Please extend a very warm welcome to my friend Jill Lynn! Jill and I met a few years ago at an American Christian Fiction Writers conference. Then, Jill was an unpublished writer who’d been nominated for (and went on to win) a Genesis award for her work. Now, she’s multi published! AND she’s giving one Inspired by Life…and Fiction reader a copy of her brand new release. Check the bottom of the post for details! -Becky
I used to joke that when I first started writing, I wrote in a closet. It wasn’t a physical place, but a mindset. I very quietly began to write at home during my son’s naps. No one besides my husband needed to know. I didn’t want to proclaim, I’m a writer! And then fail before I could take my first step. So I quietly wrote.
Eventually, I reached a point where I had to make a decision. Am I going to step out and admit this dream to someone besides my husband? It was not an easy leap for me. I ended up going to a local writers group, and it became my first venture out of that writing closet. That night was filled with divine appointments from God. His provision wasn’t lost on me.
Now, three books in, I look back on that and wonder, what was I so afraid of?
But then I think, what if?
What if I hadn’t gone to that meeting that night? What if I wouldn’t have entered that contest? Or the one after? Or the one after? What if I hadn’t met who I’ve met?
If I hadn’t put that dream in the palm of my hand and edged into the world, I know I wouldn’t be here at this moment, celebrating the release of my third book.
I fussed a bit while he was shaping me and pushing me into some things I didn’t think I was ready for. And maybe I wasn’t ready. But he was.
I’m so thankful God nudged me out of that closet. It was lonely and dark in there. 😉
Jill Lynn Buteyn is a co-author of Just Show Up with Kara Tippetts, and an author of inspirational romance (as Jill Lynn). Her latest release, Her Texas Family, is in stores now. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children. She’s a fan of laughter, thrift stores, boots and chocolate. Connect with Jill at…
Jill will be giving a paperback copy or an e-copy (winner’s choice) of Her Texas Family to one Inspired by Life reader! Simply leave a comment below to enter. I’ll randomly select a winner on Monday. USA residents only, please. Best of luck, everyone! Thanks for visiting, Jill!