Kindred Spirits

One thing that comes up a lot in the writing circles I travel in is the feeling of displacement, and the feeling of not belonging in other groups. Christians who write speculative are out of the Christian Writer clique, and sometimes out of the Christian clique. People at church sometimes don’t understand why or how […]

Managing Time

“You may delay, but time will not.”
― Benjamin Franklin

Christian Writers Must Deal With Real-Life Issues

Guest Blogger: Laura VanArendonk Baugh   We are failing as Christians. I recently attended a new writers’ conference, my first which focused specifically on the Christian market. I am a Christian author who writes almost exclusively for the general market, so I knew this conference was not going to be for me the way other […]

Thoughts on Dunkirk

Usually I’m not into war movies, but when my siblings said they wanted to see Dunkirk, I tagged along. And I’m really glad I did. The movie centered around the evacuation of British and French troops from Dunkirk beach, as seen through the eyes of the soldiers being evacuated and the civilian boats coming to […]

The Most Important Moment 

There were so many fun, crazy, touching, and important moments that happened at Realm Makers this year it should have been hard picking just one. I mean I took took a call from my husband (who was trying to find me) just as I was about to meet Ted Dekker. Perfect timing! My kids got […]


On this blog, we often talk about the power of story and the high calling we as creatives have to express Truth in a new way, to show the glory of God in dark places, and to reflect God’s creative image by creating fantastic things. We also lament the fact that we’re in a strange […]

Traveling with Samwise

“This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the Great.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Just Listen 

I’m back after Realm Makers (well almost). I’m in Las Vegas nursing a Realm Makers and too much food at the Paris buffet hangover. This was my third Realm Makers and my focus was on coordinating volunteers (my official role), pitching, mentoring appointments, and catching up with my people. On the surface, I’m the bubbly […]

Conference Notes: Realm Makers 2017 Keynote

Y’all forgive me if this is discombobulated; I was typing as fast as I could, but Ted Dekker shared so much … I’m afraid this is just a taste and may not connect all the dots. But I wanted you to have an idea of how awesome this talk was. Most of this is not […]

Reading Outside of your Genre

“Read. Read. Read. Read many genres. Read good writing. Read bad writing and figure out the difference. Learn the craft of writing.” Carol Berg

How Harry Potter Turned Me Into a Witch … and Other Fantasy Fiction

Guest Blogger: Randall Allen Dunn  I never wanted to read Harry Potter. I was raised in the church, believed in God at age 7, and was baptized at age 11. I attended youth groups in high school, graduated from a Christian college, and then served my church in various capacities as a teacher, helper, Drama […]

Author's Journey

Cover reveal: Alara’s Call

Cover reveal: Alara’s Call

Some of you have been with me on this long, long publishing journey ever since the founding of NAF back in 2010. At that point, I’d already been shopping Alara’s Call for several years. I’ve already written several posts about the process of getting Alara’s Call published. Now I have a new publisher, Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, […]

Christian SpecFic

What is Noblebright?

What is Noblebright?

Guest Blogger: C. J. Brightley   Noblebright fantasy has at least one important character with noble, idealistic motives who does the right thing out of principle. The character is flawed, but his or her actions are generally defined by honesty, integrity, sacrifice, love, and kindness. The story upholds the goodness of the character; the character’s […]

Creative Nook



The Amulet Saga, Volume Three The Silver Shores What Came Before: The Silver Shores,     Preparing,     Testing,     Auction Part One,     Auction Part Two Mistress   The woman walked quickly, without stopping for anyone. The crowd parted in front of her, a wave that closed in again almost as soon as it opened. Reith stumbled along behind, […]

Critical Views

My New Favorite Hero

My New Favorite Hero

I have a new favorite hero (sort of). If you’ve followed me on NAF for any length of time, you will know that my ultimate hero is Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables series. That has not changed, at all. You just cannot top the handsome, intelligent, earnest, and hard-working Gilbert. He missed […]

Guest Blogs

Character Profile: Jayden Jorah

Character Profile: Jayden Jorah

  Guest Blogger: S.D. Grimm I am really excited for this guest blog post today. Not only do I get to talk about my novel Scarlet Moon, but I also get to do something really fun, and that is talk about my main character: Jayden Jorah. A little bit about Jayden’s appearance first. Eyes: Blue […]

Life and Such

5 Reasons Why I’m a Bad Influence

5 Reasons Why I’m a Bad Influence

I fed my kids pie for dinner Yes, you read that right. I fed my kids pie for dinner last night. Did I mention the crust is made with butter and lard? That’s not low-fat ice cream either but Blue Bell vanilla bean. We might have had some sushi and warm crusty bread too. But […]

Marketing and Promotion

Conference Notes: Realm Makers Early Bird

Conference Notes: Realm Makers Early Bird

We’re here at Realm Makers, which kicked off today with a great early bird session by book marketing experts Suzanne and Shawn Kuhn of SuzyQ. For those who couldn’t be there, here are my  notes, keeping in mind that I missed the first half hour or so while I was at the registration desk. You are […]

News for Writers

Writing Opportunity!

Writing Opportunity!

Hey, guys! This week I thought I’d share a new writing opportunity. Most of you probably know all about Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s The Tales of Goldstone Wood series. If you haven’t read them, you should! You can find her books here: If you’ve heard about Anne Elisabeth Stengl, then chances are you’ve heard about […]

Our Faith

For the Second Time

For the Second Time

For the second time in my life, a book has brought me to tears. I don’t cry easily. The only other time this happened, George Bush (41) was President and the Simpsons was in its first season. I was sixteen (or maybe seventeen) in third year French class. As the only third year student int the […]

Random Things

Out on a High Note

Well, I didn’t expect this to happen. A couple of months ago I posted about how I came in third in a 5K race. It happened again. Except this time it wasn’t in a race where the majority of participants walked. And it wasn’t a 5K but a half marathon! I will clarify, it wasn’t […]