Good day from Sarah Sundin in northern California, where the fog is almost making it feel like winter. Today I have the privilege of interviewing Donn Taylor, a man with a diverse and impressive list of achievements. Donn led an infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, holds a PhD, taught college-level English literature, writes poetry – oh, and he has two published novels. I told you it was impressive.
Donn, how many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?
I’ve published two novels and one poetry book. The first novel was The Lazarus File, a suspense novel about spies, drugs, and airplanes in the Caribbean, published by the now-defunct Panther Creek Press (www.panthercreekpress.com). The second novel is Rhapsody in Red, from Moody Publishers, a light-hearted mystery set on a college campus, including satire of the college scene and political correctness. Read More →
Hi, all – Ava Pennington here. I had planned to offer a greeting from warm and sunny Florida, but we're in the middle of a cold spell (well, cold for us, anyway!). That's okay, because the brisk weather just makes it feel all the more like Christmas!
My last several blogs have been about the launch party for my first book, One Year Alone with God: 366 Devotions on the Names of God. Now that the book launch party was a success and my book has been available for two months, what’s next?
Once the launch party ended, there was still much for me to do. My follow-up list included the following tasks:
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Hi, all – Ava Pennington here.
My last two posts were about planning a book launch party for my first book, One Year Alone with God: 366 Devotions on the Names of God. I’m not a marketing expert, but I learned as much as I could from those who are. The posts described the planning necessary for a successful launch party. In case you missed them, check out Planning a Launch Party – Part I and Part II.
Well, the party was a success! Almost 100 people came to celebrate with me and it was a special time shared with precious friends. Still, the next time I plan a book launch party, there are things I will do differently. Here’s what worked – and what I would change…
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Greetings from Sarah Sundin, all refreshed from a wonderful writers’ retreat in beautiful Monterey. Today I have the privilege of interviewing author Ava Pennington. Ava’s first book, One Year Alone with God was published by Revell in October 2010, but Ava also has a long list of magazine articles to her credit and two children’s books in the works.
Ava, how did you get into writing?
I began writing as an extension of a teaching ministry. When I started writing as a serious pursuit, I had a passion to write non-fiction. However, the advice I received was that without a significant platform, I had little chance of being published. I had also developed a children’s picture book series, but was told that there was no longer a market for picture books. I dropped both projects and switched to writing fiction, but my heart wasn’t in it.
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Greetings from Sarah Sundin on a crisp fall day that makes me want to cuddle up in a warm quilt – perhaps like one of the quilts author Diana Brandmeyer features on her website. Not only is she an extraordinary quilter, she’s a gifted writer with plenty to share with us today.
Diana, how did you get into writing?
Like many, I wrote stories when I was little, but it wasn’t until the birth of my second child I realized I could make a little money and share my faith with my stories. I started writing devotions for children, which led to taking a course from the Institute of Children’s Literature.
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