The Benefits of Retreat

Last summer my writing group visited my parents’ cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We scattered around inside and out in the mornings to work on our writing projects; in the afternoon we went on an adventure. In the evenings we talked and laughed. What a wonderful...

Lessons from Moving Office

I recently inherited a bedroom left vacant by Kid 3, who took Kid 1’s bedroom when she moved into an apartment. This empty bedroom has become my new office. It was no easy task to move a decade’s worth of stuff from my small office on the main floor to this vast...

2016: Books I’m Glad I Read

I keep track of the books I read each year. There’s no particular reason except that I like to look back and see what I read. I read 37 books in 2003, the year I had 3- and 5-year old boys and 11- and 13-year-old girls. In 2013 I read 57. In 2016, 60. About half are...

A Writer’s Give-Thanks List

This Thanksgiving weekend is a fine time to give thanks for the good things in a writer’s life. You may not have a published book or even a byline yet, but there are still a fair number of writerly things for which to be thankful. Reference Materials. Maybe a good...

The Q&A: Karen Kingsbury

Bestseller author Karen Kingsbury is known and loved for her Baxter family books. She’s written 24 in the collection, the most recent “The Baxter Family Christmas.” Another title, “Love Story,” comes out in June 2017 and a third next fall. Kingsbury knows how to wring...

Things I Like About Christian Fiction: Variety

I may have ranted about a few things I dislike about Christian fiction. Lest you think I’m a misanthrope, there is plenty I like about the genre as well. One of the big things is the variety of authors, topics, time periods, heroes and heroines available in the vast...