What’s on your writing desk, Karen Wingate?

I’m so pleased to introduce my readers to Karen Wingate. I got to meet Karen in person at ACFW Conference 2015, and we sat by one another during the awards banquet. She is the loveliest, sweetest soul. We were both in tears when fellow author, Kate Breslin, won the Carol! I fell in love with Karen that night, watching her rejoice with other authors. I knew in her I had a kindred spirit. But enough blathering, I’m sure you’re eager to meet her, too. So here we go. Karen claims to be “an ordinary woman who has watched a powerful God do awesome things.” She lives in the farmland of Western Illinois and is married to a minister. They live with a bossy Welsh Corgi and are parents to two “grown and gone awesome daughters who are using their God given gifts to make a difference in their corner of the world.” Karen loves “cooking, Corgis (did I already say that?), knitting, reading, history, reading about history, and of course, writing, especially writing about God’s place in history. I love to share how God does great things through ordinary people and I love connecting with my Christian sisters to hear how God is transforming their lives and using them to extend God’s grace to those around them.” Since Karen is such a gifted writer, I’m going to let her tell you about her cozy writing space. Take it away, Karen! I love my writing room! Even though I’ve worked as a writer for nearly thirty years, I’ve had my own special room for only the last five years. Since my husband is a minister, we’ve lived in parsonages most of those years and I’ve been afraid to ask to decorate a room to fit my taste. I finally got the nerve and created my own space. One of our elders even did the painting for me! I’m glad I did. My room has become more than my office; it’s my own personal retreat where I feel calm, comfortable and quiet, a place where I can think big thoughts. I find the tan walls with lime green accents soothing and relaxing. So does my husband who often wanders into my room in the evening to sit on the bed and chat. I’ve hung two picture on the wall above my desk that remind me daily of my purpose. The larger picture depicts a scene I would like to write about some day. The Moravian missionary, David Zeisburger was called to share Christ with the Delaware Indians. My framed art tells the story of the first time he preached to a group. You can see his audience in various stages of...

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What’s on your writing desk, Janet Grunst?

  I’m so happy to introduce Janet Grunst to you for our writing desk feature! Janet lives in Williamsburg, in Southeastern Virginia, part of Virginia’s Historic Triangle (Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown) which nurtures her love of history and her writing. She shares life there with Ken, her husband and Scotty, a very entertaining Westie. When Janet’s not writing, she is probably reading, cooking, or working in her garden. She also enjoys serving in her church and participating in Community Bible Study, where she has served in leadership for the past thirty years. The porch is a perfect spot for reading and plotting her historical fiction stories. But the real work takes place in their family room where she spends hours researching and writing either for her stories or blog posts. “Ken and I, both serious introverts, have an ideal set up. I write upstairs at one end of the house, and he builds guitars in his workshop downstairs at the other end of the house. Both of us enjoy our solitary pursuits as well as our time together.” Janet just signed a contract with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas to publish the first story of her Revolutionary War trilogy! Congratulations, Janet! She is represented by Linda Glaz at the Hartline Literary Agency. You can find Janet online here: http://JanetGrunst.com https://www.facebook.com/janet.grunst http://colonialquills.blogspot.com/ Tweet this: Check out Janet’s writing nest! Would you like to share your writing space with my readers? If so, you can find out how here: What’s on your writing...

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In which I reflect…

I made this video immediately after our Valentine’s Day party at the church. As a pastor’s wife of a small, rural church, many duties fall to me. One of the pleasures I have is organizing and hostessing all the social events. What do you enjoy about social events at your church? I need fresh ideas! Let me know in the comments below! [Tweet “What did you do on Valentine’s Day?”] And in case you missed it, here’s the Monday Missions segment on Sparrow Song Radio,...

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What’s on your writing desk, Pamela S. Thibodeaux?

Today we are graced with the presence of award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux, Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Pamela is multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction. Her writing is tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.” Karla: Pamela, I love your last name. It’s an old, southern, French name with so much history. I used it for one of my characters in my book, O Canada! Her Story  in the chapter about Acadia.  Thanks for sharing your story with us today. I’m eager to hear all about your writing space. Grab a cuppa readers, and I’ll let Pamela take it from here. Pamela: Once upon a time I lived in a three bedroom house, one of which I turned into an office complete with bookshelves that hosted my books (those I wrote and those in my Read/TBR piles) and awards, wall shelves for pictures of loved ones, closet space for storage, treadmill (to stave off stiffness from sitting at the desk so long) and other things necessary for an aspiring/published author to work comfortably. That all changed in 2010 when I rented out my home and began travelling back and forth to Bandera, Texas. From then until now, I’ve lived and worked in a bedroom in someone else’s house. But that doesn’t mean I’m not comfortable or don’t get anything accomplished! As a human being on a quest to discover new depths of spirituality I enjoy studying and learning techniques used by people for thousands of years…mediation and mantras, affirmations and journaling, energy and efficiency…So it was a lot of fun to arrange my current living/work space is in the newly refurbished room in the home I grew up in based on Feng Shui principles I gleaned from my good friend Jillian Lambert. My desk is centered on the right wall of the room which is the “creative” area. Since I wanted to–well create–an area conducive to creativity I framed several inspirational pictures and quotes and placed it above the desk. On top I placed more inspiration (cups, a painting my granddaughter did and plaques). In the cubbyholes are prayers to St Francis deSales (patron Saint of writers & journalists), Archangel Gabriel (messenger of God) and Archangel Michael (for life’s purpose). I also have laminated scriptures that were sent to me from my friends at Seekerville and mini-vision boards expressing dreams, desires and goals for my writing career Last but certainly not least, a cross (a wall isn’t complete without one!) The end result is an entire field of creative inspiration and energy. Now, as...

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Introducing Sparrow Song Radio

I’m so excited to introduce you to my new YouTube channel called Sparrow Song Radio. I’m on a learning curve in terms of polished production, but here are the first three episodes: If you’d like to be a guest on my show, let me know! I’m lining up my programs and have some really fascinating guests coming up. It’s a great way to promote your book or ministry. Join me in this happy new journey! Please subscribe and pass the word! If you know of someone I should interview, pass that info along, too. This is going to be a blast! Please tweet this: Be a guest on Sparrow Song Radio!...

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