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, 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 I…

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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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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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Planning your novel – Part 2 of 2

Planning your novel – Part 2 of 2

This is the second part of a post on how I planned my novel using the “Snowflake Method” created by Randy Ingermanson. This continues with my comments in italics under the final five of his ten step method. Step 6) By now, you have a solid story and several story-threads, one for each character. Now take a week and expand the one-page plot synopsis of the novel to a four-page synopsis. Basically, you will again be expanding each paragraph from step…

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Planning your novel – Part 1 of 2

Planning your novel – Part 1 of 2

I am a planner by nature but writing a novel was something totally new. I went looking for something that made sense to me and settled on what is known as the “Snowflake Method.” I will let the original article explain each section and then make some of my own comments in italics. Some people don’t do up front design and planning. They just start writing. That is not me. The creator of this method, Randy Ingermanson, uses 10 steps….

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Practice makes perfect?

Practice makes perfect?

When we read the work of writers, we read the successes. We usually do not know the whole story. The reality is that many writers have written far more than what they publish. Like learning to practice a musical instrument, there will be years of practice involved. My non-fiction writing journey started well before the publication of 1-2-1 Discipleship. Looking back now I can see I was honing my writing with the discipline of weekly letter writing (age 5 until…

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