Author Interviews

Tips from the Pros: Davalynn Spencer

"Pieper1"Greetings from historic Philadelphia, where I’m teaching “WannaBe
Published,” a continuing session, at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers
. I always enjoy spending time with other writers, and this
conference is dear to my heart.

Every month, Davalynn Spencer, Sarah Sundin, and I alternate in posting interviews with our fellow CAN authors for this “Tips from the
Pros” feature. So I take special delight in sharing the following interview
with Davalynn. She has some creative answers and insights to share that I know
you’ll enjoy.

Welcome to the other
side of the interview desk, Davalynn. How did you get into writing?                                                                              

Words captured me years ago, in the sixth grade, to be
exact. Since then I’ve scrounged and scratched for just the right words to use
in devotions, inspirational columns, biographical sketches, crime-beat reports,
feature stories—and more recently—novels.

I love the variety
there! How many books do you have published?

"CoverMy first fiction piece was an e-book novella from White Rose
Publishing, As You Are at Christmas.
Heartsong Presents picked up my contemporary romance which releases August 6, The Rancher’s Second Chance, and signed
me for a three-book historical series set in Colorado. The first book in the
series is set to release in February 2014. I also have a short romance
published in OakTara’s I Choose You.

Author Interviews Writing craft

What to do when facing injustice

"JanetPerezEckles-Use"How do you put into words the devastation that leaves you numb? As writers, we need to possess the ability to express the deepest pain, the biggest joy, and the most complicated emotions.

I tried that. But the effort nearly drained me.

Author Interviews Marketing

Tips from the Pros: Angela Breidenbach

"Pieper1"I don't see a sign of April showers here in Florida, but Angela Breidenbach, today's featured author, may be watching out for snow showers in her Montana home. She and I became acquainted a few years ago when we both taught at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, and our paths have crossed in several professional ways since. I'm thrilled to introduce Angie and her newest book, which released April 1, to our CAN audience! 

How did you get into
writing, Angie?                               "IMG_6565pt2small_Breidenbach" 

 I started my writing career with articles for Group Magazine and my local newspaper.
But I started my journey into writing through a personal journal. 

 How many books do you
have published?

Two traditional books, one each nonfiction and fiction. But
I also have two self-published cookbooks and a long list of compilations,
devotions, and articles.

Author Interviews

Tips from the Pros: Karen Whiting

Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)Greetings from Sarah Sundin! This interview is especially fun for me, because Karen Whiting got me started doing these interviews on the CAN blog and coached me through many posts. Finally it’s her turn to be interviewed! Not only is Karen a multi-published author of various nonfiction books, including devotionals and children’s books, but she’s a valuable CAN board member, currently serving as our treasurer. I’ve benefitted from her wisdom and humor and heart in our e-friendship, and I know you’ll enjoy what she has to share with us today.

CAN Karen WhitingKaren, how did you get into writing?

For many years people suggested that I write about all the activities I dreamed up for my children, and I ignored them all. However, God started nudging me to write when I went to a retreat to pray. There God gave me a vision and I received a painting of the vision the next morning (it was the flip side of my breakfast placemat – everyone received a unique painting). So I started writing.

Author Interviews

Tips from the Pros: Sarah Sundin

Mildred  Hello, I’m Mildred Colvin. I’ve come to interview Sarah Sundin, who has written a series of historical novels set in the 1940s. Sarah received a degree in chemistry from UCLA and a doctorate in pharmacy from UC San Francisco. She lives in northern California with her husband, three children, an antisocial cat, and a very social Labrador. She works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, teaches Sunday school to fourth and fifth graders, and teaches women's Bible studies. She is a member of Diablo Valley Christian Writers' Group and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her first novel, A DISTANT MELODY, will be released by Revell in March 2010, the first book in the Wings of Glory series. 

 Now I’d like to welcome Sarah so that we can learn more about her and her efforts to market her books                                                           .  Sarah Sundin Publicity Photos 2008 014



Author Interviews

Tips from the Pros: Jocelyn Green

Mildred Merry Christmas! I'm Mildred Colvin and I've come to talk with Jocelyn Green who has written a devotional to encourage military wives. A most worthy project! Grab a peanut butter ball (one of my family's favorite Christmas candies) and enjoy a visit with this busy author. I know she's busy because she has small children. LOL 

Hi, Jocelyn, we'll begin with our first question.Jocelyn Green_small[1]

Author Interviews

Tips from the Pros: Winnie Griggs

MildredI recently finished a book titled The Hand-Me-Down Family by Winnie Griggs. I love mail-order bride stories, and with the Beauty and the Beast theme, the kids, the hero and heroine's growth toward resolving some long-standing struggles in their lives, and their developing love for each other, this bookCAN
 makes for a great read. Today, I'm privileged to interview the author, Winnie Griggs.  

Can you tell us, Winnie, how did you get into writing? 

I’ve dabbled with writing ever since I was an adolescent.  It wasn’t until my kids were all in school and I got my first home computer though that I got the bug to try to write a full length novel, just to see if I could do it.  Once I’d accomplished that, I was hooked!


Author Interviews

Tips from the Pros: Janet Lee Barton


Hello, this is Mildred Colvin with my first interview. To quickly introduce myself, I writeJanetweb[11]  romance for Heartsong Presents and have a 3-in-1 reprint just out this month titled Prairie Hearts. In fact I thought you’d enjoy seeing the cover of my book rather than my face this time. M. J. Conner is the pen name my sister and I used when we first started writing. This book will likely be the last one using that name.

    I’m interviewing Janet Lee Barton, a sister Heartsong Presents author.  Welcome Janet. Let’s learn more about you and your efforts to market your books.