Dennis Conrad

Why I Started Writing:

I was between eight and ten years old when my parents took me to a dairy. It was a grand adventure, so to remember the experience, I wrote a few facts about cows and drew a detailed picture of one. My mother framed it, and it is still, to this day, in my office. As I got older, journaling became a way to record ideas, clarify plans, and debrief after a hard day. To earn credit for graduate school, I signed up to write a master’s thesis for my degree in Speech Communication. My goal was to finish it in a semester, but it took over a year. My advisor was patient, and he taught me how to edit, revise, and refine my work. As a professor, one goal was to keep my writing sharp by attending a series of Christian writers’ conferences. In May 2017, I heard God say, “Write for me.” Now, I write for him.

Authors Who Have Influenced Me:

Jerry Jenkins’ Left Behind Series is an all-time favorite. I am a member of Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild and signed up for his “Dreamer to Author” program. Watching his prerecorded and live programing is like having a personal writing coach.

Valerie Coulman (When Pigs Fly) and I met through a Christian writers’ conference where she was speaking about writing for children. She was very encouraging when we connected via Zoom, and she told me to keep working on the manuscript that Elk Lake Publishing will soon publish.

Jacqueline Woodson (Show Way) affected my perspective of children’s literature when I heard her give a keynote address to a writers’ conference at UCLA. I still remember my positive reaction as she read excerpts from her book.

Dr. Seuss makes me smile.

Cecil Murphey (Unleash the Writer Within) is a wonderful writer who offered sound advice to help me on my writing journey.

Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal) and Irving Stone (The Agony and the Ecstasy) wrote vivid descriptions of historical places in Europe and made their characters come to life.

Spencer Johnson, M.D. and Kenneth Blanchard (Who Moved My Cheese) motivated me to make their book required reading for college students in my classes in interpersonal communication.

Dave Ramsey (The Total Money Makeover) inspired me to live debt free.

Gary Keller, with Jay Papasan (The One Thing) and Brain P. Moran and Michael Lennington (The 12-Week Year) helped improve my prioritization, goal setting, and time management skills. 

Books I Have Written:

The Two-Cent Piece: The First Coins That Said “In God We Trust" will be my first published children's book.

What I'm Working On Now:

The Elk Lake Publishing team is helping me edit and prepare for publication the first manuscript of seven in my series of children’s books. Also, web content creation never ends. I write and post a weekly blog as well as write daily prayers for “The Wisdom Prayer Challenge.” This challenge is a clarion call to believers to pray for wisdom every day. I send a newsletter on the first Wednesday of every month. I also write manuscripts for read-and-critique groups to keep me continually writing, reading, and creating.

The Two Cent Piece

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