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Author Inspiration, Time Management, and Winner of the Fall into Books Hop

coffee dateHi everyone! Due to a blog hop last week, I had to postpone my coffee date until today. For those visiting for the first time, every fourth Friday of the month I open up my blog to questions from my readers. I have two questions leftover from last month, so here we go!

Robert asks: “Who (or which authors) inspired you to become an author?”

Hmmm, I never thought about being an author until they day I walked into a Christian bookstore and asked to see their fantasy section (stop laughing!). So you could say it was the lack of speculative fiction that inspired me to write 😉

However, there are a few authors that I love and looking back, are probably the biggest reason I write what I do. The first one is J.R.R. Tolkien.

My dad introduced me to The Hobbit at a young age. By the time I entered my senior year in high school, I had read through The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, and the Silmarillion at least three times. I loved the world Tolkien created, especially how he wove myths from our world into his world (I based my senior writing project on this very subject).

Later on, I discovered Terry Brooks and a whole new fantasy world to explore. I loved the adventures and world-building, but I also enjoyed his character development. Characters didn’t just go on journeys, they changed, matured, and sacrificed. That hit home for me.

Lastly, my work has been compared to Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series. I’ve read the first book and have to agree. Neither of us write about fantasy creatures like dragons, orcs, or elves. Rather, we focus on people with power and how it changes the world.

Thanks for asking, Robert!

Lesley asks: “How do you balance it all–family, being a wife, personal time, writing (your job)?”

I decided when I started writing almost ten years ago that my family came first. Writing would always be there, but they would not. Of course, that means it takes me longer to put out a book, but I haven’t missed a moment with my kids or husband.

I write everyday, four days a week. My goal is 500 words a day, but usually I can write more than that. Friday is date day with my husband and nights and weekends are for my kids. Of course, when a deadline approaches or the edits come back with a two-week turnaround, I have to put in the hours, but my family knows I’ll be back when I’m done.

Great question, Lesley!

Feel free to leave any questions you have in the comments below and I’ll be happy to answer them next month during my coffee date Friday!

crfallbadge1Now, for the winner of the Fall into Book Blog Hop!

Drum roll please…

Ryebrynn! You are the winner of the kindle copy of A Time to Die! Congratulations! I will be emailing you so we can get that book to you 🙂

And while I’m on it, today I am featured on Real Life & Character Romance where I share how I met my husband and give some hints into the romance blossoming between the assassin and scribe in my Follower of the Word series. Haven’t read my books yet or want to give a copy to a friend? Then head on over and comment for a chance to win a copy of either Daughter of Light or Son of Truth!


Thanks, everyone!


Author Savenger Hunt

Author Scavenger HuntHi! Welcome to the Author Scavenger Hunt :). As part of the hunt, I have a couple things going here. First, a wonderful post by Rachel Starr Thomson. Second, the next part of the clue you need to continue on with your hunt. And third, a chance to win an ebook copy of Kerry Nietz’s Amish Vampires in Space.

To begin, here is Rachel Starr Thomson.

Rachel Starr ThomsonRachel Starr Thomson is a writer, indie publisher, and editor. She’s the author of the Seventh World Trilogy, The Oneness Cycle, and other books published by Little Dozen Press.

Rachel is a homeschool graduate, a dweller in southern Canada, a lover of long walks, good books, and hot tea, and a counter-cultural revolutionary who thinks we’d all be much better off if we pitched our television sets out the nearest window.

And here is her guest post


God on Paper

Reading and writing are incredibly natural to the Christian life.

Ours is a God who wrote a book; we are, famously, “people of the book.” So it only makes sense that Christians should be people who read, read deeply, and communicate their faith and the life they have in Christ through writing. For me this has been a journey.

As I kid, I read voraciously, and indiscriminately (I was homeschooled, and I like to say my parents educated me by teaching me to read and pointing me at the library). When I got serious about following Jesus, for a time I dropped reading almost entirely, and writing along with it, as I recalibrated my lifestyle.

