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A Chat with CAN President Angela Breidenbach

Author and genealogist, Angela Breidenbach
CAN President Angela Breidenbach

February greetings from Marti Pieper, who is grateful to have had both power and water throughout this chilly month! I’m also grateful to reintroduce a familiar face to our CAN readers today. It belongs to our multitalented president, Angela Breidenbach. I first met Angie when we were both teaching at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. I then had the privilege of working closely with her on the CAN newsletter for several years. I know you’ll enjoy learning more about her and her books.

Welcome, Angie! I’m so glad you’re with us today. Please tell us about your latest book.

The Mail-Order Standoff: Marriage plans put on hold in the Old West when four mail-order brides have second thoughts. How will their grooms win their trust?

This four-in-one book includes Right on Time by Angela Breidenbach. Could two people be less suited than an English gentleman and a Western gal who is used to giving the orders? From the wild Montana Territory to the refined Kentucky horse farms, can Timothy prove worthy of Tara’s heart?

Do you have an unfulfilled dream?

The Mail-Order Standoff
The Mail-Order Standoff by Angela Breidenbach and others

I do, but I’m constantly working toward them. Them—because as I achieve one, I move to the next on my list. Oh yes, I have a long list. Currently I’m close to graduating with my genealogical studies degree and specialty in English records. I’d like to add more specialties (halfway to Scottish records already) and take small professional tours on genealogical research visits to Scotland, England, and other countries. I’m also working toward having my screenplays produced on TV and big screen. I dream of writing movies that touch lives and of leaving a body of work. I’d also like to have an endless lap pool someday inside a heated sunroom. Why not, right? Who wants to walk out in the snow to swim? Some very big stretch dreams.

Especially when you live in Montana, as I know you do! What talents do you have aside from storytelling?

Music. I love singing and am learning the harp. I hope to use both of those talents in church and music therapy. I also really enjoy teaching/speaking on genealogy, writing, and historical topics.

You amaze me with all you fit into a day! Do you have a “day job” or a previous career? Does it influence what or how you write?

I’ve had a variety of jobs from airlines to radio to heating company co-owner (still am, but no longer in the day-to-day). Every job I’ve had informs my writing as I create characters. Once I’m finished with my last few genealogy classes, I’ll take genealogy projects for clients starting late summer/fall 2021.

Anyone who follows you on social media knows the answer to this one: Do you have pets, and do they inspire your writing or hinder it?

Muse, my fe-lion executive assistant, inspires a lot of humor. I share our Muse and Writer conversations on social media and my website. He also inspired An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar. We hope to work together more this year to produce A-Muse-ing Tales series in the genre of cat comedy.

Sounds purrfect! What themes do you return to again and again in your writing?

Themes are a little harder to define because they’re not as interesting as the story world that reveals the deeper meaning. But the themes I tend toward are unique life experiences that reveal our life purpose and overcoming. For instance, I’ve written nonfiction in story form that deal with one specific characteristic like becoming a confident woman in Gems of Wisdom: The Treasure of Experience, and I’ve taken that same thing and built it into a character’s sense of not being good enough in the historical romance Right On Time (Mail-Order Standoff).

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

Writing is telling stories whether fiction, nonfiction, articles, screenwriting. The biggest thing to me is that as a writer, I don’t read one genre or write only one genre because I’m interested in so many different things. As much as the industry tries to box writers into brands, and we have to establish that for readers, but my writing interests are hugely varied.

I understand that well! What inspired you to write this book?

I love following obscure historical tidbits, then setting characters into those interesting events. This one is in 1883, the year my own grandfather was born. The time zones, as we know them today, did not exist. Train crashes killed thousands of people because clocks and watches were set to the sun at high noon at the nearest town. I was fascinated by how something so mundane and normal today changed the entire world my grandfather was born into. I wondered how something that seemed so small might actually have caused a huge shift in societal life. What would that be like? How would that affect families? Business? I was stunned how long it took for the time zones to be normalized, but how it immediately saved lives. Some of the smallest decisions have the biggest impact.

And what do you hope readers will take away from this book?

Change, though scary in the expectation, becomes an amazing opportunity. Change in hindsight becomes normal, and fear disappears as that change becomes normal life. Each time we conquer the fear of change, we gain confidence.

So true. So what was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

I’ve been in college for that genealogy degree. Writing while in college, while speaking at conferences, and while caring for my family was really an adventure in pushing myself and my capabilities.

And I know you did it with excellence. Please tell us about your next project.

Coming this summer, I’m excited to release my Queen of the Rockies series. It’s set in Helena, Montana, starting in 1889. Helena was a very modern and beautiful city in what was considered the wild west. I love this gorgeous series full of vivid characters and real history.

Muse and Writer will also release A-Muse-ing Tales, book 1, cat comedy for the whole family in time for Christmas.

Marti Pieper
Marti Pieper

To learn more about Angela Breidenbach, visit Angie’s website or Angie’s blog.

