Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Merry Christmas from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the privilege of interviewing the interviewer! Davalynn Spencer serves on my team of author interviewers—but today it’s her turn to be grilled. Davalynn has made a name for herself with her western romances, which have won multiple awards, including the prestigious Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award.

Welcome, Davalynn! Please tell us about your latest book.

Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer

A High-Country Christmas is a two-novella set including my recently released Just in Time for Christmas and last year’s endearing Snow Angel. Each is a sweet tale of mishaps, memories, and emotions that test the mettle of Western couples in the Colorado high country at Christmas. Cowboys, anyone?

Yes, please! And just in time for Christmas. What inspired you to write this book?

I live in one of the most romantic locales known to romance readers–Colorado. At least that’s my biased opinion. And I love Christmas stories. This combination alone sets me up to write historical novellas that are perfect for the busy holiday season, offering readers a quick escape into another time and place. Life wasn’t easier in the Old West of the 1800s but it was simpler. I like to read stories that show daily challenges during that time period and how people overcame them, which means I like to write them too.

A High Country Christmas by Davalynn Spencer

A High Country Christmas by Davalynn Spencer

Simpler, not easier—that sums up the appeal of historical fiction. What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

In the first novella of the set, Just in Time for Christmas, Abigale Millerton is forced to look at the difference between faith and trust. This was an exercise taking place in my own life while I was writing the story, so concepts and ideas flowed directly from my real day-to-day to the fictional page-to-page. I hope readers will discover again how incredibly personal our God is.

Isn’t it amazing how the Lord uses our own stories to teach us? So, how do you share Christ in your writing?

In my books, I like to share Christ in everyday settings, the same way I do in my everyday life. Preaching is not my goal. I want readers to see God’s love and companionship in a way they can apply to their own lives. One of my most cherished comments from a reader stated an appreciation for my “lifestyle” approach to Christian fiction rather than just an obligatory Scripture thrown in to qualify for the genre.

I love that approach! What themes do you return to again and again in your writing?

After writing thirteen books, I see common threads of forgiveness and second chances. Another way to put it is “redemption.” I aim for redemptive stories.

Wonderful! Why do you love writing?

Can I say I self-medicate with words?

Yes, you may. And thank you for the laugh!

We all have dreams—do you have an unfulfilled dream?

I want to see Scotland. But that means I’d have to drive to the Denver airport first. The initial leg of the trip has me second-guessing already! However, traveling is a real dream. Not just to the Scotland of my grandfather, but also Ireland, Wales, Italy, Israel, and Vermont in the fall.

I hear you. I love traveling enough to brave the traffic through the San Francisco Bay Area. So, what ministries are you involved in, and why?

I’ve played the piano since I was five years old. For most of my life I’ve served on worship teams or led worship in informal settings such as Cowboy Church at rodeos where my enjoyment of singing and playing the guitar comes in real handy. I also teach Wednesday evening Bible studies at my church and write material that is distributed for those studies.

Do you have pets and do they inspire your writing or hinder it?

Blue the Cowdog is my 17-year-old Queensland heeler, and Oakley is his partner in camping out all day. Oakley’s litter mate, Annie, went to coyote heaven a couple of years ago (we live in the country), and I anticipate Blue’s departure to happier trails any day. Blue’s age and determination influenced the characterization for Chester, the beloved old dog in Just in Time for Christmas.

He sounds adorable (both Blue and Chester). Please tell us about your next project.

Book 3 of my popular Front Range Brides series, An Impossible Price, is set for a March 2020 release.

Sounds fantastic! Thank you for visiting with us today, Davalynn!

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

Writing for Him,

Sarah Sundin

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Dianne Neal Matthews
Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer

Welcome, readers. Davalynn Spencer from Colorado here, where it’s snowy and Christmassy already. Please welcome today’s featured author, Dianne Neal Matthews.

Dianne, please give us a quick overview of your book Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily.

Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily offers a daily dose of encouragement and wisdom for your stepfamily journey. Topics include parenting and step-parenting, strengthening your marriage, grief in the stepfamily, bonding with children, co-parenting with exes, and practical wisdom for bringing family members together.

This already sounds like a book someone in my family would benefit from, Dianne. What led you to write it?

Dianne Neal Matthews

Dianne Neal Matthews

Ron L. Deal is a nationally recognized expert in the area of blended families, the Founder and President of Smart Stepfamilies, and Director of Blended Family Ministries for FamilyLife. I was honored to work on this devotional book with Ron. His compassion and understanding of the unique needs and circumstances of stepfamilies are evident throughout his writings and his ministry. Read More →

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Marti Pieper

Marti Pieper

Greetings from Marti Pieper in beautiful Florina! In case you don’t recognize that place, it’s my coined word for “in between Florida and South Carolina,” which is where I find myself this week as my husband and I are “in between” our former home in Mount Dora, Florida, and our new one in Seneca, South Carolina. But no matter where my home is, I’m thrilled to welcome my friend Michelle S. Lazurek to our CAN blog.

Welcome, Michelle. Can you please tell our readers about your book?

Michelle Lazurek

Michelle Lazurek

In The Best Gift of All, Paige receives two special gifts for Christmas—a homemade bear made by Mom and her favorite doll she wanted more than anything. When Paige disregards her other gifts, Mom wants to show her where real gift-giving originates—from the heart. Through serving at a homeless shelter, Paige learns the best gifts are not those wrapped in beautiful bows or packages—but ones from the heart. Read More →

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Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the joy of interviewing one of CAN’s newest members, Michelle Medlock Adams. Michelle has written over eighty books for children and for adults. With her award-winning background in journalism, she’s written many biographies for celebrities as well. I think you’ll enjoy what she has to share!

Welcome, Michelle! Please tell us about your new book, Platinum Faith.

Michelle Medlock Adams

Michelle Medlock Adams

Platinum exemplifies some of the most rare, useful qualities of all metals. In Platinum Faith, we highlight twelve platinum properties and how they relate to our walk of faith. More specifically, we delve into how they parallel our divine calling, our eternal value, and the unlimited love God has for us. Read More →

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Rebecca Ondov Back Cover Photo
Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer here, wondering how November showed up so soon. I don’t think I’m ready, but author Rebecca Ondov is with her featured book today, Great Horse Stories for Girls.

Welcome, Rebecca, give us the back-cover copy for this book that I would have loved to read growing up. (Okay, still would.)

Girls love horses! Horsewoman Rebecca Ondov invites tweens (ages 8 to 12) to enjoy these true horse stories that will help them build confidence in God’s love, make wiser choices, and create stronger friendships, as well as encounter life-changing truths that will help them grow strong spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

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Rebecca Ondov

Wow – what a great introduction. What inspired you to write this book?

My heart aches for the generation of children that are being raised today. So often, through the media and culture, kids get the impression that they have no value. When in reality they are a one-of-a-kind treasure created by God Himself. My goal with this book is to help them see themselves as a priceless gift from God. Read More →

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