Month: October 2017

Amy Clipston’s A PLACE AT OUR TABLE and Bringing Characters Together

Kayla Dienner is a sweet young woman who works as a waitress at her family’s restaurant.  She was pretty close to a guy named Abram, but he broke up with her shortly after her firefighter brother died while on a call.  (What a jerk, right?)  Jamie is a firefighter who is sweet on Kayla.  See how his vocation is an obstacle to their relationship?  Kayla and Jamie are two great young people…will they be able to make and build a connection? Continue Reading

Amy Lillard’s THE QUILTING CIRCLE and Building a World

Have you ever loved someone who didn’t love you back in the same way?  Have you ever gotten what you wanted at the exact wrong time and wondered how you would cope?  Have you ever felt mistreated by someone you love and hoped they would come around before you take off?   Continue Reading

Tony Vanderwarker’s WRITING WITH THE MASTER and How John Grisham Does It

Writing is a solitary pursuit.  You can have a thousand writer friends, participate in a hundred workshops and have an editor who calls you every day, but in the end, it’s just you and the blank page.  And one of the sad ironies of writing is that you can never, ever read your own work outside of your own consciousness.  Even if you put your novel aside for fifty years, it’s still you turning the pages.  Continue Reading