Author’s Journey

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 […]

Eight Ways to Handle Stress

Eight Ways to Handle Stress

So, I was going to write a fall update this week, right? Right. Well, one of the things I was planning on talking about has become something I need more direction for. (Lots of praying happening here.) With that said, I decided to postpone the fall update, again. Maybe by the time I get around […]

Alara’s Marcher Lord Roots

Alara’s Marcher Lord Roots

What can I tell you NAF followers about Alara’s Call that I haven’t already? Some of you have been with me on this journey since the days of the Marcher Lord Select contest. When we announced the release date for Alara’s Call, Becky Minor—NAF alumn and founder of the Realm Makers conference—asked me if that […]

A Day of Prayer 

A Day of Prayer 

There is so much going on in the world right now, we need to stop and pray. I’m not sure what that looks like for you. Maybe a day of prayer. Maybe a fast. Maybe jump starting a habit of making prayer a daily habit like brushing your teeth. You do brush your teeth daily, […]

What to Look for in an Editor

What to Look for in an Editor

All serious writers need editors. Even editors need other editors. I’m sure I’ll get all kinds of backlash from indies and experienced writers saying this isn’t so, but I respectfully disagree. Naturally, the more you learn to write and improve your writing craft, the less editing you need, but no one is completely objective about […]

Ten Tolkien Quotes for your Writing Wednesday Revisited

Ten Tolkien Quotes for your Writing Wednesday Revisited

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Review of Alara’s Call

Review of Alara’s Call

Celebrating the Release of Kristen Stieffel’s Debut Novel I am so excited about the release of our own Kristen Stieffel’s Alara’s Call, The Prophet’s Chronicle Book 1. Although Alara’s Call fits into the fantasy category of speculative fiction as a “sword opera” set in a fictional world, there is no magic. Alara’s visions, and other characters’ […]