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‘Tis the Season

After a completely wild ride in which I believe I gained what we shall call “experience” over the last nine months, I’m back in the writing mode again. It was a season for really focusing on the needs of my family–which were many and varied and…yeah, intense. But, it’s winding down, and I’m ready for […]

Win Free Books–Just for READING

Did you see the subject line for this post? Well, if that isn’t a dream come true, I don’t know what is. It’s the annual event of events: The Summer Reading Trek. If you are looking for the perfect excuse to spend the entire month of July reading (and maybe you don’t even need an […]

Of Wheat Thins and Lessons Learned

This past few weeks has been one continuous round of wild rides. Everything from family surgery to being in charge of fundraisers (that’s plural, fundraiserz) to politics to a book releasing to meetings-a-go-go to missionary discussions to two extremely exciting new opportunities to a busted pipe in a field to mission papers to an Eagle project and its […]

Research and the Modern Writer

This has got to be the best time in the history of the world to be a writer. Not only are there a thousand different outlets for sharing the written word, it’s also the most information-rich generation of all time. Duh. Everyone knows this. But it makes writing so much more fun! I can, on […]

Why I Write About Makeovers

Hi. My name is Jennifer and I’m a lazy personal groomer. Sometimes I think I need a support group because I absolutely hate doing my hair and makeup. Yeah, I make the effort every day–sometimes not until 3 in the afternoon–but it’s not something I look forward to or enjoy. I find myself feeling a […]

200 People Who Have Looked Inside My Brain

So, a week ago I spent the whole day talking to Mr. Murphy and Mr. Osmond’s English classes at the local high school. About 200 kids are reading BIG IN JAPAN as part of their curriculum this year. Whoa, right? It was partway through the day when I realized: These people have all looked inside […]

Announcing the Release Dates of the Ripple Effect Romance Series

I’m delighted to have been included in a collaborative series of clean romance novels debuting this spring. It’s called the “Ripple Effect Romance” series. The idea is that in each book, a character from the next makes an appearance. They’re tied together, but only loosely, like a ripple in a pond. Mine, IMMERSED, is #6 […]

Saving Money in the New Year (With a Good Husband)

So, Christmas spending was wild and crazy. I needed to bounce back from that, but then my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer sort of broke its neck, and my ice maker in my fridge went seriously berserk. We’re talking a frozen waterfall–almost something I can imagine Sting writing lyrics about, with a dead salmon in it, but […]

Should I Get an Agent? Take this Quiz!

Do you need an agent? Well, it depends on what your publishing goals are. Take this little test. I get asked this question all the time by writing friends who are getting ready to publish. It’s a good question. Literary agents are one of those publishing business mysteries. These eight questions might help you determine […]

New Motto: Start Slow and Taper Off

So, I ran in this race this summer. It was only a 5K, but it was at a much higher altitude than I live at, and it was kind of…killer. Yeah, I ended up running it faster than last year, but it’s still dang slow. Tonight I finally checked the results (five months later). There […]