Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Let God Use Your Trials to Make You a Better Writer

“The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.” -Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero's Journey

Have you had black moments in your own life? The question is pretty much rhetorical.

We can fiddle with degrees but the fact is we've all gone through hard things.

The big C word. Job loss. Miscarriage. Loss of a loved one. Nasty breakups. A myriad of health issues.

I could go on and on, our trials are varying, though heartbreak seems to speak a single language.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.-1 Peter 4:12

Peter says its not weird that we go through these things but God wants to use them to strengthen us. I believe he can use these times to make us a better writer.


  • God uses our words to preach the gospel to ourselves.
Paul Tripp, author, pastor and counselor, says: No one is more influential in your life than you are. Because no one talks to you more than you do.

We are all talking to ourselves, but what are we saying?

The first novel I wrote my character struggled to find freedom from fear. I knew her struggles because anxiety is an area where I am still in process. As God speaks truth into my lies, light is shined on the darkness in my heart.

As I walked my heroine's road, I learned so much about myself. God glared a spotlight on my own soul, allowing me to see my need to see and tell myself truth.

As I told my character the truth about what it meant to walk in freedom from that fear, I was preaching the gospel to myself.

Anything that changes our soul will affect our writing life.

  • God uses our trials to help us with our character's black moments. And in turn, as we walk through their black moments with them, we find the light in our own times of darkness.
What have your characters struggled with: depression, grief, loneliness, or anger?

Is your character angry at themselves? The world? God?

We've all experienced all of these emotions and faith struggles.

After a trial, redemption is found when we share our stories. After my father died, telling the story was healing. But it became the most life-giving when I was able to share the narrative with others who were grieving. When friends lost parents, it was a "me, too" story.

This empathetic tale-bearing was ultimately grace-filled for both parties.

What is the story you need to share? Sometimes God may call you to tell it in person, other times He may use it to heal another soul u
sing the written word.

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”   -Brene Brown

Writing real and raw can be painful, but those ultimately will be the words that speak truth and life.

As we go through trials, instead of putting our guards up, we need to be vulnerable...both on the written page and in "real time."

Through these tests, we can understand the difficulties our characters endure.

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”   -Brene Brown in DARING GREATLY

Are you willing to show up and be seen on the page?

Julia Reffner writes words of redemption in both the nonfiction and women's fiction genres. She is a writer and reviewer for LIBRARY JOURNAL magazine and a devotional writer at WONDERFULLY WOVEN. She lives in central Virginia with her husband, two children, and three ragdoll cats.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mystery Alley Cat Interview!

Ashley here! For the Friday Five today, I decided to switch things up by interviewing a mystery Alley Cat and giving you a chance to get to know her better! Can you guess who it is? The first person to guess correctly in the comments wins a copy of a very special book!

1) Where is the coolest place you've been?

The Blue Grotto in Capri, Italy!

2) In another world, what would your career be?

A Broadway singer

3) What's your all-time favorite movie?

This is a hard one. Goonies! Followed by 13 Going on 30.

4) What was your favorite sport in high scchool/college?


5) What's your least favorite chore to do?


All right, friends! That's our interview! Now it's your turn to guess the cat in the comments! :)

Heart Art: Writing with Purpose

There are times, when my very right-sided brain tiptoes to that great divide and suddenly plunges its colorful toes into the waters of word count and spreadsheets and structure. I'll admit, the chill hits almost immediately, my pulsing creative juices freeze, and I wonder if I've committed to a business I'll never master completely.

My brain just wants to play with the colors of words, the textures of scenes, and the weaving of character journey. My fingers itch to get the words out, the essence out, the glorious swirling in my heart out.
If I focus on the word count, the hours, the deadlines--THE NUMBERS--then I may as well turn off the writing light in my heavily one-sided brain and walk away from my story.

Of course, there is a delicate web of all these things coexisting. And I've yet to lack in word count, miss a deadline, or not gain something from "roughly" plotting out my chapters. However, if I am not careful, I get so tangled up in the overwhelming spin of numbers, my love for the craft is suffocated.

