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Pen to the Page: Capturing Chaos

Pen to the Page: When Chaos Comes to Town

How do you write a story about the whole world turning upside down and make it believable?
Through Raging Waters is about the small town of Timber Springs, Wyoming. This close-knit tiny town faces destruction from a cataclysmic spring runoff and inner turmoil. The effect isn’t smooth and transitional, it’s chaotic and life-changing. How do you write a story about such an event?
You hang on and let it take you for a ride.
There are no isolated events in small towns such as Timber Springs. What impacts one impacts all. Think of a stone tossed in a pond. The ripples spread outward and soon the entire surface is disrupted. It’s this type of scenario which causes the chaos you see from floods in small towns. But you also see other things as well.
I had to capture these traits in my story. But not only was the town this intertwined, but I had a family just as close. The Fitzgerald siblings are unique in many aspects. They are Christian but grieving the l…

Faithful Reviews: Sofi's Bridge by Christine Lindsay

Faithful Reviews on Inspirational MomentsSofi's Bridge by Christine Lindsay

About Sofi's Bridge:
Seattle Debutant Sofi Andersson will do everything in her power to protect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father's death. Charles, the family busy-body, threatens to lock Trina in a sanatorium-a whitewashed term for an insane asylum-so Sofi will rescue her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them. But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions? And can Neil, the gardener continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and sa…

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Character Interview with Melissa Hampton of Through Raging Waters

[Music fades into the background] Radio Host: Hello everyone, this is Stevie Hixson. Welcome back to KTMB, your Music in the Pines! Now I’d like to introduce you to one very special lady, Melissa Hampton. Welcome, Melissa, how are you this fine, but cloudy morning?

Melissa: I’m good. Busy as always. How are you, Stevie?

Stevie: Absolutely awesome—[static breaks through her headphones and she waits for it to stop before continuing]. Sorry about that. I guess there was a bit of interference. Anyway, what’s it like to work with one of the founding fathers of our town?

Melissa [rolls her eyes]: Oh, give me a break. The man isn’t a founding father. Yes, the Parker family founded Timber Springs but Benjamin Jackson Parker wasn’t a glimmer in his grandfather’s eye when he built that first lumber mill . . . no matter what he may say to the contrary.

Stevie: [laughs] Do you actually talk to your boss like this? I would love to be a fly on the wall in your office!

Melissa: I’ve known BJ since I was …

Writing Redemption...Through Raging Waters

Writing Redemption...Through Raging Waters

I'm so excited! Through Raging Waters released this week. I love this book. No...I'm not saying that because I'm the author...although I am. LOL And I'm not saying that because I guarded it close to my chest like a newborn babe and didn't let anybody touch it. Believe me, this book's been hacked, whacked, name it.

I started this book two years ago. I sat down in front of my white board and brainstormed about characters and the setting. I knew Paul was a control freak and Melissa had a secret in her past to deal with, but I didn't know what that meant for the story. How would the Lord work in their lives? I mean, what lesson did God want for this book?

And then I went to work one day and my life changed. I reached for a bottle and my shoulder popped. The next morning I couldn't move it. The next week I couldn't lift my arm. Two months later, I was in the doctor's office with the …

Let Freedom Ring

America Celebrates Its Freedom Once Again

Two hundred and forty-years ago, a document was drafted and signed by fifty-six men. A nation was born. That nation changed the world. Empires fell, dreams came true. All due to the hope for a better life...for freedom.
I'm grateful that one of my family members had the courage to sign this document. His name was William Floyd and he was from New York. Even though I have no way of knowing, I would like to think I would have done the same.
As we celebrate our Independence Day, I offer a reminder of our beginnings...where we come from. The Declaration of Independence is uniquely penned and petitioned in that it states succinctly the reasons for this nation's founding. I believe it's important to return to our roots and remember them for they are not a place we wish to find ourselves again...ever.
This nation must stay true to why and how we began this journey so long ago as to protect it. That very directive is written into the fabri…


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