Ann Tatlock. Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Ann Tatlock
is my current Featured Favorite. Her novels’ genres: General Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Speculative Fiction. But mainly, she’s a writer who grabs a reader’s heart and refuses to let go.

You’ll find Ann’s books at the bottom of this page. Someone who joins in the chat will receive a print copy of one of Ann’s books. Winner announced on the 20th. 

I’m tickled pink to present some of Ann’s thoughts and take a peak at her exquisite writing. I discovered her a decade ago and have been nothing short of awestruck with her inspirational premises, captivating characters, and brilliant prose.

Another famous author—Lucy Montgomery—created an unforgettable character who was often heard explaining the spelling of her name: “That’s Anne—with an e.” 

Now here’s our Ann—minus an e—in her own words, Ann Tatlock:

Introducing Ann (minus the e)

I like to tell people I went to school in a barn—which is true, but needs some explaining. While a seventh grader in the public school system, I was what people today would call “bullied.” The other kids teased me for being a “goody-goody.” I have to admit they were right—I was a good kid and wanted to be. I felt God’s eyes on me, not because he was waiting to punish me if I did something wrong, but because he was watching over me with love. Even as a child, I felt safe in him.

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Ann: the Schoolgirl

Still, I shed a lot of tears that year, until my parents finally decided to send me to a private school. That was when God turned the bullying into blessing. Without the taunting of the other kids, I never would have been sent to Sanford. This school, in Hockessin, Delaware, was a private boarding school (I was a day student) but it defied all snobby prep-school stereotypes. At this school, I wasn’t bullied but was built up by the other students who became my life-long friends, and by the teachers who truly cared about me.

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he campus was comprised of classroom buildings, gymnasiums and dormitories on 81 acres that had originally been farmland. The old, three-story farmhouse was at the center of campus and now housed the dining room and the music rooms. The barn had been transformed into a classroom building, the silo becoming the bathrooms. This is where I took the English classes that would define the rest of my life.

Ann: the Reader 

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It was at Sanford that my love of reading and writing was nurtured. Many an English class remains clear in my memory, and I can vividly recall the books and poems we read and studied. Too, both of my Upper School English teachers applauded my efforts at writing and cheered me on. I knew there was a wordsmith somewhere deep inside of me, though I didn’t yet think of writing as a career.

On graduation day when awards were given out, I received the school’s literary award. I didn’t understand it fully at the time, but the course of my life had been set. Today, I thank God for the tears that landed me in a whole new life, where I read poetry and literature in a barn and decided the written word is the most wonderful thing in the world.

Ann Tatlock: the Writer

I eventually decided I wanted to be a journalist and write for a Christian magazine. And that’s what I did, working as an assistant editor for Billy Graham’s Decision magazine from 1987-1993. At the same time, in my 20s, I went through a series of losses, including the death of my mother. To deal with my grief, I turned to something I never thought I’d do: fiction writing. I discovered it to be not only cathartic, but a wonderful way to promote ideas, faith, truth. Before long, I set my sights on becoming a novelist.

Ann Tatlock www.anntatlock.comNever having taken a creative writing course, I simply started to create worlds and characters based on what I knew from years of reading. I wrote seven novels and put each one aside. Finally, I wrote one that I felt was ready for publication. I secured an agent who got me a contract. A Room of My Own was published in 1998. Between the writing of my first novel and seeing my first book in print lay a span of 13 years. It was certainly not an overnight journey.

Ann Tatlock: the Blogger, Author, Editor, Lover of God

 I am currently working on a novel, but I’ve also veered back toward non-fiction writing. The Lord nudged me to start a blog called “Living a Love Story.” Over the years of my writing career, the Lord let me know that he didn’t create me so that my life could be a success story, but so that it could be a love story with him. If I were wildly successful as a novelist (which I wasn’t!) but not in love with him, then I was missing the whole point of my existence. Even if I had failed at my profession, ultimately it wouldn’t matter, because it’s his love that makes me what I am meant to be.

So I use the blog to share my thoughts on loving God, as well as to allow others to tell their stories of how God has revealed his love to them, especially in the darkest times of their lives.

