My Five Favorite Dead Authors

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If you know me at all, you’d expect a list of five entries, each C.S. Lewis! He is definitely my hands-down favorite author. I have grown so much from his books, both fiction and non.

But, there’s still room in my heart and on my bookshelf for others. We should all choose our books like we choose our friends – wisely. So here’s a list of my top five favorite dead authors and my favorite book from each of them. Well actually, every book Lewis wrote is my favorite, so I picked just one of his (one you may not expect!).

As author Franz Kafka wrote, “A book should serve as an axe for the frozen sea within.”

So, choose an axe and get chopping!

What I Wish I’d Known Before I Wrote My First Book

Can I be honest?  Twelve years ago, my Dr. Phil and I were searching for answers on how to write and publish a book. We were clueless. We did the best we could – we attended writing conferences, talked with author friends, read books, and scoured the Internet. God opened doors and my first book, Lessons I Learned in the Dark was published in 2002. Hallelujah.

The biggest challenge was pulling together bits and pieces to make sense of it all. If you’ve felt the same way, I want to tell you about a resource from my long-time friend Michael Hyatt.   As my Dr. Phil stated in his endorsement, and I agree, “We wish we would have had this 12 years ago.”

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My Visit With 50 Cats

My Dr. Phil and I recently went on a cruise — just the two of us. It was so fun just to be together and relax and eat…eat…eat…eat…and eat some more! Well, you know…It’s a cruise!

The first port on our cruise was Key West, Florida.

Phil and I rented a scooter and put-putted about the island.

My favorite stop…The Hemingway Home nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West.

If you have read my blogs for a while you won’t be surprised! I do have a thing for dead authors! Novelist Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years beginning in 1931.We stepped back in time as we meandered through the rooms and gardens that witnessed the most prolific period of this Nobel Prize winner’s writing career.

Summer Afternoons, Good Shoes, and a Comfy Read

My favorite Henry James quote is, “Summer afternoon – Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

“Well, my “summer afternoons” have been full this month. The long, lazy days of summer have afforded some time for reading, writing, playing, cleaning, organizing and traveling!

We ended June by attending ICRS in St. Louis where my Dr. Phil and I got to visit with my publisher and reconnect with lots of friends in the publishing world.  We had dinner with our pals from Harvest House, I signed books and had interviews.  It always inspires me to see how God is working in Christian books and music.