Author Profile – Tracy Krauss

Today I welcome my friend and fellow author, Tracy Krauss, to my blog.

Tracy Krauss writes contemporary Christian romance with a twist of suspense and a touch of humor. Her books strike a chord with those looking for a hard hitting yet thought provoking read – no sugar added. Her work has won multiple awards and has been on Amazon’s bestsellers’ lists. She also writes stage plays tailored to a high school audience, and has contributed to several anthologies, devotional books, and one illustrated children’s book. Tracy has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan and teaches secondary school Art, Drama and English – all things she is passionate about. She and her husband have lived in five provinces and territories including many remote and unique places in Canada’s far north. They have four grown children and now reside in beautiful Tumbler Ridge, BC where she continues to pursue all of her creative interests. For more information visit her website at http://www.tracykrauss.com“Fiction on the edge – without crossing the line”

Q: Tell us about your upbringing and early memories.

A: I am the youngest of five and was raised in small town Saskatchewan. My mom was a teacher and my dad was an ‘entrepreneur’ – in other words, he had lots of different jobs and we moved from house to house about 15 times before I left home. I think it made me adaptable. I loved drawing from an early age and could usually be found with a pencil and paper.

 

Q: Describe what led you to accept God’s gift of salvation. How old were you?

A: I made a decision for Christ the year I turned twenty, but previous to that, my mom had become a Christian and relentlessly prayed for all of us. I had some knowledge about the Bible because she had read to us as children and I also went to youth group in my Grade 12 year because there was a boy that I liked that went. J It wasn’t until I was in University and involved in the party scene that I accepted Christ. It was an unlikely looking biker who witnessed to me. He had just accepted Christ and even though he still smoked and probably did other things, as a baby believer he took witnessing seriously. His testimony, combined with my mother’s witness, finally got through to me.

 

Q: When did you first become interested in writing?

A: I wrote my first play in Grade Four and I always did well in composition at school. My English 12 teacher encouraged me to go to a writing camp one summer but I didn’t go. I was more interested in the visual arts as an outlet. It was after I had my first child that I started clacking away at the typewriter when she was down for her nap. I was hooked. Thirty years later, I’m still at it.

 

Q: How would you define a successful writer?

A: I try to measure success in the impact I have on people’s lives. Obviously, money would be nice, as would sales numbers, but the best feeling for me is when I find out one of my books resonated with another person.  

 

Q: What advice would you give a beginning writer?

A: Never give up. Keep on writing, keep on learning, keep on growing.

 

Q: Tell us about your current work in progress.

A: It’s a sequel to Wind Over Marshdale set in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It follows the life of Thomas Lone Wolf’s niece Tanzi, whom we meet in a previous novella, Lone Wolf. She is determined to rise above the rough circumstances of her childhood, but is dealing with an alcoholic mother, a rebellious teenaged sister, the injustice of her brother’s wrongful incarceration, and an unexpected romantic interest in a man she isn’t sure she can trust.

 

Q: How has being a Christian impacted your life path?

A: It’s been everything. I honestly can’t imagine my life without Christ. I sometimes wonder how people manage otherwise.

 

Q: What epitaph would you like on your tombstone?

A: Dancing with Jesus.

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Tracy is one of 28 contributing authors to 7 Essential Habits of Christian Authors. You can purchase your own copy at http://mybook.to/ChristianWriters1.

What question would you like to ask Tracy?


Author Profile: Sally Meadows

Today I’d like to introduce you to another InScribe friend, Sally Meadows, who is an author and recording artist:
Sally Meadows is a two-time national award nominated singer/songwriter and author. In 2015, she released two children’s books, Beneath That Star and The Two Trees. In addition to 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers (2015), she is a contributing author to Hot Apple Cider With Cinnamon (2015), Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada (2014), and Organized Obstacles: An Underdog Anthology. Her two CDs, Turn the Page (2012) and Red & White (2013) each include a song shortlisted for the Canadian national The Word Awards. Sally is a recent empty nester and lives in beautiful Saskatchewan, Canada. You can connect with Sally at sallymeadows.com and https://www.facebook.com/SallyMeadowsMusic.”

