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Reflections on 2018 by Chris Forster

Chris Forster writes about her reflections on 2018 in her blog post. As you reflect on the past year, did it meet your expectations, did you find that some things you thought would happen just didn’t? Are you hopeful for this new year? Chris looks back on 2018 and reflects on all these questions with interesting results.

“This has been a most interesting year. I joined several quilt-a-longs to hopefully, move forward some ufos. Did not happen. There was really only one quilt start and it was the one thing I worked on every month. Oh. There was another impulse. The lazer cut pre fused Huguenot Friendship Quilt. It was boring. Really. I did bring Bright Jane out to play for a few months. That was fun. Then impulsively I wrote up 26 blog posts about ufos never before mentioned here. It was quite a journey. But not a stitch to move any of them forward…” continue reading Chris’ blog post

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You can find Chris’ book, “Denine”, about a severely challenged child, in our bookstore in the Autobiographies section or go directly to Amazon by clicking the book.

Happy Reading! ~ Lynne

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Regrets Left Unsaid by Pirkko Rytkonen

Grief and regrets are in all our lives in some way, some very strong and personal. Author, Pirkko Rytkonen, shares with us her personal grief over the loss of her younger sister in her blog post, ‘Regrets Left Unsaid’.

https://pirkkorytkonen.com/2018/11/25/regrets-left-unsaid/
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You can find Pirkko’s book, “The Other Child”, about a decades-old lie shattering a family, in our bookstore in the General Fiction section and on Amazon by clicking on the book below.

Happy Reading! ~ Lynne

Anna Sklar on Life and Work in 2018

What better way to start the new year than with a devotional to study through The Lord’s Prayer?
A look back at 2018 for a very busy author, Anna Sklar, who writes Bible Studies, Devotionals, and nonfiction.

“I’ve been busy.

Not just when it comes to creating or updating or compiling books.

I got myself a part-time job and started a Master’s program too!

The job and the schooling are done from home, which is the only way it works for me.

And I’m grateful, SO GRATEFUL, for all that fills my days.

But I’m still finding the balance.”… read more of Anna’s blog

G.D. Talbot’s Interview with Jon Michael Lawrence

G. D. Talbot’s Interview with Jon Michael Lawrence

G. D Talbot recently interviewed Christian children’s author, Jon Michael Lawrence as he publishes his new book, The Lamb of God.

 

“…When I was younger I loved poetry and always wanted to publish a book of some sort. About a year ago one day God gave me a story to write which is called ‘Charlie’s Good Deeds’ where I use a rabbit named Felix and a horse named Charlie to teach children about ‘The Good Samaritan’ and about being generous. Since that book I have written 6 other children’s books and a poetry book to praise God…”

The Lamb Of God by Jon Michael Lawrence

 

 

 

You can read G. D.’s full interview with Jon here:

https://gdtalbot.blogspot.com/2018/08/my-interview-with-jon-michael-lawrence.html

 

Happy Reading Everyone  🙂

Lynne

Existential Quandary by Benjamin T Collier

Existential Quandary by Benjamin T. Collier

Existential Quandary

Have you ever wondered where God came from? Benjamin T. Collier tackles this mind-blowing question – an Existential Quandary.

 

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“In Genesis it says “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” and then it says, “The earth was without form and void”. There’s something in this passage that I think a lot of modern readers miss. I was raised Christian, but I was also raised in a world of science which tends to approach everything from a naturalistic perspective. And as such, I somehow got it into my head that the emptiness that existed before Creation was something that had always been, and that God somehow ‘came about’ and made the cosmos out of the nothingness that was already there, which means God was somehow either existing alongside the nothingness or he was a product of it. What this verse tells me is that even the nothingness that a lot of us tend to think of as prime reality, this absence of existence, is in itself something created by God. God made an empty space in which to create things, he didn’t come into existence in an empty space and then make other things. God was, at one point, all there was. There was nothing that was not God. No earth, no heaven, no void, just God. Nothingness was not even a thing until God allowed it to be. Needless to say that changed my perspective”…

Read Benjamin’s full blog post at benjaminfrog.com

Benjamin writes fantasy, science-fiction and nonfiction. Go to Benjamin’s blog to find out about his books.