Maybe it's because I've tasted the reward of allowing my heart to overflow in my writing without inhibition? It's during those moments when I trust God, and write whatever comes through my fingertips, when I keep my heart bowed down and my eyes up to the One who guides me, that art of writing bursts upon the page.

Over this past year, I've written, rewritten, and edited three different stories of mine. They have different characters, different themes, different settings--even different time periods--but the journey I've taken through each of them, is the same.

The gift I've received as I allowed my heart to flow in the depths of the plot, has been a glowing purpose, deeper than anything I
could have come up with in an outline or a chart.

This past year I have found that my greatest joy isn't in the completion of the story, but in the realization that those bursts of creativity somehow thread together and when it's all flipped over, they reveal a very purposeful journey within my story's bounds.

Perhaps, the purpose is the very center of a creative session, the very essence of what makes art beautiful. Purpose is what keeps a patron staring and wondering at a piece of art for hours on end--without worrying about the hours spent, isn't it? Analyzing, deciphering, wondering about the artist's intent--about the whisper of the human condition--about the intricacy of a brushstroke with so much power bulging in its meaning.

When I write from the heart, casting aside any thought or concern for the numbers, I am an artist creating. And somehow, when I've poured out my words in complete obedience to the One who fills my heart, my story elements fit like a puzzle with this surprise purpose, and this thing we call story...

Or what I'd like to call, Heart Art.


Angie Dicken is a mom of four children and lives in the Midwest with her Texas Aggie sweetheart. An ACFW member since 2010, she writes historical, historical romance, and dabbles in contemporary romance. Her debut, The Outlaw's Second Chance from Harlequin Love Inspired Historical releases in September of 2017, and her novel, My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah from Barbour, releases in November 2017. Angie is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. 
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The changing publishing landscape

Early last week, Love Inspired Historical announced that their line would be closing in June of 2018 after their final contract has been fulfilled.

This rocked the publishing community that is LIH—and it’s readers. We’ve seen a lot of shaky foundations in our Christian publishing world in the last handful of months and to have one of the major publishers of such a high volume of Christian fiction decide to close one of their branches, we all felt the guillotine looming that much closer.

This has followed on the heels of Family Christian Stores shutting their doors—for good.

Harvest House closing down their fiction line, following in the steps of Abingdon Press, Moody’s River North and B&H.

We’re seeing more and more displaced editors turn to agenting and more and more of the remaining houses, trimming back on their acquiring lists and their volume/output.

It’s hard, as a newbie writer to not become discouraged and wonder if traditional publishing is in the cards for them.

And it’s hard for the published author with the contract in hand, to wonder if this is the last time this house will publish their book and when they will get the news that their house is throwing in the towel.

It’s a discouraging business when looked through the lenses of numbers, production, and opportunity. And it’s easy to get wrapped up in writing for the market, striving, crunching the numbers and wishing upon a star that you’ll get that all-elusive publishing contract and keep it.

It’s discouraging to live your dream at times, isn’t it?

Publishing is all about production and in the midst of the changing landscape, we forget and lose
sight of the fact that we’re dreaming and driving towards a dream that is too important to give up.
And we absolutely shouldn’t.

You might be shaking your head as to why I’m telling you not to give up.

And here’s why: this dream is bigger than you. It’s bigger than the changing publishing world. It’s bigger than what feels like one more damning flaming arrow against the fortress that has always been our beloved goal.

And it still should be your beloved goal.


Because God’s idea of this publishing dream for you is not defined by what publishing is or is not doing at this point. What houses are or are not publishing fiction. What genres are hot and which ones are ice cold.

What I’m saying to you might seem a stretch and like irresponsible planning, but I’m here to tell you: if you write for the market or the remaining publishing houses or any house that decides to make a go of it, you’ll write without purpose.

Because those opportunities fade. Another writer who’s better and published more than you will take the spot you’ve been aiming for and you’ll grow discouraged and beaten down.

