Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 30, 2014

Writing conference this weekend at Greenbo

ARGILLITE — Local writers can get firsthand advice about the publishing industry, crafting well-written stories and more from three successful authors at this weekend’s Dogwood Writing Conference.

Hallee Bridgeman, a Christian romance author from Winchester, S.G. Redling, a mystery and science-fiction author, and Cindy Nord, a historical romance author from Evansville, Ind., will speak during the conference Saturday in Greenbo Lake State Resort Park’s Jesse Stuart Lodge.

Mrs. Nord, a New York Times best-selling author, will be accompanied by her husband, Tom Nord, and will talk about her era-based fiction.

Nord said the couple house a mutual fascination with the Civil War era. Mrs. Nord uses the war as the historical background for her books and her husband is a professional re-enactor in Indiana and has also helped with re-enactments in popular productions, such as the TV miniseries “North & South,” which starred Patrick Swayze.

The story of how Mrs. Nord and her husband met was described by her as being “love at first sight” on the battlefield of a re-enactment she was watching.

“I got my happy ending and now I am helping my readers get their happy endings as well,” she said.

She will lecture on the elements of fiction writing and her husband will show authentic artifacts from the Civil War.

Bridgeman said she will also be giving a similar presentation on the writing process, but will also discuss exploring different genres.

She began her career as a romance writer, penning seven books, but they were not published. After having children, she said she rarely had time or creative energy to expend and instead took to blogging.

She created the blog “Hallee the Homemaker,” which included entries of wholefood recipes and parenting and lifestyle tips, all with a Christian focus. Shortly after gaining a following, she wrote a cookbook parody series, which includes “50 Shades of Gravy,” “The Walking Bread” and “Iron Skillet Man.”

After her children grew older, she returned to romance writing, but felt reverting to secular romance novels would be hypocritical to fans of her blog.

Now, she combines elements of suspense, Christianity and romance into one story. Her third novel is due to be published May 13.

On Saturday, she will discuss her journey from a secular to Christian writer, as well as talk about the balancing act she has to maintain when juggling three elements for such a narrow genre.

“There is a traditional way of writing Christian fiction and I break a lot of those rules,” she said. “But now I find myself open to a much larger market.”

A short meet-and-greet for conference attendees will be on Friday. There is a $50 fee to attend, which includes Friday night’s activities, Saturday’s continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. Registration is required.

Contact Cathie Shaffer to pay the admission fee and register at catshaffer@windstream.net.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

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