Interview & Book Give-Away with Linda Gilden, Kudos, & MoGo7000 Totals

Linda Gilden headshotWhat a great day today…learning about writing with Linda Gilden, celebrating your successes, and offering a chance to win $100!


Called to Write: 7 Principles to Become a Writer on Mission, by Linda Gilden

First up–What a joy to welcome back my friend Linda Gilden! Linda is not only a talented, prolific writer, editor, and conference director, but she’s also a great roomie! We’ve shared rooms in hotels and conference centers from Florida to Colorado and Atlanta to Texas!

Be sure to read her bio below, but for now I’ll just tell you that she’s the author or co-author of at least six books that I can think of, ghostwriter of a bunch more, and has published gobs of articles, so when it comes to writing, she knows what she’s talking about!

Today we’re going to hear about her thoughts on the writing life and her newest book, Called to Write: 7 Principles to Become a Writer on Mission. Be sure to leave a comment for Linda and you could win a copy of Called to Write! Don’t forget to return next week to see if you’re the winner!

Welcome back, Linda. Thanks for hanging out with us again!

Thanks, Vonda, for inviting me to stop by. Can’t think of anything I love more than chatting with and encouraging other writers (except maybe spending the day floating in a pool surrounded by splashing grandchildren!)

Abolutely! I am with you on that one! So how do you fit writing into a busy family life? Is it really possible to be a writer and keep family relationships strong?

It does take work. It’s a matter of keeping the right things first. If God has called you to be a writer, He probably called you to be a son, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, or other things first. Writing is important but not above your relationship with God and your family. I started writing when my children were very young and didn’t have great blocks of time to sit and write. Often I just got going on an article assignment and one of the children would need something. When I had to leave my computer to tend to my children, God never failed to redeem that writing time.

You mentioned your relationships. Why are relationships important to writers? Don’t we need to just sit in front of our computers and keep plugging?

Well, of course, we can’t be writers if we don’t write which involves quite a bit of alone time. In fact, many writers are introverts and enjoy the time alone. But because your personality is introverted doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy people. You just want to enjoy them a few at a time! Relationships are important and writers need to build their relationships with God, family and friends like everyone else. In the writing world, relationships are important for encouragement. Relationships with other writers lead to networking that can help you grow in the publishing business.Linda Gilden Called to Write cover

I mentioned earlier that you recently coauthored a book with Edna Ellison called Called to Write. Do you think all writers have a calling?

Every person has a calling. But finding God’s ultimate purpose for his or her life takes a lot of prayer, exploration, and listening. Often people don’t discover God’s purpose until they have explored many different options. How do you know if God has called you to be a writer? There is no easy answer and the answer is different and personal for each person. I did a lot of things in early adulthood I really enjoyed. But when I discovered writing, a whole new world opened up to me. I felt a passion I had never had before. I walked by my computer and it beckoned me. I couldn’t not write.

Eric Liddell said it best in the movie Chariots of Fire when he responded to his sister’s questions. “When I run, I feel God’s pleasure.” What do you do that makes you feel God’s pleasure? What are you so passionate about that when you do it you feel an immediate connection with God? For me, it is writing and encouraging others.

Hmmm. A lot to think about.

For sure. I don’t know the passion of every reader. But in a way everyone is a writer. In 2 Corinthians 3:3 says, “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” Even if we don’t put words on paper people are “reading” our lives. My prayer for myself and each of us is that our message, God’s message through us, is a bestseller!

I love that truth! So if we have readers who may want to write a book, what would you say to them?

Get started today!

Yes! I like that answer! So many times we say we WANT to write, but then we don’t do anything about it. The bottom line is writers write. Otherwise, they’re only wannabes.

Linda, thank you again for being with us today and sharing your new book. Readers, leave a comment for Linda and you’ll be in the drawing for a free copy of Called to Write! Then check back next week to see who wins!

Bio: Linda Gilden is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, writing coach, and Certified Personality Trainer. Author of the popular Love Notes series, she is also the author of Mommy Pick-Me-Ups, Mama Was the Queen of Christmas, and many ghostwritten books. With hundreds of magazine articles to her credit, Linda Gilden is a prolific writer who loves to share a great story. As a freelance editor and writing coach working with publishers and individuals she encourages others to make their writing the best it can be. She speaks nationally many times throughout the year, is a frequent radio and television guest, and welcomes the opportunity to help others become better communicators. As a member of the CLASS Seminar training staff, Linda enjoys helping others polish their speaking and writing skills on their journeys to clear, concise communication. She is Director of Writing Programs for CLASSEMINARS, Inc., the CLASS Christian Writers Conference, and the Carolina Christian Writers Conference. – See more at:


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Now Let’s Celebrate YOU!

Congratulations to these Christian Writer’s Den friends who are working hard…and it shows!

1.  Alycia Morales and Andrea Merrell (SC): Editors Alycia Morales and Andrea Merrell have started a new blog for writers, The Write Editing. They will have guest bloggers on the second Monday of each month, along with book giveaways, writing and editing tips, and links to valuable online resources. Be sure to stop by, leave a comment, and sign up to receive a new post every Monday.

2.  Whitney Schwartz (OH): I published an e-book last week. It’s a 30-day devotional called Grace
Like Rain, full of inspirational and informative messages on relevant topics with a recurring theme of God’s grace to all mankind. It’s now available in the Amazon Kindle store here.

