I’m so excited that Amanda is back, celebrating her new book, Wedding Score
Thank you, Medomfo, for allowing me to visit your blog! You asked me to share a little about how singleness and life in general affects my writing. That definitely gives me a lot to think through, and I hope I can share it in an understandable fashion!
My family likes to tease that “Wedding Score” is myautobiography. It’s not… kind of. I do have a lot of me within the pages though. For instance, I’m a musician (though I have only played for about a dozen weddings, not over a hundred, like Stephanie) as well as an upper-twenties single. I have had several close friends go through dating, engagement, and marriage, and have experienced the shifting relationships with all of those.
I think I can safely say that every author’s life experiences directly influences their writing. Some of the ways that my life has shaped my writing is in what I write. Personally, it’s nothealthy for me to write a lot of romances, where I can “live out daydreams” in stories because I can’t live them in reality. Instead, I want my writing to not just focus my readers’ hearts on Christ; I need it to help me put my own focus where it needs to be.
My writing-time throughout the past few years has shifted drastically. In actuality, writing is more of my side-hobby, as I teach piano and violin part-time, attend college full-time, and tutor English part-time. In my experience, I have found the absolute worst thing singles can do is live for themselves. There is that fine balance between drowning out your discontentment with busyness and being busy because you’re serving the Lord (and yes, I have been in both places before). Personally, I have received such a blessing in the times that I have invested in others’ lives—whether it is through teaching or writing.
Each year, I just have to give my writing over to the Lord. It is something I’m very passionate about, yet He has also led me to do more than just write. It never ceases to amaze me how He will allow me to write something in His perfect timing. “Wedding Score,” for instance. I’ve had the idea simmering since 2016, but God definitely wanted me to grow through the years 2017, 2018, and most of 2019 before writing this story. The things I experienced as four of my siblings and multiple cousins married have been powerful lessons that have shaped my life and also made “Wedding Score” much more impactful. There are some raw moments in Stephanie’s lives, just like there are raw moments in our own lives. But, by the grace of God, I was able to write all of those difficult scenes with such a great peace and contentment because of what He has done in my life. If I had married before writing this book, I could have thought back to my single years, but it’s not the same as writing it as a single. So, though I still would love to have been married by now, I really am grateful to be in this season of life because I am seeing how God is using it far greater than I imagined.
For all of the singles out there reading this, God has a beautiful plan and purpose for your lives. It may not be exactly what you have planned out, but if you surrender to Him and live for Him, He can make such a beautiful testimony out of your life! It will not be easy, but it will be worth it!
Thank you so much Amanda for being on the blog today!
If you want to learn more about the Wedding Score, simply continue reading 💖
Most girls dream of their wedding days. Except me. I’m too busy practicing piano and being the live soundtrack for everyone else’s weddings to think about my own.
I’ve survived most of my twenties with harmonious chords and pleasant days. So why is it that now, at twenty-seven, a discordant feeling presents itself?
Is there a solid solution to loneliness when there is absolutely no potential husband on the horizon?
A CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN SHORT READ
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
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