This post explains my personal feelings about topics addressed in my upcoming release, The Christmas We Both Needed. If you have followed me or supported my work in the last two years, I hope you will give it a read.
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Characters Part 2: Chronic Pain and “Emmy Moments”
Part 2 in a series on Characters. Emmy’s struggle with chronic pain is inspired by my own.
Characters Part 1: Helping Us Understand Ourselves and Others
People who read fiction often talk about how connected they feel to a certain character, how they experienced the character’s joy and pain, or how sad they were when the story ended. The Bible is not meant to be read as a work of fiction: it is historical and spiritual… and it is not necessarilyContinue reading “Characters Part 1: Helping Us Understand Ourselves and Others”
January 2023 Author Update
Welcome to 2023! While I have not been doing well in my “determination” to make two posts on this blog every month, I have had a number of opportunities to share on other authors’ blogs. You are welcome to check out some of those posts below: This year I will also be sharing a devotionalContinue reading “January 2023 Author Update”
God With Us
I’ve had the pleasure of caroling twice this season, as well as doing Christmas music at church, leading the children’s choir, and singing in a choir full of wonderful senior citizens who have become my Opas and Omas (maybe I’d call a few of them Onkel and Tante, since I myself am now in myContinue reading “God With Us”
Wandering Around Germany: Berlin
There is still a lot more to talk about in Rhineland-Pfalz, but today lets talk about the Deutsche Haupstadt, Berlin. I’ll skip the account of multiple GPS debacles in favor of this photo of us eating french fries at the Hauptbahnhof at 10:00 at night: We walked out the door and were greeted by aContinue reading “Wandering Around Germany: Berlin”
Wandering Around Germany: Cochem
When I first spotted Cochem in pictures online, I wanted so badly to make it Frederick Smith’s home. In my first draft of Sani: The German Medic, this is where he ended up after his train ride from Hamburg. It was an interesting journey and one that involved the difference between being a fiction writerContinue reading “Wandering Around Germany: Cochem”
Of Babies and Bathwater
We’ve all heard that saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” Too often in my life, I’ve focused on the bathwater to the exclusion of the baby. I’ve talked before about the legalistic Christian background from which I’ve come. I can’t say it’s always been that way in every church I’ve ever attended,Continue reading “Of Babies and Bathwater”
Between Fiction and Reality
It’s interesting to see my life experiences, or the experiences of loved ones, reveal themselves in the lives of my characters. This may sound funny, but sometimes it surprises me, like a great revelation. Oh, that’s where that came from! It gives me an opportunity to work through difficulties from my past that I haven’tContinue reading “Between Fiction and Reality”
The German Perspective, Part I
The first of a two-part series in which I go in-depth about why I write German-perspective WW2 fiction.