Happy Reading!

What Is Christian Speculative Fiction? by Lynne Collier

Christian author, Lynne Collier, writes Christian Speculative Fiction and Fantasy. Here she explains the differences between overt and non-overt fiction.

What Is Christian Speculative Fiction?

Writing Christian Speculative Fiction

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“Biblical [Christian] Speculative Fiction is speculative fiction which uses Christian themes and incorporates the Christian worldview…”  — Wikipedia.

In many of the modern Christian fiction novels, the characters are mainly Christian and act on guidance from God with no overt or miraculous divine intervention. There is almost always a non-Christian character who eventually becomes ‘born again’ and the emphasis is biblical and doctrinal, as in Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’ Left Behind series. It differs greatly from speculations on the Bible and Christianity found in fictional work such as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

An example of a story which portrays a biblical and doctrinal emphasis but also features miraculous intervention would be Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness which features demons, angels, and spiritual warfare.

Examples of stories which reflect a Christian worldview without explicitly Christian references would be The Lord of the Rings by RR Tolkien, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, and G. K. Chesterton’s The Ball and the Cross, which are overtly miraculous in content…”

 

Read Lynne Collier’s full blog post at  lynnecollier.com

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Ruth Smith Meyer

Ruth Smith Meyer, thank you for joining us; please tell us a little bit about yourself.

What or who motivated you to become an author?

From the time my mother and then older sister read stories to me, I was fascinated by the idea of writing. As a teen, I assisted my dad in putting out a newsletter and occasionally did some ghost-writing of his editorials when he was busy. However, my writing was mostly in the form of poems, short stories and letters until I began working at a Day Centre for Seniors. While there I wrote Keenagers Korner, a bi-weekly column for four area weekly papers. Attending the last God Uses Ink conference set things into motion for writing my first novel, Not Easily Broken. That was followed by a sequel Not Far from the Tree.

Do you have a favourite genre to write in, if so what is it and why?

Writing is so much a part of me that I have to write. I like to dabble in a lot of different kinds—devotional (I have regular assignments for REJOICE magazine,) inspirational, fiction, children’s literature and my latest adventure—the writing of my memoir, Out of the Ordinary. I also have been involved in several anthologies—the Hot Apple Cider series and am currently working with five other authors to write Good Grief People due to come out February, 2017.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as an author?

Perhaps the biggest learning curve came when I was ready to have my book published. After much research and advice from experienced authors, I decided to self-publish with a firm who also had a distributing arm. Carving out the time to actually sit down to work on bigger projects is a continuing challenge. The times I have gone somewhere else to write have been the most productive. House-sitting for friends once gave me the opportunity for three weeks of uninterrupted time and that was great. Setting aside regular days is imperative. However, blogs and shorter works are often done late into the evening.

Have you found that challenge to get easier the more you write?

Yes, in my usual life, it did get easier. My second husband died at the beginning of this year. His final illness and the emptying of a house interrupted my schedule, but I am getting back to a more disciplined writing time.

What is your goal with your writing and who do you usually intend to reach with it?

The goal of any of my writing is to inspire readers to discover their own strengths, to face their fears, to find hope and growth in the midst of difficulty and to become all that God intended for them to be. I hope they also find joy and humour in the lighter moments as they read.

What else do you like to do besides writing, what are your other passions in life?

I find great joy in speaking to a variety of audiences with my inspirational talks. I am passionate about helping couples make the most of their marriage and for years was involved in various aspects of Marriage Encounter including presenting. After experiencing the death of two husbands sixteen years apart, I also find satisfaction in helping others who are on the grieving journey. I love nature, photography, painting, and all things creative. I love people and of course, my family. With two marriages I have four children, four step-children, in-laws, eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Each one of them is precious and I make birthday cards for each of them—another joy in life.

