Category: Book Publishing

Interview with Historical-Fiction Author John Buzzard

Christina Slike talked with John Buzzard, author of That Day by the Creek, which was a 2016 Foreword Indies Book of the Year finalist. Here is their conversation: CS:  Hello, John. I’m wondering what inspired you to write a novel based on the events of the infamous Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 Colorado? JB:  I’ve…

A Writer’s (Tongue-in-Cheek) Checklist

One constantly-recurring theme for writers is that we must strive for clarity. To that end, at my workshop on “A Checklist for Writers” I shared my list of writing techniques. Then I offered this bonus “checklist” that uses tongue-in-cheek humor to help us avoid murky writing. (This list comes from Professor Howard Culbertson at Southern…

A Mountain-top Experience for Christian Writers at CCWC

If you are a Christian writer, I want to encourage you to attend the  Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference. This great conference is just two weeks away, but there is still time to register. I will be at this conference and I would love to meet you there.  You can come for 1, 2, 3, or…

Books Showing Up in Every Corner of the World

As a publisher, I love to hear stories of how our titles have found their way into every corner of the world and into the hands of readers. I occasionally hear from authors with stories like the following. From Judy Pex, author of Walk the Land : A Journey on Foot through Israel : “Last…

Learning From Our Failures and Sins, So History Does Not Repeat Itself

Some historical events are so evil, shameful, tragic, we should pray and work to see they are never repeated. John’s novel about the Sand Creek Massacre reminds us not to allow fear, distrust, and anger to escalate to such an extent.

Walking~and Loving~the Land (Favorite Photos #2)

God said to Abraham, “Rise, and walk the land.” (Genesis 13:17) What better way to become acquainted with the rocks, the dust, the fauna, the flora, the smells, the tastes, the changing colors than to stand in it, walk on it, be sheltered at night by it, rest your body upon it? To let your…

Joy in the Journey ~ Favorite Photos #1

Are you experiencing joy, even when your path may lead through trials, disappointments, and losses? This kind of joy is infectious. With this joy you can “brighten the corner where you are.” As a young teen in my father’s church I remember one old lady who stood in every testimony service to give an account…

Poetry, Art, and Books—Between the Generations

Here I am with one of my granddaughters. She’s a creative girl who likes to study nature, write poems, and draw pictures. I started writing poems as a girl, myself. Here’s one I wrote in my youth, about BOOKS. My granddaughter drew the picture below, to illustrate this poem. A Book If I’m reading a…

Afflict the Comfortable?

The famous newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer is said to have had this motto: “Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Do you think this is a good motto for a Christian writer? And maybe for a Christian reader? Jesus gave comfort to the afflicted. He saw the real needs of individuals and responded in love and…

A Christian Writer’s “Wildly Unbalanced Life”

I hear writers bemoan the demands and distractions in their days (including technology) and how hard it is for them to achieve balance in their lives. Perhaps you’ve felt that, too. You’re working at the computer and think you’ll just check Facebook for a few minutes. An hour later, you wonder where the time went.…