea?

I was reading an equine magazine 20 years ago and they had an article in it where they talked about taking the embryo from a race horse and planting it into an ordinary brood mare. The procedure was a success and that got me thinking 'why can't we do that in people instead of fighting over abortion?' The more I studied the more I realized it was feasible. The more medical professionals I talked to the more I was assured that while it wasn't being done it could be. I thought if I could incorporate the idea into a novel, I could, perhaps, begin changing people's minds about the issue and nudging them toward a solution that everyone would be good with.

What do you hope your readers will take away from your writing?

I have several things I'd like the readers to embrace. First, the idea that we, if we all work together, can all do something about an issue that has torn our society apart for decades. Second, that it isn't our place to judge one another--that is God's department--we are given the task of loving one another and showing God's love by example. Third, that we don't have to be confined by the status quo--in our decisions in society, in our beliefs nor in our love relationships.

Which character did you most enjoy creating?

Oh that's a hard one. Each character has come alive for me and they all have their special places. I would say the one that was the most fun was Donald Nesbitt, the not-so-upright reporter. The one that has the most depth is Jason Steadman, the specialist who created the procedure. He is sensitive and timid in some ways yet firm and unshakeable in others. He is afraid of the love he feels for his assistant but determined to allow the love to exist in spite of age and race differences.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Definitely! Writers can get discouraged so easily. So I have taped to my desk Isaiah 40:30-31 along with a photo of an eagle. It says: "Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (NIV) It's pretty hard to let the challenges that come with writing pull me down when I know that the Lord is right there waiting to show me how to soar.

What an excellent idea! There's nothing like the truth of God's Word to counter negative thinking! Thanks for competing on COTT and many blessings in your future writing career!

Readers, she's got a question for you:

Do you read only for pleasure or do you hope to learn from what you read?

And before I go...the winner of Love, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart is...Dee! I'll be sending you an email shortly. Thanks for playing! And come back Monday for our final round!
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Jennifer said... Friday, 18 March, 2011

In answer to Donna's question, although I start most books for leisure, it isn't long before I grab a pen and start sketching notes in the margins. Right now I'm working on a five-part series for Christ to the World on the life of Joseph--currently finishing a radio drama on Genesis 39, so I'm reading "Joseph: a Novel" by Terri Fivash. (It helps me visualize the time period.) I also review for Novel Reviews and received Ann Shorey's "the Dawn of a Dream" in the mail the other day. This novel is so gripping and well-written, by page three I decided to study it intently. I highly recommend other authors to do the same! It is by far the best-written novel I have read in some time.

Michelle Massaro,our Assistant Editor, will guest blog on Edie Melson's the Write conversation for the next two Wednesdays on deep pov. If you want to take your writing to that next level, I suggest you read both articles and buy a copy of Ann Shorey's novel, then study it in relation to Michelle's article. According to an article I read yesterday, editors are looking for deep pov, so if you want to break in, or perhaps stay in, master this technique.

COTT Staff said... Friday, 18 March, 2011

Wow, Donna, I'm really impressed with your story idea. I can't wait to see it in book form one day. Will be intently watching your career! Thanks for being with us, oh and you can bore me any day with all those "useless" historical tidbits. :-D
Has spring arrived in Canada yet?
Jen, I'm going to have to get the book you're raving about. I could use some deep POV help! ;-)

Jennifer said... Friday, 18 March, 2011

April, it's near technically flawless! Her word choices, rhythm and use of sensory detail are exceptional as well. A great job of showing, not telling, and although I'm scouring the text for passive verbs (to see if she had to choose between deep pov and strong verbs) and have found maybe a handful, and I'm on page 77!

Lisa Lickel said... Friday, 18 March, 2011

I love to read - period. I usually manage to learn something, whether it's a turn of phrase or a new fact. Thank you so much for participating this week. We're grateful.

Michelle Massaro said... Friday, 18 March, 2011

Jen thanks for the shout-out. Donna, I've read about your premise out in cyberworld recently and it did catch my attention then. I didn't know this excerpt was from that book, lol. It's very intriguing and I look forward to reading the whole novel in print in the near future! Thank you for visiting us, I hope you'll stick around and participate and let us know when you land that contract so we can celebrate with you!

~ Michelle

Christine Lindsay said... Saturday, 19 March, 2011

Excellent question---I'd love to say that I read strictly for pleasure. But as a serious writer, I've found that no matter what I read, always at the back of my mind is what can I learn from this. Having said that, I had to admit that the learning process is as enjoyable to me as the reading. I'm a writer...it's the labor of my heart...so I enjoy the chance to learn.

April Gardner said... Sunday, 20 March, 2011

I realized I never answered Donna's question, but Christine couldn't have put it better for me!

Rebekah said... Monday, 21 March, 2011

I definitely love what I learn from them. My coworker was laughing at me as I informed her of some of the wonderful things I've learned from novels. I'm fully convinced that the best authors are the ones who make me climb into bed with a pen and notebook at my side.

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