Review of the book, Off the Map

Off the Map book cover

If you’ve ever watched in frustration wondering why on earth someone in an abusive relationship didn’t get out at the first sign of trouble, I have a book you need to read. The title is Off the Map: Follow Me Out of Domestic Abuse. Jacquie Brown, the woman who wrote the book, says she was in an abusive marriage for “decades” – which means at least 20 years. I can’t … [Read more...]

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 free chapter of a book I will absolutely love, check out their blog, … [Read more...]

What to do when God appears to change his mind

baby shoes

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 do something, I usually go forward and assume that he'll … [Read more...]

Why I’ve named my blog “Inspired by Noah”

The Commission by Tom duBois

When you put up a website, in essence, it represents you. People who don't know you personally see your site and come away with a lasting impression. For years, I’ve been trying to find a look and tag-line for my website that feels right to me. It's not enough to give my name and what I do or even show the covers of my books. You need a single focus that ties everything you … [Read more...]

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 say one mild swear word. I agreed that under those circumstances I might … [Read more...]

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. I also had a very strong faith in God. It seemed natural to me to combine my knowledge of … [Read more...]

Our award-winning bestseller, A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, is now available as an e-book

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider ebook cover

It's available for Kindle on and and also as an e-Pub for Kobo or other readers. Above everything else, this is a book of hope. And our goal is to get it into the hands of everyone who needs hope.  We’d love for you to check it out and tell your friends. What we need in the next few days is lots of sales, lots of “likes,” and lots of reviews of the … [Read more...]

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

Editors N. J. Lindquist (left) and Wendy Nelles at the official launch of A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, at Write! Canada 2011

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 and published two … [Read more...]

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 its excellence in all six … [Read more...]

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 four women in their 40s who … [Read more...]

They like us, they really like us!

2012 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year

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 at and … [Read more...]


Wye Marsh turtle hidden in reeds

If you look really closely, you'll see a small turtle hidden in the reeds in this picture I took at Wye Marsh a few years ago.Today, I'm feeling a lot like that turtle—scared to stick my neck out, wondering if I should just stay out of sight, pretend I'm not even here.My so-called career as a writer and speaker has been sadly neglected over the last few … [Read more...]

New book out

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is now available at most bookstores and other locations where books are found. Like the first book, this one was edited by Wendy Nelles and me. It took virtually all my time from August until the end of January. Well, more than that actually because now we're in marketing mode.  There are 37 writers showcased in it, a number of whom … [Read more...]

Saskatchewan and Vancouver trip

Six Nelson sisters

We had a great time in Vancouver. Eighteen people turned up for our Greater Vancouver Writers' Day workshops. I think everyone was happy. I know Les and I were. Great to connect! We also managed to touch base with other members of The Word Guild from the area, including Lando Klassen, owner of the House of James, and authors Grace Fox and Carolyn Arends. Plus we checked … [Read more...]

New article about me

A big thanks to Margaret Gibb, Executive Director of Women Alive, who decided to interview me for her "Canada's Amazing Women" column in the June/July issue of Maranatha News. The title of the column is "When the 'Different' Ugly Duckling Becomes a Swan," which comes directly from my article, "The Diamond Ring," published in Hot Apple Cider. … [Read more...]

Very cool award

Denise Rumble giving N. J. Lindquist an award

The Word Guild decided it was time to have its first Blog Award this year, for two consecutively-written blogs. Guess who won? Yes, I did. The blogs I entered were "The movement to re-engineer writers:" and "Listening with Your Mind and Your Heart." I'll be posting both of them on here in the next couple of days. Currently looking for a picture of me … [Read more...]

Keeping busy

I've been totally busy over the past month or so creating three new websites and nailing down details for Write! Canada. So not much time for me to do anything on my writing, etc However, I did manage to do two online interviews, which are both out this week. Thanks to KD Easley and Linda Faulkner for the interview opportunities. They asked some good questions. Like what … [Read more...]

Interview Up

There's an interview with Patricia Paddey posted at the Write! Canada site this morning. Patricia interviewed Wendy Nelles and me, as directors of Write! Canada, about our long association with the conference and our vision for the future.  Ironically, Wendy and I both attended the conference for the first time in 1988, and we were both on the planning committee for … [Read more...]

We had a party!

N. J. Lindquist at Faith Family Books and Gifts event

On November 20th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Faith Family Books and Gifts in Toronto hosted an event with more than 30 Canadian authors at their store in Toronto. Here are two photos taken by author Deborah Gyapong, one of me and one of the reading areas. You can see many more photos on Deb's blog here and here. The last four photos are courtesy of … [Read more...]