Bernadette Botz

Author, Poet, Closet Theologian, www.bernadettebotz.com
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I published my first book in October of 2019, an allegory for young teens about spiritual warfare and friendship. My WIP is set to release in early 2022. I have five grown kids, one grandson, and the best husband in the whole wide world.

Finished Manuscript

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It's so weird when days like this come.Β 

The new edition of my first book is live on Amazon. The audio edition is in edits.

I finished my second manuscript today - two weeks ahead of the deadline for my editor. (The Mamas - Smoking in the Boys Room and Other Short Stories of Women and Friendship.)Β 

Soon, I'll have two books in the world.

I'm surrounded by amazing people I love so much it hurts, but they don't know how to celebrate these big wins. Frankly, neither do I.Β 

Writing is hard work, and I need to learn to celebrate the days that mark the hours and hours I spend alone behind a closed door.Β 

What do you do to celebrate?Β  Just wondering.

Still Looking for Illustrator

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Illustrator Wanted,
To draw a beta fish.
People of all kinds.
Sheep and lambs, a wish
Border Collie puppies
A car, a house, a barn.
A child on his father's lap.
A tear both wet and warm.

Thanks! πŸ™‚

New Edition Just Released!

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https://www.amazon.com/Liar-Based-Everyones-True-Story/dp/1733488413

This is the updated edition of the book I wrote for my kids as they struggled with their faith in Christ. Twelve to Fifteen is the target age, but it's about spiritual warfare and friendship, so parents - be advised.Β  It's set in Arthurian times and has quite a romance in it. (A call to virtue in women and valor in men.) Many teaching points and conversation starters are purposefully written in, and as I wrote it as a homeschool read-aloud, the opening pace is very gentle. For me, the best praise I have for this book is not John Townsend's endorsement, (Truly thankful!) but that kids in this age range are reading the book many times.
I confess I'm not marketing this book. I'm still pushing all the buttons over there on my website (www.bernadettebotz.com) and on my iphone, as Thomas suggested.Β 

Audio coming soon - recording team locations:
bedroom closet, hallway, and bathroom. THAT was fun!

Thanks for all your support, and for being a safe place to practice my craft.
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Illustrator Wanted

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Illustrator Wanted,
To draw a beta fish.
People of all kinds.
Sheep and lambs, a wish
Border Collie puppies
A car, a house, a barn.
A child on his father's lap.
A tear both wet and warm.

Thanks! πŸ™‚
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Note to #ThomasUmstadttJr

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Hi, Thomas,
I'm happy to wait for the webinar you and Alex are going to do to help me find the right genre for my book, but I thought I'd throw out some bullet points on why I'm struggling so much.

The stories in my book are short stories that pull from real-life experiences.
Some of those stories would get me sued if I wrote them in perfect truth.
Some of the stories are so personal that I feel more comfortable making them happen to another person. (You know.... "asking for a friend.")
Some of the stories are too personal for my kids, but they WANT the stories told - just using fictional names.

Here are a few troublesome chapters:
  1. Β One of the Mamas in the book (Title - 'The Mamas') doesn't trust anyone because of the trauma she experienced at the hands of a pedophile teacher from junior high. She's terrified to leave her kids anywhere and with anyone. As a result, she becomes enmeshed with them and parents from a standpoint of fear. That Mama is me. The teacher was convicted and, after 30 years of abusing kids, went to prison. How do I write about this? That man has paid his debt to society and is a registered sex offender. (I also just want to comfort anyone finding this hard to read. I'm free. I'm in Christ. I'm okay.)
  2. One of the Mamas was in an abusive relationship with a "friend." The friend ended up bilking her for $10,000. While that Mama was able to disentangle herself from that "friend," it made her unable to trust women. (Especially those calling themselves Christian.) I know I can't write that story without blowing the moocher's cover, but this is an important chapter for many reasons. What in the world do I do?
It's probably still hard for you to answer this question. Maybe you have a podcast on writing memoir? The legalities involved? How to write a memoir that's actually fiction?

Pffftttt... my brain is now finished for the day. Thanks for all you do. So thankful to be tucked in here!

Bernadette
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