“Oh, no,” I groaned from the backseat of the car. “I lost a benitoite.” “What’s a ba-nee-toe-ite?” my five-year-old goddaughter questioned, always eager to learn new words. I stared at the ring on my right hand, which—last time I checked—had two royal-blue stones in it. The forefinger of my left hand caressed the empty setting. […]
If you follow this blog, I’m guessing you’re probably interested in writing, editing, or both. And I’m sure you’ve figured out how much I value conferences. After all, I recently ran a contest for a full scholarship to next March’s Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference. And The Christian PEN, which I’m the founder and director […]
As we once more enter into the season of celebrating the birth of our amazing Savior, may I encourage you to consider writing a short fiction story related to Christmas? I’m putting together a series of compilations of short fictional stories, accompanied by Life Applications to help readers glean scriptural truths from those stories. Each […]
I just signed a four-book contract for a fiction-lover’s devotional. It’s a collection of short fictional stories followed by brief Life Applications, suggesting how the lessons inherent in the stories can be applied to the reader’s daily life. Bios of contributing authors will be featured at the end of each chapter, so readers can get […]
“You know, I’ve always been a huge fan of hers. I’ve read every book she’s ever written and loved them all. Until this last one.” My heart sank as I heard those words from the director of a writers’ conference I’d just spoken at. She was referring to an author I dearly loved myself: one […]
I connected with friend/colleague Bill Myers at the Write to Inspire conference a few weeks ago. Bill is a best-selling author and an award-winning filmmaker. His children’s DVD and book series, McGee and Me, has sold 4.5 million copies and has been aired on ABC as well as in 80 countries. He has written, directed, and done […]
The Orange County Christian Writers’ Conference in Southern California has a new director: me! I’ve been part of this conference since it started almost thirty years ago. I’ve been on the faculty every year, and I’ve been on the board of directors since its inception a couple of years ago, when Antonio Crawford took over […]
Ever wonder how authors and publishers come up with titles for their books? Well, I can’t take credit for mine. A colleague thought of it for me … and then threatened to steal it if I didn’t use it immediately.