When people ask me how I managed to write an entire book, my only answer is by the grace of God. The idea to write The Last Navigator came from experiences I had during graduate school class in Hawai’i. When I embarked on my trip, my prayer was that God would reveal His Wonders to me in all of the beauty that is Hawai’i. It wasn’t difficult to see the works of His hands in such an incredible place. What I wasn’t prepared for was finding God in the cultural practices of Native Hawaiians and Polynesians.
During my coursework, I was fortunate enough to attend a show at the Polynesian Cultural Center on the island of Oahu Continue reading
Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel
by Melody Carlson
an excerpt from chapter 2, pg.’s 15-18
Amelia had been surprisingly agreeable to Daphne’s sudden need for time off from work. “Take as long as you need,” she told Daphne. “No problem.”
Daphne should’ve felt relieved as she buckled her seat belt on the plane the next day. Instead she felt dispensable. Of course, The Times could get by without her. They’d gotten by without her for over 150 years. They wouldn’t even notice she was gone now. Beverly was right—Amelia did take Daphne for granted.
As she looked out the window, staring blankly at the clouds, Daphne decided that when she returned Continue reading
People often ask me where I get the ideas for my novels. Usually, I come across the seeds for future ideas as I’m doing research for other stories. The idea for Unrivaled, this spring’s release, came as I was delving into the history of candy for my 1890s historical, She Walks in Beauty. Although I didn’t find what I was looking for, I did stumble across the fact that the candy industry in the early twentieth-century was a ruthless, cutthroat business. I remember continuing on with my research, but that information about the candy industry kept reverberating in the back of my mind… Continue reading
Why Write Christian Inspirational Fiction?
A guest post by Rita Gerlach
Not long ago I read one of the best definitions of Christian fiction from the ‘The Calling of Christian Writers’ by Richard Doster. Doster wrote, “Christian fiction”—the books we find in the back of the bookstore—often edify and inspire us. And just as we need composers to create hymns, the church needs writers —novelists and theologians alike—to build up the body, to enhance our worship, to delight us with stories that exemplify the truths of the Christian faith.
Still—it may be time to confess that we’ve left literature in the hands of those who have no hope to offer. It might be time to reconsider our… Continue reading
By Lawrence Waymire
From Burden To Rest is the first book in the “Love That Freed Us” series. There is one main aspect of faith that inspired me to write this book. In the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 11:28 NIV) the Lord makes a very clear, but seemingly abrupt, command:
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
This is a call to the spiritually broken and poor of this world. Those who have come to the end of their ropes and finally realized that the tempting pleasures of this world ultimately lead… Continue reading
by Diane Chase
“Why write a book?” I’ve been asked. Why surrender weekends and holidays to critique groups, rewrites, and the rest? Simple answer: I want to share what God does. (Or did, depending on how you see it.)
That’s what our hearts long to hear, even in fiction. What’s He up to? I want that nugget of wisdom you heard, that answer you received to a long-awaited prayer. Whether it’s shared in song, conversation, or books, your testimony goes straight to my heart and builds my faith. So many times I’ll read a Christian novel in bed and go “whoa.” That’s where I turn out the lights and let some bit of truth, some wonderful… Continue reading
Any worthwhile endeavor requires consistent ongoing effort to accomplish. For example, watching television isn’t any worthwhile endeavor and subsequently requires no real effort.
Writing a novel, however, is a worthwhile endeavor and will require consistency in your effort if you’re ever going to finish.
That’s why my New Year’s Resolution for 2013 is consistent effort toward my pursuits.
I’ve discovered that I get the most accomplished when I have a daily plan of action.
Without one, I find that I either end up watching TV, spend excessive time trying to figure out what I should do next or I get focused on just one activity, such as writing this blog and neglect everything else… Continue reading
Recently Michael Sauret posted a great article titled A Christian-Shaped Hole in Literary Fiction. In it he wrote about why much of today’s Christian fiction is cheesy and predictable. I believe this, most likely, stems from authors who are not being creative in how they implement Christianity into their novels.
I would be willing to suspect that many christian fiction authors find a niche that sells and stick with it because it’s easier to write for an established genre than to implement greater degrees of creativity that yield the necessity of more effort in marketing.
For me, I’d like to learn how to write fiction that is not only incredibly well written, implementing the various… Continue reading