New Author – New Year

So, by this time, you have finished your shopping, you have the Christmas dinner menu settled, and you’re sitting back to do some shopping for YOU.  Time to add to your own To Be Read pile in preparation for the rest of the long, cold winter.

If you love historical novels, and appreciate realistic, non-perfect heroines, I have a new author for you to check out. Her name is Julane Hiebert. You can read her bio, and blurbs for her books at Kimberly Vogel Sawyer’s Wings of Hope Publishing website:

Julane Hiebert

Meanwhile, Let’s visit with this super sweet lady:

Hi Julane. I’m honored to share your story here on Inkspirational Messages.

First, how would you describe your journey to publication in a few words? Were you an overnight success?

Thank you, Jenny. It’s so nice of you to consider me and I appreciate it so very much. To answer your question—NO, I certainly was not an overnight success—as least not in the way some would define success. My journey was long, lots of ups and downs, promises and disappointments. But every ‘bump’ came a new layer of learning and I’ve been blessed with author friends who encouraged me every step of the way.


What is the overriding theme of your books?

I would say the overriding theme is grace. In fact, the very first novel I wrote (though never submitted) was called Threads of Grace. I don’t want my characters to be perfect. Instead, I want my readers to be able to identify with my characters in their imperfection, as a way to show that God will, and does, use our flaws to bring glory to Himself if we are willing to be used.


For those of us who have our own stories to tell, describe how you get one of your books ‘off the ground’. Do you outline and plot, or just dive in?

I’m very much a seat-of-the-pants writer. I do have an ‘idea’ for a story and even a title and the main characters, and usually I know how I want the story to end, although that sometimes changes. My characters pretty much tell me their stories as I write. I’ve found that if I end up writing myself into a corner, it’s usually because I’ve tried to take over the story and my characters are rebelling. And yes, I’m fully aware of how crazy that sounds, but I’m sure other writers will understand.lark-officiel-cover-12642509_10205891287626850_46582769142110495_n


We all have real lives along with our fiction. So give us a glimpse of yours. What will be your next task when you finish these questions today?

Hee! Hee! My next task will be to get dressed, as I’m still in my jammies! But on a more serious note—I still have some Christmas projects I need to work on, and I desperately need a grocery run. Oh, and the tops of everything in this house need a good dusting. I had November 1 and December 1 deadlines so have been pretty much glued to my computer, but will have a bit of a break now until after the first of the new year. We are retired, so I’m blessed with having time to write—and doubly blessed with a husband who encourages my writing and never complains about sandwiches or dust.official-wren-cover-13254168_1173316602687316_2753737037930584601_n


A favorite scripture, song or quote that seems to be following you around these days.

Proverbs 3: 5,6 has sustained me over and over and over again. I’m a ‘fixer’, and when I can’t ‘fix’ any given situation my heart hurts. Several years ago I really hit bottom, and the Lord swooped me up in His arms and gave me both the scripture and a song.  If you’d like to listen to the song—which his basically the scripture– you can find it on  It’s Trust, by SixPence None the Richer.


Thank you, Jenny, for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to seeing you at Called to Write conference in March!!







Friendly Future Reads

The life of an author has so many perks, even before the big goal of publication is achieved. One of those bonuses is that you get to rub elbows with wonderful writers.

My “to be read “pile is full of titles by ladies I have actually met. The physical stack on my nightstand forms a cute little book stack poem- “Room for Hope, Robin. Eat Ice Cream for Supper.”

Room for Hope is a historical by one of my favorite Kansas authors, Kim Vogel Sawyer. Her characters are always memorable, their struggles real. The only thing I don’t like about Kim’s books is reaching the end of the story. She has also been gracious enough to critique my own work in progress. Priceless!

Robin is the first book by a lady who this year was in charge of the Called to Write conference that takes place in my childhood hometown. She is an inspiration to me, because her first published novel is happening at a time in her life when she is, well, let’s say, mature. Like me! Love me some Julane Heibert.

I’ve owned Eat Ice Cream for Supper by Kathy Manning Gronau for a few years. It is all about her encounter with cancer. Because my Mom’s battle is still fresh in my mind, I have yet to read it. But, I so admire Kathy for writing it, and when the time is right, I know I will love this book.

The remainder of my TBRs are contained on my Kindle. Chapel Springs Survival is the second book by Ane Mulligan, who offered me so much support online when I was the president of our local ACFW chapter. The first was a rollicking adventure about a modern-day Lucy and Ethel that kept me in stitches. Can’t wait to dive into this one!TBR Mulligan

Finally, one of the first friends I made at a writer’s conference, Barbara Warren, has a new cozy mystery called Deception. In addition to being a lover of fried bread at a great restaurant in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Barbara is a professional editor, and an expert at clean, tight writing. I know this one will be a great read.TBR Warren

Friends who write provide me with books who are bound to become new friends. I love my life!