Eventually I realized that reading had added an intellectual, spiritual, and emotional dimension to my life that was beneficial as a disciple and that I had stripped that out by dropping books. So I began to read again, more deliberately this time, actually setting aside significant time every day for devotional reading and making more time for fiction as well.

I also rediscovered my gift and calling as a writer. When I was young and first beginning to write, my dreams of “making it” were pretty self-aggrandizing, so I tended to see writing as self-indulgent and maybe not very Christian. Two things combined to change my perspective on that: first, that I ended up with a lot of time on my hands and writing was something productive to do that made use of a gift God had, after all, given me; and second, that people began to tell me God had spoken to them or touched them through my writing. That still happens and never ceases to amaze me—startle me, even. It happens so much that even though I now have very little extra time in my days, I’m learning to make writing a priority. It’s one of the most fruitful things I do.

The real challenge of discipleship, I think, is not dropping our day-to-day lives and our natural gifts and trotting off to a mission field or pulpit somewhere. Rather, it’s inviting Jesus into the lives we live, the gifts we have, and the jobs we do, and letting him teach us how to do them the way he would. Just as Jesus was the best (and uncanniest) fisherman Peter and John had ever met, so he is the best writer I will ever find, and the best teacher of writing. He is the master of words. And he delights to use them.

I’m currently in a season of writing a lot with the intent of going full-time. That makes reading more important than ever as well. Writing and reading are spiritual disciplines for me: they involve setting aside more pressing demands and things that pay better (and faster) and pressing in because of God’s calling. I seek God in books, and I seek to show him through my writing. I ask him into my reading time and I ask him into my stories. That he comes is a powerful and marvelous thing.

My current project is The Oneness Cycle, a contemporary fantasy series that tackles subjects like prayer, spiritual warfare, unity in the Spirit, and forgiveness in ways that I hope will bring them into sharp relief. A friend of mine calls the series “the Christian life on steroids.” The first book, EXILE, is free for your e-book reader from Amazon and elsewhere, or you can pick it up in paperback.

(Books 2-4, HIVE, ATTACK, and RENEGADE, are also available in e-book and coming soon in paperback.)


Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your writing journey. Writing has brought me closer to God as well :).

And now for all you readers who are on the hunt, here is your next clue: to thank you,

Now that you have your clue, you can continue on to Rachel’s blog and your next clue (Click HERE). If you get lost during the course of the hunt or you’ve finished collecting all the clues you can go HERE to enter the full mystery phrase and bring your scavenger hunt to a close. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about all the amazing books and authors on the tour and hopefully you’ve entered the many giveaways on their sites.

Amish Vampires in SpaceAnd speaking of giveaways, if you want to enter the giveaway for Kerry Nietz’s Amish Vampires in Space, click on the link provided! Rafflecopter Giveaway


Daughter of Light and Son of Truth Book Giveaway

AutumnOnce again October is upon us, my most favorite month of the year! To celebrate October, every year I feature anything and everything speculative on my blog: books, movies, sites to visit, etc…

To kick off my celebration of October, I am giving away an ebook bundle of my own books: Daughter of Light and Son of Truth, the first two books in the Follower of the Word series. This series follows the life of Rowen, a woman who discovers a mark on her hand, a mark that–when she touches someone–allows her to see inside that person’s soul. If you enjoy Terry Brooks or Terry Goodkind and are looking for a fantasy series that is not YA, then enter and try this one out.

There are many ways to enter: tweet about the giveaway, like my facebook page, leave a comment, etc… Just click on the link to go to the giveaway and start entering. I will randomly choose the winner on October 8th, my birthday to be exact. I thought this would be a great way to celebrate, by giving away books 🙂

So what are you waiting for? Click on the link! Rafflecopter Giveaway

And, if that giveaway isn’t enough, you have another chance to win my books, along with every other book my publisher (Marcher Lord Press) has ever published, in celebration of its 5th year anniversary: www.marcherlordpress.com