Tell us about your upbringing and early memories.

I was born in England to Canadian parents; my father was an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. I was about 15 months old when we came to Canada. I was the youngest of four for 6 1/2 years until my little brother came along. I have few memories of when I was young, but my strongest impressions are of being much loved by my mother, to whom I was especially close. In turn, I was close to, and took care of, my little brother. I am incredibly proud that my father was in the military, but it was not an easy life for my family; we moved frequently and my father was gone for long stretches of time. My life growing up was definitely tough at times. But it did make me resilient.

Describe what led you to accept God’s gift of salvation. How old were you?

My mother taught me to pray every night before I went to bed, and I intuitively had a personal relationship with Jesus from an early age. But in my teens and early 20s I stopped going to church. Yet God still had a hold of me. During our engagement, my fiancee (now husband) and I started attending a Spirit-filled church which brought me back into the body of Christ. I would say my most defining moment was finally fully giving myself to Christ while pregnant with my first son.

When did you first become interested in writing?

Writing was a passion and strength from when I was a little girl. I won the English award in high school and decided that I wanted to become a science writer, opting to get a science degree rather than going into journalism. My first job after graduating with an MSc was as a scientific editor. After successively running a home-based science education business and then teaching, I decided in 2006 that it was time to do something with my writing. I started with occasional freelance writing while holding down a professional job, then finally left the corporate world in 2013 to focus full time on my writing and music ministry.

How would you define a successful writer?

It doesn’t really matter if you are a bestselling author or write in your own personal journal: As long as you are writing to, about, or giving the glory to God, He is pleased.

What advice would you give a beginning writer?

Start small. Set goals. Don’t look at anyone else’s journey but keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. I have full confidence you will find your own pathway.

Tell us about your current work in progress.

On October 1, 2015, I released my second children’s book, Beneath That Star, about a young Jewish girl who longs to be a shepherdess. When God speaks to her in a dream to look out for and follow that star, what she finds underneath it is of far greater value than anything she could ever have imagined.
I am also working on several short stories as well as two more children’s books. In the midst of all that, I am trying to find time to write songs for my next CD!

How has being a Christian impacted your life path?

Accepting Christ fully, and then moving to Saskatoon, dramatically changed our lives. I have no doubt that I wouldn’t be doing the things I am today if those two life-altering events hadn’t happened.

What epitaph would you like on your tombstone?

That I lived and loved well. “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21)
Book Contributors who attended the ICWF Fall Conference

If you’d like your own copy of 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers, you can purchase it at http://mybook.to/ChristianWriters1. Many of the contributing authors are currently participating in a blog hop. I invite you to follow along:

Ruth L. Snyder http://ruthlsnyder.com/blog/ Monday, September 14th
Brenda Wood http://heartfeltdevotionals.com Wednesday, September 16th
Janet Sketchley http://janetsketchley.ca/tenacity-blog/ Friday, September 18th
Jack Popjes http://www.jackpopjes.com/category/blog/ Monday, September 21st
Kimberley Payne http://kimpayne.wordpress.com Wednesday, September 23rd
Marcia Laycock http://www.writer-lee.blogspot.ca/ Friday, September 24th
Steph Nickel https://stephseclecticinterests.wordpress.com Monday, September 28th
Sally Meadows http://sallymeadows.com/blog Wednesday, September 30th
Tracy Krauss http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com Friday, October 2nd
Glynis Belec http://www.glynisbelec.com/blog.html Monday, October 5th


Author Profile: Marcia Laycock

Marcia LaycockToday Marcia Laycock is my guest:

I’ve lived a short distance from the Arctic Circle, in Dawson City Yukon, and two degrees off the equator in Papua New Guinea. But I now make my home in central Alberta Canada where I live with my husband and two rambunctious Golden Retrievers, Jorja and Jaxon.

Tell us about your upbringing and early memories.

I was raised in northern Ontario, mostly on a island in Lake Huron so my early memories are all about water, being in it, on it, beside it. How I ended up in landlocked Alberta I’ll never know! 🙂

Describe what led you to accept God’s gift of salvation. How old were you? 

