Hello from Crystal Bowman! I’ve been writing for children for more than 20 years and am still learning the process because there is always more to know. I enjoy teaching and mentoring writers and prefer a positive instructional approach. I’d rather tell writers what to do rather than what not to do. But sometimes we can learn from our mistakes and even the mistakes of others. So this post is going to focus more on what not to do in order to keep your children’s story from landing in the slush pile. Read More →
Greetings from not-so-sunny (but not snowy and icy, either) Mount Dora, Florida. Today, I’m delighted to welcome award-winning author Gayle Roper to the CAN blog. I had the opportunity to meet Gayle in person at an industry conference last summer, where her book, A Widow’s Journey, was named the Advanced Writers and Speaker’s Association Nonfiction Book of the Year. I’m excited to introduce her to our CAN audience.
Welcome, Gayle! Could you please share how you got into writing?
I have been in this business for over forty-five years, and have things ever changed. I began writing as a young mom who was bored staying home. I quickly discovered nap time wasn’t for homemaking tasks but for writing. I had never planned to be a writer, so this career has been one of those wonderful God-surprises that expand and enrich your life beyond all expectations. My first sale was a short story to a now-defunct teen magazine. I was paid the princely sum of $10.
I had a few of those checks, too—and each one thrilled me. How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?
Over the course of these years I’ve had more than fifty books published, most recently A Widow’s Journey: Reflections on Living Alone (nonfiction) and An Unexpected Match (fiction). Read More →
Short daily meditations bring simple messages of hope. Each devotion uses a word image to illustrate an uplifting thought. Topics relate to seasons as well as struggles and the future that include the hope of new dreams, restoration, overcoming difficulties, and renewal. Anchors, spring flowers, candles, chocolate, a soothing touch, encouraging words, and other timeless images and touches remind us of hope and God’s love. The weaving of appropriate scriptures adds to the depth of discovering lasting hope. Read More →
Hi Everyone, it’s Judith Couchman. My assignment for this year focuses on blogging about writing: technique; practical pointers, encouragement, and such. I hope this helps you.
Hola from Janet Perez Eckles…Igniting Your Passion to Overcome
No landscape. No fancy doors. Not even a nice front. None of these are priorities for homes in La Paz, Bolivia. The wall you see in this picture is to guard the home. Every house has a protective barrier against thieves. Read More →