3 Questions Wednesday with Dawn M. Owens

Good morning! Today, Dawn Owens is answering our three questions. Dawn is the author of Like Me Or Not: Overcoming Approval Addiction.  And don’t we all struggle a little with that? 🙂

Good morning, Dawn. Can you describe yourself in three words?

Dawn: Passionate. Compassionate. Vulnerable.

Great words. That vulnerable thing can be tough … Next question:

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Dawn: London. I love it and I know I would be inspired to write as the city always makes me want to come back again for more.

Oh, I would love to go to England but I want to explore the countryside. It would be inspirational. Final question . . .

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Dawn: The first song that came to mind was Mandisa’s “Overcomer”. I have been through A LOT in my life. It can almost feel like I get hit with something new to learn how to deal with at least once a year.  But God says I am an overcomer and so I keep going. Regardless of my circumstances believing I am living to give glory to Him.

“Overcomer” is a wonderful song.  Readers, click on the link to listen.

Dawn, thank you for sharing your time and yourself with us today on Inspired Prompt. It was a pleasure talking with you.

Click to Tweet: Meet Dawn M. Owens, author of Like Me Or Not: Overcoming Approval Addiction #amreading #giveaway

Readers: Dawn is giving away an audio book. Leave a comment for a chance to win Like Me Or Not.


Like Me Or Not: Overcoming Approval Addiction 

Everyone craves approval, but when that desire becomes an addiction where nothing is ever good enough, it is time to step off the hamster wheel of people pleasing and seek the only approval you really need — God’s.

There is a difference between being someone other people like and being defined by what others think. Some people are so addicted to approval that their lives spiral out of control creating discontent, depression, and alienation. Recovering approval addict Dawn Owens identifies all the ways craving approval can negatively impact our lives, and offers sound, biblical strategies to overcome them. Using her own and other’s stories as relatable examples, Owens shares the journey to an identity found only in Christ.



Dawn is an authorspeakerradio show host and the Founder/Executive Director of The Link of Cullman County. When she’s not pursuing one of these roles she is totally content as serving her family which includes her husband Chris and wanna-be scientist son, Sawyer.

Motivated by Many: One Writers Perspective

By Cammi Woodall

This was a hard article for me. I am supposed to explain how an author inspired me. How do I pick just one? In Icebound, Dean Koontz wrote a scene of a man underwater struggling to break through the ice. I found myself holding my breath along with him! Stephen King’s imagery and turn of phrase has scared me, sickened me, enlightened me, and encouraged me. And who didn’t cry when Dobby died? How could you, J.K. Rowling?

I decided to fudge a little and write about three different ladies close to home who have inspired me.  Please forgive me, Jennifer and Betty (the blog administrators)!

In 2006, my sister and I took a class offered by our local Board of Education, called “As the Pen Spins”. It was a writing seminar taught by a great lady named Jane Carroll. To start the first class, we all had to stand up, introduce ourselves, and tell what we do.

I said, “Hi, my name is Cammi and I work in a bank.”

She challenged us to reintroduce ourselves and say, “My name is Cammi and I am a writer!”

I did not have the exclamation point in my voice when I stood up in class but much more of a question mark. Me, a writer? In my mind, that word conjured up the New York Times bestsellers list, contracts, agents, movie rights. I was a bank teller who scribbled ideas on scraps of paper and hid them away from the world. Who was I to call myself a writer?

Jane taught me that a writer is simply one who writes. Quantity doesn’t count, only the fact that you write and do not stop. Did you compose one line about the beauty of the morning sunrise? Did you write an article for your company’s newsletter? Did you pen a short funny story for your grandkids? Then, my friend, you are a writer. Stand up and say it out loud! Thank you, Jane!

Jennifer Hallmark, one of the moderators for this site, inspires me in several ways. She was in that first class with my sister and me. I can still remember her saying, “I’m really just interested in learning more about writing articles.” She has certainly done that in abundance, but Jennifer is also the proud owner of a book contract for a fictional novel. (I am not jealous, I am not jealous, I am not jealous!)

She has grown as a writer and gone down different paths to find her way. I never considered writing articles until she asked me last year to contribute to this blog. Now, thanks to her, I have a few articles posted here and am scheduled for more later in the year. This lady has definitely made me jump out of my comfort zone and find some new paths of my own! Thank you, Jennifer!

My sister Holly is a writer in a different situation. As a United Methodist preacher, she faces the challenges of caring for her congregation’s needs and helping them grow in the Lord’s way. Each week, she writes a sermon that is God-given and inspirational, and each week she teaches me something new. I face enough of a struggle writing an article occasionally for a blog so I admire the strength and courage she brings to her calling.

Holly also inspires me with encouragement and gave me my favorite compliment I’ve received about my writing. While looking over an article I’d done about Stephen King’s The Shawshank Redemption, she said, “You have such an easy style. It reminds me a lot of Stephen King. Not the horror, but like you are sitting here with me telling a story. I like reading your work.” Bring on the tingles of excitement, tears of joy, and the blush of embarrassment! A simple compliment but one I hold close to my heart. Thank you, dear sister!

Do you have an author who inspires you in your writing? I certainly hope so. But how about this? Go be that inspiration for someone. Give encouragement, offer to read, spread the word about their accomplishments. You never know what action you take will resonate with another and stay on their heart. Who knows? You could end up in an article!

Writing prompt “At least it is over now.”

She shook her head. “No, I am afraid it has just begun.”

Click to tweet: Go inspire someone, a writer. Give encouragement, offer to read, spread the word about their accomplishments. You never know what action you take will resonate with another and stay on their heart. #amwriting #motivation

3 Questions Wednesday with June Foster

This morning we welcome my friend, author June Foster.  Readers, be sure to leave June a comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of her new book, A Home for Fritz. Good morning, June!