I find great satisfaction in writing about the love of God, because the same love that surrounded me in childhood has remained with me faithfully right up to the present day.

Ann’s Beautiful Books

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Excellence in Media “Silver Angel Award”
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Library Journal: Best of Genre, Christian Fiction

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Midwest Independent Publishers Association, Winner-Adult Fiction The Christy Award Winner, Contemporary Fiction Book List: “Top 10 Christian Novels”
Winner, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, First Place-General Fiction: Best of Genre – Christian Fiction: Library Journal; Crossings Book Club Selection; Best of Genre: Library Journal
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Christy Award Winner; Booklist Magazine: Top Ten Historical Novels of the
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Selah Award Finalist
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Booklists: Ten 10 Christian Novels
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A Crossing Books Selection
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Selah Award Winner; Christy Award Finalist;
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Library Journal: Best of Genre, Christian Fiction

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Christy Award Winner: Selah Award Finalist
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Where to Find Ann Tatlock 





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Lord, You display Your glorious love all around us–in nature, relationships, human hearts, and in Your gifting of Your children. Nowhere is Your love more on display than when Your children use their gifts for the purposes You intend. We thank You for Ann, her books, and the way they touch our hearts with Your love.
Please bless every word Ann writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

22 thoughts on “Ann Tatlock. Let’s Chat!

  1. Marilyn R

    A beautiful testimony from Ann in how God was watching her and setting the stage in her life. Thank you for sharing–it’s always nice to learn behind the scenes from authors. Blessings on both of you as write for His glory.

    1. I love that “always watching” line too, Marilyn. I’m trying to remember it throughout my days. Thanks for joining us!

  2. I love getting a peek into the personal lives of authors, especially their upbringing. We all have stories behind the stories we write. Thanks, Ann, for sharing yours.

    1. Hi, Clarice. Great to see you in our circle. You’re right about our personal stories behind what we right. I laugh just imagining what personal stories lie behind the stories YOU write.

  3. I so enjoyed hearing Ann’s story. It is always amazing to look back on our lives and see how God was guiding our paths to the places in which we find ourselves today. Inspiring!

    1. Ann Tatlock

      Our lives are the stories that God himself is writing and he is a master plotter! Thanks for joining us here on Linda’s blog, Naomi. Blessings to you!

    2. Hi, Naomi. So good to see your lovely face in our circle. I agree. God’s guidance along our paths is amazing. I love having “met” you through this blog, Naomi. Blessings on you and your family.

  4. Marylou Gartner

    Ann’s books are wonderful. I highly recommend every one of them!
    Thank you for sharing your heart, Ann!

    1. Ann Tatlock

      Hi MaryLou! So happy to see you here on Linda’s blog! Thanks for joining us and reading my post. You’re a dear friend….and undoubtedly one of my best PR people. 😉 Sending you big hugs!

    2. Welcome, Marylou. You and I are of the same mind regarding Ann’s books. Thank you for joining our circle. You encourage us all. You’re invite to return anytime. God bless you.


    Amen! Thank you for the chance to win this amazing book!

    1. Hi, Sarah. You’re entered in the drawing, my friend. So glad you could stop by.

      1. Ann Tatlock

        Hi Sarah! Thanks for visiting with us, and I’ll be delighted if you win the book! Many blessings to you, Ann

  6. Melissa Andres

    What a sweet, beautiful testimony of God’s grace and guidance! I’ll definitely have to check out your books!

    1. Hi, Melissa. Ann can present a powerful testimony without raising her voice a single notch. I heard her present a devotion at a writers’ conference once upon a time and knew this woman has spiritual depth. I became a bit in awe of her and devoured everything she wrote. I count myself blessed to be first-name friendly with her.

      1. Ann Tatlock

        Thank you, Melissa! I’m glad you stopped by Linda’s blog and I hope you’ll enjoy some of my books. The Lord has indeed been merciful in guiding my life, even weaving my mistakes into the fabric of His perfect plans.
        Thanks to you too, Linda, for all your kind words. I’m so glad you were at that writers conference and we were able to connect. I’m the one who’s blessed to know you!

