Norma Jean Lutz

Biography

Norma Jean Lutz’s writing career began professionally in 1977 when she enrolled in a writing correspondence course. Since then, she has had over 250 short stories and articles published in both secular and Christian publications. The full-time writer is also the author of over 50 published books under her own name and many ghostwritten books. Her books have been favorably reviewed in Affair de Coeur, Coffee Time Romance, Romance Reader at Heart, and The Romance Studio magazines, and her short fiction has garnered a number of first prizes in local writing contests.

Norma Jean is the founder of the Professionalism In Writing School, which was held annually in Tulsa for fourteen years. This writers' conference, which closed its doors in 1996, gave many writers their start in the publishing world.

A gifted teacher, Norma Jean has taught a variety of writing courses at local colleges and community schools, and is a frequent speaker at writers' seminars around the country. For eight years, she taught on staff for the Institute of Children's Literature. She has served as artist-in-residence at grade schools, and for two years taught a staff development workshop for language arts teachers in schools in Northeastern Oklahoma.

As co-host for the Tulsa KNYD Road Show, she shared the microphone with Kim Spence to present the Road Show Book Club, a feature presented by the station for more than a year. She has also appeared in numerous interviews on KDOR-TV.

As a writer who loves writing for teens, and hanging out with teens, Norma Jean has launched the Clean Teen Reads website and blog. Lots of fun stuff for teens! Check it out here:
www.CleanTeenReads.net

Smashwords Interview

You are credited with writing over 50 novels, yet you began by writing feature articles and short stories. How did you transition from feature magazine writer to novelist?
I have over 50 published books to my name, but not all are novels. Many are nonfiction works, most published through Chelsea House Publishing, and all for mid-high readers. I was delighted to take part in their author biography series where I studied lives of past authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, and F. Scott Fitzgerald among others. I was entranced to say the least.

The transition from smaller works to full-length novels was like turning around an ocean liner. Slow, slow, slow! Even while writing and selling magazine articles and short stories, my focus was ever on becoming a novelist. I wanted nothing less.

I had created a comfort zone of earning with the smaller works, and it was extremely difficult to release that bit of security to invest time writing a novel, but I just did it. I knew what I wanted and knew what it required to get there. It was a long journey and I experienced many brick walls and dead ends along the way. The world of publishing has never been easy.

On top of my yearly goals list was this statement: “I will hold my published book in my hand this year.” When it was time to create a new list for the following year, and no published book, I placed the very same statement at the top of the next year’s list. And the next, and the next, until it finally came to pass. I look back and am so thankful that I never quit. I never gave up.
You write for a young adult audience and your subject is based on historical events. How did you decide to mesh those two together, because it's worked out to be a pretty good union.
I did author eight novels for adults for Barbour Publishing, but those were written mainly because the opportunity to write for a certain genre presented itself. The door was open and I walked through, but I knew that was not where I wanted to camp.

My heart has always been, and still is, with young adults. My passion is to write for students, and I love hanging out with them as well. I’m an active sponsor in the youth group at my local church so I’m talking with and listening to junior high and high school students on a regular basis.

The opportunity to write historical novels for mid-grade readers came to me through Barbour Publishing via the American Adventure Series. The original series was comprised of 48 books of which I authored 16. (The marketing statement was: From Plymouth Rock to Pearl Harbor. The books covered that entire time period.) It turned out to be my adventure. I had such fun writing for this series and was loathe to see it end. I had no idea at the outset how much joy and delight I would derive from writing historical fiction.

I have since authored six teen contemporary romance, all of which are included in the Norma Jean Lutz Classic Collection. Well, sort of contemporary—they all take place in the 1980s and 1990s, predating cell phones and texting. Kids love them.
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Books

Brought To You By The Color Drab
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 71,560. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Race Paloma's world violently turns upside-down after his older brother, Vince, is murdered in a drive-by. Without Vince's strong leadership, their once-powerful, hood-ruling pack unravels at the speed of light. The Deuce Dragons threaten takeover in their Cincinnati Over-The-Rhine hood.

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