I was 31 years old when God showed me how much He loved me by giving me the one desire of my heart – a baby girl. The “experts” said it couldn’t happen so she was my first miracle baby. Two more followed. 🙂

When did you first become interested in writing? 

My mom used to say I was born with a pencil in my hand because I was “always scribbling something or other.” When I was 11 years old an aunt gave me a copy of Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maude Montgomery. It was then I discovered I could call myself a writer and was determined that someday that’s what I would be.

How would you define a successful writer? 

One whose work has had a positive affect on someone in some way. If your words have moved a heart you have done your job.

What advice would you give a beginning writer? 

Persevere; don’t get sidetracked with all the marketing hype. Just write, pray, write, pray, write, pray.

Tell us about your current work in progress.

I have a few things on the go, as usual. I just started the Advanced Playwriting Course through Rosebud School of the Arts. I’m also working on the play I wrote last year for the intro. course (at my instructor’s nudging) and hope to have that one ready to send to a production company early in the new year. Book 3 of The Ambassadors, my fantasy series, is in the final edit stage. I also have launched into the realm of publishing with my own company, Small Pond Press. My first release will be a devotional journal for writers, Abundant Rain Journal. I hope to have copies available at InScribe’s conference at the end of this month. Small Pond will be the publishing arm of a mentorship program I hope to start up in the new year to help devotional writers publish their work.

How has being a Christian impacted your life path? 

Becoming a believer in Christ flipped my life around 360 degrees. I truly believe if it hadn’t happened I would have ended up dead. It was the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me and continues to be a stimulating challenge that keeps my heart, mind and soul alive.

What epitaph would you like on your tombstone?

Love Lifted Me.

Marcia is one of the contributors to 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers. Check out Marcia’s post today on her blog!

 

If you’d like your own copy of 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers, you can purchase it at http://mybook.to/ChristianWriters1. Many of the contributing authors are currently participating in a blog hop. I invite you to follow along:

Ruth L. Snyder http://ruthlsnyder.com/blog/ Monday, September 14th
Brenda Wood http://heartfeltdevotionals.com Wednesday, September 16th
Janet Sketchley http://janetsketchley.ca/tenacity-blog/ Friday, September 18th
Jack Popjes http://www.jackpopjes.com/category/blog/ Monday, September 21st
Kimberley Payne http://kimpayne.wordpress.com Wednesday, September 23rd
Marcia Laycock http://www.writer-lee.blogspot.ca/ Friday, September 24th
Steph Nickel https://stephseclecticinterests.wordpress.com Monday, September 28th
Sally Meadows http://sallymeadows.com/blog Wednesday, September 30th
Tracy Krauss http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com Friday, October 2nd
Glynis Belec http://www.glynisbelec.com/blog.html Monday, October 5th


Author Profile: Jack Popjes

Today my guest is Jack Popjes:

Jack started writing stories for missionary newsletters during the decades he and his wife were Bible translators in Brazil. For the past twenty years, he has blogged weekly on missions, church, and Christian spirituality. His current blog is INsights & OUTbursts. He has print published three books and e-published two books of story based articles—all selected from his blogs. His story telling ability makes him a popular church and conference speaker. He served as President of Wycliffe Canada for six years, and as director of Wycliffe Caribbean for three years.

Tell us about your upbringing and early memories

I grew up on Nazi occupied Netherlands. Some of my most vivid memories are of scavenging firewood, even from German army trucks, helping my Mom hide Dad under the floor when soldiers came to abduct men to work in slave labour camps in Germany, and, of course, the day Canadian soldiers rumbled into our city in their tanks and trucks to liberate us. When I was twelve years old, our whole family moved to western Canada to start a new life.

Describe what led you to accept God’s gift of salvation. How old were you?

