DCS 2014_3.smallerGreetings from colorful Colorado. Davalynn Spencer here, soaking up the beauty of fall on the Front Range and thrilled to introduce author/editor, Kathy Ide.

Kathy, please tell us how you got into writing.

About twenty years ago, a friend from church asked me to help her with a conference she was running. She said I was so much help, she asked if I’d like to attend for free. “I don’t know. What kind of conference is it?” (Clearly I hadn’t paid much attention to the material I was stuffing into three-ring binders.) She told me it was a writers’ conference. “But I’m not a writer,” I said. She replied, “Maybe you are and you just don’t know it yet.” At the conference, I met people whose names were on the covers of books I had at home. I felt like I was meeting celebrities! But they were “real” people, a lot like me. And they wrote in their spare time—it wasn’t a full-time day job, as I’d always assumed. Deciding to take a shot at it, I wrote an article and submitted it to a magazine I’d never heard of until I picked up their writers’ guidelines on the freebie table. They sent me a check for $100. I was hooked!

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DCS 2014_3.smallerDavalynn Spencer here, writing from Colorado where evening thunderstorms send hot temperatures sailing. I am happy to welcome our Encore author, R. J. Larson/Kacy Barnett-Gramckow.

Kacy, how many books do you have published?

As Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, I have four published works: The Genesis Trilogy (Moody Publishers) and Dawnlight (Elk Lake Publishing.)

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Davalynn Spencer here in summertime Colorado. I’m happy to welcome prolific author Marion Stroud this week for an encore visit with a few great tips for marketing our books.

Welcome Marion! How many books do you have published and what are a few of your latest titles?

I have published 26 books in all, most recently Dear God It’s Me and It’s Urgent and It’s Just You and Me Lord. These two books of conversational prayers for women  are published in the US by Discovery House and in the UK and other parts of the world by Monarch Publishers, an Imprint of Lion Hudson.

You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2012. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

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DCS 2014_3.smallerDavalynn Spencer here from  Colorado where sunshine and green growing things have finally made an appearance. Today I’m happy to welcome veteran author Martha Rogers for her encore visit on CAN. June is Martha’s 79th birthday month and she doesn’t mind letting everyone know.

“I’m proud to be the age I am,” she says. Maybe that’s where she gets her great attitude about learning new things along the way in her writing journey.

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DCS 2014_3.smallerHello from Davalynn Spencer here in Colorado where spring winds are blowing in a spring storm. I’m so happy to introduce author Jolene Philo for her encore appearance here on CAN’s Tips From the Pros. Read More →

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