Carol Weshenfelder


Hi, I live and write in North Dakota. I like to write children's fiction, inspirational pieces, how-to articles, fantasy fiction, and science fiction. Talents I have received from my mother's side of the family are art, music, and writing. I am a christian and I love God and am forever grateful for the gifts He has allowed me to have and use for His glory.

I also like to play guitar and keyboard. I am married and have 3 grown children. I like to teach others, encourage people to keep going in their endeavors and I like cats, dogs and horses, not necessarily in that order.

I moved to North Dakota with my family in 1996 and got there just in time for the 500 year flood, the winter that dumped 108 inches of snow on the region and an ice storm that knocked out power for 5 days. Cool huh?

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in middle-school. I began to write short stories some of which were twenty pages long. Of course, they were hand written, I didn't have the use of a typewriter and computers were impossible to contemplate as word processors. They were only for science and space travel.
What is your writing process?
I usually get an idea for a story from things I see, that inspire me. God's creation inspires me every time I see it. Whether it be the starkness of winter or the lushness of summer, or the beauty of the night sky. Music inspires me as well. I use music when I want to write something dramatic. Often movie soundtracks help with that. When I have an idea for a new story I think about it a lot. Once,I read another author's take on the process of writing, he said that we are always writing even when we are sitting around thinking about our story. That was very encouraging to me. I begin to write the story and it takes me a few weeks to a few months to finish one. Then I ask my writer friends to give me their opinion of it. Sometimes it's hard to hear constructive criticism because it can hurt. Not because they are being mean, it's because I made the story and I am tempted to believe that it is perfect the way it is. That's why I ask them to give me their opinions, I know they want to help.

Then after I am satisfied that I have done everything I can to make it as good as it can be, I put together a layout of the book that shows the page breaks and where every illustration should be. Then I start on the illustrations.
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Where to buy in print


Justin's Question
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment, Fiction » Christian » Classical & allegory
Have you ever asked the rocks or trees if they had seen God? If they answered you, what would they say? In this delightful story of adventure and discovery, Justin asks this question of not only the rocks and trees but of many other creatures. He is persistent and yet, the answer eludes him until until his question takes him to the mighty mountains!
My Daddy the King is Very Busy!
Price: Free! Words: 330. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse, Fiction » Christian » Classical & allegory
Here is a story, through a little girl's eyes, about her love for her heavenly Father. She tells about how He is busy with many things, that He cares for His creation, and, though He is busy, He makes time for her, as well, because she is important to Him. This is a story of devotion and joyous love between Father and child. Suitable for children of all ages as well as adults.

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