3. Can you describe your writing day? Do you have a dedicated space or haunt Starbucks?
Oh, no, Susan. Now you've made me want to run right out for a Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte. I have to stay away from the coffee shops; I'm too much a surveyor of all the newfangled flavors. But seriously, my favorite place to write is in my car at the beach. I'm lucky to live a short distance from Lake Michigan. Most mornings, I pack up my laptop and travel mug and head for one of the beachside parking lots. I've done some of my best creative writing at the lake. It's quiet there and a great venue for inspiration.
4. What project do you have in the works right now?
Well, along with my ongoing freelance jobs, I've just started writing a book. It will encourage readers to examine various aspects of living the Christian life and will be written in a creative non-fiction style using lyrical prose. The project is very much in the "stewing" stage. I believe that the Lord speaks through His Christian writers, so my job right now is to listen and follow wherever His words lead me.
I'm also a contributing writer to Barbour Publishing's new Camp Club Girls Christian mystery series for preteens. My first book in the series, Sydney's D.C. Discovery, will be available January 1, 2010. I invite your readers to watch my blog for more information. Barbour has some fun things planned to promote the series. I will also be posting about it on my Twitter account and Facebook page.
Thank you so much, Susan, for allowing me to connect here with you and your readers. It's been a pleasure. I wish all of you God's richest blessings and much success with your writing.
Hey, everyone, don't forget to comment and leave your email address for an opportunity to win a signed copy of Jean's book, Kids' Bible Dictionary. The contest ends Saturday, September 26, 2009, at midnight. The winner will be announced on Sunday, September 27, 2009. I'll provide Jean with the winner's snail mail address, and she'll send it directly to them. (1 entry per person on each post = total 2 entries).
Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this great book!
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The mystery series sounds great for my granddaughters. I'll have to check it out.
Writing at the beach would be fabulous! Although, my own writing view isn't bad either. My comfy chair looks out to the pasture and woods.
Susan, what a coincidence that my article today was about kid movies. I would have loved this kid Bible dictionary when I was younger. I'm so glad Jean is reaching out to our young people with her writing. What a blessing to minister to God's littlest sheep.
I think it is cool that she goes to the lake and writes in her car! I don' t think I could concentrate there:) Thank you for a great interview!
Hi Michelle -
You're welcome. :) Thanks for visiting Christian Writer/Reader Connection and entering the drawing.
I hope you'll stop by often.
Great interview! Thanks to you both for doing it:)
Hi Lily -
The view from your writing area sounds wonderful!
Thanks for entering the drawing. If you want another entry, check out the post from Wednesday, 9/16.
Hi Terri -
I love those kind of settings for prayer, journaling, etc. When I write, I need a quiet place free from distractions.
Each of us has to find the place where we can be the most productive.
Hi Karen -
Don't you just love the cover on The Kids Bible Dictionary? I think grown-ups would enjoy reading it.
Hi Sharon -
Jean has a heart for children. Her long career testifies to the fact she knows how to communicate God's truth to these little ones.
Did you want to enter the drawing?
Susan, since I don't have any little ones at home I'll pass on entering the contest. I'd much rather see the book bless someone with children young enough to enjoy it. Thanks.
Writing at the beach sounds wonderful!
Thanks for the interview, and congrats on your upcoming release. :-)
Ok, Sharon. Thanks for letting me know. :)
Hi Jess -
I've got you entered for the drawing. :)
This looks like a great children's Bible Dictionary - much needed. My young grandsons are just learning to read their Bible and have so many questions. This would be something they could use on their own. Very interested in the pre-teen mysteries. We need more good pre-teen Christian books. Thanks for giving me a change to win!
My kids would really enjoy this! Thanks :O)
Hi, Susan and Jean.
We lived near the beach in L.A. I miss its loveliness and serenity. Will have to settle for Paris' waving corn fields and friendly people. Not too bad a trade.
Please enter me once again in this generous drawing. My grands would love this book! Thanks,
Oooo....this book may be helpful to me at work! Thanks for this opportunity Susan!
Love and Blessings, Leslie
Hi Leslie -
Thanks for entering. I'm glad the contest was extended so you could take advantage of the opportunity. :)
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