Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The New Astronomy Book







  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"
  • Length: 96 pages
  • Technicality: Layman
  • Ages: 7 and up
  • Publisher: Master Books
  • Published: 2014
  • SKU: 10-1-604
  • ISBN: 9780890518342

The universe is an amazing declaration of the glory and power of God!

Beautiful and breathtaking in its scale, the vast expanse of the universe is one that we struggle to study, understand, or even comprehend in terms of its purpose and size. Now take an incredible look at the mysteries and marvels of space in The New Astronomy Book!
  • Discover the best ways to observe the heavens, along with up-to-date astronomical data and concepts
  • Learn about the dynamics of planets, stars, galaxies, and models for the cosmology of the universe
  • What we know and are still trying to discover about planets, moons, and comets within our own solar system.
If you watch the stars at night, you will see how they change. This speaks to the enormity and intricacy of design in the universe. While the stars appear timeless, they instead reflect an all–powerful Creator who speaks of them in the Bible. Many ancient pagan cultures taught that the changing stars caused the seasons to change, but unlike these pagan teachings, the Book of Job gives credit to God for both changing stars and seasons (Job 38:31-33). When Job looked at Orion, he saw about what we see today, even though he may have lived as much as 4,000 years ago.

Our best-selling Wonders of Creation Series is getting even better!

The series is being developed with an enhanced educational format and integrated with a unique color-coded, multi-skill level design to allow ease of teaching the content to three distinct levels. The New Astronomy Book has been developed with three skill levels in mind. These can be utilized for the classroom, independent study, or homeschool setting and also be customized per the abilities of the student.
Book includes a 24-inch, full-color, pull-out poster!


 My Impressions:

My kids have fallen in love with the Wonders of Creation series ever since they read The Ecology book.So when this one showed up on my front door steps I was really excited to get to dig into with them. Just like the Ecology book, and all other newer Wonders of Creation books, this one provides three levels of learning. For us moms that have kids of various ages and stages in their education this is a great resource to tailor fit  multiple levels while only using one curriculum source.  Each level in found on each page, but in its own color. So you can have multiple children reading their own section at one time if you needed to while not bothering the others. Level One (white) is for your basic learner and focuses on appealing to the natural curiosity of children by asking "Wonder Why?"  Level Two (purple) is for the middle grades and gives your child a deeper understanding of the way the universe works together and independently. It also starts to focus on vocabulary development and comprehension using the Mission Log. Once your child reaches Level 3 (black grid) they are developing an advanced knowledge of the universe, vocabulary, theories and concepts and advancement in space studies. This is great for the high school student in the family.

On top of providing rich knowledge about our universe, the author does an amazing job linking everything back to the Creator of the universe. On every page there is "The Stars of Heaven" section that gives you a bible verse specifically related to what you are reading about, tying everything together to point to God.

Hard covered with beautiful illustrations are found on every page that really draw you into what you are reading and make you realize how great our God really is. The pages have a matte finish that make it easy for little hands to turn pages and prevents the pages from becoming stuck together.I the back there is a glossary of terms and a list of other books within the series. To end it all off the last page is actually a three page fold out of the Exploration of Our Solar System.

With both a freshman and junior in high school and a 2nd grader that fell in love with this book it is an easy one to recommended to parents, students and science lovers around the world. 








Monday, September 22, 2014

Love's Fortune (EBook)

Love's Fortune (SEPT 15th - 22nd)

Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world--filled with family members she's never met, dances she's never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes' shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?

With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.

 

 My Impressions

This book grab ahold of me and would not let go until the end. I am a sucker for a great romantic love story and Laura delivered. Romance, politics, corruption, love, family obligations, social status, and intrigue all wrapped up in one beautiful plot; what's not to love.

