5 Lessons from a Young Writer

By Hannah Howe Note: Hannah Howe interned with me this spring during her final semester of college. She did a fine job and offers these lessons gleaned through her college and internship experiences.  During the past several years, I’ve pursued a BA in writing and interned with both Breathe Christian Writers Conference and AB WritingContinue reading “5 Lessons from a Young Writer”

Apples to Apples: Surprise at the Core of Three Great Books

My daughter Abby has the unique gift of comparing humans to animals. She studies a person, then comes up with the best animal comparison ever. She’s spot on every time, sending us into howls of laughter. Sometimes I come across two or three wildly different books that have one or two similarities worth comparing. ThisContinue reading “Apples to Apples: Surprise at the Core of Three Great Books”

Author Talk: Q&A with novelist Mesu Andrews

Mesu Andrews (pronounced mee-sue) is well known for her fiction based on biblical figures. Her novel Miriam was a Christy Award finalist and her newest novel, Isaiah’s Daughter, will be released in February. This accomplished writer talks about her fiction and her writing life. Q: What do your readers say they like about your biblicalContinue reading “Author Talk: Q&A with novelist Mesu Andrews”

Lessons from Moving Office

I recently inherited a bedroom left vacant by Kid 3, who took Kid 1’s bedroom when she moved into an apartment. This empty bedroom has become my new office. It was no easy task to move a decade’s worth of stuff from my small office on the main floor to this vast expanse on theContinue reading “Lessons from Moving Office”

The Q&A: Karen Kingsbury

Bestseller author Karen Kingsbury is known and loved for her Baxter family books. She’s written 24 in the collection, the most recent “The Baxter Family Christmas.” Another title, “Love Story,” comes out in June 2017 and a third next fall. Kingsbury knows how to wring the emotions out of every character and scene. She’s beenContinue reading “The Q&A: Karen Kingsbury”

The How-To: Build a Book Launch

Christine Bierma learned the ins and outs of using social media by researching and doing. She learned to boost her own speaking platform, then began working with author Lynn Austin to build her social media platform. “Lynn had limited reach on Facebook and an old-fashioned blog on which she was posting twice a month. ButContinue reading “The How-To: Build a Book Launch”

Things I Like About Christian Fiction: Variety

I may have ranted about a few things I dislike about Christian fiction. Lest you think I’m a misanthrope, there is plenty I like about the genre as well. One of the big things is the variety of authors, topics, time periods, heroes and heroines available in the vast pool of books out there. InContinue reading “Things I Like About Christian Fiction: Variety”

The Q&A: Lynn Austin

Lynn Austin’s writing space. Love the old typewriter on the shelf. One of the best parts of my job as a freelance writer and literary agent is meeting writers and talking to them about their books and writing lives. I’m delighted to share that information with you as an occasional feature on this blog. IContinue reading “The Q&A: Lynn Austin”

Lots of Us Are Annoyed with Christian Fiction—Part 3

In the last two entries posted here, I might have offered an opinion or two on what annoys me about Christian fiction (“I’m fine” and endless zings). Turns out a few other people are annoyed as well. Their comments here and on Facebook were interesting, funny, and pretty much spot on. This is the lastContinue reading “Lots of Us Are Annoyed with Christian Fiction—Part 3”

I’m Annoyed with Christian Fiction, Part Two

Romance is a wonderful thing. It’s great to experience and fun to read. Romance is the backbone of many Christian novels and many times is done quite well thanks to fine writers out there creating great books. Writers need to crank up the lovefest to keep readers titillated and eager for that first kiss orContinue reading “I’m Annoyed with Christian Fiction, Part Two”