Family Fiction Q & A

It must be the season for interviews! This month, I am the featured Speculative Fiction author for Family Fiction magazine. What an honor! It’s my prayer that this is an opportunity for more people to meet Simon and the Messengers. Their Q & A provided me with another to reflect on my fiction writing. Check it out here!  

Interview and Musings about Ending a Trilogy

I’ve said before how much I enjoy interview about writing. Primarily, I appreciate them because they force me to take a moment and reflect on my writing process. It’s something all writers should do regularly, in my opinion, and an interview is a great excuse for it. Recently, Concordia Publishing House interviewed me about writing Revealed, the final installment of …

Gratitude

This is a month of gratitude. Of thankfulness. Some people wait till Thanksgiving while others post a note of thanks every day. The past few days, I’ve been filled with gratitude when contemplating my role as a writer. I’m grateful for my fiction readers. Oh, how I am thankful for you. I knew from the start that this would be …

Writing about Scary Things

This past month, we’ve seen goblins and ghouls line the store aisles. Shrieks and screams are a bit more commonplace as people pay high prices to get spooked. Many Christians wrestle with what to do during a month that celebrates fear. Where do we draw the line between dress up or candy and darkness or evil? As a mom, I’ll …

Guilty Pleasures

We all have “guilty pleasures”—I’m not necessarily talking about straight-up sinful temptations at the moment. I’m talking about those things in life that can be good . . . in moderation. Things that can even be a blessing . . . until they’re not. Take, for example, a few of my food guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter M&Ms Fritos Mild Cheddar …

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Ten Grammar Tips for Any Writer

When I taught high school students, I told them intelligence and good spelling were not directly correlated. You can be a very bright person and a very poor speller. Additionally, semicolons and ampersands are easy for some people while exponents and factorials are easy for others. It was my pet peeve, in fact, when creative people told me that they …

Writing Ideas: Part Three

I love writing, and I love teaching. So I enjoy the blog series “Writing Ideas” on this site. You can find Part One and Part Two here. Whether you are a writer or a teacher of writing (or both), I hope these ideas inspire you to practice the craft of writing. Found Poem I first learned this idea from my incredible …

Writer’s Life: Pressure

I was in seventh grade. In a class with our school counselor, I learned a fascinating truth: Stress can be a good thing. We started talking about the difference between eustress and distress. We took a stress factor inventory. It just so happened that was a more-stressful-than-most year for me, which I took in with a certain sense of pride. …

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 …