Fall felicitations from not-so-frigid Florida! We are having what we consider fall weather here in the greater Orlando area, although I’m not sure our temperatures qualify as truly autumnal. In any case, I want to invite you to pull up a chair, sit down with a cup of hot tea or apple cider, and enjoy this interview with brand-new CAN member, Kimberly Rose Johnson. Kimberly is new to CAN, but not new to writing, and I know she has some helpful book marketing tips. Welcome Headshot_Pieperto CAN and to this interview, Kimberly!

First of all, let’s get to know you and your books. How did you get into writing?                                                                                                                                                 

I love to read and I’m naturally creative, so one day I just decided I wanted to write. I had a story in my head begging to be let out, and the rest is history. Read More →

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Pieper1Greetings! I’m always delighted to interview one of my fellow CANners, and this month, I get to refresh your acquaintance with an author you’ve already met here: Miralee Ferrell. She has lots of new information and ideas for us, and I’m delighted to welcome her back to the CAN blog.

So, without further ado, welcome, Miralee! How many books do you have Author Photo_Ferrell published?  Nine total.

What are a few of your latest titles? The most recent are all part of the Love Blossoms in Oregon series: Book 1, Blowing on Dandelions; Book 2, Wishing on Buttercups; Book 2.5, a 160 pg novella, Forget Me Not; and coming Oct 1, the final book, Dreaming on Daisies.

Those are great titles—I read Blowing on Dandelions not long ago, in fact (loved it!). You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2009. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

That I must pace myself. I can’t spend too much time on promotion or my writing suffers. I must make a certain amount of room for publicity, or there won’t be any future writing. It all must mesh togetherto work correctly.

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Pieper1Greetings from (this week) sunny central Florida. While we rejoice that our temperatures have now climbed back into the 80s, we also realize many of you are hoping yours will soon reach double digits. As I post, I’m praying God will send some of this area’s warmth to the less-than-sunny climes.

But no matter what the weather where you live, you’ll enjoy today’s interview with novelist Anne Greene. Not only does she spell her name the right way (all L.M. Montgomery fans know about “Anne with an e”), but she has some interesting experiences and ideas to share as well. I know you’ll appreciate her wisdom.                                                      EveningAnne4_BrushStroke4_5

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Pieper1Almost six years ago, I had the privilege of meeting the wonderful Twila Belk and her partner in crime, Cecil Murphey, at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in Orlando. Since then, I've come to count both Twila and Cec as good friends. That's why I'm delighted to introduce Cec's much-maligned sidekick to you today. Not only does Twila serve as Cec's manager, protector, and as Cec would say, "mother," but she is a talented speaker, writer, and the “GottaTellSomebody Gal.”  She was also brave enough to invite me to teach at my first writer's conference in 2009. So without further ado, heeeeere's Twila! 

Welcome to the CAN blog, Twila. How did you get into writing?

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Pieper1Almost-Thanksgiving greetings from Marti Pieper, posting today from Sevierville, Tenn. and the National Bible Bee. Through the magic of the Internet, author MaryAnn Diorio and I were able to set up today's interview in advance. I'm thankful to have met MaryAnn in person when we both taught at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. She has some wise words to share, so without further ado, enjoy our Q & A session.

MaryAnn, how did you get into writing? How many books do you have CAN MaryAnn Dioriopublished? What are a few of your latest titles?

  • I've been writing since I was a young teen. I started with poetry. When I won an award in a national poetry contest at the age of fifteen, I was hooked.  I did not, however, pursue writing in college. Instead, I majored in foreign languages.  At the age of thirty, I felt a distinct call by God to become a writer, but I needed confirmation. God confirmed the call by allowing one of my poems to be accepted for publication by The Saturday Evening Post. At the time, I had no idea of how difficult it was to be accepted by The Saturday Evening Post.  When I learned the odds of acceptance, I realized that God had ordained the acceptance to confirm His call on my life to write for Him. I have had five books published, and I have contributed to eight others.

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