Tricia Goyer: Real-Life Wonder Woman

By Elizabeth Griffin

We all know at least one Wonder Woman. Or we’ve heard of one. Because whenever a woman manages to parent more than a couple of children well, earn an income, actively minister in her church and community, and juggle a host of activities and relationships, word spreads.

With Tricia Goyer, you can multiply all of the above many times, and word has definitely spread.

To say that she is a busy mom of ten is an understatement. Her list of accomplishments and ongoing ministry is astonishing.

In summary—and I know I’m missing at least a few things—Tricia is

  • a wife;
  • homeschooling mother of ten, seven of whom are adopted;
  • grandmother of two;
  • national speaker;
  • multi-award winning author of more than 60 published novels and nonfiction books;
  • writer of more than 500 published articles;
  • active blogger on several websites;
  • mentor of teen moms in her community;
  • founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries;
  • sought-after speaker at conferences throughout the world,
  • a regular short-term missionary.

Jesus’ parable of the talents, told in Matthew 25:14–30 (esv), comes to mind when I think about Tricia. The Lord has definitely given her many abilities and gifts, and she has been faithful to use them. As she has done that, the promise “For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance,” has proven true.

When recently asked how she finds time to write, Tricia responded:

Writing for me comes down to two things: (1) the choice, and (2) deadlines. I have deadlines with publishers that I have to meet, and I have to make hard choices to meet them. I often wake up early to write—like four a.m. I take my computer with me when we have appointments, such as speech therapy and occupational therapy, and I write in the waiting rooms. And I hire a babysitter for eight to ten hours a week to watch my kids so I can write.

Of course that means ignoring the laundry, ignoring the messy house, and ignoring all the things I want to watch on television. Sometimes I’m tired when I sit down to write, but once I get going the ideas excite me, and it becomes easier. The hard part is just getting started. I’ve learned over the years to just start.

That’s a good lesson for all of us: just start. Be faithful with what God has given you. Then praise him for the results.

I expect there are quite a few lessons we could learn from Tricia, and we’re blessed to have her lead two workshops at our Renewal this May:

Painless Social Media for Authors — Want to grow your followers and increase your impact as an author? Social media can be painless when you discover its true purpose and you create systems that work for you. (Intermediate and advanced levels)

Using Your Life Themes to Write Powerful Fiction – Compelling novels are filled with emotion. Not melodrama, but pain and triumph mined from the deep places of your heart. Discover the deep wells, and your story will take on new life and will touch the deep places of readers’ hearts too. (All levels)

Don’t miss meeting a real-life Wonder Woman! Sign up now for the 2017 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal.

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Elizabeth Griffin has worked as a writer and editor for a monthly lifestyle newspaper elizabeth_griffin2for the past decade. She has published more than 500 articles in newspapers, anthologies, and magazines, in addition to the books Fragile X, Fragile Hope: Finding Joy in Parenting a Child with Special Needs and Margot’s Story. Elizabeth’s favorite subject matter is true stories about inspirational people. She loves to speak truth into the lives of others and has been a Bible teacher for 15 years. Her current passions are writing for an international network of church planters and her blog Follow the Dots.

The Truth about Having an Agent by Tricia Goyer

NCWA blog is pleased to welcome Tricia Goyer!

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Fifteen years ago, my friend Robin Jones Gunn told me about her editor, Janet Grant, who was becoming an agent. I’d been attending Mt. Hermon Writer’s conferences for a few years, and having an agent seemed cool and very important. It took a few tries for Janet to welcome me into her flock. This was 1997 and before Facebook, so I’m pretty sure the only people who heard about my new agent-ed status was my husband, my dog, and maybe a writer friend or two. I don’t think I mentioned it to anyone at church because how can you explain something like that without sounding like you’re tooting your own horn?

The truth about having an agent is that she listens to my ideas. (I have a lot of ideas, if you couldn’t guess that.)And she tells me which ones are good. Her mind is like a gold pan that swirls everything around, sloshing out the muddy water and stones, while clinging to the nuggets.She tells me which ideas won’t work and why . . . and sticks to her beliefs even when I try to convince her otherwise. (And since her track record is pretty darn good, I listen.)

The truth about having an agent is that Janet is really the only one on this planet who understands what I’m juggling. She’s aware of the books that are due, the ideas she’s presenting, and even the ideas that are still being firmed up like cherry jello in the fridge.

The truth about having the same agent for fifteen years is that I’m learning how to read the pauses of her speech and the tones of her voice. I can tell when the phone rings and I pick it up if she has good news, bad news, or just business news. (There’s a special little chirp when there’s good news.)

Now, some of you might be wondering why this is the topic of today’s blog, especially if you’re not a writer or aren’t interested in publishing books.

The truth about having an agent is that I signed up with a life-mentor without realizing it . . . and all of us need mentors. We each need someone to listen to our ideas, to give us wise feedback, and to understand what we’re juggling. Too many of us go through life hiding everything inside and don’t get the chance to be listened to or known.

Having an agent-mentor has also guided me as I support writer-friends. There are times I’ve heard the advice she gave me fifteen, ten, or five years ago coming from my lips.

There is also another reason why I wanted to talk about this. It’s because I want to pass on a little advice to those who are looking to be published. Now, more than ever, it’s easy to get your words in print (or in ebook, which is electronic print). It may be tempting to handle things yourself, to upload your own products to Kindle, and to launch your own career from the security of your couch.

While this is the right choice for some of you, in the midst of your business planning consider what you might be missing out on, who you might be missing—a gold pan, a fellow-juggler, an advocate, and a cheerleader. 

I’m not going to tell you want to do, but at least take the time to explore what’s possible. For those who are diligent, the right person will come at the right time and you’ll be thankful that God gave you a companion on this writing journey who truly understands.

And that’s the truth.

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This post appeared January 15, 2013 on Tricia Goyer’s blog. Re-posted by kind permission.

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com.
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Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.comTheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.