My Writing Life Archives - N. J. Lindquist

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Am I Weird? A Children’s Book Made Me Feel Better About Being Me

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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Circle of Friends FAQ – Part 1

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 […]

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Circle of Friends FAQ – Part 2

N. J. Lindquist responds to questions she’s often asked: If you missed part 1 of this post, read it here. But then you had to stretch things out into a third book. Did it get harder or easier? It actually got kind of complicated. After writing A Friends in These, I wrote a third book called […]

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A Review and an Interview

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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My Writing Life Interview

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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My Thoughts on the Closing of The Christian Writers Guild

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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Interview with Arts Connection

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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Proud To Be a Canadian Author Who is Christian

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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My Current Works-in-progress and How I Keep Them All Going

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 […]

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Please Don’t Make Me Choose – or – Why I Stopped Talking to Editors and Agents

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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Nice to Be Recognized as a Canadian Christian Woman Who Leads

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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A character sketch of my hero – Glen Sauten

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 […]

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