Christie and her husband are in the thick of parenting three boys. She also works as the Director of Children’s Ministries at her home church in central Alberta, and has been there since 2006. She says she’s not sure why people tell her she must be busy!
In 2012 Christie began work on her first book (not knowing it was a book), as she wrote weekly Bible-based devotions for the families in my church. In 2015 the devotions were released as “Wise for Salvation: Meaningful Devotions for Families with Little Ones“. It is her great joy that this devotional has brought hundreds of families and children closer to God. As families follow each week’s series of devotions, children will act, dance, draw, imagine, memorize, and sing their way to a better relationship with God and a knowledge of His Word. Wise for Salvation contains five interactive devotions per week, with each week focusing on a single story. Covering 87 of the major Bible stories and lessons, Wise for Salvation can be a family’s go-to devotional for years!
Christie is currently under contract for a series of children’s books about her little owl family, and is also working on a middle grade fantasy novel.
I asked Christie for some fun facts I could share with you. She tells me that although her friends describe her as kind, thoughtful and warm; her coworkers have alternately called her style fierce, warrior-like, and “shoot from the hip.” That’s quite a contrast.
Christie is very enterprising. A few years back she turned her tiny suburban front yard into a food-producing perennial garden. Since then they have grown apricots, strawberries, haskaps, apples, and cherries all in that tiny space!
If you and Christie spent the day together, and she got to pick your schedule, here’s what you would do:
1) Go shopping at Value Village.
2) Go to a Zumba class at the gym.
3) Eat East Indian food or monstrous burgers piled with mushrooms.
As you can tell, Christie is full of energy and fun. Find out more on her website http://www.christiethomaswriter.com/about/
Serenity grew up on 28 acres in the low rolling hills of southern Ontario. She and her black lab companion would hide among the trees, forge the river, and creep up the hills, all to play out stories arising from her active imagination. They acted out spy adventures, rescues from behind enemy lines, even tales of survival in a futuristic dystopic society.
It is this imagination and desire for storytelling that inspires Serenity to chronicle the adventures of medical doctor developing her faith in a series of books dealing with global biological disasters, as well as writing heartwarming Christian novels in a growing collection. Her second novel was awarded finalist with a national writers organization, which spurs her on to new tales of intrigue.
When asked about her approach to writing she says, “I think because I am a storyteller more than an author, my approach may be a little different. The story is like a movie in my head. I sit down to write and hit the play button and just write what I see happening on the mental movie. If I don’t like something I rewind and play it again.”
Serenity still has a dog, a golden retriever, she still loves to roam the hills, and says, “Any day involving sun and surf is a good day.” She stays busy helping authors build their websites, making video trailers, painting and sketching, and jewellery and perfume making.
Make sure you have time set aside when you start reading one of Serenity’s books. If you’re anything like me you’ll find her books difficult to put down. I keep thinking, maybe one more chapter! She is quickly becoming one of my favourites.
Cindy Palin and her husband, Lloyd Palin, reside in Olds, Alberta, Canada. Cindy is currently working on her Bachelor of Christian Studies at Briercrest College and Seminary. She is a member of the Word Guild (www.thewordguild.com) and the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).
Cindy is a classically trained vocalist and contemporary faith composer/recording artist. Lyrics of many of her songs are featured and explored in her book The Faith Keeper.
She qualified as a finalist in the “song lyric” category for two consecutive years (2012-2013) with the Word Guild. “My Heart’s Lament” is Cindy’s recent recording project, Produced by Mark Troyer.
In the fall of 2015 Cindy submitted “The Dance of Life” and her song was selected to be part of the sound track in the recently released (spring of 2016) independent film “Providence” www.providencemovie.com
Most of Cindy’s recordings are available on iTunes.
I asked Cindy when she started writing music and she began at the age of twelve! As she became more serious about her music and wanted to take song writing classes, Cindy worked as a housekeeper for a singer in Nashville. She had a dream and found a way to make it happen.
Cindy spends most of her time writing music, working with families in her community, and leading worship.
She can be contacted through her website: www.newcindypalin.com.
Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and author and writer on spiritual & physical fitness topics. Her devotional writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live healthier lives that glorify God.
Kimberley writes nonfiction in the health & fitness field. She believes that prayer and Bible study are to the spirit what exercise and healthy eating are to the body.
I asked Kimberley how she got started writing and what inspires her. She said, “I’ve always been a thinker and writing helps me to organize my thoughts. I can easily stumble over my words and not say what I truly mean, however, with writing I can play with what I want to say until it reflects exactly what I mean. I’m inspired by sharing with others what I learn. I like to take complicated or confusing topics and break them down to make them understandable.” This is something she does very well.
When asked to share a few fun facts, Kimberley said she doesn’t mind the smell of skunk! I’ve never heard anyone say that before. She also has visited family in the Netherland five times.
Visit Kimberley on her website www.kimberleypayne.com
To receive a free ebook of Kimberley’s book JumpStart go to https://www.amazon.ca/JumpStart-Catalyst-Spiritual-Physical-Routine-ebook/dp/B012EORK7K
Lisa Flickinger, author of historical novels Fool’s Notion, Ella and All That Glitters, lives and writes from the cliff of a river along the majestic Rocky Mountains. When not writing or reading, you will find her scouring antique shops to add to her collection of old ladders, brooms, linens … or sipping a maple latte with friends and family. To learn more about her visit www.lisajflickinger.com.
I asked Lisa to tell me a little about her writing journey. She said, “I’ve been writing off and on my whole life but more seriously the last eight years. I was published for the first time in 2016. My inspiration comes from all kinds of places, sometimes it’s an overheard conversation or an interesting character I see on main street other times a complete plot line will be downloaded in my head from … outer space … the Lord … I don’t know. The inspiration for my next novel, to be released in September, came from the box of borax in my laundry room. It’s about a young woman who takes a team of mules across the US on the Oregon trail after use of the trail has diminished.
Ella is the title of Lisa’s newly released book. Here’s a little information about the story.
Ella Goodwin, abandoned by her father and abused by her stepsister, seeks to make sense of her new life as a prisoner in her own home. Squirreled away in the attic, she lets her imagination soar by designing and sewing a magnificent gown. However, all hopes of attending the masked ball are dashed when she’s discovered and her gown is stolen.
It sounds intriguing. I thoroughly enjoyed All That Glitters and am looking forward to reading this historical novella retelling the story of Cinderella in Washington 1870.
Lisa tells us she used to fashion books out of cardboard and mac tac as a young girl and dream of being an author someday. Looks like her dreams are coming true.
Janice Richardson writes Christian articles and stories focusing on how God impacts people’s lives. She resides in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and one of three sons. Janice loves reading, writing, and being in nature whether it is hiking, skiing, walking, or cycling. She also has a bit of competitive side and loves watching football, her son playing soccer, and playing Word with Friends on her phone or tablet!
I wondered how Janice came to have a story included in the anthology Gifts from Heaven. She explained; “Several years ago, I took an on-line Christian writing course through the organization Christian Writer’s Guild. I was assigned a mentor who reviewed my lessons and gave me feedback. After I completed the course, she started sending me emails inviting me to submit stories for books that James Stewart Bell was compiling and publishing. I never felt like I had a story that fit the guidelines so never submitted anything. For the past year, I have been interviewing people and writing their God story for CSC News in Calgary. At the time I was writing on one of the people they had “matched” me with, I received an email from my former mentor asking for submissions for another book. Ray’s story fit perfectly with the guidelines for this book! God’s perfect timing and matchmaking. I submitted a revised version of his story and was very happy when I learned that it had been accepted!”
And that’s how it’s done, folks. Of course, Janice’s talent for writing had a lot to do with her being published!
In addition to writing, Janice works for a non-profit organization primarily doing administrative and financial work. Although she has a passion for writing people’s true stories of how God has impacted their life, she would also like to write a novel and plans to pursue that in the future.
We will be watching for that, Janice!
For information about the book Gifts from Heaven, ordering a copy, or any other questions or comments, please email me at Janice_r@shaw.ca .