Author Archives: Michele Israel Harper

Get some direction for that there blog

As many of you know, this whole blogging thing is completely new to me.  So, yeah, my site needs direction.

What does a fiction writer blog about?

Fortunately for me (and all of you!) I’ve been studying up on this.  I’ve been reading the ebook How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) by Ruth Soukup and wow has it been helpful.

First of all, she says to blog consistently, whether that’s once a week, two times a week, or three times a week.

I’m going to try to blog on Sunday and/or Thursday evenings only, so I don’t flood your inbox or go missing for a couple of months.

Second–and this idea was from Joyce Long ( who taught the writer’s class at Karitos Indy–I’ll write a story and post it chapter by chapter on my blog.

What do you guys think?

I welcome any and all feedback, and I want you to be brutally honest with any story critiques.  It’s the only way I’ll learn and grow!

Can we make this blog something to be proud of?  :)

This baby’s about to take off and grow like crazy!

In Him,


What is my book about? Well, let me tell you :)

Here is a brief summary of my book.  :)

This is taken from thousands upon thousands of query letter drafts.  Sigh.  Queries are challenging.  Understatement of the year.


I, Candace Marshall, detest, abhor, loathe–you get the idea–scary movies, especially if they include zombies.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when my boyfriend surprised me with advanced screening tickets to the latest horror zombie flick, teeming with the movie industry’s hottest interactive features.

I was not the only one to walk out of the theater that day.  Gavin Bailey–only the world’s greatest actor (in my opinion), present as a favor to a filmmaking friend–followed me, although I’m certain we had completely different reasons for leaving.  Zombies jumping out at me as part of the “zombie movie experience” was not my idea of a good time.  But I think we can both agree that we were thankful we left.

An experimental drug, created to enhance the viewer’s perspective of the film, turned my sleepy town into a slathering mess of real, honest-to-goodness, live–er, I mean, dead–zombies.

Days turned into weeks, and I had to face my biggest fear, over and over again.  As in, face-to-face.  Not fun.

We teamed up with a small group of survivors and traveled in search of answers and, ultimately, a cure.

Gavin Bailey’s presence of mind and sacrificial actions quite nearly swept me off my feet, until he showed me he returned my secret feelings.  Then he definitely swept me off my feet.

This is my story–how I got the biggest surprise of my life, just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse than zombies.


Ta-dah!  There you have it, folks!  I know I can’t do a query in first person, like the book is written, but, hey, this is my blog, and I can do what I want!  lol.

Happy reading!  (In whatever book you are reading, if you are reading a book, that is…shout-out to Brian Regan.  Take luck!)

In Him,


How long do I have to wait again?

Four to six weeks.

I think I was too stoked when I hit “send” to let that little piece of information sink in.  Four to six weeks.  Sigh.  I suppose I can stop checking my inbox every four to six seconds.  :)

I have to admit, there is a fair level of anxiety that comes with giving your work to someone else to read, critique, and tell you if you are good enough.

Tonight, a friend reminded me of a quote I needed desperately to hear.

God’s Voice:

  • Stills you
  • Leads you
  • Reassures you
  • Enlightens you
  • Encourages you
  • Comforts you
  • Calms you
  • Convicts you

Satan’s Voice:

  • Rushes you
  • Pushes you
  • Frightens you
  • Confuses you
  • Discourages you
  • Worries you
  • Obsesses you
  • Condemns you

(I wish I could give credit, but I have no idea who originally wrote this.)

I need to remember Who I am doing this for anyway.  And wait on Him.

I still might be checking my inbox every four to six seconds…  :)

Can a person explode from excitement and nervousness?  Ahhhhh!

In Him,


I did it! I submitted my manuscript!

My eyes are burning, I can barely see the computer screen through my squinty eyes, and I can’t believe how late it is.

But it doesn’t matter.

I did it.

I submitted my manuscript to Writer’s Edge.

Big Christian publishers, such as Bethany House, Thomas Nelson, Revell, and Tyndale, only accept manuscripts through agents.  Something I don’t have.  Yet.  But Writer’s Edge submits your work directly to those publishers and many more.  So now I’m waiting for the stampede to begin.  :)

If I get approved, that it.

I appreciate your prayers and emotional support!  This is where the sweat comes in, while I’m waiting on the tears or happy dance options.

I think the kids might very well be watching a movie tomorrow so I can rest.

If I ever get off this high cloud I’m on.  :)



My first blog post ever

Wow am I excited!  I’ve been scribbling away for years now, and I am finally ready to pursue publishing.  What have I written?  A Christian Zombie book.  Yep, you heard me correctly.

Christian.  Zombie.  Book.

Those of you who know me are probably laughing your heads off right about now.  Why?

Because I hate zombies.

Or anything scary.

The movie, Signs, with Mel Gibson, kept me awake for two weeks.  Two weeks.  My husband still makes fun of me since he says it wasn’t the least bit scary.  I beg to differ.

So, after a year of writing, rewriting, and editing, editing, editing, I asked my writers’ group to give it a once over, just in case I missed anything.  I knew I hadn’t; it was perfect, ingenious, divine–agents would be beating down my door to get their hands on this piece of perfection.  Ahem.  Apparently not the case.

I don’t know if you’ve written anything before, but the process is an exhilarating experience.  When I write, I float on a cloud of euphoria and marvel at the words streaming out of my fingertips into my keyboard.  God and I giggle a lot over what I’m writing.  Of course, He could be laughing at me…

Then I read it again and I’m like, “What the what?  Who wrote this crap?” and change everything a million times over again.

Then it is perfect.  (It really isn’t, but I think it is.) :)

I had spent one year on this puppy, and I knew, just knew, it was ready.  Sigh.  After my writers’ group made a million and one suggestions (I appreciate it SO much, guys, I do!) I revamped, rewrote, and re-edited.  NOW it is ready.  I think.

So this is my process.

I am going to submit it to The Writer’s Edge, a Christian publishing service who, after reviewing your work, will submit your book to a list of publishers you normally need an agent for.  The cost is 100 dollars. (

If that doesn’t work, I’m going to query a ton of agents.

If that doesn’t work, I’m going to beat down the doors (as in, electronically submit) to each and every publishing house I can find.

After that, self-publish on Createspace through

Whew!  Even I’m tired after looking at that list!

But for now, I am getting ready for a writing class in Fort Wayne this Saturday.  And I’ll most likely be signing up for an editing class through Taylor University.

Ok, time for a nap.  Right after I complete that list.

Talk to you later! :)


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