Monday, February 28, 2011

Oh, she did not just do that!

There I was mid-stride. My heart pounded and I could feel the sweat coming on. I rounded the corner thinking my run was almost complete, but then realized I wasn't even close.

I wore tall black boots, a pretty black church dress, and had my hair done just so. A speaker at the oak pulpit spoke on the heavenly attribute of gratitude.

Now, this might not seem to be the perfect setting for running a race. But yesterday, that is exactly what my three year old forced me to do.

Hubby was out in the hall with Little Number 4, and all was well in the Fechner Family pew. But suddenly Little Number 3 glanced up at me with a look of pure mischief, and I knew trouble was brewing. In seconds she was out of the pew and had dashed down the aisle.

I walked calmly out of the chapel after her, but then my pace increased when I saw she had no intention of stopping. She darted back in through the gym and was in the chapel in no time. I had no choice but to begin a very unladylike chase.

After about three mortifying trips around the congregation, finally a kind lady reached out and stopped miss Little so I could catch up to her. We marched straight to a unused classroom, and had words. And after church Miss Little sat in a chair with her arms folded until I was confident she had demonstrated she knew how to be reverent in church. Believe me when I say I don't think this situation will be happening again.

But then, I never thought it would happen in the first place. I NEVER thought I would be that mother chasing her naughty kids around the chapel like a wild woman.

Have your children embarrassed you? Please, for my sanity, share a mortifying experience your children have graciously bestowed upon you.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Welcome new followers from the blog, I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. So glad you dropped by. Check things out and good luck in the giveaway!

For my regular readers, check out the author interview with me on the above-mentioned blog. I am super excited about this interview because "Inspired Kathy's" blog has thousands of followers. Plus, she has about five giveaways every single day. It's definitely a place you'll want to check out if you like free books. And who doesn't like free books?

Friday, February 25, 2011


Become a follower in the next couple hours and you could win a signed copy of "Meg's Melody" by Kaylee Baldwin. I draw for a winner at 4:00 (west coast time).

And the Winner is...


Please leave a message Judy and we'll connect on how I can get your book to you!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Celebrating the small accomplishments

The day I saw "Growing Up Gracie" and held it for the first time was one of the most wonderful days of my life. It was the culmination of hours spent writing, editing, rewriting, and then lots of weeks HOPING someone would think it was worthy of being published. It was a wonderful moment.

But today's post is dedicated to some of the other moments that precede the big payoff (and I'm talking emotional payoff here, not financial :) of starting with an idea and seeing it through to the final stage in the book world.

Life can often get us down between page 1 of a new manuscript and a book on the shelf in Barnes and Noble. So, in the meantime, I think writers need to celebrate the small accomplishments.

As a writer, what are some of the smaller milestones you celebrate?

-Hitting certain word counts? 20K. 50K. 80K. etc.
-Finishing a rough draft is a huge one for me. Nothing feels better than typing the THE END on my last page.
-In revising, my small accomplishment comes when I feel my book is ready enough to go out to my first readers.
-Another small celebration comes for me when my book is finally done with my revisions and ready to be submitted.
-Query Letter done--ANOTHER reason to celebrate!
-Rejetions--Um, no. No celebration there.
-Acceptance letter. HUGE celebration. In my opinion, this one is only slightly behind the actual book release in excitement factor.
-Then you can celebrate when your editor is done working through your MS.
-You'll definitely want to celebrate the release of your cover.
-And finally the LONG AWAITED day will arrive that you will have the grandest celebration of all-----You are a published author!

Share some of your small celebrations in writing with me.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Meg's Melody Review and GIVEAWAY--It's a race!

Taken from Kaylee Baldwin's blog:
She paced the small confines of her bathroom as she waited the obligatory two minutes for the result. Yet, part of her sensed the truth. Not only did Austin take her self-esteem and plans for happiness, but he also took her get-out-of-this-marriage-free card.

The plus sign glared at Meg from the white plastic frame of the pregnancy test. The test fell from her hands and clattered into the bathtub as Meg’s back slid against the wall until she reached the floor.

“I’m pregnant,” she said into the quiet.

Meg never imagined she'd end up like this. With nowhere else to turn, she's forced to rely on the family she pushed away, the church she abandoned, and an unexpected friendship to help her find her forgotten melody. Meanwhile Matt is still mourning the loss of his wife. But determined to keep things together for his daughter's sake, he decides starting over in a new place might be just what his family needs.

Meg's Melody by Kaylee Baldwin is a delightful new LDS romance novel. The book's characters are amazingly relatable; the flow is easy and quick-paced; and the conclusion is one you'll wait anxiously for on the edge of your seat.

This book pulled me in from the start. Meg seems to be left behind again and again in her life, and I think that is something we can all relate to at one point or another. She is jealous of her sister's marriage, her mother's and sister's close relationship, and everyone else who's lives seem to fall perfectly into place.

Still, I loved how Meg took a fighter's stance at her circumstances and plunged on ahead even when there was little hope things would turn out okay.

The romance element is great too, and I found myself hating one possible suitor and cheering for the other. I'm sure you'll do the same when you read it!

AND speaking of reading it, here's your chance to get it free. I have an author signed copy that I would love to give away to a reader.

Here's the rules:
1. Check out Kaylee Baldwin's site here and leave a comment on her most recent post.
2. Get three people to become followers of Mommy's Always Write. (If you are already a follower, you only have to get two more to check out my blog).
3. So after your friends click "follower" they must leave a comment after this post, Something like this: "Hey. I'm Mrs. Witherspoon's Friend and I'm A Follower of Your Blog!"

