So, I want to start out by saying that writing for the Romance Readers’ Café has been a joy. It has stretched me as a writer and gave me a deadline every month—which I sometimes missed! But it gave me a chance to write about the things that were on my mind and heart in regard to writing, reading, and whatever else I loosely tied to the two! And I appreciate the opportunity to share with all of you.
But as often happens, seasons change. Never am I so aware of this than now in the rainy, waiting-for-summer, MN weather. I’ve found myself, personally and as a writer, changing tremendously since I started blogging at Romance Readers’ Café with these talented ladies. In the last year, I had a stroke that both devastated and strengthened me and my family, went through months of therapies to regain abilities in cognition and my left side, had heart surgery to repair a hole in my heart (the reason for the stroke), started a new job, went from thinking I’d never write again to being so blessed to sign with my dream agency and the most supportive, wonderful agent, Cynthia Ruchti, won two writing scholarships, and attended Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, something I never thought I would do. (Our own Karin Beery was there too! More on that later!)
It has been a mixed bag of sweet, painful, humbling, and awe-some as I take in the full glory of what God has done and is doing in my life.
After all that has happened, my writing couldn’t help but change too. While I still love romance in my reading and writing—the stories in my heart, pleading to be written, have transitioned into Contemporary Fiction/Women’s Fiction. It’s funny that it took my agent pointing it out to me to see that my stories have always been more about the woman’s journey and the tougher issues in life than it was about the romance. Don’t worry, the romance is still there! It’s just not the crux of the story.
Something that really struck me while nestled in the gorgeous redwoods of CA, attending Mount Hermon, was the talk about branding. As authors, we each have a “face” we’re presenting to the world. It’s what people can expect to see and get from us when they come to our social media platforms, our blogs, our books/writings, etc. We work to make sure we’re authentic, engaging, and appropriately representing the message we’re trying to share with our readers.
I will admit, I struggle with this. I struggle to figure out exactly who I am as a writer and who God wants me to be. What is it He wants to say through me? I think what I walked away with at the conference was a sense that He’s taking my writing in a direction I never set out to go, but I’m trusting Him on this journey. And, more importantly, my brand is “child of God,” first and foremost.
Prayers are appreciated as I continue writing a story much different than anything I’ve ever written before. It is NOT coming easily to me! But here I am. Asking the Lord to use my words.
So, with all of this being said, and as I’m elbow-deep in this writing project I hope to finish in the next couple of months, I’ve decided to step down from blogging on RRC. I’d love to be a guest in the future if there’s something I can offer. You can still find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mollie.rushmeyer and Instagram: @molliejoyrushmeyer. And I’ll certainly still be a RRC reader!
It has been an honor and a privilege. Hugs and prayers for you all!
Mollie Joy Rushmeyer
A born and bred Midwesterner, Mollie Rushmeyer makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband and two spunky, beautiful daughters. From a young age, she loved putting words to page and dreamed of becoming an author. As an inspirational contemporary romance and women’s fiction writer, she loves to bring stories of hope to messy, prodigal gals just like her.
She’s an active member of ACFW and is the Vice President of her local chapter. In her “spare” time she lives out her Lois Lane fantasies as a local print journalist, writes encouraging online content for Crosswalk and iBelieve, is an outdoors enthusiast, a passionate champion for the freedom of human trafficking victims, loves to sing and read, and enjoys full-time employment as a monkey-catcher… ahem, mommy.
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