Author’s Journey

Summer Brain

Summer Brain

So, several weeks have passed since my last post. I’m not sure how many–I lost count. I have to apologize. NAF kind of got lost in the waves of life this summer. All sorts of craziness: vacation, illness, work, kids, etc. No sooner did I recover from one wave than another crashed down, sending me […]

Don’t wait for a muse–she doesn’t exist

Don’t wait for a muse–she doesn’t exist

The worst stereotype of the angst-ridden writer is the one who is forever bemoaning writer’s block, waiting for a muse who never shows up. But is there a hint of truth behind this stereotype? We joke about the muses, those Greek goddesses who supposedly were the source of inspiration in all the arts. But don’t […]

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 […]

Character Spotlight: Alain Harper

Character Spotlight: Alain Harper

Guest Blogger: John Wheeler “Be on your guard,” Edward ordered those behind and beside him as he slowly rode forward, not to Sir Martin’s great pleasure. The man he approached wore a hooded cloak, pants, belt and boots all of charcoal gray and an ivory pullover shirt under it. A scabbard on his back, likewise […]

Soul Food

Soul Food

“A good story feeds the reader, nourishing him or her with valuable insights.” – David Farland. That was just a portion of today’s daily article that magically appears in my inbox. It dealt with the topic of theme, something that is very important to me. I don’t want to write a hollow story, nor do […]

10 Questions and Answers About Alara’s Call

10 Questions and Answers About Alara’s Call

Over at her Zyearth blog, R.A. Meenan tagged everyone in our Facebook writers group in this Q&A game. So in the hopes that this will give you a slightly less controversial view of Alara’s Call than we had last time, here goes: 1. What is the title of your next book/work? Alara’s Call, book one […]

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 […]

Refresh

Refresh

Not much writing going on at present. I’ve had the wonderful privilege of attending our yearly pastor’s conference out in sunny California. This is one my favorite times as it’s a great opportunity for me to get away with Jesus and spend time with friends I don’t see but once every year or two. I […]