Guest Blogger—Sharon Hinck

I have the privilege of kicking off a unique book tour for Sharon Hinck, who will be making appearances via interviews, reviews, or guest blog posts at various sites throughout the month of June.

    Sharon Hinck

Sharon’s debut novel is one I can’t help but have some interest in. Besides bearing my name (though the character and I, in fact, share nothing in common), The Secret Life of Becky Miller (Bethany, 2006) is a unique cross between women’s fiction and fantasy.

    Secret Life

I intended to post an excerpt from the first chapter—a wonderful beginning to the story that hooks a reader at the same time that it displays Sharon’s strong writing and interesting voice. But the very portions I intended to display are the same ones Sharon has at her web site. Take a minute to click on the link at the bottom of her post and read a brief sample of The Secret Life of Becky Miller.

Rather than repeating the novel excerpt, let me pass along what Sharon has said about her character and the struggle she faced:

She felt that as a Christian (with God’s
strength at her beck and call) she should be able to perform at a superhuman
level. She demanded it of herself.

Yet when God calls us to rely on His strength, He’s not inviting us to take His place. To try to BE God. He’s promising the resources we need as His little children doing our humble, clumsy best for Him.

I look forward to more of Sharon’s work, for several reasons. If you haven’t already, I think you’ll see why as you read what she has to say about her first novel.
Hi, Becky! [That would be me, the real one. 😉 ]

Thanks for inviting me to kick off the June blog tour for my debut novel, The Secret Life of Becky Miller.

I appreciate your help in building buzz for The Secret Life of Becky Miller, because as a first-time novelist, it’s a challenge to spread the word.

I enjoyed meeting you at Mount Hermon, where we both talked about our passion for Christian fantasy and speculative fiction. My first writer’s conference I brought my first manuscript—a fantasy novel. It was discouraging watching the faces of editors when I’d tell them about the project. As soon as I said the word “fantasy” they stiffened and began to explain how difficult it is for them to get their publishing boards to look at a fantasy genre in the current market climate.

They were all very gracious, but encouraged me to explore other genres while I waited for opportunities in the CBA to open more fully for fantasy. In spite of that, I wrote two more books in my fantasy series while my agent circulated the first book and I began my collection of rejection letters.

Then I decided to compromise, and write a book where I could weave at least an element of fantastical thinking into a more marketable genre. I’ve always loved the short story, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and decided to play with the idea of a soccer mom with wild daydreams of dragons and castles, Scottish moors, secret agent missions, and battles with ninjas. That manuscript got the enthusiastic support of Bethany House, and the book is releasing this month. It’s mom-lit with a bit of a twist. Here’s the back-cover blurb:

Faster than a speeding minivan, able to leap piles of laundry in a single bound. It’s a bird, it’s a plane. It’s Supermom!

Move over, Walter Mitty. Here comes Becky Miller. A young mother with grandiose daydreams and a longing to do “Big Things for God” searches for direction amid the chaos of daily life and the disappointment of failed opportunities.

Becky’s rich fantasy life helps her cope with the pressure to be a Wonderful Wife and Marvelous Mom. But she keeps hearing the tape play:

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it: support your husband when he loses his job, nurture an eccentric circle of friends, raise perfect Christian children, live a life full of grand Purpose, all while standing on your head and whistling Dixie. Your fantasy will self-destruct in five seconds.”

You can read an excerpt at my website. 🙂

I thought it was VERY appropriate to kick off my month-long blog tour with Becky Miller’s namesake. Thank you for sharing your name with my character, and inviting me to your blog today.

Please post any questions or comments you may have, and I’ll stop by again later today to respond.


Have a blessed day!
Sharon Hinck …
…stories for the hero in all of us
The Secret Life of Becky Miller (Bethany House, 2006)

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