My Writing Journey: An Update

My life as a writer has been crazy since I last posted, but I thought I’d step away from the first draft of my next book to update readers about this phase of my writing journey. When speaking with my agent in early February, we discussed a series anchored by the manuscript she held in her hands. I was given several options as we …

I HAVE AN AGENT!

Last April, I made writing a priority in my life.  My goal is to be a published author, and I’ve taken another step on this journey by accepting representation by a literary agent.  Though there’s much work to be done, I thought I’d continue to share what I learn along the way.  In this post, I reflect on …

Importance of Writers Groups

As I mentioned in a previous post, I joined a writers group in October (2016).  I missed four of our weekly meetings due to the holidays.  During my absence, I was inspired to write a series of short stories for a collection I’m calling 12 Gifts.  Each story highlights a different service organization, informing readers of specific needs in the community and inspiring …

Story Quilts

Last year, my daughter’s fifth grade reading class was assigned a historical fiction quilt project.  Impressed with this assignment, I immediately started brainstorming how this project could be modified, specifically for younger readers.  My daughters love to read.  They often like to write stories and draw pictures.  If you know kids like mine, this could …

Notecards for Novels

As I mentioned in a previous post, I pitched a book at the ACFW Conference in August.  In preparation for meetings with editors and agents during that weekend, I filled a spiral-bound book of index cards with important details about the manuscript.  The book was small and lightweight, occupying little space in my bag.  Though …

Angel Tree

When we started attending our church (a large, multi-site church in Cincinnati), I volunteered for Angel Tree, hoping to meet people and make the place feel smaller. I’ve continued to serve with this ministry for the past 11 years because I want to be part of the overwhelming generosity of others in our community.  According …