Welcome back to Part Two of our interview with historical novelist Lori Benton! I know you’ll be blessed as she shares from her heart.
I need to have a clear idea of where the story is going before I can begin it, primarily because the plot often hinges on historical events. I need to know the story arc I have planned for the characters works inside the framework of the historical record. And stories simply pour out on me in the beginning (before the actual writing has begun). I have to get them down in a rough outline form during that stage, however long it lasts, even if I’m not exactly sure of all the details or how one bit flows into the next. In fact I don’t want to know it all. I want to leave room for surprises to happen on any given writing day, weeks and months down the road. That’s part of the fun. But I do need a road map, for my own sanity.
Comment below with your name and email address for one more chance to win a signed copy of Lori Benton’s beautiful novel Burning Sky! The winner will be announced on Tuesday. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit with us. The Lord bless you!
Lori, wonderful interview and insights into my favorite book this year. Kiersti, congratulations on your big win in Indianapolis! I hope this year brings you and your writing great things. When I won the historical category last year, I got an agent and released my first novella. It has been a wonderful journey. Wish both of you ladies all the best!
Thanks so much, Kathleen! Just to check–did you want to be entered in the giveaway? So glad you stopped by! 🙂
Great interview, Kiersti & Lori! Go historical fiction! 🙂
Thanks, Morgan! Yes, I agree. 🙂 Did you want to be entered in the giveaway?
No need to enter me in the giveaway but … what a beautiful interview! Everytime I read about your journey, Lori, I am so stirred and encouraged. Thank you so much for sharing with us, and thanks to Kristi for posting it!
Thank you, Shannon! Yes, Lori’s is quite a story, isn’t it? In more ways than one. 🙂
I’m so glad anything I’ve shared has been encouraging, Shannon. I had a long and bumpy journey to being published, so I hope my story encourages other hopeful writers to not give up too soon. Or at all. I mean, really, why stop writing if it’s a joy? If it’s not, being published won’t make it so. 🙂
Just popping in to say…I love that line, Lori. “Why stop writing if it’s a joy? if it’s not, being published won’t make it so.” I may need to come back to that one–thank you!
This was a fantastic interview. “Burning Sky” sounds like a fabulous book. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway. Please enter my name.
So glad you stopped by, Barbara! You’re now in the drawing. 🙂
a great posting…thanks for sharing. and thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel.
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Glad you stopped by, Karen! Thanks for entering!
If this is a duplicate comment, I’m sorry! I thought I had commented on this already, but I don’t see my comment!
I enjoyed learning about Neil, can’t wait to “meet” him in the novel! Thanks for the chance to win!
I do have you, Beth! I think it was on “Part One” that you had commented. 🙂 We’ll see sometime tomorrow who wins!
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