We appreciate the review Robert White wrote of our book, Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon: Stories of Finding Love in Unexpected places. Like a cup of hot apple cider warming the body on a cold day, the Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon anthology will warm the soul. The fourth in the Hot Apple Cider series,

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If you’d like to know what I eat/drink while writing, which of my characters I’d like to meet, how I get into the “zone” when writing, how I chose the genres I write in, and more, check out my recent interview with Melony Teague.      

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I just learned that Jerry B. Jenkins has closed the Christian Writers Guild. And that news brought back a host of memories. Jerry didn’t start the Christian Writers Guild; that was done by another man. Back in the fall of 1972, I was newly married and working as a supply teacher in a new city.

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I wrote this in March of 2005 when I was Executive Director of The Word Guild, an organization I co-founded a little over three years earlier. I posted it here last year in honour of Canada Day, and because it’s still relevant, I’m posting it again today. Although I’m no longer actively involved in leadership of

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Okay, this is actually pretty funny. The topic I was given was: “My current work-in-progress.” But I don’t exactly have a current work-in-progress. I have at least six. I suppose I could just pick one and tell you all about it. But instead, I thought I’d give you a glimpse at how this writer is juggling

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For 30+ years, whenever I talked to agents or editors, they’d ask me what I was writing. And I’d tell them. “A mystery.” They’d nod and look vaguely interested. But before they had a chance to say ask another question, I’d add, “And a novel for teens.” And they’d raise their eyebrows. “And discipleship manuals.”

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If pressed, I usually say my favourite character is Shane Donahue, the “hero” of my standalone coming-of-age novel, In Time of Trouble. But to be honest, only one of my characters has four books written about him. And that isn’t Shane; it’s Glen Sauten. And, funnily enough, in many ways, Glen’s story, unlike Shane’s, is that of

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Anyone who knows me well is aware that I have “To Do” lists I refer to on a daily basis. I’ve used everything from notebooks, to pads with printed numbers, to journals, to pages I created and printed to put into a binder, to random lists, to sticky notes. I frequently read books on being

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Some days, I really hate the direction the publishing industry is going. Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve become jaded, cynical, and a bit of a wet blanket. These days, it all seems to be about sales. Authors are constantly asking me to buy their latest book, watch their new and amazing  YouTube video, download a

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I love coming up with ideas and starting things. Unfortunately, it’s all-too-possible to start more things than I can realistically finish. Part of the problem is that I often fail to think through everything that’s involved in a project before I dive in. On the other hand, when I honestly believe God’s telling me to

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I was writing a scene around Paul Manziuk, my police officer in Shaded Light, and suddenly he decided to swear. I told him he couldn’t. I don’t swear myself. Why would I swear when writing? He said he wasn’t me. True. He said that he was hot, tired, and frustrated, and he really needed to say one mild swear

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Writing fiction would be easier if I wasn’t a Christian. I’d just sit down and write whatever I wanted. No problem. But I am a Christian. And it’s frequently been a problem. When I began writing more than 35 years ago, I had a BA in English and the English medal for my graduating class.

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Markham, Ontario—After helping to equip Canada’s Christian writers for 11 years, N. J. Lindquist is stepping aside from all leadership roles in Write! Canada and The Word Guild in order to concentrate on her own writing and speaking career. Lindquist is an award-winning Markham-based writer, editor, publisher, and speaker who has authored 10 books, edited

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A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider has broken records by being nominated for 27 awards—the most ever for a single book—in The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards! The judges shortlisted 16 articles and stories by 15 writers. Yes, one of them is my short story, “Twenty-five Years Later,” which chronicles the reunion of

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So pleased that our anthology, A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, edited by Wendy E. Nelles and me, and featuring 37 Canadian writers, has won the 2012 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award in the Gift Book category. All award winners are listed on the Christian Small Publishers Association’s (CSPA) website at www.christianpublishers.net

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If you look really closely, you'll see a small turtle hidden in the reeds in this picture I took at Wye Marsh a few years ago. Today, I'm feeling a lot like that turtle—scared to stick my neck out, wondering if I should just stay out of sight, pretend I'm not even here. My so-called

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