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The irony is not lost on me. I have post-it notes all around my computer monitor, lists of deadlines and checklists to keep me on task. I eat at my desk. I stay in my office until late at night, trying to squeeze in one more project, one more...... More »

Are you jaded?

Are you jaded?

My friend Marcia, talking about why she loves writers and books and the writing process so much, said, “Books change me.” And they do. Or they should, if they do their job well. I’m possibly the worst book reviewer there is. Really. Because I always take the book and...... More »

What a tangled mess

What a tangled mess

Carey Scott is a lovely, vivacious woman who responded graciously when I posted a cry for help in my agent’s Facebook group. I don’t know her well, but I was grateful for all of the encouragement and ideas she’d offered regarding marketing and growing my blog, so I jumped...... More »

Giving it all away

Giving it all away

I love reading what people have to say about Praying Upside Down. Granted, so far I’ve been lucky and just had a couple slightly negative comments (all within otherwise excellent reviews). When I get my first really bad one, one of you will need to show up with chocolate or invite me...... More »

Review of <i>Listen, Learn, Love</i> by Susie Albert Miller

You guys are all probably tired of hearing me talk about my book (which, incidentally, releases in just three more days!). So I thought I’d try something dramatically different today… and talk about someone ELSE’s book! I know, I’m way out there. You should be used to my particular...... More »

<i>Gathered Waters</i> by Cara Luecht

Gathered Waters by Cara Luecht

My agent has really good taste in authors (if I may say so myself!), and I’m so glad that I’ve had the chance to connect with so many of the people she represents. One lovely result is that once in a while I get the chance to read a...... More »

Philip Gulley

Philip Gulley

Philip Gulley was the keynote speaker at the first Midwest Writers Workshop I attended. In fact, he’s a large part of the reason I went. I was just starting to do some writing—short, 350-word essays in my church bulletin—and Mom read about the conference and saw that he was...... More »

A blurb from Elizabeth Berg!

A blurb from Elizabeth Berg!

I finally have all of my endorsements for my book and can share them! Let me tell you, I felt tons of anxiety knowing that my words were being read by some really incredible authors. And I was blown away by the positive, kind responses. I’m going to share...... More »

Where Am I Eating?: A pseudo book review

Here’s the thing. As American consumers, we are used to people catering to us. Sometimes we forget — or, in my case, don’t really know — how our products get to us. We don’t know, or maybe don’t care, that some of the workers on these farms are, literally,...... More »

The Bait of Satan

The Bait of Satan

a pseudo book review Not long ago, I wrote about my unlikely stumbling block. You may have met Him. His name is Jesus. In Luke chapter 7, after Jesus says, “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are...... More »