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Easter Giveaway – ‘Safely Home’ by Randy Alcorn

Easter Giveaway – ‘Safely Home’ by Randy Alcorn

Safely Home From the Amazon description: Is this the day I die? Li Quan asks himself this question daily, knowing that he might be killed for practicing his faith. American businessman Ben Fielding has no idea what his brilliant former college roommate is facing in China. He expects his old friend has fulfilled his dream of becoming a university professor. But when they are reunited in China after twenty years, both men are shocked at what they discover about each…

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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 a 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…

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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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Spotlight on Australian Authors – Jo-Anne Berthelsen

Spotlight on Australian Authors – Jo-Anne Berthelsen

We continue with our series of interviews with Australian authors. Welcome to Jo-Anne Berthelsen whom I met in Sydney last year at the Omega Christian writers group in Sydney. Could you tell us some of your background and how you got into writing? Besides being a mum to three children, I’ve worked as a high school teacher, an editor, a secretary and also as part of a church ministry team. I have always wanted to write but had never felt…

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Write a novel? What? Definitely not me!

Write a novel? What? Definitely not me!

I was a reluctant non-fiction writer so how was I ever going to write a novel? It was not something I ever thought about. One day in about 2006 or 2007, I was having a half day of prayer. While I was praying suddenly two ideas for novels dropped in to my head. I was horrified. “Lord, the last thing I want to do is write novels. I don’t have time for such things. Writing non-fiction was hard enough but…

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1-2-1 Discipleship – Traditional Chinese Version released January 2017

1-2-1 Discipleship – Traditional Chinese Version released January 2017

1-2-1 Discipleship was originally published in English in 2009 by Christian Focus Publishers. A digital version on Kindle is also available. Traditional Chinese Version 1-2-1 Discipleship -traditional Chinese version of was published in January 2017 by Campus Books. It can be purchased through Christian bookshops in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Traditional Chinese characters are read by those from Taiwan and Hong Kong. The book release tour will happen in March 2017 after Chinese New Year. Each book launch will include…

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Spotlight on Australian authors – Kristen Young

Spotlight on Australian authors – Kristen Young

Kristen Young is the third interviewee in our ‘Spotlight on Australian authors’ series. 1) What is your background and how did you get involved in writing? I was born in the UK but grew up in suburban Australia like any other Aussie kid. But while other girls were out playing Netball and hula hoop, I was busy making spy magazines for my family to read – complete with puzzles and secret codes. It’s no wonder that I got into writing!…

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Planning your novel – an alternate method

Planning your novel – an alternate method

I have just read a brilliant (5 star) book. Next time I plan a novel I will be using Lisa Cron’s method from her new book ‘Story Genius’ Here are some of the points she made that I found so helpful. Story is not the same as plot. Plot is the external happenings but story is the internal journey that the characters make. Story is what the protagonist has to learn and to overcome (internally) to solve the external plot…

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Spotlight on Australian authors – Simon Camilleri

Spotlight on Australian authors – Simon Camilleri

Simon Camilleri is the second of our spotlight posts on Australian authors. What has been your journey towards writing? Since deciding to follow Jesus in my teens, I have always had a passion for using my creative skills to share Jesus with people. I had a love for theatre and began studying it at University and so that was for me the most natural place to start. I began by writing Christian plays and directing them at University.  That led…

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