Second, learn how to discern between criticism and advice. Be open to both but know what to sift out and throw away and know which gems to pick up and hold on to. Book: Where did you get the idea for the book? What compelled you to write it? The idea was with me for many years. I wanted to find out what happened to Katie and Christy and the rest of the God-Lovers gang. The day I typed the last line I clearly sensed the Lord impressing on me that I had finished what He invited me to do when I started writing for teens.
But no more teen novels. Every week for the next seven years I received requests from readers all over the world asking me to write more novels for teens. I even approached two different writers about the possibility of them writing about these characters. I was stretched out on the couch for a little nap with my eyes closed. The sun streamed through a high window bathing me in light and a sweet sense of peace.
I got up from the couch and felt a rising sense of excitement. God was doing a new thing. From there all the doors swung wide open and I am overwhelmed and grateful and thrilled that I was able to write these three Katie Weldon novels. Katie is a college student and in each book she is facing all the struggles that come with that season of life; what am I going to do next? Do I really love Rick? Does he really love me? Are we supposed to get married? What about this nudging I have toward one day going to Africa?
How can I resolve this ongoing unsettled relationship with my parents? How am I going to get the money I need for tuition? Where am I going to live after I graduate?
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Who are my true friends? Before I started the series I went to a university in southern California, similar to the setting of the imaginary Rancho Corona University Katie goes to in the books. I receive letters every week from readers who want to go there. My editor and my agent went to the California college with me and since my daughter was attending that school at the time, she gave us the grand tour, answered a bazillion questions and gave me lots of details of what her experience was like since she was an RA that year, like Katie.
I told lots of photos, talked to groups of women in the dorm at night, spoke in chapel, ate in the cafeteria and sat on a bench by the fountain and just watched. That was a very helpful trip. Having my daughter working in tandem with me on the books was the biggest help, though. Katie, I think. I feel connected to all the characters in different ways. Yes, my daughter has begun her own tradition of running away with Jesus for a day in January and asking Him for a word.
I hope readers will see how deeply and intimately they are loved by God and how He has pursued them and called them by name and longs to have a close relationship with all of His daughters. I hope they will see that in every situation there is hope. We also all know that our journey with the Lord begins with faith. But I think we forget that the bridge there between the two is hope.
For Katie, hope is what kept her going.
Hope is what she was willing to take risks for and release the past in order to embrace the future. All the time. God is with us. He never leaves us. He wants us. God is the Relentless Lover and we are His first love. He never stops pursuing us because He wants us back. That is one core truth about the Lord from which I have never recovered. Every morning His mercies are new. His extravagant grace covers every moment.
Everything is redeemable. God wants me. When a reader sees Katie connecting to that truth and then writes me to say she believes God really truly wants her and loves her and now she wants God, well, then. What can I say? I like the ending. Talk about organic storytelling! So when I got to the end I just watched the scene happen as I was typing and I started crying and laughing and felt so happy for Katie. Katie showed up in the second Christy Miller novel for teens at a slumber party.
But that Katie Girl!
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She just fit so perfectly with Christy as a best friend it was clear that she had to stick around. Katie and Christy went through some rough times as friends during their high school years in the Christy Miller series. I think all the friendship struggles they faced have helped lots of teen girls figure out some of their strained friendships as well. By the time Katie and Christy were roommates in college and traveled together in Europe, they had forged a lasting friendship and that continues nicely and realistically in the Katie Weldon series. I want to be like Katie when I grow young.
Tell us about it. The possibility started at least 10 years ago.
Moms wanted to know where to get the next book for their daughter who suddenly loved to read. But then the Lord clearly brought me just the right people to run an online shop and we spent almost a year planning and praying.
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Our beginnings are humble but true to our vision of expanding the ministry of these stories by expanding the brand. Some astounding results are already are coming in after only two months from customers with amazing stories of what these fun items have meant to them. I have several happy, happy projects in the works. Very soothing. Any Final thoughts? Plus I like the music! Give a listen and see if their music reminds you of Katie and the gang, too.
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I love to go to that page and just pray for all the readers from around the world. It would be a joy to pray for you! Jump to. Sections of this page. Accessibility Help. Join or Log Into Facebook. Email or Phone. Forgot account? Without these cookies, we won't know if you have any performance-related issues that we may be able to address. These cookies help us understand user behavior within our services. For example, they let us know which features and sections are most popular.