Rewriting is the Real Work of Writing

Rewriting is the Real Work of Writing I get letters almost daily from people who want to write a novel. Most of them have started one, and some are close to the end of their book. But once the writing starts, the fears come quickly. We know what we want to say. We know what story we want to share . . . but the words on the page often don’t match. We look at our manuscript and see that {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}

One Woman’s War: September 1, 1939

Happy Labor Day! I hope you get the chance to take a break from everyday life today and spend some time with your loved ones.   In anticipation of my upcoming WWII release, Where Treetops Glisten, I’ve teamed up with my co-authors of the book and some other author friends of WWII fiction for a blog tour and giveaway! (Details are at the end of this post.)   Here is a fictional diary entry from Helene, one of my characters in From Dust and Ashes. {Read More}

Books On Sale Now!

Books On Sale Now! Beside Still Waters: A Big Sky Novel — $1.99   Raised among the Amish of Indiana, 18-year-old Marianna Sommer plans to get baptized into the church, marry Aaron Zook, and set up life in the only community she has ever known. But when her older brother chooses the world’s path following his rumschpringe, and a younger sibling begins showing interest in Englisch ways, Marianna’s parents move the family to Montana. Although she is also in her {Read More}

Sometimes We Need To Stop Being Stubborn

Sometimes We Need To Stop Being Stubborn Have you ever been stubborn? Stubborn about parenting, a schedule, or activity, or method of discipline that doesn’t work? I’m sure you haven’t. Maybe it’s just me. But if you’ve been stubborn just once you might want to keep reading. It’s easy to be stubborn. We put time into figuring out what will work…and then we’re disappointed when it doesn’t. We want the ideas in the blog posts, or books, or the advice {Read More}

Sharing The Stories of The Greatest Generation

About 14 years ago I was on vacation with two friends when I first heard about the 11th Armored Division–the men who liberated Mauthausen and Gusen concentration camps. So intrigued by the history of these men, I wrote two novels about them, From Dust and Ashes and Night Song. In the course of writing these books, I attended two of their WWII reunions. I interviewed them, looked through their photo albums and cried with them as they shared their experiences about {Read More}

The Story Behind the Novel ‘From Dust to Ashes’

I can clearly remember when my interest was sparked by the liberation events that took place in St. Georgen, Austria, during World War II. An Austrian historian had invited me and my friends into her home, serving tea and bread, meat and cheeses. It was the end of a long day of travel, and I secretly desired a hot shower and a soft bed. But it wasn’t long before our host had me intrigued with her true tales of villains, {Read More}

How a Garden (and a Family) Grows

I love gardening. Well, let me clarify . . . I love writing about gardening. It seems both down-to-earth and oddly romantic to live on a farm like Bob and Charlotte in Sweet September. The idea of planting seeds, watching their progress, and then eating of their labor delights me—which is why my husband and I planted a garden this year. The lives of the Stevensons and their grandchildren unfold in this captivating story of remarkable change. It was only {Read More}

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