Here’s the thing with writing for publishing: trust that God’s got this. He’s got you and your book—wherever that leads you. It doesn’t matter what the publishing world is doing around you, because when the time is right and the story is ready, you’re going to be published. I promise you that.

Here’s the thing: your dream is God breathed and God doesn’t follow the rules of publishing. He’s got His own blueprint and it’s a sight better than anything we strive to create on our own.

So that story you’re writing? Keep at it. It might not be on your specific timetable or what you thought were your specific expectations, but I promise if you surrender this story to God, it’s going to flourish. And so will you.

Take heart, dear writer. Yes, these are interesting and uncertain times, but we absolutely and irrevocably serve a certain and true God. 


Casey Herringshaw is a homeschool graduate and has been writing since high school. She lives in colorful Colorado where she gets to live her dream stalking--er--visiting with her favorite CO authors. 



Friday, May 19, 2017

FRIDAY FIVE with Cara Putman (plus Alley Cat cover reveal!)

Excited to host our own Cara Putman. She has published over 20 books in a variety of genres: suspense, romantic suspense, historical romance, mystery and even nonfiction. She is a very busy lady with her hands in writing, law, teaching and more. She has a new release you'll want to check out, too!

1) Julia: What has surprised you the most about the writing journey?

Cara: How much joy I get from my writing friendships. At least in Christian fiction, there is such a community of writers that have come alongside me—and I get to come alongside them. I truly can’t imagine my life without these friendships. They have added such richness and beauty to my life.

(I agree, the community of writers just can't be beat...)

2)  Julia: Do you have a favorite summer place?

Cara: Friends of ours used to have a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina that we loved to escape to about every three years. It was such a retreat for us at the times we really needed a break away from life. We miss that cabin. Because I teach even in the summer, it’s hard to get too far away, but we also enjoy traveling to Mackinac Island or to Nebraska to visit family. We have this thing for going places ten hours away. 

(I've always wanted to go to Mackinac Island. My family is about 10 hours away, too...)

3) Julia: Is there a book or verse of the Bible that keeps speaking to you this year?

Cara: Such a great question. This year I’ve been reading several books as well as reading through different portions of Scripture with my kids. Lately we’ve been reading Romans and a Psalm. There’s something exciting about diving into such a theologically rich book as Romans with my kids. My six year old son’s reaction to all the talk about circumcision was hilarious. But I truly count it an honor to have the opportunity to grow with my kids in the Word.  

 (Kids...and Bible study can be a fun combination. So great when you can find opportunities to be in the Word as a family....)

4) Julia: If you had a free day, what would you do with it?

Cara: Right now? Curl up with a book or two and never get out of bad. I’m fighting a bit of a post book deadline blah, so that sounds really good. Any other day, I’d pack the kids in the car and go find a place we can hike and get out in nature. 

(Hiking and books...both great choices! Congrats on hitting that deadline, that means you'll have more books to share with our readers soon...)

5) Julia: What projects do you have coming up that you are excited about?

Cara: I am super excited about the Hidden Justice series. The first book just released last month. it’s been humbling to see people’s reactions to Beyond Justice because it’s a legal romantic suspense. I just turned in the nearly perfect version of Imperfect Justice, which will release in December, and I’m headed into writing the third book. It’s been fun to write these bigger books the combine romance, the law, and ripped from the headlines issues. If people bop over to my website and sign up for my enewsletter, I’ll send them Dying for Love, the ebook prequel to the series.

(Congrats, Cara! Excited about your new release! Sounds like a thrilling read and very timely. Don't forget to head to Cara's website for that free ebook prequel!!!)


Alley Cat Angie Dicken has a cover for her fall release!!!

Check it out!!! With Laurie Tomlinson's book recently hitting a mailbox near you, we have all kinds of Alley Cat fun going on around here!!!


Seekerville Sighting: Our very own Laurie Tomlinson was featured on Seekerville Thursday talking about Branding and Why Its Important.

