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 […]

How I Overcame Fear and Wrote a Zombie Novel

How I Overcame Fear and Wrote a Zombie Novel

Guest Blogger: Michele Israel Harper I hate zombies. So I decided to write a zombie book. Of course. Candace Marshall and I may not be a whole lot alike, but we share one thing glaringly in common. We both hate zombies. Thankfully, I wrote her, and thankfully, she has to deal with the zombies, not […]

What I Learned From Cutting 70,000 Words

What I Learned From Cutting 70,000 Words

Guest Blogger: Shannon Stewart The second draft of my first YA novel was 165,000 words long. I swore up and down that not one word could be removed without damaging the entire story. *snort* Then I began seeking publication. The more I read from YA publishers and writing blogs, the more I became convinced that […]

I am Umbridge

I am Umbridge

Guest Blogger: Shannon Stewart Ask most fans of Harry Potter what their least favorite book of the series is, and most will tell you The Order of the Phoenix. I would be right there with them, and it’s not just because of the spoiler *sob sob* or the fact that Harry is an angry angsty-pants […]

Why Overnight Success Would Have Been Bad for my Novel

Why Overnight Success Would Have Been Bad for my Novel

Guest Blogger: Dennis Brooke God’s timing is perfect and it’s always later than ours. —Mrs. Maria Ann Hirschmann Ten years ago I pitched an idea for a television show to a Hollywood screen writer. He was sold and shopped the idea to several studios, hoping they would snap up my faith-based series. The concept was […]

Writing with Jacob’s Sticks

Writing with Jacob’s Sticks

Guest Blogger: Shannon Stewart My kids, ages two and one, are really awesome. No, I mean REALLY awesome. They both slept through the night beginning at four weeks. They’re generally happy and easily self-entertained. They love to read. They eat what I give them with little complaint. They are angels at the store, and all […]

Just Start Writing

Just Start Writing

Guest Blogger: Shannon Stewart My college’s Honors Program required all Honors undergrads to write thesis papers based in our disciplines. Often these theses were 70+ pages; in English (my subject), Honors Projects tended to be even longer, closer to 100 pages. I’d never written anything so long in my life. None of us had, which […]

Cover Reveal: Darkened Hope

Cover Reveal: Darkened Hope

NAF is pleased to announce the newest book in the Hidden Dagger series by J.L. Mbewe: Ayianna is a cursed half-elf betrothed to Desmond, but her heart belongs to another. After discovering the cure for the Sorceress’s curse, she and her companions embark on a dangerous quest to retrieve the ingredients. When dragons descend upon […]