The first person who does it wins the signed Meg's Melody and I'll mail it to you!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Book Signing!!!

I'll be at Aunties Bookstore Friday night at 7 in downtown Spokane.

Come visit me for an author discussion, Q&A and book signing.

I hope to see you there!

Burning the midnight oil

I'm almost done First Readers. I have been working hard night and day this week and I am so ready to get this novel into your hands.

I made a promise that I would be done Friday, and I think it's going to happen.

The three week break is looking like the lottery right about now. My kids and my house need it!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Spotted in Boise Airport

Where have you spotted "Growing Up Gracie?"

Monday, February 14, 2011

Make way, I'm coming through!

I am going full-steam ahead on my manuscript right now, with minimal breaks for lazy Internet time.

I promised my first readers the MS would be in their hands by Friday. Wish me luck, and if I get done early, I'll post before Friday!

In the meantime, come visit me THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (7 p.m.) at Aunties Bookstore (downtown Spokane) for an author talk and book signing. I'd love to see you there!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

What's on my nightstand?

I'm reading "Meg's Melody" by Kaylee Baldwin. I'll be bringing you a review soon and an awesome chance at winning an autographed copy of her book. I'll give you a hint, the winner has got to be fast...

I know you all are readers too, so what's on your nightstand?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Help me PLEASE!

Does this sound like the plea of someone in serious need? Well, then you heard it right. I need you!

I am having a serious case of, let's see, what shall we call it? Senioritis, procrastination, lack of will power, brain fart????

To put it in layman's terms, I am being lazy! I am having such a hard time with my final revisions on my current work in progress. The day to deliver the novel to my first readers has come and passed on my calendar, and I'm still not there yet.

How do you buckle down and get done that job you really need to finish? Any suggestions?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Back to your roots

Since becoming a published author, the number one comment I hear from folks is this: "I've always wanted to write a book."

Here are some of the other comments I've heard:
"I would love to be an author, but I just don't have time."
"I'm going to write a book some day."
"I would love to write, but my thoughts just don't sound good on paper."

A neat thing about the world of literature, is that it isn't uber competitive like the world of photography. Each person in the world can buy multiple books whereas each family in the world will probably only afford one photographer.

So I am all for many of you fulfilling your writing dreams!

Here are a couple words of advice to those folks. AND a little disclaimer here: this advice is coming from a life-long WRITER. Not an author (I've only been that for a few months now, so I can hardly offer advice from that perspective).

As you can see by my author's picture, I recently went "back to my roots" quite literally. And you know what? My roots surprised me. I had no idea my hair was that dark. However, I'm enjoying being a brunette for the time being.

For those wanting to write, I would suggest starting there: At their roots. Pull up a Microsoft Word document and just start writing. It may be about a memory you had as a child; it may be a character description that has been bouncing around in your head for years; it may be a fantasy world you've always wanted to create.

Don't start out by trying to write the world's greatest epic novel. Don't search for what is most "marketable" right now and head off in that genre. Just write at your core: what feels the most natural and what simply flows out of you when you're at the keyboard.

Trust me, you can worry about figuring the rest out later. For instance, I realize "Growing Up Gracie" isn't HUGE on plot. However it was what was in my heart. "Gracie" had been screaming at me from the inside out for a long time. I wrote what was AT MY ROOTS and luckily a few other folks thought it was worthwhile too.

The book I'm writing now is definitely at my roots. Quite literally in some aspects, as several of the stories in the novel are loosely based on my awesome ancestors.

So what's at your writing roots? Is it a magical fantasy land? A journal entry about how stinking stressed out you are? Or something else entirely.

Do share...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


The winner of my New Author Blog Hop giveaway is:

Ben and Ana!

The reader was selected using They received a $15 Amazon gift card. Thank you to those who signed up and good luck in my next giveaway!

Your Monthly Check Up

So, I heard recently that most New Year's Resolutions never even make it to February. Can you believe it? We set out to do something for a whole year and can't even press on for 31 days?

Well, your Resolution Solution is here. I wanted to do a quick check up and see where everyone was at.

Here are the results of my own exam: and don't worry, this one does not require a rubber glove! I've combined my "professional" and "personal" goals here.

*Revise The Letters Never Sent and submit it to the publisher.
-I have delved into this full force and am painstakingly cutting, pasting, re-verbing, and pulling out my hair (my newly brunette hair that is).

*Finish a rough draft of Danielle, Never The Bride. I am at 10,000 words (out of 75K).
-I hit 20K before delving into revisions on Work In Progress Number 1. Oh yeah. Oh yeah!

*Try to attend LDS Storymakers Conference.
-Well, I couldn't have a completely spotless bill of health, now could I? I won't be attending this conference. I decided it was a little too selfish of an expense for this year. There are many things my family is more in need of. But hey, there's always next year!

*Get started on our long-term savings.
-Oh, I've gotten started on it all right! Started spending it, that is. See, this is why we need to regroup monthly.

*And finally the only resolution that really related to health: See a number on the scale that I haven't seen in a couple years.
-It's on the horizon! I've lost about four pounds and have about 10 to go.

Let me be YOUR Resolution Solution. Here is your check in. How's it going? Are you following through with your New Year's Resolutions? (I accept all major insurances). And if you become a "follower" I will wave the Dr.'s fee entirely. Just teasing! Comment people.