What's it like in your neck of the woods? Here in southwestern Virginia we've been sweltering with weather in the low to mid-90s...but I hear some parts of the country are seeing white right now (and not the sand!). Hope you have a restful weekend! Thanks for stopping by...


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Going Back

I've been reading in the book of Acts in my morning quiet time with Jesus every day.



Y'all. If you're like me, you might not have read the book of Acts lately. It's probably been since my teen years (and maybe not even then) since I've actually read the whole book of Acts. Sure, we hear sermons that quote a verse or two. Or a devotional that sends you to a scene or chapter. Or read it along side a devotional that then tells you what to think about each part.

But there is just something about starting at the beginning and reading a few chapters a day, just me and the Holy Spirit and no outside voices, that has made the book really come alive for me. I can't tell you how many things God has impressed on my heart the last week reading it, and I'm barely halfway through!

This morning, I was in chapter 14. Paul and Barnabas are on Paul's first missionary journey. And the moment I finished reading the chapter, I KNEW I needed to write this blog post.

I'm a fan of YOU reading it yourself, so I highly suggest you get out your Bible and read the chapter before coming back.....


You done reading yet?

That's okay. I'll wait.


Okay. So you read it. WOW right?

In case you didn't have your Bible handy, I'll summarize. Paul and Barnabus went to Iconium (after they had been in Antioch and been run out of time by the "influential religious women" and leaders of the town. YIKES right there.) Anyway, they stayed in Iconium for a good while, preaching the gospel, right? BOLDLY the Bible says. But there was always this small section of people that would rile up the others. Finally, the mob was planning to attack, so they left the city and went to another one named Lystra.

And that's when it REALLY got crazy. These people, so deep in their worship of false gods, thought Paul and Barnabas were gods and started to sacrifice and WORSHIP them. Paul and Barnabas probably about wet their pants when they found out about it, and tried their best to get the people to stop and to understand they were only human, and that there was only ONE true God where the power came from. But the people weren't listening well.

Then some of the Jews from Antioch and Iconium came and convinced the people that not only were these people not gods, but should be killed. So the mob of people ended up taking Paul outside of the city and stoning him.

What did Paul do? Yeah, he stood right back up after they all thought he was dead and walked BACK INTO THE CITY. Of course, then he left the next day and went to Derbe. I'd be getting the heck out of Dodge too!!

There was so much here I thought was good, but I haven't even gotten to what really struck me yet.

They went to Derbe, right? And preached and people believed, and considering the Bible doesn't talk about people stoning them and threatening to kill then, you'd think that'd be a great place to stay for a while, right?

But in verse 21, what does it say they do?

THEY WENT BACK TO Lystra, Iconiu, and Antioch.

The three places where they were just stoned and threatened to be attacked.


"... they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that they must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God."

This struck me for two different reasons.

1.) "Strengthen the believers." This, my friend, is what I feel the calling of my writing is, and what I feel many people struggle with as seeing value in. Some people debate the merit or need or value or even Christianity of Christian Fiction--but I've felt since day one that my calling for my writing was to help edify and strengthen the church. To encourage other believers to stay strong in the faith. To help make not only believers, but disciples. I definitely don't think Christian Fiction is THE way to make disciples. Please don't hear me say that, because it's not what I'm saying. But I think it is A way, and it is a way God has called me to. Am I "preaching" to a choir? Maybe. But that choir is a messed up bloody mess right now and could use some strengthening, and if those who God calls to help edify the church refuse because it doesn't seem important enough, then who will? In the end, I obey God, not man. Paul and Barnabas saw such value in strengthening believers, they went back to towns where they had a decent shot at being killed in order to do so. If God wants to use these stories I pen to strengthen the faith of fellow believers, then I am humbly his servant and honored to be obedient to that calling.

