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Sometimes the journey is only the beginning . . .
Michael Archer might not have been able to save Ben Carstairs, but he vowed to carry out Ben’s dying wish...
In the 1870s American West, Michael Archer, wracked by guilt over having killed once again, embarks on a mission to clear the name of a man wrongly executed for murder...
The past has a way of catching up with you... Michael and Rachel have everything to look forward to and no reason to look back, or so they thought. In the midst of the newlyweds' trials and triumphs...

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Recent Blog Posts

Testing Our Character

Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character. Psalm 105:19 (NLT) In the Old Testament, God tested Joseph. A lot. Mistreated by his brothers. Sold into slavery. Falsely accused of rape. Thrown into prison. Forgotten by those he helped. Did you ever wonder why Joseph had …

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Building Compelling Characters

How do we build characters our readers want to follow? How do we engage the reader at an emotional level to where she will want to stay with them through the entire story? There are a slew of books, articles, workshops, podcasts and other forums that address this element. Let …

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WHO DO WE WRITE FOR?

At a recent conference, someone posed this question: Am I a Christian author who writes fiction? OR, Am I an author who writes Christian fiction? I’ve talked with authors who want to write Christian fiction to reach the lost, not realizing that the lost may be the group of readers …

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Realm Makers – A Strange New World

I’ve just returned from my first Realm Makers Conference. In a way it was like attending my first conference ever. Complete with the nervousness of pitching and my introversion on high alert. These people didn’t know me. How would I fit in? What was I thinking when I signed up? …

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What Are They Not Saying, Part 2

How do we convey nonverbal communication to our readers? For the first installment in this series, click here. Nonverbal communication applies to more than dialogue exchanges. Look for ways to use the physical senses. In a project I’m currently working on, one of the characters in a dialogue scene said, “Tell …

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What Are They Not Saying, Part 1

Someone once said, without characters we really don’t have story. As writers, we strive to craft complex and compelling characters who will engage the reader for the journey of the story. We do this through action and external and internal dialogue. We also use their relationships with other characters, their …

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Why We Must Write Poorly

Today, I am honored to have Jim Rubart as a guest on my blog. Jim is an author, teacher, writing coach and mentor. I am blessed to be able to share his words and wisdom with you. Philip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield said, “Whatever is worth doing at …

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What’s in a Theme?

Frequently, when speaking with readers and other writers, the subject of theme or message comes up. What is the message of the story? What themes run through the story? What does the story say about the human condition? Themes are not always blatant or obvious. If they are, it may …

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Be Encouraged

One of my close critique partners challenged me a little while ago to write a blog to encourage writers. At the time, I needed someone to encourage me to keep writing. I didn’t see how I could encourage others when I was ready to quit. But here I am still …

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