Diane Stortz
Marti Pieper

Marti Pieper

Balmy Christmas greetings from Marti Pieper, writing from sunny Mount Dora, Florida. Here, the strawberries are ripening, the orange trees growing heavy with fruit. And what may seem like unusual Christmas scenery only enhances the beauty of this season.

But I have the idea that the landscape looks a bit different in Cincinnati, Ohio, which author Diane Stortz calls home. She has lots of information to share with us along with some exciting news about her own publishing projects. I know you’ll want to glean from her wisdom and experience.

Diane Stortz

Diane Stortz

How did you get into writing? How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

In June 2006 I left my editorial position with a Christian publisher to freelance—editing and writing. I had written a number of children’s books for the publisher during my years there, mostly board books and picture books, sometimes under a different name. Since 2006, I’ve published seven books, with three more due out in the next six months. The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers releases December 9, and Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers releases February 3, 2015. A third book, for babies and toddlers, releases in June 2015.

You took a brave step, Diane. And congratulations on the new and upcoming releases! Tell us: how did you get your first book contract?

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Pieper1A warm greeting from sunny Florida, where fall means
cooler days, shorter nights, and (as my teenage daughters say), choosing the
flip-flops with the wider straps. Today, I have the privilege of sharing an
interview with fellow Florida author Crystal Bowman. I first met Crystal when
we taught together at the Florida Christian Writers Conference, and I’m
delighted to share her words of wisdom today.

How did you get into writing, Crystal?                                
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I started writing when I was 10
years old. I loved writing poems—some funny and some serious.

My first professional writing
opportunity (decades later) was an offer to write lyrics for children’s piano
music. That was in 1990. and I am still writing for the same composers.

How many books do you have published?

Around 75—mostly kids’ books,
but also three nonfiction books for women.

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025478812--small Writing for young children is much harder than many writers realize—that is until they try it! As a children's author and freelance editor, I reveiw children's stories that writers hope to publish. I often see the same mistakes being made by different writers, so in today's blog, I will address those common mistakes in order to help writers avoid them. 

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