2.) I don't know about you, but if I was run out of a city and stoned, I would have a hard time going back. I would feel like I'd failed. If people started worshiping me, I would feel pretty rotten and horrible too. I definitely wouldn't be going BACK for a repeat. But that's exactly what Paul and Barnabus did. They picked themselves back off, swept off the dust and kept going in the calling God had given them. Too many times I think we can take what looks like failure to our human eye and believe this means we did the wrong thing.

Poor book sales?

FAILURE. Shouldn't have published it. Should have marketed it more. Should have... Should have... Should have....

Bad reviews?
FAILURE. They hated my book. I never should have written it.

Rejection after rejection?
FAILURE. God called me to write but dad gum it, I'm not good enough to get it published so what good is that??

I was chatting with a friend the other day about results. SO many times we judge the success of what we have done by the results we achieve. But I challenge you, especially related to your calling: It is YOUR job to be obedient to God, it is GOD'S job to handle the results.

The parable of the talents come to mind. The 3rd guy didn't get judged for working hard and not making much. He got judged for burying his talents and not trying in the first place.

All that said...........

Are you being obedient? To what God wants, not what you want? Because if you aren't, that IS on you, my friend. Paul could have run away when the rocks started being thrown. He could have refused to return. He could have licked his wounds and stayed in the places where it was easy, where he was seeing easy results. But he didn't.

"How do I know what God wants me to do" you might ask.

I can only answer this based on my own experience.

If I'm not daily on my knees asking him...
If I'm not daily in the Word of God seeking him...
If I'm not daily dying to self and picking up my cross....
Then I rarely have a clue what God is truly asking of me.
I might THINK I know. But 9 times out of 10, that really ends up being what *I* want disguised with pretty intentions. But interestingly, THOSE are the times we want to blame the results on God....

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Back to Basics-Point of View

There has been some discussion about Point of View around the writing world of late. 

It's a concept that seems so easy to grab a hold of, yet can sneak up behind you, right in the middle of a paragraph or a scene and mess up a story.

Let's tackle this one today. I am in the mood to conquer something.

FIRST: We need to know whose story we are in. What one person's life are all the pieces  impacting?

This does not mean the entire story is done in this one person's point of view. It can be, but it doesn't have to be. Feel confused? This is most likely the core of a point of view problem. Don't worry. We are going to take this concept apart.

To best communicate Point of View, I am going to use a familiar Bible story:

John the Baptist had an epic role in Christendom. His job was to announce and point the way to the Lamb of God. John had a feisty personality. He said what he knew and thought. He didn't apologize when someone became offended. From the announcement of his birth in the temple to his beheading, any part or all of his story is important to read.

To truly know John's story, we need to hear from others who impacted his story as well as John.

We could start from the beginning. Whether we use this in our written story we at least should research this information to have a better feel for the whys and whats that John did.

John's father was a priest. A high ranking priest who was chosen to go into the Holy of Holies one day. While his father was there, an angel appeared and told him he and his wife would have a baby. Zechariah didn't believe the angel's message. Zachariah and Elizabeth were much too old to have a baby. They probably didn't live long after John's Bar Mitzvah. They probably didn't have much of an inheritance to pass on to their son because they didn't think they would ever have one. Most likely they raised John in an environment of older adults, people who were their friends. 

Everything written in this story from Zechariah's point of view must only pertain to John the Baptist. Everything in Zechariah's point of view MUST be solely Zechariah's opinions, what he witnessed by sight, hearing, feeling, etc.

By including Zechariah's side of the story, we learn a lot about John the Baptist. We see why John lived in a desert, ate little more than locust and honey, and had a simple wardrobe consisting of clothes made of camel's hair. Why he had little money. Why he grew up with old parents and probably never learned to play with kids his age. John had to be a survivalist.

A portion of John's story needs to be from Herod's point of view. Politics played an important part in what John and others did. Herod, the governor, hated John, but was intrigued by him. This scruffy desert man made a fool out of Herod by accusing him of killing his brother then marrying his brother's wife. Imagine! Herod, a high ranking official serving the Roman government being accused by a desert rat. The story may have been true, but John obviously didn't know the power behind the man he accused. Still, the words John said intrigued Herod. He wanted to hear more but was embarrassed to admit it. This same spunk was a characteristic Herod had and appreciated. However, he was not afraid to put John in jail to still John's thunder.

