Thursday, March 28, 2013

Author Spotlight & Giveaway: J.A. Dennam

Ever wonder what goes into writing a story? The plotting and research that an author does? Where the inspiration came from for a particular character? There are many hidden secrets or information that we wouldn't know about the book or writing process. A lot more goes into the writing than we think! Here are some interesting facts about TRUTH AND HUMILITY.

* According to reviews, there is one particular incident in the story that turns readers into a puddle of tears. This fills my heart with joy since my first beta reader, my friend and local librarian, told me the scene was not nearly emotional enough. That stung for a while, but I completely agreed. So I went for the jugular when I re-wrote the event and didn’t put a filter on my heartstring meter. There you go, people, you can thank HER for it.

* A whopping twenty-three thousand words were cut from the original T&H to make it a manageable 98K.

* The character, Mac, was modeled from a guy I see in church every Sunday. I don’t know him, but he’s so big he stands out in the crowd. I’m waiting for the day I pass by this stranger and say, “Hi, Mac.”

* I wrote the entire novel without anyone except my librarian knowing.

* The character, Sue, (Mac’s sister) was modeled from a woman I frequently see in YouTube videos. A talented singer and organist!
* The story got some of its flavor from the original Starz production “Spartacus.” I’m a huge fan, especially of the late Andy Whitfield. The anger and passion are palpable, and put me in the right place when writing some of the scenes between Austin and Derek. And I do make several gladiator references in the book.

* My daughter, Callie, was on the original cover of TRUTH AND HUMILITY. She is also the reader in the book trailer.

* Danny’s flowered work gloves, boots and ball cap were modeled after my own. Sorry to say, though, there are no pink tools in our garage…

J. A. Dennam, an award-winning author and member of Romance Writers of America, resides in a small Kansas town with her husband and four children. Besides her great love for literary arts, her passions include fine art, culinary art and music.
Twitter: @JADennam

 Here is your chance to win a copy of J.A. Dennam's book TRUTH AND HUMILITY. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email and a winner will be chosen. You can also add the book to your Goodreads list if you want. :) Thanks and good luck!!


Susan W said...

I love books that get me so involved that I laugh out loud or bawl like a baby. This is going on my To Buy list!

krg said...

Thanks for the insight on how you create a story. I love hearing/reading about this process. Your new book sounds great and I am looking forward to reading it.

books4me said...

Wow, a lot of thought and time went into this book! Can't wait to read it!

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Mickala said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Maria D. said...

Thanks for all of the little known facts about Truth and Humility - it's like getting little hidden gems of info about both the process and the artist behind the work. Thanks for the giveaway too

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Robin said...

Books that bring out raw emotion in me are just the books I love. Here's hoping I win!!

Brittany Barton said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Emily Hemmer said...

When will the sequel be out? Can't wait to read it!!!

LM said...

Wow!! Such thought process!

erin said...

Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!


Pam said...

Great post! Thanks for the giveaway!

Susana Rivera said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

T&H sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to have a copy of it and to read it. :)

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*yadkny* said...

Got this one on my wishlist... Love the cover too! Thanks for shaing some the lesser known facts behind the story.


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