Your Story is Contrived

I was doing a brainstorming session with a client not long ago, and she mentioned how she finds herself trying to emulate George R. R. Martin and Brandon Sanderson by adding multiple layers and and intrigues and subplots, and it was frustrating for her, because it wasn’t really what she wanted to write, but she […]

My Inspiration Board

“Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether.” ― Stephanie Garber, Caraval

The Silver Shores

I am preparing to release the second volume in The Amulet Saga. Previously titled “The Traveler,” Book Two, “The Defector,” will be available for sale sometime in the next few weeks, I hope. In the grand tradition I started when I released “The Heir,” then continued with “The Defector,” I am now beginning work on […]

My Week According To Sherlock

Sherlock: “Impossible suicides? Four of them? There’s no point sitting at home when there’s finally something fun going on!”

Do You Really Want to be Like Arizona?

This post was almost called “What Kristen Said” because a few months ago (about six) Kristen Stieffel and I did a Point/Counterpoint about Daylight Savings Time. Me being the Arizonan who doesn’t have to experience “Spring Forward” and “Fall Back” each year all but begged my legislators to adopt Daylight Savings Time. I’ve found out […]

My Sabbatical and What I Learned

You may have noticed that I haven’t blogged in awhile. It hasn’t been just because of laziness. Over the past several months I’ve been getting more and more discouraged in my writing career, not really feeling like I was making progress, not knowing what direction I was supposed to be going or what I should […]

Cover Reveal for Willoughby and the Terribly Itchy Itch

Willoughby has an itch he can’t reach. An itch he can’t scratch. Not just a little itch, a TERRIBLY ITCHY ITCH. Nothing he does will make it go away. What can a dragon do when he has an itch he can’t reach?

New Faces – Jessi Roberts

I’m excited to have another New Face this week! I met Jessi Roberts at Realm Makers this year. We compared notes on traveling to the East Coast from remote western locations. What is your name? Jessi L. Roberts What is your alter ego? Student, parent, day job, etc. or are you a full-time writer? I […]

Winter/Spring Update

“Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether.” ― Stephanie Garber, Caraval

New Authors Fresh Faces – Laurie Lucking

A few months ago I had an idea to do Fresh Faces interviews. In the spirit of New Authors Fellowship, these would be interviews with authors who haven’t had a full-length novel published. This is the first one and features Laurie Lucking who got in just under the wire. Her debut novel is scheduled to release in […]

My TBR List

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” ―Stephen King

Christian SpecFic

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

Our Faith

Myths: Redemption, Not Reproduction

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 […]

Random Things

Beauty and the Beast Review

Saturday, my daughter, her friend, and I went to see Beauty and the Beast to celebrate her ninth birthday. She’s in third grade, the same age I was when my third grade teacher introduced me to “Beauty and the Beast”. Not the animated movie with the yellow-dress wearing Disney princess but the French folktale one. It would be […]