Wisdom Wednesday: Joanna White

I love it when we have brand new releases on Wisdom Wednesday. I  had the privilege to be a part of Joanna White’s launch team and Facebook party yesterday with over twenty fantasy authors! 

Welcome to Wisdom Wednesday, Joanna and congratulations on your new release! 

Name: Joanna White

Genre: Fantasy/Christian Fantasy

Latest Novel: Shifter

Writing Tip: 

Gosh, this is hard because I’m torn between two: 1) Write. It may sound simple, but you’ll never get anything written if you don’t sit down and write sometimes. That’s also the best way to hone your craft is to just sit down and start writing. Make it a habit to write at least once everyday and then you’ll be surprised at how much you accomplish. 2) This is the most important one for my life, but write for God and let Him be your inspiration. I wouldn’t have a talent or passion for writing without Him and none of my books would be written without Him either.

I’m not sure why it’s so hard to sit down and write, but it is! 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

You may feel like giving up or like your dreams are too far away to achieve, or that you can’t write that story, or finish anything you start, or that no one will ever read or like your work, or that you’ll never be published but never give up! Keep trying, keep writing, keep submitting, no matter how hard it gets. You’ll get there someday; just be patient!


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Beroan is a shapeshifter, part of the dragon clan. His clan’s Alpha, Sirath, wants to watch the world burn.

For ten long years Sirath has attacked villages, killing thousands of humans and burning towns to the ground. Beroan has had enough, but his resistance will only end in suffering.

Nsi is a human living in a small village with her grandmother and cousin. Her ignorance about the existence of shifters won’t protect her for long. Her family was killed in a dragon attack when she was younger, and now dragons have come again. Now she will stop at nothing until the dragon shifters are stopped, to save humans from suffering the same fate as her family.

Together, Nsi and Beroan will risk everything to save humanity from Sirath.

Darkness is spreading through the galaxy, Corrupting one world after another, and now it has come for theirs. Sirath already belongs to the Corruption of darkness.

He will not stop until he burns down the world and leaves it covered in fire and ash. 

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Joanna White earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment at Full Sail University. The Valiant series is her first published work, which first started off being updated on a website called Wattpad. She lives in the countryside of Missouri with her husband, where she continues to work on her other upcoming books. Writing has been a passion since she was ten, when she wrote her first book. Ever since then, writing has become her life outside of her family, God, and being a nerd.


Social Media Links:

Facebook: facebook.com/joannamariewhite

Twitter: twitter.com/joannamwhite

Website: https://www.joannamariewhite.wixsite.com/mywebsite


Do you find it hard to sit down and write? What tips/tricks do you use to get the words on the screen/paper?

Before you go, take a moment to connect with Joanna on social media and check her brand new release, Shifter.

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Wisdom Wednesday: M. L. Little

If I were to do a developmental edit of your manuscript, you could find remarks about the emotional connection the reader has with your characters. I may even say that the character needs to show more emotion in a particular scene, so the reader feels that emotional pull to root for the character. Emotions are powerful, and you could have a fantastic plot, but if the characters are bland, readers will not want to keep reading.

Today, author M. L. Little is here to give us a great writing tip on writing what we know.

Welcome, M. L.!

Name:  M. L. Little

Genre: Fantasy

Latest NovelThe Book of Secrets

Writing Tip: 

Write what you know! This puzzled me for years. Write what I know? Write a character who wakes up, eats toast, sits in traffic, goes to school, and repeats? I don’t know about you, but the ins and outs of my daily life grow rather mundane. So why do writing classes teach us to write what we know? How can there ever be stories of revolution and victory and long-lost worlds if so few of us will ever experience anything great?

This confusion exists because “write what you know” is the most ill-interpreted piece of advice in the whole catalog of writing instruction. Write what your heart has known. If you are alive, you have experienced every emotion on the human spectrum, regardless of the depth of severity. You have been nervous. You have known anger. You have felt joy. Have you lost a relationship, a job, a pet? Then remember your anguish and spin it into the fall of great empires or the destruction of the world. If you have held your newborn child or watched your favorite team claw its way to a championship, then you can write the victory of battle or the joy of reunion. Take your emotions and place them in the biggest, wildest worlds of your imagination.

Your heart already knows everything. Write from it.

