Author Archives: Kristin

The Straw Dilemma

I like turtles.  I mean, who doesn’t?  But I like my straws too, and I’m struggling with the “no straw” rule that’s happening in California to “Save the Turtles.”  I mean, I recycle.  I’m earth responsible, but I want my … Continue reading

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Letting our babies go…

No matter how far I get in my writing career, the hardest part is always letting your baby go.  Allowing someone to read and interact with what you’ve written.  They might tell you that your baby is ugly.  Or your … Continue reading

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Casting out Sinners and Saints…

Right now, the church has a terrible reputation in American for being unloving and unkind to sinners.  I mean, we all fall short of the glory of God, so we don’t want to put anyone out, right?  Wrong. In 1 … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July!

The Fourth has always been a fun time for our family.  From the time my kids were little, we would go to their Grandma’s house in Sacramento, ride our bikes and park under the huge fireworks display in California’s capital … Continue reading

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What kind of reader are you?

As a writer of Chick Lit, I am so grateful that there are different kinds of readers.  Not everyone will get my humor, nor do they like first-person writing — and that’s okay, because there are plenty of people who … Continue reading

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Embracing the Chaos…

This is not a time for writing. That’s hard for me because writing is my happy place.  I’m keeping a toe in the water by helping a screenplay writer turn her screenplay into a book.  But otherwise, it’s not a … Continue reading

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Life as a Writer — A Look Back…

Today I got a request from a total stranger to help him out with a surprise for the love of his life and one of my loyal readers.  I can’t tell you what an honor it is to meet up … Continue reading

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The Need to Care for Others

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 My last child is getting ready to move out into the world.  She’s big into pets and plants. ( I can keep children and pets alive, but plants?  Not so … Continue reading

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What’s the advantage to valley moments?

Whenever life gets rough, I try to focus on the lesson God has for me in that moment.  Sometimes, things are so uncomfortable, you have to change life, but what happens when you’re stuck for a time and God has … Continue reading

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Managing Master Manipulators

Sadly, the church has its share of manipulative people.  I’m reading the book “Under the Banner of Heaven” which is about a religious “Mormon” sociopath who killed his baby niece, his sister-in-law and his brother under the guise that he … Continue reading

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Consider it Pure Joy…

There seems to be a theory that authors — especially big-name authors — are blessed beyond measure and often the subject of envy.  I think this could be true for anyone who is successful in their field.  The truth is … Continue reading

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The Power of Fiction by Kristin Billerbeck

Yesterday, on a writers’ loop, we discussed the first “real” novel that we ever connected with while in our youth.  Something beyond Dr. Suess. It’s a great question and one that can tell you so much about a person.  What … Continue reading

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“Look for the helpers.”

Mr. Rogers used to say that in the face of tragedy and scary times.  Look for the helpers. I know life is tough out there, but as Christians, we really should look for the helpers.  The lessons for us and … Continue reading

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When Hope has a Hole in it.

We all go through valleys in life.  The rain falls on the just and the unjust after all.  We don’t get out of this life unscathed, but hopefully, we grow in the process.    I don’t know if any of … Continue reading

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It’s Loving to be Truthful…

This weekend, I went to my son’s new church and I was so pleased that they are not deniers of the truth.  Sometimes, the Bible shares some tough truths and there are a lot of Christians who feel that it’s … Continue reading

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