Solomon’s Throne Blog Tour

Please welcome Jennings Wright author of Soloman’s Throne.

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My very first “real” job (meaning not in my dad’s office, not an internship with my uncle’s business, and not waiting tables) was as the assistant to the president of a company in Irvine, California. I was Mr. Hewitt’s secretary, fancy title notwithstanding, and while he was a good boss, that kind of job didn’t really suit me. But as a first job, it wasn’t bad, and the owner was very wise and business savvy, which has helped me tremendously during the twenty-plus years I’ve been a business owner myself.

The one thing that has always stuck with me was what he said when we were interviewing applicant after applicant for a job. I was young, just out of college, and most of them seemed pretty good to me. I couldn’t quite figure out what he was looking for, so I asked him why he was turning away so many people who obviously had talent. He said, “The streets are of full of people with talent. I want someone with tenacity, stick-to-it-iveness and common sense.”

Wow.

I realize this has been said before and since, probably most famously by Tim Tebow, who said, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” That one resonated with my teenage son, and whatever gets the message across works for me. But Mr. Hewitt’s wisdom has always been the one that resonated. I used it when hiring myself, and now that I’m a writer, I try to apply it to my new-found career.

The question I’m asked most frequently since I published my books this summer/fall is “How do you become a writer?” Well, you write. This is what I say, and I am usually met with a blank stare (or the email equivalent). That’s not what most people want to hear. They want a magic pill to take that will convert them into JK Rowling or Stephen King. There’s no such thing. The magic is in your fingers, and that’s all.

Writing takes a lot of perseverance, or what Mr. Hewitt called stick-to-it-iveness. Ask anyone who’s participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and they can tell you that the first 10,000 or so words are easy. The last 10,000 or so words are easy. But that dreaded middle… It’s like having to do the boring background in needlepoint, or those dreaded minutes/hours when you’ve left the starting line but can’t see the finish line in a race. I call it the doldrums.

And that’s when the tenacious separate themselves from the merely talented. A talented person’s book might be, in some objective way, the better read. But not if he doesn’t ever finish it! Not if he doesn’t then edit and edit and edit, and then either do the work needed to get a legacy publisher or do the work needed to produce a high quality indie book. If it just languishes on the computer or in a desk drawer unfinished, his talent is moot.

But the tenacious person… She plods along, stringing words together, determined to write THE END. She edits and edits and gets beta readers and then edits some more. She sticks with finding an agent and/or publisher, or she sticks with all the work involved in production: cover design, formatting, copywriting, uploading, promoting. She learns what she’s not good at or finds someone to help backfill her weaknesses. She sticks with it.

I got a fortune cookie recently that I have transferred to a white board in my office. It said, “Success is a planned event.” Talent isn’t enough for an athlete, and it isn’t enough for an artist/writer, either. It takes practice, humility, objectivity, dedication and a bulldog like quality to not let go of your vision. The streets are full of people with talent… Will you stand out by being tenacious?

About Solomon’s Throne by Jennings Wright

An impenetrable safe is breached and a secret artifact is stolen. Containing information that could change the course of the world, its desperate owner sends Gideon Quinn, his head of security, and Gideon’s wife Rei, an art preservationist, to find it at any cost. What they discover is a clue to the lost throne of King Solomon, the real object of the theft. They are thrust out on an adventure that leads them halfway around the world. Following letters left by a Jesuit in 1681, they must weave through ancient sites along the Portuguese Spice Route, keeping ahead of a secret militant order that is determined to beat them to Solomon’s Throne.

Filled with fast paced action and having broad appeal, Solomon’s Throne is an ingenious treasure hunt adventure that sweeps the reader around the globe in a race against time.

Author Bio

Born and raised in Rockledge, Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn’t spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.

Jennings attended the University of the South and the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of script doctoring, business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit to Uganda.

Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since. She’s written four novels and a screenplay in less than a year, with more ideas on the drawing board. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a writer, and two children, and travels extensively.

Author Links

Kindle Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Solomons-Throne-ebook/dp/B008NBRYV6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1351777545&sr=8-3
Print Edition: http://www.amazon.com/Solomons-Throne-Jennings-Wright/dp/0985784016/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1351777545&sr=8-3
Print Edition – CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/3937851

My website is http://www.jenningswright.com
My writing blog is http://jenningswright.wordpress.com
My Twitter is @JenningsWright
My FB author page is http://www.Facebook.com/JSWwrites
My Independent Author Network page is http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jennings-wright.html

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