3 Questions Wednesday with Brenda S. Anderson

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Brenda!

Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball, and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 30 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.

Question:  What inspires you?

Brenda:  Being out in God’s creation always inspires me. When I see the lands He’s sculpted and the unending palette of colors He uses, when I hear the complicated and beautiful outdoor choir and symphony He’s conducting and breathe in the diverse scents in nature, I’m awed by His artistry. How can it not inspire you?! As an author, I’m honored and privileged to have the gift of creating my own little worlds.

I love that, Brenda. There is so much beauty all around us.

Next question–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Brenda: I’d probably be a very neutral, normal color at the tip, as I excel at blending in. But when you pulled the crayon from the box, you’d see that it’s a rainbow swirl of colors in one crayon. Once people get to know me, they discover there’s so much more to me than what is first seen.

Good answer. Sometimes those neutral colors surprise you, and there are actually many tones of neutral. I’m reminded of a chameleon, and how they change with their environment.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Brenda: Honestly, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Back in grade school, I was writing stories that impressed my teachers. I even wrote a couple of plays that our class put on for other grades. That was marvelous encouragement for me, and kindled my passion for storytelling.

Wonderful. Teachers have such an important role in our lives. Through encouragement, they can send us down the right path.

Readers, Brenda is giving away an e-book copy of her brand-new book, Planting Hope. Leave a comment for a chance to win! Here are more details about the book:

Planting Hope – Where the Heart Is, Book 3

Planting Hope by Brenda S. Anderson

When flowers and chocolate collide, romance is sure to bloom

Family has always been the one constant in Jess Beaumont’s messy life, so when her parents separate, she puts “Operation: Planting Hope” into action. All she has to do is recreate the circumstances that helped her parents fall in love. Unfortunately, that includes the daunting task of restoring the family cabin’s gardens. When the handsome candy store owner shows up to help, she’s certain she has all the elements required for her parents’ love to bloom again. After all, flowers and chocolate are the perfect ingredients for romance.

Luke Harrison has spent his life trying to win his father’s approval, and a promotion in the family land development business would be a step in that direction. But when he inherits Gran’s candy store, his dreams of being promoted start melting away. Then his dad dangles a Vice President position in front of Luke, with one caveat—acquire the land on both sides of Gran’s store within five months, including the Beaumont cabin, and the promotion is his.

What at first seemed a simple challenge for Luke becomes a tangled mess. Buying the Beaumont cabin and land will nip his blossoming romance with Jess in the bud. Even worse, it could end her parents’ marriage. But if he doesn’t succeed, he could be trading in his corner office for the corner candy store.


I hope you enjoyed getting to know Brenda S. Anderson, and will visit her online in the following places ~


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3 Questions Wednesday with Lynn U. Watson

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Lynn Watson!

Lynn Watson serves others through women’s ministry and her complementary healthcare practice. Love for God’s Word coupled with a long-time passion for essential oils, prompted Lynn to write her first devotional, The Essence of Courage.

The same warm nutty aromas of coffee and fresh baked bread welcoming guests to Cinnamah-Brosia’s Coffee Cottage in Lynn’s books, also make friends feel right at home in Lynn’s kitchen.

Question:  What inspires you?

Lynn:  My passion for essential oils and their place in the life and times of Bible characters was the original inspiration for Cinnamah-Brosia’s Inspirational Collections. In The Essence of Courage and the soon to be released The Essence of Joy she and her friends share stories drawn from real life women.

We all have stories to share. Many women with whom I do life welcome their stories being fictionalized and shared in this Coffee Cottage setting.  Our journeys encourage others to see how God showed up in the midst of our circumstances to bring significant transformations. Digging deeper into the lives of the women we meet on the pages of the Bible, I discover so much inspiration for us in the 21st century. I mention a novel in question. Again inspiration comes from a real life woman, my great-grandmother, disowned by her own family and sent away across the ocean alone in the 1880’s. I’m missing much of her story, but I know enough to create a novel wrought with the possibilities and seeming impossibilities for a woman in her circumstances and her era.

I love that. Yes, we do all have stories to share.

Next question–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Lynn: Tangerine. The color, the fruit, and the citrusy aroma spreads joy, sunshine, and fun! I ride a tangerine bicycle, too. I’ve named her Gloria, and we enjoy great times together.

