Kristen Stieffel

Conference Notes: Tosca Lee in Florida

Conference Notes: Tosca Lee in Florida

I’m at the Florida Christian Writers Conference this weekend, where Tosca Lee is our keynote speaker. Here is the barest sample of her brilliance, based on my sketchy notes. This is my paraphrase, not verbatim. Her sessions were recorded; when those become available, I’ll let you know. Keynote One Creativity is a divine expression. It’s […]

NAF Year 8: Onward and Upward

NAF Year 8: Onward and Upward

New Authors Fellowship debuted January 16, 2010, with the goal of helping Christian speculative fiction authors develop the elusive “platform” we’re all told we need. Our founder, Keven Newsome, realized that by pooling resources, authors could reach more people than any of them could alone. When we began, our Featured Authors were all unpublished writers […]

Introducing Josh Smith

Introducing Josh Smith

Editor’s Note: We’re pleased to add Josh R. Smith to our roster of Featured Authors. Those of you active in Realm Makers probably already know Josh, since he’s been an active participant for years. He’s also guest blogged for NAF. We’re excited to have him on the team. He’ll be blogging on Tuesdays starting January […]

Handel’s Messiah: Kind of a Bore

Handel’s Messiah: Kind of a Bore

Am I allowed to say that? We’re all familiar, I think, with the “Halleluiah Chorus,” which is no doubt one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. But there’s a reason it’s usually the one part of Messiah that gets sung. And the reason is that the rest of the program is dull […]

My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

I know not all of our readers are in the U.S., but I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, if that’s a thing where you are. Now that I’m single again, and with my son living in another state, it was a pretty quiet day for me, and I did more work than […]

Why Negative Reviews are Good

Why Negative Reviews are Good

A negative review is not bad. A bad review is when someone gives one star on Amazon and says, “I don’t know if I like this book. I haven’t read it yet.” That calls for reporting, except I’m not sure it helps to report someone who’s not clever enough to figure out that when Amazon […]

Why I’m a Feminist

Why I’m a Feminist

Those who’ve read Alara’s Call know it is fundamentally about equality. And when I discuss the subject, I do try to keep the focus on equality, because for too many people feminism is a red flag. They think it means anti-male. But honest feminism is not about pulling men down. That’s misandry. Feminism is about […]