Wisdom Wednesday: Gail Kittleson

How do you organize all of your story information, and how do you respond to negative reviews?

Today we have author Gail Kittleson on Wisdom Wednesday to share her favorite writing tips for authors and new writers.

Thanks for joining us, Gail!

Name: Gail Kittleson

Genre: Historical Romance

Latest Release: Kiss Me Once Again

Writing Tip for Authors:

Pay no attention to negative reviews unless your publisher brings up a concern. Why read them and expend all that emotional energy, when there are POSITIVE ones to focus on?

I think you bring up a good point that unless there’s something that we can learn from them and do better, there’s no reason to focus on those negative reviews. What you write won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay! You will find readers who love your genre and will enjoy your writing. 

Writing Tip for New Writers:

If you’re a character-driven writer, the plot may evolve in snitches and snatches as you do your research. It really helps to keep a little notebook with sections for each character. For me, it’s difficult to remember dates and connections that might come in handy later, as the story develops.

“Alice’s family sailed from Germany on the PROVOST the first time, when she was eight. Sea was wild.”

“Next trip was on the Heinrich, and the main thing she remembers is the food. Her youngest brother got sick, and she had to care for him. This was when she determined to become a nurse.”  (That younger brother became a medic in WWII…)

Without notes like this, I tend to get the trips or the brothers mixed up. These jottings can also be very helpful in writing a flashback later.

This a such a helpful tip! I have so many notebooks sitting on my desk right now. I like to dedicate one journal for each story. I keep notes on my computer as well, but I really like having those notebooks handy. 

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No one ever accused Glenora Carson of being a breathtaking beauty. Her tall, gangly figure and angular face are more solid midwestern stock than Hollywood glamour. But Joe liked her. He even told her, “You’re the one for me.” He gave her a locket with his picture inside, to remind her of him while he was away, serving his country on the U.S.S. Arizona. After December 7, 1941, Glenora shelves her dreams of attending college on the scholarship she was offered by Iowa State University, locks her heart away, and focuses on holding down the home front by helping out the family business – Carson’s Garage. The grease-stained overalls didn’t do much to compliment her female figure, but they cover her female heart well enough. That is, until Hank Anderson, a wounded warrior back from battle, walks into the garage and into Glenora’s life. Is an old maid’s future Glenora’s fate, or will Cupid throw a wrench in her plans?


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Gail writes from northern Iowa. She and her husband enjoy their grandchildren and exploring WWII sites.

The writing bug bit Gail later in life, along with a love for the World War II era. She’s hopelessly addicted. Her historical fiction honors Greatest Generation women who made a difference despite great odds. Her second love, teaching, leads to facilitating writing workshops and retreats, where she loves cheering others on.



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Thank you for joining us today for Wisdom Wednesday. Don’t forget to check out Gail’s book, Kiss Me Once Again and connect with her on social media. Do you have an organization tip or how to deal with negative reviews? Share it with us in the comment section!

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Wisdom Wednesday: Sharon Rene + Giveaway

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

I’m back at the computer this week after spending time with family and co-hosting an FB event on Cyber Monday. 

How are you doing with your writing goals this week? Need a boost to get you through the week? Today, I have author Sharon Rene with us. Welcome, Sharon!

Name: Sharon Rene

Genre: Children’s fiction

Latest Release: A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace

Writing Tip for Authors:

Don’t be afraid to develop your unique voice. There are so many writing “rules!” The rules are great, and my writing has improved dramatically because of them but they can become stifling. At times, I have to remind myself that writing is an art and we all have a special style and voice that shouldn’t be ignored.

You’re right, we can’t forget to let our voice shine through when we are writing. We all want polished, error-free books, but voice is important too. We need to find the perfect pairing of both.

Writing Tip for New Writers:

New writers need to study the craft and develop a style. Experiment with different areas of writing – flash fiction, short story, creative non-fiction. Attend writer’s conferences and join a local group if possible. I recommend becoming a part of the Scribes Critique group on ACFW. I have learned so much about writing from this group and made a lot of good friends.

These all great tips! Learning how to write in different ways like flash and short stories are a huge benefit to our writing. We constantly need to find new ways to learn and grow. 

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A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace is a collection of short stories for children, ages seven to eleven. The stories are biblical, historical and contemporary. The biblical section includes Daniel in the Lions’ den from the perspective of one of the hungry lions and the apostle Peter’s miraculous escape from prison. In the historical section, the reader travels to England in the middle ages and encounters a queen, knights, and a ship full of pirates. Modern young Christians face a variety of issues in the contemporary section. A devotion, prayer, and scripture follow each story.


