A Novel about Same Sex Attraction from a Catholic? – Interview with Dena Hunt

In The Lion’s Heart (2nd ed, Full Quiver Publishing, 2014), Dena Hunt tackles a topic that’s hot and that gets people talking in loud tones at times: same sex attraction. She does it in a way that’s not preachy, that’s good writing, and that’s gut-wrenchingly honest. While I loved the book, I didn’t necessarily love… Continue reading A Novel about Same Sex Attraction from a Catholic? – Interview with Dena Hunt

The Quiet Voice that Calls You

I remember years ago having to write an essay for an English class on the topic, “Why I Write.” I wish I could find the essay and see what I had to say about my reasons for writing back in high school. Although the decade-old assignment is likely tucked in a clutter of papers on… Continue reading The Quiet Voice that Calls You

Tomato Pie and Novel Fun with Erin McCole Cupp

I’m always looking for a good novel, and when I find one, I’m always eager to share about it. And in Erin McCole Cupp’s new novel, Don’t You Forget about Me, I have found a winner! This book has all the elements that make a book addictive: a compelling story told well with characters who… Continue reading Tomato Pie and Novel Fun with Erin McCole Cupp

Talking with Karen Beattie about Rock-Bottom Blessings

A few weeks ago, I found myself reading the new book by Karen Beattie, Rock-Bottom Blessings: Discovering God’s Abundance When All Seems Lost. It’s a book that struck me in many ways, and I’ll never think of the word “rock” quite the same way again. The idea of seeing everything as a blessing is one that sounds good,… Continue reading Talking with Karen Beattie about Rock-Bottom Blessings

The Devil’s Secret Silence

I recently engaged in correspondence with a young man who indicated that he had committed horrific sins and could not even bring himself to anonymously confess to a priest. Though I cannot reveal more about the situation, his sins would cause most to recoil and I believe he is now in prison for one particularly… Continue reading The Devil’s Secret Silence

The Care and Feeding of Imaginary Pets: Why I Love Writing Fiction

Sometimes I yearn for a dog. I’ll see a fluffy guy scampering down the street and think about how much fun it would be to have him as my very own. He would sit with me at night while I’m reading. He would sleep on my feet as I’m at the computer writing. Then I… Continue reading The Care and Feeding of Imaginary Pets: Why I Love Writing Fiction

I Came to Graduate School and Now I Have Writer’s Block

I have been remiss in undertaking the glorious endeavor of writing in the past few weeks…well, maybe months. When I sat down at my computer the other day, fingers ready to fly around the keys, a bowl of freshly popped popcorn at my side, piano music playing in the background, motivation was at an all-time… Continue reading I Came to Graduate School and Now I Have Writer’s Block

I’m a Little Pencil

 Some years ago, I took a class in which we were given the assignment to write an essay with this title: Why I Write. It was interesting to hear the variety of reasons my fellow classmates gave for embarking on the task of putting pencil to paper (or finger to keyboard) and creating a combination… Continue reading I’m a Little Pencil