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A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider wins another award!

I’m very pleased to announce that A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, edited by Wendy Elaine Nelles and me, and featuring a total of 37 great Canadian writers, finished in third place for 2013 “Non-fiction Book of the Year” at The Book Club Network! Thanks to EVERYONE who voted! This truly is the little […]

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My writing targets (and how I plan to hit them!)

Anyone who knows me well is aware that I have “To Do” lists I refer to on a daily basis. I’ve used everything from notebooks, to pads with printed numbers, to journals, to pages I created and printed to put into a binder, to random lists, to sticky notes. I frequently read books on being […]

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Working with Photos for a Memoir

I’ve often thought that if we should have a fire, the one thing I’d most hate to lose would be my pictures—the printed ones before digital cameras and smartphones took over. Last week, I got smart and paid a student to scan all my “old” pictures—the ones that came from my mother’s photo albums. Then […]

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My fantasy novel for tweens progresses

I just changed my fantasy novel thermometer from 5% to 90%! I’ve been editing the 40,000 word novel I originally wrote for granddaughter #2 for her 9th birthday. Yeah, that was a few years ago. This is at least my 5th thorough edit. I’ve been doing it for an hour or two a day over […]

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Being an author involves promoting yourself

Some days, I really hate the direction the publishing industry is going. Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve become jaded, cynical, and a bit of a wet blanket. These days, it all seems to be about sales. Authors are constantly asking me to buy their latest book, watch their new and amazing  YouTube video, download a […]

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What to do when God appears to change his mind

I love coming up with ideas and starting things. Unfortunately, it’s all-too-possible to start more things than I can realistically finish. Part of the problem is that I often fail to think through everything that’s involved in a project before I dive in. On the other hand, when I honestly believe God’s telling me to […]

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Walking the Fiction Tightrope: Writing with Faith and Honesty

I was writing a scene around Paul Manziuk, my police officer in Shaded Light, and suddenly he decided to swear. I told him he couldn’t. I don’t swear myself. Why would I swear when writing? He said he wasn’t me. True. He said that he was hot, tired, and frustrated, and he really needed to […]

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The dilemma of being a Christian who writes fiction

Writing fiction would be easier if I wasn’t a Christian. I’d just sit down and write whatever I wanted. No problem. But I am a Christian. And it’s frequently been a problem. When I began writing more than 35 years ago, I had a BA in English and the English medal for my graduating class. […]

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N. J. Lindquist Closes a Chapter at The Word Guild and Write! Canada to Focus on Writing

Markham, Ontario—After helping to equip Canada’s Christian writers for 11 years, N. J. Lindquist is stepping aside from all leadership roles in Write! Canada and The Word Guild in order to concentrate on her own writing and speaking career. Lindquist is an award-winning Markham-based writer, editor, publisher, and speaker who has authored 10 books, edited […]

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A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider Wins Big at The Canadian Christian Writing Awards

A Canadian inspirational book is continuing its record-breaking streak, becoming the most winning book in the 24-year history of The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards. Writers from A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider won an unprecedented 13 awards, consisting of six first-place prizes and seven awards of merit. The book won recognition for […]

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Record-breaking number of award nominations for our book!

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider has broken records by being nominated for 27 awards—the most ever for a single book—in The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards! The judges shortlisted 16 articles and stories by 15 writers. Yes, one of them is my short story, "Twenty-five Years Later," which chronicles the reunion of […]

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They like us, they really like us!

So pleased that our anthology, A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, edited by Wendy E. Nelles and me, and featuring 37 Canadian writers, has won the 2012 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award in the Gift Book category.   All award winners are listed on the Christian Small Publishers Association’s (CSPA) website […]

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