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Sharon Rene enjoys writing children’s and young adult books. Several of her flash fiction stories have been published by Splickety Magazine, and she’s also had nonfiction pieces published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Life Changing Miracles. Her book for children ages seven to eleven is entitled A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace and was published in May 2018. Currently, she’s working on a YA speculative series. She is a columnist for Pursue Magazine, an online magazine for Christian teens, and also a member of The Storyteller Squad blog.



Sharon’s Social Media: 

Purchase Link for A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace: Click here

Website:  www.sharonreneauthor.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/sharonreneauthor

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SharonRene4

The Storyteller Squad blog:  https://storytellersquad.com/

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ane-mulligan

Thank you for joining us today! Sharon is giving away a copy of her book, all you have to do is comment on this post to enter! The winner will receive a paperback copy if in the USA and ebook if outside of USA.

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Wisdom Wednesday: Ane Mulligan

Have you ever read a book and no matter how hard you tried, couldn’t relate to the characters? 

Today, author Ane Mulligan shares how to help your characters more real and to reach the heart of your readers. 

Thanks for joining us, Ane! 

Name: Ane Mulligan

Genre: Women’s fiction

Latest Release: A Magnolia Blooms in Winter. It’s part of a novella collection: A Southern Season – Four Stories From a Front Porch Swing.

Writing Tip for Authors:

Motivation is the key to great characters and a good plot. To reach the hearts of readers, they have to relate to our characters. To do that, we have to make them real. They have to have deep seated motivation, not superficial. That motivation comes from a past wound. Find that wound and you’ll find their motivation. Once you know that, you will know how your character reacts to things, why she/he seeks the goal they do. You can actually plot a novel by the motivation.

Great advice, Ane! I’ve read books where I couldn’t relate or believe the characters and what ends up happening is that I can’t root for them to achieve their goals. Everyone has wounds from something, and if you can show that motivation in your writing, you’ll get that connection that you’re talking about.

Writing Tip for New Writers:

Enjoy the journey and grow a thick skin. Don’t be in such a hurry to publish that you miss the fun along the way of the friends and contacts you make. And it’s vital to grow that rhino skin. Critiques may sting at first. Contest judges’ remarks can hurt. But if you have rhino skin, you can view them subjectively and apply what profits you and grind the rest to dust beneath your heel. Snicker.

I haven’t heard anyone call it rhino skin yet, but I love it, and the part about dust beneath your heel! 😉 

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A Southern Season – Four Stories from a Front Porch Swing

Four seasons. Four stories. Each one set in the enchanting world of the South. These are the kinds of stories your grandmother told you from a front porch swing.

A Magnolia Blooms in Winter by Ane Mulligan

With Broadway stardom within her reach, Morgan James returns home in winter to help an old friend. Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but when she sees him again, an old flame rekindles. When she’s called back to NYC to take the lead in a new musical, will fame be worth losing the man she loves?


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While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, award-winning author Ane Mulligan has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that’s a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, and bestselling novelist. She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. Ane resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband and a lovable, goofy dog.



Ane’s Social Media: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anemulligansouthernfriedfiction

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/AneMulligan

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anemulligan/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/anemulligan/

Amazon Author page: amazon.com/author/anemulligan

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4469633-ane-mulligan

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+AneMulligan

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ane-mulligan



Thank you for joining us today! Make sure you connect with Ane on social media and check out her story, A Magnolia Blooms in Winter

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Wisdom Wednesday: Laura Hilton & Rachel J. Good

It’s our first Wednesday during NaNoWriMo!

How’s your writing going? I’m playing a little bit of catch up today, but I have new words on paper, and that’s all that matters! 

Here’s a little bit of Wisdom Wednesday to get you back to writing and reaching your goals. 

Name: Laura Hilton

Genre: Christian fiction Amish

Latest Release: Love’s Christmas Blessings

Writing Tip for Authors:

Don’t wait for inspiration. Just write.  It’ll come.

This is a huge tip that has helped me so much in my writing journey. I think new writers have this idea that writing is going to be amazing because of inspiration. That’s not always the case. Most days, I have to force myself to sit down and write, but as you said, the words will come.

Writing Tip for New Writers:

Read, read, read. Learn the rules. And write

Yes. Don’t stop reading and learning. Get craft books on writing, brush up on grammar skills. Keep reading, learning, and writing.

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A time for fellowship, family, and love. Enjoy two novellas from beloved Amish authors and fill your heart with the wonder of the Christmas season.Winter’s Treasure

Paris and Quil have sparks from the beginning, especially since his appearance causes a vicious rivalry between friends. But who can resist when a chance meeting beginning with donuts and coffee ends with a missing person, puppies, a skunk, and a sleigh ride—not to mention a trip the Amish young people plan to Niagara Falls. Could it also involve falling in love?