I grew up in a Bible reading, church going home, but personal salvation was never spoken of. When I was fourteen years old, my family was invited to attend a free concert which turned out to be an evangelistic crusade with the Janz Quartet. I heard them singing the old time spiritual On the Jericho Road and recognized this as poetry speaking about the road of life. When they sang the line “…there’s room for just …” my mind filled in “just one” since that had been my experience in my life and upbringing, having to slug it out by myself. But when I heard “…there’s room for just two…” I had no idea who that other person would be. Then when they sang, “Just Jesus and you,” I shouted on the inside, “Yes, that’s what I need!” When the invitation was given I nearly ran towards the front and a counselor led me to Jesus. My family had no idea what had just happened since they didn’t know as much English as I did.

When did you first become interested in writing?

I was a terrible writer, that is, I have terrible hand/eye coordination and when I write something only God and I know what it says. Sometimes a week later on God knows what it says. I spent hundreds of endless hours of forced labour writing lines, in a completely useless effort to learn how to write cursive, or even print, legibly and consistently. My head was full of stories, descriptions, dialogues and interesting characters, but I could not get much of that down on paper until I bought an Olivetti portable typewriter in my first year in college at age 19. Then, finally, I was able to share with others what had been in my head all those years.

How would you define a successful writer?

Someone who writes a paragraph or even a sentence, then reads and says, “Wow! This is good! Who wrote that? Was that me? Thank you, God, for helping me to write this piece!” My motto is the line from Thoreau, “Fame cannot tempt the bard, who’s famous with his God, nor laurel him reward, who has his Maker’s nod.”

What advice would you give a beginning writer?

Keep a daily diary of your actions, describe your relationships, and explore your thoughts, dreams and longings. Write everything you can, your plans, your prayers, your concerns. And write letters, via email, at least, but occasionally also on paper.

Tell us about your current work in progress.

Besides my weekly blog, I am writing my autobiography. Thus far, I’m collecting stories I have already written about myself, and putting them into chronological order, then adding to them. This started when my grandchildren asked me to tell them “Hansje stories,” that is, stories about my childhood in the Netherlands when my name was Hansje.

How has being a Christian impacted your life path?

A huge difference. From living hesitantly in the fear of dying to the confidence that I am immortal until my work on earth is done. From worrying about what people thought of me to living in the sure knowledge that I am a child of God, loved by the Creator of the Universe. From being overwhelmed with problems, to recognizing that my greatest problem, that of my restored relationship to God, has been solved. All the rest of the problems are mere details.

What epitaph would you like on your tombstone?

I’m not sure what I want, maybe, “He had his Maker’s nod.”

but what I do not want is, “Here lies Jack. He meant well.”

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If you’d like your own copy of 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers, you can purchase it at http://mybook.to/ChristianWriters1. Many of the contributing authors are currently participating in a blog hop. I invite you to follow along:

Ruth L. Snyder http://ruthlsnyder.com/blog/ Monday, September 14th
Brenda Wood http://heartfeltdevotionals.com Wednesday, September 16th
Janet Sketchley http://janetsketchley.ca/tenacity-blog/ Friday, September 18th
Jack Popjes http://www.jackpopjes.com/category/blog/ Monday, September 21st
Kimberley Payne http://kimpayne.wordpress.com Wednesday, September 23rd
Marcia Laycock http://www.writer-lee.blogspot.ca/ Friday, September 24th
Steph Nickel https://stephseclecticinterests.wordpress.com Monday, September 28th
Sally Meadows http://sallymeadows.com/blog Wednesday, September 30th
Tracy Krauss http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com Friday, October 2nd
Glynis Belec http://www.glynisbelec.com/blog.html Monday, October 5th


Author Profile: Loretta Bouillon

In the next few weeks, I’ll be introducing you to some of my author friends who also contributed to 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers, published by InScribe Press. Today’s guest is Loretta Bouillon (https://lorettabouillon.wordpress.com/) who says:

I am a homeschooling mother of 3 amazing kids and also a writer, hoping to publish a book in the near future. I am married to an awesome man who has supported my vision to homeschool and raise our kids against the grain of the world. I am an advocate of excellent coffee (freshly ground beans daily!) and a sweet homemade treat daily. I am a city girl living a country life that just sort of happened. We live in a small town in Northern, British Columbia, Canada. Some day I hope to retire in a condo in downtown, Vancouver! For now, I am truly blessed to live on 4 acres, with a horse, 2 dogs, a bunny, a cat and a huge garden. My kids have space to create, roam around on dirtbikes, ATV’s, and horses. They have the freedom to explore, build, and grow. They know they are how good they have it! I am truly thankful to God as without Him, my life would not be this life.

