Spunk & Sass — Part 1 of FEAR NOT!

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Are you afraid of getting out of your comfort zone? Fear not!

If we stay in our comfort zone, we don’t grow. The only way I’ve been able to grow as a writer, wife, mom and teacher, is to be uncomfortable and receive input that might not feel so good. And yet, just as the Word promises, when we humble ourselves, God lifts us up.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” James 4:10, KJV.

Being a student teacher, as I am now for 16 weeks, is humbling indeed. But I know I need to go through this period of time in order to reach my goal of being a full-time public school teacher. In due time, God will put me in the position He wants me to be in.

Being a writer is humbling as well. In order to grow, we must be able to accept criticism. It can be painful, but without pain, I will not gain as a writer. I will not become the excellent writer I dream of being.

I hope this  episode will encourage you to dream big and pursue the goals God has placed in your heart. It’s not all about you. It’s about someone who needs you to be there living the dream.

I don’t doubt that for a minute.

What dreams do you have that you’re afraid of? Share them with me!

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What’s on your writing desk, Amy Clipston?

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Last week I had the privilege of interviewing Amy about how she writes Amish Fiction. You can view that interview here.  This week, Amy’s sharing her writing space with us. Take it away, Amy!

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Amy:

While most writers have a dedicated office space, you can find me tapping the keys of my MacBook while lounging on a love seat in my family room. I have a favorite corner where I sit and write with earbuds blasting music into my ears and drowning out my noisy family.

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When I published my first book, I needed complete quiet to write. I would barricade myself in my bedroom and warn my family to be quiet if they were brave enough to venture upstairs. Now, however, I’m most prolific if I work in the family room with only earbuds blocking out the chaos in my house.

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Usually at least two of my three cats come to visit me or nap on a nearby sofa. I refer to the members of my feline herd as my editors, and you can find numerous photos of them on Instagram site. My mom also keeps me company while I work. She sits on the sofa across from me and reads novels while I work. I appreciate her company and sometimes bounce book ideas around with her if I develop a case of writer’s block. I normally have a cup of tea on the end table beside me, and I sip it while I work. If you don’t see a cup of tea, you’ll probably find a cold can of Diet Coke in its place.

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Since I work a full-time job along with writing books, I have to squeeze in my writing time as much as possible. I don’t have a set schedule of when I write, but if I’m on deadline, I write late into the evenings on weekdays and then continuously throughout the weekend.

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I write Amish inspirational novels and novellas for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. The Courtship Basket, which is the second book in my Amish Heirloom series, will hit bookstores June 28.

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In The Courtship Basket, Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Rachel is determined to keep her mind off the pain, and she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities. Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel’s class and she learns his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal. With her parents’ old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks go by, John’s grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can’t deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship. The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?

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The Courtship Basket is a book that’s very close to my heart. The story touches the topic of kidney disease, and my husband, Joe, has had two kidney transplants. Joe received his second transplant through a swap, where I donated to someone and Joe received a kidney in exchange. I dedicated this book to Nyeisha and Eric, who were part of our kidney donation swap. Both Joe and Nyeisha struggled with kidney disease similar to how Raymond Lantz does in the story.

Amy has two new books, too!

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Amy’s Biography:

Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series and Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC, and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and three spoiled rotten cats.  You can find Amy at AmyClipston.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmyClipstonBooks, and on Twitter at @AmyClipston.

Social Media Links:

Author Website:  AmyClipston.com

Author Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/AmyClipstonBooks

Author Twitter: @AmyClipston

Author Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/amyclipston

Author Instagram: instagram.com/amy_clipston/

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Introducing Spunk & Sass!

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I’m super excited to introduce you to my new talk show with co-host, Shelley Wilburn: Spunk & Sass!

Spunk and Sass are two spunky, sassy grandmas talking about current events and spiritual matters as only we can. Shelley and I give a clear view of real life in a laid back, hilarious setting. You think you’re sitting in the room with us because well, you are!

 

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Shelley and I don crazy hats, share our drink of the day (no, we don’t drink alcohol, though sometimes our antics make that questionable…)

I created this show and invited Shelley to join me because I wanted there to be a Christian voice that came across as real and not phony, pious or stuffy. Trust me. This show is about as far from stuffy as the east is from the west.

I hope you’ll tune in and join us! Since I’m student teaching this semester, I don’t yet know how many episodes per month we’ll be able to do, but the goal is to do at least one show a week.

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We’ve had so many problems launching this show! You wouldn’t believe the tech problems we’ve had. From my computer biting the dust over the summer, to audio and video problems. Someone is very scared of this launch!

There are two ways to enjoy the show. You can watch it on YouTube (there really are some funny things on there) or you can listen on Spreaker! You can even download the program to your phone from Spreaker and enjoy us on the go!

Sit back, grab a cuppa and enjoy! We hope you’ll love us!

 

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