December 1st, 2013
A sudden sharp rise in my book sales reminded me of how many caring people are already choosing books as Christmas gifts for young readers. Emails from older readers show that my four series of 40 novels are not only fun to read, but they have “staying power” so they’re cherished long after childhood. Example:
“I am writing to let you know how much your Ladd Family Adventure Series means to me, especially The Legend of Fire. I have lost count of the number of times I have read The Legend of Fire. It was one of my absolute favorite books growing up, and any time I wanted something to read and there wasn’t anything new around, it was always the first book I went back to.
“I also have an old tattered collection of many of your other Ladd Family Adventure books, and have added a few shiny new ones in more recent years.
“I really treasure your stories and the lessons they teach. These books are a true mix of adventure, family values and Christian morals, and are books I would love to see my own children read someday.”(Megan McRae, college student.) Books: always the right Christmas gift,
October 26th, 2013
My 40 family-friendly adventure novels for young readers have done so well that some people are unaware that I have also authored 10 historical suspense novels for adults. Emily Schroepfer recently found book 1 one in my second trilogy “The Pinkerton Chronicles. She wrote, in part:
“I just rented your book, “Days of Deception” from the library. I am so far enjoying it. I am interested in writing as well. Last year for my birthday I got both of your “How to Write” books, and I really enjoyed them. Thank you for your writing! The world needs more good writers like you. I look forward to reading more of your novels.”
REPLY: Thanks, Emily. Besides “Deception,” the other exciting adult novels in that trilogy are “Yesterday’s Shadows” and “Tomorrow’s Promise.” My other trilogy begins with “Giants on the Hill.”
In blog #53, I quoted part of a letter from John S. Stoltzsfus, but omitted his name. I apologize for that. John buys and sells used Christian books at email@example.com. He wrote that he knew my “Between Two Flags” are available as e-books, but wondered if I had any plans for reprinting them as paperbacks.
REPLY: That’s under consideration, John.
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October 16th, 2013
Computer failure delayed this blog, but was repaired in time to write:
Sixty-six years ago, on Oct. 17, 1947, Miss Cicely Price and I were married. We are grateful to God for all the blessings He has given us, including a son, daughter, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons.
Cicely and I are also very thankful that two generations of former and current young readers have made many best-sellers of my 40-plus wholesome books. We appreciate that 35 of my titles are still on the market in paperback or electronic form.
We also have another 30-plus out-of-print paperback titles including “An American Adventure,” my series for girls which sold nearly 500,000 copies. Teresa Jones recently asked if I planned to republish those as e-books on Kindle.
“I grew up reading those books until they fell apart and I would just love to have the ebooks so that one I could re read them and two so that they could remain in my collection forever just as the paperbacks have been. Thank you making such a wonderful set of stories that helped inspire my great love for reading.”
Teresa, the answer is conditional but my 200 words are used up, so details next blog.
October 8th, 2013
Next time, I’ll clarify something I wrote in Blog #52, but the stalemate in Washington is so timely it reminded me of a great turning point in our nation. I shared it years ago in my “American Heritage” radio broadcasts.
In May, 1787, the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia to amend the Articles of Confederation. Various states’ representatives became quarrelsome and hopelessly divided. New York’s delegation even left in disgust. The situation looked hopeless when old Ben Franklin said, in part:
“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: ‘that God governs in the affairs of men.’ And if a swallow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, it is probable that an empire can rise without His aid?
“I therefore beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business.”
The words of the prayer that followed are unknown although it obviously was not merely a perfunctory ritual recitation. Squabbling delegates then worked together to create perhaps the world’s most unique governing document: our Constitution; a great turning point in our nation’s history.
October 2nd, 2013
I have earlier explained that my mission is to encourage young readers to enjoy reading and writing. Home school families and Christian schools have become our primary constituents of my God-honoring, fun-to-read wholesome novels for young readers.
This twice-weekly blog format is like a 200 word magazine featuring a variety of short, pertinent pieces to achieve those goals, as:
QUOTES: “People tend to do what they really want – and make excuses for all else.” This became known as Roddy’s Rule in the years I taught countless aspiring writers how to become selling authors.
