My First Blog Post…Ever!

I have loved writing my whole life.  Although I often entertained myself by writing little snipets here and there, I never did more.  Between family, work, and other obligations, I just never made the time.

That changed in the fall of 2013.  I entered Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write 2013 contest.  My entry was an inspirational romance targeting the Love Inspired line.  I was floored when it made the top fifty, which meant I needed to submit a full manuscript ASAP.  Good thing I had continued writing.  Although I did not final, the editors asked me to revise and resubmit A Blessed Silence, which I did.  I am still waiting for the results.  I came away from the contest with a new calling, to glorify God and encourage others through writing.  I also gained priceless friendships with other authors, both aspiring and published. 

I entered my second manuscript, Oblivion, in Love Inspired Suspense’s Killer Voices Pitch contest.  At present, I am still in the running, having made it to stage three of four.  The wonderful thing about this contest is that there will be more than one winner.  I can’t wait to see how this all pans out.

And now for the EXCITING news.  In March, I signed my first contract with Astraea Press.  My book, A Second Chance for Mr. Darcy, is a Pride and Prejudice variation novella.  The people at Astraea Press are awesome!  They are warm, welcoming, supportive, and just plain fun.  I am so blessed.

That’s all for now.   




  1. readefining on April 30, 2014 at 1:19 am

    This is amazing!! Congratulations on your achievement. You truly are blessed, and now you’ll be able to bless others on a larger platform. As an aspiring writer, I admire you for your perseverance; I feel inspired. Good Luck!

  2. Brian Marggraf on April 30, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Welcome to wordpress. Best of luck with your blog.

  3. Amy Lamont on April 30, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Love the new blog! Can’t wait to hear more about all your writing adventures. 🙂

  4. Jo Grafford on April 30, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Welcome to the world of blogging!

  5. Autumn Macarthur on April 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Exciting, Dana! You’re being richly blessed for using your talent in His service. It’s a wonderful and joyful thing 🙂

  6. elainemanders on April 30, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Sounds like you’re doing everything right. Congratulations on your success so far.

  7. jeff7salter on April 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    You said it was your first blog, but you radiate a sense that you’ve been blogging all along. If No. 1 blog is any indication, I believe we’ll be quite pleased to read many others.

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