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An exhausted son, Daniel, and a recent widow, Fern, join forces to brighten a grumpy old man’s day and cheer up a shy, displaced little girl. However, things take a serious turn when Fern’s daughter goes missing on a school field trip. With a little help from Daniel, Fern discovers more than just her daughter’s whereabouts. Will four lonely hearts create special bonds to make it a Christmas to remember?



Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.


Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The author of several Amish romance series, she grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her stories. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.

Rachel’s Amish series include Sisters & Friends (Charisma House & Harlequin), Love & Promises (Hachette/Grand Central), Hearts of Amish Country (Annie’s Book Club), and the forthcoming Surprised by Love (Kensington). She also has several anthologies in print as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Book.

To learn more about Rachel, visit her at www.racheljgood.com.

Laura’s Social Media: 


visit my blogs: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/   

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Laura-V-Hilton/161478847242512

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/vernetlh/

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Thank you for joining us today! 

Make sure you check out their social media links, blogs, and their new release, Love’s Christmas Blessings.


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Wisdom Wednesday: Ada Brownell

Happy Halloween!

My social media is flooded today with pictures of costumes, and I love it. We went to a few trunk or treats over the weekend since it’s supposed to rain today.

Not only is it Halloween, but it is the last day to get everything ready for NaNoWriMo! Yep. The craziness of chasing after the 50,000-word goal starts tomorrow. I’ve participated several times over the years, whether I was starting a brand new project like it asked for, or finishing up a novel that was already started. Sometimes, we need the boost that NaNoWriMo gives us. It’s a chance at becoming disciplined in our writing.

To get us in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, our Wisdom Wednesday guest is author Ada

Name: Ada Brownell

Genre: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Latest Release: What Prayer Can Do

Writing Tip for Authors:

Think. What is the worst thing that could happen to my character in this situation, and is there a way out? For non-fiction, think. Is this idea original? Could I make it original by approaching the subject from a different angle or using illustrations that make it different?

I love writing my characters into corners to see what they would do about the situation. It’s a great way to help if you’re feeling stuck. 

Writing Tip for New Writers:

With non-fiction don’t start writing until you think about the story or the subject and try to define questions readers might ask. Take notes on your thoughts. If you think it through, you don’t necessarily have to create an outline. But let your illustrations and transitions guide you to the ending you want. I never outline fiction, but in the same notebook where I write profiles on my characters, I also make a list of complications for the plot. It’s not a story unless there is conflict.

Conflict is what drives the story. I like to make an outline when I’m starting and then let the characters take over the story. I tried planning every detail in my earlier writings, and always felt stuck. Now that I’ve found a good balance between the two, it’s easier for me.

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Does God still heal bodies, work miracles and answer prayer?

Ada Nicholson Brownell’s latest book, What Prayer Can Do contains amazing testimonies of how God intervened in people’s lives when they prayed. Read about a blind man instantly healed, even after he learned Braille. A child with hydrocephalus healed after prayer.  A forest fire turned away. Sinful rebellious people changed in a moment. Marriages saved, and many other miracles.

Fifty-five chapters and wonderful testimonies written by Ada Brownell about What Prayer Can Do originally published in The Pentecostal Evangel.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A DESIRED MIRACLE DOESN’T COME? The book begins with an introduction from the author, “Why I Still Believe God Heals, “that explains why she knows God still does miracles even though she lost a daughter to cancer. The article was first published in the online version of Enrichment Journal, a magazine published by the Assemblies of God for Spirit-filled ministers.

Buy the whole book, What Prayer Can Do herehttp://ow.ly/9CEI30h4IdL

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Ada Brownell has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter. She has a B.S. degree in Mass Communications and worked most of her career at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado where she spent the last seven years as a medical writer. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to freelance for Christian publications and write non-fiction and fiction books. She occasionally writes op-ed pieces for newspapers, and judges writing contests.



Ada’s Social Media: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/AdaBrownellWritingMinistries

Twitter: @adabrownell

Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement

Amazon Ada Brownell author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06


Thank you for joining us today!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Add me as a buddy: erinhoward2002. Comment below with yours and what project you’re working on!

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Wisdom Wednesday: Linda Shenton Matchett

Do you write every day? Do you follow a writing schedule? Or do you write as the inspiration hits? 

This week, we have author Linda Shenton Matchett discussing what happens when you commit to writing every day. Thanks for joining us, Linda!