What do you think sets your books apart and why should people buy them?

Most people who have tried them say they are easy to read—a down-to-earth tone that makes them enjoyable even as they learn. They also appreciate the candor with which I relate real-life situations, making it natural for them to relate to the story. They find help in dealing with their own life and inspire them to grow.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

Not Easily Broken and Not Far from the Tree are my two novels. Out of the Ordinary is my life story, and Tyson’s Sad Bad Day is my children’s book that helps little ones deal with the death of family members. I also have stories in Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, Taste of Hot Apple Cider and Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon anthologies of Canadian Writers. I also contributed to another anthology, Fifty Shades of Grace.

Thank you so much for joining us, Ruth Smith Meyer

Christian Author Kenneth Steele

Kenneth L Steele

Kenneth L Steele, thank you for joining us; please tell us a little bit about yourself.

What or who motivated you to become an author?

Probably about years ago God put it in my heart to write a book. My goal was to write a novel but He spoke to me and said write something that would motivate the People to grow in me. I came up with Focus 15.

Do you have a favorite genre to write in, if so what is it and why?

I believe God has given me the ability to write devotionals. The reason is because I love to help people grow in God.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as an author?

Trying to promote/market my own book.

Have you found that challenge to get easier the more you write?

Yes

What is your goal with your writing and who do you usually intend to reach with it?

I would like to reach everyone because I believe this devotion can help people grow in God.

What else do you like to do besides writing, what are your other passions in life?

Love playing basketball and hanging out with my family.

What do you think sets your books apart and why should people buy them?

Simplicity and the reason is because of the ability to navigate through each day with ease. I love how easy it is to search the Scripture and be able to reflect on what was read each day.

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Elaine Stock

Welcome Elaine Stock, thank you so much for joining us. We would love to know, When did you decide to become a writer? Is there a particular person or event that created that spark?

I’ve always enjoyed a good story! Ever since I could recall, my mother always held a book in her hands. She made a big and delightful fuss when I signed the back of my very first library card, making it possible for me to check out countless books through the years that not only entertained and educated me, but most likely helped to keep my sanity intact. My aunt was also an incredibly talented storyteller and used to regale my brother and me with amazing stories.

I penned stories in my early years of elementary school, moving onto the desire to become a comedic playwright in my junior high school years, and then into mainstream fiction in high school. However, it wasn’t until my mother passed away when I was in my mid 20s did I begin to take my writing interests seriously—she was a very creative woman who due to mental illness never could make her dreams come true. After many years of off and on writing, learning the craft, and trying different genres did I make the move to link my writing to my faith. That’s when things began to change for the positive as far as accomplishment and publication goes. I wish I’d had that insight years ago … maybe I’d have several novels published by now … but maybe not. I’ve also learned that everything happens in His time frame, not mine.

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What is your favourite genre to write?

I write contemporary mainstream fiction. I’ve tagged my writing as “Fusing Family Drama and Psychological Suspense” because the former psychology major in me loves stories about broken/troubled families and how our Father can heal what society deems impossible. Throw in a dollop of suspense and it becomes a creative playground for my imagination.

Are your books only for Christians or would other people also enjoy them?

My novels do circle around faith elements—I believe in hope, in His hope, and cannot get away from that. Yet, I don’t make them sermon-like preachy, nor do I believe that Christian fiction needs a “Saving” scene. I do believe that the general market reader will enjoy my novels.

How long have you known the Lord, what brought you to a relationship with Him?

