Happy New Year, everyone! Below is the first post of 2017, please read and share it around. I’m starting off with a much needed feel-good series. I put out a call for stories from folks who enjoy helping others or who have been helped. It doesn’t matter whether it’s family, friends, or strangers. If you have a story to share, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. From Julie~ According to my mother, I’ve always had a gift for caring for others. I’ve helped a lot of people in my 53-years of life but a few always stick in my head. I remember being sixteen and landing my first tax paying job. My father struck a deal with me. He said when I thought I had enough for a car he would match my savings. It was going real good until I found out that my parents wouldn’t be able to buy my brother a three-piece suit … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back, folks. Today, my gift to you is an interview with Chris Martin, an author from Franklin, NC. Chris currently has six books available on Amazon. He is also a popular blogger, known for his no-nonsense approach to living and loving for Jesus. I’m a big fan of Chris’ blog so I was thrilled when he agreed to be interviewed. Chris, thanks for being here! CM: Thanks for having me. I’ve been following your blog a while now. I honestly think everyone should. I’m going to try to stay focused and not jump into one of the topics you’ve blogged about because then we’ll be all over the place! But I will say, that the first time I read one of your blogs, it was a breath of fresh air. What came first, blogging or book writing? CM: I began blogging long before I started writing books. It was … click here to read the full article.
Welcome back, everyone! Recently, I did a poetry run on my Facebook Author Page and met some very talented local poets. One of those individuals is a teen in my area. Through a private conversation, I found out her poetry is driven by some exceedingly difficult experiences. Later I was pleased when she’d accepted my offer to interview her. Here’s that interview. Hi, Rachel. Thank you for your willingness to give an interview. I know you gave it much thought. R: You’re welcome. Where are you originally from? R: I am from Topeka, Kansas. Though I spent most of my smaller childhood in a small town called Hunter. Mainly because it’s where my family lived and kind of originated. What grade are you in now? R: I am a Junior. When did you first realize you enjoy writing? R: I was really young. I was three, actually. I started writing songs. Then at the age of ten, … click here to read the full article.
Let me tell you all something… You don’t want to miss this! Welcome! I’m excited to share my interview with Valerie Andrews with you! Valerie visited my author page one day and commented on one of my posts. She’d stated she remembered an individual from her stay at the Topeka Rescue Mission here in my hometown. For those of you who haven’t read my book, this shelter, which we refer to as TRM, has a huge presence in my book’s storyline. I was immediately interested in Valerie’s story and when she said she’d allow me to interview her, I knew it would be a fantastic story. Almost immediately, I realized her story goes so much deeper than I’d ever expected. But I’ll let you read it for yourself. So, without further ado, here it is. Valerie, thanks again to saying yes. I appreciate your willingness to talk with me about … click here to read the full article.
A Guest Post by Michael Lynes There is a Reaper…Creation Almost four years ago now I first sat down in front of my computer in my office, driven to somehow find a way to honor the memory and life of my son Christopher Aaron. I thought I would write a few words, something to try and capture some of the memories, some of his spirit, before they became too far removed from memory and distorted by time. I sat there, really just lost, and unable to find a way to begin. Touching back into those memories was like opening a long shut door, reentering a place of fear and failure and pain that I was not sure I would be able to handle. I typed a few words and discarded them. And then I typed a few more, with the same result. I realized that, in order to tell this story I would have to face my fear, and my failure. … click here to read the full article.
A Guest Post by Connie Stephany Normal (Adjective): usual or standard What does that word really mean? I think everyone’s definition is likely quite different. For me, normal was growing up having my shoulder come out of socket in a swim meet and then being able to only swim with one arm. I was sick constantly, missing school and picking up every single illness possible. Later in my life, normal meant taking longer than “usual” to recover from c-sections and having no explanation why. It was having constant body aches and headaches. It was having me cry or scream when someone touched me the wrong way. How do you explain to your 3-year-old that it hurts to have them sit on your lap? I suffered in silence. I thought everyone dealt with those things. Right? Wrong. It wasn’t until a couple years ago when I found out that what was happening to me was anything but normal. … click here to read the full article.
A Guest Post by Alex McGilvery Over the years I’ve dealt with being fired, poor, homeless, not to mention some time as a single parent after my wife’s accident left her unable to parent for the better part of a year. There have been some real highlights too, the resurrection of our marriage, the continuing joy of being a parent and now a grandparent. Through all that and more I have been an author and reviewer. None of it stopped me from writing though some caused more turmoil for my characters. The first thing to slow the flow of words is the literal pain in the neck, which I carry around as a daily challenge. Think of a mild migraine headache which started some five years ago and hasn’t let up since. If I listed all the things I’ve tried in that time I would double the word count for … click here to read the full article.