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 




Amazon Author Page



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! Bruce Judisch & Marble Falls Legacy

Welcome to Let’s Chat!, everyone!

Sandy River_Bruce JudischI‘m honored to begin 2019 with friend and fellow author, Bruce Judisch, a gentleman of the first order. We chatted in 2017 about Quimby PondBook One of The Marble Falls Legacy. This time I’m excited to learn about Book Two–Sandy River.

Bruce is offering a giveaway to someone who joins our chat circle: either BOTH Quimby Pond and Sandy River in ebook format or a signed, print copy of Sandy River–winner’s choice. 

Bruce Judish, the Writer

Hi, Linda! Thanks so much for hosting me again. It’s been a couple of years now, mostly because it’s taken me that long to finish my next book. It’s the second of three parts to “The Marble Falls Legacy” series that I’m really enjoying writing. Oddly, it’s my third series, and when I started all three, I didn’t know they would become multi-work projects until I got well into the story. Whether that happens to seat-of-the-pants writers more than to those who outline their work, I don’t know. I do know it’s kind of a fun surprise, though.

The thing about writing a series is that you become so deeply immersed in the characters’ lives. More so, I think, than writing a single title, if for no other reason than that you spend so much more time with each of them. You don’t just watch them mature, you mature with them through their failures, learn their lessons, and respond to the next challenge along with them. Maybe that’s why my projects end up as series; I just don’t want to say goodbye to my characters. They say writing is a solitary life, and I get that. Mine, though, is a very happily crowded solitary life. 

The Marble Falls Legacy Begins

So, what is this latest work? For context, let me start with its prequel, Quimby Pond. Here’s the short of it:

Quimby Pond_Bruce Judisch
August 20, 1896, Marble Falls, Maine. A festively adorned bridal trunk arrives on the one o’clock train, but no newlyweds debark to claim it. Curious townspeople gather for the evening train, but again only to disappointment. Where was the happy couple? What became of the trunk? And what if it wasn’t a bridal trunk at all?

Present Day: Gwen Kelly comes to Marble Falls to escape a broken past, a past that revisits her when she begins to restore an antique trunk. A mysterious assailant targets her friends and fingers her as the only person who can stop him. Gwen is thrust into an awkward relationship with Officer Brent Newcomb as they race to stop the intruder from striking again. Could the trunk hold the key to this cloud of violence spreading over the peaceful Rangeley Lakes? If so, will they discover its secret in time?

The fun part to this is that the 1896 event with the trunk actually happened. Friends of mine discovered the account buried in the back pages of an old copy of the Rangeley Lakes newspaper (“Marble Falls” is a fictional town based upon Rangeley, Maine.) Now tell me, how can a fiction writer chance upon a tidbit like that and not write a mystery?

The Marble Falls Legacy Continues

While Quimby Pond is a contemporary story, except for a flashback to 1896 in the Prologue, the sequel Sandy River carries a dual storyline: one set in present day, and the other in 1860-61 Boston (dual storylines are a favorite genre of mine). Here’s what it’s about:

Marble Falls Legacy_Sandy River_Bruce Judisch

Present Day, Medford, Massachusetts. When Gwen returns from Marble Falls to settle her father’s estate, she discovers a shocking revelation in his will. In the quest to uncover his secret, she stumbles upon a family connection to an antique trunk—one whose legacy nearly ended her life two months earlier. Torn between pursuing her past and securing her future, mysterious events threaten to stop her from finding out the truth.

1861, Boston, Massachusetts. Irma Kelly, a strong-willed debutante on Beacon Hill’s affluent South Slope, is a fervent abolitionist and restless feminist. As Boston plunges into the Civil War, her once comfortable society evolves beyond her experience and challenges her sensibilities. But she is determined do whatever she can to right the wrongs in her world, even if it means facing mortal danger.

As Gwen and Irma pursue resolutions to their futures, their silent voices reach out to each other through the ages, and the years between them melt away, bringing their hearts together.

Sandy River picks back up with Gwen’s life, but adds the story of how the mysterious bridal trunk came to be. And, as the blurb hints, an ethereal connection between Gwen and her distant grandmother Irma arises from it.

The Future for The Marble Falls Legacy

Book three of “The Marble Falls Legacy” series is under construction. It will be predominantly historical, completing the story of the bridal trunk, but will also include some contemporary content. But don’t ask me exactly how just yet. Remember, I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer.

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Bruce Judisch_Marble Fall LegacyBruce Judisch has been writing fiction for over fifteen years. His first work, “A Prophet’s Tale,” is a two-part novelization of the story of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah ben Amittai, comprising The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilled. A third part, The Promised Kept, is under construction. More recently, he wrote Katia and its sequel For Maria, both with complementary present-day and 20th-century historical storylines.

Bruce lives in Texas with his wife and high-school sweetheart, Jeannie, and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Charlie and Raleigh. They are the proud parents of three and grandparents of fourteen.

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Lord, thank You for the privilege of connecting readers with writers like Bruce. You’ve given him a gift and created readers who are looking for stories like his. Providing a platform for them to meet is a sweet spot for me. You have the words of life, Lord. Please bless each word of life Bruce shares through his fascinating stories.
~ For Jesus’ sake


15 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Bruce Judisch & Marble Falls Legacy

  1. Susan Wallace

    Bruce these sound so interesting. Linda is peaking my interest in so many new authors. I want them all and the time to read them. Thank you both, for stirring my curiosity

    1. Hi, Susan. Bruce is a terrific author. And man. I know you’d love his books.

    2. Bruce Judisch

      Hey Susan! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I so empathize with your comment on finding the time to read all the books you’d like to. 🙂 Here’s wishing for you a 2019 filled with more reading time.

      Cheers! Bruce

  2. Angie Carroll

    They sound great. I can’t wait to read them.

    1. Welcome, Angie. Yes, Bruce’s books are great. I know you’ll enjoy them.

    2. Bruce Judisch

      Hi Angie! I hope they bring you as much joy reading them as they brought me writing them. 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

      Cheers! Bruce

  3. Diane Buie

    These stories are ones I must read; I never considered that a bridal trunk could be so intriguing!! thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway.

    1. Bruce Judisch

      Hi Diane! It’s been a really fun story to write so far. I love stories that have obscure true events as a “hook.” Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

      Cheers! Bruce

    2. Hi, Diane. Great to welcome you to the circle. Yes, you must read Bruce’s books. They’re wonderful.

  4. Bruce Judisch

    Thanks, Lora. 🙂 You had a great deal to do with both “Quimby Pond” and “Sandy River.” Thanks for leaving the comment.

    Cheers! Bruce

  5. Lora

    Both of these books (and all of Bruce’s books) are so delightful! I am eagerly awaiting book 3 in the series to see how the mysterious plot lines all tie together! Thank you for all that you pour into weiting such excellent books, Bruce. 🙂

    1. Hi, Lora! You are one the unsung heroes of Bruce’s books. I know he’d agree with me. 🙂 So glad you joined us. Thank you.

  6. Judi Marshall

    These books sound very interesting to read the dual time periods are something I have never read before.
    Plus my daughter wants dogs like yours she wants it to help with her EDS

    1. Bruce Judisch

      Hi Judi,
      I probably lean more toward the historical genre from the standpoint of writing, but I love do read and write novels with dual storylines. Susan Meissner is a master at this. You might enjoy looking up her work, like “Shades of Mercy,” and “Lady in Waiting.”

      And Cavaliers are the best. 🙂 Incredible family dogs.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Cheers! Bruce

    2. Hi, Judi! I love welcoming you to our circle. Yes, Bruce’s books are fascinating. I know you’ll enjoy them.


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