Welcome, Loretta! Tell us about your upbringing and early memories.

I was raised in Kitchener, Ontario by two loving parents. I was brought up Roman Catholic and went to an all-girl Catholic high school. Being the oldest of 4 children, I have one sister and two brothers, all who still reside in Ontario. My siblings and I remain close despite the distance (as I now live in British Columbia).
Some of my earliest memories include happy times of going to my Grandparent’s home on Sundays and sitting at their kitchen table, drawing and writing stories while the adults played cards. We would entertain ourselves for hours with only a pencil and scrap paper!

Describe what led you to accept God’s gift of salvation. How old were you?

Growing up Roman Catholic, I had a basic understanding of God and Jesus. I went to mass weekly and had to take religion class in school from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Even though I would pray to God, I never understood that the necessary step to knowing God was having a personal relationship with His son, Jesus Christ. I realized my need for a savior when I was 32 years old. After trying most things the world had to offer and struggling with addiction for many years, I met a young man in my Alcoholics Anonymous meeting who was a Christian. He was blonde and looked angelic, but he was actually an ex-santanist (and also a pastor’s son!). I was drawn to the light of Jesus in him and asked him all sorts of questions about Christianity. He told me to just read the book of John, and he gave me his bible.I accepted the Lord on my own reading the bible. I met another friend in AA, a young woman who was also a Christian. She had many tattoos and was an ex-prostitute, not practicing however still living on Hastings street in Vancouver. These two people were influential in the beginning of my journey with Jesus. Although I have completely lost touch with them, I will always be grateful to how willing they were to share their faith with me.

When did you first become interested in writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing stories as a child and would enter all sorts of writing contests. Creative writing and English were always my favourite subjects in school. I have kept a diary for as long as I can remember. My adult version of my diary is now a prayer journal.

How would you define a successful writer?

My definition of a successful writer is not by the world’s standards. I would define a successful writer as one who communes with God through their pen and writes to become closer to God. I believe that all of our talents are from God and ultimately we are to use them for Him. For example, I also dance, however, I have never danced for the world. God has given me the gift of dance and when I dance for the Lord I feel closer to him and have been told my dance draws others deeper into worship. This would be the same for me as a writer. If my words impact others to ultimately glorify God then I am a successful writer.

What advice would you give a beginning writer?

I like to start my day by asking God for direction and writing in my prayer journal. It is a way I talk to God, and it unloads my heart so I can focus on other things; writing included. Set yourself a doable amount of time to write every day. That varies for me with the season of the year as well as the season of my life. I find it best to do this before I check my emails or social media as that way I avoid time-sucking rabbit trails.

Tell us about your current work in progress.

At the moment I am looking to publish my children’s picture book called, “Mommy, Why Don’t You Drink Beer?” It is a light-hearted conversation between a six year old boy and his mother about addiction and sobriety. I am also writing a novel about a woman’s journey with addiction and relationships, searching to fill that hole in her heart that only Jesus can fill. I also have a parenting book peculating in my mind but at the moment that is a testimony in the making.

How has being a Christian impacted your life path?

Being a Christian gives purpose to everything I do. Being a wife and mother, a daughter, a sister, a writer, an employee…..I can’t imagine doing any of these things without God at the center. It is hard for me to believe that I lived 32 years without the strength of Jesus by my side!

What epitaph would you like on your tombstone?

You know, I honestly never think about that. I guess I think about what would be said at my celebration of life and I would like the words spoken to say that I was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend.

