Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Interview With Stephen Bly and Book Giveaway!!


Well, for an author interview today, we have Stephen Bly. He is a well-known author of western books. My younger brother likes to read his Brannon series:)
He has offered to give one of my readers his new book, A Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon.


Thank you for being with us today, !
How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
Since one day in December, 1976, when I received two checks in the mail for articles that my wife, Janet, submitted on my behalf..from two different magazine editors. Several years later she nudged me to attempt a book proposal, after she began attending Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. My very first published book was nonfiction, Radical Discipleship, by Moody Press, 1981.

Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?

Here's the blurb on my newest release, Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon: A 10-year-old boy. Six old cowboys. A '49 Plymouth with open trunk. A damsel in distress. All the fixings for adventure in 1954 Albuquerque. Maybe you weren't born 100 years too late.

I believe this is a great story for western fiction fans of all ages. Both guys and gals will enjoy the cross, generational drama..and feel like they're reading this while sitting in a worn, brown leather divan in the lobby of the Matador Hotel in Albuquerque.

When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?

That my story and the interaction of the characters has in some way prepared his or her heart to receive spiritual truth. That message can be different for each book, every reader. Along the way, I hope I've also entertained them...made them laugh, made them tear up a bit.

Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monum
ent, overseas, etc?
One place I've never gotten to that I always wanted to visit: Yellowknife, Canada. It's on the edge of the Arctic, located on the shores of the beautiful Great Slave Lake, in the heart of the wilderness, and home to about 20,000 people. It's known for it's midnight sun, aurora borealis and an unusual blend of northern culture. I've heard it also has an interesting golf course.

If you could have dinner with 2 people, who would they be?
My mom and dad. I'd like to bring them up to date on what's happening in my life and with my family. What a great reunion we have to look forward to.

What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?

I would love to land on the moon and hit a golf ball into a crater or over some gorge. That would make a fun mark to leave.

Do you have a favorite hobby?

I collect antique Winchesters, just like the ones my historical characters carry and shoot.

Is ther
e something about you most people wouldn't know?
My very favorite Christian devotional writer is Janet Chester Bly.

Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?

Get thee to at least one writer's conference per year...to take the classes, to get a feel for the real world of publishing today, to meet editors, publishers, and become friends with other writers. The resources are invaluable and well worth the cost.

Any last thoughts for your readers?

No matter what sort of ups and downs, success or failure, comes with the publishing of many books...to me, all of it is an 'added thing,' not the main importance of life. That principle comes from my life verse: "seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

And how can they connect with you?

Check out my website.

Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you!!

READERS- To enter the giveaway, leave a comment stating whether you like to golf:) This is a fun entry here. I know we will get some interesting comments but this is the mandatory entry. This way I know people are really reading this. If this entry is not done, none of the extra entries count.

EXTRA ENTRIES-
1.Be a follower of my blog.
2.Become a subscriber through my RSS Feed.
3.Become a subscriber on Twitter.
4.Tweet about this giveaway. Can be done twice a day.
5.Blog about this or post on Facebook.
6.Become a subscriber or a follower of Stephen Bly's blog.
7.Become a follower of Stephen Bly on Twitter.

You have to leave a separate comment for each entry you do. I cannot add up entries if you don't let me know what you have done.

This giveaway will end 6/15. Winner will be chosen through Random.org.

39 comments:

Judylynn said...

I do not like to play golf!

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Judylynn said...

I am a follower.

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Judylynn said...

I follow Stephen Bly's blog.

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Judylynn said...

I follow Stephen on Twitter.

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Mystee said...

I've never played golf before.

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Mystee said...

I'm an old follower of your blog

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Mystee said...

I follow you on twitter

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Mystee said...

I follow Stephen Bly's blog

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Mystee said...

I follow Stephen Bly on twitter

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Marjorie said...

I live right beside a golf course, however,
I do not golf.

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Marjorie said...

I follow by google reader.

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Karen Lange said...

The only golf I've ever played is miniature golf, which I don't mind, so maybe I'd like 'real' golf:)
Blessings,
Karen
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Karen Lange said...

I follow your blog:)
Karen
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karenk said...

i like to miniture golf...does that count :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

debbie said...

I don't play golf, I just don't like it.
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debbie said...

I am a gfc follower.
debbie
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Mystica said...

I dont play golf as I have never had the opportunity.

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Mystica said...

I follow on GFC

Esther Y.M. said...

I've never played golf. So i don't really know or understand the game.

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Esther Y.M. said...

I am a GFC follower :)

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Esther Y.M. said...

I also subscribe viw RSS feed.

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Esther Y.M. said...

I already follow you on twitter :)

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Esther Y.M. said...

I have tweeted today :)

http://twitter.com/estherym

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Esther Y.M. said...

Am following Stephen on twitter


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Esther Y.M. said...

I have tweeted again today :)

http://twitter.com/estherym

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Tammy G. said...

Would love to read this book!

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Tammy G. said...

I follow Stephen Bly's blog.

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Tammy G. said...

I also facebooked about this page/interview.

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Trinity Rose said...

Greetings,
I'm a great fan of Stephen's.
I have never golfed, so i don't know if I would like it or not.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Blessings,
Trinity Rose
wandaelaine at gmail dot com

Trinity Rose said...

I'm a follower of your blog.

wandaelaine at gmail dot com

Trinity Rose said...

I subscribe to your RSS feed

wandaelaine at gmail dot com

Trinity Rose said...

I follow Stephen Bly's blog

wandaelaine at gmail dot com

Trinity Rose said...

I follow Stephen Bly on Twitter.

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A J Hawke said...

I enjoy golfing and also would love to see and golf the course at Yellowknife.

Ajhawkeauthor[at]aol[dot]com

tina reynolds said...

I have tried once or twice but I am not any good thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

i follow on gfc

tina reynolds said...

i subscribe thanks for the chance

Charity said...

And the winner is Karen Lange!! Congrats!!

Karen Lange said...

Thank you! I am excited, can't wait to read Mr. Bly's book:)
Thanks and blessings,
Karen

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