3 Questions Wednesday with Dawn Kinzer

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author Dawn Kinzer.  Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Dawn: That question is almost impossible to answer because I enjoy so many authors and genres. Francine Rivers made a huge impression on me with Redeeming Love. Besides being a beautiful story of redemption, that book made me realize that Christian fiction could make a difference in a person’s life, and just because novels were labeled Christian, they didn’t have to be overly sweet. Instead, they could portray real life and struggles while still offering hope. The Mark of the Lion series by Francine also impacted my life with the eye-opening and riveting storylines.

You are right, so many good authors out there the choose from. Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Dawn: A story has been brewing in my mind for several years pertaining to a real-life incident that occurred at the Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition in 1909. The event was considered Seattle’s first world’s fair—before the Space Needle was built for the fair in 1962. It’s become the story that won’t let go of me, so my hope is to flesh it out in the coming year.

All of my novels have organically or intentionally ended up with common themes woven into them, and I think others will continue with those messages. One theme is forgiveness—the willingness to forgive others, the ability to accept forgiveness, and the strength to forgive ourselves.

Another common theme in my stories is that God is still in control, and although we may not understand why he allows heartbreaks and our lives to fall apart at times, he often has something better ahead for us. Through my stories, I also encourage readers to find purpose, pursue their dreams, and use their God-given gifts at any and all stages of life.

We all need that reminder that we have a loving God who is always with us. Last question: If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Dawn: I have a favorite from each of my books, but the character I’d choose to spend the day with from By All Appearances would be Liana Tate. We’d join forces in creating an extraordinary Christmas party for homeless children. As a special events planner, Liana has the resources and creativity to make gatherings festive, and when I entertain during the holidays, I enjoy making those occasions special. There is a large ministry to the homeless in Seattle where several friends are on staff. What a gift it would be to provide a fun, colorful celebration where the children would feel welcomed and loved.

Children always steal my heart, especially those who are struggling. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: Another common theme in my stories is that God is still in control, and although we may not understand why he allows heartbreaks and our lives to fall apart at times, he often has something better ahead for us.


About Dawn Kinzer

Dawn Kinzer is a freelance editor, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She co-hosts and writes for the Seriously Write blog. Sarah’s Smile is the first book in her historical romance series The Daughters of Riverton, Hope’s Design is the second, and Rebecca’s Song completes the trilogy. Her first contemporary romance, By All Appearances, released in November 2019.

A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

You can connect and learn more by visiting these online sites: Author WebsiteFaithfully Write EditingFacebookPinterestInstagramAmazon Author Page, BookBub, and Goodreads.

 

3 Questions Wednesday with Lynn Watson

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author Lynn Watson.  Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Lynn: Francine Rivers delivers great stories. She had me at Redeeming Love so many years ago. A few years back, The Lady and the Lionheart drew me into Joanne Bishof’s work. Even more recently, I discovered Roseanna M. White’s stories through her Shadows Over England Series. Her delightful characters bring me back over and over again.

Sounds like I’ve just added a few books to my reading list. Next question…You’ve been chosen to write a biography about your favorite historical person. Who would that be?

Lynn: Biblical characters are historical, of course. I’ve written several stories about them in my devotional books. The “interview” I had with Rahab for The Essence of Humility was especially fun to write.

In the third grade, I checked out Amelia Earhart, from the school library. Hers was the first biography I read, and I continue to be intrigued by her story. Recently new clues have been found, and the search reopened to learn what happened that fateful day in 1937. Probably not the best choice for publication options since many stories have been written about her life, but I would enjoy the adventure.

Speaking of adventure, a hot air balloon ride was on my bucket list. The wish came true a couple years ago. I have thought many times of incorporating the billowing magic into a story. Aw, shucks! That would mean lots more “research.” Anyone else like to float away with me?

You are an adventurer! Last question: If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Lynn: My current work-in-progress is a novel inspired by a true story from my great-grandmother’s life –  a daughter of German nobility, disowned by family, and sent to America alone and seven months pregnant. I would ask her a million and one questions to hear it all (the little I know plus the rest of the story) from her point of view. It would be a joy to fill her in on the lives her story has touched. I hope she would encourage my endeavor to use the stories to make a difference for the unborn today. I’ll always wonder how close my fictionalized version is to reality.

Sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: Biblical characters are historical, of course. I’ve written several stories about them in my devotional books. The “interview” I had with Rahab for The Essence of Humility was especially fun to write.


Christmas Collection

I’m delighted to have two stories included in Remembering Christmas, compiled and edited by Yvonne Lehman. The latest “Divine Moments Book” from Grace Publishing released in October.  Royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to Samaritan’s Purse.  Available from Amazon.