I cannot not recall a time when I haven’t believed in a supreme being that rules the universe. However, I wasn’t brought up in a Christian home and I believe this was the impetus for my search for God throughout my teen years. Through the social media of the ‘70s—way before the Internet!—as in movies and pop songs, I became curious about Jesus, a Savior, wanting a direct relationship with me and one who wants to connect me to Father. After marrying my husband I was baptized (by sprinkle) in my early 20s and many years later was baptized a 2nd time by submersion. Both times I’ve experienced a truly Holy presence.

How do you connect with God best?

My days are filled with constant murmurs or out and out conversation with God. I also enjoy taking walks—that’s when I hear Him reply the clearest to me. Sometimes, too, I meet certain people or witness people interacting in dynamic relationships/conversations with each other, go about my own life, and then later learn that I’d earlier received what I think of as a God-lesson.

What do you consider the best piece of advice you can give to novice authors?

Believe in yourself and the stories/accounts you’re meant to write. Not to say that you shouldn’t accept objective help and learn about the craft of writing, but do avoid any negativity and discouragement or the disregard from those who label your writing interests as a hobby that will pass. In other words: take your writing seriously. Also, accept that it will take time and that you’re in it for the often very long haul.

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Are you a member of any writing groups?

I belong to: ACFW and WFWA (Women’s Fiction Writers Association).

What writing project are you currently working on?

I’m finishing up another story about a family. Three of its members—a daughter about to turn eighteen, her mom, and her father, all need rescuing but for different reasons.

Thank you again, for sharing with us today Elaine! If you would like to learn more about Elaine Stock’s books or purchase them, you can find them below:

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Sara Davison

Welcome, Sara Davison! We’re eager to know, when did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I have two early memories, or “light bulb moments”, in my childhood that helped me to see that this is what I wanted to do with my life. As a kid, I pretty much lived in the library, which was in a big old house with creaky wooden floors in our little town. I have a vivid memory of walking up and down the aisles of that library one day when I was nine or ten, running my hands along the spines of the books and thinking, All these people wrote a book. It can be done. I can do this. Another light bulb moment for me came after a grade four field trip. When we came back to the school, we had to do a write-up about our day away. Mine was chosen for the school newsletter, and I can still remember that feeling of seeing my words in print and knowing people were reading them, the thrill that gave me. So the desire to write and have my work published was sparked in me at a very young age.

Why do you write?

The easy answer is that I write because I have to. There are times when I am gripped so strongly by a story or scene idea that it feels like I will explode if I don’t get it down on paper. What drives me more than that, though, is the absolute certainty that this is what God has called me to do. He has given me a gift that I have to use for His glory in order to find any joy or fulfillment in life. And equally strong as this urge to write, is the desire to have my words read. I found a quote recently that shed light on this desire for me. The quote was by Max McLean, founder of the Fellowship for the Performing Arts, who said: “… I am amazed at the communicators who have never quite understood that a story is not a story until it has been received.” That revelation struck me like an apple falling from a tree and bouncing off my head: The stories I write are incomplete until someone reads them. It is in the reading that the connection is made, the process is completed, the circle is closed. So I write out of obedience to the calling God has given me, and pray that, as I write and others read, God will use my words to have an impact on the hearts and lives of others.

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When do you find time to write?

Now that my kids are getting older, it’s becoming a bit easier to find time to write. When they were young, I did pretty much all of my writing between nine at night and one or two in the morning. Thankfully, I am a night owl, so that worked okay for me. Even now, with two of my three kids doing online education from home, it can be tricky to find extended periods of quiet, uninterrupted time to work. I tend to take advantage of shorter time periods, such as the half hour I am waiting for my son to come out of his guitar lesson. And of course, I do still work late into the night, which is always my most productive time. Something I have found to be of tremendous value is going away once or twice a year on a week-long writing retreat. I go with a couple of friends and we spend our time writing, enjoying great meals, going for walks, more writing, then reading our work to each other in the evenings for feedback. I can’t tell you how relaxing, refreshing, and productive those times are, and highly recommend that every writer considers gifting themselves with those times away from the demands of everyday life.

