Author’s Journey

Are Some Plot Devices Off Limits?

Are Some Plot Devices Off Limits?

The furor over the recent Game of Thrones rape scene has me thinking—much more than I care to—about when and whether we can include this kind of violence in our work. Within the span of a single day, I read several different articles that address this issue, though not all in the same way. The […]

Big Girls Cry

Big Girls Cry

An image scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed the other day. It was a picture of an overweight woman, hanging upside-down by her legs on a stripper pole and crunching up, presumably working her abs. Next to her picture, as a comparison, was a picture of a plump rotisserie chicken on a spit. The caption read, […]

How To Set Up a “Which Character Are You?” Quiz with Playbuzz

How To Set Up a “Which Character Are You?” Quiz with Playbuzz

Guest Blogger: Nadine Brandes Readers like to interact with their favorite authors and their favorite characters. One fantastic way to let your readers do this is to create a Which Character Are You? quiz. I recently set one up for a Facebook Party I threw for my book, A Time to Die. Here are some things I learned through […]

New Publisher: Brimstone Fiction

New Publisher: Brimstone Fiction

Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas launched a new imprint, Brimstone Fiction, which will publish the speculative genres. The company is specifically looking for Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and YA speculative. Brimstone publishes in print, e-book, and audio, with plans to release two books a quarter. Brimstone’s guidelines indicate it will accept manuscripts from 55,000 to […]

I’m Not Old Enough For This

I’m Not Old Enough For This

Over the past few months, I’ve been helping plan my church’s women’s retreat. Usually we have several volunteers (of whom I have been one for many years) who all help with organizing the details. Usually the head of women’s ministry takes care of a lot of the nitty-gritty and behind-the-scenes details. Not so much this […]

Yes, My story starts in a brothel

Yes, My story starts in a brothel

Yes, I also went to seminary, and still love Jesus very much. So what happened? Am I trying to tempt people into lusting after prostitutes? Do I enjoy the look when people look up from the first page and think, “What kind of story is this?” The story is about a husband who has lost […]

Unexpected Turn in the Journey to Publication

Unexpected Turn in the Journey to Publication

Many of you have walked with me lo, these many years, ever since the Marcher Lord Select Contest of 2009, when Alara’s Call (then known by a much lamer title that shall not be spoken here) was voted off the island in the first round. You may remember when I announced that OakTara had given […]