For His glory,

Marti Pieper

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Angela Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach, CAN president

Christian Authors Network president, Angela Breidenbach, is a bestselling author, screenwriter, genealogist, and media personality. She builds the characteristics of courage, confidence, and candor into the heroines she writes with the goal that every book is always good for your heart.

Enjoy books written by Angela Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach received certifications in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister; Letters of Paul theological study; life coach through Coach Training Association; and has multiple business and management certifications. She’s also a Toastmaster trained public speaker (and past chapter president). In addition, because of her love of learning, Angela has her genealogical methodology, genealogical lecturing certificate, and will graduate with specialties in English Records Summer 2021.

Angela is married, has a combined family of six grown children, and now a passel of grandchildren. Laugh along with Writer and Muse, Angela’s fe-lion assistant, whose antics are often found on Facebook or twitter as well as on the A-Muse-ings blog.

Angela’s Website | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook Page | LinkedIn | MeWe | Instagram |

About Angela’s

Speaking Topics 

Angela uses warmth, humor, and fascinating stories as she deeply connects with and entertains her audience. Talks and topics suitable for retreats, teas, keynotes, events, & book clubs range 20 minutes through full weekend retreat settings. These talks can be combined for longer events or as a special event keynote. Contact Angela for your own customized talk or program.

Genealogy, Writing, Podcasting/Vlogcasting, Humorous Events, and more.

Download and print this speaker sheet:
AngelaBreidenbachSpeakerSheetWeb

Researching Genealogy in Scotland:
Turn your dream trip into a reality

Grace Under Pressure: How to be a woman of confidence, courage, and candor
The secrets of becoming a woman of grace under pressure, confidence, courage, and how to express yourself in a gracious manner. (Matches the podcast. A book is also in the works…)

String Slams
Pure entertainment as Angie leads a variety of authors in stringing unrelated stories together creating original comedy on the spot. Live, funny, never the same! Excellent for building book club participation.

Victim or Victorious
Overcoming the past to live a brilliant future to become the person God wants you to be. Drawn from true experiences in Angela’s life and the women who have overcome difficult pasts. You can too!

Crafting a Legacy
How to pass on your faith, family stories, and talents.

Transparency With Discretion
In this tell-all world, how do we learn the biblical value of discretion? Angela shares guidelines, examples, and tips to help you regain discretion and wisdom in your life. Tips to help your family learn it also.

Books:

For Writers:

Judging Books:
What are book judges looking for and how to judge books objectively, book covers, formatting, content, voice, active prose, and more…

What does it take to become a writer?
1-2 hour workshop that helps aspiring authors gain a solid overview of the real writing world and how to start a career. The longer workshop goes deeper into each area.

Powerful Prose: Passive to Active
Ridding your manuscript of wordiness, passive writing, and editing power into your work.

Acting for Authors
2 hour workshop. Getting into your characters’ heads and then putting the emotion, motivation, and conflict on the page. Learn to build a rich story and intimate connection with your readers by transferring personal emotions and experience into the pages of your book through thespian techniques of emotional transference, character projection, and the art of physical action/reaction.

What do people say about Angie’s speaking and teaching?

“Loved your workshops at #inwcw. Thanks for the great information you shared and for being so approachable. Blessings!” –Pamela Thorson, author and workshop attendee

“Angie has amazing passion and mission for helping others achieve their goals and live healthy, fulfilled lives. With her eye always on the Big Picture, she is an unending source of inspiration, energy and empowerment for others.” – Tosca Lee, NYT Bestselling Author

“Any cause Angie supports is truly blessed. She has so much energy and passion.” – Linda Bauman, Owner Market Place Media

“Angie B. was EXCELLENT!! A wealth of info and she put her whole heart into her presentation. Lots of GOOD energy!!”  attendee

“Love Angela B’s workshops … she is so full of important tidbits of info for beginning and intermediate writers.” – attendee

“Really appreciated Angela Breidenbach’s workshops – she packs so much into it in a fun and energetic way! Good info!” – attendee

“Is that the ball I see sailing over the outfield fence? Homerun!” – Clint Kelly, author/communications specialist Seattle Pacific University/co-director NW Writers Renewal


Categories
Humor New Releases

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Wall Calendar Available Now!

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar based on cat comedy sketches between Muse and Writer
An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar based on cat comedy with Muse and Writer a.k.a Angela Breidenbach. Order yours at AngelaBreidenbach.com

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar

Series: A-Muse-ings, Calendar/Book 1

Author: Angela Breidenbach

ISBN: 978-0-9980847-1-8

Publisher: Gems Books

Calendar/Cat/breeds/Humor & Comic Calendars

Description:

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Wall Calendar by Angela Breidenbach features the wry wit and humor between Muse and Writer. Sure to delight your entire family creating smiles and laughter all year long. 

Each month Muse matches wits with Writer in full-color wall calendar showcasing a candid, beautiful image of Muse and his highly expressive fe-lion personality that came from fun social media posts like this one:

Muse and Writer cat comedy developed from candid photos of fe-lion antics told on social media.
Muse and Writer cat comedy developed from candid photos of fe-lion antics told on social media.

