Lena Nelson Dooley
Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the honor of interviewing award-winning novelist Lena Nelson Dooley. Her novel Catherine’s Pursuit was a finalist for this year’s CAN Golden Scroll Award! Lena is well-known and loved in the writing community for mentoring new writers and supporting authors on her popular blog. But what stood out to me during a late-night chat with Lena at last year’s ACFW Conference was her incredible heart for her readers.

Lena, how many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

Lena Nelson Dooley

Lena Nelson Dooley

Over 30 books. My latest titles are: Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, and Catherine’s Pursuit in my McKenna’s Daughters series. Catherine’s Pursuit has recently won or finaled for three separate awards.

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Janet Perez Eckles

Janet Perez Eckles

Who loves classical music these days? My six-year-old granddaughter does. And Mozart is one of her favorite composers. She plays his music over and over again.

The other day, she pulled my hand. “I love it. C’mon, Nana, let’s dance.”

Dance? It’s not salsa, I thought. I smiled and shuffled a bit, trying to follow the beat and move with grace. But not my little princess. She twirled, jumped, wiggled, stomped one foot, then the other, and moved from here to there. Then when it was over, she was out of breath but said, “Let’s do it again.”

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Jackie M. Johnson

Jackie M. Johnson

Greetings from Jackie M. Johnson!

Most people are familiar with “brands” for products and services. For instance, a can of Campbell’s soup (the original line) is always red and white with the name in a unique cursive font. It’s instantly recognizable on a grocery store shelf crammed with different brands of soup.

As an author, your brand is essential too. First, you need to know who you are and how you want to be perceived. Then, get your message to your readers—and do so consistently. By being immediately recognizable, you are in a better position for readers to find you, to connect with you and, ultimately, purchase your books.

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2013-08-12 13.04.54From my living room couch I can look into my kitchen and see the glass door to my pantry. Just me, a cup of tea, my Bible, and God.

From this cozy spot I can either look through the window to the backyard trees, or glance at the glass pantry door and see a reflection of those same trees and flowering shrubs moving in the breeze.

Often this reflection in glass strikes me as a doorway to a magical place, giving me the same sort of feeling a favorite book does—like Heidi inviting me up to the Swiss Alps, or joining the children in The Secret Garden.

Like all authors, there’s a strong streak of imagination to my inner person…

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Dave Fessenden

Dave Fessenden

Hi, Dave Fessenden here to talk to you writers out there for this Friday’s blog. One of the most painful experiences a writer can have is the feeling that your writing instincts have betrayed you. You encounter a writing problem, such as a nonfiction concept that seems to defy explanation, or a fictional character that is hard to describe. All your standard, tried-and-true writing techniques seem to fall flat, leaving you frustrated.

While it often helps to set this kind of problem aside for a few days, if you are on a deadline you may not have that luxury. Even worse is when you have set it aside, and still cannot make it work. At that point it is probably time to be counterintuitive.

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