I love your explanation! We all have unique situations and feelings and should draw on those emotions to make a deeper connection with our characters.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Set yourself a writing goal, be it five lines or five pages, and meet it daily. Do not allow yourself to go to bed until you have reached your goal. Is your writing terrible? Good, you’ve still put something on paper. And it will probably look better in the morning. The only reason I have a book coming out into the world was because for three months straight, I couldn’t go to bed until I had hand-written two pages. You want a good night’s sleep instead? Don’t become an author. You’ll never sleep again.

Who needs to sleep? 😉 But seriously, setting small goals will give you the discipline you need to finish writing a full-length book.


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THE BOOK OF SECRETS, a novel perfect for ages 11-14, instantly immerses the reader into an original fantasy world of a mishmash of time periods and rough-and-tumble adventure, whimsy, and heartbreaking beauty.

After Gabriel Draven— impulsive, creative, and too curious for his own good—smuggles home an item from the restricted section of the bookshop, he has no idea that it’s the most wanted book in the Seventh Realm–or that it’s connected to the mysterious stranger who disappeared from his grandfather’s tavern in the middle of the night. Suddenly Gabriel finds himself on the run, seeking shelter with the creatures and humans he views as enemies–but are they? As his journey takes him out of his own realm and into another, Gabriel finds that the deepest mystery lies at the heart of his own family, and he must do whatever it takes to find his way back home.

Flowing through the veins of his adventure is the legend of Brim, a seer and wizard rumored to be reawakening. But those are just stories. Brim doesn’t really have any power, right?

As one early reviewer said: “Strong and unapologetic, full of vivid, well-timed simile and lilting rhythm, bright with humor, at times bursting into a depth of pure simplistic beauty,” THE BOOK OF SECRETS looks far beyond the typical medieval swords-and-sorcery and, instead, introduces mystical creatures, absurd new worlds, and, at its heart, a hymn of praise to the complicated bond of siblinghood.

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Before you go, take a moment to connect with M. L. on social media so you can get the latest news on her upcoming release.

What about you? Do you find it difficult to draw from your emotions and experiences in your writing? Leave us a comment and join in the conversation. 

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***If you are an author and would like to be considered for Wisdom Wednesday, please email me for openings. You can email me at erinrhoward@yahoo.com

Clean fiction or Christian fiction required. All genres will be considered.

Wisdom Wednesday: Daniel J. Peyton

Last week, I spent a few days at a writing retreat. I came back with lots of information, new friends, more connections, and a new collaboration for a novella collection. But I also received inspiration. Writing retreats or conferences are perfect for boosting your motivation, but what happens when that runs out? Do you have the discipline to sit down and write anyway?

Today, we have author Daniel J. Peyton with us for Wisdom Wednesday. Thanks for joining us, Daniel! 

Name: Daniel J. Peyton

Genre: Sci-Fi

Latest NovelRemnant

Writing Tip: 

Write everyday. This has pushed me through some rough times in writing. People often tell me that they’ve been working on a book for years, but still haven’t finished it yet. That means they have let themselves fall in the trap of needing “inspiration” to write the next paragraph. The reality is that inspiration plays only a minor role in producing a good book. You need dedication, perseverance, focus, and butt-in-seat.

Very true! I think this is something that every writer must face before they start to get serious about writing. Inspiration is wonderful, but you can’t count on it to always be there. 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Learn the valuable art of patience. Don’t rush through any of the parts of producing a good book. Don’t rush the writing, forcing yourself to go too hard. Write every day, but know when you have written enough for that day. Don’t forget to edit it yourself. Don’t let your personal edit be the only one, let others help. Don’t query the book to agents/publishers until you have cleaned it up so that it looks like a book and not a mess. If you are self-publishing, don’t let the cover be an after-thought. Formatting is critical for a self-published book. All these parts of this are cogs in the machine. Each depend on the other for a good final product.

Patience isn’t always easy, but it’s required to be a writer! Don’t rush the process and don’t overlook all the steps. This is so important. 


The year is 2522. Anna is a Remnant—a secret Christian in a world that has banned any form of religion.

She is also an astro-geologist working with her Robot, named Z, for the Planetary Science Commission.

The PSC has worked for 200 years to find alien life on another planet, and finally, after two centuries, a primitive lifeform has been discovered. Faced with the reality of evolved primitives on a forested moon, Anna begins to question all she has ever believed. 

Anna and Z travel to the newly-discovered moon in search of answers, but a terrible accident leaves them stranded. Faced with dangerous natives and unfamiliar surroundings, Anna and Z stumble upon a conspiracy that has universal implications. 

