Writer’s Life: Why Workshop?

At this moment, I am sitting on a university campus, sipping some coffee, and waiting for the first session of the day. I’m at a conference, and loving every minute of it. Yes, I’m one of those people. When given the opportunity, I jump at the chance to meet with others in my fields of interest and fully immerse myself …

Writers on Vacation

I just came back from a wonderful vacation. Things I packed: swimsuit, sunscreen, novel, writing journal. Actually, this list is similar to my vacation suitcase since I was a grade schooler. Even though I didn’t necessarily write all the time as a kid, when vacation rolled around, I would grab a notebook and let my imagination loose on the long …

Writer’s Life: The Voices in My Mind

As a writer, my head is filled with voices. Now, I’ve talked about the voice of my inner critic previously, so we’ll ignore that one today. Instead, I’d like to pay tribute to the many voices that echo within as I write, and explain how they help me along the way. Mentor Voices  “Make sure you don’t let a character …

So, You Want to Write a Hymn?

A little while ago, author Sarah Baughman invited me to guest blog for a series looking at craft as a reminder that our Creator has crafted us and that He has given us creativity to create for His glory. She asked me to talk about the craft of writing a hymn. I loved this! In fact, two of my favorite …

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The Value of a Review (and a Giveaway!)

“You should try this restaurant! It has fresh ingredients, and the service is fast. The atmosphere is catered to those who love the outdoors.” “Sounds great! So, you’ve tried it?” “Tried it?! I own it!” Tell me, what do you think of the restaurant review now? Sometimes, I feel this way as an author. In fact, it’s a pretty big …

Big News for Summer Reading

Hello! It’s hard to believe that it’s been one week since the release of The Messengers: Revealed! So much has been happening, it’s hard to keep track of it all. But! That doesn’t mean I won’t try. So how’s this for starters? For TODAY ONLY, Concordia Publishing House is offering a HUGE sale on the trilogy! If you buy all …

Book Trailers

I love book trailers. There’s something about using text, image, and music to set the tone for a story. And there’s something about capturing an entire novel in one minute. Concordia Publishing House has done a fantastic job capturing The Messengers series in a series of videos. And the last trailer is out! To celebrate, here are all three videos, …

New Choral Releases!

It’s an exciting day! Concordia Publishing House is releasing its 2018 music, and I can’t stop smiling. There’s a whole playlist full of recordings to enjoy! Today, I thought I’d take a moment to share my two contributions to the long list of choral pieces, which will also serve as a follow-up to two of my previous blog posts. In December, …

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On Writing a Hymn

Not long ago, an author friend of mine asked me if I would write a guest post on her blog. My first guest post! Her series, Masterfully Crafted, focuses on how we are God’s craftsmanship, equipped to craft creations of our own. It’s great! Each week, there’s a devotional blog post and then a tutorial. Her name is Sarah Baughman, …

Writing Ideas: Part Two

“Mom. Mom! Can you fill this out with me?” My daughter wants to be an author/illustrator, and I’m pretty sure she’d write circles around me if I were in her class. But I’d never looked to her for specific writing tips or prompts before. That’s about to change. It was Sunday, and I was exhausted after hours of moving all …