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 […]

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 […]

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Armor of Alethia: Behind the Scenes

Sometimes those one-on-one appointments at conferences really do pay off. Like with the querying process, though, you often go through several rejections before you find the right one. In fact, it took me seven years and three different manuscripts before I found both an agent and a publisher. The Early Years My very first manuscript […]

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 […]

So This Happened

In June, I found out I was a finalist in the ACFW Genesis contest. I was already attending Realm Makers, but my husband agreed I could also go to Nashville for the ACFW conference since it would give me an additional opportunity to pitch to agents, talk to editors, and network with others in the […]

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Kill the Beast: It Only Took Four Years

Guest Blogger: Michele Israel Harper My book took me four years to write. Four. Years. To help you understand how devastating that was to me, my Zombie Takeover book took me one month to write, and my Wisdom & Folly duology took me 24 weeks to write. (I was writing a chapter a week for […]

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 […]

Getting Lyrical

Today on the blog, I want to talk about one of the mediums that words impact me the most. Music. I know people fall into many different camps when it comes to worship music – hymns, modern, contemporary, fast, slow, rock, acoustic, and everything in between. There’s something special about music. There is power in […]

Book Review – Fawkes

Fawkes had me hooked on the first line. Why is this guy turning to stone? What has he done to deserve such a fate? How long will it take? Will he die? This books has been called “the perfect mix of magic and history,” “and explosion of magic, love, and the truth about loyalty,” “deft […]

Author's Journey

Audiobook Review: How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

Audiobook Review: How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

I’m here this week with a different kind of audiobook review. This time, it’s for a craft book. While, I believe there are quite a few good writing craft books, if you’re going to listen to one, How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method is the one to choose. I think this for multiple […]

Christian SpecFic

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.

Creative Nook

Short Story Review: Drawn from the Water by Marian Jacobs

Short Story Review: Drawn from the Water by Marian Jacobs

I enjoy a good Bible story retelling and Marian A. Jacobs’s Drawn from the Water did not disappoint. It’s solidly written and was both familiar and fresh. What I enjoyed was the similarity in setting. While the story is obviously science fiction with a land with multiple suns, advanced communication, and a world not our […]

Critical Views

Sacrifice On the Altar of Ego

Sacrifice On the Altar of Ego

This is an update of a post from May 2016 and is the counterpoint to my blog post from last week, “Don’t Let Your Girls Grow Up to Be Moms“. I love Carolyn Arend’s “Altar of Ego”. It’s a song whose lyrics I need to think about often. Last week’s post was about the emphasis placed […]

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

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 […]