MBM: Writing the Movie in Your Head by Gerald N. Lund

Welcome to the eleventh day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS! (Full explanation and schedule here.) 

Today, my favorite author of all time is here. Gerald N. Lund is my favorite for many reasons, but foremost, because he’s my dad. :)

His books include fiction, non-fiction, dystopian, contemporary YA, and doctrinal discourses. He’s best known for his religious historical fiction including The Work and the Glory series (which have had a few movies made based on them). His current series, Fire and Steel, is set during WWI and WWII, and chronicles the lives of two families, one from Germany and one from rural Utah.  He’s won several awards, sold millions of books, yet he’s just the nicest, sweetest, smartest man.

If you couldn’t tell, I love him to pieces. :)

1 Typewriter used to write first Lund novels given to Rebecca Belliston
My dad gave me the typewriter he wrote his first book with
Layout 1SIDE NOTE: He also writes lyrics and I write music (like my mom), so the two of us recently worked on a choral song which was just published by Jackman Music. The song is called “Come and Be With Me,” based on Frederic Chopin’s Etude in E. It’s available in SATB with vocal solos coming soon.

 

 

 

Today my dad is here to talk about writing the movie in our mind.

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Father/Daughter Book Giveaway

I live pretty far from my dad, Gerald N. Lund. I’m in Michigan and he’s in Utah. That’s 1677 miles of a very long, very boring, very torturous I-80 drive through Nebraska and Wyoming. That’s a lot of Kum & Gos.

I love getting his advice on writing, books, and pretty much anything else (like how to survive 3 teenagers). But we aren’t able to do many book signings together because of the distance. So I thought it would be fun to do a book giveaway. I don’t remember my dad doing a giveaway like this in his forty years of writing, but when I asked him, he said, “That sounds fun. How many books do you want?” Love him!

He donated 5 signed books, and I’m donating 4.

Here’s the official info:

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Favorite Dystopian Trilogies

Do you love dystopian stories? Stories told in the future after a break down in society as we know it? I love dystopians. I’ve loved them for a long time, pondering all the “What if?” possibilities of human survival. Back in 1983, my father wrote a dystopian novel, The Alliance, and I’ve been hooked on the genre ever since.

I’m currently writing the third book in my dystopian trilogy, Citizens of Logan Pond (with the subtitles of LIFE | LIBERTY | THE PURSUIT). It will be released early 2016. You can read more about it below.

Since I love dystopians and since I’m writing dystopians, I’m trying to read a lot of dystopians.

Here are some that I’ve read and enjoyed. (I hope you’ll share your favorites in the comments so I know what to read next):

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The Desire to Create

Six years ago next month, I had this idea for a novel that wouldn’t leave me alone. It was silly, because I’d never had the desire to write a single word in my life. My dad is an author–a famous one even. I was a composer, a crazy music lady. Not an author.

writing bug surrender

But, the writing bug struck, and I was hit hard.

I started writing clean romances in May of ’08, and I haven’t stopped since. It’s been a blast. I love it! But it hasn’t been without its struggles.

Or major doubts.

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