Good choice! Tangerine is in the orange family. Orange is the color of youth, strength, fearlessness, curiosity and restlessness, according to my trusty “favorite colors” page.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Lynn: My mother always told me I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. I didn’t. Becoming a teenager in the Flower Child era of the 1960’s, I believed there must be some where to help people in a meaningful way – like the Peace Corps or a mission opportunity. With no encouragement to push toward my dreams, I went to college instead lacking any real goal. I earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism with an emphasis in advertising and public relations.

I traded a career in the field to stay home and care for my children. I always enjoyed writing, but little did I ever expect the writing and the marketing skills I learned would be useful in becoming a published author 40+ years later. That idea remained more of a family joke around our home. My husband always asked, “When are you going to write your novel, and make us rich?” Ha! No novel — yet. But one devotional book with a second on the way is a great start. The novel is another dream for another day. Its reality, though, has become a growing blip on the horizon. Who would have ever thought?

Why is it, husbands always think we’re going to make them rich? Ha ha! Sounds like you’ve had a good life, and the best is yet to come (sorry for the cliche). Thanks for answering our 3 Questions, Lynn!

Readers, I hope you enjoyed this week’s 3 Questions Wednesday. Lynn Watson has graciously offered a free copy of her book, The Essence of Courage, to one of our readers.

Do you have a question for Lynn?

Feel free to ask questions or leave a comment below for a chance to win the book. Now, keep reading for more information about the free book and her upcoming release.

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The Essence of Courage: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Solomon’s Locked Garden and in Your Heart
books, devotions, non-fiction

The Essence of Courage by Lynn U. Watson

This first volume in a series of inspirational collections for women will take you on a journey of adventure and exploration in a secret place. Discover the key to Solomon’s locked Garden. Breathe in the fragrant aromas, and gather the spices and essential oils of an abundant harvest as he attributes their essences to the woman he has chosen as his bride.

*You’ll uncover the fruit of the Spirit when you cultivate them in your heart.
*You’ll focus on women of the Bible whose live reflect the fruit.
*In spite of everyday messiness and challenges of life, Cinnamah-Brosia and her friends (you’ll meet them on the pages of this book, too) courageously use these essences to season the world around them with an overflowing measure of Jesus.
*You’ll find fun facts about the spices and essential oils along with ways for you to enjoy incorporating reminders of the fruit they represent into your life.

Grab a cup of coffee, along with some friends, and come find courage to face life with gusto.


Coming October 2017

In time for Christmas

The Essence of Joy

Filling Your Heart with the Aromas of Jesus’ Nativity

Watch for it on Kindle and Amazon, and other online booksellers.


You’ll find Lynn Watson at the following locations:

Website: http://LynnUWatson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynnuwatson

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lynnuwatson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynnuwatson

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynnuwatson

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3 Questions Wednesday with Lindsey Brackett

Lindsey, welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday.

Award-winning writer Lindsey P. Brackett once taught middle grades literature, but now she writes her own works in the midst of motherhood.

Still Waters, influenced by her family ties to the South Carolina Lowcountry, is her debut novel. A story about the power of family and forgiveness, it’s been called “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite writing.”

Please leave a comment at the end of the post and you’ll be entered to win a Kindle edition of Still Waters.

First question:

What inspires you?

Lindsey: When it comes to writing, I’m inspired by all the little things. A sunset on the water, the pasture grass waving in the breeze, a little house on a little road outside a little town, or a perfect moment of perfect contentment on an ordinary mundane Monday. I see story everywhere—and in every one. It’s probably cliché to say life inspires me, but it does—not the big, brassy loud moments playing out on our social media feeds. I like the small, the simple, the overlooked seconds, that strung together, make us all who we are.

The overlooked seconds. I like that. 

Next question is a bit of fun–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Lindsey: I’d like to believe I’m goldenrod yellow—coloring a little sunshine color wherever I go. But truth is, sometimes I’m a stormy gray because I let all those little things I love to write about get to me in the most stressful ways. Good news is, yellow peeps through the gray every time.

I love this analogy. Yellow is the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness.  🙂

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Lindsey: Laura Ingalls—seriously. My dad built me a little cabin playhouse in our woods and my grandmother made me a dress. For a long time I was convinced I was born 100 years too late. But then I got a little older and realized what I wanted to be was a writer, because if I wrote stories I could live and re-live any time I wanted. That’s really why I wanted to be Laura, I wanted to tell stories that would live long after me.