Reading about the Ballantyne Legacy was fascinating. Having three generations mixed up made for humor, heart break and excitement. I adored the story and the character development of several individuals, but the most remarkable were Rowena "Wren" Ballantyne and James Sackett. James who is strong, devoted, hard working, loyal and full of life and love. It was a pleasure to watch James grow in character, while still holding onto his  moral, political and ethical obligations, despite how is heart longed for Rowena. Rowena who is full of compassion, intrigue, simplicity and love. These two made for a beautiful story.

~ My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ~

*I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*


The Author

 Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel's Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What I Love About Delaney-August 2014

I adore this little daily ritual or habit we have... Climbing on top of the roof to talk. You just like to hang out sitting on the edge of the roof as you tell me about your day or what is bothering you etc. Plus, I think you like that fact that it scares me :)


 

Scripture Verse... "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
Psalm 46:1






Favorite Things We Did... One of the best things we did together this month was go to Ripley's Believe it or Not museum.  We had a blast in the mirror maze and kept ramming into people and mirrors alike, even after the 4th time we ran through it. You had me take you picture next to almost everything in the wax museum and you got to play "spy" as you tried to sneak through a vault laser maze challenge. We also went to Yogi Bear National Park out by San Antonio and had a really great time tubing the Guadalupe river, swimming all hours of the day and night, doing hay rides, arts & crafts and jumping on a giant pillow. Although I think your favorite thing we did this month was going and watching The Fault in Our Stars over and over again! You go around quoting the movie all the time and know all the songs from it as well. So all I have to say is " Boom clap, the sound in my heart. The beat goes on and on and on and on and. Boom clap, you make me feel good."



One of your most irresistible physical features is... Your quirky smile when you are up to no good. Yes, you have a smile that says you are doing something mischievous that will most likely land you in trouble, yet you do it anyway. That's my baby girl.

 




I missed you when.... you obsess over Jordan at Blimey Cow




5 Words/Phrases that come to mind when I think about you: difficult, complicated, layered, amazing, funny.


Some of our favorite songs we both love...
Charli-Boom, Clap
 If It Means A Lot To You -A Day To Remember  

Special Occasions...Rock-climbing, vacations, water adventures, hicking, baseball, movies, arboretum and sickness filled out August months. I actually think we are all looking forward to hockey season and are burned out on baeball for now. Would help if they won more than loss, but sadly that is not in the cards this season. We have spent alot of time watching moviess,s getting caught up on some of the shows we watch together: Mellisa and Joey, Baby Daddy, Psych, Teen Wolf, Secret Life of an American Teenager, Lie to Me, etc.  You also really enjoy showing me messages between you and your friends and the crazy and sometimes creepy things they say. 

Then there are things like this that let me get into your world that really enjoy reading:

All About Delaney Augus14
date: 2. Taken by Tyler
Height/weight: 4. 5'3 1/2 120 lbs

DOB: 5. January 13th
Best Friends: 6. Ravan and Celeste
Best uy Friends: 7. James and Tyler
Song you are listening to: 8. If It Means A Lot To You -A Day To Remember
Last Time you Cried: 9. right now bc Elliot is funny af
Last Time you Smiled: 10. Also right now bc Elliot xD

Tyndal Blog Alert: Son of Hamas

Son of Hamas
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The movie will roll out in more locations, and you can see the cities by going to www.thegreenprincemovie.com. This is a great chance for people to see the power of Christ on the ground, through the life of the son of one of Hamas's top leaders as he gave up almost everything, including his family, his Muslim faith and nearly his life, to save lives instead of take them in the Middle East.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Real Murder: Character Guest Post

Joshua Thornton: Prosecutor, Father, Lover, and Newly-Wed Husband
By Lauren Carr
Review (ebook), Character Guest Post

