Writing about Laura Ingalls Wilder and more

2017 is two months gone, and today I took a moment to write down what I have accomplished in these first weeks of this year. I’m a goal setter and list maker. It’s good to also recognize what has been done already. Want to see what I’ve been doing?
I’ve finished my first 2 rounds of edits for my new book coming out with 5 Star Cengage, ESCAPE TO FORT ABERCROMBIE, with the publishing release date set for January 2018. This is my first time writing for a larger publisher, and it feels both exciting and scary to know it is really coming happening.
I’ve written a devotional for the dear sisters of Annunciation Monastery, and worked with a mentee who had a piece accepted by Chicken Soup of the Soul.
My article about Laura Ingalls Wilder, GROWING UP WITH THE LITTLE GIRL ON THE PRAIRIE, came out in this month’s Roundup Magazine Magazine. I was asked to write the article to celebrate her 150th birthday, and I’m pleased with how it looks. Thanks to Johnny Boggs for the great photos.
Most of all, I’ve been working on a book of short stories to be published by River Place Press next summer. Chip Borkenhagen is doing a great cover for DEAR HOMEFOLKS, and I think you will enjoy these stories. Dear Homefolks includes frontier stories plus a few set in modern times. Many readers have asked for a sequel to SHELTERBELTS. A short story set in Tolga Township a few months after the last chapter in the book will show up in DEAR HOMEFOLKS.
Meanwhile I’m continuing my research for a new novel set in the logging camps of frontier Minnesota.
Next week I will be on a writing retreat with my sister, Angela Foster. She is my go-to person for writing advice, and we plan to write up a storm. We’re heading to sunny Florida. I’ll let you know how it turns out.


  1. Lots of exciting writing happening!

  2. You are busy! Congratulations on the new book, too!

  3. I’m looking forward to the new things to read from you. Is the Fort new Abercrombie book at all related to your Abercrombie series?

  4. I would like your recent books. Due to health issues, haven’t gotten to shop much and am not a computer shopper!!

  5. Candace – I’ll be waiting in line with anticipation. Thanks for your inspiration, instruction and friendship.

  6. Your article in Roundup was excellent, Candace. I enjoyed it very much. My daughter -in-law watches all the old “Little House on the Prairies” when job stress gets to her (practically daily) and I’m going to pass the issue on to her.

  7. Is your devotional available for sale?

  8. Awesome, I want to read them all. Is the devotional available for sale?

    • Candace Simar says

      Hi Rhonda, thanks for asking. my devotionals are not for sale, although perhaps one day I will have time to gather them into a book. 🙂 Happy Easter.

  9. Mary Schimke says

    Ah, Candace! You are so inspiring! Thanks for sharing your journey.

  10. Candace, I’m excited about the new book and, once again, in awe of your dedication to the art and craft of writing. You continue to be my personal touchstone.

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