An Interview with mystery writer Marilyn Leach

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As part of my author spotlight, today, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my friend and fellow writer, Marilyn Leach. At the age of nine, Marilyn wrote her first play with a childhood neighbor–a mystery called The Ghost and Mr. Giltwallet. Since that time, she has been writing in various formats for various audiences, as a hobby and as a livelihood. …

Discover the Adventure–An Interview with Cowboy Romance Writer, Jill Haymaker

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As mentioned in a previous blog post, it’s my pleasure to occasionally spotlight people who are making an impact on the world of contemporary fiction. Today I have the extreme pleasure of introducing you to Jill Haymaker, a friend and fellow member of Front Range Christian Fiction Writers. She will be talking about the second book in her Peakview Series, Breakfast for …

Historical Research: Fact or Fiction?

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Regardless of the genre, most writers I know do some amount of research to maintain integrity and authenticity in their material. It just comes with the territory. Even when the story is mostly a fictional tale, there is usually something that requires a Google search or query of an expert. While the genre I write is primarily contemporary suspense, I …

The Writer’s Journey, A Search for Friendship

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In many ways, a writer’s journey becomes the reader’s journey. Writing is more than just putting words on a page. It’s an opportunity to find the story within a story, digging to find the nugget that makes the story come alive for the reader. If done well, it creates a connection between the author and the reader—that “Aha!” moment where …

Meet Best-Selling Romantic Suspense Author Leslie Ann Sartor

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Welcome to the inaugural Author Edition of Discover the Adventure. As promised, twice monthly, I will have the pleasure of spotlighting various authors who have carved out a place for themselves in their various genres in a question answer format.  Today I have the extreme pleasure of introducing you to Leslie Ann Sartor, a fellow member of a writers’ group that we …

Ten Principles to Overcome Envy and Jealousy

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Have you ever wanted to be like someone else? Have you ever wanted to be like that person so badly that you found yourself salivating at the thought of having their skill or popularity? Maybe you’ve said something like, “If I could just sing like her … .” or  “If I could only kick the ball like him … .” …

A Real-Life Story of Faith and Valor

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Foxe’s Book of Martyrsdedicates less than a page to the Waldensians of the Cottian Alps west of Turin, Italy. Yet, their real-life story of valor and enduring faith in the midst of persecution in Europe throughout the second millennium AD touched and encouraged my heart so much that I wanted to bring their story to life in a contemporary suspense …

Why Perseverance Matters

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A few days ago, I received a note from a friend that touched my heart and led me to think about perseverance. What does it means to press on or persist in spite of a struggle or trial. Does it matter if I choose to quit in the face of great odds? When is it time to admit defeat? We’ve …

Reflections for an Indie Panel Discussion

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Tomorrow, May 15th, I will sit on a Panel of Indie Authors at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference (CCWC). Over the weeks, I’ve thought about what I have of value to share. What I have to say may astonish some of my colleagues and peers. Two years ago, I hit my first sink hole to publication when I lost a …

Discover the Adventure

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Two days ago, I sat in the café/bookstore of a megachurch in Orange County, California, praying for inspiration to write this blog, when I discovered that I had “stumbled” upon their weekly corporate staff meeting. My heart fell. “Oh no, Lord!” I prayed. “You know I came here to gather my thoughts and come up with a brilliant blog idea. …

Legacy, Branding and Story

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Recently, a friend of mine sent me the program from a memorial service of a man who’d lived a long and full life. The program touched my spirit as unique and extraordinary. On the front, it said, “Today We Celebrate the Legacy of … .” On the inside, several bullets outlined the tone of the eulogy as family and friends …