Inspiration behind A Daring Escape

Scroll below to enter to win a copy of book one in the London Chronicles series, A Secret Courage! Growing up I never had a desire to be a missionary. In fact in church when missionaries to share I always prayed that I wouldn’t feel God’s tap on the shoulder. Honestly, I didn’t want to leave my comfort zone. Then God tricked me. Okay, not really, but my first venture into the world was when I joined two writer friends {Read More}

How to Encourage Your Kids to Write | Kristin L. Hanley

As an online English professor I know what it means to teach “the dreaded class.” Aside from public speaking courses, composition seems to be the most intimidating class students take. The way they tremble during introductions, you’d think I’d asked my students to swim with sharks. Although writing well can feel like jumping into deep waters, I encourage my students to take deep breaths and realize that it won’t be as bad as they think (they might even have a {Read More}

How do you build deep friendships? T-I-M-E

Last week I was blessed to hang out with some of my favorite friends for four days. As I’ve mentioned before, every year I get together with a group of Christian novelists to plot, play and pray together. Each person gets one hour and fifteen minutes of plotting time. They share their book ideas, and everyone else helps them come up with ideas for their plots, characters, conflicts. (Below I have links to some of the books we’ve plotted if {Read More}

You’re not just eating bon-bons! | Susan May Warren

What are you reading? I asked this question to approximately 40 aspiring writers this weekend as I sat across from them at a table during our private one-on-one sessions at the Northwestern Christian Writers Conference. A few of them would tell me of a story that they were reading, a bestseller perhaps or some obscure book from series they liked. And then I would ask them is this story in the genre you are writing? Only a couple nodded. The {Read More}

God’s Grace and Getting Rid of Stinking Thinking

As I type this note I’m heading back from the 15th annual Plot, Play, Pray retreat that I attend every year with a group of Christian novelists that I consider some of my dearest friends. Every year at the retreat we each go around and share deeper what’s been happening in our lives throughout the year. As I was thinking about this I realized that overall it’s been a year of comfy clothes, naps and God’s grace. Mostly it’s been {Read More}

Ask Tricia: Doing it All

I get asked questions all the time. As a wife of twenty-six years, a mom of ten—seven having been adopted, a homeschooler and a writer of over 60 books people want to know how my life works. Here is one of those questions and my short answer. More to come in the coming weeks! Doing it all. You are good at doing it all. How you do everything (mom, wife, homeschool, etc) AND have a home business?? —Stephanie L. Tricia Goyer {Read More}

Ask Tricia: Time to Write

I get asked questions all the time. As a wife of twenty-six years, a mom of ten—seven having been adopted, a homeschooler and a writer of over 60 books people want to know how my life works. Here is one of those questions and my short answer. More to come in the coming weeks! How do you find time to write? How do you find time to write? I’m a homeschooling mom of four who writes and I mostly feel {Read More}

The Brave Writer

I’ve never considered myself a brave person. I’m not one to bungee jump, and the best I’ve done on the ski slopes is the beginner’s run. (And with much trepidation at that!) Stepping out and deciding to pursuing writing was one of my bravest steps. Writing about the deep pain and struggles in my life—in my fiction and non-fiction—has been the bravest. Yet I’ve done other things that are brave. Here are a few: Adopting kids. John and I have {Read More}

How God Has Influenced My Writing

  I get asked all the time to write a “behind the scenes” blog about how my writing works. I suppose that I get so used to the deadlines, the juggling, and living in the publishing world that sometimes it’s hard for me to put it into words. It’s easier to explain when someone asks me direct questions. It helps me to know what others really want to know about this crazy writer world that I live in. This interview {Read More}

Taking Note of God’s Creative Hand

Taking Note of God’s Creative Hand   In the beginning God created. It’s easy to see that when we step outside, but we need to remember that it’s God Who gives breath to our creativity, too. God’s been speaking to my heart about creation lately. About everything coming from nothing. About nothing being here that He didn’t create. About me being allowed to be part of the creative process. About understanding every that word I write comes from Him. I mean, I {Read More}

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