Today I have another treat for you, friends! I'm so excited to welcome special guest Michelle Keener to the blog. You may know Michelle from her memoir, Shared Courage, about her experience as the wife of a U.S. Marine during the Iraq War, or perhaps you've been encouraged by one of her tweets to the … Continue reading Interview with MISSION HOLLYWOOD Author Michelle Keener *Plus* a Sneak Peek
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
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)
Hear that whooshing sound? Kind of like an Amtrak train speeding through the countryside? That was the month of November hurtling past in a blaze of turkey and pumpkin pie-filled glory. November was also a month full of words--a little over 50,000, to be more precise--because wonder of wonders, I not only survived my first … Continue reading What I Learned From My First NaNoWriMo
If you've been in the writing world longer than a millisecond, you've probably heard of NaNoWriMo. For those of you who are readers and not writers, it's short for National Novel Writing Month. Essentially the goal is to write a short novel (50,000 words) in the month of November. That breaks down to writing about … Continue reading To NaNo or Not to NaNo? That Is the Question.
Hi friends! I'm throwing in a short extra post this month, because I've had the honor of being interviewed by writer Arthur Macabe for his series Interviews from the Void. My interview, Episode #32, just went live this week on his blog. Arthur asks some wonderful, thought-provoking questions about my writing process and pulls together … Continue reading Interview on My Writing Process (plus a special announcement…)
Okay, true story. Tonight while I was sitting down to edit a short story, two weeks snuck up behind me and hit me in the back of the head. Ack, how could it be time for a new blog post again already? So, I'm kind of cheating. Here's an expanded version of a post I … Continue reading 9 Ways to Find Brilliant Story Ideas
Hello, friends! Long time no write. Sometimes I can rationalize being late on my blog posts... Well, I only committed to twice a month, and even though it's been two weeks it's not technically the middle of the month yet... Ahem, not this time. It's been three weeks and it's definitely not July 15th. But sometimes life … Continue reading Three Reasons to Celebrate Your Writing Achievements
Somebody pinch me. Is it already halfway through 2018? Where did the year go?? Seeing as how time seems to be flying past at twice its normal rate, I figured it's time to check in on the writing goals I set back in January and evaluate my progress. I confess, I had to reread my … Continue reading It’s July! Time for a Mid-Year Progress Report