Author’s Journey

My Journey to Success – One Year Later

My Journey to Success – One Year Later

I wrote this post a year ago and decided to update it one year later. After I won the ACFW Genesis award for my manuscript, The Barber Surgeon. No, winning the Genesis did not grant me an agent or a publishing contract although it can, and likely will (I hope!) help move me farther along […]

Mythic Orbits: The Bear Essentials of GameLit

Mythic Orbits: The Bear Essentials of GameLit

Guest Blogger: Cindy Koepp The short story “Seeking What’s Lost” in the Mythic Orbits, Vol. 2 anthology was written in a speculative fiction genre called GameLit. GameLit tales take place, for the most part, within a game. Some popular examples include movies like Tron, Ready Player One, and the newer incarnation of Jumanji. Like many […]

Mythic Orbits Blog Tour: Review

Mythic Orbits Blog Tour: Review

Since I first picked up Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina at my local library back in the mid 90’s, I’ve been a fan of short story anthologies. An anthology allows multiple authors to weave stories around a central theme. Many times you end up with varying viewpoints of events, a wide array of characters, and […]

New Release Short Story Collection – Out of the Storm

New Release Short Story Collection – Out of the Storm

Once again, I’m shamelessly promoting my latest release. This time it’s for a good cause. Out of the Storm is a re-release of a short story anthology. The anthology was part of a contest sponsored by Writers on the Storm, The Wooodlands chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers and proceeds for the anthology go towards the […]

Armor of Alethia: Behind the Scenes

Armor of Alethia: Behind the Scenes

Sometimes those one-on-one appointments at conferences really do pay off. Like with the querying process, though, you often go through several rejections before you find the right one. In fact, it took me seven years and three different manuscripts before I found both an agent and a publisher. The Early Years My very first manuscript […]

A Rebirth of Havok

A Rebirth of Havok

There’s this life changing moment when you see something that you’ve written in print. A wave of amazement and incredible joy. “I did this! I wrote a thing and someone liked it!” But along with that euphoria comes an incredible fear that says, “You just got lucky. You barely squeaked by.” There are so many […]

So This Happened

So This Happened

In June, I found out I was a finalist in the ACFW Genesis contest. I was already attending Realm Makers, but my husband agreed I could also go to Nashville for the ACFW conference since it would give me an additional opportunity to pitch to agents, talk to editors, and network with others in the […]

Kill the Beast: It Only Took Four Years

Kill the Beast: It Only Took Four Years

Guest Blogger: Michele Israel Harper My book took me four years to write. Four. Years. To help you understand how devastating that was to me, my Zombie Takeover book took me one month to write, and my Wisdom & Folly duology took me 24 weeks to write. (I was writing a chapter a week for […]