Marti Pieper_HeadshotSteamy summer greetings from central Florida, where the International Christian Retail Show will begin in about ten days. I met Mike Dellosso, the subject of today’s interview, in a much cooler climate, however—high in the Colorado Rockies near Estes Park, home of the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, where we both served on faculty. I’m delighted to welcome him on this return visit to our CAN blog.mikeprofilepic

Mike, although I met you not long ago, we didn’t discuss your work. Let’s change that right now. How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I have eight full-length novels published and one novella. A few recent novels . . . Fearless, Frantic, and just released, Centralia. I also have a novel (A Thousand Sleepless Nights) I wrote under a pseudonym, Michael King. Read More →


Marti Pieper_HeadshotGreetings from lovely Mount Dora, Florida, where the temperatures seem unduly warm after my nine-day sojourn in Estes Park, Colorado teaching and serving on staff at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. I took my husband along this year, and the final day, we went from snow to sweltering in less than twelve hours’ time. But I trust that no matter how warm you are, the following interview with author Sharon K. Souza will blow into your day like a refreshing breeze. Although I don’t know Sharon personally, she and I met online several years ago through the popular (now retired) Novel Matters blog, where she served as a contributing author. I enjoyed her posts there, and I know you’ll enjoy her words of wisdom here as well.

Welcome once again to the CAN blog, Sharon! How many books do you have published, and what are a few of your latest titles? img_3823

I have five books published. My two latest titles are The Color of Sorrow Isn’t Blue and Unraveled.

Those both sound intriguing. You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2012. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

As every author knows, the writing life is a solitary life, and I think that’s okay with most writers. We tend to be better able to handle the solitude, which is not to say we aren’t social, but the nature of our work means we have to spend hours at our computer working away at our word count when we’d probably prefer to do things that are more fun. Read More →


C. Kevin Thompson - Author PhotoGrace & Peace from the hot and humid region of Central Florida (Leesburg)! (I know, is there a region of Florida that isn’t hot or humid in May? But hey, it’s already Hurricane season…before it’s officially Hurricane season…one storm down…Who knows how many more to come…)  

When I was asked to post this interview, I thought, “How ironic.” It’s been a while, but I remember “meeting” this author, so many years ago, on a website dedicated to speculative fiction. There was a contest being held wherein authors could send in portions of their work one phase at a time. First, (If I recall correctly) you sent in the log line and the blurb. If you made to the next round, then you sent in the first page. If you made it to the next round, you sent in more of the WIP. It was American Idol, or sorts. As each stage of the contest progressed, people could weigh in and vote, visit and interact in the chat room, etc. Those with the highest votes made the “cut,” and moved on to the next round. It was an interesting experience for me, and helped me improve at writing log lines and blurbs, for sure. 

It’s funny how “Anomalous” paths cross “where the maps ends.” It was definitely a “Gerke” kind of experience.

So, without further ado, I introduce you to Jennifer Allee, better(?) known as “jallee, the Junior Member” in the Spec Fic world. 

Welcome, Jennifer! From those days in 2009-10 when publication was a dream, and everyone had an idea for a novel, I’m sure you were like the rest of us. Hopeful. Now, here we are in 2015. The dream is a reality. How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?Jen - Sept 2014 - St. Louis

I’ve had eleven books traditionally published. The latest are Vinnie’s Diner and Last Family Standing (both from Abingdon Press), and A Worthy Suitor (from Heartsong Presents). Last October, I dipped my toe into the self-publishing world with a novella, Nutcracker Christmas.

Wow! Eleven books. That’s awesome. You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2012. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

Not to give up. I’ve had some serious road bumps in the last year, the biggest being the passing of my mother in December. I’ve had to step back, take breaks, and put projects aside, but I’ve always come back. When writing is in your blood, you can’t get away from it! Read More →


Marti Pieper_HeadshotGreetings from heading-toward-summer Mount Dora, Florida. My husband and I are enjoying this brief season when we can still leave our windows open at night for some cool air. I believe the subject of today’s interview, author/speaker/missionary Grace Fox, is experiencing slightly different temperatures in her home in British Columbia, Canada. But I’m sure the warmth of her personality more than makes up for any chill in the temperature. Grace and I have enjoyed our connection as Christian authors and speakers, and we have grown to appreciate and pray for each other although we have yet to meet in person. I know you’ll enjoy hearing her thoughts and wise advice in this CAN encore interview.teal 2

Welcome back, Grace! Let’s start with the basics: How many books do you have published?

Eight books plus one DVD-based Bible study with workbook.

That sounds great. Could you please share a few of your latest titles?

Morning Moments With God: Devotions for the Busy Woman, Tuck-Me-In Talks With Your Little Ones: Creating Happy Bedtime Memories, One-Minute Romance for Couples

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Greetings from spring-is-coming Mount Dora, Florida! In my yard, that means the amaryllis are blooming, with the Easter liliesJanetPerezEckles not far behind. And I imagine it’s close to the same in the yard of the subject of this interview, since she’s practically my neighbor here in central Florida. Janet Perez Eckles and I have known each other for a few years now, and I assure you that she is as lovely in person as she appears in this interview. I take great delight in sharing Janet and her special brand of sweet and spicy wisdom with you.                                                                                           

Welcome, Janet! We’ll start with two simple but important questions: How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I have four: Contagious Courage: Your Thirty-Day Journey to Overcoming Stress and Anxiety; Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta, currently in its second printing; Hola, Happiness: Dancing to the Melody of God’s Word; and Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow: Overcoming Adversities in Life. Read More →