Avily Jerome

I Don’t Believe in Sibling Rivalry

I Don’t Believe in Sibling Rivalry

Let me clarify. I believe it exists. And I believe in sibling squabbling. My kids squabble all the time. Sometimes they full-on bicker. And every now and then they actually fight. What I mean is, I don’t think Cain and Abel are the rule. I don’t think kids inherently dislike their siblings. I don’t think […]

Christian Fiction Parables

Christian Fiction Parables

Last week, in my post When is Christian Fiction Not? I talked about  the lines between Christian fiction and secular fiction, and how more and more Christian speculative fiction seems to be cross-over, not really appropriate for the CBA market, but not secular enough for the mainstream market. Someone commented that back in the old […]

When is Christian Fiction Not?

When is Christian Fiction Not?

I’m a Christian. I write fiction. I’m pretty sure I don’t write Christian fiction. My first novel/series, Dying for Dragons, could probably fit in, especially as Speculative fiction has started to get a foothold. The main character is a Christian, and there’s a pretty consistent thread, even though there’s no gospel message or overt preaching. […]

Where Are Your Strengths?

Where Are Your Strengths?

I’ve been discovering a lot about my writing strengths and weaknesses lately, more so as I’ve been working with other people’s stories for Havok, but also as I’ve gotten more feedback about my own work. I’m definitely a pl0t-first writer. I have great ideas for grand worlds and adventures, and then I have to stick […]

Tortoise or Hare?

Tortoise or Hare?

  Slow and steady wins the race. Or so they say. There is definitely something to be said for doing a little at a time and for having consistency. In the long run, that probably is the most efficient way to be. I’m not, though. I’m a sprinter. Like the hare in the fable, I […]

Getting Ideas

Getting Ideas

“How do you come up with your ideas?” That’s a question writers get a lot. Most of the time, my answer is “I have no idea. It was just something I was thinking about.” I think a lot of us are the same way. Ideas get in our head and we have to get them […]

Coming Down

Coming Down

The downside of having an amazing weekend away from home, like I had this past weekend at Realm Makers, is that eventually you have to get back to normal. The high of connecting with other people of like interests and learning and growing and engaging in something you’re passionate about inevitably must give way to […]

Rolling with Plan B

Rolling with Plan B

I love dressing up. It’s one of my favorite things. I wish more occasions were dress-up occasions. And not just dress-up as in wearing a dress and heels, although I love having an excuse to dress up that way, too, but costume dress-up. When I was a kid, my family never celebrated Halloween, and while […]