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Knowing Your Voices

Anecdote 1: In years past, I’ve had the experience of being mother to a newborn. I spoke to my baby on a regular basis. I spoke to my husband on a regular basis. I did not speak to my child the same way I spoke to my husband. And yet each voice was truly, authentically me. Anecdote 2: In eighth grade, …

News about The Messengers

Hey there! If you follow me on social media, you may have heard some recent news about my fiction series, The Messengers. I think, however, that this is the first time I’ve mentioned it much on my blog. So! Here it goes—a few things to know about The Messengers. The Messengers: Revealed is coming soon! When exactly? I’ll tell you soon. …

Ten Things You Should Know about Poetry

No, it isn’t easy to limit all there is to say about poetry to ten points, but . . . this is a blog post. you’re a busy person. I don’t know all there is to say about poetry. But that won’t stop me from trying to share a little bit about a genre I’ve grown to love over the …

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The Collaboration of Creating

Many ask me what I love to write most. It’s true I enjoy writing for many different genres: children’s books, devotionals, blog posts, curriculum, fiction, and texts for music mingle with thank-you letters, shopping lists, and meeting notes. The writing that continually fills me with the most wonder is writing texts for music: hymns, choral pieces, and songs. The reason …

Live Chat Tonight!

Hello, friends! I’ve met many of you through our mutual friend, Simon Clay. As you may know, things are not easy for him in New Morgan, but there is more of his story to tell. So while as you wait for The Messengers: Revealed, I’ll be able to give you updates as we get closer to the final book of …

Am I a Writer?

Back in the days when most of my creativity was channeled through making jewelry and keeping toddlers entertained, I came across metal tips for fountain pens. They had belonged to my grandma, and I fell in love with the charm of them. (That’s probably why those fancy tips are so often included in my blog post images.) I began decorating …

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Five Habits for a Writer’s Life

You may have written for years; you may have written for days. But if you’re looking for a few new habits to introduce into your life as a writer, here are a handful I heartily endorse: Write. Yes, okay. That seems obvious. But far too many writers don’t write—myself included, during certain stages of my life. But there are several …

Saying Goodbye to Your Writing

“Did you cry?” An author friend asked me this as I recently sent in my manuscript to the publisher. It was my largest writing project to date; I finished a trilogy of fiction novels. Knowing myself and the way I handle transitions and grieving in general, I had a hunch that any reactions I would have would probably be delayed. …

Behind the Scenes (Writing for a Musical)

Not long ago, I had the unexpected pleasure of channeling my hymn writing interests into writing lyrics for a school musical. Today, I’m enjoying the fruits of that project as I listen to my kids and their fellow students practice the songs! It reminded me of a joint interview I was able to be a part of, teaming up with …

Reading Like a Writer

“What book are you teaching right now?” Me: “[Enter title here.]” “Do you like it?” Me: “It’s not my favorite, but since I’ve spent so much time teaching it, I can appreciate it.” During my time as a teacher, conversations like the one above occurred fairly often. But I hadn’t given it much thought lately until this week, when the …