Describe yourself in 3 words: 

June: Redeemed, renewed, restored.

Wow. Those are powerful words.

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

June: No doubt, to Israel. I would like to see where Jesus walked and lived while on earth and be inspired to write a Biblical fiction story.

I agree. That would be a fantastic trip.

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song? 

June: Resurrection Power by Chris Tomlin

There’s no better subject for a theme song. Thank you for joining us on Inspired Prompt and allowing us to know you better.

Click to Tweet:  Meet author June Foster and learn how you can win an autographed copy of A Home for Fritz. #amreading #doglovers

Readers, don’t forget to leave June a comment for a chance to win a copy of A Home for Fritz.
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A Home for Fritz

All Brooke Cantrell wants is two weeks to live a Cinderella life at Sunlight Peaks Guest Ranch. When she falls in love with a handsome wrangler, will he discover the truth?

Garrett Bowman has finally found peace under Wyoming skies. Never again will he return to corporate life in Seattle. But will the guests recognize him from the incriminating newspaper and magazine articles eighteen months ago?

When Garrett’s dog, Fritz, is in grave danger, an intriguing guest helps him rescue his pup. As Fritz heals, he whines until he can lay his head in Brooke’s comfortable lap. Fritz has fallen in love, but so has Garrett.

If Garrett discovers Brook’s secret, will he walk away from her?

If Brooke learns Garrett’s true identify, will she turn from him like all the others?


AUTHOR BIO: 

An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. Her characters find themselves in tough situations but overcome through God’s power and the Word.

She writes edgy topics wrapped in a good story. To date, she’s seen sixteen contemporary romances and several short stories published. Find June online at junefoster.com.

More Winners at the Inspired Prompt Blog

It’s May 1st and a beautiful day in the neighborhood. 🙂 Here, at the Inspired Prompt Blog, we have more winners…

Eva Marie Everson offered a print copy of The Final Race to one commenter. Its been won by Caryl Kane. Congrats!

Karen Sargent has been picked to win a copy of Cynthia Roemer’s latest novel, Under Prairie Skies.  Congratulations!

Readers, Sarah Van Diest is giving a print copy of God In The Dark to Cynthia Lovely . Yay!

Janie is giving away an e-book, A Wife’s Devotion, to Anne Clare. Woo hoo!

THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment. We couldn’t do this without YOU! (Or the chicken) 🙂

And continue to leave comments while you wait to see if you might be our next winner!

Articles, Articles, Articles! by Linda Gilden

Today we’d like to welcome my friend, Linda Gilden, to the Inspired Prompt blog. Linda has just released a new book on article writing and is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, writing coach, and Certified Personality Trainer.

Glad you could join us Linda! Do you have any interesting writing rituals?

Linda:  I don’t know if you would call it a ritual or not but I prefer to write in my pajamas. I have done this for so long that my family is quite accustomed to finding me in my pajamas late in the afternoon. If I greet them in my pj’s, they know it has been a good and productive writing day.

What are your books about?

LindaArticles, Articles, Articles! is appropriately named. It is about writing articles. Even if you have never written an article, this book will walk you through the steps of writing an article, enlighten you on the different types of articles you can write, and show you how to search for a market for your article. There are examples of article format, a query letter, and much more.

What is your favorite part of the book?

Linda: This is somewhat like asking which child is your favorite! There is so much material in the book that can help writers discover the exciting world of article writing and I love every aspect of this genre. But if I have to pick a favorite part of the book, I think it might be sharing new opportunities contemporary writers have to write. With the digital age, we can no longer just write for print publications, we can also write for websites, e-zines, blogs, and so much more.

Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?

Linda: I hope readers will be encouraged to share the messages that God has given them with others. Not every wants to write articles. But for those who do, I hope they will learn from the book and try their hands at article writing. Article writing is such an effective way to share with others and you can reach many times more readers than with a book alone.

The other thing I hope readers get from this book is that writers must write with excellence. We are writing to share the message God has given us and we must work to learn how to do that in the very best way possible.

Where can readers find you online?

Linda: My website is lindagilden.com and there is a contact page there. I have an Amazon author page as well as a Facebook page and am on Twitter.

Click to tweet: Linda Gilden’s new book on article writing. Article writing is a good way to begin a writing career because you learn to write tightly, meet deadlines, and stay within word count. #amwriting #freelance


Articles, Articles, Articles

Supplement your income doing what you love–writing. Do you want to expand the reach of your message? The answer to that question and many more lies in writing articles. Article writing is a good way to begin a writing career because you learn to write tightly, meet deadlines, and stay within word count. Articles reach more people than books. Articles supplement your income as you sell and resell them to many markets.

Articles, Articles, Articles! will help you: * Learn the basics of article writing * Develop your ideas into marketable articles * Know the difference between articles for print and the web * Explore different types of articles * Understand the rights you sell * Find markets that match your writing skills * And much more! Don’t wait another minute. Begin your adventure into the exciting world of articles today.


Linda Gilden is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, writing coach, and Certified Personality Trainer. Author of the popular Love Notes series, she is also the author of Mommy Pick-Me-Ups, Mama Was the Queen of Christmas, Personality Perspectives – Clues to Building Better Relationships, Called to WriteWhy You Do What You Do, Words to Live By, Called to Speak, and many ghostwritten books. With over a thousand magazine articles to her credit, she is a prolific writer who loves to share a great story. She speaks nationally many times throughout the year, is a frequent radio and television guest, and welcomes the opportunity to help others become better communicators.