Author’s Journey

You Never Know How Long You’ve Got

You Never Know How Long You’ve Got

My Facebook feed flooded last week with stories about Jonathan Crombie, the actor who played Gilbert Blythe in the Anne of Green Gables movies. It seems like every woman in my generation confessed to having had a crush on him. Gretchen Kuykendall Engel put it well when she wrote, “There is a bit of Gilbert […]

Hybrid Authors

Hybrid Authors

When you’re a writer, at some point you have to face the decision about whether to self-publish or pursue traditional publishing. There are pros and cons to both routes, so it really depends on both the author and the book itself what the best option is. For some, that may be an easy decision. For […]

Alphabet Blogging: X is for…

Alphabet Blogging: X is for…

Xeroxed characters. Have you ever read a book and thought that every single one of the characters sounded and acted the same way and even seemed to have the same motivations? It’s almost like the author just copied one character several different times, gave them a different hair or eye color to distinguish, and set […]

Why It’s So Hard to Make a Living Writing

Why It’s So Hard to Make a Living Writing

Rachel Hauck, a best-selling romance novelist, once said at a meeting of the Central Florida chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers that you can make money writing. You may not make a living, but you can make money. It’s an important distinction, and one I’ve heard before. Few novelists make their sole income from novel […]

Pass It On

Pass It On

Over the last several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to some newer writers about writing craft and the art of storytelling. I am at the point now where people are coming to me to ask my input, and to think I might have something to offer. That’s one of the most fulfilling parts […]

Teacup Review: Avenir Eclectia

Teacup Review: Avenir Eclectia

It’s been a while since we sat down with a cup of tea and a book. But I just finished Avenir Eclectia, with which some of you may be familiar, so I thought I’d share my observations. It’s hard to review a book when its authors and editors are your friends. One always worries about […]

Saving Old Stories

Saving Old Stories

My eleven-year-old mentioned last night that he was planning to throw away his story, “Once Upon An Alien,” of which he had written about seven chapters. Because he was going to write something new. Now, being the ADD-ish writer that I am, I totally understand how a new idea can trump an old one, and […]