Author Archives: Kristin

2020 — The Scrooge of Years…

In “A Christmas Carol” Dickens describes Scrooge this way: “Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!  Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as … Continue reading

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Old Dog, New Tricks

My dog is 13. She’s old, but she acts like a puppy. The two of us have recently moved to the desert in Arizona to start over and you know, it’s not easy to start new things at an advanced … Continue reading

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A Sad Fourth…

If you’ve been in this country for any length of time then you know that the Fourth of July is a big deal. There are get-togethers and BBQ’s. There are fireworks! It’s a day to celebrate family, friends, fun and … Continue reading

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Going home in a book…

The best thing about books is that they transport you to another realm. And in this crazy time when we can’t travel, escaping in books is one way to get through these quarantine years. Okay, so it simply feels like … Continue reading

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Creating Fictional Worlds

I finished a book this weekend. It’s a book I’ve been working on intermittently for over 5 years. Considering I used to write up to four books a year, it’s hard to get too excited about finishing one book, but … Continue reading

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Day 942 of Our Captivity

All right, not really.  It simply feels that way.  Lockdown isn’t that much different for me as a writer.  I’m generally a homebody — granted, the lack of Starbucks and easily-attainable espresso genuinely lowered my word count — but for … Continue reading

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Bracing for Reviews…

I used to publish one to four books a year.  After a pretty traumatic series of circumstances, I stopped writing altogether.  I’ve only had one new book in the last five years.  Part of the reason I stopped writing is … Continue reading

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In the quietness…

This lockdown should be a writer’s dream.  There are no interruptions save the dog.  My book is nearly finished and yet, it’s the little things that drive one towards insanity. The inability to get an espresso at 10:30 p.m. — … Continue reading

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New Rules for Living — Or Not

This morning, I read this Bible verse about Jesus sending out the 72 disciples before Him: Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse or bag or sandals. Do not greet anyone along the road. … Continue reading

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Be Still and Know…

I have a sign on my computer that reads, “Fear or Faith? You Choose.”  I think that sign is so appropriate as we go through our “shelter-in-place” plans.  My parents and brothers were supposed to fly out to see me … Continue reading

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Passion as an Author

When I’m writing a novel — or even a non-fiction story, I have to be passionate about the subject or I don’t have enough wherewithal to finish the book. Writing a novel is a commitment.  At least 80,000 words living … Continue reading

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Wait for it…

They say prayer has three answers: yes, no and wait.  This weekend, I got to see one of those long “wait for it” prayers answered.  I did not have a successful marriage and I have prayed and worried about my … Continue reading

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Pick a Book, Any Book… by Kristin (Writes) Billerbeck

The best thing about writing is connecting with other writers.  Other book nerds who get what it’s like to live in your head much of the time.  I’ve just recently moved states and I’ve been having trouble finishing a book. … Continue reading

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Starting Over

Starting over is never easy. Whether it’s a career, a move, the end of a relationship, a church breakup, an unexpected tragedy — it’s never easy.  I thought the drama of life would be over at my age, but that’s … Continue reading

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Love Endures All Things…

It’s the season of Hallmark movies and tender romances.  Who can resist the sweetness of a gentle love story with Santa?  Boy meets girl.  Girl moves to hometown and bakes.  For some reason, she always has to bake.  And love … Continue reading

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