Saturday, September 25, 2010


WinePress Publishing made me an offer to publish my latest book project that I couldn't turn down. My friend Athena Dean of WP tells me that self-publishing is an excellent way to get a "standard publisher" to take an interest. Whatever. I just know that I've waited long enough to get this story out. My lit agent, Les Stobbe, is pleased to hear it. "Good for you!" he said in an email. "Give the promotion all the gusto you've got."

I plan to, God helping. I'll take the message to youth groups, Sunday Schools, Christian schools, and homeschoolers. Title: "Children of Angels". Logline (writer-speak for one-sentence-summary): A young teen, shocked to learn he's a human/angel hybrid, must battle human and spirit enemies out to destroy his kind for proving that God is real."

Sound like fun? I hope so! "Children of Angels," Book One of the New Nephilim series, for tweens, teens, and fantasy buffs, debuts SPRING 2011.

May the Lord make it fly.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


I can hardly believe it. Producer/screenwriter/good friend Mark Cramer has named me a producer on his family fantasy "Beyond Belief." The film production company, Marker Entertainment, with Mark's hard work, has garnered 6 million dollars worth of special effects from companies like Oscar-winning Almagamated Studios ("Aliens," "Jumanji," "Starship Troopers"....)

Multi-talented comic strip artist and development executive Damian Fulton will direct the film. He's directed 100 + ads for Disney, Pepsi, Mattel, and other huge clients.

I'm jazzed and spazzed.

My job: fund-raiser. I've approached producers and other production companies, seeking investors. I'll represent the project as an Exhibitor at film festivals. I have a knack for pitching, ya see. That is, I can talk up a project and get most--I say, most--people interested in it. We have a mere 1.25 million dollars left to raise in order to start filming. Got any loose change you'd like to toss in, anyone?

With the Lord's help, I can do this! May "Beyond Belief" come to a theatre near you.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

3 Generations of Love

Kristina, Mom, and me. Three generations of women; two from the womb and the other from the heart. By birth or adoption, we three share a heritage of love, laughter, and faith. Grandma imparted these things to Mom, who gave them to me, and I've tried like everything to give them to Kristy. The fun thing? She has all three, spilling over.

Was I standing on something or was the yard slanting? Jeepers, I look like Hagrid's sister. There's no way I'm a head taller than both Kristy and Mom! Am I?? Never mind. Mom and Kristy look wonderful!

(See Harry Potter for the Hagrid reference, you none-HP fans.)

Thanks, once again, to Sue Shetler for a photo we'll cherish.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Look What I Did, Dad!

I have a website up and running--and I did it myself! It feels like I tied my own shoes for the first time, all over again.
I can feel the Lord smiling. He delights in our triumphs, from the little to the large.
My husband helped me get started, of course, and defined what was cryptic for me. My hero; years before he had a website going for me when my Good News Club books were still in print. By the miraculous grace of God, he found the pics he made of my book covers in the depths of his own files, somewhere. That's a lot of work saved! Computers are his world. For me, they're glorified typewriters.
Go to And because the word color changed and the URL is underlined, I'm betting you can click on it here.
I'm learning, you see....
Love to all.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

As Official As I Get

One of my favorite things about the screenwriters' world is the lack of formality. Jeans and a nice shirt. That's the dress code. We wear a suit and we label ourselves as amateurs. I've seen Emmy-award-winning writers at Hollywood pitch festivals in what I'd wear to mow the lawn. I love it! It's their not-so-subtle scorn for the jive side of Hollywood--the ritz and glitz that working filmmakers don't have time for.
Tim and I love to sing in our church's worhip team. The band's in jeans and so are we.
Okay, I still have to move in the publishing realm, so I've kept my dresses. But this publicity shot by Sue Shetler is as formal a photo as I'll put out there. My side yard is the back drop. Thanks again, Sue!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Taking the Next Step

All right. It's time I started blogging. I'm a writer, aren't I!

I'll begin on the right foot with thanksgiving: I'm grateful to my sis-in-law, Sue Shetler, for her excellent photos and my author friend, Jessica Renshaw, for spurring me on to this blogging thing.

More to be grateful for : my friend and husband, Tim, our 17-year-old daughter Kristy, and my mom, Dorothy, who lives with us. I'm kneeling in front of the pond behind our house in Minnesota with my cocker spaniel, Scotty. Gotta love the dawg!

Most to be grateful for: the love and rich blessings of my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm His follower, servant, and daughter. I write for Him.

I'm waiting in excitement and hope for word from my lit agent. Will the major publisher looking at Children of Angels go with it, or not?? I'm used to waiting on editors and producers. How do I stand it? Prayer and exercise, in that order!

I'd love to hear from anyone who wishes to reply. Thanks, all!