What’s Your Superpower?

As students in our school district geared up for Homecoming, our middle school organized Spirit Week. One day they dressed up in clothing from a specific decade. The next day they wore crazy hats. On the third day, their costumes were inspired by a favorite Disney character. They wore school colors on Friday to show …

Stories Inspired by Song

As I finished polishing the manuscript I planned to pitch during the ACFW Conference this summer, I was challenged by a critique buddy to choose a song or two that captured the theme of my book. The manuscript is titled Camp Galatians.  Seventh grader Beth Shapiro doesn’t trust others, especially not her classmate Erick Moulder. …

Back to School Scavenger Hunt

Background vector designed by Freepik Now that most schools are back in session and many homeschoolers are diving into their curriculum, I thought it would be fun to create a Back to School scavenger hunt for young readers. Head to a store or bump around the internet (with adult supervision, of course) to search for …

A Visit with Suzanne Woods Fisher

Several years ago, my daughter received the first book in The Adventures of Lily Lapp series by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger.  While at the library, she discovered the other three books in the series.  She borrowed the books several times that summer and took them everywhere.  After we purchased a set for …

Camp Names

I recently shared my Camp Galatians manuscript with a beta reader. After reading the first couple chapters, she called with a suggestion.  Kids at camp usually address the counselors by their camp names–names like Moose and Buckeye.  Some camps allow you to choose your own name while others make you earn it.  This was an …

2016 Pre-conference Mix and Mingle

As I prepare for my first writers conference, I’m excited to participate in this online mixer. Name: Laurie Smith Location: Cincinnati, Ohio What you write/tagline/trademark:  I write inspirational fiction for middle grade readers.  My tagline is “Building His Kingdom one project at a time.” Place in the book world:  Though I’ve been writing for the past few …

Impromptu Photo Shoot

As I created this website, I knew I needed a head shot.  One evening, moments before our family had to leave for an event downtown, I asked my older daughter to take a few pictures of me in our backyard.  The timing, conditions, and equipment were far from optimal, but I wanted to meet my …