Women of Faith and Fiction~Dawn Kinzer

Good morning, friends!

Today we welcome author and editor, Dawn Kinzer! Dawn is a contributor to one of my favorite blogs, Seriously Write. Please show her some love by sharing and/or leaving a comment.

Dawn, please tell us a little about yourself.

Dawn Kinzer Headshot - Size 460Sure! I’m a wife and a mother of two grown daughters. I also have a grown stepdaughter. I absolutely adore my three grandchildren, ages 3 ½, 19 months, and 8 months.

Born in the Midwest, I grew up in a rural Wisconsin town (population of 500), then lived in the Minneapolis area for some years before moving to the Seattle area twenty-three years ago. I love the Pacific Northwest! Sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains, we’re surrounded by nature’s beauty.

I’d never thought of myself as being entrepreneurial, but discovered after working for non-profit organizations—and corporations where the dollar was the bottom line—the right path for me was to venture out on my own. In 2010, I launched Faithfully Write Editing, and I’ve been serving writers as a freelance editor since.

Although I enjoy helping others, I’m able to fulfill my creative needs through my own writing. I’ve been making up stories since I was a young child, and I can’t imagine a world without books. An added bonus of having grandchildren—I’m revisiting some of my favorite children’s stories, and I’m discovering many new ones!

I’m so glad you launched out on your own, Dawn. I love your books! And I’m sure you enjoy seeing those grandchildren. O what sweet goodness! Of course, you know this month’s theme is goodness. Please share your thoughts with our readers.

Goodness comes from God. When a person does something out of the goodness of her heart, she does it simply out of love and kindness. It embodies unselfishness. The motive is pure—there is no agenda. There is no expectation of getting something in return.

“It embodies unselfishness.” Love that answer! Now, life is a continual journey of learning, applying, and transforming. Have you ever experienced a season when you found it difficult to do good for others? How did you overcome? 

I’ve actually experienced several seasons when it was difficult to do good for others. The first—while I was going through a divorce. My only concern then was for my two daughters and their well-being. I didn’t have enough emotional energy to focus on anyone else for a while.

The second—when my nineteen-year-old stepdaughter died in a car accident. The shock initially numbed us. Then we started working through the stages of grief. She was a beautiful girl with so much potential, and even though we knew her faith was strong and that gave us comfort, her death was still devastating.

When you’re grieving, there’s nothing left to give others. It becomes a season when you need others pouring into you. Fortunately, I have a great support system of friends and family. Along with that, trusting that God is still in control and has a plan has always helped me overcome difficult times.

I came out of those seasons with new perspectives and stronger empathy for what other people experience, whether it’s similar or other hurtful situations, and I’ve been able to offer support when they’ve needed a little “goodness” in their lives.

Oh, Dawn, I’m so sorry you had to go through that. It’s true when we have seasons of heartache we gain “perspectives and stronger empathy” for others. You are an awesome friend and encourager! Your actions prove that! Now, in what genre do you write, and how does your faith influence your writing?

I’ve had devotions and articles published in books and magazines, and I’ve written numerous blog posts. But, I’ll confess . . . I’m passionate about fiction. I currently have two novels published in my historical romance series, The Daughters of Riverton, and I’m working on the third book in that series.

My faith is the foundation of my writing. I believe the written word can bring laughter and tears. It can comfort, challenge, teach, and inspire. I truly believe that story can change lives, and I use it to share God’s unconditional love with readers.

I agree with you. Stories can change lives! Dawn, thank you so much for sharing you heart with us. I’m looking forward to the third installment of the Daughters of Riverton. Happy writing, my friend!

To learn more about Dawn Kinzer and her books please visit:

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Share the Love ~ July

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

Good morning! Can you believe this is the last week in July? Where has the summer gone? Have you finished your summer projects? Taken a vacation? Are looking forward to the school year? 🙂 If you’ve been too busy to enjoy the heat, I’ve tucked a few ideas amid the links for the remaining days of summer.

I hope you enjoyed this month’s theme. Remember every small act of kindness builds a better world for tomorrow!

Please enjoy this month’s Share the Love!

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You still have time for a good read!

Reading

Looking for that late summer read? I found new authors! For myself, anyway.

Angel Song by Mary Manners – captivedreamswindow
The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson – asimplyenchantedlife
A Christmas Hope by Stacy Henri – booksandbaubles
Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette – lindayezak

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Take a moment, relax, and clear your mind.

Writing

As you can tell by the titles, there are a few interesting and informative articles in this list. 🙂

Your Dead Ancestors Can Help You Write That Book- writersinthestorm
The Importance of Categories and Keywords for Your Books on KDP-indiesunlimited
Hallee Bridgeman Indie Author Extraordinaire-writingpromptsthoughtsandideas
Create Awesome Marketing Plan-novelrocket

 

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Take time to enjoy the gifts of our Creator

 

Inspirational

Learning to Count My Days-emilyconradauthor
How to Get Rid of Stains-karenjurgens
Sonrise-5wise

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Grab a pole and get your feet wet!

Photography

I love to capture a moment in time.

Encountering the Ark-theartisticchristian
Art and Photography-2-blueheroncove

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How about a fruit smoothie?

Foodie

Walnut Tea Scones, Homemade Freezer Jam and Devonshire Cream-kardeesangelpublishing
Strawberry Heirloom Tomato Salad-cookingwithawallflower
Chocolate Orange Brownies-eatcakefordinner
Springtime Pasta Salad-thefedupfoodie

What are your plans for the remaining days of summer?

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Share the Love ~ June

And patience, experience; and experience, hope. Romans 5:4

It’s hard to be patient when learning new things or dealing with health issues. I tend to have more patience with others than I do with myself.

Yet, Paul reminds us that through our patience we learn. And when looking back, we discover our prior learning offers hope for the future.

I found this quote when preparing for this month’s theme and thought I’d share it with you. I’ve it posted where I can see it every day. I hope it encourages you too!

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Reading
Distorted Release Day Review – A Baker’s Perspective
High As the Heavens – Christian Shelf-Esteem
In case you missed the announcement. June 2017 ACFW New Releases-Sandra Ardoin

Writing
Memoir Writing: Scene, Summary, and Musing
The Art and Craft of Developing Characters – Aimie K. Runyan
Find New Markets by Writing Different Types of Articles – Linda Gilden

Inspirational
The Corn Plant Saga – Julie Cosgrove
The Flow of Contentment – God’s Grace-God’s Glory
Be Bold- What Painting a Wall Taught Me About Going For What I Want. – Stephanie L. Robertson

Foodie
Burnham Stew Recipe – Two Cooks-One Kitchen
Tarragon Cranberry Chicken Salad – The Richmond Avenue

Photography
Cerulean- Lightroom
Scenes of Our Abruzzo – Italy My Italy
The Value of Mistakes – Joy On the Back Roads

I would like to take a moment and say thank you for stopping by and commenting. You brighten my day each time I see your smiling face. Your support is greatly appreciated!