Name: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical (mystery)

Latest Novel: Murder of Convenience

Writing Tip: 

Write every day (or as close to that as you can.) It’s my favorite tip because writing feeds my soul. I’m happiest when I’m writing, so the idea of doing it every day (even if it’s just one paragraph), excites me. In addition, I know that by writing every day, I am improving my work, keeping my “creative juices” active, and furthering my career by producing stories.

I agree, if I write something every day, even if it’s a little bit, it’s easier to sit down and write more. If I go several days without writing, it’s harder for me to get started again.
Writing Tip for New Writers:

Follow your heart and write what you are passionate about. Don’t try to follow trends, because they will vaporize as quickly as they appear. Writing is a craft that requires study and practice. If you can afford it, attend conferences or take classes, but at a minimum read blogs and articles by successful writers. Most of all: keep writing, and don’t let the naysayers get you down.

Yes! This is excellent advice for anyone starting their writing journey. 

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May 1942: Geneva Alexander flees Philadelphia and joins the USO to escape the engagement her parents have arranged for her, only to wind up as the number one suspect in her betrothed’s murder investigation. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, she must find the real killer before she loses her sight…or is convicted for a crime she didn’t commit.

Set in the early days of America’s entry into WWII and featuring cameo appearances from Hollywood stars, Murder of Convenience is tribute to individuals who served on the home front, especially those who did so in spite of personal difficulties, reminding us that service always comes as a result of sacrifice. Betrayal, blackmail, and a barrage of unanswered questions… Murder of Convenience is the first in Linda Shenton Matchett’s exciting new “Women of Courage” series.

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Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public




Connect with Linda on social media and her blog, and check out her latest release, Murder of Convenience

Website: http://www.LindaShentonMatchett.com

Group blog: http://www.stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorlindasmatchett

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lindasmatchett

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lindasmatchett

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Linda-Shenton-Matchett/e/B01DNB54S0

Bookbub page: http://www.bookbub.com/authors/linda-shenton-matchett

Newsletter sign up (receive a free short story with sign up): https://bit.ly/2MXJFgC

Thank you for joining us today, Linda and reminding us how important it is to keep writing every day, no matter how long we sit down to write.

Have a wonderful writing week and join us next Wednesday for another writing tip! 

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Wisdom Wednesday: Julie Arduini

Can you believe that we are cruising through October already? It won’t be long and we will be getting ready for Christmas! I’m determined to start my shopping early this year. I tend to procrastinate and wait to the last minute.

Today, I’m excited to have author Julie Arduini with us, sharing her favorite writing tips and her novel Restoring Christmas, which is part of a Christmas box set. 

Name: Julie Arduini

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Latest Novel: Restoring Christmas, part of the A Christmas to Remember Boxed Set

Writing Tip: 

I have many, but I think as an indie author, the standout is to set deadlines and stick to them. I find when I’m general about when I want a book available, I procrastinate until the date looms and rush. When I set specific word count and chapter deadlines, I force myself to stay on schedule with minimal stress.

I hear you on the procrastination, I tend to do that as well. Setting achievable deadlines is the key to finishing your book on time. I find that when I’m really stressed with my writing, it’s because I’m not setting an achievable deadline.
Writing Tip for New Authors:

I think joining ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and participating in the critique group is wisdom. I started in the large group, and then branched off into two smaller groups. I’ve learned so much from critique groups. They challenge me to be a better writer and one group also shares prayer requests and has brainstorming sessions. It’s an amazing experience.

I totally agree with you on this. The ACFW is a great way to get connected with other authors and get the support that you need. Critique groups are a fabulous way to challenge yourself and to learn more about the craft. Just remember to keep an open mind, wear tough skin, and know that they are only trying to help you grow.

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Laugh, cry, and fall in love as you savor these brand-new Christmas romances from some of your favorite authors. Pair with a peppermint chai, hot chocolate, or your favorite wintry flavors, then snuggle down in front of the fireplace with a quilt over your lap… and maybe a purring cat!

Eight authors have joined together in this Christian romance collection that will leave you celebrating the gift of Christmas.

Restoring Christmas by Julie Arduini
Filled with grief and regret, Holly Christmas returns to Geneseo Valley and the family business, The Christmas Mansion. Can Kevin Holt restore her love for the season and the memories she left behind?

July2018Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past, and ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her latest releases, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER is a boxed set featuring Julie and some of the authors from the Inspy Romance She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.


Thank you, Julie, for joining us today and sharing your tips on setting deadlines and finding a critique group.

Make sure you check out Jule’s newest release, Restoring Christmas and connect with her on social media.


Don’t forget to join us in the comment section, and leave a question for Julie. Happy Writing!

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