Where did the idea for The Seven Trilogy come from?

The trilogy is set about forty years in the future, in Canada, and has a bit of an end times feel to it. The funny thing about that is I would have considered myself the least likely person to write on this topic. Movies such as The Mark of the Beast and other graphic apocalyptic films were very popular when I was in my teens, and I saw several of them at my church. Like they did for a lot of people, the movies terrified me, and for years, I didn’t want to read or watch or talk about anything to do with the end times. Then a few years ago our pastor led a study on the book of Revelation. Through that study, I began to see the beauty and the power in the book, and the hope it offers for the future of every believer. That planted the seeds for this series.

Fascinating, what is the theme of this book? Of the series?

When I first began writing The Seven Trilogy, some of the things that happen seemed a little far-fetched. By the time I was done the first book, The End Begins, however, those same events felt like they had been torn from the headlines of the daily news. There is no question that Christians in North America are at the very beginning of experiencing the treatment that Christians in other parts of the world have been undergoing for years. So far we cannot claim to have encountered true persecution, but there is an increasing hostility toward believers, spurred on by media bias and misrepresentation, that will inevitably lead to harsher and harsher treatment. According to the Bible, while this is inevitable, it is also a good thing. The church in North America is untethering itself from society. The gap between believers and the world is widening, and before long there will be no middle ground. Everyone will have to choose whether they will take a stand for or against Jesus Christ. While these times may be scary, they are also incredibly exciting. As the apostle Paul put it in Romans 5:3-5, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” As the times become more difficult, Paul promises that not only will believers grow in perseverance, character, and hope, but we will experience to a greater degree than ever before, the sustaining love and presence of God. And that is the main theme of The Seven Trilogy.

What do you hope your reader will take away after reading this book?

While there is uncertainty ahead, and it is easy to be afraid when we watch the news and see everything that is happening in the world today, the truth is that God does not want us to live in fear. Over and over again in the Bible, He tells us not to be afraid. We can rest secure in his promise that He will never leave us or forsake us, and in Jesus’ assertion in John 16:33 that, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Instead of facing what is to come with fear, we can face it with hope. As one of my characters, Jesse, says in Book 3, The Morning Star Rises: “I used to be sure of so many things in life … Now I only know two things to be absolutely true. God is still on his throne. And he has not abandoned us.” So I pray that after reading this trilogy, what the reader will take away with him or her is hope, that whatever happens in the future, God will carry us through. And that those who persevere to the end will enjoy His presence for all eternity.

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What is the best feedback you have received?

Author Nancy Rue did an endorsement for The End Begins. She called the book, “important” which meant a lot to me. Other readers have commented that after reading The End Begins they were inspired to read and study their Bibles more, in case, like the characters in the book, their Bibles are ever taken away from them. Many have said that they were motivated to contemplate the future, and ask themselves if they are ready for what is to come. That kind of feedback, evidence that God is using the books to prepare believers for the future, is incredibly thrilling and humbling to me.

What are your future writing plans?

Book 2 of the trilogy, The Dragon Roars, releases in April. I am currently working on revising and polishing the manuscript of Book 3, The Morning Star Rises, which comes out in October. After that, I hope to continue to put out books through my amazing publisher, Ashberry Lane. I have a two-book romantic suspense series that I want to go back and revise and edit and then submit for possible publication in 2017. Other than that, I will wait to see what God’s plans are for my work. I don’t come up with the ideas for the stories myself, they come from Him, so as long as He continues to give me the stories, I will continue to be obedient to the call and to produce work that is as excellent as I can make it, for His glory. As I say in the dedication section of all my books, It is all from Him and for Him.

Thank you so much for joining us Sara! If you want to learn more about Sara Davison’s books or purchase them, you can find them below:

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Donna Fawcett

Welcome, Donna Fawcett! Tell us, How did you get your start as an author?

