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Christy Hoss

Christy has been editing and writing in various venues more than 30 years. She caught the writing bug when she won a prize for her story in second grade and the teacher told her she was a writer. She writes sweet romance and children's stories about fun interactions with Jesus based on biblical accounts. She has written for Guideposts and Focus on the Family magazines and self-published her romantic thriller, Palms of Death on Amazon in February 2018. Christy is a trained public speaker leading workshops, retreats and teaching seminars on various subjects. For booking information, go to the contact section, 

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Four Paws For Love

Born to Serve

Se​ptember 24, 2018

There is nothing like a baby picture and this is one of mine. My wonderful puppy raisers took it shortly after receiving me off the puppy truck. ​It was a little scary feeling every bump and turn as we rolled along in our kennel-on-wheels and I couldn't snuggle to mom for comfort. You got to understand when I first opened my eyes, the first thing I saw was my mom and brothers and sisters. They were the only family I knew. Now I was separated from my mom and siblings facing the unknown. When the bumping and turning stopped, one by one we were taken out. I tried to be brave, but a whimper squeaked out when a man plucked me from the kennel. Bright sunlight made me squint as he held me up and said something. He handed me to a smiling, sweet smelling lady who cuddled me close as I gave her puppy-breath kisses. She tasted like love and I kissed her all the more. There was no question in my mind, no matter what would happen next, this was my new family and I had nothing to fear. I was born to serve and this volunteer puppy-raising family was going to help me become a career service dog. Thank you Casanova family for an awesome beginning to life. I'll love you forever!

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Challenged by writing query letters, book proposals, resumes, or just writing of any kind? Need a ghostwriter? Whatever your writing needs, go to the contact page and email your inquiries. Fees are based upon the number of pages.

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One-on-one, Christy will devote a pre-paid  hour listening via phone or skype to your project ideas and needs during which you will be asked specific questions to determine how to proceed. If possible, a personal meeting can be arranged. More time can be added if necessary. Go to contact page and email your questions regarding fees.

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My Hero is Wickedly Green

February 7, 2018

The most notorious villain in movie history is my hero.

In fact, some would say I’ve taken her a little too close to my heart. It began in high school, some thirty years ago. Being a quiet, sometimes shy and well-behaved teenager, I went unnoticed by the popular crowd. I lacked self-esteem, felt extremely awkward and to make matters worse, I had a hideous laugh.

I couldn’t concentrate in class on audition day. My stomach roiled at the thought of getting in front of my peers and doing the unthinkable, pretending to be a make-believe character in front of an audience. Giant moths had invaded my stomach, fluttering like they do to get inside a light bulb, except they were clamoring to get out of me, tickling their way up my throat. At three o’clock I rushed to the bathroom closed the stall door and tried to talk myself out of it.

My friends’ words played like movie credits in my mind.

“We dare you!”

If I didn’t give it a try, I’d be a coward. Maybe the Lion part would suit me better?

No. It had to be the witch.

I dug deep to find my courage. So deep, my toes curled. Taking a deep breath and clicking my heels, I pushed open the door and marched to the auditorium.

Our director seemed to think I’d be perfect for Dorothy. Was it because I was a respectful, attentive listener and quietly reserved Christian girl who would never think of being the Wicked Witch of the West?

After reading and singing for Dorothy, I returned to my spectator seat to await my opportunity. The Moths returned, now the size of pterodactyls. The clock on the wall clicked out seconds, millions of them. I became oblivious to the rest of the auditions, wafting into a tornado daydream.

I returned to reality with the suddenness of a house dropped onto a cornfield.

Someone called my name and in a Technicolor daze, I tiptoed to the center of the stage.

From the darkness below the voice asked, “Which scene?”

“Yes,” I replied.

A rumbling guffaw cut the still air of the auditorium.

“Let’s just start from the scene where she suddenly enters, taking the munchkins by surprise,” the voice said.

I took a deep breathe and crouched into a witchy pose. The cackle spewed loud, long and wicked. I pointed a crinkled finger at Dorothy and in my best Margaret Hamilton imitation asked, “Who killed my sister? Was it you?”