If you think tracking down murderers is tough, try raising five children on your own. No one sets out to be a single father. When I was a kid and someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said I wanted to be a Navy Commander and Perry Mason.
I was blessed to have achieved both of those goals.
Never, did I wanted to be a single father— let alone to five children.
But, my first wife, Valerie, got lonely with all my travels in the Navy and wanted company. So, she had five children. Then she died suddenly and left me to raise them alone. Sometimes I can hear her laughing from up in heaven.
Do you know what it is like to live in a house with five children—four of them teenagers? It’s like living in a hormone palace. Young love and mood-swings and acne abound. While I love them all very much, I craved to be alone and to hear the sweet sound of silence.
So, you would think that after four of them went off to college, leaving only Donny, my seventeen year old, six-foot-four inch, one-hundred-and-ninety pound baby at home, that I would embrace the opportunity to have a sliver of sanity and silence back.
In walked Homicide Detective Cameron Gates from the Pennsylvania State Police.
Was I looking for love? No, I was looking forward to being alone for the first time in my life.
Was I looking to remarry? Well, I have to admit, I loved being married. I loved my wife Valerie. I loved having a partner to share my life with. But was I looking for it? Maybe. Maybe not.
But when love comes knocking on your door, I don’t believe in shutting the blinds and pretending I’m not home. It was glorious the first time around. Why would I refuse to get back on that ride again?
I knew Cameron was it within days of meeting her. Our first “date” was at a crime scene for a cold case.
Months later, we eloped.
That was when the problems started. Seems two of my children didn’t take the elopement well. It wasn’t that they disapproved of Cameron, who is vastly different from their mother. Valerie never packed a nine-millimeter semi-automatic. A couple of my felt as if we had shut them out of this new chapter in our lives together.
The best way to proceed, I concluded, was to give Tracy and J.J., my eldest son, time. Eventually, they would get over it. They would get to know Cameron and forget all about our not having a wedding.
Circumstances would not let that happen.
Weeks after Cameron and I said, “I do,” in front of my pastor at our church, a police cruiser was discovered at the bottom of the lake in the park. The body in that car was turned out to be one of my best childhood friends, a sheriff’s deputy who had disappeared eighteen years ago.
I was the last one to see Mike Gardner alive.
As luck would have it, my daughter Tracy had been secretly dating Hunter Gardner, Mike’s son. So, she came rushing home.
The tension between Tracy and Cameron was palatable. So, I did the only thing I could do—I went for a walk. When women start fussing in the kitchen, the best defense is a fast retreat.
I was chasing Irving, Cameron’s cat who likes to terrorize a man in the neighborhood who drinks too much (Did I mention that Irving is a twenty-five pound Maine Coon who looks like a skunk?), when I discovered the body of Dolly Houseman, our elderly neighbor.
For years, she has been telling everyone that someone had killed one of her girls. No one believed Dolly because she had never been married and had no children. So, we all assumed that she was senile.
Cameron believed her, though. She firmly believed that this was a Real Murder.
Hours after Cameron talked to her about the details of the murder, Dolly Houseman was dead. It wasn’t long after that we discovered that this little old lady who used to babysit me was in reality a retired madam with a lot of secrets and her girl was a prostitute, whose murder Mike was investigating when he was murdered.
Oh, yeah, the discovery of Mike’s body and the murder of Dolly Houseman uncovered a lot of deeply hidden secrets that sent Cameron and I in all different directions in our quest for the truth about what had happened to Mike Gardner. Our investigation ended up taking us back fifty years to the start of everything.
It’s a good thing Cameron and I work well together—both at home and on the case. Love has everything to do with it. That’s what makes us –
The Lovers in Crime.

You can see my review of Real Murder here. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Desire (The Restoration Series)


Can faith build a bridge between their dreams?

For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts--and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments while Allan seems content to spend his time--and their money--on supporting displaced children in Africa. Something's got to give. But they both hope it's not their marriage.

Still, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they could never have imagined. And all it takes to set it in motion is a change of heart . . .

My Impressions

Beautifully wrote with such power and imagery throughout. My heart broke over Allen's dealing with the people of Korah and the orphans there. To know this is a reality for millions is simply heartbreaking.Tthe village of Korah in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is a real place and the community is also home to a large orphan population, most of who live in the city garbage dump and only eat what they can find there each day. There is no running water or electricity and houses are constructed from mud, pieces of steel and tarps.The whole time I kept thinking of Isaiah 1:17 "learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause." This book though is not just about the people of Korah. Its about the church, missionaries and how one place and one person can impact thousands for change. 

