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Guest Author 2 of COVID Diaries, Welcome Audrey Appenzeller


Audrey Appenzeller has spent years sharing her life and faith. She writes clean family comedies and produces Christian ministry resources. Audrey has a knack for distilling her odd experiences and epic mistakes into thought-provoking stories, which she hopes encourage others.


Audrey wrote the short story, "No Better Time" in COVID Diaries





About You

Where are you from? (Or where do you live?)

Originally, Philadelphia. Presently, New England, specifically, Vermont, USA.


If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Creative. Inquisitive. Big picture.


What's your favourite country (not counting your own)?

Switzerland. Chocolate. Enough said.


What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

It would shock those who know me to learn I modelled active wear in a mall when I was a teen. (Under duress.)


What are your favorite hobbies and activities outside writing and reading?

Escape rooms. Family vacations. Sporting Events. Learning new skills.


About Your Writing

What genre do you write?

Non-fiction ministry resources + family comedy + YA science fiction, fantasy, action-adventure (under a pen name).


What inspired you to start writing?

Women from church (ministry needs) and my kids (entertainment needs).


If you write fiction, where are your books set?

Present day, town and city, USA.


What's your favourite part of the writing process? What's your least favourite?

I love the concept phase—coming up with the idea and the fun twist that cinches it.

I dislike descriptive details, especially tracking them for consistency throughout the story.


Is there a common theme to your books? What is it?

The gospel—God’s power to transform lives.


What would you like readers to say about your books?

I’d love if readers were encouraged and inspired to faith and in their faith.


Are you part of a critique group either online or in person, or have a critique partner? Where are they from? How did you connect with them?

A few years ago, I joined American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) to pursue writing fiction. There, I found the Scribes Crit Group and connected with other authors. Some of those authors formed smaller crit groups, and I joined two. Both folded when members’ lives no longer afforded time to write. A few partners remain. I crit their fiction, and they crit my non-fiction and any short stories I write, like my Covid Diaries story, “No Better Time.”


What book inspires you to be a better writer?

The Bible—it gives purpose to my writing. Countless other books have impacted me, but none as profoundly as the Bible.


What is the best writing advice that someone has shared with you?

Story trumps writing.


About Christian Writing

What’s your inspiration for writing Christian fiction or non-fiction?

The gospel message is eternal. Proclaiming it through non-fiction and fiction is life-giving. I can’t think of a better investment.


What’s your favourite Christian genre to read?

Nonfiction builds my faith, but fiction—whether Christian contemporary, young adult, fantasy, or action—inspires my heart. Though I prefer YA sci-fi, fantasy, and action-adventure, it’s more critical the story (or information, if non-fiction) captivates me.


How does your faith impact your writing?

I want others to know God as personal, holy and loving. That drives me to write as clearly and engagingly as I can.


Who are three of your favorite Christian authors?

Jonathan Edwards. John Piper. CS Lewis.


How do you feel the Christian fiction or non-fiction market has positively changed over the past five to ten years? What do you see for its future?

How many years have you been writing? What advice would you give to someone before they wrote their first book?

I first wrote my first evangelistic Bible study around twenty years ago.

My advice:

(1) Outline using your head, but write from your heart.

(2) Editing covers a multitude of sins.

Audrey Appenzeller has spent years sharing her life and faith. She writes clean family comedies and produces Christian ministry resources. Audrey has a knack for distilling her odd experiences and epic mistakes into thought-provoking stories, which she hopes encourage others.


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Website:

https://audreyappenzeller.com

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