Writer: Weren’t you on the other side of the sofa?

Muse: Just checking out my comfort level.

Writer: Great. If you’re all settled, I’ll join you.

Muse: That’s outside of my comfort level.

Writer: (Facepalm.) Oh, brother.

 

 

 

For you, it includes:

  • 12-month calendar
  • Space to add reminders
  • Opens to 11 inches x 17 inches
  • Includes widely celebrated holidays (including International Cat Day, of course)
  • Tips to lesson holiday season stress
  • Laughter
  • Each calendar is personally autographed

A few of the monthly humor pages in full color, click each for a larger view:

Look for more A-Muse-ings from Muse and Writer including Christmas planners, social media, and themed books at AngelaBreidenbach.com. Other books by Angela include historical romance, contemporary romance, and non-fiction.

Visit AngelaBreidenbach.com for A-Muse-ing News direct to your email. Follow @AngBreidenbach on your favorite social media like Bookbub, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, & Amazon for new release announcements.

Watch for An A-Muse-ing Christmas Planner 2021 and A-Muse-ing Tails coming in 2021!

Muse and Writer bring you fun Fe-lion Fan Family gear to create smiles wherever you go. Choose something fun and spread the laughter with A-Muse-ing treats from Muse and Writer for everyone.

Who are Muse and Writer?

Muse and Writer a.k.a Angela Breidenbach and her fe-lion personal assistant, Muse create A-Muse-ings on social media and now a new line of cat comedy products at AngelaBreidenbach.com
Muse and Writer a.k.a Angela Breidenbach and her fe-lion personal assistant, Muse create A-Muse-ings on social media and now a new line of cat comedy products at AngelaBreidenbach.com

Writer’s Bio: Angela Breidenbach is a bestselling author, screenwriter, and genealogist. Hobbies? Writer has trained her Muse, a fe-lion, to shake hands, roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. Muse has managed to entertain friends and followers on social media with his wry wit and humor. All social media including Facebook/Instagram/MeWe/Twitter @AngBreidenbach

Muse’s Bio: A highly trained fe-lion personal assistant to Writer, he’s a Somali-Cross rescue. At nine, he has many years left to train Writer in the ways of fe-lions. Able to leap tall sticks in a single bound, lunge through hoops, and stop-drop-and-roll, Muse will either high-five you or shake hands as long as you pay him in treats. He’s quite mercenary, but very lovable. He creates laughter in his Fe-lion Fan Family and loves to stymy his Writer daily. He takes over Writer’s social media just to cause chaos.

 

 

Categories
Humor New Releases

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar — cat comedy

Eye-catching cat comedy shines in this new release of An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar based on the witty humor of Muse and Writer on social media. Get your autographed (by both Muse and Writer) copy at AngelaBreidenbach.com

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar by Writer and Muse (Angela Breidenbach) Humorous 12-month wall calendar
An A-Muse-ing 2021 Calendar by Writer and Muse (Angela Breidenbach) Humorous 12-month wall calendar

An A-Muse-ing 2021 Wall Calendar by Angela Breidenbach features the wry wit and humor between Muse and Writer.  Each month Muse matches wits with Writer in full-color wall calendar showcasing a candid, beautiful image of Muse and his highly expressive fe-lion personality: For you, it includes:

  • 12-month calendar
  • Space to add reminders
  • Opens to 11 inches x 17 inches
  • Includes widely celebrated holidays (including International Cat Day, of course)
  • Tips to lesson holiday season stress
  • Laughter

Look for more A-Muse-ings from Muse and Writer including Christmas planners, social media, and themed books at AngelaBreidenbach.com. Other books by Angela include historical romance, contemporary romance, and non-fiction. Visit AngelaBreidenbach.com for A-Muse-ing News direct to your email. Follow @AngBreidenbach on your favorite social media like Bookbub, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, & Amazon for new release announcements.

Pick up a few copies as gifts to see the laughter and sparkle your present creates.

Visit https://AngelaBreidenbach.com today for autographed copies.

Bio: Angela Breidenbach is a bestselling author, screenwriter, and genealogist. She’s the president of the Christian Authors Network. Hobbies? Writer has trained her Muse, a fe-lion, to shake hands, roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also. Muse has managed to entertain friends and followers on social media with his wry wit and humor. All social media @AngBreidenbach

Categories
Encouragement

A Muse and the Writer….

Muse: Help?
Writer: (Doubled over laughing.) You’re wearing a Santa hat?
Muse: Really? That’s your question?
Writer: At least it’s not a string of lights. I mean, the grandkids might have plugged you in!
Muse: Are you going to help me?
Writer: Hang on, I need the picture.
Muse: I can’t wait for you to go to sleep. You never know what you’ll find in your stocking.
Writer: Uh…one pic is enough. Here, let me help you. 

Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in college to get her genealogical studies degree. She’s the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angie lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. Her latest book is Worthy to Write—30 devotions for writers.

http://AngelaBreidenbach.com

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach

iTunes: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach