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June giveaway competition – Francine Rivers ‘And the Shofar Blew’

June giveaway competition – Francine Rivers ‘And the Shofar Blew’

12-23 June a Rafflecopter giveaway Why give away this book? I admire Francine Rivers because she is not afraid to tackle tough issues. She raises an issue and then through the story allows us to see the human way of dealing with an issue contrasted with the much harder but ultimately better way – God’s way. Her books have influenced me. My upcoming novel, ‘Grace in Strange Disguise’ should also interest those who enjoy Francine’s books. Storyteller Friends? Storyteller Friends…

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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 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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‘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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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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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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Spotlight on Australian authors – Cecily Paterson

Spotlight on Australian authors – Cecily Paterson

Cecily Paterson, the first interviewee in our ‘Spotlight on Australian authors’ series. Until a year ago, I was isolated from other Christian authors. Since discovering several Facebook groups I’ve joined two specifically for Australian authors and book related people – Australasian Christian Writers and Christian Writers Downunder. Through them I’ve ‘met’ many Australian authors. I’ve learned heaps through the articles they post and I’ve also started reading their books to get a feel for the market. I wanted to interview…

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