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Allison Pittman is the author of For Time and Eternity, Stealing Home, the Crossroads of Grace series, and her nonfiction debut, Saturdays With Stella. A high-school English teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. She is also the co-president of a dynamic Christian writers group in the San Antonio, Texas area, where she makes her home with her husband and their three boys.

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Allison Pittman So...I literally JUST found out this feature exists on Goodreads. And I feel like a heel for letting your question linger for a year, but then I could…moreSo...I literally JUST found out this feature exists on Goodreads. And I feel like a heel for letting your question linger for a year, but then I couldn't let another minute go by without responding. (I guess I need to check in on Goodreads more often).
First--man, I hope you're still writing. Because I know exactly what you're dealing with. I've had at least 5 proposals rejected because somebody with a much bigger name than mine has a story releasing with the same theme, or setting, or ...something. It's a small playpen that we play in, so those overlaps can be killers. AND, I'm facing a bit of rejection for my next project now because...wait for it...I'm not visible enough on Social Media! (hint: I don't spend a lot of time on Goodreads). So, stumbling across your question right now is just like conviction for me in this moment. Look at all I miss out on because I get busy. I don't mean that i miss out on opportunities to promote myself and my books and my brand--I also miss out on opportunities to be encouraging to other writers who want to be where I am.
So--first. Don't let anything in the industry kill your idea. Ideas cycle. A few years ago publishers were like, "For the love of all that's holy, enough with the WWII books!" And, watch, in the next few years, everybody and their dog has a WWII book coming out.
All you can ever do is write what is in your heart to write. The story God plants in your brain is the story that will be fed by your soul and worked out by your hands and then, hopefully, will find an audience. If not--trust me. No amount of writing is a waste of time.
Are you a part of any kind of writing group? People who can give you more immediate feedback and encouragement? I could never have finished my first novel without a close group of fellow writers who encouraged me chapter by chapter.
Again--I am so sorry I didn't see this when you posted it, and i really, really hope there's some way that this timing is divine. Silence is the worst part of this business (saying this as someone who waited A YEAR to hear back about a proposed manuscript, and waiting now for one submitted months ago...) But, it's the worst part, and I feel like a creep for being an ambassador for the worst part. But the GREAT part is making connections between writers, so I hope i did just a bit of good today!
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Allison Pittman For real? Every time you see a character eating in one of my stories, chances are the food was my way of chipping the block away. Chances are I was ea…moreFor real? Every time you see a character eating in one of my stories, chances are the food was my way of chipping the block away. Chances are I was eating a Twizzler at the time, too.(less)
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This arm belongs to a man named Marty.

This summer, I'm finding myself taking an unexpected journey. Not a road trip, not a flight to an unknown city, no cross-country trek to the tune of "This Land is Your Land." No, my journey will take place within four walls (give or take), and I think I'm more nervous about it than I would be if I were to hit the open road without a road map.

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“So how could you ever eat another strawberry and not know that God loves you? I want you to think about that every time you eat a strawberry. Do you hear me?”
Allison K. Pittman, Lilies in Moonlight

“We live what God wants when He wants us to. He withholds joy for a time, then lavishes it all around. He shelters us from pain until He knows we'll live through it. The point is, what matters is this moment. How precious, precious time is. The past had to happen, and we cannot stop the future. Why, then, should we live with a spirit of fear and regret?”
Allison K. Pittman, Lilies in Moonlight

“They are not dead. They live, just as I do now. Just as I will tomorrow, and for the eternity to follow. The flame burns closer and closer to my fingers. On any other night, I would drop it, save my flesh. After all, I am la couturière. My hands are my trade, my life. But tonight my life has ended. My hands are useless to my salvation. I delight in the initial, sharp pain. It is exquisite, indulgent. A triumph of my consciousness over instinct. When the last word is consumed, the final corner of paper burned away, the ashes fall to the table. My flesh, however, remains. Intact, with only the promise of a blister. All pain erased.”
Allison Pittman, The Seamstress
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