Will Anna discover the truth about the moon and its inhabitants? 

Can God still move within a culture that has abandoned Him? 


Daniel enjoys writers’ conventions as well as genre conventions. Connecting with avid readers is a joy that he never passes up. He has been invited multiple times to speak at local schools about writing and his work. He has been a featured author for several radio and blogtalk programs, and is a returning guest and sometime substitute co-host for the Brian and Sherri radio program, where he helps interview other authors. Outside of writing and promoting his work, Daniel enjoys reading, dancing, music, drawing, cooking, and embroidery. He is a long time member of the Embroiderers Guild of America where he has taught classes in stitching. He plays four different instruments and has sung with the Oklahoma State Universities Presidents Masterworks. He has years of stage work behind him in tap, jazz, and ballet as well as Okinawan traditional and modern dance and music. Each week you can find him teaching classes at his church in Sunday school as well as the Life Development Institute of First Baptist Church of Morristown, Tennessee.


What about you? Do you lean on inspiration or do you sit down and write anyway? Give us your tip for having the motivation to write even if you don’t feel like it. 

Before you go, take a moment to connect with Daniel on social media, and check out his latest release, Remnant.

Social Media Links:

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

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Peyton/e/B006C986D6

Twitter: @DanPeytonAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danpeyton_author/?hl=en

Link to newest book: https://www.amazon.com/Remnant-Daniel-Peyton/dp/1620209845

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Wisdom Wednesday: Ada Brownell

Hello everyone! I’m posting from the KenTen Writers Retreat this week, and we are having a great time. If you haven’t had the chance to attend a writing retreat, I would highly recommend going. Beautiful settings, useful classes, and great networking with other authors.

Today, we have author Ada Brownell with us for Wisdom Wednesday. Welcome, Ada!

Name: Ada Brownell

Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense

Latest Novel: Love’s Delicate Blossom

Writing Tip: 

Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction use: ACTIVE VOICE; DETAILS; MOTION. Those three things are like a video camera picking up a scene. It’s happening now. Faces, hands, even feet have distinctive details. The camera always follows whatever moves.

ACTIVE VOICE uses action verbs:

“Henry Hunter, his bad eye shut, pointed (not was pointing) his gun, and a bullet zinged (not ‘was zinging’) through the wall beside her, splintering wood. (This would be better if this was a short sentence by itself and WOOD as the subject like this: “Wood splintered.”) She froze where she stood (not she was standing still). Her legs trembled (not her legs were trembling). Her heart ca-thumped (not her heart was beating wildly) against her ribs.”


The barn door widened. His shadow crept across the straw-littered floor.

The tip of the gun barrel came through the door first. His head followed slowly, like the moon rising at night. His eyes stared ahead. She raised the shovel and then came down on the man’s head like she’d done with a hoe many times to kill a rattlesnake. Metal rang like she’d hit a rock, jolting her body.


Henry landed at her feet, lids open, eyes glassy. His gun flew up and crashed in a fresh cow pie.

An excellent example of using active voice! And I love how you reminded us to think of writing like a video playing a scene. 

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Read what you hope to write. Look at the first paragraph, often called the “lead” or “hook.” Use your own idea and story, and start it in a similar way as your pattern. Continue analyzing the article or book, writing from your own storehouse of ideas and knowledge, creating characters through description, mannerisms, actions,dialogue, reactions. Include physical reactions such as pain, muscle response, and the five senses—like your model writer probably does.

 I can’t echo enough how important it is to read the genre that you want to write. Don’t stop reading!

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Edmund Pritchett III wants to marry Ritah Irene O’Casey, but his intended has just begun her fight for the future. The beautiful redhead stands between Henry Hunter and Tulip, the orphan girl he kidnapped to work in his brothel, and he’s not giving up.

Excited about being one of the few women to go to college in 1917, Ritah hopes to become a teacher who can help widows keep their children when tragedy strikes. She also wants to enable mothers to know more about prevention and treatment of disease, in an era when few have access to a doctor. Instead, she ends up fighting for the lives of injured soldiers in a World War I Army health clinic, and finds her own life threatened by illness as well as sorrow.

When Ritah takes a teaching job, Joe Nichols, a handsome farmer edges his way into her heart. But Edmund Pritchett III isn’t giving up, and neither is Henry Hunter.

Will Ritah be able to continue to fight for women and families, understand enduring love, decide on the man she loves, and defend herself and her students when Henry Hunter bursts into the school shooting a pistol?