It began in high school when an English teacher told me that if I did nothing else in life, I should write. I shrugged that off until I was in the midst of raising my children. I wrote a story about our dog who rescued our daughter. It was published. I didn’t know that this was unusual. I sent a few other stories out and they, too, were published. As the empty nest loomed, I took university courses in writing. I highly recommend anyone wanting to write to get a formal education first.

Why is that?

Too many raw writers submit their stories before they are ready. They make many mistakes and end up blowing their chances of being published. It could have easily gone that way for me but God really wanted me in this industry so he walked me through those first years.

If you could give one piece of advice what would it be?

Shut down emotion when it is time to submit to an editor. Too many writers ruin opportunities because they are too in love with their writing. Yes, there are times when editors go too far but for the most part, they know the market, they know their readers and they know what will sell. I draw the line when the writing no longer sounds like my writing or when I am asked to compromise my beliefs.

What is the key to getting known?

There are two keys to becoming a known author. I’m still working at both of them. One is exposure. Get involved in writing guilds but also get involved in volunteer organizations. People want to read your work if they know you. Speak at events. The second is patience. There are a handful of one-shot wonders out there but they are rare. Most writers become known because they are patient. They work at it continually.

What is the underlying purpose for your writing?

I ultimately want to bring glory to God. There are so many amazing things in the Bible that, when God reveals them to me, I just want to write about. I have seen (and done it myself once) writers compromise their faith in small increments in hopes that they will catch the attention of the masses. Trust me. If God wants our writing out there, He will put it there. If he has one person in mind who will come to faith in Jesus through my writing, that is enough. My gift belongs to him in whatever way he desires to use it.

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Thank you for joining us Donna! If you want to learn more about Donna Fawcett’s books or purchase them, you can find them below:

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Glynis M. Belec

Welcome, Glynis! Tell our readers, who is Glynis M. Belec?

I wonder that myself some days. The first thing for sure, though – I am a child of God. It took me a while to realize this, but now I also love the God nudges and the way He reminds me to pay attention to daily blessings.
Some call me an award winning writer and children’s author just because I’ve won a few contests and I have some pretty ribbons, plaques and fancy scrolls in frames on my wall.

One thing – I cannot imagine a world without little people to inspire and bless me. I have lived in Drayton with my happy hubby, for almost 30 years. I got my first big break and my real start in writing professionally writing a weekly column – Sugar and Spice – in the Drayton Community News. I approached the editor with knees-a-knocking. But she apparently liked what I had to say, because I ended up writing that column for over 11 years. The word spread and the same column was picked up in another nearby town for 8 years – kind of like mini-syndication!

I also write devotions, short stories, blog posts, magazine articles for children and big people and most of all, I rejoice daily because I am constantly reminded about God’s amazing grace and His unconditional love.

I was a private tutor for over 18 years but last year, I had to give that up because I needed to convert my classroom to a ‘granddad’ apartment for my 89 year old Poppa Bear after his heart attack. I sure do miss my students but thankfully, I still manage to surround myself with children at every opportunity. Oh how I love to collect story-fodder from the everyday. It’s amazing where and when inspiration comes.

Sorry – I’m rambling. Next question?

How long have you been writing?

Okay, that’s an easy one. I am almost an antique. I started writing, seriously, almost 30 years ago. At least, that was my first paying gig. I had won first prize in a county-wide writing contest that I saw posted in a local library so it started me thinking that maybe people might want to read what I have to write. I was head over the heels thrilled and when we relocated to Drayton, I happened upon a 12-week course for freelance writers. I was hooked.

Why do you write?