I read through the rest of the scene and silenced the audience with another spine tingling laugh.

The deed was done. I’d crossed a threshold that would change my life forever.

Popcorn Ed- World’s Greatest

February 7, 2018

I think of my grandpa every time I eat popcorn. Microwave, kettle corn, caramel corn, movie popcorn, but especially fresh-popped brings one thought to my mind, Grandpa Ed. His popcorn was the best and no popcorn could ever replace the world’s greatest.

My Grandpa never saw me, but I knew he loved me. As a successful dairy farmer, it’s said he’d gotten maculate degeneration and gone blind in the early sixties, I was born four years into the decade.

Every time we visited Valley City, North Dakota our first stop would be Grandpa Ed’s place. We’d visit a couple times a year when my parents brought us to see our cousins. I was always envious of them because they could see Grandpa Ed every day. There were times he lived with them, but the times I remember the most were when he lived in a small second floor apartment next to his business, Ed’s Popcorn Stand, home of the best popcorn in the world, or at least that is what everyone’s opinion was. Instead of using his disability to live off the government, he decided to go into business for himself and set up a popcorn and candy stand.

Arriving in Valley City, we’d park by Ed’s Popcorn and I’d run out the car door anxious to get inside. It was a small building, about 12 feet wide by maybe 20 feet long, about the size of two small backyard storage sheds put together. Three or four adults could fit in the entry and often times at Ed’s Popcorn’s busiest, a line of people would go out the door. Once inside I inhaled the buttery aroma of popcorn and greeted my Grandpa. He always unlocked and opened a little door located under the counter and I would crawl in to receive my welcome hug. My older sister, Cindy would follow and we’d be lifted up with loving arms to have the privilege of sitting on the back counter which housed the candy bins, much to the envy of younger patrons.

The candy bins held so much sugary goodness, it was like our own personal Willy Wonka factory. Grandpa would let us sample whatever we wanted while our parents watched from behind the security screen. Of course they had taught us not to be greedy and we each politely filled a small brown bag of goodies. The decision was always difficult, but the Swedish fish and gummy red coins always ended up in my bag. While we chose our candy, Grandpa would fill a bag of popcorn for each of us, my parents included, to munch on. If it wasn’t fresh, he popped more. There was nothing like its hot salty goodness crunching in your mouth.

Even though Grandpa Ed was a local celebrity, security was necessary for a blind man’s business. The entry was separate by a half-wall where the secret door was hidden under a skinny counter top ledge. The upper half was enclosed with thick chicken wire fencing. A square door in the center of the wire barricade on the counter top allowed the exchange of money and goods. The front window by the candy bins also could be used in a similar fashion, but I only remember Grandpa using the inside door. We would sit on our privileged spot and watch people pass by the window, knowing they couldn’t resist its mouth-watering scents and come in for a treat.

Although he was blind, the rest of his senses were keen. He could feel and identify every coin and always gave correct change. He could smell paper money and tell you what the bill was. The minute the door opened, he greeted his customers with a hearty “Hello.” Legend has it that he had been tested once by someone trying to take advantage of his blindness. They handed him a bill claiming it to be something it wasn’t and he denied service to the person. Never underestimate the heightened senses of the visually impaired.

Grandpa knew where everything was in the popcorn stand. I’d watch as he made his way around the carefully arranged room. Next to the candy bin counter was the famous popcorn machine. He’d measure the exact amount of oil, pour it in and then add the popcorn, not too much or it would burn. He had it down to an exact, perfect-popcorn science every time and soon the magic popping sound would tease our ears and the smell of salty butter would tantalize our taste buds. He always made sure we were safe and clear of its heat.

Next to the popcorn machine was a tall red Coca-Cola dispenser. It kept glass bottled soda pops cold for the thirsty customers. It was the kind that required payment if it were outside the safe walls of the popcorn stand. It’s paint so smooth and shiny you could see your reflection in it. Grandpa had stocked the bottles in order and could feel the painted labels so he knew his customer was getting what they asked for.

