My Writings

Welcome to the place where I post chapters, sneak peaks, Easter eggs, and background to my writings

~ my first novel ~
My gorgeous watercolor cover, credit to Mandy Cave for the painting and Michael Foley for the text. You can find it on Goodreads, Amazon, & my CreateSpace e-store.


My Pinterest collage ...

Genre: Christian Contemporary

SynopsisGemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she's been evicted, she finds herself sleeping in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.

The Martins aren't a typical family—even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.


When Gemma's past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins' trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins' love and God's forgiveness go?

Status: Published! It is a total of 103,000 words with 34 chapters. My goal of having the first printing by the holidays went by the wayside. I decided I value my sanity, the book's quality, and my relationships with friends more than an intense deadline. February 4, 2017 was the finalized release date.
Here is a Pinterest picture found through one of my alpha readers that basically sums up what I imagine the main girl, Gemma Ebworthy, to look like. But it's more than just what she looks like. It's what her eyes are saying--everything she's been through. The story is told primarily from her POV. If she does not immediately call out to you, there's something wrong.



I'm going to confess, I don't really listen to much music while I write because I will always end up typing the lyrics or looking up the composer. But, since I always have all my blossoming stories at the back of my mind, songs will suddenly strike me as fitting a certain story. Originally, I had only selected four songs:

  • Brave by Josh Groban
  • A Mother's Prayer by Keith & Kristyn Getty
  • For Good from Wicked
  • You Are More by Tenth Avenue North

Thanks to Spotify I now have entire playlists to share for all of my novels.



~ a 2016 Camp NaNoWriMo WIP ~
A retelling of Pandora's Box, this is a fully drafted novella. Its expected Kindle publication is July 29, 2017. Who doesn't want the interesting blend of a myth retold in medieval England? Cover made by the lovely Anika Joy!


Here's my original visual from Pinterest:


And the music:

~ a handwritten WIP ~
This obscure idea is inspired purely from all the aesthetic things in life that make me happy. It's plot consists of much coffee, blogging, flowers, Europe, and a literal journey for inspiration :) I have writing this in a beautiful notebook since May 2016.


~ a 2016 NaNoWriMo WIP ~
I've had this story in the back of my brain for a while. It just lacked a plot. But when all of you guys decided on Christian dystopian for my first NaNo novel, I knew it was time for this one. Hope you like the visual, because it's all I've had for a long time. Now I also have a half-completed messy first draft.


~ an idea ~
This is one of my oldest story ideas that I've yet to develop into a mature plot. However, the plot includes pirates and the theme is indecision. Here is a sneak peak of what my secret Pinterest storyboard looks like :)


~an idea~
Of all my story ideas, this one may have the most potential. And it also borders the closest on fantasy for me. My short story below contains characters that will appear in here one day. Suffice it to say for now that it takes place on an English coast and is the home of many tears and soul-searching journeys, all revolving around the unlikelihood of a single friendship and a family secret.


Prompt: don't jump to conclusions via Bethany R.

A Place Called Lonesome
Prompt: use the title A Place Called Lonesome from Willowy Whisper

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This is where you leave me an awesome comment and tell me what you're working on. I promise I really do want to know! And I'll even edit it if you let me (see my editing page).

28 comments:

  1. I am working on a co-written novel! I'm doing my Wednesday post on it this week! It's really awesome! I love your blog by the way!

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    1. Thanks so much, Rachael! Your novel sounds awesome! I'll have to go check it out :D

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  2. I'm working on my first novel right now...it's still in the researching//outlining//planning stage. :) I'm excited though! Maybe in 6-8 months I'll have you edit it for me. :D I would love that though!!

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    1. I would love to look at it whenever you're ready! Good for you, planning it all out beforehand. I only outlined about the first half of my book before I started writing, so now I'm working on planning pt 2 :P But planning at all is new for me, because I've only ever scribbled snippets just for fun :D Firsts are so exciting!!

