Avily Jerome

Hell Awaits You

Hell Awaits You

This image came across my Facebook newsfeed the other day. The friend who posted it is not a Christian, and so naturally mocking of Christians and jokes about Hell being cool ensued. After much deliberation I decided against commenting, to either explain or decry the things this sign says and how Christianity doesn’t say what […]

Challenges and Goals

Challenges and Goals

I love participating in challenges. They’re like productive dares. Who can resist a good dare? I’ve always been the kind of person to do something just because someone said I couldn’t. When I was a kid, we used to go camping in the mountains and there was a series of lakes connected by a creek. […]

Top Five Ways to Sideline your Writing Career

Top Five Ways to Sideline your Writing Career

5. Ignore Critiques Don’t listen to the haters. Anyone who says anything negative about your writing is clearly jealous of your potential success. Chances are you know more about writing than they do, and besides, you know what you’re trying to say and how you want to say it. Anyone who gives you suggestions is […]

What Genre?

What Genre?

I took a quiz on Facebook the other day entitled “Which genre of fiction should you write?” And of course, these quizzes are totally accurate and infallible, right? Seriously, though, I enjoy taking them and a lot of times I think the results are pretty accurate. Sometimes I think they’re just really generic and say […]

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 […]