Since the entry took up only about half the length of the stand, beyond its end wall sat a freezer full of frozen delights. Grandpa kept everything from push-ups to freeze pops, fudgicles, fifty-fifty bars, ice cream sandwiches and other pre-made frosty desserts. It was an extra special treat when he offered us our choice of the freezer stash. With all the wares of his business filling the small space, he always made room for his young, blind friend to pull up a folding chair and hang out in the back with him.

When Grandpa closed the stand for the day he’d lock up and secure both the back and front entrance and make sure things were turned off. We’d head next door to his second floor apartment. I held the same amazement of his keen senses just watching him ascend the staircase. Inside his simple abode, everything was arranged and placed conveniently for him to find. I’d snuggle into his lap on his favorite recliner and we’d visit or listen to his radio.

Before ending our visit to Valley City, the last stop was always Ed’s Popcorn Stand. Grandpa gave us another bag of candy and we’d leave with extra large bags of his famous popcorn to snack on for the long drive home.

Although visits were few and far between, Grandpa would call us. I loved listening to his voice and hearing his infamous chuckle over the phone. He’d always ask about what was happening in my life and never minded if I complained about how my basketball coach treated me. As I described it all to him, it was like he had been there with me. He loved to talk and listen to us. One year he bought me a talking Flip Wilson doll and on one of our calls requested I pull the string so it could talk to him. I’ll never forget how he laughed at its silly wisecracks. It’s been more than 35 years since he passed away and I can still hear his voice and endearing giggle. I cherish his voice.

Recently there has been a movement of some residents of Valley City to resurrect the old popcorn shed and make it a sort of historical monument. As I have read through the various Face book posts my heart is warmed to hear how many people loved my Grandpa. He was always a gentleman, kind and thoughtful to everyone. His life most likely touched and inspired more lives than I can imagine and I’ll bet I am not the only one who thinks of him when I eat popcorn.

I don’t know much about my Grandpa’s history. I know he was a WWI infantry veteran stationed in France. I don’t know what made him who he was. What I do know is what matters most. He loved us very much and I can still feel his hearty hug embracing my young admiring heart. He never let his disability stop him from doing anything. He inspired many people with his determination, kindness and uplifting spirit. As his granddaughter, I will always think of him when I enjoy popcorn of any kind and can only hope such qualities will be manifested in my life.

Dwayne Friend- My Friend

February 7, 2018

I’ll never forget when it first happened. I was working on an art project with my fellow third graders when the thought occurred to me that I was going to die. A sour feeling boiled in my tummy and my head swirled in dizziness. I told the teacher I wasn’t feeling well and she called my mom to pick me up. A few nights before the realization of my mortality, I had watched a TV movie about a person dying from a brain tumor. I witnessed death in a dramatic way.

I never spoke of my fear of dying to anyone. I just dealt with it in the only way a third grader knew how, silence.

Fear is a powerful enemy that captures our souls, binding us in invisible chains.

Every Sunday morning I woke early to turn on the TV to an evangelist named Dwayne Friend. He wasn’t a stereotypical evangelist with slicked back hair and a loud voice. He just played the electric guitar with a big grin on his face, loving every minute of it and then he would give a short sermon all in a half an hour. He was big in the Midwest so his bus often rolled into our area for a crusade and people would come from miles around to fill the auditoriums.

I made sure I sat in the front row because I couldn’t get enough of his infectious smile and happy attitude. You can’t hide a genuine heart from a child.

My fear of death consumed me, especially at night. I would lie awake and fight sleep thinking that I would die while I slept until exhaustion consumed me. Sleep would come in the classroom where I was supposed to be paying attention. My classmates and I always made fun of others falling to sleep but now the tables had turned.

Yet I had something to look forward to. Dwayne Friend was coming to a nearby town. I had gotten so I would clamor backstage to get close to him and if I was lucky give him a hug. He always spoke kindly to me and I felt God’s love radiate from his smile deep down into his heart. This time was going to be different. I had a present for him, a carefully wrapped dollar in some Kleenex, tucked it in a flat box. Before the service started I gave it to his son to bring to him and then took my place on the front row.