I feel the same way, except I like all the modern conveniences…Thank you, Lindsey, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday. She’d also like to take this opportunity to invite you to a party!


Still Waters

Cora Anne Halloway has a history degree and a plan—avoid her own past despite being waitlisted for graduate school. Then her beloved grandmother requests—and her dispassionate mother insists—she spend the summer at Still Waters, the family cottage on Edisto Beach.

Despite its picturesque setting, Still Waters haunts her with loss. Here her grandfather died, her parents’ marriage disintegrated, and as a child, she caused a tragic drowning. But lingering among the oak canopies and gentle tides, this place also tempts her with forgiveness—especially since Nan hired Tennessee Watson to oversee cottage repairs. A local contractor, but dedicated to the Island’s preservation from development, Tennessee offers her friendship and more, if she can move beyond her guilt over his father’s death.

When the family reunion brings to light Nan’s failing health, Cora Anne discovers how far Tennessee will go to protect her—and Edisto—from more desolation. Now she must choose between a life driven by guilt, or one washed clean by the tides of grace.


Award-winning writer Lindsey P. Brackett once taught middle grades literature, but now she writes her own works in the midst of motherhood. A blogger since 2010, she has published articles and short stories in a variety of print and online publications including Thriving Family, Country Extra, HomeLife, Northeast Georgia Living, Splickety Magazine, Spark Magazine, and Southern Writers Magazine.

In both 2015 and 2017, she placed in the top ten for Southern Writers Magazine Best Short Fiction. Previously, Lindsey served as Editor of Web Content for the Splickety Publishing Group, and currently she is a general editor with Firefly Southern Fiction, an imprint of LPC Books. In addition, she writes a popular column for several North Georgia newspapers.

Still Waters, influenced by her family ties to the South Carolina Lowcountry, is her debut novel. A story about the power of family and forgiveness, it’s been called “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite writing.” A Georgia native, Lindsey makes her home—full of wet towels, lost library books, and strong coffee—at the foothills of Appalachia with her patient husband and their four rowdy children.

Connect with her at www.lindseypbrackett.com, where she Just Writes Life, on Facebook as Lindsey P. Brackett, on Instagram @lindseypbrackett, or on Twitter @lindsbrac.


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3 Questions Wednesday with Jacqueline Kimball

Jacqueline Kimball is a mother of three fantastic adults, and a proud Nana. She’s totally a southern girl from northern Louisiana. With great pleasure, we welcome her to 3 Questions Wednesday!

First question–

What inspires you?

Jacqueline: That’s a loaded question to ask a blabbermouth like me. Inspiration for my daily life is, of course, my relationship with my Lord and Savior. My faith inspires what I write. I definitely want a Christian message to come across in my writing.

I’m also a history nerd, and I’m a tad obsessed with wagon trains, pioneers, the Oregon Trail, and pretty much anything to do with the mid 1800s. Four of my five books published so far are historical to that era, and I am currently writing a Gold Rush period novel. Wish me luck, as this is my first mail order bride novel!

I love to research and slip little historical tidbits into my story. For instance, if my character is cooking, I might research for an hour just to be absolutely positive that I mention the correct stove for the era.  But let me hush. I told you I am a blabbermouth.

You’re just excited about your work. And that’s a good thing. Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Jacqueline:  Ah. This is an easy one. My favorite season is fall. When I was a child, I would layer different fall colors with my crayons when I would color a tree. (Of course they were masterpieces that no one seemed to appreciate as much as I did.)

I rarely colored a tree green. I am a crayon called “taste of fall”. Maybe just “fall”. I’d have to think about that. I’m a swirled mix crayon that changes from olive to orange, to gold, and finally to crimson as you color a picture of a leaf or tree. Wait…I have glitter…can’t leave that out. The glitter in the crayon is also mixed fall colors.

Fall is my favorite season too. Sounds like you’d be a cool crayon. 🙂  Last question…

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Jacqueline:  Like most little girls, it changed from year to year. I loved to play “school”, and I was always the teacher. I always enjoyed writing, and also illustrated my stories. In the ninth grade, my teacher told the whole class that I would be a writer someday. It was a proud day for me. I also had a passion for acting, and I loved nothing better than to get a part in a school play. I gave it my all…but in hindsight I probably overdid it a little.

