Stories that Matter


Meet Author Kathi Macias!

It’s my pleasure today to have esteemed author, Kathi Macias on the blog. Kathi is one of those rare gems of an author, someone who gives back to the writing community in wonderful ways. She’s also someone who graciously offered to read my debut novel for endorsement and gave me the amazing gift of a…
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Meet Dianne Christner!

Today’s featured author is Dianne Christner! Dianne is going to answer my very inquisitive questions, so let’s get started! Who Are You? Thanks for asking, Cathy. I’m a vain-plain gal who colors her gray hair brown and usually dresses in jeans. I might add that I earned my not-so-gray hair from forty years of marriage…
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I Love You

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, (cough), I thought we could talk about love. Confession: I write romance, but I am probably the least romantic person in real-life. I have no idea why that is. Perhaps it’s because in my family growing up, we never said it. I mean, we knew we loved each other, me,…
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Susan Meissner Is Here!

Okay, I’m seriously excited about today’s guest! I’ve been a big Susan Meissner fan ever since I read White Picket Fences, so I’m thrilled that she’s agreed to share some thoughts with us here on the blog! Her books are amazingly realistic and speak to the soul, with characters you feel could just step off…
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Hey All! Well, I’m going to keep this short and sweet today as I’m making a final pass-through on my latest novel, Hidden in the Heart, before it gets sent off to my wonderful editor at OakTara. This is both exciting and terrifying. Putting a second book ‘out there’ is kind of freaking me out.…
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Meet Julie Cantrell – Author of Into The Free!

It’s a pleasure to have Julie here today! Her debut novel, Into The Free, has just released, and it is already a smashing success! I haven’t read it yet, but I can’t wait! Here’s what you have to look forward to: Into the Free      Debut Novel of Love and Forgiveness from Southern Author…
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When Your Agent/Editor Says The "R" Word, (And They Don't Mean "Ready!")

Before I was published, before I had an agent, I really didn’t know what to expect once I passed the first level of ‘wannabe writer’, and actually had someone far more knowledgeable than I was about all things publishing, looking at my work. I was more concerned about actually getting past that level. Didn’t much…
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Buzz – Say What??

I’ve ‘labeled’ Mondays on the blog as “Book Buzz.” It’s an interesting thing, this concept of ‘buzz’. I’m not sure when the word as it is most often used today, entered our vocabularies. I certainly don’t remember using it as a child. Here’s what I found in an online dictionary: buzz 1    [buhz] noun 1. a low, vibrating, humming sound, as of bees,machinery, or people talking. 2. a rumor or report.…
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Meet Author Michael Duncan!

Today we have author Michael Duncan visiting with us! He’s here to answer the questions I’m sure we all want to know! Who Are You? Who am I? That’s a good question and one that ought to be answered! 🙂 I am Michael – husband to my beautiful wife and father to three amazing children.…
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So You Want To Be A Writer?

Over the last few years, I posted a fair bit about the writing life on my other blog. Since this is now my primary blog, I thought some of those posts might fit here on Wednesdays, when we discuss writing. I hope they’ll be helpful to you wherever you are on your journey. November 2010.…
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And So We Plant

October 2, 2017 | 4 Comments

It’s been a hard season. A scary few months. We began May with much joy, still celebrating the birth of our first granddaughter, Annabel Rose, born at the end of April. And she is everything we and her parents prayed for. She is beautiful. Perfect. All amazing baby cuddles and snuggles and sleepy smiles and…


It's ACFW Conference Time!

September 15, 2017 | 6 Comments

I know, it’s been an age. And honestly, I’m not sure you’ll hear much from me around here anymore. I haven’t quite ‘hit’ the formulae that keeps people hooked. So this is more of a fun post that my friend Laurie Tomlinson has going, so I thought I’d join in the fun. It’s almost time…


And So We Choose This Thing

June 21, 2017 | 6 Comments

Thirty one years. Today. I stood before him in a long white gown that cost more than my father wanted to spend, but he bought it for me anyway, because it was the one and he was ‘the one’ and my Dad would have bought me the moon if I said I wanted it. I stood…


Is It Supposed To Hurt This Much?

June 8, 2017 | 7 Comments

That was a text I got from my daughter a few hours into labour. “Is it supposed to hurt this much?” I wanted to laugh, but I didn’t. Because, yes. It is. And it does. And it will continue to. With every challenge that comes with being a parent. Being a mother or father or…


We're Waiting For You!

April 25, 2017 | 4 Comments

Dear Baby E, You’re late. I suspect this may be a good indication that we will get along well. (I think this trait may come from both sides!). As your grandmother, I reserve the right to tell you what’s up, and rest assured I probably will, whether you like it or not. Heads up –…


Onward to 2017!

December 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

I hope your Christmas was fabulous! We spent a quiet day together, and then, in a shocking break from tradition, we went to a restaurant for Christmas dinner! It was lovely not having to spend the day chopping, peeling and cooking, constantly checking the clock to make sure everything was running on time. I’ll admit,…


Where Is Your Identity?