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    2. That would awesome! :) I'm not doing a ton of planning, but it is easier to write when you have some idea of what you're writing! I read a tip that said it's best to write your last sentence in your book first and that helps you to know sort of where you're going to go with it...so I'll probably try that! :) And yes! Firsts are really exciting! :)

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    3. Hehe. Yeah, I still don't know exactly where I'm ending my book, so I'll have to make sure and plan it soon :)

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  3. I should have mentioned that the short story was a leap of faith into a style of writing that is NOT common to me. AND the challenge was to make it revolve around the moral "don't jump to conclusions." :D

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    1. And the characters I used may or may not appear in a future novel of mine . . .

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    2. May or may not? *dramatic music*

      But I loved your story! The details were very concrete, which allowed me to picture the setting very well. :) The theme was also very clear, which I liked.

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    3. Yay!! I figured I might as well use the scene I had in my head since it might never make it into a novel and I was very proud of how quickly it turned out the way I wanted it to :D Short stories are NOT my thing . . .

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  4. This was a truly beautifully written story, Abigayle! I could see your setting perfectly in my mind's eye. Now I'm inspired to get back to my writing again... Obviously I have tons of time, since I'm totally current on our family blog (not). I may send you stuff, though, if you truly enjoy editing and would be willing to give me feedback. Accountability is always helpful to me.

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    1. Thanks, Lydia! I'm so glad you liked it!! Yes, you have to keep writing, although I know how the very little time thing goes. I would love it if you would send me your work! Accountability is what I'm here for :) I'll leave a comment on your blog with my e-mail since I don't have my mail button working here . . . still. :P

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  5. All of your stuff sounds awesome, Abi! Any chance we'll be hearing more about Cabin Girl or Birthright soon? They sound really good :).
    I'm working on a fairy tale retelling called 'Killing Snow' at the moment, and I'm having a lot of fun (but that could change whenever I start edits ...)!

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    1. Pooooooooooossibly ;) Thank you!

      That sounds awesome. Snow White? Someday I will start reading fairy tales again and come up with something really obscure to retell :) I hope you love it even through the edits. I'd love to help you with it if it would be helpful :D

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    2. You're welcome!

      Ooo, you should totally do that! Retellings are really fun to write :). And I will be needing beat readers sometimes in the next few months (I'm shooting for August/September), so I'll let you know exactly when and see if it works for you :). But I would love to have your help when that time comes!

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  6. I've been seeing picture's of Martin Hospitality's cover all around the blogging-tweeting world and man, I'm glad I came over to read the synopsis! Such a cool idea. :D
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    1. Thank you, Jeneca! I'm so glad it was spamming your feed enough to lure you to the synopsis ;)

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  7. Ah, I really want to read Andora's Folly, Cabin Girl and Birthright. PLEAAASSSEEEEE!!!

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    1. Of course, madame! Just ... not quite yet :P But eventually, I promise!! <3

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    2. *sighs impatiently* I shall wait for your greatness then. ;)

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  8. I've seen your book, Martin Hospitality on just about every blog I go on!! (=

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    1. Really?! That's so amazing! Thanks for commenting, Laura ^.^

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  9. I love your projects! It's so neat to see what you are working on. ;) And after reading Martin Hospitality, it's also really special to see the pictures that inspired it. Of your other project Simply Jane Smith looks really cute.

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    1. Thanks, Kate :) I love sharing little things about them as I can. I'm glad it adds now that you've read MH :D Thanks! I don't get to work on that one as much as I'd like, and it still needs some development, but ... hopefully someday it will find its place on a shelf ^.^

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  10. Is Andora's Folly going to be published solely on Kindle or will you have copies printed?

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    1. For now, just Kindle. I hope to do paperback eventually. Maybe I'll have time to work on the extra formatting and cover details that requires in the fall :)

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  11. Wow, you are very talented!

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