I write because my momentum needs momentum. Seriously, I have this deep inner longing to write and nothing else satisfies it. I can’t really say I have ever had writer’s block. My problem is time and opportunity. I have a lot of personal issues going on in my household that draws me away often from my office. It’s okay, though. I’m not complaining. The way I see it is God’s timing is perfect. One day I will be able to spend long, uninterrupted hours at my desk, proffering forth paragraphs to my heart’s content. Until then, I keep reminding myself that I write when I can for God and I write because it allows me to share my heart. I like to think I don’t write for monetary gain, but I think many writers know that this is not always a good reason to write! I write for children because I love to see children smile and laugh and escape and fall in love with words. Nothing warms my heart more than when a Mom sends me a quick note telling me one of my books is their child’s favourite! Can you hear me purring?

 

What do you write?

I love writing for children. I especially love writing picture books with purpose. When I say ‘with purpose’ I don’t mean preachy. What I like doing is getting inside a child’s head and figuring out what they might be dealing with and then write something about that. I LOVE humour. I love to laugh and I love to make others laugh – probably about time I grew up, but I find staying a little child-like makes me less stressed and more focused on my passion.

I also write a lot of short stories for anthologies such as the Hot Apple Cider series and the Chicken Soup books. Writing devotions, too, is a good way for me to practice writing tight while focussing on passing on God’s word.

Presently I am working on a devotional, inspirational book for women called Help! I Need a New Fig Leaf. I’m really excited about that. I am not sure if I will publish it through my own Angel Hope Publishing company or if I will seek a traditional publisher.

I have a tween book in the offing, too. It’s the first book in my Stone Angel Series and it is called Broken Wings. I really need to blow the dust off this manuscript and resume high speed.

As well as all of these, I periodically write magazine articles and I have a regular column in a writer’s magazine and a faith article in a local newspaper.

I hear you have a bit of a speaking platform. Can you tell us about that?

I sure do. I have been speaking for a few years now and I love it. I have always been a bit of a drama queen (my husband bought me the sign) and no stranger to the amateur theatre stage, but that was with rehearsed lines and a memorized script. That I could handle no problem.

After my cancer journey – or maybe I should say during – God got hold of me and seemed to be stretching me and refining me for something very cool (bald joke intended). I wasn’t wise about it at the time but I had a wonderful girlfriend in Florida who called me often and helped me through much. She told me, one day when we were chatting on the phone, she had felt God tell her to tell me (kind of like a prophecy) that I would soon be writing and speaking about my journey and how God was working in my life. At first, I laughed. Then I learned that I shouldn’t laugh at God.

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I regularly speak to women about Hope (my favourite topic) and other subjects – usually joyful, upbeat, and hopefully, inspirational. Sometimes I speak about my cancer journey and then share how God always has our backs. I really like leading writing workshops and talking about my books and for a while now, I have been speaking in schools to children about reading & writing. My favourite children’s workshop is called, Writing Rocks!

Did I hear you have a publishing company?

You heard correctly. ANGEL HOPE PUBLISHING is my baby and I love it I don’t advertise it a lot because I am afraid that it might get too much for me to handle and I don’t ever want to lose what writing time I can squeak in each day. My daughter, Amanda, works for me a few days a week and she is my great graphic designer and bookkeeper. We make a good team but she also works in a sign shop so I can’t have her full time! Angel Hope Publishing has a definite criteria for publication.

Do you have any advice for writers?

I really love teaching new writers and encouraging them in their craft. I remember what it was like going it alone in ‘the olden days!’ So here goes my three favourite pieces of advice for new and seasoned writers:

Never give up hope. Keep writing no matter what, if it truly is the passion of your heart. Even if you don’t think you are making headway, you really are. It’s called experience. Keep swimming!

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Cut it down by half and leave nothing out. In other words, don’t fill your page with empty words. Keep the message but cut the fluff.

When you write from the heart, you touch other hearts. I have this saying on my website. Really listen to what God is telling you to share and then share it with all your soul. There is no better compliment about your writing than when someone says with all sincerity, “I know exactly what you mean. Thank you for speaking your heart. Your words touched me deeply.”

Thank you. Glynis, for joining us! If you would like to learn a bit more about Glynis M Belec’s books or purchase them, you can find them below:

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