Thank you so much to all who participated in our 28 First Kisses Giveaway this past week! Today I’m delighted to announce that our randomly chosen happy winner is…Kristy! Congratulations, Kristy! We hope you deeply enjoy this delightful novel. Thanks again for joining the conversation, everyone! I hope you will still take a […]
Can You Have 28 First Kisses? Interview and Book Giveaway with Sandra Barnes!
I have a special treat for you this Valentine’s Day week: a delightfully romantic book giveaway! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have seen me mention my amazing friend, critique partner—and wonderful YA novelist—Sandra Barnes. Today I want to introduce her to you again, along with her newest […]28 First Kisses, Book Giveaway, Sandra Barnes, Valentine's Day
A Conversation in Black and White: Two Friends Talk About Race
When I started getting ideas for how to honor Black History Month on this blog, I sent them to my friend and critique partner Sandra Barnes for her feedback. She responded with her usually gracious insight, but then she said: “Also, IF you really want to go deep, get the conversation started, demonstrate […]
The Story of a Critique Group: Meet Three of My Best Friends
We gathered, stiff and quiet and rather nervous, in that small room at the 2011 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. For most of us, it was the first time we’d ever been to a writers’ conference. We were four new novelists, each working on our first major manuscript. And we were about to have our […]