  7. Faith Creech

    I have read some of your books and really enjoyed them. They are so though provoking.

    1. Hi, Faith. Glad to know you’re familiar with Ann Tatlock. She’s truly one-of-a-kind and her books are unforgettable. I love Ann’s slightly quirky slant on some things. 🙂

      1. Ann Tatlock

        Faith, I’m delighted to know you’ve enjoyed some of my books! Thanks for stopping by here and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it, and I hope you have a blessed and beautiful day!

  8. Athena

    I feel like God is always watching me too, from toddler on, I could always remember saying my forgive me prayers to him as I knew he saw me 🙏🙏🙏🙏

    1. Hi, Athena. I’m tickled to get to share Ann Tatlock with friends like you. I felt the same way as a child–always whispering “Forgive me” …

      1. Ann Tatlock

        It’s a wonderful blessing, isn’t it, Athena, when God chooses to reveal himself to us at an early age. I love that I was able to grow up knowing him and feeling surrounded by his love. It’s a gift I cherish, and I know you do too. Thanks for visiting with us here on Linda’s blog!


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Let’s Chat! Donna L.H. Smith

Welcome, everyone!

Donna L.H. Smith is our honored author guest this week. Donna writes historical western romance and is one of the dearest of the dear. I met this wonderful Christian writer at a retreat in North Carolina a few years ago and was immediately smitten. 

Donna is offering a print copy of one of her books to someone who joins our circle. That’s a terrific opportunity, so join in the conversation below, and you might win the drawing. Winner announced here on the blog and on Facebook Wednesday morning, February 6

Here’s author Donna L.H. Smith in her own words.

Pre-Author Life of Donna L.H. Smith

Donna L.H. SmithI was born and raised in Newton, Kansas. I have two college degrees in mass communications. I’ve been everything from secretary, to a radio reporter, to a certified balloon decorating artist, to a marketing assistant to a freelance writer of magazine and newspaper articles.

A Debut for Donna L.H. Smith

Donna L.H. SmithWell, you know a bit of the story about my first book, Meghan’s Choice. We were both semi-finalists in the last Operation First Novel — and then you WON IT! We were both students of DiAnn Mills in the CWG Craftsman program, except you completed it first. I was in the last Craftsman class DiAnn mentored.

I’ve had a couple of weird rejections (which I blogged about) from an agent and a contest I’d entered. For those wanting the gory details, they can go to my blog: Writing Emotional Pain—Without Bleeding Too Much on Your Readers” and “Please—Get Your Facts Straight.” Writing about those experiences healed me quicker.

An Agent for Donna L.H. Smith

But I will tell you my God story — of how I got my agent. As you know, DiAnn Mills started our Facebook group—ANN. She asked me to ask Cyle Young. Then a couple months later, he started a website called Almost an Author. He recruited me to be a part of A3 — and now I’m the managing editor! And the website is only 3-1/2 years old!

A few months after A3 started, in the fall, we were all at the Advanced Novelist Retreat in Asheville. I saw Cyle in intense discussions with Diana Flegal—you know, the kind you don’t interrupt. Later, he announced to all his A3 columnists, “I’m being recruited to be an agent! What do you all think of that? We’re all like: YAY! He signed me a week later.

Book One: Meghan’s Choice by Donna L.H. Smith

Donna L.H. SmithIt’s through a special Amazon program because I have an agent, that I’m published. It’s called Amazon White Glove. I’d given up being published and was ready to throw Meghan in the trash can. But another Hartline client encouraged me to ask them about White Glove. I received word two years ago, while having the flu, that Meghan’s Choice would be published.

Book Two: Rose’s Redemption by Donna L.H. Smith

Donna L.H. SmithThere’s nothing like getting those books in your hands for the first time. When I got my second book a couple months ago, I couldn’t wait to put Rose’s Redemption side by side with Meghan’s Choice. Now I can’t wait to get Hannah’s Hope done, so that later this year I can put all three together!

What’s up With Donna L.H. Smith now?

I’m currently writing Hannah’s Hope, serving as Managing Editor of A3, and taking classes on inner healing so that I can help people overcome emotional issues that could hold them back from God’s plan—in the form of weekend retreats. I may be retirement age, (yikes, I’ll be 65 this summer), but I’m just gettin’ started! And I’ve got so many more stories to write!

