What advice have you ignored, because you know best? This is the third full overhaul of this particular story. When I was in the midst of the second, a family member said, "Shouldn't you move on from this set of characters and write something new?" ... I think that says it all.
Who has encouraged you during the writing process? SO many wonderful people - family, friends, fellow authors. My patient fiancee, Laurel, deserves the most credit for understanding when I'd come home and say "SHH! Wait, I need to write this down." (To be fair, she also got the free entertainment of watching me react to my own writing.)
Why do you love your WIP's genre? I love In The Cards because, really, it doesn't have a genre. I bill it on Twitter as supernatural fiction, but really, it has something for everyone. It's a love story, a murder mystery, a thriller, a horror novel... I can't pigeonhole it any easier than I could put a genre on life, as a whole.
Share a favorite image that reminds you of your novel: I have several, actually. I've put them all into what some fellow writers call a "Novel Aesthetic", a collage of images which fit the themes and atmosphere of a novel.
Why are you passionate about sharing this story? It's the first story I ever wrote that was both wholly mine, and worthy of sharing. (The very first story has a lot of remodeling to do, but it gets a bit of a cameo in In The Cards, just the same). Some of these characters have followed me through my life for over 15 years, and they're very dear to me. Letting them out into the world at last feels like watching them leave home.
Why do its themes come from your heart? This answer ties in a little bit with the answer to the next question. With both of my novels so far, the themes have surprised me by unintentionally correlating with things that have been on my mind. Where From the Desk of Buster Heywood is about finding your own voice and standing up for yourself, In the Cards teaches its heroes that sometimes that little intuitive voice inside knows more than you give it credit for, and that help can always be found if you have the strength to ask.
That's the end of the WIP Challenge! I'm looking at using the A-Z Blog Challenge next to shake things up, and I have a guest blog in the wings for a colleague of mine ... so please stay tuned! Also, if you haven't already, I encourage you to subscribe to my mailing list, where I share things that don't show up here or on social media! Have a great week, and I'll see you all here again next Thursday!