Hi friends! I'm popping in an extra time this month, because today I'm a guest over at the 2009 Golden Heart class's blog, the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood. They've very kindly offered to host as many of us from the 2019 class as possible in the days leading up to the RWA National conference. As crazy as … Continue reading Guest Post at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood: What I’m Packing for RWA National
Hello, friends! I have a special treat for you today! A few years ago I connected with a fantastic YA fantasy writer, Laura L. Zimmerman, through her website, Caffeinated Fiction. She was looking for beta readers, and I was looking to meet other Christians writing clean mainstream fantasy. Perfect match! After reading one of her … Continue reading KEEN Blog Tour: Character Visuals!
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around here! Come to think of it, it’s been a crazy year so far. First the book deal, and then the Golden Heart® final, and now I'm thrilled to share that I’ve signed with a fantastic literary agent. Way back when I was still querying (you know, like … Continue reading How I Signed with My Literary Agent
Today I'm delighted to welcome author Jason VanHorn, who has some fun things to share for anyone who loves books. If you or a middle-grader you know are interested in action-packed spy adventures, be sure to check out Jason's books at http://www.alabasterdangermond.com. His newest release, Alabaster Dangermond and Astrid's Jewel, is available now. You know … Continue reading Guest Post: What First Edition Book Would You Buy If You Could?
Hello, friends! Has spring arrived in your neck of the woods yet? We've hit daytime highs in the 60s finally, and my tulips have dared to show their pretty heads. While this fine weather does beckon me outside, I'm still hard at work on new manuscripts. Can't live off the glory of one (almost) published … Continue reading A Story’s Story
Hello, dear readers! No, I haven't forgotten you, I promise. After working so diligently for years to write two blog posts a month, I've dropped the ball this past month. I've thought about writing to you on several occasions, but I just couldn't make it happen. The good news is, I have three great excuses, … Continue reading Three Reasons I’ve Been MIA (aka Exciting News)
Hi friends! In my last post, we talked about how sometimes, as creatives, our passion for our work can mysteriously evaporate. But when we dig deeper, we can usually find a reason for our sudden lack of enthusiasm. Losing your passion for writing is only a symptom of a problem, and if you can figure … Continue reading Rekindling Your Passion for Writing: Part Two
Blessed quiet fills the house, broken only by the soft whisper of flames in the gas fireplace and the hiss of the tea kettle in the kitchen. I pull out my laptop, ready for the smooth feel and steady clicking of the keys beneath my fingers. It's 9 PM at my house, and my kids … Continue reading Rekindling Your Passion for Writing: Part One
Well, friends, I'm pleased to report that instead of putting it off for most of 2019, I decided to tackle one of this year's toughest goals head-on: creating my author newsletter. Most people in the publishing world will tell you there are couple of things you have to have in today's digital age if you … Continue reading Create Your Own Newsletter with Mailchimp: The Basics
Have you gotten feedback from readers, agents, or editors telling you they can't connect with your story? Or that you're doing too much telling instead of showing? Or maybe they can't tell what your characters want? While a variety of problems can lead to this sort of feedback, one thing definitely will--using distant third person … Continue reading Diving Deep Into Third Person Point of View