Nostalgia. It’s our link to our personal history and identity. It’s that feeling that allows us to reconnect with our childhood, recall the joys of a simpler time, feel closer to those we have lost, experience once again the delight of a cherished moment, even strengthen our faith. Join these 43 authors as they share their personal stories of Christmases past. Perhaps they will bring to mind your own treasured memories.

Connect with Lynn


About Lynn Watson

Lynn fell in love with essential oils a dozen years ago, and fell in love with Jesus decades earlier. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Memphis, is a nationally board certified reflexologist, a certified aromatherapist, and has been a contributor to Natural Awakenings Memphis and the Reflexology Association of America Newsletter. A leader in women’s ministry for many years, Lynn has led numerous Bible studies and written a couple, too. She shares spicy essences of Scripture to encourage you to diligently cultivate your heart, growing your roots deep in an intimate relationship with Jesus. Follow her writing journey when you subscribe to our newsletter. She and Steve have been married since 1973 and call Bartlett, Tennessee home. Their lives are blessed with two adult children, their spouses, and five beautiful (of course) grandchildren.

Readers, Thank you for stopping by 3-Question Wednesday. I had a great time answering the questions. Your feedback would be a treat. Here’s a treat for you.


Book Giveaway

Leave comments below to be entered in Lynn’s book giveaway. “I wish everyone could win. We know that can’t happen, but you will find the book available in ebook and paperback on Amazon and most other booksellers.”

The Essence of Joy: Filling Your Heart with the Aromas of Jesus’ Nativity The scents of Christmas invite our imaginations into the holiday season. What emotions flood your heart when the holiday aromas waft your way?

3 Questions Wednesday with PJ Roga

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author PJ Roga.  Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?
PJ: C. S. Lewis. I discovered Narnia as a college freshman. I think we read Screwtape Letters in high school. But Narnia is what got me hooked. I loved the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from the first reading. (I wasn’t expecting to and was not aware of their popularity at that point. 1969-ish). So my favorite book would be all of the Narnia books (all of them!), and perhaps the space trilogy (go figure).

C.S. Lewis (Jack) was particularly insightful and had a way of communicating truths through story, even in non-fiction. His humor and gentle way of correction (ala Aslan) is far different from the experiences of many of us.

I want to convey truths in my writing in that same way without being “preachy”.

I love the layers of messaging the Narnia series offers readers. Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

PJ: Probably what I am currently writing — a sci-fi adventure where a planned colonization goes slightly awry and the planners are cut off from their planned utopia.

Sounds interesting, and like a story that could take many twists and turns. Last question: If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

PJ: Aslan. Who knows what might happen during a day with Him, if he isn’t called away? He’s not a tame lion, after all. But I suspect it will be good! “He’ll be coming and going” he had said. “One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down–and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.” Mr. Tumnus

“Gone! And you and I quite crestfallen. It’s always like that, you can’t keep him; it’s not as if he were a tame lion.”

No doubt a day with Aslan would be an adventure. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: I discovered Narnia as a college freshman. I think we read Screwtape Letters in high school. But Narnia is what got me hooked.


About PJ Roga

PJ Roga is a  life-long reader of all kinds of stories. Her favorites are the Bible (so many great stories — and they are all true!), The Chronicles of Narnia as well as stories in mystery, science fiction, and fantasy.

In her “real life”, she teaches middle and high school math online. Her hobbies include creating stuff in SketchUp – basic animation and instructional videos on science/technology and history.

Widowed since the early 2000’s, she has five grown children, six adult grandchildren and three non-adult grandchildren. PJ currently lives in west Michigan with her youngest son, her very patient daughter-in-law and a handsome, talented and seemingly normal ten-year-old grandson.

3 Questions Wednesday with Linda Rodante

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author and publisher, Linda Rodante.  Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Linda: Mary Stewart. She was one of the first to write romantic suspense in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and her word craft is just wonderful—as well as the romance and mystery! Her novels take place in different countries too, opening them up for the reader.

Mary Stewart, a new author to me. I’ll have to check out her books. Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Linda: I still love a good mystery—and it feels like adding dessert to a great meal when there is romance, too. Christian romantic suspense is my go-to for reading, and it’s what I write. Christ is all important in each book, and a book can be Christian and full of faith without being preachy.

It’s always good to read other books in your genre. Last question: If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Linda: I would love to fly into the Indonesian jungles with John Jergenson and spend some time in missionary work there. John is the male protagonist in my first three books. He’s struggling with tragedy in the first book, Amber Alert, but falls in love with Sharee Jones as they work through some misunderstandings and solve a baby’s kidnapping. He’s attracted to her unflinching faith and her get-in-his-face attitude.

In the second book, As Long As You Both Shall Live, John returns from a month-long mission trip to Indonesia determined to ask Sharee to marry him and then go back together as missionaries, but…things happen. Someone tries to kill them, and an old boyfriend of Sharee’s returns. John walks a tightrope as he tries to keep Sharee safe and find out who’s trying to kill them.

