Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

Faith & Trust

May 24th, 2013

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:3 & 9 (ESV)

About 3 months ago, I read this verse. I ‘happened’ to read it at just the time I was choosing an editor. By reading the verse, God was reminding me that I needed to commit my book/s and my dreams of becoming an author to Him. Without Him, it would have surely failed. I have found the most wonderful editor and now I’m  seeking His guidance as I look to find a cover designer.

Without God, I’m sure I wouldn’t even be at the stage that I am at. I have had so many mentors, friends, and family encouraging me along even when I started to think it was impossible. But when you commit whatever you want to the Lord and if it is in His will, He WILL make it happen. All it takes is faith and trust in the One who knows all things.

Using Your Imagination

May 23rd, 2013

When my sister and I were younger, we used to love to play dollhouse. In fact, it was our favorite pastime and we would play with American girls, mini dolls, and Barbies. I think that by playing, it developed my love for writing stories. As I played, I often had a story-line reeling through my head and would tell my sister what this character was supposed to say here or there and what their responses were to what my character just said.

As I got older, I thought that I was “too old” to play, but I started to miss it too. In my pre-teen years, I began calling our play “using our imagination” and it provided me a way to use my imagination without really thinking I was playing. 🙂

Now I enjoy playing dress-up and dolls with my younger cousins. Never think you are too old to play. Your imagination is a wonderful tool that God has given you to use, not hide away.

Why I Write

May 21st, 2013

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been thinking in depth of why I want to write. Sure, it fills me with a sense of excitement and yes, my imagination spills over onto the pages of a book, but it can be hard work. Sometimes I get stuck. I get your characters to a place and then I ask myself, what’s next? What else can I place in your {the character} story that will be believable to my readers? I pause and think why?

And then I remember.

I remember how limited the options of Christian books for young girls.

I remember my church library and how the shelf for young girls seems tiny compared to the children and adult sections.

Yes, there are a lot of good books, but is there meaning to them? Will you go away from reading them with your faith strengthened? Now, I’m not saying there aren’t any Christian books for girls out there…there are…but there are not many.

That is why I want to write. I want girls who are young in their faith to read books where they can learn more about God. I think of my young cousins and all the little girls I babysit for. I want them to grow up and have good books to read and learn from.

That is why I write.

Ideas, Planning, Creating

May 11th, 2013

It is amazing at how stories can form in my head so quickly. Ideas can form at the snap of a finger, just by a word or phrase that has been said. Just yesterday, my mom mentioned that she had lunch in a place called “Elizabeth’s garden.” Immediately, a story line grows in my mind. The characters and plot begin to form. I plan out the likes/dislikes, personalities, and families of my characters. I plan the setting and time period. By the end of my planning, I feel connected with them and ready to write their story, but the writing part can only occur when I feel that connection to my characters and they become alive to me.

When you hear the words “Elizabeth’s Garden,” what thoughts run through your head?

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old