And It Only Took Me Thirteen Years

Guest Blogger: Andra Marquardt The other day I wanted to post something on the Facebook group, Realm Makers Consortium. I didn’t know what, except that it be humorous. After staring at that evil cursor for about two minutes, this popped into my head: “I asked God to teach me patience, so he made me a writer.” […]

Rothana Release – Interview with Sarah Delena White

I am so excited to have Sarah Delena White in the hot seat today! Her debut novel, Halayda, was one of my favorite books of 2017, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of Rothana. I loved the world or rather worlds in this book, a steampunk “real world” and the Fae realm not to […]

More Adventures in Time (Not) Change

It’s no secret that I loathe the whole thing that makes 48 other states jealous – not observing Daylight Savings Time. Normally, I reserve my complaints for “Spring Forward” where I get to enjoy SEVEN MONTHS of time-zone purgatory. I get to look forward to 4:45 a.m. sunrises, nothing makes me feel more like a […]

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Two years ago I embarked on one of the most life-changing adventures of my life. I was invited to participate in the inaugural Ladies Leadership Training class at our church. My husband had completed Timothy Leadership Training, which was the single best thing to happen to our marriage and family. God took my husband and […]

The Stranger

[This is an update from a blog post I did on my own site a few years ago. The title, like many from my page is a song title, in this case a Billy Joel song] Do you sometimes wonder who you are? Do you sometimes feel like the world’s biggest poseur? To celebrate my […]

Mythic Orbits Blog Tour: Interview with Travis Perry

We’re continuing to host the Mythic Orbits blog here on the New Authors Fellowship. I was able to send Bear Publishing’s Travis Perry some questions about his writing, the industry, and inspiration. Read on to learn more about the military man who can speak far more languages than anyone I know.

My Journey to Success – One Year Later

I wrote this post a year ago and decided to update it one year later. After I won the ACFW Genesis award for my manuscript, The Barber Surgeon. No, winning the Genesis did not grant me an agent or a publishing contract although it can, and likely will (I hope!) help move me farther along […]

Online Gaming Community Platform as a Gamer Concept

Mythic Orbits: The Bear Essentials of GameLit

Guest Blogger: Cindy Koepp The short story “Seeking What’s Lost” in the Mythic Orbits, Vol. 2 anthology was written in a speculative fiction genre called GameLit. GameLit tales take place, for the most part, within a game. Some popular examples include movies like Tron, Ready Player One, and the newer incarnation of Jumanji. Like many […]

Mythic Orbits Blog Tour: Review

Since I first picked up Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina at my local library back in the mid 90’s, I’ve been a fan of short story anthologies. An anthology allows multiple authors to weave stories around a central theme. Many times you end up with varying viewpoints of events, a wide array of characters, and […]

Author's Journey

New Release Short Story Collection – Out of the Storm

New Release Short Story Collection – Out of the Storm

Once again, I’m shamelessly promoting my latest release. This time it’s for a good cause. Out of the Storm is a re-release of a short story anthology. The anthology was part of a contest sponsored by Writers on the Storm, The Wooodlands chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers and proceeds for the anthology go towards the […]

Christian SpecFic

A Rebirth of Havok

A Rebirth of Havok

There’s this life changing moment when you see something that you’ve written in print. A wave of amazement and incredible joy. “I did this! I wrote a thing and someone liked it!” But along with that euphoria comes an incredible fear that says, “You just got lucky. You barely squeaked by.” There are so many […]

Creative Nook

Finding inspiration – with Lego!

Finding inspiration  – with Lego!

A few weeks ago, I shared about my love for comics. Comic books taught me about heroes, conflict, and fighting to the end. I find inspiration between those pages and in the colorful heroes and villains. I grew up as the youngest with two older sisters. I spent much of my tweenage years on the […]

Critical Views

New Books!!

New Books!!

I have this problem. I love buying books. I love buying books almost as much as I enjoy reading them. The problem is that I never seem to catch up on my “to be read” pile. I know I’m not the only one in this boat (looks at every other book fan) The good news […]

Guest Blogs

Why I write Christian Speculative Fiction

Why I write Christian Speculative Fiction

Guest Blogger: Sarah Addison-Fox Before I explain why I love writing speculative fiction, I feel like I need a disclaimer. I am by no means an expert on the topic. I stumbled into reading spec fiction when I was binge reading Christian books a couple years ago. I started with Donita K. Paul, moved to […]

How To

Writer’s Help – Finding a plan

The biggest hurdle that you face as an author isn’t ensuring that your dialog isn’t flaky. It isn’t pacing, character development, or story beats. There’s one thing that needs to happen before your country cottage, intergalactic space station, or floating castle can take shape: You must put words on the page.

Life and Such

Go buy a book

Go buy a book

I returned from my first writer’s conference with a short stack of new books. I perused the book store, met with a couple of the authors, and chose books that looked interesting. I gobbled them up when I got home. Each book blew my mind. These were some of my jumps into christian science-fiction and […]

Marketing and Promotion

How Writers Can Use Instagram to Promote Books

How Writers Can Use Instagram to Promote Books

An Introduction to Instagram, Hashtags, and Book Reviewers Guest Blogger: Kristin Durfee It may seem counterintuitive—photographs to sell books? But if the idea sounds crazy to you, then you are missing out on an entire community of readers, bloggers, and reviewers that call Instagram home. First things first: if you don’t have an Instagram account, […]

News for Writers

The Emotion Thesaurus

The Emotion Thesaurus

For Christmas last year, I received a new craft book. It had graced my Amazon wishlist for months, and I had heard very good things about this book. Little did I know how much it would change my writing. I hear it said a lot to “show, don’t tell.” But I’ll be honest, sometimes I […]

Our Faith

The Buddy System

The Buddy System

I haven’t been at this “try-to-be-successful-with-my-writing” gig for too long. And I know everyone will define success for their writing journey a little different. For me, I am interested in traditional publishing. I have stories in my head that will someday grace shelves. Some of those stories may work better indie published, but I know […]

Random Things

Chocolate Friends and Books

Chocolate Friends and Books

Yes, I have the hubris to quote myself. One of my favorite sayings is, “I prefer my chocolate and friends in quality not quantity.” I’m amending that to books. For the past 4-5 years I’ve set out to read 100 books per year and won that goal. I devoured light, fun fiction. The past two […]