In the third book, Splashdown, John and Sharee are finally married but their spitfire romance still has its ups and downs. I don’t want to give too much away, but John is sent back to Indonesia after an earthquake wrecks havoc on the islands. He will need to do some fancy flying to avoid another tragedy in his life. In the States, Sharee weathers an attempted break-in, a tragedy of her own, and becomes involved in a murder investigation. To help solve the murder, I bring together Detective Rich Richards and one of the on-going characters. Lynn Stapleton, which creates a new romance. The book begins with a hurricane and ends with a high-speed chase.

Saying all this, my newest book, ROAR, will be out this month (November), and I am really looking forward to it.

Sounds great. Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: I still love a good mystery—and it feels like adding dessert to a great meal when there is romance, too. Christian romantic suspense is my go-to for reading, and it’s what I write. 


Book Blurb: Amber Alert

Social worker Sharee Jones’ desire for a Christmas program brings her into weekly contact with the one man at church from whom she’s vowed to stay away. Former pilot John Jergenson is just as determined not to get involved with Sharee or her project, but her need for his expertise followed by a number of vicious pranks conspire to change his mind. Then a baby is kidnapped, and Sharee decides to play detective. The ante in life just went up, and John’s about to make a move he never saw coming…

Available on Amazon.


About Linda Rodante

Linda K. Rodante is a lover of sweet tea and lives in Tennessee—a Florida transplant, who loves the seasonal changes in her new state. Her work with crisis pregnancy centers and anti-trafficking groups has given her a heart for hurting women, as well as respect for the role God has given men. Her books wrap sweet romance in real-life issues then add an edge of mystery and suspense. She desires to entertain with a good story while encouraging others in their walk with God.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Rosey Lee

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes author and publisher, Rosey Lee  Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
Who is your favorite author?
Rosey: There’s a special place in my heart for Dr. Maya Angelou’s work. I’m captivated by her ability to make her autobiographical work read like fiction. And she lived a fascinating life. I love to read different authors, and it’s hard to choose a favorite. But if I was forced to only read one author’s work for the rest of my life, it would probably be hers.

I love hearing her read her work. She’s got a great voice. Next question…
If you could write about anyone or anything fiction/nonfiction who or what would you write about?

Rosey: I would continue to write about families. I’m intrigued with the construction and role of families and how family members interact with each other. There are so many different types of families and a plethora of complexities that exist with them. I could write about families forever and never get bored.

Interesting. Families can have many layers to tell stories from. Last question: If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Rosey:  I would definitely hang out with Gran. I dedicated my flash fiction collection to my grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Gran isn’t exactly like any of them, but she shares some of their characteristics. Gran has led an intriguing life, and I would spend time with her in hopes that she might share stories of her adventures. If she felt up to it, we would also cook together. Gran knows her way around the kitchen, and I would try to get some of her secret family recipes. But something tells me she’d catch on pretty quickly and would just tease me with them the whole day.

Grandmothers are very special people! Thanks for stopping by.

Click to tweet: I would continue to write about families. I’m intrigued with the construction and role of families and how family members interact with each other. There are so many different types of families and a plethora of complexities that exist with them. I could write about families forever and never get bored.


Book Blurb:

Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 1 and Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 2 explore the connections that can hold people together or tear them apart. The stories in this collection capture struggles that are common in today’s families—secrets, mother-daughter conflicts, coping with aging family members, and a more subtle question of what makes a family. The issues will seem familiar to you, but there are unexpected twists when you least expect them. The relatable characters and endings may pull at your heartstrings, so don’t be surprised if you laugh or cry along the way. Like most families, the relationships in this uplifting collection consist of intricate elements. Sometimes things get messy, but it’s always beautiful. Each volume contains five flash fiction stories (very short stories of 1000 words or less each). Read each story in about 5 minutes and get Volume 2 of the collection for free using a link within Volume 1.

Get Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 1 on:


About Rosey Lee

Rosey Lee writes uplifting fiction stories about family and friendship. A native of the Westbank of New Orleans, Louisiana, Rosey is a fan of good food and a good time. As a child, she dreamed of a career in writing, fashion design, and acting. She uses the pen name Rosey Lee as she pursues her passion for writing. Her alter ego is a physician who has dedicated her career to individual and community-based approaches to health equity. She enjoys cooking, flower arranging, listening to live music, and occasional bursts of fanatical bargain shopping.

Rosey’s flash fiction has appeared in Necessary Fiction, Bending Genres, Barren Magazine, Turnpike Magazine, The Wellington Street Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also been nominated for the 2019 Best of the Net anthology. Connect with her at roseyleebooks.com and @roseyleebooks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.