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Connie was born and raised in Seattle Washington but recently moved to Montana. She lives with her husband and her three dogs and enjoys any activity which will get her outdoors. Connie has two sons who have successfully graduated from college. Her oldest works as a wildland fire fighter in Montana while the other is in Georgia in the Army.
Title: 1000 Sacred Moments
Author: Connie Ann Michael
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance / Military Fiction
Release Date: 7/21/2020
Every moment is sacred, even the hard ones.
Sawyer and Raven are finally happily married and living by the beach in California, but things are far from perfect. Unsettled with “normal” civilian life, Sawyer feels called back to the battlefield. With Raven’s reluctant agreement, Sawyer deploys with a helicopter medic group.
Raven struggles with letting her go again, the nightmares of her last deployment never far from his thoughts, but when their close friends, Thommy and Vanessa, announce they are expecting a baby, Raven begins to wonder if Sawyer is searching for more than just her next deployment.
As a former prisoner-of war, Sawyer suffered life changing injuries that leave her unable to have children. Now that their best friends are expecting, Sawyer’s questioning her ability to give Raven the family he desperately wants—and deserves. It seems everyone is moving forward in their lives while she continues to go backward, hoping the next life she saves will fill the hole in her heart. But the middle of a battlefield is the last place she expected to discover the doctors were wrong, and God has other plans.
Where and when and how did the writing life begin for you?
My writing life began when my two boys hit the latter part of high school. I had spent so much time entertaining, shuttling, and basically providing for their every need, that when they became more independent I needed something to do. I have always been a writer, jotting stories in notebooks since elementary school, so I dug those story starters out and began seeing what I could do with them.
How has the journey to this point been? Can you give us a basic rundown?
My publishing journey has been bumpy, although it led me to Anaiah so I can't complain. I have learned to be true to my heart and not allow others to encourage change for success, God leads us down many tempting paths but we need to stay true to our faith and success will come in many forms.
What's been the hardest part of your writing/publishing experience so far? And the most enjoyable?
Hardest part for me is the editing process. Going back through the stories and changing things and keeping track of story lines, while usually in the midst of writing something else is mind boggling sometimes. Also my editor has a way of sending me my edits right at the end of the school year when I am super busy, ha ha. The most enjoyable part, of course, is the final book sitting on Amazon.
Would you go back and change anything?
No, I am a firm believer that every step we take leads us on the path we are suppose to be on and we learn from everything.
Where would you like to be in 5 years time? And 10? Or, what are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to keep trudging along. Continue to write and enjoy my new grandson.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to new writers just starting out?
I would tell them to be true to their story. Don't let a publisher tell them that they will be more successful if they sell out and change their story to be something that isn't true to them.
And most importantly...
Ketchup or Mayo? - Ketchup
Night or Day? - Morning
Inside or Outside? - Outside
Dogs or Cats? - Both
Twitter or Facebook? - Facebook
e-book or Paperback? - e-book, I can carry hundreds of books with me everywhere
Sun or Rain? - Sun
Keyboard or Pencil & Notebook? - Keyboard
Comedy or Drama? - Drama
Chips or Chocolate? - Chocolate
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