Moretti Trilogy Blog Tour: Guest Post by Author Kristina Hall

The Hardest Parts of Writing and Editing The Moretti Trilogy

Every writing project—whether it’s a blog post, a research paper, a poem, or a novel—has its sticking points. You know, the parts that make you want to scream and rip out your hair. Just kidding … slightly.

Anyway, I thought you all might find it interesting if I disclosed some of the parts that drove me crazy while I was writing and editing The Moretti Trilogy. Because a trilogy equals three times the problems. But you know the happy ending of the story … I survived, and the books are published.

Well, here are the troublesome spots …

The cars

I’m not completely ignorant when it comes to cars. I grew up helping my dad as he worked on our cars (all of which are older than I am), and I still help him out when he needs me. The problem is I’m used to cars from the 1950s and newer.

Obviously, cars back in the ’20s were still relatively new, and they didn’t operate anything like how modern (and I’m using that term loosely) cars do.

So I did some research, then some more research since I got some things wrong because I so wanted the Model T to operate like a normal car.

And don’t even get me going on starting a Model T. Because it’s really a pain when you have a character under fire who’s desperately trying to get his car going. First, he has to make some adjustments inside (I’m not going to get technical here). Then he has to climb out of the car, go around front, and crank it (and hopefully not break his arm). Once he’s back inside, he’s got to make a few more adjustments. Then he can drive.

And I have to say all of that (or skim over it) in such a way that my reader doesn’t feel like he’s been hit by an info dump.

To make matters worse, I’m positive a Model T expert is going to read the series and pick apart every single detail.

Frank’s depression

Let’s just get it out there—Frank gave me problems. Not only is depression a hard topic to write about but I also had to do my best to approach it from a biblical perspective.

I had to make sure Frank didn’t have a #spiritualmoment (a scene that comes out of nowhere in which the character says a one-line prayer and all his problems vanish).

I also needed to keep in mind that there are many forms and causes of depression.

And I also didn’t want to stress anyone out who has or has had depression.

After too much fretting, editing, and praying, I got Frank’s depression theme to a place where I’m happy-ish with it (as long as I don’t think about it too much). Then again, are authors ever happy with their work?

The title for the third book

Originally, I’d titled the third book Help Undenied. But the more I thought about this title, the weirder it sounded. Plus, undenied just isn’t a word most people use on a regular basis—or ever.

So I resigned myself to the fact that I had to come up with a new title that matched Promises Unbroken and Mercy Undeserved. I couldn’t deviate from the title style I’d chosen—especially not on the third book. If it’d been the second, I might’ve been rebellious, but that option wasn’t open to me.

After some brainstorming, I settled on Truth Unshaken. It matched the other two titles well, and I could make it work with my themes.

The writing

When I wrote Promises Unbroken (the first book in the trilogy), I was working full time. Which meant I didn’t have much time to write. Which meant I’d rarely finish a scene in a day.

And for some reason, when I stopped in the middle of a scene and picked up the next day, my scenes ended up being about twice as long as they usually are. Thanks to all this wordiness, Promises Unbroken became the longest book I’ve ever written at about 104K words.

When I reopened the file to start my editing process, I found lots and lots and lots of words and a writing style that wasn’t exactly what I wanted anymore.

So I ended up cutting about 25K words in total.

If you’ve read it, you should be thankful. Very thankful.

The morals

Morals in general tend to trip me up, and the morals in this trilogy were no exception. I had to do my best to make sure they were presented in a biblical light and made sense when matched with the characters and their backstories. Frank’s depression, as I talked about earlier, was likely the most problematic of the morals.

I suppose the moral of this post is that writing and editing don’t always go smoothly (there will always be problematic areas that take a lot of work and cause a lot of grief) but that God is faithful. Always.

What problems have you encountered in your writing? How have you resolved them? Thanks so much, Madi, for letting me guest post! I’m glad to be here!


Book order: Promises Unbroken, Mercy Undeserved, Truth Unshaken

Genre: Christian historical suspense

Individual Summaries

Promises Unbroken

How much will she risk to save her sister?

Mae Ashton has every reason to stay in Georgia and marry the man she loves, save one—the disappearance of her sister. Although all evidence points to Hazel’s death, Mae’s discovery of a single picture changes everything. If Hazel is alive, Mae will find her. And she’s left everything to do so.

