So, summer is officially over for me. I’m a school administrator by day. When I peel back my shirt and run to the nearest phone booth after work (who has those anymore?), that’s when the big “W” on my chest appears. Super Writer! (There’s got to be a superhero story there somewhere…)

As the kiddos languish over the dwindling days of summer and “look forward” to hitting the books again, in whatever form that may take – public, private, or at home – there’s a writer to whom you may wish to introduce them. Particularly if you have girls in your midst.

Welcome to the big, Florida front porch, Rebecca C. Ondov!

Rebecca Ondov

Rebecca Ondov

Rebecca, you were last featured on the CAN blog in 2010. That was years ago. Just think of how much has happened in the world since then. How many books do you have published now?

Six.

What are a few of your latest titles?

Great Horse Stories: Wisdom and Humor from Our Majestic Friends

Great Horse Stories for Girls: Inspiring Tales of Friendship and FunGreat Horse Stories for Girls Cover 2

Since your last visit to the CAN blog, what are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

That the friendships I’ve made with my readers are some of the most precious ones I have. I love being a part of their lives through letters and social media platforms like Facebook.

What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about promotion since then?

I make an effort to personally connect with my readers as much as possible and to share, as a friend, God’s love and encouragement with them.

What are the most effective means of book promotion you’ve tried?

I love doing radio interviews, but I feel my most effective is reaching out through social media.

What are the least effective promotional activities you’ve tried?

Book signings

What’s your favorite way to connect with your readers?

Facebook and Email

What’s the craziest promotional gimmick you tried?

For a couple of my books, my publisher has paired up with me to target specific audiences where I’d send an email offering a free book and the first 50 to respond would win. It worked well.

Did you see God open any doors you never expected in the promotion of your books?

Yes, a crazy thing happened, one that only God could have done. I took a day off from work and a friend and I drove a couple hours to a Montana hot springs for lunch and to soak in the mineral pool. The location is in the middle of nowhere Montana.

On the way we stopped by a tiny mom and pop grocery store to grab some snacks. While chatting with the owner, she mentioned that she was a Christian. I shared that I was a Christian author. We exchanged some testimonies of how awesome God is. Then she asked, “Have you ever been interviewed on the radio show, ‘A Woman’s Special Touch’? It airs throughout California and into 26 different countries.”

I shook my head and told her I’d never heard of it.

She leaned sideways, looked into the back room, and yelled, “Hey, Norma, there’s a Christian author out here you need to meet!”

The host of the show was a friend of hers and “just happened” to be visiting her in podunk Montana.

Since then Norma and I have become good friends, and she’s interviewed me on her show several times.

What are your top tips for new authors promoting their first book?

Pray for wisdom, do what God suggests even if it seems silly, and don’t get discouraged.

 

Thank you, Rebecca, for taking time out of your busy day to visit with us. And if you’re willing to share the address of that mineral bath place with our readers, I’m sure if they’re up that way, they may decide to stop by and take a dip.

You can visit Rebecca online @ http://rebeccaondov.com/

 

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An interview with Eleanor K. Gustafson and Marti Pieper

Eleanor K. Gustafson

Eleanor K. Gustafson, author

Welcome back to the CAN blog, Ellie. How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I have five published novels. The ones still in print are The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David and Dynamo.

I checked out your website, and both books sound intriguing. Ellie, you were last featured on the CAN blog in 2012. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

There’s far more to publishing books than just writing them. That’s the easy part. Then comes careful self-editing to get a good grade from the publisher. My big learning curve with Dynamo was point of view. Then, the whole marketing business. A lot to learn there, and I’m still a social and technology neophyte. Read More →

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Marti Pieper_HeadshotSteamy summer greetings from central Florida, where the International Christian Retail Show will begin in about ten days. I met Mike Dellosso, the subject of today’s interview, in a much cooler climate, however—high in the Colorado Rockies near Estes Park, home of the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, where we both served on faculty. I’m delighted to welcome him on this return visit to our CAN blog.mikeprofilepic

Mike, although I met you not long ago, we didn’t discuss your work. Let’s change that right now. How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I have eight full-length novels published and one novella. A few recent novels . . . Fearless, Frantic, and just released, Centralia. I also have a novel (A Thousand Sleepless Nights) I wrote under a pseudonym, Michael King. Read More →

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Marti Pieper_HeadshotGreetings from lovely Mount Dora, Florida, where the temperatures seem unduly warm after my nine-day sojourn in Estes Park, Colorado teaching and serving on staff at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. I took my husband along this year, and the final day, we went from snow to sweltering in less than twelve hours’ time. But I trust that no matter how warm you are, the following interview with author Sharon K. Souza will blow into your day like a refreshing breeze. Although I don’t know Sharon personally, she and I met online several years ago through the popular (now retired) Novel Matters blog, where she served as a contributing author. I enjoyed her posts there, and I know you’ll enjoy her words of wisdom here as well.

Welcome once again to the CAN blog, Sharon! How many books do you have published, and what are a few of your latest titles? img_3823

I have five books published. My two latest titles are The Color of Sorrow Isn’t Blue and Unraveled.

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

As every author knows, the writing life is a solitary life, and I think that’s okay with most writers. We tend to be better able to handle the solitude, which is not to say we aren’t social, but the nature of our work means we have to spend hours at our computer working away at our word count when we’d probably prefer to do things that are more fun. Read More →

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Marti Pieper_HeadshotGreetings from heading-toward-summer Mount Dora, Florida. My husband and I are enjoying this brief season when we can still leave our windows open at night for some cool air. I believe the subject of today’s interview, author/speaker/missionary Grace Fox, is experiencing slightly different temperatures in her home in British Columbia, Canada. But I’m sure the warmth of her personality more than makes up for any chill in the temperature. Grace and I have enjoyed our connection as Christian authors and speakers, and we have grown to appreciate and pray for each other although we have yet to meet in person. I know you’ll enjoy hearing her thoughts and wise advice in this CAN encore interview.teal 2

Welcome back, Grace! Let’s start with the basics: How many books do you have published?

Eight books plus one DVD-based Bible study with workbook.

That sounds great. Could you please share a few of your latest titles?

Morning Moments With God: Devotions for the Busy Woman, Tuck-Me-In Talks With Your Little Ones: Creating Happy Bedtime Memories, One-Minute Romance for Couples

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