August 29, 2016 | 17 Comments

I’ve just returned from a few days in Nashville, where I attended the American Christian Fiction Writers annual conference. I was trying to figure out dates in my head and I think this must be at least the eighth conference I’ve attended, and still, I’ll be honest, it’s the best of times and it’s the…


Grace Awards 2015 Winners ~ in Faith Based Fiction

May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

So honored to be a recipient of this year’s Grace Awards! And since I’m knee deep in edits this week, it gives me something to celebrate! And blog about. 😛


Guarding The Writer’s Heart

May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

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April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thanks to all who took part in the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt over the weekend! It was lots of fun, and all the authors enjoyed it too! Here are the three overall Prize winners – First Prize: Crystal Balzer Second Prize: Jackie Wisherd Third Prize: Becky Mickels And the winner of MY giveaway – one…


Meet Author Kathi Macias!

It’s my pleasure today to have esteemed author, Kathi Macias on the blog. Kathi is one of those rare gems of an author, someone who gives back to the writing community in wonderful ways. She’s also someone who graciously offered to read my debut novel for endorsement and gave me the amazing gift of a glowing review and some pretty wonderful encouragement. So I’m biased. 🙂

But, if you have not yet discovered Kathi’s books, you’re in for a treat!

Her latest book, Special Delivery, from her Freedom series, sounds amazing!

In book two of the “Freedom” series, readers find Mara fighting against her
attraction to Bible college student Jonathan Flannery even while wrestling
with risking her own precarious safety to become involved in the rescue of
another girl who is pregnant and desperately wants to escape her captors and
save her own life, as well as her child’s. Halfway around the world in a
brothel in Thailand, a young girl is rescued with the promise of being
reunited with her younger sister who was adopted by an interracial couple in
the States, friends of Jonathan’s family. Meanwhile, Jefe—Mara’s uncle, who
held her as a sex slave in his brothel in San Diego for years—seeks revenge
for Mara’s testimony that put him behind bars for life. Will his underworld
connections be successful in kidnapping and killing the girl who believes
she has finally won her freedom?

Kathi is sharing some great thoughts with us today, please enjoy!

Author by Night

Kathi Macias

I was once asked what my “author by night” life was like. My first thought was, Hmm… When was the last time I was up late enough that it qualified as “night”? Been awhile, I’m afraid.

Seriously, I am NOT a night person. The problem is, I’m not really a morning person either, though my current lifestyle requires that I get up most days at dark o’clock. And I must admit that once I’ve rolled out of that warm, cozy bed, I really do accomplish a lot in those early morning hours.

For one thing, my husband heads off to work before the chickens are out and about, and I almost never get phone calls that early. Hence, the house is quiet and I can actually grab some alone time with the Lord before jumping feet-first into my daily to-do list. And that, I suppose, is the secret to pretty much everything I do—before or after dark, as an author or otherwise. If I miss that beginning-of-the-day time of prayer and Bible reading and worship, I’m definitely starting off on the wrong foot, and my day almost always goes downhill from there.

I’m actually quite blessed (and have been for some years now) to be able to write (my own books and scores more for other people, as well as being a regular contributor to various online publications) and edit fulltime, rather than trying to squeeze in a little writing time after getting home from a “real” job. (Yes, through the years I’ve had several of those. Do I miss them? Only when I realize that if I had a “real” job I’d also have a “real” paycheck. But the flexibility and freedom of working at home is worth the tradeoffs—most of the time.)

In addition to being a writer/editor, I teach at writers’ and women’s conferences, workshops, and retreats, and have recently been doing some national and international TV appearances, all of which require being away from home for several days at a time. It also requires a great sense of humor because I DON’T DO PUBLIC SPEAKING! At least, that’s what I always thought. When I became a Christian at 26, I explained that to God, but apparently He didn’t pay attention.

On a more personal level, in addition to being married to my junior/senior high school sweetheart, Al (whom I’ve known since we were six, though we didn’t like one another much at the time), I’m a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. (Trust me, I still have trouble absorbing that one!) And, of course, I can’t finish up an explanation of my “author by night” life without mentioning my wonderful church family at Nuevo Community Church. What a supportive bunch! I miss them when I’m doing my “road warrior” thing, but always glad to check in for hugs and warm welcomes when I’m home.

I also am active in several writers/speakers’ groups, including AWSA (Advanced Writers/Speakers Association, where I received the Member of the Year award in 2008—yeah, ME, the one does NOT do public speaking!); CAN (Christian Authors Network, where I serve as spiritual adviser—which should give you pause if you’re considering joining the group); Christian Writers Fellowship International; Orange County Christian Writers’ Fellowship; ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers); ICFW (International Christian Fiction Writers, where I blog regularly); The Christian PEN (Proofreaders/Editors Network); and Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service. In addition to blogging regularly on my own “Easy Writer” blog, I also post regularly at the ChristiansRead blog. I am honored to say that one of my novels, Red Ink (set in China), was named Novel of the Year by Golden Scrolls and also a finalist for a Carol Award from ACFW. Most recently I was named 2011 Author of the Year by, all of which never ceases to amaze me.

And that about sums it up! It also brings us full circle to why I grab myself by the hair of my head and haul myself out of bed before the sun is up. Without my quiet time with the Lord each morning, the rest of this would simply overwhelm me and I’d throw in the towel. (Trust me, there are easier ways to make minimum wage or less!) But God has called me to be a communicator, and so—in spite of myself—I am (and grateful for the opportunity). At the same time, I stand ready to lay it down at a moment’s notice if God calls me to do something else or when He calls me home. My “author by night” life begins and ends with Him, and that’s the Truth that keeps everything else in perspective.

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