It's also a book about facing the obstacles and trials in your life. The author deals with some very tough trials of abortion versus adoption, infertility, sacrificial love and demonstrating the will and love of God daily in our lives and with the people we come into contact with.


James 2:14-18 says this “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.18 but someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds”.



About the Authors:

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of many books, including The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley, The Discovery, and What Follows After. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

Gary Smalley is one of the country's best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury and The Dance and The Promise with Dan Walsh. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 50 years and live in Missouri.

Disclaimer: 
I received a free copy of this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. 

to spend his time--and their money--on supporting displaced children in Africa. Something's got to give. But they both hope it's not their marriage.

Still, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they could never have imagined. And all it takes to set it in motion is a change of heart . . .

My Impressions


Beautifully wrote with such power and imagery throughout. My heart broke over Allen's dealing with the people of Korah and the orphans there. To know this is a reality for millions is simply heartbreaking.Tthe village of Korah in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is a real place and the community is also home to a large orphan population, most of who live in the city garbage dump and only eat what they can find there each day. There is no running water or electricity and houses are constructed from mud, pieces of steel and tarps.The whole time I kept thinking of Isaiah 1:17 "learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause." This book though is not just about the people of Korah. Its about the church, missionaries and how one place and one person can impact thousands for change. 
It's also a book about facing the obstacles and trials in your life. The author deals with some very tough trials of abortion versus adoption, infertility, sacrificial love and demonstrating the will and love of God daily in our lives and with the people we come into contact with.


About the Authors:

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of many books, including The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley, The Discovery, and What Follows After. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

Gary Smalley is one of the country's best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury and The Dance and The Promise with Dan Walsh. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 50 years and live in Missouri.

Disclaimer: 
I received a free copy of this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Gracefully Grayson-NetGalley Aug 28 rec


  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423185277

Alone at home, twelve-year-old Grayson Sender glows, immersed in beautiful thoughts and dreams. But at school, Grayson grasps at shadows, determined to fly under the radar. Because Grayson has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body.

The weight of this secret is crushing, but leaving it behind would mean facing ridicule, scorn, and rejection. Despite these dangers, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. Strengthened by an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher who gives her a chance to step into the spotlight, Grayson might finally have the tools to let her inner light shine.

Debut author Ami Polonsky’s moving, beautifully-written novel shines with the strength of a young person’s spirit and the enduring power of acceptance.


My Impressions: 
 I am not really sure what I think about this book. After I read the book, the cover made a lot more sense to me and is really pretty imaginative and impactfull on it own. The subtle changes of shirts really capture the slow outward and inward changes of Grayson as he struggles with being born one gender while inwardly he feels like another. I know many children going through this same ordeal and as a Christian this is a hard topic. The Bible is cut and dry on the subject, but wow my heart aches for kids and adults that have this inner turmoil that they carry around.

I have not read a book addressing the LGB issue from such a young perspective before. Its heart wrenching to read about Grayson. Not only is he dealing with this internal turmoil, he is also dealing with being a 12 year old going through puberty and all the physical and emotional difficulties associated with that. Friends are hard to make and keep at this age and then you compound Graysons other issues it adds a deeper level of emotional pain this young person carries. It broke my heart to read that he had not had a friend since 2nd grade!! I cannot imagine, yet I know this is a reality for many.

This is a tough book that tackles several hard subjects. I am not sure that the age range is appropriate. I feel 10 is way to young for this book and it should be more geared to the 13-16 age.

About the Author

Ami Polonsky (www.amipolonsky.com) is a reading and writing tutor, mother to two young children, and author, among other things. A former Language Arts teacher and literacy coach, Ami remains passionate about guiding children towards a love of books and helping create lifetime readers. Ami lives outside of Chicago with her family. This is her first novel.

