Keli Gwyn
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A Fond Farewell

I’m normally a wordy writer, but as I prepared this post, words failed me.

My decision to retire is the right one for me, a decision the Lord has confirmed many times in many ways. That doesn’t stop the rush of emotions washing over me as I embrace this new chapter in my life.

As I reflect on my writing career, one emotion stands out: gratitude. I’m beyond thankful for each one of you who has come alongside me as I’ve traveled this path, offering me support and encouragement. You’re the best cheerleaders ever!

I’ve been asked if I would consider writing again. My answer is this. I might not be writing novels now, but I’ll always be a writer. Should the Lord call me to put fingers to keyboard again someday, we would have some long talks.

My longtime writing partner, Anne, sent me an encouraging email recently. She suggested I think of writing as “a room in your life that is always there, right behind the closed door.” I’ve taken her wise words to heart.


This post marks the end of my blogging…for now. I’m eager to see what the Lord has in store for me next.

Instead of saying goodbye, as we Americans do, I’ll end by saying auf Wiedersehen, which, translated literally, means until we see each other again. I’m sure I’ll see many of you over on Facebook.

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Christmas Tea With an Author

I hope to see some of you at my final author appearance.
I’ll be your host at the Christmas Tea with an Author
event this coming Friday, December 8.

I’ll be stopping by throughout that day to chat with readers. The other participating Love Inspired Historical authors and I teamed up to offer a Loaded Kindle Fire. I’ll be offering some fun prizes of my own, including this Christmas-themed Origami Owl locket.


I think this festive locket deserves a close-up.

Note that all the tiny crystals are included.
I removed them to make it easier to see the charms.

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Final LIH Spotlight Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to the winner from my November 27 post!
Denise M. will receive Would-Be Mistletoe Wife by
Love Inspired Historical author Christine Johnson.

Keli Gwyn

46 Comments

  • While your retirement leaves me sad I totally love that you are enjoying your time with your family and friends. I have loved every one of your books! I’m so happy that we can still be “friends” on facebook and that I can keep up with your adventures with your Mr. Wonderful! And even though you are retired I’m still going to contact you my next trip out to CA so that we can do lunch or brunch or whatever πŸ™‚ Thank YOU Keli for the wonderful giveaways and the inspiring stories that you wrote! Happy retirement and many blessings for following the Lord’s guidance in your life πŸ™‚

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, you’ve been one of my biggest cheerleaders. I’m so grateful for you. And, yes, I would love to get together with you again the next time you’re out my way. I have such fond memories of our brunch.

  • Laurie Wood says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading all your book, Keli and getting to know you this past year. I’m so glad you feel peace with your decision and I think your friend has the right take on it! Best wishes for a happy retirement because it’s something that a lot of people don’t always get to enjoy with their spouses for various reasons. And Merry Christmas!

  • Hugs and kisses, and gratitude, FOR YOU!!!

  • Fedora says:

    Hugs and thanks, Keli!! Thank you for your years of sharing your writing with us. I know God will bless and use you as you continue on, whether that includes writing for an audience again πŸ™‚

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Fedora, and for your support throughout my writing career. You’ve been there cheering for me since the beginning, and that means a great deal to me.

  • It’s been so fun watching your journey! I pray the next one is just as sweet and rewarding. Hugs, friend!

  • Carla Gade says:

    Keli, Thank YOU for your encouragement of fellow writers through the years and for the wonderful words you have penned! I love Anne’s take on writing! God’s best to you now and always!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      I appreciate you and your kind words, Carla. You taught me so much as we worked together to administrate the Cup of Christmas Cheer blog. I’m still using those skills today.

  • Andrea Stephens says:

    Keli, I will miss your weekly blog posts but I will see you on Facebook.
    I want to thank you, again, for sharing your gift of words with us. I have spent many happy hours reading them and will revisit your books often.
    You seem to be thriving in your retirement. I am happy for you! Enjoy your adventures!
    Much love and happiness to you!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Thanks, Andrea, for your kind words and for all the support and encouragement you’ve given me during my writing career. I look forward to more good times as fellow readers.

