What’s in a Family Tree?

I love researching my family tree, and in the midst of doing so, I came across some interesting research. Much of that has become a part of my first novel, The Fabric of Hope, which will release in just a few weeks! But knowing about your family heritage isn’t just for writing a novel; it’s […]

What an Adventure!

I recently returned from visiting my family in South Africa. It was an amazing trip, full of love and laughter, new baby cuddles and little girl giggles. Seeing my daughter mother her four girls and watching my wonderful son-in-law be the daddy that I always dreamed of for my grandchildren was just plain thrilling. For five weeks […]

“Career Speed Dating”

I’d seen it on TV. Stressful and almost silly as people jumped from potential date to date, wondering if someone would choose them and find a match. And as I watched it, I was so glad that I’m happily married and would never have to do that! But then, there I was at ACFW, and […]

Overwhelmed

Nine of us stood silently in the elevator, dazed and barely breathing, heading to yet another conference luncheon. After two days of meetings, appointments, workshops, and talk, talk, talk, we fellow writers were spent. We were tired. Overwhelmed. So I broke the ice. “Anyone else as brain dead as I feel?” Everyone sighed, laughed, and […]

My Favorite Playground

When I’m with my granddaughters, one of our favorite things to do is to go to a playground. Their imagination goes wild! Swings let them fly like birds. Slides let them soar like a dolphin in the blue ocean. Monkey bars let them be monkeys swinging in trees. Rings and balance beams let them be […]

Time. Trust. Truth. Teamwork.

Communicating through writing is what I do day in and day out, so I thought I’d share a fresh way to remember a few elements of communication whether you use them verbally or in writing. I hope they will remind us how to successfully communicate well with others.   Time matters. When you have no […]

Creating with the Creator

When I coach aspiring Christian writers, one of the first things I encourage them to do is to form a writing life that’s based on biblical values. In the secular culture we live in, that is often not on the top of the list, yet it is a critical part of making your writing life […]

Writing His Story

I’ve been developing a few writers workshops, and I hope they will inspire many writers to see their lives as a part of a much bigger story that God has for them by sharing Him with others. Yet it seems that these thoughts transcend writers—they are for anyone who wants to touch the lives of […]

Me, a Novelist?

  Last spring, I went to an author meet-and-greet, and it changed my life. Angie Breidenbach and Tiffany Amber Stockton were there sharing about their new novels. They were animated, excited, and fun to be around, and when my husband and I left that meeting, I casually said, “I could do that. I could write […]

Never Say Never

I always said I’d never write fiction. For the past twenty-plus years, I’ve written curriculum, newspaper articles, magazine articles, newsletter articles, and books! All of them well received. All of them nonfiction. I am a seasoned non-fiction writer, so why should I change? “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, […]