Vintage Dick and Jane books

Plots, Subplots, and Other Animals

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In a previous post I talked about things I collect. Well, I have another one: old readers. I particularly love the classic Sally, Dick, and Jane series from the 1950’s-60’s. I’ve been blessed to pick up several of these old books at garage sales for a quarter a piece! At flea markets, I’ve seen some editions priced at more than $50! Also, …

Christ of the Ozarks

Hope Springs Eternal

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Years ago, when I began pursuing a publishing career, I remember there was often a little voice that would taunt Yeah, well hope springs eternal. It was the voice of discouragement, the voice of disbelief. I continued to plug away and tried to tamp down the ever-present rant going on in my head—the stream of negatives that played like a symphony …

Beauty In Simple Things

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This morning as I focused on my WIP, I contemplated the beauty in simple things. The novels I write are about simple, ordinary people. I create everyday folks, but with complexities of their own.  I write about small town life, day-to-day living, and the quest for happiness.  My characters learn as I do, finding joy in quiet blessings, heartfelt prayer, and a relationship …


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I’m a collector of many things. My kitchen has an apple theme so I collect all things “apple.”  Gingerbread men and women grace my laundry room in the borders and on the walls. I adore miniature teapots so I have several of those. I’m also a lover of vintage cookbooks, preferably circa 1950 and earlier. And my most cherished collection …


Writing Christian Fiction

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For many people not familiar with Christian fiction there’s sometimes the preconceived notion that if it’s Christian it must be boring. I remember once being asked why I wanted to write for the Christian market rather than the secular one. “Well, a Christian is who I am,” I responded.  “I think what I write would be best suited to that niche.” “Don’t you …


Perspective During World Tragedy

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In light of what was happening in the world today, I found it difficult to concentrate on my WIP. I stared at the blank computer screen, but the words wouldn’t come. I was writing fiction. Others—living, breathing human beings—were having their lives unfold in real-time on television and cell phones for millions of people everywhere to see. I felt guilty …



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Stay True Amidst Reluctance As I navigate this path to publication, I’m conflicted. During this long journey I’ve often had to put my publishing dream on hold. Raising a family, caring for a chronically ill child, working outside the home, myriad time-constraints—many writers have had to deal with this and more. At times, I think…how do they do it? How …