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If you’d like your own copy of 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers, you can purchase it at http://mybook.to/ChristianWriters1. Many of the contributing authors are currently participating in a blog hop. I invite you to follow along:

Ruth L. Snyder  http://ruthlsnyder.com/blog/ Monday, September 14th
Brenda Wood http://heartfeltdevotionals.com   Wednesday, September 16th
Janet Sketchley http://janetsketchley.ca/tenacity-blog/  Friday, September 18th
Jack Popjes http://www.jackpopjes.com/category/blog/ Monday, September 21st
Kimberley Payne http://kimpayne.wordpress.com Wednesday, September 23rd
Marcia Laycock http://www.writer-lee.blogspot.ca/ Friday, September 24th
Steph Nickel https://stephseclecticinterests.wordpress.com Monday, September 28th
Sally Meadows http://sallymeadows.com/blog Wednesday, September 30th
Tracy Krauss http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com Friday, October 2nd
Glynis Belec http://www.glynisbelec.com/blog.html Monday, October 5th

 


Announcing: 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers Blog Hop

In July I told you about the launch of a new e-book called 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers. I appreciated the opportunity to not only have my article, “Fit Writing Into a Busy Schedule” included, but to also help put the book together and see it through to publication. On Friday evening, September 25, 2015, InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship will be launching the paperback edition of the book. You can still join in the celebration by purchasing a ticket for the banquet (http://inscribe.org/product/fall-conference-banquet/). Better yet, come join us for the whole conference! (http://inscribe.org/events/fall-conference/) You can also purchase your own copy of the book in either e-book or paperback format at http://mybook.to/ChristianWriters1.

I love the variety this book contains:

-Written by 28 Canadian authors

-Poetry, articles, devotionals, and short stories

-7 themes: time with God, healthy living, time management, honing writing skills, crafting a masterpiece, submitting your work, and marketing

Here’s a sample poem for your enjoyment:

Why Do I Love Shakespeare?

(With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

By Alvin Ens

 

Why do I love Shakespeare?

Let me count the ways.

I love his characters

To the fidelity of kindred souls.

I love his vocabulary

To the deepest well of coining.

I love his humour

To the soul of comic relief.

I love his poetics

To the great expanse of the iambic.

I love his wisdom

To the heart of a philosopher’s wit.

I love his plots

To the height of the double cross.

I love him to the far reaches

Of heroes like Hamlet, Olivia, and Romeo,

To the villainies of Shylock, Cassius, and Lady Macbeth,

To the purities of Cordelia and Brutus,

To the entertainment of Falstaff and Sir Toby.

And if God choose, I shall but love him better

When I meet him after death.

You are invited to follow along as many of the contributing authors of 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers  participate in a blog hop. I encourage you to click on the links below to see what each author shares. Comments would be appreciated, and if you like what you read remember to share the post on your favourite social media sites 🙂

Ruth L. Snyder  http://ruthlsnyder.com/blog/ Monday, September 14th
Brenda Wood http://heartfeltdevotionals.com   Wednesday, September 16th
Janet Sketchley http://janetsketchley.ca/tenacity-blog/  Friday, September 18th
Jack Popjes http://www.jackpopjes.com/category/blog/ Monday, September 21st
Kimberley Payne http://kimpayne.wordpress.com Wednesday, September 23rd
Marcia Laycock http://www.writer-lee.blogspot.ca/ Friday, September 24th
Steph Nickel https://stephseclecticinterests.wordpress.com Monday, September 28th
Sally Meadows http://sallymeadows.com/blog Wednesday, September 30th
Tracy Krauss http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com Friday, October 2nd
Glynis Belec http://www.glynisbelec.com/blog.html Monday, October 5th

Lessons Learned at When Words Collide – Overview

 

Last week I enjoyed the opportunity to attend When Words Collide with other members of the executive from InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. The conference took place in Calgary with over 600 people attending. My purpose for attending was two-fold:

  1. To see how a conference is run by a different organization and see if I could pick up ideas to apply to the InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship Fall Conference.
  2. To learn skills to apply to my own writing.

