New Projects

This has been a productive week. I spent a good part of last week dealing with a stomach bug running through my house and various children staying home from school, and then last weekend we went camping with a bunch of people from the kids’ school. (Yridessa had quite an adventure on her first camping […]


Making Time To Read

When I was a kid it was no surprise for my family members to find me tucked away with a book for hours at a time. I loved to read, still do. I’m assuming this has something to do with the whole writer thing. Fast forward several years, where does the time go? Seriously, I […]

Creating Memorable Characters

Creating Memorable Characters Part Two: Uniqueness

A few weeks ago I started a new series on Creating Memorable Characters. In Part One, I talked about giving your character a flaw of some sort to make him or her relatable. Not only must your character be relatable, he or she must be unique. Just as no two people are exactly alike, no […]


Ten Random Things

Ok, so today I’m listing ten random things about myself, which you may or may not have figured out already from my earlier posts. At the end of this post I’d like you to comment with at least one random, crazy thing about yourself. It’s sort of like one of those tag ten friends, Facebook […]

Star Trek

Star Trek: The 50 Years Club

On the @DoctorWho_BBCA Twitter page, the moderators offered best wishes to Star Trek this way: Happy anniversary, @StarTrek and welcome to the 50 years club! 🖖#StarTrek50 #DoctorWho — Doctor Who BBCA (@DoctorWho_BBCA) September 8, 2016 Doctor Who, of course, had its 50th anniversary back in 2013. And I’ll be having mine shortly. I was born the same […]



I’m reading a book right now–well, actually I’m in the middle of about four books, but this particular one is called 30,000 Teachers, by Faith Fitt. It’s a true story about a woman who, after a difficult break-up, moves to China as a teacher and to share the love of God. The story is fun […]


Fresh Starts

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” C.S. Lewis


Praying for Pavement 

We recently took this road. The trip was harrowing to say the least and a “never again” experience. The kids were antsy and a bit bored. My husband white knuckled it. I admit I thought it was fun but also kind of long. It was a 2-hour journey when 45 minutes would have been ideal. It’s a metaphor […]

Creating Memorable Characters

Creating Memorable Characters Part One: Relatability

I’m a plot-first writer. I have grand ideas and interwoven plots and subplots and story arcs. I discussed on my personal blog the difference between a Plot-First writer and a Character-First writer. All stories need both a good plot and an interesting character. You can have the most interesting and exciting plot in the world, […]


A Walk

The road curved around a bend and suddenly there it was again, the sun, setting in all of its full glory, the brilliance of its last moments even greater than it had been just a few minutes before.


Totally Awesome Book Research 

  My current manuscript it the first in a series that takes place between the summer of 1991 through 1999. While the series encompasses the decade of the  1990s, the first book is set in the summer of 1991 and has more in common with the 1980s so I’ve been reading contemporary novels set in […]


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 […]


The Art and Science of Writing

We’ve probably all heard that writing is both an art and a science. Like many endeavors, particularly artistic ones, that is true. But how does that play out in actually trying to write a good story? If you break down those two elements, art and science, it helps to explain the why and the how. […]

Author's Journey

Impostor Syndrome: It’s a Thing

Impostor Syndrome: It’s a Thing

Many of us suffer from the feeling that we’re about to be found out. If someone digs a little deeper, they will discover that I’m not what I pretend to be. That I’m not as smart, talented, or praiseworthy as they think. It’s not only creative people who feel this way, though I suspect that creatives […]

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

Yridessa the Dragon

Yridessa the Dragon

I’ve been looking for ways to expand my platform, and of course one thing that is totally necessary for a writer is to have a solid social media presence. I keep up with Facebook and blogging, but I don’t do much else. But I’ve been realizing that I need to up my game a little […]

Critical Views

What Matters

What Matters

If anything good has come out of the events of the past few weeks, it’s that I’ve taken the time to think about race. My world has been pretty homogeneous. I went to a mostly white grade school. My middle school and high school was rural, almost totally white, with a bit of a racist […]

Guest Blogs

Playing the Race Card

Playing the Race Card

Guest Blogger: HG Ferguson Like it or not, no one can escape it these days, not even us writers—The R-Card. Race relations—or the lack thereof—confront us daily everywhere. To ignore these issues is futile, and to address them is fraught with peril because all too often, on every side of this question, worldview, presuppositions, and […]

Life and Such

An Extrovert Among Introverts – The Good, the Great, and the Never Again

An Extrovert Among Introverts – The Good, the Great, and the Never Again

At one point during Realm Makers, I sat with a fellow extrovert and we started counting. Of the 180 attendees, the count was 11 by the end of the conference, the count soared to 13. By this proportion, NAF is teeming with writerly extroverts. Brittany Valentine is another in this count. Even among us extroverts, our […]

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

Learning to Trust

Learning to Trust

I still remember the moment when I first saw him. He was everything I had ever dreamed of. He was tall, well-muscled, and had a red coat that rivaled the brightest flame. In addition to his dashing good looks, he was the most gentle of giants. I was pretty sure that I would never see such […]

Random Things

Movie Review Ben Hur

Our family rarely goes to the theatre to watch movies, but we made our second visit to the local cinema within the last twelve months. The first was of course for Star Wars Episode VII. Our second time was last night to see Ben Hur. Oh my goodness, we loved it! I’m really surprised by the negative […]