Davis Everleigh isn’t about to let Mae, his fiancée, go just because of a note that hardly explains her departure to New York City. Instead, he follows her to the city and gains employment with the man Mae believes is somehow connected to Hazel.

As Davis and Mae become further entrenched in their effort to locate Hazel, they find themselves facing a corrupt businessman and his ruthless henchman, Alberto Moretti. In a world of lies, will the truth prevail—both about Hazel and in their own lives?

Mercy Undeserved

How much more will she lose?

Lillian Rossi had it all—a devoted husband, a new baby, and all the riches she’d dreamed of. But one January day changed everything. Now, the consequences of her late husband’s sins extend to her and her son, and Matteo, though only a baby, is the rightful heir to the Rossi empire, making him a target.

Alberto Moretti promised to protect Lillian and her son, but he well knows the cruelty and desperation of the Rossi family. He served them all too long—until God set him free.

As Lillian and Alberto are thrown together in a race to save her and Matteo’s lives, their own sins and Stefano Rossi’s plans threaten to destroy them. Will they fall prey to the danger so close behind, or will they find mercy they’ve done nothing to deserve?

Truth Unshaken

Whom can they trust?

After losing her parents, Carla Belardi discovers her life was a lie. Now, she must flee unless she wants her parents’ fate to be her own.

Frank Ashton lost the use of his legs—and his desire to live—in the Great War. When Carla is brought to his home injured, he gains a friend. But despite the attraction growing between them, he can never burden her with a cripple.

Alberto Moretti thought he could do good working for the Prohibition Unit—until he finds out his new employer isn’t much better than the criminals he once served. Now, he has to fight both sides—the Prohibition Unit and the crooked Belardis.

When danger surrounds Carla, Frank, and Alberto from too many angles, will they put their trust in the Truth that will never be shaken?

Purchase Links

Promises Unbroken:

Mercy Undeserved:

Truth Unshaken:


Kristina Hall is a sinner saved by grace who seeks to glorify God with her words. She is a homeschool graduate and holds a degree in accounting. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, arm wrestling, lifting weights, and playing the violin.

Author Links







The giveaway runs from 12:00 am on December 13th to 12:00 am on December 19th, and I’m giving away the entire Moretti Trilogy (Promises Unbroken, Mercy Undeserved, and Truth Unshaken) in the file type of the winner’s choice (PDF, mobi, or epub). The winner will be announced on December 19th (Sunday) in my blog tour wrap-up post, and I’ll contact this individual by email to find out what file type to send. The entire set of books will be sent by email.



Monday, December 13th

Vanessa Hall – Series Spotlight

Allyson (Shay’s Scribbles) – Author Interview

Kristina Hall – Blog Tour Launch Post

Esther (‘Neath the Hackberry Reading Club) – Review of Mercy Undeserved

Tasha Van Kesteren – Author Interview

Judith McNees – Review of Truth Unshaken

Penny Zeller – Series Spotlight

Tuesday, December 14th

Madi’s Musings – Author Interview and Series Spotlight

Emily Yager – Author Interview and Series Spotlight

Issabelle Perry – Author Interview and Series Spotlight

Kristina HallPromises Unbroken Post

Wednesday, December 15th

Kristina HallMercy Undeserved Post

Esther (‘Neath the Hackberry Reading Club) – Review of Truth Unshaken

Thursday, December 16th

Vanessa Hall – Author Interview

Madi’s Musings – Guest Post: The Hardest Parts of Writing and Editing The Moretti Trilogy

Katja (Old Fashioned Book Love) – Review of Promises Unbroken

Kristina HallTruth Unshaken Post

Friday, December 17th

Vanessa Hall – Review of Truth Unshaken

Katja (Old Fashioned Book Love) – Review of Mercy Undeserved

Grace A. Johnson – Reviews of Promises Unbroken, Mercy Undeserved, and Truth Unshaken

Autumn (Farm and Photography Life) – Series Spotlight

Kristina Hall – My Favorite Character

Saturday, December 18th

Adara (Penlightenment) – Author Interview and Review of Promises Unbroken

Katja (Old Fashioned Book Love) – Review of Truth Unshaken

Kristina Hall – The Themes

Sunday, December 19th

Kristina Hall – Tour Wrap-up and Giveaway Announcement


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