Creating Memorable Characters

Creating Memorable Characters Part Six: Backstory

Continuing my series on Creating Memorable Characters. So far, we’ve covered Relatability, Uniqueness, Physical Traits, Tics and Mannerisms, and Dialogue. These aspects of character development are all very superficial. They are the things that make a character stand out and come alive on the page. They are the things that make the character seem like […]


Non-fiction Reading List

I’ve shared my fiction reading lists with you guys before, so this time I thought I’d share my non-fiction reading list.🙂 This is my current, non-fiction reading list: 1.) The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper The Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year. But it is also a […]


Shiver Book Review

“Books are more real when you read them outside.”


The Dragons of Legerdemain

We interrupt this Thanksgiving Day to bring you a spot of shameless self-promotion. A new project I’ve been working on lately is creating dragon head hunting trophy sculptures. I’ve had a really good time figuring out the process and expressing my creativity in a new way. And, as with all my art, I’m excited to […]


Movie Night!

This month has been, Johnny English at the graveside service, sort of crazy.


Mid-Month Slump

The holiday season is officially upon us. Thanksgiving is in a week. Following that, all the other holiday madness, from the fun of parties and celebrations, to stress over not having enough money to stretch to all the gifts and charities and so on, to squeezing in every last required social engagement, to the inevitable […]



Because thine eyes are open, I can see;
Because thou art thyself, ’tis therefore I am me.”
― George MacDonald

Creating Memorable Characters

Creating Memorable Characters Part Five: Dialogue

Continuing my series on creating memorable characters. Part One: Relatability     Part Two: Uniqueness Part Three: Physical Traits      Part Four:Tics and Mannerisms   And now, Part Five: Dialogue The way we talk says a lot about us. The same is true for our characters. How your character talks will determine to a great extent your character’s […]


Quotes For Your Writing Wednesday

“As you grow ready for it, somewhere or other you will find what is needful for you in a book.”

― George MacDonald


Cover Reveal: Kill the Beast

Guest Blogger: Michele Israel Harper Kill the Beast: Book One of the Beast Hunters Ro remembers the castle before. Before the gates closed. Before silence overtook the kingdom. Before the castle disappeared. Now it shimmers to life one night a year, seen by her alone. Once a lady, now a huntress, Ro does what it […]


The Heart of Betrayal Book Review

“When you think you’re at the end of your rope, give it three more days. And then another three. Sometimes you’ll find the rope is longer than you thought.”

writing revising

Testimony 4: Allowing Characters to Rewrite Their Stories

Guest Blogger: Andrea J. Graham After God challenged me to write about a character I feared would be too controversial, I wrote a brief sample and showed it to several of my fellow Christian sci-fi authors. To my surprise, they all encouraged me to keep writing. That encouragement led me to decide to give Elisha […]

Houses of the Dead cover

A Sucker for Bloodsuckers

I love vampire stories from Bram Stoker and Anne Rice to the sparkly ones. Blood Mercy: Thicker than Water is no exception. What I loved about Blood Mercy: Thicker than Water is that it’s not a traditional vampire origin story. Rather than being created by a vampire, the Blood Kind have a disease, the blood curse. They […]


Blood and Bandanas

“Is that blood?”

artificial intelligence

Testimony 3: Exploring a Character’s Gender Identity

Guest Blogger: Andrea J. Graham The character God challenged me to write about, Elisha Micah Gabrielson, was born with gender-ambiguous genitalia. In his day, the turn of the 22nd century, such children’s original birth certificates always give their gender as “intersexed” and the only treatment option the parents are allowed is surgery to give the […]


The Dreaded D Word

That dreaded “D” word. No, I don’t mean Democrat or Donald. You people have a one-track mind. Eye roll. I also don’t mean the “D” word as in taking a synonym for condemnation and adding “it” to the end either. I’m talking about “Discipline”, and if you’re like me, you’re thinking of punishment of some […]


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 […]


Politics and Stuff

Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows I have some pretty passionate opinions about the current state of our nation’s politics. I have posted several rants. And I have written several more that I have refrained from posting. I have genuinely good-willed people trying to sway me one way or the other for good reasons, […]

Author's Journey

One Author’s Journey

One Author’s Journey

Wow! It has been so long since I’ve posted on New Authors Fellowship. I have so many fond memories of being a regular contributor here. I made so many connections, found so many friends, and was both the giver AND receiver of so much encouragement. So, it’s with great pleasure that I’m back as a […]

Christian SpecFic

Expectations Exceeded

Expectations Exceeded

  One of the first books I read when I started writing was Finding Angel by NAF alumna Kat Heckenbach. I fell in love with Toch Island. The descriptions are so vivid I felt like I was there. Something like Narnia for teens. Back in the day when I hated science fiction and fantasy, I would […]

Creative Nook

Manipulating Emotions

Manipulating Emotions

That’s what we’re doing, you know. We use nicer phrasing, when we’re talking about it in writing circles, like “building empathy for our characters” and “upping the tension” and “creating a satisfying emotional experience” for our readers. But when it comes down to it, we’re manipulating their emotions. And we have to. People wouldn’t read […]

Critical Views

Don’t Stay Home

Don’t Stay Home

Life’s too short to watch Presidential debates. That’s always been my philosophy. In the past it’s worked. I knew who I was going to vote for at the end of the primary. My thoughts on the opposing party’s candidates have always made it easy to cheer on and campaign for my candidate. This year, I’m […]

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

Have a Yourself a Geeky Little Christmas

Have a Yourself a Geeky Little Christmas

Okay I admit to watching the Netflix “Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life” just like every other latte drinking, leggings and shearling boots wearing white girl. However, what I’m really excited about are the geek-worthy movies because I’m the girl who was standing in line at Victoria’s Secret on Black Friday with her earbuds […]

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

Crosshair Press Open for Submissions

Crosshair Press Open for Submissions

Guest Blogger: Amy Davis The Crosshair Press founding team members are Amy Williams, Katie Morford, and Amy Davis. Our respective backgrounds include copywriting, journalism, copyediting, and missionary work, and a plethora of random things like insurance, plumbing, and research. The idea of Crosshair Press hatched around a restaurant breakfast table in Wichita, Kansas, over toast […]

Our Faith

Christian Rationalism: The Devil’s Hand Revisited

Christian Rationalism: The Devil’s Hand Revisited

Guest Blogger: HG Ferguson “Dr. Dillard, how much of this can we attribute to ventriloquism?” I’ll never forget that question, posed to Dr. Raymond Dillard at Westminster Theological Seminary when he was teaching on the OT prophets, particularly passages such as Isaiah 8:19. The rather condescending tone revealed the questioner believed the chirping, whispering, peeping […]

Random Things

Favorite Things – Spec Movies for Christmas

Favorite Things – Spec Movies for Christmas

The holiday season is also a time for movies, and it’s a geek’s paradise! Thanksgiving marked the release of Fantastic Beasts and Star Wars Rogue One will release on December 16. Last year our family went to the late night showing of The Force Awakens. This year we’re planning on taking in a matinee or some other show […]