Wow! He loved to pick the guitar and I loved to watch him. He never missed a beat as he joyfully strummed out a song. I loved one ironically called “Goodbye World, Goodbye.” As I sat mesmerized by his talent, his twinkling eyes full of mischief met mine and I couldn’t help giggle. All I thought about was meeting him backstage afterward

This may sound like a little girl smitten with celebrity, but I assure you, it is not. I saw something in this man’s heart for God that I desired in my own. He truly loved Jesus and I wanted to be like that too. Someone who is known for loving Jesus with their whole heart so strongly that the joy of life can’t help but radiate from every pore in the body.

But, I was not free to be this way. I was chained to my fear of death.

When the final call to give your heart to Jesus was made, I ran out the side door anxious to meet my friend. Many people had gathered there already and I felt like a sprout among the Redwood trees. He wouldn’t notice me peeking between the legs of towering adults. But suddenly it was like the Red Sea in Moses’ story, the crowd parted and a hand extended to me. I ran into the arms of my friend. I hugged him so tightly I didn’t want to let go.

“I was digging through the Kleenex wondering what I would find and then I saw your gift. You did that on purpose, didn’t you?” he said holding me in his arms I saw his dimpled grin up close and it felt the same way as it did from far away or on the TV, genuine.

I shook my pony-tailed head in affirmation. I didn’t know what to say. All I knew was he had accepted my gift joyfully and I was being held in the arms of a man of God. But then something even cooler happened. He invited me to see his bus. It looked like a typical Greyhound bus that you ride from city to city, but that didn’t matter to me. I was inside my friend’s home on wheels. We sat down on the first seat and I nestled into his furry bear coat as my mom snapped a picture. I was in heaven.

Back at school I was shackled in a quiet hell by the fear of dying. No one knew of the silent killer within. It nagged at my body and I went home often with horrible headaches. My insomnia worsened. My parents had no clue of my sufferings.

Yet I continued to get up faithfully to view Mr. Friend on Sunday mornings. But this time as I listened to his sermon, the idea occurred to me that I should write him a letter and tell him about my secret. After all I felt loved by him and I trusted him. I knew I could tell him and he wouldn’t shame me for my struggle.

‘Dear Mr. Friend, It’s me the girl who sits in the front row at your crusades and the one who gave you the dollar wrapped in Kleenex. I have to tell you something that no one else knows about me. I am afraid to die. I try to stay awake as long as I can to keep from dying in my sleep. I don’t know what to do about it and thought maybe I’d ask you. Thank you for listening to me. Christy’

I put the letter in the mail the next morning and went off to school.

Less than two weeks later as I walked in the door after school, my mom handed me a letter from Dwayne Friend Ministries. It was in an official envelope and my heart skipped a beat. I hugged it to my chest and ran to my room, closing the door behind me.

Sitting on my bed, I took great care opening my treasure. I pulled out a plain white paper with a short note, handwritten in Mr. Friend’s stylish flair.

‘Dear Christy, You don’t have to be afraid of dying. If you have asked Jesus into your heart you will be instantly in His presence. Love, Dwayne Friend’

It was short but to the point. I had accepted Jesus as my savior when I was about 3 years old. What he said was true. His simple words of truth drove away my fear. That night I fell asleep when my head hit the pillow and never worried about dying again.

In my adulthood I have faced chain- shackling fears but the Grace of God has freed me from them. I often think of Mr. Friend and how much his influence on a young believer meant to me. I am grateful for his exuberant joy and love of playing the guitar- Mr. Gospel Guitar is what he was called by Nashville. But most of all, I am thankful he took the time to help a third grader, trapped by fear and in need of some spiritual guidance.

I have tried to contact him and thank him but only find his smiling face on You Tube doing what he loves, picking his guitar. If I don’t get to see him again on this earth, I will celebrate with him one day in Heaven and thank him there with a bear hug from this little girl.

Thank you Mr. Friend, I am eternally grateful.

“God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” – II Timothy 1:7

Here’s a link to him playing his guitar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiLYLnzqEzE