Last Thanksgiving, my oldest grandson asked, "Grandma, did you ever finish that story about Matthew?" His question motivated me to resurrect my poor book-boy, who'd languished too long in a forgotten ward of the hospital. I started completely over on my Matthew in the Middle series, reorganizing it for the umpteenth time and finally deciding … Continue reading Dedicating Matthew
I'm getting increasingly excited as I inch closer to launching the first novel of my "Matthew in the Middle" juvenile fiction series: Matthew Muddles Through. It's especially exciting to share this first glimpse of the cover with you. Thanks to Ken Raney, of Clash Creative, for his excellent artwork and his patience with me during the process. Here's the … Continue reading First glimpse of Matthew Muddles Through
When I think how much fun I've had with Matthew this year, I almost feel guilty. Almost. Last winter I picked up my Matthew in the Middle series and began completely rewriting the entire thing. This summer I cranked out astounding weekly word counts. Early in August, I finished the first draft of the final … Continue reading Matthew comes alive
It's pretty easy to get by with plastic in your pocket these days, but most people anticipating a trip are wise to at least estimate expenses. Before you self-publish a book, you'll want to consider the costs. From the start, you should be aware of some terms and options. It used to be that if you wanted to … Continue reading Self-publishing: expenses
Many self-published authors will share their expertise with you--for a fee. I don't claim to be an expert. In fact, I acknowledge being a total novice. But I'm sure other writers will appreciate hearing about my self-publishing experiences and learning along with me. My self-publishing journey is in the packing stage. I'm working on getting the manuscript … Continue reading Self-publishing: packing
Today I finished the first draft of the last novel in my juvenile fiction series about Matthew. It needs work, but the basic story is recorded.
Focusing on fiction every Friday has been my longstanding practice, but lately my fiction focus has flowed into nearly every other day. And something else has been flowing. Since mid-May, I've logged an astounding 67,000 words of fiction writing. Okay, so it's only been 66,926 words as of this moment. But the day is young. … Continue reading Fiction focus
Storyteller Susan R. Lawrence portrays biblical and historical characters in engrossing presentations; she also writes engaging novels. She's a retired special education teacher who has published two family devotionals, contributed to three anthologies, and written many articles for various Christian publications. Today Glenda Mathes interviews her in connection with the current launch of her new novel … Continue reading Where can we find atonement?
Way back in January, I wrote of completing the second draft of Matthew Muddles Through and my hope to pare down its word count (you can read that post here). Since then I've spent most of my time concentrating on preparing presentations for an intense speaking trip (which you can read about here). But after my return … Continue reading Matt’s back!
Susan Olasky regularly posts Web Reads on the WORLD magazine website. Among the fascinating links she posted at the end of this terrific article about Elisabeth Elliot is The Write Life's list of 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014. I've only had time to scroll through because these days I'm focused on preparing several … Continue reading Writers resources