Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

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Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is the author of When We Were Worthy, The Things We Wish Were True and five previous novels. She speaks to women's groups around the US. She is the co-founder of the popular women's fiction site, She Reads www.shereads.org. Marybeth and her husband Curt have been married for 26 years and are the parents of six children. The family lives in North Carolina. Marybeth spends most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally escapes long enough to scribble some words. She is always at work on her next novel. You can find her at www.marybethwhalen.com. ...more

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Marybeth Mayhew Whalen Some aren't going to like this answer but I plot out my stories before I write. Now they aren't detailed outlines (shudder!) but they are a few brief …moreSome aren't going to like this answer but I plot out my stories before I write. Now they aren't detailed outlines (shudder!) but they are a few brief lines about what's going to happen next-- and next-- and next. I put them on index cards and then I put them in some sort of order so that when I sit down to write I don't have to come up with what's going to happen overall-- just what is going to happen on that scene on that index card. It helps me not feel overwhelmed. Scene by scene, card by card (with lots of changes in between) I manage to write a whole book. I like having the plot thought through beforehand, as it feels like a road map for the journey I am taking. I am not a fan of wandering. Must be my firstborn, type A personality! (less)
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The Things We Wish Were True

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When We Were Worthy

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Only Ever Her

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Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise, #1) by MaryLu Tyndall Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall
 
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When I Fall in Love (Christiansen Family, #3) by Susan May Warren When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren
 
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The Guest Book by Marybeth Whalen The Guest Book by Marybeth Whalen
 
  6 votes 14.0%

Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble
 
  5 votes 11.6%

Roadtrip to Redemption (Pawleys Island Paradise) by Laurie Larsen Roadtrip to Redemption by Laurie Larsen
 
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Where Yesterday Lives by Karen Kingsbury Where Yesterday Lives by Karen Kingsbury
 
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A Lady's Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, #1) by Laurie Alice Eakes A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes
 
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Tidewater Inn (Hope Beach, #1) by Colleen Coble Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble
 
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Chocolate Beach (Chocolate Series Book 1) by Julie Carobini Chocolate Beach by Julie Carobini
 
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