When Words Collide is run very differently from the InScribe Conference in some ways:

  • Registration is only $50. No meals or coffee breaks are included, accommodation is more costly, people who want to attend the banquet pay $50 more.
  • Grants and sponsorship are very important to running this conference.
  • Sessions start at 10 am and run until 9 or 10 at night, with no breaks for meals. Sessions start on the hour and run for 50 minutes. Attendees are free to come and go as they please.
  • Speakers and workshop leaders introduce themselves. There is no audio-visual equipment and no microphones.

What I learned about conference organization:

  • Some costs are absolutely necessary. It’s very frustrating to attend a session and not be able to hear much. I will choose to pay for audio-visual equipment and microphones.
  • Marketing makes a difference. Although up front I only paid $50 to attend the conference, I paid just as much, if not more, than I will pay to attend the InScribe conference where the registration fee is $225.
  • Networking is important to me. The variety of workshops offered at When Words Collide is amazing. However, people are so busy rushing from one workshop to another that little networking took place. Now that I’m aware, I would probably plan my own schedule differently if I attend again. As it was, I skipped many sessions to make time to spend with people.

Sessions I attended:

  • Audio, Audibles, and Voice Over
  • Back Cover Blurbs
  • Building Your Readership
  • Does Editing Make You a Better Writer?
  • Fiction Writing with Nina Munteanu
  • Publisher’s Panel for Novels
  • Write for Hire
  • Writing as Community

In future posts I will share some of the lessons I learned from the sessions. For now I’m off to put a few more details together for the InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship Fall Conference, which is taking place in Edmonton from September 24-26, 2015. Register before September 21st and I’ll see you there!

 


A New Arrival: 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers

 

I’m very excited to share one of my latest projects with you. As many of you know, I serve as President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Just over a year ago, during one of our executive meetings, we discussed the possibility of putting together an anthology with contributions from members of InScribe. We organized a volunteer committee and set our sights on having the book published and ready to launch at our InScribe Fall Conference September 24-26, 2015.

The end result is a book with contributions from 28 Canadian authors, dealing with seven key areas for Christian writers: Time with God, Healthy Living, Time Management, Honing Writing Skills, Crafting a Masterpiece, Submitting, and Marketing. The contributing writers, who come from all walks of life and write in various genres for a range of audiences, are all members of ICWF. Through fiction, poetry, and non-fiction such as devotionals, essays, and articles, they generously share their own discoveries, success stories, and hard-won lessons to encourage and support other Christian writers.

The e-book is now available on Kindle:

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The paperback version is in process and will be released during conference.

Thanks to everyone who had a part in making this book possible!

Endorsements

“I love seven things about this book: It is practical. It is affordable. It is encouraging. It is worth highlighting, underlining and dog-earing. Plus it made me forget about my toothache. Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran writer, you’ll discover 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers to be jammed with instantly actionable advice that will make you a better writer. Dig in.”
Phil Callaway (www.philcallaway.com) is the best-selling author of more than 25 books, a popular speaker, the host of Laugh Again Radio, and a grandpa.

7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers is an absolute gem! I love that it covers all the basics a writer needs to know, making them simple and practical. I also love that the book has many authors, giving us ideas and suggestions from their own writing journey. I highly recommend this book to anyone seriously considering writing as a vocation or even an avocation, particularly those writers who see their work as a ministry—which it certainly is!”
Kathi Macias (www.kathimacias.com) is an award-winning author of more than 50 books. A wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Kathi lives in Southern California with her husband, Al.

7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers is loaded with actionable advice that will make you a better writer. Whether you are a multi-published author or a beginning writer, this book will benefit you.”
Shelley Hitz, author coach and best-selling author
www.ShelleyHitz.com 

“This book is a beautiful blend of faithfulness and craft. It will help you answer the practical questions of what it means to be a writer while honoring what you believe. I wish I’d read this when I got started.”
Jeff Goins, Best-selling author, The Art of Work

“There are hundreds of how-to-write books on the market, but none that I know of touches BOTH of the vital aspects of writing as a Christian better than this anthology from InScribe. The practical AND the spiritual are woven into a whole by a remarkably creative group of writers who are in the trenches as we speak. I intend to snack on this fare again and again.”
Nancy Rue, best-selling Christian author and creator of Shadow to Shelf, a mentoring program for writers.