Aloha from Karen, treasurer of CAN,

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I’m at the International Christian Retail Show in St Louis, MO this week. This is where store owners, publishers, editors, authors, and agents come together to show case new books and products and interact.

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BioPicBlues Hi! Jan here continuing the conversation about interviewing. And yes, let’s make this a conversation. Join in!

In my last post, in sharing interview tips, I included the following two:

– Treat each person you interview as a person, with compassion and dignity.
– Be aware when some aspect of their story may be a struggle for them to tell.

What about those?

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Happy summer greetings from Bonnie Leon

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I just finished a manuscript and turned it into my publisher. The usual rush toward a deadline plus unexpected adventures from life wiped me out. I’m still trying to recover. I have a new book, Touching the Clouds, releasing, so now comes the book launch and all that it entails. I’m feeling exhausted just thinking about it. There is so much to do.

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Gail Gaymer Martin Happy Friday from Gail  Gaymer Martin at www.gailmartin.com

Story is what sells the book and attracts readers, Donald Maass, a top agent and novelist, says in Writing the Breakout Novel. An author can have exciting characters, unique setting, tremendous dialogue, but if he doesn’t have a good story, he has nothing.

Story is taking an idea and bringing it to life by transporting the reader from one world to another through the experiences of a character on a mission—striving to reach a goal with a purpose. A story has the power to capture readers and allow them to experience the journey. This five part series of blogs on story will help you understand what it takes to write a gret story.  First, what elements are important to create story?

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BioPicBluesJan here. Over this summer, for my two monthly contributions to the CAN blog, I’d like to explore the interview. On the first Friday of the month, today, I’m supposed to address writing craft. On the fourth Monday, writer encouragement is my assigned category. I plan to use both, craft and encouragement, to talk about the interview as part of our writing.

To begin my summer series on interviewing I’ll share a post I wrote in 2007 when I was a year into writing the Live Free series. I had discovered that interviewing had a whole lot more to it than simply getting information for my purposes. Step back with me to some of those initial impressions.

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