Giveaway – ‘A Long Highway Home’ Elizabeth Musser

Giveaway – ‘A Long Highway Home’ Elizabeth Musser

a Rafflecopter giveaway My 5 star book reviews I seldom award 5 stars for a novel. But in the world of contemporary Christian fiction, Elizabeth Musser’s book, A Long Highway Home, stands out. I only award 5 stars if a book has an excellent writing, cover, editing and story, AND if it has ‘eternal impact’ content. By this I mean, does the book matter in eternal terms? Does it challenge and inspire me to follow Jesus? ‘Eternal impact’ books will…

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Novel: Grace in Strange Disguise – Contemporary Christian Fiction

Novel: Grace in Strange Disguise – Contemporary Christian Fiction

Grace in Strange Disguise – Back Cover Blurb Physiotherapist Esther Macdonald is living the Australian dream, and it doesn’t surprise her. After all, her father has always said, “Follow Jesus and be blessed.” But at twenty-eight, her world shatters. Everyone assures her God will come through for her, but what happens when he doesn’t? Has she offended God? Is her faith too small? So many conflicting explanations. Will finding the truth cost her the people closest to her heart? Grace…

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Iola Goulton – interview with an editor

Iola Goulton – interview with an editor

Iola Goulton is an editor and upcoming novelist who lives in and loves New Zealand. I got to know her through the Australasian Christian Writers group on Facebook and was so impressed by her posts that I asked if she’d edit my novel. 1. You didn’t start out in the book world. What was your journey into editing? In a word, circuitous. Some might say it was a series of coincidences, but I don’t believe in coincidence. I lost my…

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It’s coming! The novel – ‘Grace in Strange Disguise’

It’s coming! The novel – ‘Grace in Strange Disguise’

It’s coming! And what a journey it has been. Over four years of hard work as I’ve crawled up the steep learning curve to learn how to write fiction. It’s coming! A reluctant start This post explains how I started writing the novel. A shock which led to a change in direction – but it’s coming! “I think this is one and a half books,” the editor wrote, “not just one.” My first thought was, “Oh no. Not more decisions…

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Recommended writing resources – Part 1 -books

Recommended writing resources – Part 1 -books

The need for writing resources Unless you are one of those rare and perhaps non-existent people who can write perfectly without outside help, then this post is for you. My switch from non-fiction to fiction was a massive leap. I felt very alone and really had no idea what I was doing. But I’m a planner, so I planned and then wrote chapter by chapter of a first draft. In some ways the first draft was the easy bit. The…

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Influencers on my writing journey – Francine Rivers

Influencers on my writing journey – Francine Rivers

Francine Rivers’ novels have been an inspiration and a challenge in my spiritual life. But they’ve also impacted my writing. In 2012, I was staying in a friend’s home in the Philippines. On her book shelf was a copy of Francine Rivers’ ‘Sons of Encouragement’. Having already read and appreciated others of Francine’s books I pulled the book off the shelf and started reading. Five years before … During a day of prayer the idea for two Christian novels popped…

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Leibster Award – to encourage new bloggers

Leibster Award – to encourage new bloggers

I’ve been nominated for the Leibster award by Trix Wilkins who is a ‘Storyteller Friend’ and one of my encouragers. She has written a novel in which she reimagines a more Jane Austenesque ending to Little Women. Leibster Award Rules: For those who aren’t familiar with the Liebster (I wasn’t), it is an award given by bloggers to fellow bloggers and aimed to encourage writers. The rules for the Liebster Award are as follows: Thank the person who has nominated you…

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A ‘myth’ I believed about being an author

A ‘myth’ I believed about being an author

What was the ‘myth’ I believed about being an author? That it was a solitary task. In one sense it is – for large stretches of time BUT it is also a huge TEAM effort. Really that shouldn’t have been a surprise for isn’t that how God works? Through community. Over the last four years as I’ve practiced and worked towards producing a novel (very much like childbirth but much longer), God has brought person after person into the process….

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So you want to be published – be careful, there are sharks out there!

So you want to be published – be careful, there are sharks out there!

So you want to be published. So do many others and that huge demand means that ‘sharks’ gather too. What do I mean by ‘sharks?’ Sharks circle because they know that many new authors are innocent and unprepared and therefore they are easy prey. But before we get to the sharks – let me list the main, legitimate publishing options. 1. Traditional Publisher – large companies Traditional publishers cover the whole range from small publishers who only publish small numbers…

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‘Safely Home’ – a favourite Christian novel

‘Safely Home’ – a favourite Christian novel

What is your favourite Christian novel? I’ve never been a huge reader of Christian fiction although that has changed in the last year as I try to understand the industry I’m entering. I read ‘Safely Home’ years ago and have read it several times since. Today I re-read it. Would I still love it? I was worried that having being immersed in editing for several years and thus much more attuned to what is ‘good’ writing it might no longer…

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