Marti Pieper_HeadshotA warm hello from Marti Pieper, writing from beautiful (and equally warm) Mount Dora, Florida. In this month of Thanksgiving, many of us are taking time to count our blessings.One of the blessings in my writing life is my friendship via social media and email with author Donn Taylor. We’ve never met in person but have enjoyed mutual support and encouragement over the past few years. I’m both grateful and delighted to share my friend with our CAN readers today.

Greetings, Donn! I’m glad to welcome you to your encore interview with CAN. Let’s get started. How many books do you have published?                                          Donn Taylor portraits 12/7/07                 


That’s great. What are a few of your latest titles?                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

I have two suspense novels, The Lazarus File and Deadly Additive; a mystery, Rhapsody in Red; and now a historical, Lightning on a Quiet Night. I also self-published a book of poetry because I wanted to make a point about writing poetry of a kind different from current fads.

And I appreciate your poetry, too. You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2010. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

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Fall felicitations from not-so-frigid Florida! We are having what we consider fall weather here in the greater Orlando area, although I’m not sure our temperatures qualify as truly autumnal. In any case, I want to invite you to pull up a chair, sit down with a cup of hot tea or apple cider, and enjoy this interview with brand-new CAN member, Kimberly Rose Johnson. Kimberly is new to CAN, but not new to writing, and I know she has some helpful book marketing tips. Welcome Headshot_Pieperto CAN and to this interview, Kimberly!

First of all, let’s get to know you and your books. How did you get into writing?                                                                                                                                                 

I love to read and I’m naturally creative, so one day I just decided I wanted to write. I had a story in my head begging to be let out, and the rest is history. Read More →


Pieper1Greetings! I’m always delighted to interview one of my fellow CANners, and this month, I get to refresh your acquaintance with an author you’ve already met here: Miralee Ferrell. She has lots of new information and ideas for us, and I’m delighted to welcome her back to the CAN blog.

So, without further ado, welcome, Miralee! How many books do you have Author Photo_Ferrell published?  Nine total.

What are a few of your latest titles? The most recent are all part of the Love Blossoms in Oregon series: Book 1, Blowing on Dandelions; Book 2, Wishing on Buttercups; Book 2.5, a 160 pg novella, Forget Me Not; and coming Oct 1, the final book, Dreaming on Daisies.

Those are great titles—I read Blowing on Dandelions not long ago, in fact (loved it!). You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2009. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

That I must pace myself. I can’t spend too much time on promotion or my writing suffers. I must make a certain amount of room for publicity, or there won’t be any future writing. It all must mesh togetherto work correctly.

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Pieper1Greetings from (this week) sunny central Florida. While we rejoice that our temperatures have now climbed back into the 80s, we also realize many of you are hoping yours will soon reach double digits. As I post, I’m praying God will send some of this area’s warmth to the less-than-sunny climes.

But no matter what the weather where you live, you’ll enjoy today’s interview with novelist Anne Greene. Not only does she spell her name the right way (all L.M. Montgomery fans know about “Anne with an e”), but she has some interesting experiences and ideas to share as well. I know you’ll appreciate her wisdom.                                                      EveningAnne4_BrushStroke4_5

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Pieper1Almost six years ago, I had the privilege of meeting the wonderful Twila Belk and her partner in crime, Cecil Murphey, at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in Orlando. Since then, I've come to count both Twila and Cec as good friends. That's why I'm delighted to introduce Cec's much-maligned sidekick to you today. Not only does Twila serve as Cec's manager, protector, and as Cec would say, "mother," but she is a talented speaker, writer, and the “GottaTellSomebody Gal.”  She was also brave enough to invite me to teach at my first writer's conference in 2009. So without further ado, heeeeere's Twila! 

Welcome to the CAN blog, Twila. How did you get into writing?

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