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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 5/20/20 – Talking About Writing and Revelation at the #BRMCWC

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

Today, I’m talking about how a keynote of “Perhaps God” versus “God will definitely” completely affirms my writing ministry and mission statement, my definition of success, and how it inspired and encouraged me during the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.


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A Family Reunion of Sorts

There’s something special about family reunions. You see people you haven’t seen in years. You connect on a level of shared genetics, lines in a family tree, shared memories and traditions.

Attending the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference is much like a family reunion for me. I have been actively involved in the Christian fiction publishing world for 6.5 years. In that time period, I’ve made so many amazing and wonderful friends who are my brothers and sisters in Christ — they’re part of my family.

Every year, I go to the conference and reconnect. I hug necks, I kiss cheeks, I sit and share coffees and meals, I teach, I learn, I encourage, I am encouraged. I find corners and talk for hours with authors I haven’t seen in three or four years.

It is a homecoming, a family reunion, with shared mission statements, disappointments, memories. These are my people – people who understand how my brain works, who get the struggles of juggling the roles of wife and mother with a full-time writing career, and people who know what it’s like to get that letter from a reader that affirms that words that you wrote affected someone’s spiritual walk in a positive way.

Most of the time, conferences exhaust me, and the idea of going exhausts me. I’m an introvert through and through. I don’t want to “people”. I want to stay in my little, contained world and control my outside interaction through the computer. But when it comes to ACFW, I get exhausted from interaction, sure, but I also get energized with the experience of being around so many people just like me, who like me and respect me and the business I’ve built.

It’s like a dichotomy: my husband was explaining it to someone at our Bible study last Sunday night. I get home energized and ready to get back to work, but totally exhausted so that I need to sleep for two days before starting.

ACFW people are my family and I’m absolutely beyond blessed to call them that.

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The Kentucky Christian Writers’ Conference

Last year, I did my big conference rounds and attended every single writers’ conference I could possibly attend. I drove thousands of miles, flew across the country a few times, and logged 30 trips when I sat down and prepared my taxes. THIRTY.

One that stood out to me was the Kentucky Christian Writers’ Conference. It was so well put together and the people were just amazing. As a Kentucky Christian writer, it was wonderful to find a place to connect with so many other writers who share my belief. I filled out the information card at the end of the conference and expressed an interest in being a part of the conference.KCW-Logo

Ahallees class few months later, I was invited to be part of the planning committee! I’ve spent several Saturdays this year meeting with this amazing group of people planning this year’s conference. This past weekend, I joined about 60 other Christian writers and just had an AMAZING conference. Jesse Florea from Focus on the Family was the keynote and delivered several inspiring speeches. I taught two classes (one twice) – Seven Steps to Successful Self Publishing and Writing Fiction with a Realistic Christian Worldview. My classes went well, the feedback was super, Gregg met with several authors for Olivia Kimbrell Press, and we networked and visited and prayed with writers from all over the place.

I am so blessed to be part of the planning of this conference. Look forward to hearing more and more about it as next June approaches and the conference gears up again!


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