Author Interviews

A Chat with Author Winnie Griggs

Winnie Griggs
Winnie Griggs

Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the joy of interviewing Winnie Griggs, author of 25 novels, which have won awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award! Her novels have had a Western setting, both historical and contemporary, but her latest novel branches into a new genre for her—Amish fiction.

Welcome, Winnie! Please tell us about your book, Her Amish Wedding Quilt.

Spirited Greta’s been told to change or she’ll be a spinster. When her last hope for a husband chooses another, Greta pours her efforts into her quilts.

Widower Noah needs a new wife so when Greta offers to matchmake, he accepts. But no one seems right. Have they unexpectedly grown close?


Bet you giggle

Bet you giggle… and maybe relate!

Thanks to CAN author, Winnie Griggs, for sharing this Friday Frolic…



Friday Frolics-Procrastination

An author’s bane is the extremes of procrastination or obsessing over every word…Thank you, Winnie Griggs, for clearing that up for us…

Friday Frolics presented by the Christian Authors Network to lighten your life 😉

Writing craft

Tips From the Pros: Winnie Griggs


Davalynn Spencer here again, from Colorado’s Front Range, welcoming today’s featured author, Winnie Griggs. Winnie was last featured on the CAN blog in 2009, and she’s written quite a bit since and come up with some great tips for us all.


Thanks for visiting with us today Winnie. How many books do you have published now, and what are a few of your latest titles?

My 16th just came out. The last four have all been connected and the titles and release dates are:
Handpicked Husband   September 2012
The Bride Next Door   June 2013
A Family For Christmas  October 2013
Lone Star Heiress   June 2014


What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since 2009?

That it never gets any easier!

Boy, are you right, Winnie, and I’m sure everyone appreciates your candor. What about promotion? Any valuable tidbits now that you have so many titles?

Again, that it never gets any easier. But truly, something I’m coming to believe more and more is that a writer really needs to protect her writing time. All the time spent on social media or promo events can sap the energy from the writing itself. And all the promo in the world is no good to you if you don’t have a solid book to promote.

Wise words there, and so critical to remember. Regarding book promotion, What has been most effective for you?

I’m not sure I can point to any one method, and success at something like this is difficult to quantify. So I do the kinds of things I enjoy – attending readers conferences, speaking at writer’s conferences, helping promote other writers.

What are the least effective promotional activities you’ve tried?


Do you have a favorite way of connecting with your readers?

In person!  Barring that, Facebook, the Love Inspired Historical group on Goodreads and the Harlequin Community forums.

Any crazy promotional gimmicks?

Hmmmm, I’m actually pretty conservative by nature so I can’t think of anything that would fit that description.

Did the Lord open doors you never expected in the promotion of your books?

Oh my, yes. There have been so many times when unexpected opportunities just fell in my lap, so to speak. And it always amazes me to see who and what He can use to accomplish His purpose.

Do you have a top tip for new authors choosing a promotion plan?

As I said earlier, first and foremost, make certain you are spending plenty of focused time on creating your next book. But as for promotional activities, always keep your target demographic in mind. Think of who the people are who read your books and then come up with ways to tailor your promotion to them.

Thank you for your insight, Winnie.
Learn more about Winnie Griggs and her books by visiting her website at

Davalynn Spencer

Book reviews

Review: The Bride Next Door by Winnie Griggs


Review by Vickie McDonough, author of Whispers on the Prairie

The Bride Next Door
pits spunky, down-home Daisy against Everett, a stuffy newspaper publisher.
Daisy longs for a home, family, and roots, but Everett only sees the small town
of Turnabout as a step to bigger and better things.

When the town gossip
reveals a secret, Daisy and Everett are forced into a very inconvenient

New Releases

A Baby Between Them by Winnie Griggs – A New Release


A Baby Between Them by Winnie Griggs


Love Inspired Historical



For two months, Nora Murphy has cared for the abandoned infant she found on their Boston-bound ship.  Settled now in Faith Glen, Nora tells herself she’s happy.  She has little Grace, and a good job as housekeeper to Sheriff Cameron Long.  She doesn’t need anything more – not the big family she always wanted, or Cam’s love…

A traumatic childhood closed Cam off to any dreams of family life.  Yet somehow his lovely housekeeper and her child have opened his heart again.  When the unthinkable occurs, it will take all their faith to reach a new future together.


Winnie Griggs, a Plain Dealing, Louisiana resident, has written historical and contemporary romances for three different lines. Her work has won a number of regional and national awards, most recently the 2011 Lorie for Best Inspirational Romance of 2010. A small town girl herself, Winnie’s books focus on family and community and matters of faith – all subjects that are near and dear to her own heart. In fact, the motto on her website reads “Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace”

Winnie has been married for over 35 years to her college sweetheart and together they have raised four now-grown children and a too-numerous-to-count assortment of dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, turtles and 4-H sheep. Besides reading and writing, Winnie’s favorite activities include cooking, exploring flea markets and pretending the growing army of dust bunnies who have invaded her home will disappear if she just ignores them.

Winnie loves to hear from readers. You can contact her via her website or find her on facebook and pinterest.

This new release was uploaded by Cecelia Dowdy! Happy Reading!



Speaking Engagements – Developing Your Outline or Talking Points

Photo WG2 Medium SizeHi.  Winnie Griggs here, with the next installment in my posts about speaking engagements. To read previous installments, see the links at the bottom of this post.

Today we’re going to discuss creating an outline for your presentation. And remember, as I’ve mentioned in some of my previous posts, I’m a very strong type A personality so I tend to plan everything out to the nth degree. You can take this to whatever level of detail works for you.


Speaking Engagements – Research Venues

CANHi.  Winnie Griggs here, with the next installment in my posts about speaking engagements.  To read previous installments, see the links at the bottom of this post.

Before we talk about research venues, let’s discuss the different types of talks you might be called on to present.  I categorize these in four groupings as follows:


Speaking Engagements – Understanding Expectations

CANHi.  Winnie Griggs here, with the next installment in my posts about speaking engagements.  So far we’ve covered why book speaking engagements, dealing with butterflies  selecting a topic, creating a speaker resume, finding speaking venues and pitching your program.  Today we’re going to talk about understanding and meeting expectations.

Understanding the expectations surrounding you and your presentation is a key factor in pulling off a successful speaking engagement.  There are two kinds of expectations you need to understand and manage – facilitator expectations and audience expectations.

Let’s look at them one at a time



Speaking Engagements – Pitching Your Program

CANHi.  Winnie Griggs here, with the next installment in my posts about speaking engagements.  So far we’ve covered why book speaking engagements, dealing with butterflies, selecting a topic, creating a speaker resume and finding speaking venues.  Today we’re going to talk about how to actually pitch your talk.

Once you have selected your topic, have your resume together and have located possible speaking opportunities, how do you let folks know you’re ready and willing?

Well, first you need to make certain you can effectively convey what it is you’re offering.  You do this in two steps: