Dawn Kinzer: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Dawn Kinzer honors us by joining our chat circle today. Dawn is a freelance editor, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She also co-hosts and writes for the Seriously Write blog. 

A mother and grandmother, Dawn Kinzer lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

Thank you, Dawn, for sharing your heart for writing, purpose, goals, and the power of story to impact lives.

Dawn Kinzer

Dawn Kinzer: In Her Own Words

Writers have goals when we sit down to write a story.  We want to engage our readers, entertain them, and elicit a variety of emotions—love, anger, laughter, fear—just to name a few.  We aim to take them on a journey and experience life with the characters we create.

For those of us who write inspirational fiction, we also want to encourage people in their faith, as well as bring hope to those who are facing external and internal challenges.

Many of us discover that what we’ve learned in our past or what we’re dealing with currently gets woven into our stories—in some form or another.

For many years, I yearned to find purpose beyond the job I held. I loved “being there” for my family, but I still needed more. So, I tried different avenues. I accepted paid positions—volunteer positions—and even though I was able to use some of my gifts and work was rewarding at times, nothing felt completely right.

I prayed—searched—then searched some more.

Dawn Kinzer

When I started to take writing seriously and pursue it as something more than a hobby, I realized I’d finally found my place.

Since then, I’ve published a three-book historical romance series and a contemporary romance. Some people recommend that writers stick to one genre, but I’ve noticed that my stories share things in common, aside from all being romances. Those similarities stem from my personal life. There’s a part of me in each of my main characters.

Four things my stories have in common:

  1. They encourage readers to find purpose and use their gifts.
  2. Forgiveness plays a role in my novels—the willingness to forgive others, the ability to accept forgiveness, and the strength to forgive ourselves.
  3. Characters learn through challenges and disappointments that God sometimes doesn’t allow doors to be opened because it’s in our best interest to keep them closed. Often times, something better is ahead if we’re willing to trust and wait for his timing.
  4. Like many other Christian authors, I use a Bible verse as a foundation for my story, which helps keep me on track with the direction I want to take.

Books by Dawn Kinzer

Dawn KinzerBy All Appearances was released in November 2019. This contemporary romance set in Seattle is about an attractive special events planner from a wealthy family and a disfigured musician whose lives have not gone according to plan.

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 
~ 1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT 

The Daughters of Riverton – Historical Romance Series

Dawn KinzerSarah’s Smile, Book 1, is a story about a would-be missionary who is waiting to leave for the mission field when the man who broke her heart steps back into her life, wanting a second chance.

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. 
~ Luke 6:37

Dawn KinzerIn Hope’s Design, the second book in the series, an independent city girl aspiring to be a fashion designer falls for a stubborn artist from the country who wants to keep his talent a secret.

And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightaway took his journey.
~ Matthew 25:15

Dawn KinzerRebecca’s Song completes the trilogy.  A small-town teacher who lost hope of having her own family, and a big-city railroad detective driven to capture his sister’s killer, must do what’s best for three young orphans who need them both.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28

A Final Word from Dawn Kinzer

I write Christian fiction because I truly believe in the power of story to touch and impact lives. Writing is a way for me to use my own gifts and fulfill a purpose.

How about you? How are you using your God-given talents?

Author Links:

Author Website 

Faithfully Write Editing 

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

Amazon Author Page

BookBub

Goodreads

Links to Books:

By All Appearances

Sarah’s Smile

Hope’s Design

Rebecca’s Song

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Lord, please bless each word Dawn writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

 

12 thoughts on “Dawn Kinzer: Let’s Chat!

  1. Marilyn

    I appreciate Christian historical fiction with a message of hope, peace, forgiveness from God interwoven into the books. Dawn, your books sound amazing. Thank you for sharing.

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn. You’re such a faithful reader and follower.

       
       
    2. Hi, Marilyn!

      Thanks for your affirmation! Your kind words have blessed me!

       
       
  2. I’d also say your books are uplifting, Dawn, and thoroughly enjoyable!

     
     
    1. Sandra, I appreciate you stopping by! I hope and pray that the books uplift and inspire while still entertain readers. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments!

       
       
    2. Ditto, Sandra!

       
       
  3. Alicia Haney

    Wow, what an Awesome author!! Thank you so very much Dawn Kinzer for writing such Beautiful and inspiring books. God Bless you Dawn Kinzer. They all sound good and the covers are Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this author with us Linda Brooks. I enjoyed reading this chat. God Bless you.

     
     
    1. Hi, Alicia!

      Thanks so much for your kind words! They’ve touched my heart.

      I’m so glad you like the covers. I love them too!

       
       
    2. God bless you, too, Alicia! You’re such a faithful follower. Thank you.

       
       
  4. Thank you for your post. I am new to blogging and writing my first Christian nonfiction book. I am always inspired by those who write to encourage others.

     
     
    1. Hi, Sheila!

      Good for you! Congratulations on tackling nonfiction. Writing is a lot of work, but it can also be very rewarding.

      Is this your first manuscript? Or first Christian nonfiction book? What is the topic?

       
       
    2. Your message has encouraged us, Sheila! Thank you.

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Tara Johnson

Tara Johnson_author_historical romanceWelcome, Everyone

Tara Johnson is our guest author this week. Tara writes historical romance. Tyndale House Publishers recently released Tara’s debut novel, Engraved on the Heart

Tara is offering a copy of Engraved on the Heart in either print or digital form to someone who comments below. So join the chat, ya’ll!

Tara Johnson Before Authoring

I’m a preacher’s kid from Arkansas. I love to travel to churches, ladies retreats and prisons to share how God led me into freedom after spending years living shackled as a people-pleaser. (Click to Tweet!) But that’s a whole other story…

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I was always in love with books and story worlds growing up, but my passion was music. When I signed with a small Christian record and management label, I thought I had God’s plans for my life all figured out.

Unexpected Developments

Several years ago, I was diagnosed with gastroparesis, a disorder that keeps the stomach from pumping. It’s a vagus nerve problem which involves pain, nausea, esophagus spasms, reflux and a host of other issues. This nerve dysfunction has now progressed into my larynx. In short, I am losing my ability to sing.

Tara Johnson_author_historical romance When He began whispering hints of change, I was confused. The plans that seemed so certain to me suddenly shifted and I was reminded of this important truth…the more you build your identity on something other than Christ, the greater the pain when that identity crumbles. (Click to Tweet!) 

A Change of Directions

Tara Johnson_author_historical romanceSo, I began to write out my thoughts on a blog. A way to express myself on the days when I couldn’t find my voice. God showed me a great creative beauty in writing. I fell in love with it. As I began to immerse myself in the craft, I learned professionals call an author’s unique way of writing the author’s “voice”.

Letting Go of the Old

Sometimes we cling with white knuckles to our own plans so tightly, we fail to realize God is trying to give us something far better. But in order to receive it, we must relinquish our hold on the old before we can receive the new. (Click to Tweet!)

God may heal my singing voice. He may not. Either way, I’m content. I’m happy. God never takes away without giving something better in return. I have a voice, and I’ll use it for Him as long as He gives me breath.

Because you can have a voice and still not have a voice.

Tara Johnson: A Debut Experience

Tara Johnson_author_historical-romanceSeveral years ago, I signed with the remarkably talented literary agent Janet Grant of Books & Such Literary Agency and my debut novel Engraved on the Heart was just released by Tyndale House Publishers. During each of the milestones—signing the contracts, holding that first book in my hands—-I felt equal parts wonder, gratitude and terror.

It’s a very vulnerable thing to put a piece of your heart out there for the world to see. I particularly wrote a lot of my own struggles into the heroine Keziah. She struggles with epilepsy, people-pleasing and feelings of worth, all during the backdrop of the Civil War.

What’s up with Tara Johnson now?

I just turned in edits on my next story, set to release during the summer of 2019. Where Dandelions Bloom focuses on the life of a heroic young woman during the Civil War who fled abuse at home only to find herself in the middle of our nation’s greatest conflict.

History is crammed full of larger-than-life characters. Doc Holliday, Annie Oakley, Helen Keller, Daniel Boone, George Washington, Amelia Earhart and Frederick Douglass are just a few examples of flawed, wounded humans who battled their demons with determination and left an indelible mark on the pages of history. I suppose that’s why people are so fascinating.

Insight from Tara Johnson

No matter the era, we all battle the same wounds. Abandonment, abusive fathers, overprotective mothers, loss, grief, rejection, addiction, crippling anxiety, loneliness, or the yearning for unconditional love, to name a few. We all battle the same junk and have to decide whether to fight or cave. Run or stand. Cry or smile. That’s what great characters do. They are a reflection of our struggles, our own wounds. Our own need. And, when written well, they remind us to Whom we need to turn for healing.

 

How to Find Tara Johnson

Website

Twitter: @TaraMinistry

Facebook

Instagram

Amazon

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Lord, how You surprise us! Your ways aren’t our ways, so what do we expect? You’ve woven unexpected threads into Tara’s life and handed her a pen and a keyboard to write stories rooted in her unexpected journey. We praise You, Rapha God, for Your healing touch.
Please bless each word Tara writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake ~

18 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Tara Johnson

  1. JANE WAUGHTAL

    Tara, what a wonder is the purpose our great God and Savior has for each of us. Look where he has brought us – into the somewhat insecure brother- and sisterhood of authors/storytellers. I will be buying your first book as soon as I can and will review it as well. We MUST stick together and support each other! God bless you richly today and in the future while releasing your 2nd book. So enjoyed your “Let’s Chat” offering.

     
     
  2. Tabitha

    Thank you for sharing a part of your struggle with us. We can all take faith in your willingness to let God lead and direct you. I look forward to reading your work. God bless.

     
     
  3. Alison Boss

    Thank you for sharing your story, Tara! Your perseverance and words are an inspiration! So many good thoughts to take to heart…to remember that even when we don’t see God or feel His presence, He is there, working and moving on our behalf, for our good. I love historical fiction, and the Civil War is one of my favorite time periods to read about. I am excited to read your book, Engraved on the Heart! Thank you for a chance to win a copy!!

     
     
    1. Great to see you in our circle, Alison. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

       
       
    2. Tara

      Thank you, Alison! That’s key, isn’t it? Reminding ourselves of what we know about God, and not relying on how we feel. Hugs!

       
       
  4. Marilyn R

    So nice to meet Tara Johnson here. Hearing testimonies on this blog how God has brought His perfect will to life by various authors is a shot of faith being lifted higher. I prayed after reading this blog post earlier for a healing touch, Tara. Thank you for sharing.

    Engraved on the Heart will be a wonderful book to read. Civil War era is one of my absolute favorite periods to read in Historical Fiction.
    Blessings Tara and Linda.

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining us, Marilyn. I loved Tara’s story too. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

       
       
    2. Tara

      You’re a doll, Marilyn. Thank you so much!

       
       
  5. Becky Smith

    This interview is so good and uplifting! I loved meeting Tara!

     
     
    1. Tara’s story—and attitude—does lift one up, doesn’t it? So glad you joined us, Becky. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

       
       
    2. Tara

      Thank you, Becky! Blessings!

       
       
  6. Lucy Reynolds

    I love Tara’s heart. I look forward to reading this book.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Lucy! I pray you enjoy it!

       
       
    2. Great to see you, Lucy. I love Tara’s heart too. You’ve encouraged both of us. And you’re entered in the drawing 🙂

       
       
  7. Brandi

    I’m so glad you were willing to let Him redirect you. 😄
    I’m looking at a massive change as well and it’s so encouraging to hear stories of others trusting Him. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the book opportunity.

     
     
    1. Brandi, I’m praying for you and the big change you are preparing to go through. Exodus 14:14 HUGS!

       
       
      1. Brandi

        Oh, thank you Tara, very much appreciated. All hugs, prayers, and Truth!!! 💕

         
         
    2. Welcome, Brandi! I’m tickled you’ve joined us. You encourage Tara and me both. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

       
       

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