Francine Rivers – Her Mother’s Hope

Q: If a writer wants to break into Christian fiction, what is the best way to do this? Author: Finish your manuscript and then attend a professional writers’ conference.  (Christian Writers Guild is an excellent one.)  You may be able to make arrangements to send a portion of your novel for evaluation.  You can also [...]

Guest Blog – Nan Becklean: HOT News for Mothers: What Your Children Want to Know About You!

Nothing. Rien. Nada. I’m sorry but that’s the fact–even if the rest of the world finds your life story or day’s events endlessly intriguing. And, yes, it’s devastating to realize how boring you are to the very people who are the most interesting to you. If someone had been kind or wise enough to tell [...]

Guest Blog – Nan Becklean: No Cross Words from Me

Every morning I download and print the crossword puzzle and, feeling a little thrill, take it to the kitchen table where I will eat my breakfast and drink my tea between penciling in the answers. Now, having such information you probably realize at once that I am not a crossword aristocrat—such a person uses a [...]

Guest Blog – Nan Becklean: Cutting Remarks

We ought not to have a lawn but we do. It was here when we moved in and, until recently, I never thought once about its carbon footprint or, for that matter, the carbon footprint of anyone or anything. Not to say the lawn is in and of itself a creator of environmental bad-stuff––it’s what [...]

Author Profile – Harry Taylor: Rogues, Riches, and Retribution

Q: Why did you decide to write this book? A: Seemed like a good idea at the time. Well don’t all ideas? Then you stop and think about them, then debate, come up with others until finally you loop the loop and come back to where you started. Yes it was a good idea after [...]

Chapter Excerpt – Helena Schrader: The Olympic Charioteer

In the stables, Teleklos watched while Lysandridas finished grooming Afra. He had already groomed and tacked the mare Leonis liked best. Lysandridas had removed his bronze breastplate and greaves and was wearing only his scarlet chiton. The shadow in the door attracted their attention, and both men looked over as Leonis entered. She was dressed [...]

Author Profile – Helena Schrader: The Olympic Charioteer

Q: Why did you decide to write this book? A: Because the story was in me.  Every novel I write has come to me without conscious effort and forms in my mind over an indeterminate period of time until I have to sit down and start writing. Q: Do you have any secret writing tips [...]

Guest Blog – Helena Schrader: The Olympic Charioteer

Writing is work. It requires forethought, planning, concentration, tenacity, attention to detail, an ear for language, flexibility, and discipline.  But given all those things, anyone can do it. Writing well, is a little bit harder. But it is still essentially a craft that anyone can learn to do with enough guidance and practice.  I know. [...]

Chapter Excerpt – Clint Sidle: This Hungry Spirit

Follow Your Bliss Don’t ask so much what the world needs. Go out and do what makes you come alive, because what the world needs most are people who have come alive. —Howard Thurman It’s been nearly a half century since mythologist Joseph Campbell coined the phrase follow your bliss to teach the profound lesson [...]

Clint Sidle: This Hungry Spirit

Q: What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it? Author: It’s a book I have had in mind for over a decade. I have always been a life explorer and found over the years certain life lessons worth sharing with others. I actually view my life role as a bit [...]