Linda Kozar
Davalynn Spencer, Author

Davalynn Spencer

Hello from Colorful Colorado. Davalynn Spencer here with guest author Linda Kozar who will be sharing a little of her author’s journey.

The publisher, DaySpring, has this to say about Linda’s featured book, Sunshine for the Soul, Morning Devotions to Warm the Heart.

Linda Kozar

Linda Kozar

Written in the light and humorous style of our farmhouse devotions, yet still packed with inspirational insights and truth, this devo will be a treasured coffee-ring-stained companion to start the day. This book is for anyone who enjoys a cup of coffee, a sunrise, a quiet moment with God and wink and a smirk at the day to come.

What a great lead-in, Linda. What was the reason you wrote this particular devotional book?

To brighten someone’s day with an encouragement from God’s Word, and to bring a smile to their day. Read More →

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Watch how much hearing her own songs meant when Crystal Bowman hears a young pianist play for her.

Crystal writes children’s books and lyrics. You can find out more about her at

https://ChristianAuthorsNetwork.com/Crystal-Bowman/

 

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Bethany Jett
Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin from California, where we’re just beginning to emerge from our lockdown cocoon—fully masked, of course. Today I have the joy of interviewing multi-published author Bethany Jett. She’s a military wife, a former cheerleading coach, an entrepreneur—and a writer with (get this!) a paper allergy. Say it isn’t so! Bethany is here to share about her new book, Platinum Faith.

Please tell us about your book, Platinum Faith: Live Brilliant, Be Resilient, and Know Your Worth.

In Platinum Faith, authors Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett examine twelve unique properties of the precious metal platinum to show us how to embrace our true worth and cultivate a deeper faith in God. Combining relatable stories with inspirational insights, they unpack each property and share spiritual and practical applications for your life.

Bethany Jett

Bethany Jett

Sounds wonderful! How has God used the message of your book in your own life?

The chapter on Responding vs. Reacting is the chapter that I continue to be reminded of…on the daily. When something frustrating happens, I have to remind myself to stop, wait, and respond versus flying off the handle. Platinum is non-reactionary, which means it can “sit next to” other compounds and not change. In the same way, I need to take hard times to God and think through the next steps before reacting in a negative manner.

Such valuable advice in these chaotic times. What was the hardest section to write?

Platinum Faith, by Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett

Platinum Faith, by Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett

Platinum Faith was the most difficult book I’ve ever written because I had to take a deep dive into areas of my life that I’d tucked away and marked as Painful: Do Not Disturb. The hardest section for me was the loneliness chapter. I’ve never talked about that 8th grade field trip before, so having to consolidate the depths of those emotions in just a couple hundred words was absolutely a stretch.

Eighth grade should simply not exist. On a more pleasant topic—and anything is more pleasant than eighth grade—what would be your ideal writing place? And…what’s your actual writing place like?

My ideal writing place and my actual writing place are the same. Fortunately, I’m sort of a homebody! For nonfiction, I like to write with my feet on the ottoman, tucked into the corner of the couch with my laptop, wrapped in a blanket with a coffee to my left and binge-watching Netflix. With fiction, I can’t seem to write using my laptop—which is crazy! Instead, I write using my iPad and a Bluetooth keyboard and my favorite place to be is outside on my patio (if the Florida weather is cool enough). Otherwise, same scenario with the sofa!

What is one thing about writing that you wish non-writers knew?

I wish non-writers knew that there are literary styles or decisions that are made by the publisher that the author has no choice but to follow, like whether or not to use Oxford comma or capitalize the word Scripture. When I see people give negative book reviews based solely on things like that, I wish I could do a PSA!

Preach it! What do you read for pleasure? What are you reading right now?

I adore YA fantasy. I’m continuing to read through the backlists of Victoria Schwab and Holly Black.

Tell us about your favorite library memory.

I was trying to quickly grab some “for fun” novels before my kids got bored in the children’s section and felt overwhelmed with the rows of books. I knew I wanted some sort of suspense novel but I’d read through a lot of my favorite authors and didn’t know who to read next.

I found myself opening my Instagram app to @crimebythebook, a bookstagram account focusing on crime fiction. As I scrolled through her page, scribbling authors’ names on a scrap envelope from my purse, I realized that I was using social media to determine my personal reading decisions. Why wasn’t I doing this same type of thing on my own accounts and providing value for my audience? It was a game-changing moment for me.

I love it! What are your hobbies or activities or passions outside of writing?

Happy Planning, hands down. It’s the perfect blend of scrapbooking, stickers, favorite pens, and organization. I can’t even begin to express how calming it is, not to mention that when I set aside the time, I feel more creative and more on top of my schedule. Love, LOVE, love it.

Please tell us about your next project, Bethany.

I’m currently working on a YA nonfiction book exploring the topic of identity, as well as a YA Urban Fantasy exploring the contradictions between empathy, ambition, and the people caught in the middle.

What intriguing concepts! Thank you for sharing with us today!

To learn more about Bethany and her books, please visit Bethany’s website and Bethany’s blog.

Writing for Him,

Sarah Sundin

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Linda Gilden
Marti Pieper

Marti Pieper

Greetings from Marti Pieper in lovely, almost-summer Seneca, South Carolina. Now that we’ve moved to our new location, I live only a little more than an hour away from the subject of today’s interview, Linda Gilden. We haven’t yet connected in person in the few months I’ve lived here, but we were on a Zoom call together just the other day.

Welcome, Linda! I’m delighted to introduce you to our CAN readers. Please tell us about your book.

Linda Gilden

Linda Gilden

Why write articles? Articles can change lives, instruct, inform, and inspire. For writers, articles can be an exercise to hone your craft, help build your platform, and reach more people than books. Articles, Articles, Articles! will show you how to do all these things and more while supplementing your income as you sell and resell your articles to many markets.

Sounds great! Articles were some of my first published works, and I still write lots of them. What inspired you to write this book?

I am a believer in articles as a means of building your platform, honing your craft, learning how to write well and tightly, using articles to market other forms of writing such as books, and as a good source of income. I teach at writers conferences all over the country, and I have found many writers neglect this area of writing. Writing books seems so much more glamorous. However, I think in the long run, writers will see the tremendous benefits to writing articles. Read More →

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Liz Tolsma, beloved writer of WWII stories has a new podcast!

Tune into her new World War II Fiction Talk on your favorite podcast app or click the link to listen online.

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WWII Fiction Talk Podcast with Liz Tolsma

World War II Fiction Talk

Liz Tolsma

All about clean World War II fiction. Here you’ll find news, reviews, and author interviews. The best way to keep up with your favorite books and authors.

https://worldwartwofictiontalk.buzzsprout.com/

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