For most of my life, I’ve thought I was kind of weird. Or maybe that there was something wrong with me. Perhaps the easiest way to explain is to tell you how I write my short stories and novels. People are always talking about how to make fictional characters seem real. And there are lists

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N. J. Lindquist responds to questions she’s often asked:Where did you get the idea for this series?Authors are always being asked where they get their ideas. Sometimes it’s hard to explain because the idea kind of grows inside your head until you either explode or write it down. Other times, you can pinpoint the very

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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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An interview I did where I talked about my writing, the new Hot Apple Cider books, and more. You can listen to it here. http://selawministries.ca/content/arts-connection-monday-august-11-2014-nj-lindquist-hot-apple-cider-3      

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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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I just got a sweet Valentine’s Day surprise! One of my Facebook friends shared a link to an article she was mentioned in, and I kind of randomly clicked on it, only to discover my name was there too! It was a list of 100 Canadian Christian women who are leaders. Mark Peterson of the

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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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I’m very pleased to announce that A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, edited by Wendy Elaine Nelles and me, and featuring a total of 37 great Canadian writers, finished in third place for 2013 “Non-fiction Book of the Year” at The Book Club Network! Thanks to EVERYONE who voted! This truly is the little

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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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I’ve often thought that if we should have a fire, the one thing I’d most hate to lose would be my pictures—the printed ones before digital cameras and smartphones took over. Last week, I got smart and paid a student to scan all my “old” pictures—the ones that came from my mother’s photo albums. Then

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I just changed my fantasy novel thermometer from 5% to 90%! I’ve been editing the 40,000 word novel I originally wrote for granddaughter #2 for her 9th birthday. Yeah, that was a few years ago. This is at least my 5th thorough edit. I’ve been doing it for an hour or two a day over

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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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