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Good news and bad news

Let's start with the bad news.

Last week, I had 5 books go out of print. Five. My Rufus and Ryan series counts for four of those. I love these books and the feedback has been great, but they aren't selling. And one of my Little Blessings books, What is Prayer, that has been in print since 2002 - yes, 13 years - is now out of print. Each book that goes out of print is a big loss to me. It's like people telling me, "I don't like your kids" (okay, that's worse, but still, any author knows what I mean). It's harder and harder these days to get visibility for one's books. There are few bookstores that stock children's religious books - and even the local Christian bookstore refused to put up a local author display, or have me come in for a book signing, because, as they said, "We do what corporate tells us. We don't make the decisions." We authors count on our readers to tell others about our books, to pass the word along (pun intended). We need good reviews and word of mouth excitement. Most of us aren't celebrities with a name that gets noticed - we just want to get our work into the hands of readers. Is that asking so much?


So that's the bad news.


The good news is that I have been added to the faculty for the 2016 Buechner Writer's Workshop, which will be held at Princeton Theological Seminary (my alma mater) June 7-11. I attended the first workshop in 2015 and it was phenomenal! I'll be teaching two workshops on writing for children. I'm ecstatic! Frederick Buechner is my chief writing mentor and it is such an honor to teach at a conference named after him.


Like all of life, the life of a writer has its ups and downs. Despite the downs, it's still a great life, and I am blessed beyond words - and that's saying something for someone who loves words!

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Just back from Lake Tahoe

My husband and I just returned from a week at Lake Tahoe. He had a preaching conference, and I stayed at my brother's lakeside condo. Our only cost was travel and food - how lucky we are!

I worked on my spiritual memoir, reminiscing about how close my brother and I were growing up, and thinking about how, through the years, we have kept that closeness. Again, I feel lucky, and blessed.

Much of the time, once Greg's conference ended, we hiked and kayaked and spent time exploring the area. Saw a magnificent sunset one night, which we watched while walking the beach with our little dog, Ellie. I am reminded that much of writing does not involve the actual writing, but taking in the beauty of the world, thinking while taking long walks. All the time, I find myself writing in my head, words that will never find their way to the page, and some that will, eventually.

Now we're home, and back to busy schedules, grateful for the respite and the time together just to enjoy this wonderful world. Read More 
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November has arrived!

November is here! Not only is it my birthday month, but the tail end of fall, which is my favorite season. The colors of nature are astounding. I never tire of the trees.

This year, my husband Greg and I traveled to the east coast, something we've always wanted to do this time of year.  Read More 
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Launching my blog!

I retired from full-time ministry on July 1, 2013, and am now a full-time writer. I can't wait to write all the books that have been waiting to be written! I'll be writing a regular I hope that you will follow me and discover what's going on in my writing life. Feedback is appreciated!

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