Monday, October 7, 2013

Giveaway! When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell!

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

Thanks for inviting me to join you today. I’m honored.

So, let’s jump right in. Interesting fact about moi? Hmm...I’m not very interesting, but I have had a wonderfully strange life, so it’s hard to choose just one quirky little-known tidbit. But, how about this...When I was in college, I went to the doctor about a funny little spot on my arm. He removed a bb, as in a bullet from a bb gun! I guess I’ll never know for sure how it got inside my arm in the first place, but the doctor felt certain that someone had once used me for target practice, perhaps when I was younger. There’s got to be a book to follow that story, don’t you think?

Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?

I read a wide variety of books, but I’m particularly drawn to literary fiction, biographies, and memoirs. Some of my favorite authors include Jeannette Walls, Barbara Kingsolver, Louise Erdrich, Chris Cleave, Sue Monk Kidd, Elizabeth Gilbert, Wally Lamb, and Ann Patchett (in no particular order). But I’ve got tons more. I better stop before I get carried away.

Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?

Wow, that’s a great question. One little nugget that changed my entire wriInto the Free, I had already written a first draft but I still needed to learn how to shape the plot. I learned by reading Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. That probably affected my writing more than anything else. It’s actually written for screenwriting, but I found it easily tweaked to fit a novel. My friend and fellow author Katie Anderson loaned it to me, and I have since purchased my own copy. It’s actually one of a three-set series by Snyder.
ting world? Hmm...Well, keep in mind that I never studied writing, so I had to learn everything from scratch. When I decided to publish

5 things you love?

My family – nothing matters more and nothing brings me more joy
True friends - the kind who show up/step up/speak up when you need them most
Music – a good song can soothe my soul and stir my creative spirit in ways nothing else can
Nature – I am happiest when I am surrounded by animals, trees, water, and wind
Stories – literature, oral storytelling, film, or works of art make me feel connected and inspired

What novel have you recently read that has stood out to you that both teens and adults will find enjoyment in?

Wreath by Judy Christie. But I also love her newest release, Sweet Olive. In fact, everything by Judy is safe to recommend, endearingly sweet (just like Judy), and inspirational in an authentic way that feels real and never contrived. I admire Judy as a writer but even more as a person. She’s just one of those saintly spirits, a Mother Teresa, and Wreath is an especially good mother/daughter read for mothers of tweens/teens.

Places for readers to learn more about you?

I blog with a group of five southern, inspirational authors: Lisa Wingate, Beth Webb Hart, Rachel Hauck, and Shellie Rushing Tomlinson. You can join us on our virtual front porch by visiting: Each week we tackle a new topic, and we love for readers to join our discussions.

You can learn more about my books, events, research, and farm by visiting:

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Thank you for being with us today!

Thanks so much for letting me join the fun. I greatly appreciate your interest in my stories, and I’d love to hear what you all think of Into the Free and When Mountains Move.

Readers, enter to win Julie's book here!

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  1. What a timely giveaway! Julie stopped by our group discussion on Goodreads to talk with us about Into the Free. I am on pins & needles waiting to find out what happens to Millie & Bump!

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    I'm a follower & a subscriber!


  2. Hi Julie! And Casey! :) I agree a song can do so much for me in so many ways. Looking forward to reading your newest! jrpatch(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. I have recently become a fan of Julie' rushed to Library to read Into the Free...loved it! I've been expecting a copy of When Mountains Move.....not received yet so maybe I will win this one!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway. I am excited about the book!
    jacsmi75 [at] gmail ]dot] com

  4. Forgot......I do subscribe, Casey!

  5. Cannot WAIT to read this one!!

    And I've heard so many people talk about Save the Cat. Really need to check that book out.

  6. It's great when you see an author with your first name, and it's even better when she is a Christian writer.

  7. I enjoyed the interview and especially Julie's answers to 5 things she loves. I'm looking forward to reading When Mountains Move. Thank you for offering a chance to win a copy.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com
    I am a follower and also a subscriber by email--different address

  8. It sounds like a different kind of book than what I would normally read, but something about the description calls to me and makes me want to read it.

  9. I've heard great things about Julie's writing. Would love to win her newest book...

    I follow via GFC - pattymh2000
    I subscribe vie e-mail


  10. This one looks like another addicting read. Sign me up!
    kandrajane at bell south dot net

  11. I'm an email subscriber who really enjoys your blog, Casey!
    kandrajane at bell south dot net

  12. Another great interview. I love your blog and am an email subscriber. I loved the BB story. My brother shot be in the behind with a bb gun when I was a kid. fishingjan at aol dot com

  13. That book cover stirs something in me...I long to travel and see more of our beautiful loand that the Lord created. Loved the interview, Casey and Julie. homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

  14. I've already got my own copy, but I would love to win one to give as a gift or to donate to our church library. Thanks for the chance! ckbarker at gmail dot com

  15. I have an e-copy of Into the Free but haven't read it yet since I heard there was a sequel. I like to read stories in their entirety instead of having to wait in between books (and forget about the characters, etc). I'd love to win When Mountains Move so I can read what sound like wonderful books. Thanks for the chance.
    I'm a follower.
    I'm a subscriber.


  16. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Sounds good.

  17. Wow - the title alone grabs me - great blurb and cover as well.

    Follower and subscriber
    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

  18. I agree the title caught my attention.
    I am a subscriber and would love to receive this book.

  19. Please enter me in the giveaway. I love to read and would love to win this book.

    wwchildren at gmail dot com

  20. Thanks for an interesting post, loved the bb story! Hope I win the book cathy shouse 5 at a o l dot com

  21. I loved Into The Free. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I'm an email subscriber.

  22. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance!
    mandaandtom (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. Really enjoyed your interview, Julie! Your list of 5 things you love matches mine - I live in the country, grew up on a farm (2 miles from where I live now), would be devastated without music, & books, have had most of my close friends for 35 years, & love getting together with family. And - I used to read nothing but biographies, & memoirs.

    Would love to read your books, & appreciate the opportunity to win a copy of one!

    I am a follower & subscriber.


  24. Please include me in this giveaway. The book looks great! Blessings!

    reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com


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