Tolkien’s Akallabeth: Treasure Hidden in a Field (or by a Wave)

Guest Blogger: H.G. Ferguson Say the name “Tolkien” and immediately images flourish about rings, trilogies, hobbits and fabulous fantasy films. Everybody knows The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and perhaps even The Silmarillion. But how many Christians have read or even heard of “Akallabêth,” Tolkien’s story of the downfall of the greatest kingdom of […]


Some Writing Inspiration for your Wednesday

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel



You wouldn’t wear your favorite jogging outfit to an important interview, right? Right! You wouldn’t because you know that first impressions are important, and you know that in the business world you may never get the chance to make a second. Note: If you really want to dress as Batman, I guess that’s alright. 😉 Why […]


A New Tradition, or Inducting a New Member to the Cult

For me the most exciting football game was October 31. That’s when my son’s sixth grade football team won the championship. My alma mater is known for putting men on the moon not championship banners in our football stadium. My NFL team didn’t make the playoffs. I own few DVDs. Little Women, Anne of Green Gables […]


Do The Next Thing

Fear not tomorrow, child of the King,
trust that with Jesus, do the next thing.


Books I Read 2016

  This was the year of series conclusions. I started 2016 reading the final book in Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, Winter. While the character Winter’s story didn’t engage me like Cinder or Cress’s, overall the book was really good with vivid descriptions and fast-paced action. But some were more personal. NAF alumna Kat Heckenbach […]

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Myths: Redemption, Not Reproduction

Guest Blogger: H.G. Ferguson Recently the question of how mythology relates to Christian fantasy — if it relates at all — was raised on Speculative Faith by Elijah David, and by Mike Duran, and the conclusion reached is that myths can be “redeemed,” i.e., mythological creatures, stories et al. can indeed be woven into a […]


Writing Lessons Learned

Guest Blogger: Amy Brock McNew Three days ago, my second novel released to an expectant audience who have been hounding me to get it into their hands. It is, in a word, surreal. I’ve put two books out in the world, and people actually like them! When I think about it, it’s overwhelming. I’m just […]


Five Favorite Craft Books

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”― Thomas Mann

Author's Journey

My JaNoWriMo Update or Why Realm Makers Suddenly Seems Not Far Away

My JaNoWriMo Update or Why Realm Makers Suddenly Seems Not Far Away

After setting aside the manuscript I worked on for five years, which included writing two sequels, I started a project for NaNoWriMo. I’m doing JaNoWriMo this month to finish the draft. If you don’t know what that is, read Brittany Valentine’s awesome post. My plan is to have two manuscripts to pitch at Realm Makers. […]

Christian SpecFic

Cover Reveal: Ashen City

Cover Reveal: Ashen City

Guest Blogger: Sara Baysinger Black Tiger was released October 6, 2016, and now it’s time to announce the release date and cover reveal for Ashen City, Book Two in the Black Tiger Series. A bit of history first… I wrote Ashen City exactly a year ago (January 2016), and I wrote the ENTIRE book in […]

Creative Nook

Politics in Art

Politics in Art

One of the top events up for discussion this week is the speech a certain actress gave at a certain awards ceremony in which she shared her opinions of a certain political figure. Some applaud her words, some disagree with them. Some say that was neither the time nor the place for such a rant, […]

Critical Views

A Time to Mourn

As we’re officially in 2017, I truly hope there are fewer deaths than what we experienced in 2016. Especially for those who are into geeky fandoms and/or those who came of age in the 70s and 80s. Early in the year, Alan Rickman who will always be Professor Snape lost his battle with cancer. The […]

Guest Blogs

Embracing the new dream…

Embracing the new dream…

Well, hello everyone! It’s certainly been a while. Keven here. Your friendly neighborhood NAF founder, with something I want to share with the amazing readers that have been following us through all of these years. The past few months have seen a change in my perspective on being a writer…something that’s been on the cusp […]

Life and Such

The Price of Honesty 

The Price of Honesty 

Photo by Gretchen E.K. Engel What is the price of honesty? The answer is it’s priceless. Today I accidentally shoplifted or almost did. Thankfully my husband noticed while loading the car. How it went down. We did the usual post-church Walmart run. I picked up two plastic storage drawer units and had the cashier scan […]

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

Creating Memorable Characters Part Three: Physical Traits

Creating Memorable Characters Part Three: Physical Traits

I’m continuing my series on creating memorable characters. In Part One we discussed relatability. In Part Two we covered uniqueness. Without further ado, I give you Part Three: Physical Traits We’ve all heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover,” which is good advice for nearly everything except books, and yet most of […]

Random Things

Warning: McGuffin Bites Leave Scars

I have this really cool red purse. Only after a while it got some wear and had a few hanging threads. I trimmed those off. Sometimes authors should do the same. Don’t add a detail that begs for answers then forget about it. Have you ever read a book because of an interesting character from […]