I’ve just come home from a women’s retreat. The last time I saw most of these women in person was at last year’s women’s retreat about this time of year. Since then, all of our interaction has been via Zoom or Facebook groups. Our theme for the year comes from Hebrews 10: Let us hold […]
The Month of Valentines!
I LOVE Valentine’s Day. I’m that mom that would send my kids to school with Valentine’s “bouquets” for all of their teachers – flower-shaped sugar cookies decorated and baked on sticks, then stuck in a flowerpot. Every year, I’d spend the entire day before Valentine’s Day baking cookies and making gifts. Now I homeschool, so […]
Writing Identical Triplets and a New Release!
When I went into writing the Dixon Brothers series, I had a moment of fear that as I developed the characters of identical triplets who grew up as close brothers, had the same world view, who went to the same college, and who worked for their father’s company, that I would end up with three […]
A Christmas Gift for You and a Massive Scavenger Hunt Contest!
Happy month of Christmas stories! Of course, they’ve all been rolling out since about mid-September, but it’s still fun to dig into books that celebrate the Christmas season. When I was growing up, we often turned off the television and played records (these were the days before 9,000 channels on cable). There was always a […]
Emailing Authors Encouragement
I am not a confident person. However, I’m the daughter of an Army Ranger and I have always respected and appreciated strength and courage. Because I consider my personal lack of confidence as a weakness, I’ve always stood up to it and done things anyway with strength and courage, even though the entire time I […]
New Release! Five Gold Rings
Can you believe that it’s time for the Christmas books to come out? It’s crazy that it’s already mid-October! I’m excited to be in a Christmas set with fellow Inspy Romance author Jaycee Weaver and three other authors. This is a Crossroads Collection book, which means that all of the books in the set are […]
Dressing My Characters
If I didn’t have the Internet, I don’t think I could write. I could research at a library, I know. I can work a card-catalog like no one, and digging through books and discovering facts brings me great joy. But, there’s one thing that having the Internet does for me that wouldn’t be as effective […]
Why I Write Christian Romances with a Hardback Series Giveaway
My well was dry this week. I finished writing Alexandra’s Appeal, and incredibly emotional, full-length novel on a Friday. Instead of taking my standard 2-weeks off to recharge my creative juices, I immediately started writing a Christmas novella, The Seven Year Glitch, because it’s due on September 1st. It’s been very hard to write that […]
I’m in the process of finishing the final edits on the next book in a series featuring triplet brothers. The first book, Valerie’s Verdict, was about Brad, the organized leader of the group. That book ends two years before this book, Alexandra’s Appeal, begins. This book is about the prodigal brother, Jon. We catch up […]
Writing What You Know: Character Edition
Research is a fundamental part of writing. There is an old saying that goes, “Write what you know.” While writing only what I know would give me a book or three, that would be the end of my career. You can only get so much entertainment out of one person’s experiences and then the well […]
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