Journalism was a tough class, and the thought of all the deadlines troubled me. Teaching sounded like an easier gig. (I laugh now…little did I know!) So I became a teacher. I loved my teaching days, and sometimes I still miss it. Now that I have retired, I’ve turned back to my love of writing.  (Since 2013) This is my favorite career choice. I came late to the game, but I’m here to play.                                                                   

Thanks so much for stopping in, Jacqueline! 

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Readers, would you like to win a Kindle copy of Jacqueline’s book, Love Comes to Beaver Creek? If so, leave a comment below and you will be entered.


LOVE COMES TO BEAVER CREEK

Summer 1851, Beaver Creek, Oregon. Lindy Sanders is in love with her childhood friend, Jack Matthews. But she, and she alone, was at the creek when his sister drowned, and she is certain that he blames her. When another young woman drowns, the community realizes that this is no coincidence. Can Lindy and Jack find true love despite the tragic events, or will a love from the past change everything?

Ben Dorsey’s wife died, leaving him with two babies under a year old. Ben vows never to love again, but he needs a wife, and quick. Mary Grace vows that she will marry a complete stranger, rather than live with her father and step mother any longer. And finally, Carlton has returned from California with enough money to take a wife. But the one he loves, loves another.


 More about Jacqueline:

I love my life! I’m a mother of three fantastic adults, and a proud Nana. I’m totally a southern girl from northern Louisiana. I live in a lovely little apartment with my oldest daughter Lisa, and two spoiled dogs.

I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). I love history, and I am particularly drawn to the mid-1800s. I am currently writing a contemporary novella (A Very Doggie Christmas) and a mail order bride novel set in the Gold Rush period.

I’ve been writing stories since high school…Well before that, but I was forced to do it in elementary school. (Grinning…) I got hooked on writing one sunny morning in September in a small high school in Ferriday, Louisiana when my ninth grade English teacher, Grant Anderson, read part of an assignment that I had written aloud in class one day. I remember that he said that the way I had described my character’s thoughts as a “tangled web of thoughts” was “uniquely descriptive”. I sat up a little prouder that day. A little flattery was all it took, and I was hooked.

Amazon Author Page: http://tinyurl.com/y7h94ddx

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JKimballwrites

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JKimballwrites

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/classygal/

My blog: https://jacquelinekimball.blogspot.com

3 Questions Wednesday with Stephanie Robertson

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! My friend, Stephanie Robertson, is our guest today. She left teaching to become a full-time writer. 

Thanks for joining us, Stephanie. Here’s the first question: 

What inspires you?

Stephanie: I am inspired  by pretty things, by creative ideas, and by the work of my favorite artist, God.

He’s my favorite artist too. 🙂

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Stephanie: I would have to be the pink hue of cumulous clouds against the light of a setting sun. Or the deep, dreamy blue of the sky. Or the shades and tints of the Caribbean Sea on a sunny day. As you can see, I think about color a lot!

That’s a beautiful way to look at it.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Stephanie: When I was a girl growing up in rural south Alabama, I wanted to be a lawyer like those that I used to watch in the old westerns like “Bonanza.” At the same time, my more romantic self wanted to be a bride. I also enjoyed playing teacher and nurse.

A lawyer. Interesting. Now before you go, tell us a little about your blog… 

Thank you for asking about  www.sweetgumlife.com!

Www.Sweetgumlife.com focuses on the beauty of a simple life with faith, warmth, nostalgia, and humor. Sweetgum Life shares life and southern culture from a wife and mom’s perspective. It highlights regular people who are trying to make even a small difference in their small sphere of influence by showing love and everyday kindness.

Sweetgumlife.com strives for relevant posts for the current day while maintaining old-fashion values. Photos are often vintage, quirky, and artistic, while stories include both fiction and non-fiction.


More about me: I grew up in a poor part of the state in rural Alabama. I loved living on a farm with cows and horses, a beautiful sandy creek, and acres of grassland and forests. However, I was also very lonely and had to depend on my imagination for entertainment. My brother and I enjoyed riding bikes, ponies, playing in the creek, and building forts.

Following in the steps of my parents, I graduated from the University of Alabama. After giving teaching a couple of years in the Huntsville area, I left teaching to become a professional writer. During the career change, I married my best friend who I have been married to for 19 years. We have a fun daughter who is a joy and constant source of entertainment. Check out my blog at http://www.sweetgumlife.com/