  • Susanne Dietze says:

    I give thanks for you and your example of godliness, kindness, and mentoring–and for your amazing talent! Hugs, Keli! Looking forward to catching up in person again soon. Wishing you and Gwynly a wonderful holiday season. Hugs!

  • Keli,
    You may not know it, but your notes throughout the years (especially in the MANY years I received rejections over and over) have always been so dear to me! I am thankful to have benefited from your kindness, grace, and gentleness as co-jouneyers on this writing trek. Thank you for your generosity of spirit and ready encouragement. God has used you in so many ways to brighten my life.

  • Susan Mason says:

    Keli,
    I’ve enjoyed sharing your writing journey and watching you achieve success! And I wish you nothing but happiness in your ‘retirement’. Thank you for all your encouragement over the years! I’m sure we’ll keep in touch over FB!
    Cheers,
    Sue

  • Marilyn R says:

    Keli, Thank you for your lovely blog posts. I’ve enjoyed reading your books and look forward to reading Their Mistletoe Matchmakers this month. Blessings in your new phase of this life’s journey filled with God’s amazing gifts. You’ll be missed.

  • Best wishes Keli! I have been blessed by your blog posts. Hugs!

  • Karen Lange says:

    Wishing you joy and blessings galore as you embark on this new chapter of life! πŸ™‚

  • I like the closed door analogy. I wouldn’t be surprised to see you unlock/open that door again in the future. In the meantime, blessings to you in your retirement.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Carol, my writing partner, Anne, is wise. She’s been such a blessing to me. I don’t know if I’ll write again, but I do know that I’ll be enjoying my retirement.

  • Amanda Dykes says:

    Kelli, you’ve been such a faithful example of how to walk this road, how to be warm and diligent and engagin, and how to love your readers and friends well. Rejoicing with you at this next beautiful chapter of the life God has penned for you!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Amanda. I’ll never forget you and your family making the trip over the mountain so you could attend the release party for my debut novel. That meant so much to me.

  • Wishing you all the best my dear friend. It has been a pleasure following your journey and getting to know you, your family and your books! I know our paths will continue to cross. Sending many hugs your way. <3 <3

  • Have a wonderful time at the tea. xxoo

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Wishing you have a happy and blessed retirement,Keli! Thank you for your books and FB posts. Hope that even though you’re retiring that we’ll stay in touch on FB. Blessings and Hugs!!

  • Shar says:

    Keli, I want to thank you for your WONDERFUL contribution to Inspirational/Christian fiction. The world needs more Keli Gwyns! While I know you poured your soul into prayer over this decision, and the Lord put in you a deep settled peace, it was still a difficult decision to make. Closing the door on a long time career is hard, but I love what your friend said about thinking of your writing as a room in your life that may have a closed door now – but one in which you can open and revisit.

    I will look forward to seeing you on Facebook, my friend. I have a feeling I won’t be writing forever either. Just not sure when God will direct me to close that door.

    Forever Blessings… Shar

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Shar, thanks for your kind words. They mean a great deal to me. I won’t forget opening that email when you asked me to consider endorsing one of your books. I was sure you’d mixed me up with someone else, but you hadn’t. You probably have no idea how much your gesture meant to me. Thanks again.

  • Melinda says:

    Thank you for sharing the writing part of your life. Praying for a smooth transition to the next chapter.

  • Beth Vogt says:

    Keli,
    You are a joy to know, truly an encourager to so many, many writers — me, included. I pray that God continues to bless you, wherever He leads you.

  • Becky Smith says:

    ~Hugs~ I have been so blessed to know you and read your stories, as well as your blog! I look forward to seeing you on Friday at the party! We are headed to California soon, and someday we may just pop up from LA to see you and this famous Placerville that I have read about. We still haven’t decided what retirement looks like! LOL! Each day seems to be so different from the last. Blessings and Love to you!!!!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Becky. I’ve appreciated your support and encouragement during my writing career.

      Retirement is a wonderful, isn’t it? It does take some getting used to though. If your travels bring you to Placerville, be sure and let me know. I’d love to meet you in person.

  • Brenda W says:

    Congratulations on your retirement. I will miss your books and seeing you here and on the Goodreads LIH page. Enjoy your retirement!

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