Everything in Herod's point of view must only pertain to John the Baptist. Everything in Herod's point of view MUST be solely Herod's opinions, what he has witnessed by sight, hearing, feeling, etc. regarding John.

Sometimes there is a character that is difficult to write. The reason why can be anything, (ex, could I write talking trees like Lewis or Tolkien?). As the writer you have three choices: 
*You can choose to include something in a scene or more from this character's point of view.
*You can choose to leave this aspect of the story out.
*You can choose to represent this character from the Main Character's point of view.

In John the Baptist's story, telling Jesus's point of view would be the difficult one.  John had several interactions with Jesus. One while he was yet in Elizabeth's womb, one when Jesus was baptized, one when John sent his disciples to follow Jesus. 

The problem I would have with telling Jesus point of view is Jesus is God. I don't know and never will know what that is like. I can't begin to imagine how Jesus would have felt when he asked John to baptize him. What was inside of Jesus's mind when John said, "No, I should be baptized by you." I can suppose there was the compassion, the understanding, the need to make a point, all characteristics of our loving Father. But I don't really know. 

I can figure out how to portray a man's point of view because men and women are both creations of God. We are both human. But doing Jesus, God's beloved Son? Well, I would feel unsure about the words on the page.

For me, I'd include the portion about Jesus, BUT I would do it from John the Baptist's point of view. What John saw Jesus do, what he heard Jesus do, why he sent his disciples to follow Jesus, and etc. Nothing from Jesus point of view.  In the brief example about the C. S. Lewis' trees, I might have presented the trees from Lucy's point of view. What she heard and saw them do and how it related to that story.

THE KEY IS a point of view is given it's own scene, chapter, or chapters. Everything written in this portion of the story must solely be from that character's view. What that character sees, hears, feels, touches, tastes. If the character's back is turned, he cannot see what is happening behind him. He cannot KNOW what someone else is really thinking. He cannot HEAR what another person hears unless circumstances allows him to.

General rule for stories: the younger the audience/reader, the fewer points of view allowed. 

A story about the John the Baptist for children should only have ONE point of view (probably John's)

A story about the John the Baptist for young adult can have TWO points of view (probably John's and ... let's see...I'd probably add Herod's for spice)

A story about the John the Baptist for adults can have multiple points of view but don't go crazy. Too many can be confusing. (probably Zechariah's, John's, Herod's, and maybe Andrew's)

I hope this has cleared the waters for you. If there is still some muddy parts, ask! We are here to help.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

What are you reading this weekend? This blog post might help you decide!

Happy Friday, friends!!

Friday, is always a good reason to celebrate and as we enter a new weekend, I wanted to make you aware of all these great books that are currently on sale!

Today we're also celebrating with CARA who just hit send on her latest round
of edits for her next legal suspense. She's also offering Canteen Dreams FREE for a limited time only! I can personally vouch for this book--it's a keeper!

Now...as promised, here are those books currently on sale!

Be sure to double check the price before hitting "buy", but if you're anything like me, the majority of these great-sounding books will be hitting your kindle in just moments!

Moving Target
Lynette Eason

Dani Pettrey

Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren

Karen Witemeyer

Jen Turano

Tamera Alexander

Tamera Alexander

Mary Connealy

Laura Frantz

Jocelyn Green

Katherine Reay

Deborah Raney
Melissa Tagg
Courtney Walsh

Rachel Hauck

Gina Holmes

Candace Calvert

Kathryn Cushman

Ronie Kendig

Susan May Warren
(one of my all time favorite books!)

Julie Lessman

There are so many good books on sale right now! And more on Amazon that this blog post couldn't fit all of them! Be sure to enjoy a bit of browsing for your weekend reading plans. 

Which one of these books are you snagging for your next reading adventure?