Disclaimer
*I received a free copy of this book for review via NetGalley. The opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dallas Area Christians to Stand Up in Support of Christians Persecuted in Iraq

 
Dallas Area Christians to Stand Up in Support of Christians Persecuted in Iraq
Contact: Pastor Stephen E. Broden, 214-394-0098; facebook.com/DFWrallyforpersecutedChristians

DALLAS, Sept. 4, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christians in North Texas will gather on Sunday September 14th at Dallas City Hall Plaza; at 4:30 pm, for a rally to show their support for humanitarian relief for persecuted Christians in Iraq and other Muslim nations.  A press conference will be held prior to the rally on Wednesday, September 10.
    Press Conference Details:

    WHEN: Wednesday September 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

    WHERE: Fair Park Bible Fellowship 1321 Rowan Ave. Dallas, Texas 75115

    The media is invited to attend and receive additional information about the concerns of the Christian community on this important issue.

    Event Details:

    WHEN:
    September 14, 2014 at 4:30pm.

    WHERE: In front of Dallas City Hall 1500 Marilla Street Dallas, TX.
The deliberate targeting and persecution of Christians by ISIS in Iraq, as well as the blatant attacks on Christian communities throughout the Middle East has caused great concern and offense within the Christian communities of Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding counties. In Iraq, many Christians are fleeing their homes and cities to escape the brutal jihad against Christians at the hands of ISIS. Many are now refugees in need of humanitarian aid. As confirmed by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity and the Vatican, 100,000 Christians are murdered every year because of their faith. Open Doors Ministry has stated that 9 out of 10 countries cited for the worst atrocities against Christians are Muslim.

Iraqi born Pastor Jalil Dawood of the Arabic Church of Dallas and Pastor Stephen Broden of the Fair Park Bible Fellowship will be featured speakers at the rally. In addition, other notable speakers and pastors will be present.

For more information: Contact: Pastor Stephen E. Broden 214-394-0098 Facebook: DFW Rally of Support for Persecuted Christians www.facebook.com/DFWrallyforpersecutedChristians

KATE AND THE KID

KATE AND THE KID is about a young woman (Kate) who has just lost her job and had a major fight with her boyfriend (also arising from the trauma of being fired). At this very low point in her life, Kate is tricked into taking care of a sweet but emotionally damaged six-year-old girl (Jenny) who only communicates with adults through a doll she calls “Miranda.” As a result of an eventful night of babysitting, Kate begins to bond with Jenny, which causes a whole new set of complications with the people in Kate’s and Jenny’s lives. This book tells the story of how Kate and Jenny help each other to heal, grow, and navigate the difficult and sometimes dangerous world of New York City.


~My Impressions~

Beautiful book that remind us we do not always know what we think we know about someone. When we first meet Kate she comes across as this egotistical, self centered, and as a childish woman. She has just lost her job and boyfriend and is staying across from Jenny wallowing in her own self pity. Jenny is six year old little girls who is very distrustful of adults, reserved and unsure who she can trust anymore after suffering both physical and emotional abuse at the hands of those who were suppose to love her and care for her.

 At first Kate thinks Jenny is just an average kid in need of some basic hygiene, but soon she starts to see the situation differently.  It is not until Kate is basically tricked by Sally to babysit Jenny that she begins to bond with the girls, although she does not realize it right away. As the story develops those bonds are tested time and again as more about Jenny's past and present come to light.

Jenny and Kate test the bonds of love, friendship, trust and loyalty in this heartfelt and inspiring book. This is a book that will touch your soul and make you really think about the issue of child abuse and how one person can make a difference if only they believe. 

 
~Giveaway~ 
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~Author Interview~
Thanks for stopping by Our Families Adventure tell me what were you like at school?

Anne was a good student.  Ken was also a good student until the third grade.  After that?  Not so much. 

Were you good at English?