COMMENT FROM A READER: Your book set a tone and world from your grandmother’s time, the historical elements are what readers read the genre for.

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A redhead and the eighth child in her family, Ada Brownell looks at things from a different angle. Ever thought about what’s in a fertilized egg? She knows when she eats her breakfast egg, there’s the DNA for feathers, the rooster’s crow, the scratchy feet, the capacity to grow, walk, peck, fly short distances, digest food, and even create eggs and other chickens. So when Ada wrote Love’s Delicate Blossom, she took a good look at peach flowers and noticed they’re as amazing as an egg. The most important thing in a blossom is life, if it’s still attached to the tree. That’s just the beginning of the awesome blossom. Love also is a living substance, born, nurtured, and sometimes everlasting.

Ada is the author of nine books, fiction and non-fiction that reflect her brand: Stick-to-Your-Soul Encouragement. She has written hundreds of articles and stories for Christian publications, and even more news articles when she worked as a journalist at The Pueblo Chieftain, the last seven years as a medical writer.

She’s been married sixty-five years, has five children (one in heaven), nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Ada has played the piano or organ for churches, sang in choirs, trios, as a soloist; plus taught church youth about twenty-five years.


Social Media Links:

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

Twitter: @adabrownell

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

Google https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdaBrownell/posts

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1654534.Ada_Brownell

Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com


Before you go, make sure to connect with Ada on social media and check out her newest release, Love’s Delicate Blossom.

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Wisdom Wednesday: Julie Arduini

As we approach Memorial Day, our schedules are going to start filling with all kinds of summer activities. My kids are already talking about swimming. And while I could easily sit by the pool all day, I have a summer deadline. 

Today, we have author Julie Arduini returning to Wisdom Wednesday to give us another writing tip. Welcome back, Julie!

Name: Julie Arduini

Genre: Christian Romance

Latest NovelMatch Made in Heaven

Writing Tip: 

I think it’s important to create deadlines no matter what level you are at. If writing is a craft you plan on taking seriously, you need to be moving forward. I was told deadlines would help me from plotting to creating chapters to revising, and it’s true. I highly recommend it.

Definitely! The key is to remember to set achievable goals and not unrealistic ones you know you will not ever achieve. Not that you can’t dream big, but you know you’re limitations and what can hinder you. If it’s more achievable, the more you will want to meet another one.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Write what God leads you to write. Trends change, the market changes, and if your focus is only on the business side of things, you will talk yourself out of trying. I believe if you obey God, He will equip you and see you through every aspect of the process. Also, create something unique in your characters so they stand out. You don’t want to be remembered as that one author who wrote that one romance, but remembered by name and title because your story and characters were created so well, and remembered for all the right reasons.

Great advice, Julie! 


Beth Prescott wants to make a difference with the senior citizens she serves as a volunteer coordinator, but their matchmaking efforts leave her guarded. She’s experienced too much pain to make that leap again. Dean Kellerman returns to the Finger Lakes area to help his grandfather and heal his own broken heart. He’s recommitted his life to Christ, and doesn’t want any distractions. When his grandfather needs assistance with a senior program, it places Dean right in Beth’s path. Can these two surrender their pasts to Christ and have faith in each other and their future?


Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of the contemporary romance series SURRENDERING TIME, (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged,) as well as the stand-alone novella, MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her latest release, YOU’RE AMAZING, is a book for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and is book 2 in their SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ series. 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.


Social Media Links:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/JulieArduini

Twitter: http://twitter.com/JulieArduini

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/JulieArduini

Instagram: http://instagram.com/JulieArduini

Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/JulieArduini

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/JulieArduini

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Arduini/e/B00PBKDRSQ/

Monthly Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dCFG


Before you go, make sure to connect with Julie on social media and check out her newest release, Match Made in Heaven.

What deadlines/goals are you working on this month? Leave us a comment and let’s encourage each other!

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Wisdom Wednesday: Nate Allen

Are you true to your writing voice?

Today, we have author Nate Allen on Wisdom Wednesday. Welcome, Nate!

Name: Nate Allen

Genre: Christian Suspense/End Times Fiction

Latest Novel: The Faceless Future Trilogy

Writing Tip: 

Worry less about writing by the book and more about following the leading of The Holy Spirit. He will bring your stories to transcendent places. Why is it my favorite? It’s not a tip I read in some book. Instead it’s a truth I have found over my eleven years of writing. And it has helped me create some powerful material.

