Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)Greetings from Sarah Sundin! This past week I attended Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, where I roomed with one of my dearest friends – and this week’s interviewee – Sherry Kyle. Sherry writes for tween girls (8-12 years) and also writes women’s fiction. Her newest women’s novel, The Heart Stone, has an official release date of April 1, but is already available now!

CAN Sherry KyleSherry, how did you get into writing?

When my children were young, I’d take them to the public library, and we’d check out a dozen books every couple of weeks. As we snuggled on the couch and read books together, I kept thinking how fun it would be to be an author. Finally, I acted on my dream and enrolled in the Institute of Children’s Literature, taking both the beginner and advanced courses. Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference and American Christian Fiction Writers have also been instrumental in helping me continue my education and learn the craft of writing.

Heart StoneHow many books do you have published?

I have one children’s book and two novels in print, with two more girls’ books on the way. The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style, Delivered with Love, and The Heart Stone are my current titles.

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While creating content for my new website I finally figured
out what I write! 
Author photo 2:13

It’s been difficult to combine my love of writing for tween
girls and my passion for women’s fiction into a brand, but after much prayer
and reflection God brought ReConnecting
Faith and Fiction
to mind. My goal is to write books for 8-12 year old
girls that reconnect them to their faith, and women’s fiction that reconnects

My April 1st release, The Heart Stone, (Abingdon Press) is about forgiveness and reconnecting
TheHeartStone cover first loves.

As writers for the Christian market, we strive to bring our
readers closer to God, to reconnect them to the One who sent His Son to die for
our sins, but we have to connect to Him first before we can connect others
through our books.

Let’s face it writers are busy people. Besides writing, we
market, speak, blog, do social media, take care of our families, and possibly
have another job. How do we make sure we spend quality time with God too?

If you’ve been a Christian for a long time, like I have,
it’s easy to take Him for granted. A quick prayer here, a Bible verse there.
But like any relationship, we have to nurture it in order for us to grow close.

Here are a few suggestions to stay connected:

  1. Take a brisk prayer walk. Get outside and praise
    God for His beautiful creation.
  2. Keep a gratitude journal. Write down different
    ways you see God answering prayer.
  3. Use your hands to do something good for someone
    else. Bake cookies for the neighbor, knit a scarf for a friend, write a letter
    of encouragement to someone who’s hurting. Praise God for these special people
    in your life.
  4. Listen to worship music and sing at the top of
    your lungs. God loves it when we praise Him!
  5. Grab a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, and
    find a quiet corner to read God’s Word. Pick a Bible verse and meditate on it
    all day long.
  6. Go to church and fellowship with other
    . If your schedule won’t allow you to attend regularly, watch a sermon
    on your TV or computer.
  7. When you sit down for a meal, remember to thank
    God for His daily provision
    . Eat slowly and savor each bite.
  8. Schedule time each day to be still. Let your
    mind wander. Ask God to bring to mind a person you need to talk to or something
    He wants you to learn.
  9. Soak in the tub or take a long shower. As you
    wash away the dirt from the day, consider how God wipes away our sins when we
    ask for forgiveness.
  10. Before
    you go to sleep at night take deep, relaxing breaths. Think about what happened
    throughout the day and talk to God about the highs and lows.

John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you
remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do

How do you reconnect with God?