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Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Sheaf House
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
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Author: Alice K. Arenz
Located in: Kansas City, Missouri
Submitted: October 05, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. I have been writing since I was a child. My earliest publications were in the small, family-owned weekly newspaper where my mom and dad included some of my articles, essays, and poems. In the mid-nineties, I earned a stint with a well-known New York literary agency, and although it failed to produced the hoped-for results, God fueled my determination to become published, and eventually led me to Sheaf House.
Mirrored Image is written under my full name to differentiate the more "serious" writing from my cozy mysteries written under A.K. Arenz. The Case of the Bouncing Grandma, 2008, was a finalist in the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year contest. And this year, the second in the Bouncing Grandma Mystery Series, The Case of the Mystified M.D., won the prestigious 2010 ACFW Carol Award in Mystery!
I live in Missouri with her husband and two Himalayan cats.
What was your motivation behind this project? I'm never quite sure what my motivation is behind any of my writing projects - beyond the best motivator of all, God. This particular book was first written in 1986 - the year it's set in - and has been re-written almost every year since then . . . with my daughter Kelly's help in the the editing department. I'm horrible with commas!
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I would like people to see that secrets can often lead to far more problems than being open and honest. Beyond that, I hope to entertain the readers.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I guess you could say this is one of those "books of the heart," that story that you just HAVE to tell. There was a reason God put it on my heart to continue to pull this manuscript out every year and re-work and re-write it. He knew when the best time for it's release was - when the story was really finished. And it was now.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My family are my most valuable inspirations and influences after our Lord. All my inspiration comes from Him - I'm just not smart enough to write a book on my own. I KNOW that!! Favorite authors . . . there are so many! I love Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins Ginny Aiken, Cynthia Ruchti, but I'm always drawn back to the authors that spurred my imagination when I was younger - Mary Stewart, Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt. And when I want to be scared, Dean R. Koontz.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Not all of us get a chance to live our dreams . . . I know just how special and fantastic this opportunity is. And for those of you aspiring authors out there, if you feel that this is truly what God wants you to do with your life, that He is behind that driving force for you to write, then don't ever, ever give up. Keep the faith, hold onto your dream . . . hold onto the Lord.