Nancy J. Hedin on Advice to New Writers and her latest release ‘Bend’ (guest post and giveaway)



Bend by Nancy J. Hedin
iptide Publishing
Cover Art: Natasha Snow

Read an Excerpt/Purchase it here at Riptide Publishing


Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Nancy J. Hedin here today with her latest novel, Bend and sharing her thoughts on writing. Welcome, Nancy!


Advice to new writers by Nancy J. Hedin

Read everything you can and read widely, especially things that by consensus of the literary world are good works. Read fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Research topics that interest you. Write fearlessly. Get the ideas on the page without worrying about spelling, the exact word needed, grammar, or whether it skips around makes sense or is complete. Get it down on paper. Revision and editing are down the road. First, get it written. Write whether you ever plan to submit for publication and don’t let not being published keep you from writing. You are working on practicing and improving your craft. You are keeping your writing muscles in shape.

We are so lucky that we don’t have to type everything on a manual typewriter for every draft we create. Word processing gives us the chance to save and play with multiple drafts while we are figuring out the story we want to tell.

About Bend

Lorraine Tyler is the only queer person in Bend, Minnesota. Or at least that’s what it feels like when the local church preaches so sternly against homosexuality. Which is why she’s fighting so hard to win the McGerber scholarship—her ticket out of Bend—even though her biggest competition is her twin sister, Becky. And even though she’s got no real hope—not with the scholarship’s morality clause and that one time she kissed the preacher’s daughter.

Everything changes when a new girl comes to town. Charity is mysterious, passionate, and—to Lorraine’s delighted surprise—queer too. Now Lorraine may have a chance at freedom and real love.

But then Becky disappears, and Lorraine uncovers an old, painful secret that could tear the family apart. They need each other more than ever now, and somehow it’s Lorraine—the sinner, the black sheep—who holds the power to bring them together. But only if she herself can learn to bend.

Now available from Riptide Publishing.

About Nancy J. Hedin

I grew up in a small town in central Minnesota. That small town sensibility informs my writing and gives me interesting voices in my head and I strive to choose which voice to bring to the page.

I live in St. Paul with my partner, two daughters, one dog, one beared dragon, and two cats.

I have worked as a mental health crisis worker for over twenty years.

I love reading and getting my books signed by the author. I daydream about my own stories in book form and having others read them.

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To celebrate the release of Bend, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 13, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

7 thoughts on “Nancy J. Hedin on Advice to New Writers and her latest release ‘Bend’ (guest post and giveaway)

  1. Thanks for the post! I remember my mother typing on an electric typewriter onto carbon paper. She was a teacher and that was how she created worksheets for her students. It was costly & time consuming if she made a lot of mistakes!



    • Congratulations to You, Jen! You won Nancy Hedin’s giveaway contest!

      this is from Nancy Hedin to all who commented at every step of her tour:

      “Thank you for hosting a stop on the Bend blog tour! Thank you to everyone who took time to stop, comment, and leave their contact information. I used a random process to select the winner of the $20 Amazon gift card. Random, in this case, was to give each person who left their contact info a number. People who visited multiple stops got numbers for each stop. Then I asked my fourteen-year-old daughter to pick a number between 1 and 100. That felt pretty random. The winner is jen.f”

      Again, thanks for your time and comments.

      Nancy Hedin

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Thank you for the post and advice. I love the old typewriters but I remember how frustrating they could be to use. Especially if you made a lot of mistakes.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com


  3. Congrats on the release & thanks for the post!


  4. Congrats and thanks for the post. This sounds great. It seems like you’re writing what you know, so I’m especially keen about travelling to this small town in Minnesota. And the cover is an impressive match. –
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com


  5. I’ve always had a weakness for vintage typewriters!



  6. Congrats on the new book. And as an aspiring writer thank you for the advice.


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