How to Find Donna L.H. Smith (She’s not in Kansas anymore)


Facebook: Donna L.H. Smith—Stories Are My Passion

Twitter: @donnalshmith

Meghan’s Choice links: Kindle or Paperback

Rose’s Redemption link:  Kindle and Paperback 

FYI: Meghan’s Choice released as a paperback through CreateSpace before it joined with KDP. So there’s a kindle link and a paperback link. Rose’s Redemption is through KDP, and they also printed the paperback. 😊

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Lord, we bow before You in humility and gratitude for Your love and provision. We thank You for the way You guide us to our callings and bring together Your children with similar passions and callings. Donna’s writing journey is one example.
Please bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

22 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Donna L.H. Smith


    Thank you so much Following on FB and signed up already for your newsletter Beautiful cover’s on these books sounds like great reads!

    1. Welcome, Sarah! You are such an encourager. Thank you.

  2. Alicia Haney

    Your books sound amazing and the covers are Beautiful! I am looking forward to reading your books. Oh yes, sometimes it takes a long time but God Always answers our prayers! God is Good , All of the time. 🙂

    1. Ditto to everything you said, Alicia! Thanks for stopping by. Please come again. God bless!

  3. Jane,
    Thank you so much! I am definitely blessed. I am pursuing the Lord and His plans for me – and I encourage others to do the same. Sometimes, we have to wait a LONG time – but if we’re faithful – He IS. I’m just beginning!

  4. Perrianne Askew

    It sounds like it was a roller coaster ride getting published. Congrats that you have 2 published books and one in the works!

    1. Perianne,

      Roller coaster – yes! But I think a lot of authors have that. Very few get published quickly. It usually takes a few years, and it depends on your story, your writing ability, and what you’ve learned.

      Then, God takes all that and puts you where He wants you! 🙂
      Blessings and thank you for your comment!

  5. Sounds like another exciting author. I love the western novels as my family were early pioneers of this wonderful country. I like to image how difficult their lives were as they traveled through this great land.Thank you for not forsaking your dreams.

    1. Hi Jane.
      Thank you for your kind words. I love westerns, too. I didn’t actually talk about how I came to tell the story of Meghan’s Choice, my first book.

      I asked the Lord what on earth I could write about. After some time in prayer, I heard in my spirit, “Gunfight at Hyde Park.” I remembered it had something to do with my hometown in Kansas. I had to Google it in order to relearn about it.

      Pieces of an author always make it into their stories.

    2. Hi, Jane! Seeing your name always puts a smile on my face. 🙂 You encourage me and Donna both. Thank you!

  6. Tammy

    What a great story. This sounds like a great series.

    Tighefan42atgmail dotcom

    1. Hi, Tammy. Welcome to our chat circle. You’ve encouraged Donna and me both. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

    2. Tammy,

      Thank you. I hope readers will be blessed and challenged in their faith when they read my books. We all go through things, and God is with us – do we recognize Him?



    Donna, you are blessed indeed. Our great God and Savior, just to speak His Name is an honor. May He continue to energize your author path. So many of us who follow Linda’s blog are author’s too and we are thrilled for your success!

    1. Welcome, Jane. It’s always so uplifting to see you in Comments. Be blessed today!

    2. Jane,
      I left a different comment for you. That’s before I figured out the reply button. 🙂

      I am blessed indeed. 🙂

  8. Alicia,
    Thank you so much!
    Blessings, Donna L.H. Smith

  9. Alicia Haney

    Your books sound amazing and the cover pages are Beautiful! I am following you on FB . I will have to look for your books, as they sound and look Awesome!

    1. Welcome, Alicia! Love having new visitors. Please come back.

  10. Shonda Fischer

    Following you on Facebook and Twitter also signed up for newsletter. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

    1. Welcome to our chat circle, Shonda! You’re entered in the drawing. 🙂

    2. Shonda,
      I am adding you to my mailing list. Thank you so much!
      Blessings, Donna L.H. Smith


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