Thursday, October 20, 2022

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Judith McNees!

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Judith McNees!

Linda: Welcome! Congratulations on your recent release A Heart to Trust (A Tranquil Shores Romance, 2). What was your inspiration for the story? How many books can we expect in the series?

Judith: Thank you so much! Grace and Ty, the hero and heroine in this story, are very loosely based on my husband and me. The main Tranquil Shores Romance series has five books; however, I am also planning on a novella based on a side character from book 1 of the series that will go on my website as a gift to newsletter subscribers, and I’m currently writing a Christmas novella based on a side character from A Heart to Trust!

LM: You have traveled extensively. How has that informed your writing? Did you have a tough time deciding on where to set your story?

Judith: I’m a vacationer that skips buildings and relaxation to explore the wilderness, much to my husband’s chagrin. The primary way this informs my writing is through my descriptions of nature. Setting my series in Michigan was an easy choice for me. I adore vacationing in my home state and wanted to share its beauty with everyone.

LM: What research did you need to do for the story, and is there a particularly intriguing tidbit you knew had to be included?

Judith: I had to do a lot more research for this book than I did for book one. Most of it had to do with
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legal issues in Michigan. I also researched horses, Michigan centennial farms, a medical condition that would be a spoiler so I’ll stay tight-lipped about that, and car problems in a Honda with push button start. I was intrigued when I learned that most horses need special training to allow their rider to open a gate while mounted.

LM: Tell us about your road to publication.

Judith: Yikes. I honestly thought that finishing and publishing book two would be fast since I had a little under half of it written when book one came out in April. Once I published A Heart to Cherish, a lot of health and family issues came up. The nice thing about indie publishing is there are only self-imposed deadlines, so I gave myself a lot of grace, except when I chose a publication date of September 28 and put the book up for pre-sale. I was editing and proofreading all day long for about a month straight to hit that deadline.

LM: What do you do to prepare for writing?

Judith: A lot of praying!

LM: What is one thing you wish you could do?

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Judith: I’d love to cruise the United Kingdom…especially Ireland.

LM: What advice do you have for fledgling writers?

Judith: Don’t try to figure everything out. Just start! When I first decided to write, I was paralyzed trying to figure out how to publish. Once I let go of fear and put it in God’s hands, He provided every resource I needed right when I needed it.

LM: Where can folks find you on the web?

Judith: You can connect with me on my 

A Heart to Trust:

Can two broken hearts learn to trust each other…and God?

Grace Morgan has a closely guarded secret. One that also makes her good at guarding her heart. After all, she has what she needs to be content. She won’t make the mistake of falling for another man at work…until the hunky new guy she’s trying not to notice moves in across the hall. Tyler Danby has a secret, too. Left by his wife, who takes away everything he cares about, he’s nursing his wounds and starting over. When he strikes up a friendship with his quirky neighbor, he wonders whether God might be giving him a second chance at love.

Secrets have a way of coming out. And broken trust is hard to restore.

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