Why Author Panels?

It had been awhile since I’d spent time with my friend, Suz. She fractured her shoulder three weeks ago, but I thought maybe she’d like to get out of her apartment. My fingers tapped out a message to her—”Hey, I’m thinking of attending an author’s panel. Elaine sent out an invite, she’s on it. Do…

Boxes of Books

Our apartment supplies a row of lockers for residents’ packages. We receive notices via email with seven-day activation codes. “Honey, there’s three notices for packages ready for pick up.” I scooted out from under my desk on my retro, white office chair-purchased online. “I finally understand online shopping. It’s like Christmas! Thanks a lot for…

Inspire Writer’s News

Three cheers for the posts of Inspire Writer’s Member News! They kindly showcase their member’s successes. It’s terrific to read what fellow writers are accomplishing with their craft. Communications Director, Damon Gray, sent me an email with links to view their May 3rd post of my recent published stories by Bethany House Publishers and Guideposts….

Guideposts’ Anthology

It’s an honor and a privilege for three of my stories to be published in this Guideposts‘ anthology, Miracles Do Happen, now available for pre-order. God’s power changes things! In Jesus Made Me Feel Better, a four year-old girl is dangerously ill, and the adults in her life aren’t aware. Who can help her in…

Anthology Released June 2019

#Anthology #rivers #Angels —I am honored and excited to be a contributor to this compilation by James Stuart Bell and Bethany House Publishers. The release date is June 1, 2019. Pre-orders are available through Amazon. Two sisters living in a 1942 logging camp hike down to the river in August. Something unexpected and terrifying occurs….

Yours and Mine…

My birth order as Baby was definitely the best position—the youngest. We had a “yours, mine, and ours family.” Blended marriages weren’t common then—most kids shared the same parents and their family continued in tact. My friends and I had trouble following who was related to each other, and which grandparents belonged to who. When…

WCCWC My #1 Takeaway

@wccw WritingCommunity Not my first writer’s conference but a memorable one. Why? The setting? Yup, love the old dairy farm renovations and rural atmosphere. The workshops? Yup, I learned new skills, application, and goal planning. The round table discussions with agents and publishers? Yup, those hour long small group meetings are a new favorite of…

Monkey Falls

Mama removed the dishes from the breakfast table in her new kitchen. “Lizzie, go brush your teeth, and then you can play on our new patio, okay?” “Goodie, Mama. Can I play by the creek?” Lizzie turned on her tummy, slid off her chair, and when her toes hit the floor she ran to Mama….

Easter Morning

Starlight faded into the sunrise as it overtook the previous night. “Hurry, Joanna. Move faster.” Mary gripped the burial cloths tighter under her arm. Her feet padded silently on the packed earth pathway. “We must reach the tomb before sunrise, or someone may stop us.” Mary’s heart pounded. She pushed the other women close together….

Prayer Softens Reality

#friendship #prayer We sat at tables pushed together for our critique group meeting. The group welcomed me after a prolonged absence from my mother’s illness, and her recent passing. The group offered condolences and related their prayers for my heart. My friend, Susie, nodded, “And how are you holding up? We were concerned about you.”…