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 …

ACFW First Impressions Contest Results

Earlier this fall, I submitted the first five pages of my most recent manuscript for young adults to the 2016 ACFW First Impressions Contest. As I entered this contest for the second year, I was not expecting to win or even be named a Finalist for that matter.  My goal was to earn higher scores this …