3.  Maureen Hager (NC): My new website & blog are live!

4.  Amanda Jenkins (PA): I am excited to share that I have started a blog for young Christian families. Milk Tap offers original articles on breastfeeding, child development, and family activities.

5.  Marilyn Nutter (NC): Lifting and Leaving was the subject for Marilyn Nutter’s guest blog post on  Widowhood: More than Grief. March 31, 2014. And More Than Pen and Paper: The Benefits of Journaling was the subject of Marilyn Nutter’s guest blog post on The Humbled Homemaker, March 18, 2014.

Congratulations to all these Christian Writer’s Den friends! We cheering you on!

And readers, if you didn’t have a success to celebrate this month, be sure and check back next week where I’ll have a new list writing opportunities collected just for you!

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Who MoGo’d in April…and Has a Chance to Win $100?

These CWD writers have earned an April entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100 in cash!

#10: Joan – 25,216 words
#11: Jamy Taylor Whitaker – 12,256 words

Congrats, friends! Keep up the good work and you’ll earn even more entries into the drawing.

Writers, want to know how you can qualify for the $100 challenge? Check out the MoGo7000 Challenge here. It’s free and open to everyone all year long!


I was sad to see you didn’t have any entries in Chip MacGregor’s Bad Poetry Contest. 🙁 Maybe you’ll celebrate badly for his NEXT birthday!

Well, I guess that does it for another Tuesday gathering. Be sure to leave a comment and check out Linda Gilden’s new book, Called to Write.

See you Friday!


(PS: I’m writing this on 5-9-14 because I’ll be out of town when this posts. If anyone leave a MoGo result or sends me a kudo and you don’t see it here, it’s probably because it was written after I had uploaded this post. I’ll catch you the next time! Thanks!)

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  • Hi friends! Thank you for your kind comments and words of encouragement while I was away. I’m sorry I couldn’t comment personally, but the only thing I could do easily was get on a slow FB connection. 🙁

    Can’t wait to see who won Linda’s awesome book!

  • Ruth W

    Hi, Linda! A friend of mine described Alaska highways as a series of potholes connected by small patches of pavement. Sometimes my life fees like a series of “real life” responsibilities connected by small patches of writing.Thank you for encouraging each of us called to write to respond to that call. Blessings, Ruth from Colorado and former Ghost Ranch conference attendee

  • Carol Weeks

    Linda, I liked your comment of “I couldn’t not write.” That’s it for me. I can’t imagine not writing. Most of my writing stinks, but I still do it because I know that God wants me to. I guess that’s what a calling truly is…

  • Linda, I love to encourage others, too. Also love your advice of “get started today” — an important message for sure!

  • Gwyn Hubbert

    I really enjoyed this interview. i am guilty of not carrying through with what i feel God wants me to write. i am working on changing that, and Linda encouraged me to keep at it! Thank you so much. I look forward to reading your book.

  • Rene` Diane Aube

    Thank you for the reminder that writing is secondary to my relationship with God and family. I tend to have tunnel vision when I’m into a project. I need to get better at walking away *without guilt* from everything to do with writing to enjoy God time and family time. God bless!

  • Such great advice and inspiration, Linda. I have to constantly remind myself to step away from the computer and spend time with my precious family. Thanks for sharing.

  • Congrats to everyone! Linda, I will most certainly be purchasing this book. You initially snagged me with the title/book cover but after reading this interview I’m hooked!

    Vonda, have a great time in AZ with your mom. 🙂

  • @EddieSnipes, yes Linda’s interview is awesome.

    All is well with me (and my writing). Glad to see you’re still a MoGo-er. Happy writing!

  • Eddie Snipes

    Awesome interview! I’m glad you are called to write! @Cherise Bopape, long time no see. Hope all is great with you.

    Congrats on the mogo’ers. I keep forgetting to Go post my Mo.

  • Tammy Whitehurst

    “What are you so passionate about that when you do it you feel an immediate connection with God?” I love how you said that and never thought of it that way! Thank you, Linda. I hope your day is blessed beyond belief. (Tipping my coffee cup at you now.)

  • Vonda,
    I had the pleasure of meeting Linda and you during the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in 2007. I am delighted to read Linda’s interview. Having three children at home, I sometimes struggle to find time alone to write.
    However, like Linda, I have found that when I order my to-dos in a way that
    pleases God, He especially blesses me with fresh insight, inspiration, and
    ideas to encourage other women. Consequently, when I do sit down to write, the task seems easier. He indeed redeems the time we’ve spent nurturing our children,
    meeting a spouse’s need, or building our relationship with Him through prayer
    and Bible study. Thanks for the reminder. We are indeed writers on mission.
    That mission starts in our homes and spreads outward from there.

  • Edith Kurie

    Thanks for this helpful information on Linda’s book. Being strong-willed sometimes it is difficult for me to discern God’s voice from what I think I want.

  • Lori Hatcher

    What spoke to me most about your interview is how you clearly explained the challenging juggle called writers have–balancing the precious relationships God has place in our lives with the call to write. Thankfully, it’s not mutually exclusive. I’ve found in my own life that when I neglect one, the other suffers. It is only by sitting at God’s feet every morning that I gain insight into how to do both well. Congrats on your new book. Can’t wait to read it!

  • Judith

    Vonda, thank you for introducing us to Linda. And Linda, thank you for sharing your wisdom and your heart.