Anne was very good at English.  Ken liked to write the compositions, especially stories, but wishes he had paid more attention to spelling and grammar – as did his teachers.  Ken is still learning the rules.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

We hope to keep writing as long as we have ideas for books and readers keep enjoying our work.

Which writers inspire you?

We’re both inspired by Kurt Vonnegut and Charles Dickens.  Ken would add William Faulkner and James Joyce.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Kate is a rather selfish young lady as the novel begins.  Then she takes care of a little girl (Jenny) who has emotional issues that strike a responsive chord in Kate.  Against the advice of friends and the especially strong urgings of her boyfriend, Kate continues to find excuses to take care of Jenny until she has bonded with the girl as a mother will bond with a child.  The experience transforms Kate and Jenny.

What are you working on at the minute?

We are working on a long novel entitled MINISTER, and several shorter projects as well.

What’s it about?

MINISTER follows a young man named Daniel from his teenage years in a small town in Maryland to his life as a minister at a large congregation in suburban Philadelphia.  The plot revolves around Daniel’s tempestuous interactions with his brother and mother, and his struggles with his own doubts about God and the religion he is espousing.

What genre are your books?

KATE AND THE KID is a mainstream novel.  We also wrote a mystery/suspense book called MIND ME, MILADY, and a book for middle readers/tweens called THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM. 

What draws you to this genre?

We usually start with a story that has a particular theme, and we tell the story in the genre that allows us to make the fullest presentation of what we are trying to do.

When did you decide to become a writer?

We have both wanted to be writers for as long as we can remember thinking about what we wanted to do with our lives.

Why do you write?

We write because we have a story, or a theme, that we feel compelled to express.  If we ever stop feeling that compulsion, we will stop.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

We had a story that we felt we wanted to try to put down on paper and have people read.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Ken has always had a full time job as a lawyer and wrote on the weekends and sometimes in the evenings.  Anne worked on writing whenever she could find time while taking care of their home and raising three children.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

Anne can work almost any time.  Ken prefers to work in the morning.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

Ken is transitioning to retirement and now works on writing three to four days a week.  Anne works at writing seven days a week.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

No.  Ken would work between approximately 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  After lunch, he would take the kids out or Anne and he would do something together.  Anne worked whenever she found time, but without a page or word time frame.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Ken worked at a typewriter before there were computers.  Now he works at a computer.  Anne works with a pen and a pad.

Where do your ideas come from?

That is a question that people have been wondering about for a long time.  An idea can spring from anywhere – recognizing that there is a story worth telling in the idea is a miracle that has never been explained to us.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

We start with a theme, a basic idea for the plot, and a few important characters.  But many transformations and rewrites occur as we move from the early  drafts to a final product.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

We’ve gotten to the point that we can recognize a mistake earlier in the process than we did in our beginning years.  We still make mistakes, but we see them sooner.  We are also more willing to cut a mistake and start over.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Probably the hardest thing about writing is to maintain the belief in yourself that the story you want to write is worth writing and that you are capable of writing it well.  Working together gives a lost of support to get through the doubting moments.  Our collaboration also makes the writing process less lonely.


What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Writing a story in which a young woman changes gradually in her attitudes and in her ideas of love and kindness as she takes care of a young emotionally needy little girl.  It is a very small topic, but a very important one.  We worked hard to make the story compelling.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

Sitting down to write is a wonderful experience every time we do it.  It is hard, but it is wonderful.  If we didn’t think so, we would have stopped years ago.  There is a sense of expectancy and excitement when we consider a new scene, new characters, how they will interact, what they will say. It is an amazing feeling.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Somewhere between one and twenty years.

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

No.  If one idea is not working, we jettison it and find something else.  Writer’s block is the mind telling you that you are doing the wrong thing.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Consider finding a different way to write a scene.  Maybe even think about trying a different book.  Put something into words.  You can’t edit if you don’t write in the first place.  Likewise, you can’t see what’s wrong sometimes until you commit the bad idea to paper.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

Get to work you lazy bum!
 
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