How I Got to Work From Home – Video 11

Contrary to the title of my video series, I am going back to work! But it’s only going to be around 1 day a week after training. The rest of the time I will continue to press on toward my bestseller dream.

Here’s my latest video, where I talk about some of the other things I’m doing for pay these days.


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Author Spotlight – P.S. Winn

I think she deserves the “Most Prolific Author Award.” I met P. S. Winn when she submitted a great story for my first anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live.  Since then she has published dozens of books. Here they are. Amazing! You can find them all at




What inspired you to write your first book? – In 2012, my husband was told he didn’t have long to live. We decided to move to my hometown so I could be closer to my family. Moving fast, we almost had to leave some of the writing I had done and hid in a closet. I decided to put them in book form then and there and now it seems after 44, I can’t stop.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? – I believe in hope despite odds. I like to think you will find that even when the books are supernatural or science fiction. I like to add a bit of a spiritual twist. Not religious so much as the spiritual side of hope and love.

What books have most influenced your life most? – Anything and everything I have ever read has an impact on my own works. I think this is also true of anyone I meet or anywhere I have visited.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? – I hate the promotion, but the rest of writing is always an amazing journey. I love my characters because they take over the books and let me know what should be written.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? – I always learn something new. In the latest book, “Deadly Afflictions” I had to learn a lot about anxiety disorder. I love characters that overcome the flaws and problems they are dealt.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? – Anyone who likes to get away from the world for a moment in time. I write everything from preschool and young adult to a lot of supernatural novels. I also think it is the readers who make the stories. Their own imaginations join with the writer’s to make a book more special than it started.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? – Some of the art work I draw myself, like for “Wings to Whispers” and “Viewings”. A few books are pictures I have taken and the others I use those available on create space. For the book “Viewings” the drawing of an old barn came first and the story worked around the image.

Do any of the books you write come from your own childhood? – Yes, especially my stretched stories series, which are humorous tall tales that are fun explanations for everyday things like why a cow says moo.

How do you feel when someone disagrees with something you have written? – I try to look at what they say and learn from it. The reviews that are unrealistic I try and ignore, but that can be hard. I know there are some people who write bad reviews out of meanness, which is awful, but also a fact of life that branches way beyond writing.

How do you make sure the information for your nonfiction books is accurate and up-to-date? – Mostly the internet or watching the news. I like writing supernatural books in parallel worlds when imagination is the guide and anything goes. But, I still try to maintain realism.

How long does it take to complete one of your books? – I have written 44 books in just over 4 years, so a month or two is my usual time, but once I wrote a book in a week and my 600 page book took closer to three months.


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Book Review: 24/6


24/6: a prescription for a healthier, happier life

While I was reading 24/6, several people commented on the title and asked me what it was about. The concept of 24/7 is ubiquitous in our global workplace, and most I have talked to say it would be great to have a day off—really off. We are constantly available by cell phone, email, or voice mail, and this has even evolved to the point where we feel guilty or are actually MADE to feel guilty if we don’t respond in what the other person feels is a timely manner—often within mere minutes. We panic if we leave home without our cell phone. And yet there are laws to protect us from ourselves if we try to use the cell phone while driving and
laws that are meant to limit work hours to what is felt to be a safe level.

Not simply a feel good religious book, the author actually presents evidence of increased illness when we do not have any margin or downtime in our lives. It increases stress, which is tied to illness, but our bodies also have built-in mechanisms to provide rest, such as sleep when much of our healing and restoration occurs. When we deflect these mechanisms, breakdowns will eventually occur.

24/6 offers a plan for restoring balance to your life by allowing God His due. By embracing His influence, and resting
as He commands, we can be healthier and happier.

Book Review: What’s In Your 24?


Buy “What’s in Your 24?”

What’s In Your 24 by Dana Simone Stovall condenses lots of common sense into just 60 pages. A time management system at its core, it really is so much more. Stovall’s gimmick is to list the hours in a day (12 of them) and provide important points for each. Presumably the other 12 hours are for eating, sleeping, and exercise. The 12:00 section displays a great list of TETs (Time Efficiency Tips) such as how to pack for a trip, how to avoid eating too much or the wrong things, and how to make sure you drink enough water. There are some great ideas here about being goal oriented and focused on your dreams. I especially love the sneaky tips on how to exercise when you think you don’t have time. Stovall really has some unique and creative ideas to help you with time management. Underlying the whole thing is an admonition to take care of yourself. If you don’t eat properly, drink enough water, get enough sleep, and exercise, you won’t be at your best to do your job or take care of anyone else.

These are great reminders, especially the one to take care of yourself first. It’s sort of like the airline safety instruction to put on your own oxygen mask first before assisting another passenger. If you pass out (or break down in some way from doing too much) you’re not of any use to them. What’s In Your 24? by Dana Simone Stovall is a fun and quick read and just may help you be more efficient.

Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers Favorite.

Book Review: Productivity-BIG Ideas From the Top 10 Books


Buy “Productivity: BIG Ideas From The Top 10 Books”

Productivity-BIG Ideas From the Top 10 Books, by Oran Kangas, is a very useful book. It’s a little like the audio book summaries. Kangas transparently lays out his strategy for choosing the top 10 books, picks one idea from each book, gives pros and cons of each book, and then outlines the table of contents. It’s a unique and very helpful way to preview his top 10 picks in a category, in this case, productivity. While reading, I bookmarked several of his 10 to pick up and read in their entirety, as this is a subject I could improve in. Undergoing a sudden job change currently as well as caring for an aging parent, I frequently find myself with too much to do and not enough time.

Productivity-BIG Ideas From the Top 10 Books is written with humor and Kangas even pokes fun at himself from time to time. My favorite tip is number 9, from Time Warriors. In three minutes you can begin even the most procrastinated, the most scary, the most daunting task. In three minutes you can make a phone call or Google a question. Don’t have three minutes? What about when you’re waiting for something or someone? A doctor. Traffic. Hold time on the phone. I call the airlines frequently as well as cell phone companies and it takes several minutes to reach a live person through the automated system, during which time you can make a strategy list or Google something. Try it! It’s a tiny giant of a book.

Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers Favorite.