LETTERS: Between Two Flags
“Am interested in knowing if the above set will become available in print form again? Any plans? I know they are now available in e-books, however many of our customers are Amish/Mennonite, not using the technology. We buy many used titles for our customer requests. Please let us know your thoughts on this. We operate a small mail order business, goes by the name of Brookside Bookstore in Parkesburg,PA. I enjoy reading your blog.”
AUTHORS’ BOOKS: Lois Walfrid Johnson, best-selling author of 38 books, has just released “Escape into the Night,” #1 of 6 titles with study guides in “Freedom Seekers,” from Moody Publishers.
More next blog.
September 11th, 2013
In August, Cicely (my wife of 65 years), and I celebrated my 92nd birthday at Lake Tahoe by considering whether to retire, or for me to continue writing more books in the next 92 years – or whatever fraction thereof remains.
Cicely is vital to what we do, so she can’t retire until I do. After publishing 60-plus books with sales in a few millions of copies, I’d like to keep writing books, but at a reduced pace for both of us.
However, besides providing more God-honoring, wholesome, exciting novels for young people, I also feel an obligation to help others who write for this group. We have a plan to do both by involving you blog readers. Without you, this concept will not work. It’ll take two blogs to explain, and then expand the blog to twice weekly. Here’s an overview.
My mission and this blog are to encourage young readers to enjoy reading and writing. These are the foundations for almost everything they will do later in life.
I have been asked for the names of family-friendly authors and titles of their books. I plan to compile such a roster with your help. Authors will be invited to promote their work here. Stay tuned.
August 15th, 2013
No matter how carefully I try to catch errors before posting something, a wrong word often sneaks in.
For example: in Blog #48 posted earlier today, the second paragraph has a very good word, “pray,” but it’s the wrong word for that sentence. It reads: “…earn a living by stringing words together so that readers will PRAY for them.” Obviously, it should have read ….”PAY for them.” A better phrase would have been “will buy them.”
I know there’s got to be a way to correct the error on the post, but time is running out to leave on our trip, so I apologize for the mistake and move on.
However, this incident gives me an opportunity to add another thought: I appreciate readers who have written to say they pray for me and my writing. I know it’s common practice to pray for your local pastor. But how many pray for the writer?
August 15th, 2013
With “Risking the Dream,” the sixth and last release of my original “Between Two Flags” series from Kindle e-books, 35 of the books I’ve written are available. Cicely has just filed her latest newspaper column, as she’s done for about 30 years. So we’re taking a few days off celebrate all this (with gratitude), plus my 92nd birthday.
I say “celebrate” because only a microscopic few of countless thousands of aspiring writers are privileged to earn a living by stringing words together so that readers will pray for them. I am blessed for those reasons, and for you readers who have bought some millions of my family-friendly books – and still do.
Cicely has earned a well-deserved week off from writing “From Here to Maturity,” her light hearted newspaper column with a unique perspective on ordinary events. Of course, she also handles our household work plus the myriad details that are essential parts of a writing family’s life.
We’re not retired. I like work. I like what I do for a living. So after a week off, I will continue writing my current novel while Cicely contemplates turning some of her most popular columns into a book. Meanwhile, thanks for being readers.
July 6th, 2013
Here’s help for those of you who have submitted comments to this blog which were not printed.
To be publishable here:
–It must be in English. I will not print something I can’t understand.
–It must be pertinent to the reason this blog exists: to encourage families, teachers and youngsters to enjoy writing and reading wholesome, uplifting and exciting stories.
–It must be concise and to the point. See this example from Eric Magnuson who commented on my last blog:
“I vote #2. I think the Pony Express story sounds more intriguing.”
To refresh your memory, here’s that story concept which appeared in the last issue of this blog:
#2: A fictitious horse story in progress is about an orphaned pioneer girl who is robbed, betrayed and abandoned in the desert on the trail west. Desperately in need of survival money for herself and younger cousin, the heroine risks her life to become the only girl ever to ride for the Pony Express. The dramatic climax is based on an historic event from the 1860s. Which story would your family read first?
I welcome your comments when they follow the guidelines listed above. Try again.