Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Landon Snow Blog Tour Day 3

CSSF Blog Tour

One more plug today for the great kids' fantasy series about a boy named Landon Snow. The third story Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum has recently been released.

I thought this might encourage some of the writers in our midst!

From the website:
Q: Are you a full-time novelist?

R.K.: Yes-I'm often working on a novel in my head from when I wake up until I go to bed.

No-My time spent at my computer writing averages between 1 and 2 hours a day. And for pay purposes? Well, it took me over 10 years to get my first publishing contract, and with the remuneration received from it so far I could almost support my family for one month.

Q: What is your day job?

R.K.: I am an active-duty chaplain in the U. S. Navy. I deployed for six months in 1999 aboard a carrier battle group from San Diego to the Persian Gulf. I was a destroyer squadron chaplain, meaning I visited ships that did not have their own chaplain onboard. I would fly by helicopter (the "Holy Helo" with a chaplain onboard) from the aircraft carrier to other ships and stay a few days conducting worship services, Bible studies and personal counseling.

After 2 years as squadron chaplain I went to Okinawa, Japan for 3 years with the Marines (Navy chaplains serve Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard communities). With the Marines I visited 10 other countries in Southeast Asia. Currently I serve as a staff chaplain at the base chapel in Mayport, Florida.

Q: What one piece of advice do you have for aspiring writers?

R.K.: Keep dreaming and driving toward your publishing goal. Second piece of advice: Attend a writers conference to network and learn about writing and the publishing industry.

UPDATE: Mortenson has recently left his post as a Navy chaplain and taken a ministerial position in a South Dakotan church. Hopefully this will spark his creativity even more (you have to admit there is more SNOW in South Dakota than Florida for him to LAND-ON) (Okay, that was a very sad joke, but I made you smile, didn't I? C'mon....)

Check out the following blogs for more info:
Janey DeMeo
Jim Black
Jackie Castle
Frank Creed
Gene Curtis
Chris Deanne
April Erwin
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Leathel Grody
Karen Hancock
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Sharon Hinck
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Karen and at Karen's myspace
Oliver King
Tina Kulesa
Lost Genre Guild
Kevin Lucia
Rachel Marks
Shannon McNear
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Caleb Newell
John Otte
Cheryl Russel
Hanna Sandvig
Mirtika Schultz
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Chris Walley
Daniel I. Weaver

Think the books sound like a great Christmas gift for your kids or a family you love? Mirtika Schultz is giving away a set of all THREE Landon Snow books. Go on over and post a comment saying you want to be entered in her contest!

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