Her Story, My Prayer

In recent weeks, I’ve been having doubts about this calling I have to be a writer. Why? I made writing a priority in my life over two years ago, but there hasn’t been much interest in my books from traditional publishing houses. Will I ever get published? I’m a stay-at-home mom with kids in middle …

Girlfriend Getaway Giveaway

At the end of the school year, my daughter’s teacher gave me this “vintage” wooden Amish family (dated 1985) and encouraged me to host a giveaway. While in Sugarcreek for the Girlfriend Getaway this weekend, I asked the participating authors to sign the back of each piece. Pictured below from left to right: Amy Clipston, …

#FictionFriday: If I Run Series by Terri Blackstock

When I selected my seat for the 2017 ACFW Conference Gala, I discovered a copy of Terri Blackstock’s If I Run in my chair. Intrigued by the book’s back cover, I packed it in my carry-on and headed home. My TBR pile was quite large, so a couple of months passed before I opened the …

2017 in Review

Happy New Year! As we celebrated the holidays with extended family and friends, I was asked about my writing journey. I thought I’d share some of this year’s highlights here. In January, Literary Agent Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency offered to represent me. She has provided endless encouragement and guidance throughout the past twelve …

#FictionFriday: Shelley Shepard Gray

Congratulations to my friend and mentor Shelley Shepard Gray! On November 7th, her 39th Amish title will be available for purchase. The Gift is the third book in The Amish of Hart County Series. The Schwartz family purchased property from the Vances in Hart County, Kentucky. They are happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm …

#FictionFriday: The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

When Julie Cantrell won a 2017 ACFW Carol Award for The Feathered Bone, I thought I’d check it out. I read the book’s premise and was hooked: “In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst …

Preparing for ACFW 2017

In five short days, I’ll board a plane a head to Dallas for the 2017 American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. As I polish my pitch and print materials, I’ve been reflecting on my experience at last year’s conference in Nashville. Throughout that weekend, I was a sponge, noting various tips and tricks on the pages …