Tag Archive | Dystopian

MG To YA: Why Turn To The Dark Side?

MG To YA: Why Turn To The Dark Side?

Guest Blogger: Emily H. Jeffries There may be no divide in the Speculative Fiction world so stark as that between Middle Grade and Young Adult. A passing glimpse of any sampling of cover art will reveal as much. We are programmed to believe that the twelve-year-old will pick up a book featuring adventuring siblings on […]

Books I Read 2016

Books I Read 2016

  This was the year of series conclusions. I started 2016 reading the final book in Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles, Winter. While the character Winter’s story didn’t engage me like Cinder or Cress’s, overall the book was really good with vivid descriptions and fast-paced action. But some were more personal. NAF alumna Kat Heckenbach […]

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 6: Time and Technology)

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 6: Time and Technology)

I’m wrapping up my series on world building with something that in some ways goes without saying, but is still something that it’s good to be mindful of: the time period in which your story takes place and the technology that is available at that time. If you’re just joining me, come check out Part […]

Cover Reveal and Q&A with Nadine Brandes, author of A Time to Speak

Cover Reveal and Q&A with Nadine Brandes, author of A Time to Speak

Nadine Brandes, a longtime friend of NAF, is revving up for the launch of the sequel to her fantastic debut novel A Time to Die. Book Two of the Out of Time series, A Time to Speak, will be coming out from Enclave Publishing this fall. Tell us about your family and home life. My […]

What Christian Writers Offer That Others Can’t

What Christian Writers Offer That Others Can’t

Guest Blogger: Glen Robinson In the book, More Than Words: Contemporary Writers on the Works That Shaped Them, Stephen Lawhead writes about how the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien influenced him as a writer. Lawhead concluded from his study of Tolkien as a writer that regardless of what you write, who you are comes through in […]

Why Do Females Dominate the Dystopian World?

Why Do Females Dominate the Dystopian World?

Guest Blogger: Nadine Brandes   Katniss Everdeen. Tris Prior. Cassia Reyes. Linh Cinder. Recognize any of these names? It’s okay, names were never my strong suit either, but the book titles might help you: The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, Cinder. These books have several things in common. First, they’re all YA dystopian novels. Second, they […]