Lessons Learned Early and A Miracle for Free….

I attended a nearby annual writer’s group meeting of the Southern Christian Writers Conference and met an incredibly giving author. This nice lady author simply asked me, while I was perusing her books, if I had written a book (she had 3 on her table). When I nodded, she asked a few more questions that led to over an hour of conversation. While sharing her publishing story with me, she gave me several great tips for writing children’s picture books (this is what I now thought my words were going to become, an illustrated story). The author’s great tips for Read More»

God Isn’t Finished With Me Yet….

In the summer of 2005, we returned home to the U.S. Ken would continue to return to the UAE for short consulting assignments for several more years. These times I spent alone allowed me to get involved in new and creative endeavors, giving birth to some new hobbies that focused on exploring my creativity. At some point during this time, I also decided to dust off the story and resubmit it. But first, I wasn’t going to take the chance that while it lay silently inside the computer, it might need a tune-up. If you hang in with me here, Read More»

The Magic Middle…East

Ken’s retirement in 2003 brought us an incredible opportunity. He was invited to serve as special advisor to Shaikh Nayahan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). We lived in the UAE for three years, learning incredible cultural lessons, making life-long ex-pat friends from all over the world, and managing to visit most of our bucket-list countries while we traveled either to or from the Emirates. We worked as a team at the United Arab Emirates University. I got to see first-hand the changes starting to develop among the women students as they Read More»

Before The Millennium…

The story sat quietly inside my computer, taking up barely any space in the multiple megabytes of available storage for great works and creative ideas. I began to feel guilty that I had not put into service something the Spirit had obviously given to me for a reason. Could it have just been given to me for the express purpose of softening my heart toward the designer of the universe? I didn’t see it that way at the time. I acknowledged what scared me most about it–bringing it to life and then having it fail. If God was truly the Read More»

4. A Valuable Lesson Learned

Sometime between 1997 and 1999, I got my nerve up to finally show the story to someone I wasn’t married to. My cousin Lucy was visiting us, and I had made an off-hand comment about having a story with an unknown purpose. I told her I didn’t know what to do with it, but was also sure I didn’t write it (Lucy would understand that comment, and not think me crazy). She wanted to read it. Reviewer #2 then went on to my back porch, with her back to me and read. I could tell when she was finished so Read More»

3. I Haven’t A Clue

My own experiences with the dogs I have been blessed to have are so compelling to me of a heavenly design that no amount of science will ever convince me otherwise. Studies, anecdotes, and eyewitness accounts abound as to the value of having a dog nearby. I watched for several years as our two pet therapy dogs (Golden Retrievers named Rambeau and her offspring Muttley) wandered the halls of both AIDB and a nearby nursing home, making a difference to children and seniors. Both dogs used insights and instincts to bring a totally different joy to the recipients of their Read More»

2. All Dogs Go To Heaven

To understand the “environment” in which this story arrived into my life, I must digress a bit to explain our life at the time. We had moved to a beautiful lake property in Alabama, a place we came to recognize as our “retirement home,” not long before the spirit-writing of Why Dogs Are occurred. My husband had taken the position of Vice President of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB), an incredible institution with a national reputation. It housed individual schools for deaf, blind or children with multiple handicaps, an adaptive program for adults who found themselves losing Read More»

1. Where Did THAT Come From?

Good Lord, what just happened? Where did THAT come from? What does it MEAN? WHO wrote it? I’ve had this experience more than once—words just spew out of me–sometimes written, sometimes spoken—I don’t consciously recall even having them pass through my brain, much less get filtered, censored or amended. In fact, in school, I perfected the “first draft = final draft” methodology, never using so much as a single piece of correction tape for my typed efforts, nor ever getting a smidgeon of white-out on my fingernails. Granted, I had to be in the right mood for that strategy to Read More»

WHY DOGS ARE, a Finalist in Indie Book Awards

Kendall Neff Publishing is honored to have been a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards competition, Spirituality category, for Why Dogs Are, from the children’s illustrated picture book series Love Unleashed. Why Dogs Are is the first in the children’s illustrated picture book series Love Unleashed, by author Tana Thompson, presented by Kendall Neff Publishing. Told from a Christian perspective, the story delivers a message about acceptance and self-worth. With so many excellent children’s books depicting inspirational stories in competition, the Love Unleashed series Why Dogs Are was in great company. Our thanks to the Next Generation Read More»

WHY DOGS ARE takes Silver in Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Kendall Neff Publishing is grateful for the acknowledgement from our esteemed book-loving colleagues!! Why Dogs Are, Places 2nd Love Unleashed children’s illustrated picture book series, Why Dogs Are won a Silver Medal in the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Jenkins Group proudly announced the winners of the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards: “Launched in 2007, the awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading. Congratulations to all the winners!” The 2014 Moonbeam Awards medal ceremony was held in conjunction with the 5th annual Traverse City Children’s Read More»