Posts Categorized: Writing Life

Just the Facts—A Bible Story Quiz

While I was deep in finishing up a new preschool devotional last week, my editor and I were also going over the final proofs of a Bible storybook for toddlers (coming out in June). On the third time through the proofs, she discovered a simple factual error that we had all missed previously, a question…

4 Easy Ways to Show an Author Some Love

I wouldn’t want to be “lost” in a corn maze. That feeling that your friends are somewhere, but at the moment you’re alone. Finally, though, you round a corner and see a friend up ahead. Relief! Being an author can feel like that. Writing a book is solitary to begin with. You know your readers…

Praying for California

The devastation of the California fires this week shocks me. Have you seen the images and listened to peoples’ stories in the news and social media? I grew up in Anaheim, ten minutes from Disneyland, where eerie orange glowing skies and falling ash taunt the theme park’s “Happiest Place on Earth” slogan. Two agents and…

Books by the Banks 2015

More than 150 authors signing books in one room. A kids’ zone packed with activities, performers, and readings. Panels with authors to enlighten and encourage writers and readers. Super helpful volunteers everywhere. And lots more. Last weekend Cincinnati’s convention center hosted the 9th annual Books by the Banks festival, and I got to be a…

Lizzie’s Prayer–This Is Why I Write

I shared this story recently over on the Christian Children’s Author’s blog. I don’t want anyone to miss it, though, so I’m posting it again here. Sometimes an author gets to hear how a book she wrote impacted a child’s life. This is one of those stories! Tim and Amy Dunn serve the church I’m…

Help CAN Authors Serve in Orlando This Summer

What do you do on a Saturday morning with several hundred at-risk kids from some of the poorest neighborhoods in Orlando, Florida? Why, you have church, of course! After you pick them up in 11 big buses and give them all a free breakfast. That’s what founder Peter O’Driscoll and his team of volunteers do…

Five Takeaways from a Book Launch

Yesterday I celebrated the launch of my new book, Words to Dream On, with a party and book signing. Despite my years in the publishing world and my other published books, this is the first time I’ve been very involved in helping a new book get out there and fly. As I’ve been reflecting on…