#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 …

My Top 10 Favorites in Ohio Amish Country

Over the past four years, I’ve visited Ohio Amish Country about a dozen times. People often ask me for recommendations as they plan their own trips, so I created a list of my top 10 favorites in Ohio Amish Country. 10. Rebecca’s Bistro      If you’re not in the mood for Amish fare, head …

Keep Moving Forward

While packing for a week’s vacation in Michigan, I received an email from my agent. She had heard from The Editor, the one who had expressed interest in my writing after reading my novella, and she wanted my thoughts about his reaction to my first full-length novel. This was the moment I’d been waiting for …

The Creation of a Novel

I attended the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat this weekend in Cincinnati. My favorite part of the event was the presentation by inspirational authors Becky Wade and Dani Pettrey. While speaking to us about planning, writing, revising, and publishing a book, Becky illustrated the creation of a novel with M&Ms. When I asked for permission to …

#ibelieveinbookfairies

This summer, thanks to a couple of friends, I discovered The Book Fairies, a community of book lovers from around the world who have the desire to share books with others. From the website, I learned The Book Fairies launched in March 2017, and there are currently readers in “over 100 countries involved, from New …