Sunday, April 3, 2011

Giveaway and Author Interview: Something Stirs

Welcome to Writing for Christ Thomas Smith, it is great to have you here! Do you have an interesting fact about yourself the average reader probably doesn’t know?

      Thank you. I appreciate the opportunity to hang out with you and meet your readers.

      I guess the thing most people don’t know about me is that my comedy material has been performed on The Tonight Show.

What surprised you the most about being a published author?
      You mean other than the fact I could actually do it? The thing that has really surprised me is just how close knit the writing community is. For example, people I once admired and knew only through the shelves at my favorite bookstores are now colleagues and friends. Some have become very good friends.

Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?
      I enjoy suspense and horror. Not the blood-and-guts-splattered-all-over-the-room kind, but what has been termed “Quiet Horror.” I love a story that makes the setting as much a character as the people (and other “things”) that inhabit the story. In fact, a friend recently said, “You are going to be pegged as a Christian horror writer if you’re not careful,” to which I replied, “That works for me.”
When you aren’t writing or interacting with fans, what do you enjoy doing?
      I enjoy traveling with my wife, gem mining, and playing guitar with the praise band at my church.

Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?
      Writing is equal parts passion and discipline. It has very little to do with inspiration, art, waiting for the muse or those sorts of things. The actual doing -- writing, thinking, plotting and editing -- that’s what fuels the writing process. The information and inspiration already live within each of us. And as we write, the writing takes on a life of its own. It’s like the long “begat” sections in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 (“Abraham begat Isaac...” etc.). The first sentence begat the second sentence, the second sentence begat the third sentence and so on. In short, the act of writing inspires writing. But it’s not just mechanics. Without the passion for the process, the discipline won’t come.

What do you enjoy most about being a published author?
      I love both the process of writing and the fact that I am living my dream. I have wanted to be a writer since I was in the third grade. In fact, my first novel was about Fluffy the Kitten. It was a massive four pages long!
What do you like readers to take away from your books?
      Even in our brokenness there is redemption. There is a God who loves us and wants to restore us to Himself.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
      You can go to my web site (www.thomassmithonline.com), the book web site (www.somethingstirs.com), my Facebook page (http://profile.to/thomassmithwriting) or you could ask my mother. She has dozens of embarrassing stories to share.
Thank you for being with us today!
      Thank you. It has been my pleasure.
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Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on April 15th.

34 comments:

  1. Great giveaway!!!

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  2. I am a follower and email subscriber.Please enter me in contest. I would love to read your book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

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  3. Interesting interview! I went to the Something Stirs web page to read more about this book. I have a very dear friend who describes events at the home she grew up in that sound much like the home has an evil spirit dwelling there. I would be very interested to read Something Stirs. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  4. I am a follower via GFC.

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  5. I am a subscriber to this blog.

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  6. I have submitted a request to follow on Facebook.

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  7. I visited the website for Something Stirs. The house reminds me of a house I lived in for 15 years (age 10 to 25). We had a friendly spirit living in one bedroom. We could never walk in or out and leave the door open as it would always close on its own. We couldn't put anything in the room that the spirit didn't like or it would end up being tossed on the floor or thrown against the wall. We finally used the room only to "iron" in. When we finally sold the house the new owners took out one wall of the bedroom to enlarge the dining area and I don't know what happened but they soon put the house back on the market.

    I would love to be entered to win a copy of Something Stirs. Thank you for the chance.

    I am a GFC follower.

    I am an email subscriber.

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    Cindy W.

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  8. I read my first Christian horror about three months ago. It still hangs with me. I would love to win this one. Please enter me. Thanks.
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  9. I'm a follower.

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  10. I'm a subscriber.

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  11. Now following you on Twitter.

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  12. That was a great interview Casey.

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  13. would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

    i'm a follower
    i'm a email subscriber, too

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  14. looks like a great book

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  15. I'm a GFC follower and subscriber!! ^_^

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  16. Please enter me in the drawing would love to read the3 book.

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  17. I'm a subscriber by email
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    I am also following - GFC
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  18. I can't read creepy, not like this...totally creeps me out and I wouldn't sleep for days. But my 16 yr old son loves this kind of book. So, I am entering for him :)

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  19. I'm a follower.

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  20. and a subscriber.

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  21. plus a pal on FB :)

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  22. Casey, thanks for a great interview. And thanks to everyone else for the very kind comments. Just as soon as the book is released (it's next in line at the publishing house), the copy will be headed to the winner. Thanks again!
    Thomas Smith
    Author of Something Stirs

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  23. I'd love to win.

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  24. I would love to read this book.

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  25. thank you for the chance!
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  26. would love to win this book'
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  27. Just joined your feed. Love the opportunity to explore new books and authors. Thanks for the chance to win one.
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  28. I would enjoy reading this. Thanks!
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  30. I would like to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

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  33. I follow you on Twitter
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  34. Great story! I would love to read it again. :)

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