Lois Kennis, tenacious author. I love to enter contests. It's one way to test audience response and it gives me hope.
I'm grateful and honored to have won the ACFW Virginia 2020 Crown Award for the novel I've been writing, restructuring, wrestling with and rewriting for years -- "Rise on Eagle's Wings." I love every minute of the writing and editing process and hope someday soon to see it published and distributed. When that finally happens, it will be a miracle from God. I hope you'll enjoy reading the story as much as I've enjoying writing it.
In 2020 I was also blessed to win the Cascade Writing Contest (Oregon Christian Writers) for Unpublished Contemporary Fiction Book. The ceremony was online and it was incredibly exciting to find out I'd won by hearing my novel's first line read aloud.
In 2019 I was Semifinalist in American Christian Fiction Writers' (ACFW) Genesis Contest, Finalist in Serious Writer's Writer of the Year, and 2nd Place Contemporary Fiction in Write to Publish Conference.
In 2018 I won Second Place Contemporary Novel in North Carolina Christian Writers Conference, and in 2017 I was Semifinalist in Tucson Festival of Books.
Some contests send feedback from the judges, which I've used to revise and improve the novel. It's a long process to publication, but hope gleams brighter every day. Valuable feedback also comes from writers critique groups, face-to-face and online, which leads to precious friendships. And I continue to devour books. Reading fuels my writing.
I'm grateful to live in America, where almost every small town or big city boasts a public library, whether one of the historic old Carnegie's, or a more contemporary structure of steel and glass. Libraries help keep free countries free. Libraries fuel the mind and spirit.
Bookstores are also essential to our country's health. Let's support them!
Journaling/Blogging With Lois
Please explore my blog posts linked from the right side of this page, or the bottom, depending on whether you're viewing from your desktop or your phone. I write to share a smile, or perhaps to shed a tear. Life has both.
Winner ACFW VA Crown Award 2020
Winner OCW Cascade Award 2020
2nd Place Novels Award NCCWC
I started writing my first novel on the bank of Bear Creek in Rochester, Minnesota, and finished in Ames, Iowa, where I'm close to all six grandchildren. I'm writing my second novel, seeking an agent and publisher.
My writing background includes a decade of support to University of Minnesota Sustainable Partnerships, and years of writing feature stories about small Iowa businesses. I belong to the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and numerous local writers groups.
Please bear with me while I tinker with this little blog and try to figure out how to make things work.