Guest: Agent Les Stobbe – Prophetic Role

Les Stobbe has been a literary agent for 20 years, and has worked in the book business for over 50. Visit his website at http://stobbeliterary.com/ What Prophetic Role Do Christian Writers Have? In recent years I have been receiving both fiction and non-fiction proposals from writers who are upset about where the church is headed and where the country is …






Review by Kayla: Secret Sisters

Title:  Secret Sisters, Volume 1 Author: Sandra Byrd Short summary: Tess Thomas is without a friend, then on the first day of sixth grade she meets someone nice. They have a series of adventures. In the story Heart to Heart, they meet and become best friends. In Twenty-One Ponies, Erin writes a report for school. What I liked about the …






Clayton County: Why the Pacific Northwest?

Many of us develop a fondness for the areas where we were raised. I grew up in a little town in Washington State which consisted of a few homes and a post office. We had to travel twenty minutes down the mountain to reach the nearest civilized town. The parking lot of my high school overlooked the Columbia River, which …






The Five Love Languages of Children, by Gary Chapman

  Summary: This book explains that people give and receive love in various ways. Dr.Gary Chapman, renown authority on family relationships, identifies five categories: Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gifts, and Acts of Service. He also explains how to understand each child’s needs and show them love in the way they best understand it. My experience: I don’t …






What’s on Your Bookshelf?

Early on I realized the importance of gleaning all I could from professionals in the writing arena. After listening to a lecture on dialogue by Renni Browne, I promptly bought her book called Self-Editing for  Fiction Writers. I devoured that book, before I had even completed a manuscript! I once heard an agent ask a crowd how many editing manuals …






Guest: Sandra Byrd – Chekhov’s Gun

Sandra Byrd is a best-selling novelist and a mentor with the Christian Writers Guild. Visit her website at www.sandrabyrd.com Chekov’s Gun For every stimulus, you must have a response. For every response, you must have a stimulus. When we write novels, we don’t include every word spoken, every action taken, every plan proposed. We include only those elements that either …






Anyone Got the Time?

During the open forum at the first writers conference I attended, I asked the panel how in the world they found time to write in the hustle and bustle of life. New to the scene, as a working wife and mother, I had no idea how I was going to actually accomplish writing an entire novel. The unanimous answer from …






Inspiration:Take Notes!

Writers are inspired by all sorts of things; landscapes, public figures, historical events. My friend Susan so enjoyed her trip to Italy that she set her newest book there, The Girl in the Glass.  Because inspiration can come anywhere, anytime, I quickly learned the convenience of keeping a notebook (and multiple pens) in my purse.  I’ve heard this tip recommended …






Have you ever had a dream?

I first met Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales, at a writers conference in Denver. He had just released his first “What’s in the Bible?” DVD from his new company, JellyTelly. As a longtime fan of Bob and Larry, I was really looking forward to meeting Phil. But I had no idea what he had to say was specifically for …