Have you ever?

Have you ever felt like you should do something? Something uncomfortable, even frightening. I’m not talking about that weird show where you had to eat earthworms for money. I’m talking facing fears, standing up when you want to sit down, speaking out when you’re so much more comfortable staying in the background. The truth about me is that I hover somewhere between loving my people time–going to activities, heading up projects, book club, signings, etc. and enjoying the solitude of life. If there can be any solitude found when you have as many children as you do fingers on one hand. Ha ha! Not much solo time ’round here folks!  A couple of years ago I attended a week of Education at BYU in Provo, Utah. The subjects were varied, the...

It’s been a while…

There’s this funny kind of thing that happens to writers. I enjoy blogging, but I can only juggle so many things while I am in the throes of writing–really writing. So that’s why I’ve been absent from this poor, neglected blog for a while. I’ve been writing! {Insert cheer!} Two new books are on the shelves in the last six months and it’s been hard and diligent work to get them there. Cookie Girl Christmas came out in December. Thank you to all my wonderful readers who snapped up that little holiday gem. Cookie Girl begins a fun series–The Snowflake Falls Inn Romances. I’ll be adding one every six months barring anything crazy, so be on the lookout for more romantic hijinks. For a very long time I’ve felt like...

Book Stand {Events}

Friday and Saturday morning, June 20-21 from 8-11am, I’ll be running a Book and Soda Stand on a busy street in my hometown.  The idea takes me back to those little fruit stands on the side of the road, selling sweet ripe cantaloupes and strawberries as big as your head and bursting with flavor. Or those little stands with cute dirty-faced kids selling lemonade that they drink as fast as they sell. There is something entirely down-home about selling from a table in the neighborhood. Something basically good about reaching out to the people who drive down your street each day. Something perfectly special about handing a book to a Mom rushing to soccer practice with her car full of kiddos, a little promise between you and her that while she’s cheering on...

Ah, Jane

I love the comedy and romantics that go on between the lovely Emma and her dear friend Miss Smith as she endeavors to find her a perfect match. A twist on Jane Austen’s most humorous writing is what I had in mind with my own Regency romance (deep in revisions as we speak!!). One of my favorite scenes from this story inspired a scene in my own novel, A HEART SO BROKEN. It’s when Mr. Knightley reproves Emma after her unkindness to Ms. Bates at the strawberry picking party. He pulls her up short, not because he delights in finding fault with her, but because he cares about her and the influence she has on her community. In A HEART SO BROKEN, Jenna has stumbled upon an inconvenient truth, something that Cooper neglected to tell her and for which she...

A Little Inspiration

Kay, so last Friday I got some good news, good news that had me up until 2am writing and revising like crazy to get a query letter and first ten pages as good as I possibly could before my brain turned to complete sleep deprived mush. You see, I’m going to this Conference in a couple weeks…ten days to be exact (not that I’m counting!!!). When I signed up for LDStorymakers, my goal was to register the moment I could in order to be a part of these awesome new Agent Workshops they’re having this year. What’s so cool about an Agent Workshop? you might ask. Of course this is a good question, one I am happy to explain to you. Instead of a 10 minute, nail biting, make-it-or-break-it session with your proposed agent, several agents are...

Author Interview {Peggy Eddleman}

I met this lovely lady while sitting at last year’s Whitney Awards. She showed me a picture of her book cover on her phone and it took my breath away! Since then we’ve become friends, we’ve sprinted together (writing, not running, though she could probably sprint physically too!), and we both share an appreciation for a well baked cookie. Now Peggy has a second book coming out in September and is teaching at the LDStorymakers Conference in a couple weeks. Peggy was nice enough to let me ask her a million questions about books and writing and everything in between. Take a look!  CH:     Sky Jumpers is on my to read list – where did this idea come from?  PE: The idea for the setting (which is usually what I start with when I write a book) came...

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