My Favorite Marketing Tools for Authors

My Favorite Marketing Tools for Authors You think that writing a book is the hard part, right?! Getting your book noticed (and appreciated) by readers is a whole new thing. Here are ways I’ve connect with readers and have grown my fan base … without being annoying! Just a few quick tips that have worked for me… Marketing: 1. I’ve hired a nearly full-time assistant to help with marketing. She posts my blogs, formats my newsletters, sends out packages, etc. {Read More}

It’s Time to Get Creative, Mom.

  It’s Time to Get Creative, Mom. As a writer, I know all about creativity. I know how essential it is. I know how fun it can be. I also know what it’s like to be at a loss for creativity. Even as a mom, creativity is important. Combine the needed creativity for being both a mom and a writer . . . well, it’s tough to come by. When there are people and paperwork and piles to manage… When {Read More}

The Balance Between Mom and Writer

I started writing when my kids were five, two, and a newborn, and I was starting my first year of homeschool. My husband was in college and worked at night. We were poor. LOL. I started writing during naptime, but by the time I started getting book contracts, my kids were too old for naps, we still homeschooled, and my kids were home all day. So for years I wrote when they were around the house—usually in the afternoon. I {Read More}

Don’t Miss Your Kids in All Your “God Projects”

Don’t Miss Your Kids in All Your “God Projects”   I’m a project person. I like lists to check off and gold stars (even if they are imagined) placed on my jobs that are well done. As an author I like to type “The End”at the completion of my novels. As a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) leader, I like getting into my car after a meeting and letting out a contented sigh, knowing the speaker’s message touched a great {Read More}

The Lulu Tree Boutique! (& Giveaway!)

The Lulu Tree Boutique! (& Giveaway!) *Please note, friends: This post is long. But, would you take time read it, for me? For all the precious Ugandan mamas who need your help? And then, would you consider sharing the post so others might help too? There’s even a giveaway at the bottom! Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. – Tricia  She walked for four hours just to meet me. Her soles were red from Uganda’s earth and she {Read More}

How to Keep & Deepen Your Relationship With Your Teen Son

How to Keep & Deepen Your Relationship With Your Teen Son My 6-foot-tall son lumbers into the room and sinks onto the sofa. “So, I’ve been thinking about Chapter Two…” he says. I pause what I’m doing and we talk. We talk about fictional conflict, inciting incidents, and motivation—what the character wants more than anything. Nathan has just finished writing a novel and lately we’ve been chatting about that. I have six children and my relationship with each of them {Read More}

How to Say “Yes” to God

How to Say “Yes” to God   I don’t know about you but as soon as I became a Christian I wanted to do something FOR God. I was a pregnant teen who found forgiveness and freedom and I wanted to make my life count for Him. Over the years I found many ways to serve Him and to be truthful it was a lot of work. I taught Sunday School, led Bible studies, and volunteered in numerous ministries in {Read More}

Surviving The Strong-Willed Child

I used to laugh when my mother-in-law, Darlyne, told me how my husband was a strong-willed child. That was until our daughter turned out to be exactly like her dad. Darlyne used to tell stories about when John was a baby. She said he’d crawl to the nearest electrical outlet and want to stick his finger in it. She’d tell him no, gently slap his hand, pull him away, and yet he’d return. She’d do that over and over, trying {Read More}

Free Printables for Writing Your Novel

Free Printables for Writing your Novel Are you interested in writing a novel but you don’t want to start? Do you learn by doing? Do you want easy-to-use worksheets to help novel writing made sense? I’ve pulled together a ton of FREE Printables for you. A few are mine, but most of them are awesome resources that I’ve found around the Internet. Yay! FREE Printables for your next novel, collected by @TriciaGoyer! Click To Tweet   Story Ideas Create a Writer’s {Read More}

September Book Giveaway!

September Book Giveaway! Winners announced on September 19th! 10 winners will receive 2 books of mine: Generation NeXt Parenting & Generation NeXt Marriage. Enter the raffle below (as many times as you’d like) to win. Only those in the U.S. are eligible to win. a Rafflecopter giveaway Are you new here? You might want to subscribe to my email updates, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or Instagram.

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