I love how you bring this up this week. Just this last week, I was trying to over plot my story, and it was completely blocking me from writing. Once I remembered to let go of the reins a little bit and not stress over the little details, it’s really flowing.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

I’ve said this for years: Your writer’s voice is everything. It’s far better to be one of a kind than a poor copy of someone already famous. Just as there is only one King, one Peretti, one Lewis, one Tolkien, the same is true of you. Find your voice and work tirelessly to master it!

This is an excellent point since as writers, we are also readers. And we always pull something out of our favorite author’s books, and it influences our writing. Which is not a bad thing at all, we just have to remember to be ourselves in the process. 

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Three books; one terrifyingly biblical future…

President Pummel has plans to implement a system to replace currency in its entirety: “Money is nothing but a way to distribute power. The Credit Chip would render money obsolete. Debt forgotten, felonies erased… past mistakes wiped clean. With the Credit Chip, a new beginning is truly possible!” But, what’s the cost?

Although the claims of the Credit Chip causing outbursts of violence are few and far between (the closed minded digging in their heels, no doubt) the stories are shocking nonetheless. They range from murders in once loving families to mass killings in churches and venues throughout America. You can brush it under the rug like most people have but the stories are only growing worse as the days wear on.

The Credit Chip revealing new and exciting freedoms daily, the president’s plan has come to fruition. As of January 1st, 2023, the Credit Chip will be the only form of currency accepted. As the deadline approaches, those who refuse the Chip are in danger of losing everything they have. Many believe it to be the mark of the beast warned about in the book of Revelation. Receive the Chip and be welcomed back into society; refuse and be left to the terrible things waiting in The Holding Zones. Resist at all cost! The cost though may very well be your life…

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Wonderfully outnumbered by women. A husband to a beautiful wife, a father to two amazing little girls, and a writer dedicated to spreading the life changing message of Jesus Christ in unique and compelling ways. He lives in La Crosse, WI.





What about you? Do you have a scene or story where you felt God really ordained the words? Do you struggle with finding your voice? Leave us a comment and let us know. 

Before you go, take a moment to check out Nate’s release, The Faceless Future Trilogy and connect with him on Facebook. 


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Wisdom Wednesday: Kathy McKinsey

Summer is quickly approaching, and it won’t be long now until the kids are out of school for summer break. While I’m not a fan of the humidity that hits Kentucky in the summer, I am a fan of relaxing, swimming, and the sunshine.

In anticipation of summer, I’ve set summer deadlines to help keep me focused on writing and not just the pool. 😉

To give us another writing tip, we have author Kathy McKinsey on Wisdom Wednesday.

Welcome, Kathy!

Name: Kathy McKinsey

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Latest Novel: All My Tears

Writing Tip: 

My favorite writing tip is, “Write every day.” This is one we’ve all heard, and it’s one I am still striving for. After many years of struggling, I have come to believe in its importance and its value as I see how it strengthens my writing motivation and skill.

This is such a great reminder as we are nearing vacation season for so many people. Writing every day can be difficult. Many distractions pull our attention away, but the more disciplined we are, the more it strengthens our writing.

Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers: 

Don’t give up. It may take years, but don’t give up.

Yes, I couldn’t agree more.

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Five women search for God’s hope through sorrow and deep troubles.

Meet five women who struggle with life’s deep sorrows. Beth fights to recover from alcoholism and to mend her relationships with her family. Ann doesn’t believe God will forgive her. Kathleen wrestles with a years-old fear and with saving her marriage. Cassie needs to learn to deal with chronic depression. Martie finds herself the single parent of the eight-year-old niece she barely knows when the child’s parents die in a car wreck.

See how god gives them the gifts of hope, healing, and love.

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Kathy McKinsey grew up on a pig farm in Missouri, and although she’s lived in cities for nearly 40 years, she still considers herself a farm girl.

She’s been married to Murray for 31 years, and they have five adult children.

She’s had two careers before writing—being a stay-at-home-Mom and working as a rehabilitation teacher for the blind.

Now she lives in Lakewood, Ohio with her husband and two of her children. Besides writing, she enjoys activities with her church, editing for other writers, braille transcribing, crocheting, knitting, and playing with the cat and dogs.

What about you? Do you have any tips or tricks to keep yourself writing every day? We would love to hear about them!

Before you go, take a moment to check out Kathy’s new release, All My Tears and connect with her on social media. 





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